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How To Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp (Book Review 2010-70)

Product Description

The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year--in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit!

You'll never get dressed the same way again once you discover:

*smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that's only half the book.

*which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat

*absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible

*clever solutions for special fashion situations--workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits!

*which products, fashions, and services you shouldn't waste your money on

*the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight!

So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question. (2008)

About the Author

Charla krupp has appeared for ten years on the Today show and on more than thirty national TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Tyra, CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Access Hollywood. She is a contributing editor to People: Style Watch, and was formerly beauty director at Glamour, senior editor at InStyle, and contributing editor at More. (2008)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Springboard Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446547476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547475


This book is full of great ideas on how to dress smarter and look better at any age.  I have Charla Krupp's other book "How to Not Look Old" and this one is just as wonderful. 


Talking Tails by Ann Love, Bill Slavin and Jane Drake (Book Review 2010-69)

Product Description

Pets and their owners appear together in a book as heartwarming as it is informative.From our earliest beginnings, we have shared our lives with animals. Jane Drake and Ann Love explore the ties that humans and their pets have formed. With fun and fascinating facts, they address Dog People and Cat People. (Why does a cat wind around her owner's legs? She's rubbing her owner with glands on her face to say "you're mine.") They also introduce us to more unusual pets. There's Polly the parrot, who lived through the Klondike Gold Rush to be 126 years old by belting back whiskey, swearing, and biting gold miners. And, of course, there are fish and reptiles, rodents and horses, all of whom can be beloved pets. As useful as it is fun, Talking Tails is a must for children who have or want a pet.

About the Author

ANN LOVE and JANE DRAKE, sisters and coauthors, have written many award-winning books for young readers, including Cool Woods: A Trip around the World's Boreal Forest; Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales; Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage; Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy; and Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World. They share a lifelong interest in the environment and the wild, travel extensively, and, through their books and presentations, inspire children to be more observant of the world around them. Ann Love and Jane Drake live in the Toronto area.

BILL SLAVIN has illustrated over seventy books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore and It's a Snap: George Eastman's First Photograph in Monica Kulling's 'Great Idea Series', biographies for the very young. He has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature, among many others. Bill Slavin lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887768849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887768842


This book is not only adorable but it is full of facts about dogs, cats and other pet-type animals.  There is also a fascinating time line about animals that runs through the whole book  at the bottom of each page.  Obviously, I am a dog person, but the stories in the book gave the pros and cons about each animal and would help a child decide which would be the best pet for their family.  There is also a great poster that folds out from the dust jacket.  This would make an excellent gift to any child who adores animals or a child's library.

Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White ((Book Review 2010-68)

Product Description

Something—some power—is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.
Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.
Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?

About the Author

Amy Brecount White has taught English literature and writing to middle school and high school students. She has written numerous articles and essays for publications such as the Washington Post, but Forget-Her-Nots is her first novel. She can often be found in her garden and gives flowers to her friends and family whenever she can, though none have had magical effects—yet.
Amy Brecount White lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006167298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061672989
SOURCE: Around the World ARC Tours /  Publisher

    I really enjoyed this fantasy debut from Amy Crecount White.  The story was told in just the right tone and set the stage for a believable account of one girl and her ability to create magic from flowers.  This book is appropriate for everyone and I think all teens and adults will enjoy it.  I liked Laurel and the fact that she grew as a person, didn't let mistakes overwhelm her and developed into a good person.  She makes good and bad choices and learns from everything she does.  There is a nice amount of romance and the fact that the story uses the common elements of flower and plants in a unique way that is credible. 

    Shade By Jeri Smith Ready (Book Review 2010-67)

    Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
    Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
    Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
    Well, sort of.
    Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
    It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
    As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

    About the Author

    Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world's goofiest greyhound.
    Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a "problem maker" than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her drama drive strictly fictional.
    When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found--well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.

    Product Details

    • Reading level: Young Adult
    • Hardcover: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 4, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1416994068
    • ISBN-13: 978-1416994060
    SOURCE:  Around the World ARC Tours / Publisher


      I haven't wanted to stay up and read all night in a long time and I  had to stay up and finish this.  Of course, Shade is a paranormal romance for young adults, but it has a unique perspective that is different from the usual stories.   The writing is just beautiful, the characters well-drawn and the story believable.  The dialogue is sharp and snarky and yet still sweet.  You will get sucked right into this one.  My biggest problem with the book is that I will have to wait a year to get the next installment.

      Parents:  This book is recommended for older teens since there is sexual situations, drug use (although shown in a bad light) and language.  I don't think it is anything wose than what is on TV, but I think use adult can enjoy it as well.

      GIVEAWAY! Street Boners by Gavin McInnes

      Product Description

      Fifteen years after founding Vice, Gavin McInnes has poured his creative juices into a new endeavor: Growing in size and influence at an alarming rate, the site's main feature is the new and improved version of Gavin's "DOs and DON'Ts," now tantalizingly called Street Boners.

      These Boners have been polished and compounded into a book that takes the best of the site and adds hundreds more gems! With 1,312 photos, hilarious captions, and a harsh new rating system-from one to 10 kitten faces-STREET BONERS makes sure no glorious fashion statement goes unnoticed. Innocent citizens are either damned to hell or relentlessly exalted into heaven. Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, and Tim & Eric also contribute their scathing wit to the book, and the end result is a New York fashion bible no bathroom should be without.

      About the Author

      Gavin McInnes co-founded Vice magazinein 1994, and later authored two successful books with the Vice brand--Vice Dos and Don'ts and The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. After splitting from Vice in 2007 due to creative differences, McInnes co-founded the company Street Carnage. McInnes has also published eight issues of a comic titled Pervert and played in a number of punk bands.


      Still want to win a copy?  

      This contest is sponsored by Hatchette Book Group and have a mailing address in the US or Canada and it can't be a PO Box.  The winner will be chosen by on May 21, 2010 and the winner will be notified by email on May 22, 2010.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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      AND THE WINNER IS: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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      AND THE WINNER IS: Foxy by Pam Grier

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      AND THE WINNER IS: Planet of The Dogs by Robert McCarty

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      The Roses are in bloom!

      My climbing roses are just starting to open up!  On the right is Sally Holmes and the left -- not quite blooming yet is Eden.

      A close up of the Clematis growing in between -- I lost the name.

      I had to buy this red one since it is called "Stairway to Heaven".  It is the newest of my roses and hasn't quite filled in all of the way.  It does make for some really great bouquets since you only need a few stems.

      This is Joseph's Coat and it would bloom year round here, but I hack it back a lot in January and August.  There is white Clematis on one side and a purple one to the left which hasn't grown in the way I wanted.  In my mind it would completely cover those blank spots on the wall.

      YAY -- and Fourth of July which over takes the side of the house.  I need to tie it back up again as it gets top heavy.

      GIVEAWAY! The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith


      This is the perfect book for your book club.  My group has chosen this as our pick for June and I am sure will prove to create exceptional  discussions. Be sure to visit the Reading Group Guide at Hatchette Book Groups HERE

      Product Description

      Tom Rob Smith-the author whose debut, Child 44, has been called "brilliant" (Chicago Tribune), "remarkable" (Newsweek) and "sensational" (Entertainment Weekly)-returns with an intense, suspenseful new novel: a story where the sins of the past threaten to destroy the present, where families must overcome unimaginable obstacles to save their loved ones, and where hope for a better tomorrow is found in the most unlikely of circumstances . . .
      Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
      Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.
      From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the Siberian gulags, and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, THE SECRET SPEECH is a breathtaking, epic novel that confirms Tom Rob Smith as one of the most exciting new authors writing today.

      About the Author

      Tom Rob Smith graduated from CambridgeUniversity in 2001 and lives in London. His first novel, Child 44, was a New York Times bestseller and an international publishing sensation. Among its many honors, Child 44 won the ITW 2009 Thriller Award for Best First Novel, The Strand Magazine 2008 Critics Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. You can visit Tom's website at and follow @tomrobsmith on Twitter.

      Product Details

      • Paperback: 448 pages
      • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (May 3, 2010)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0446402419
      • ISBN-13: 978-0446402415
      TO WIN A COPY:

      This giveaway is sponsored by Hatchette Book Group and I will have 1-3 copies depending on the entries (tell your friends!).  This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents who don't live in a PO Box.  The winner will be picked by on May 21, 2010 and notified on May 22, 2010.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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      Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro (Book Review 2010-66)

      Product Description

      Death is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

      Coming home from a Hawaiian vacation with her best girlfriends, Lucy Fisher is stunned to find everything she owns tossed out on her front lawn, the locks changed, and her fiancĂ©’s phone disconnected—plus she’s just lost her job. With her world spinning wildly out of her control, Lucy decides to make a new start and moves upstate to live with her sister and nephew.

      But then things take an even more dramatic turn: A fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy not in the hereafter but in the nearly hereafter. She’s back in school, learning the parameters of spooking and how to become a successful spirit in order to complete a ghostly assignment. If Lucy succeeds, she’s guaranteed a spot in the next level of the afterlife—but until then, she’s stuck as a ghost in the last place she would ever want to be.

      Trying to avoid being trapped on earth for all eternity, Lucy crosses the line between life and death and back again when she returns home. Navigating the perilous channels of the paranormal, she’s determined to find out why her life crumbled and why, despite her ghastly death, no one seems to have noticed she’s gone. But urgency on the spectral plane—in the departed person of her feisty grandmother, who is risking both their eternal lives—requires attention, and Lucy realizes that you get only one chance to be spectacular in death.

      About the Author

      Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She packed her bags for Eugene, Oregon, once she realized that since she was past thirty, her mother could no longer report her as a teenage runaway. She is the author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody, We Thought You’d Be Prettier, and An Idiot Girl’s Christmas. She is currently at work on a plan B (to take effect when her book contract runs out,) which consists of options with minimum dander of office politics, including selling hot dogs at Costco, selling hot dogs from a street cart, selling hot dogs at high school football games, or being the Stop sign holder for road construction crews. She avoids raccoons both day and night and fully expects to be run out of her new hometown once this book is published. At press time, she is still married, her cat is still alive, and she has an adorably disobedient dog named Maeby, who wears sweaters and loves chicken strips. (Clearly, Notaro has no children.)

      Product Details

      • Paperback: 304 pages
      • Publisher: Villard; Original edition (April 13, 2010)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0345510976
      • ISBN-13: 978-0345510976
      SOURCE:  Borrowed


      It seems all of my favorite authors are trying to mix in a little paranormal with their fiction and some work, others don't. This one works!  This is pretty much a really cute ghost story for the chick lit set.  If there is one phrase that sums up the whole story it is "Surprise Demise!", the term given to a sudden accidental death by the author.  There are other such zingers in this book and well, you are just going to have to read the whole thing to find them.  Truly funny and those that enjoy Sophie Kinsella, MaryJanice Davidson or Jen Lancaster will love this one.

      Feel down? It may be better to talk to the dog - Pet health-

      I knew that! Dogs do listen better than most people!

      LOS ANGELES - Husbands, if you end up in the doghouse, consider it a promotion.
      A third of pet-owning married women said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated poll released Wednesday. Eighteen percent of pet-owning married men said their pets are better listeners than their wives.

      Read the whole story here:

      Feel down? It may be better to talk to the dog - Pet health-

      Waiting on Wednesday: Arm Candy by Jill Kargman

      "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

      This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

      Product Description

      "Queen of the beach read" (Washington Post Express) Jill Kargman, returns with an uproarious tale about searching for love and starts anew on the cusp of forty.

      For two decades, thirty-nine-year-old Eden Clyde has been enjoying wealth and glamour as the muse and lover of Otto Clyde, the ultrafamous and much older king of the art world. Genetically, she hit the lottery, but Eden is unlucky in love: eighteen years ago she put aside her dream of true love and marriage and turned a blind eye to Otto's philandering in exchange for a life without want. In her younger days this seemed like a fair bargain, but as forty looms overhead-and as the beauty for which she's known begins to fade-she feels the cost of the arrangement finally taking its toll on her happiness.

      Eden leaves their cozy downtown loft for New York's frostier upper east Side, where she begins to search for the girl and the life she left so many years ago. With the encouragement of a raucous but lovable group of girlfriends, Eden soon finds herself embroiled in a heated love affair with Gotham's most eligible bachelor: the much younger Chase Lydon. But just as their relationship is getting serious, an old flame resurfaces. Does Eden want the life she's living-and loving-right now, or the love she left behind? On the brink of her fortieth birthday, it's time for Eden to follow her heart, but this time not even Eden is sure where that will lead.

      Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, and written with heart and humor, Arm Candy shows that although forty may sometimes feel like the ultimate F word, its never too late to find true love.

      About the Author

      Jill Kargman is the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Momzillas and the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Wolves in Chic Clothing and The Right Address. She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

      Product Details

      • Hardcover: 336 pages
      • Publisher: Dutton Adult (May 13, 2010)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0525951598
      • ISBN-13: 978-0525951599


      Linda Weaver Clarke: Interview with Author William Leverne Smith

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      Linda Weaver Clarke: Interview with Author William Leverne Smith

      Linda Weaver Clarke interviewed Author William Leverne Smith and he has generously offered to give his new book away: Back to the Homeplace. The family “Will” has been read. Who will get the 800 acres of land that has been in the family for 150 years? In order to be included in the Will, the children have to move back to the “Homeplace” and live there for two whole years. Will they be able to do it? To enter the contest, visit


      AND THE WINNER IS: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson

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      Storeybook Reviews is giving away A Case of Intent & Hush

      Stop by Storeybook Reviews and enter to win A Case of Intent by PS Barta

      Storeybook Reviews » Blog Archive » A Case of Intent – Review & Giveaway

      Leslie also has a copy of Hush by Kate White for you to win as well...


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      AND THE WINNER IS: Bad to the Bone by Bo Hoefinger



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      Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Book Review 2010-65)

      Product Description

      In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

      At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

      About the Author

      Maggie Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her at 

      Product Details

      • Reading level: Young Adult
      • Hardcover: 368 pages
      • Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 20, 2010)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0545123283
      • ISBN-13: 978-0545123280 
      SOURCE:  Around the World Blog Tours / Publisher


      Just when I thought I couldn't find a better book than Shiver for this year, I get the sequel, Linger.  This is just beautifully written and a flat out wonderful romance.  Instead of dwelling on Grace and Sam, Stiefvator brings in Isabelle and Cole to round out the whole story and makes me demand a story just about them.  I am trying hard not to give away any of the story line, but the ending will leave you hanging again and desperate for the next book in this series.  There better be another one soon!

      The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (Book Review 2010-64)

      Product Description

      Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was. In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

      About the Author

      Kirsten Miller is also the author of the critically acclaimed Kiki Strike book series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and she suspects she may have been either Amelia Earhart or Catherine the Great in a previous existence. 

      Product Details

      • Reading level: Young Adult
      • Hardcover: 416 pages
      • Publisher: Razorbill (August 10, 2010)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 1595143084
      • ISBN-13: 978-1595143082 
      SOURCE:  Around the World Blog Tours / Publisher

        What a wonderful story!  Don't throw anything at me, but I liked this better than Twilight.    It is full of intrigue, romance and mystery.  You have to stay up late just to read all of it in one night.  Haven starts out as a  blah character but quickly develops into one you will miss when you put down the book.  Her romance with Iain spans centuries and you won't believe how magically Miller weaves this tale.  There is that great Kirsten Miller dialogue that I loved so much in the Kiki Strike series.  (I really want to know what happened to the rest of the series I was promised!).  

        GIVEAWAY! Stay a Little Longer by Dorothy Garlock

        Product Description

        Louise Watkins has her hands full. Her mother had been the town midwife, but after her daughter Alice died under her care, she refused to assist in a childbirth ever again. Since then Louise has assumed the work. She also takes care of Alice's six-year old, Charlotte, because the child's father was lost in World War I. But Louise's principal job is running the boardinghouse that is the family's main source of income. One day, Charlotte befriends a stranger ill with influenza, a man who has taken refuge in an old cabin in the woods nearby. Although badly scarred by wounds suffered in the War, he is strong and slowly recovers. When he gradually takes on odd jobs around the house, Louise accepts his help. She is drawn to him despite his disfigurement, and his voice is comforting, vaguely familiar...

        About the Author

        Dorothy Garlock is the author of over 50 novels that have sold over 15 million copies and are published in 15 languages. She lives in Iowa.

        This giveaway is sponsored by Hatchette Book Group and the winner will be picked by on  May 6, 2010.  You must have a US or Canadian mailing address and it can't be a PO Box. There will by up to 3 winners depending on the amount of entries.  The winner will be notified on May 7 and will have 48 hours to respond. 

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        GIVEAWAY! Forbidden Passion by Rita Herron

        Product Description


        Fueled by her family's murder years ago, Dr. Marlena Bender has devoted her life to understanding violent criminals. But when a serial killer in this small Southern town starts taking the lives of women in diabolical ways--leaving trophies of his kills on Marlena's doorstep--it all hits too close to home. Terrified, Marlena turns to the only man she can trust...the man who saved her life.


        Sheriff Dante Valtrez would move heaven and earth to keep Marlena safe, but he's not the savior she thinks he is. A dark legacy runs through his blood and a dangerous secret lies within him. Now a fierce, hot, ruthless desire draws Dante and Marlena together--as a demonic force from his past threatens to rip them apart, destroying everything they hold dear.

        About the Author

        It was a dark and stormy night when Rita Herron penned her first book--at age twelve. A dark and stormy night because she didn't think real people grew up to be writers, so she put her dreams aside and earned a teaching degree instead. Ten years later, she traded her chalkboards for a computer and now she writes so she doesn't have to get a real job. Having written over fifty books to date, this multi-award winning author and mother of three spins spine-tingling, paranormal romantic suspense stories that she hopes keep you up at night. Rita loves to hear from her readers so you can contact her at


        I have up to three copies to give away courtesy of Hatchette Book Group.  You must have a US or Canadian mailing address and PO Boxes are not accepted...sorry!  The winner will be drawn by on May 6, 2010 and the winner will be notified on May 7.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. 

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        BLOG TOUR: Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky (Book Review 2010-63)

        Product Description

        When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him. After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.
        Jacob loses all his belongings in a highway accident. His car is stolen from his driveway, yet he never hears a sound. The townspeople seem guarded and suspicious. And Carl, the property caretaker with so many secrets, is unnervingly accommodating. Then there are the fireflies that light the night skies . . . and die as they come near Jacob’s home. If it weren’t for the creaking sounds after dark, or the feeling that he is being watched, Jacob would feel so alone. He shouldn’t worry. He’s not.
        And whatever’s with him isn’t going to let him leave home ever again.

        About the Author

        RICHARD DANSKY is the author of five novels, including the Trilogy of the Second Age for White Wolf's Exalted RPG. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. He works as the Central Clancy Writer for UbiSoft, working on the storylines and content of most Tom Clancy-themed computer games.

        Product Details

        • Paperback: 352 pages
        • Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN-10: 1439148635
        • ISBN-13: 978-1439148631
        SOURCE:  Publisher

        LIKED IT

        I have to say this is an overall good ghost story in the realm of Stephen King.  There were a few pages where I thought the writing didn't flow as well as it could, but the author soon got back on track and became very believable.  The ending has a nice twist that I didn't guess and that gets high points in my book.  I kept expecting the the theme from the Twilight Zone to be playing in the background. 


        Firefly Rain: Thursday, April 22ndRevenge of the Book Nerds:
        Drey’s Library:
        My Life In Not So Many Words:
        All About {n}:
        Crazy Books & Reviews:
        Pick of the Literate:
        Book Junkie:
        The Cajun Book Lady:
        I Heart Monster:
        Books Gardens & Dogs:
        Just One More Paragraph:
        My Friend Amy:
        The Wayfaring Writer:
        Wendy’s Minding Spot:
        Lucky Rosie’s:
        Pam’s Private Reflections:
        Star Shadow:
        Patricia’s Vampire Notes:
        The Bibliophilic Book Blog:
        My Book Views:
        I Heart Book Gossip:
        Brizmus Blogs Books:
        Simply Stacie:
        Jeanne's Ramblings:
        Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer:
        Books And Things:
        Book Tumbling:
        Jen’s Book Talk:
        Dan’s Journal:
        Avid Reader:
        Starting Fresh:
        A Journey of Books:
        The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object:
        Cheryl’s Book Nook:
        I’m Booking It:
        Must Read Faster:
        Maria’s Space:


        Waiting on Wednesday: My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster

        "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

        This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

        My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster


        Product Description

        It's a JENaissance! The New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid gets her culture on.

        Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces.

        In Jen's corner is a crack team of experts, including Page Six socialites, gourmet chefs, an opera aficionado, and a master sommelier. She may discover that well-regarded, high-priced stinky cheese tastes exactly as bad as it smells, and that her love for Kraft American Singles is forever. But one thing's for certain: Eliza Doolittle's got nothing on Jen Lancaster-and failure is an option.

        About the Author

        Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of four books.

        Product Details

        • Hardcover: 384 pages
        • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (May 4, 2010)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN-10: 045122986X
        • ISBN-13: 978-0451229861
        I have already posted this once, but it bears repeating LOL


        GIVEAWAY! A Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore


        Product Description

        The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.

        Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett's powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

        About the Author

        As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes-quiet, sometimes-raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in Computer Science and Education and held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

        You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

        You can learn more at her website:


        This giveaway is sponsored by Hatchette Book Group and the winner will be picked by on  May 5, 2010.  You must have a US or Canadian mailing address and it can't be a PO Box. There will by up to 3 winners depending on the amount of entries. 

        TO ENTER:

        Please use a NEW and SEPARATE comment for each entry.

        +1 Leave a comment here with an email address (you can do this daily for additional entries)
        +1 Follow Me
        +1 Be my GoodReads friend HERE
        +1 Post about this giveaway on your blog or social network and leave me a link (one entry per link and per site, you can do this daily for each unique site)
        +1 for each of the follow you visit / sign up for:
         Check out the Five Fun Facts
        Download the Reading Group Guide
        Download “Duke on the Hunt
        Become a fan on Facebook
        Follow @JenniferHaymore on Twitter
        Also available as an eBook

        GIVEAWAY: Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis

        Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis

        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.

        About the Author
        Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, did television and radio commercials, and lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress. She has won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has sold eighteen books and three novellas.

        Dee has lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Manhattan, she still calls Texas home.


        This giveaway is sponsored by Hatchette Book Group and the winner will be picked by on  May 5, 2010.  You must have a US or Canadian mailing address and it can't be a PO Box. There will by up to 3 winners depending on the amount of entries. 

        TO ENTER:

        Please use a NEW and SEPARATE comment for each entry.

        +1 Leave a comment here with an email address (you can do this daily for additional entries)
        +1 Follow Me
        +1 Be my GoodReads friend HERE
        +1 Post about this giveaway on your blog or social network and leave me a link (one entry per link and per site, you can do this daily for each unique site)
        +1 for each of the follow you visit / sign up for:
        Check out the Five Fun Facts
        Enter A-Tac
        Friend Dee Davis on Facebook
        Follow @DeeSDavis on Twitter
        Read Dee Davis’ Blog Posts on

        National Pet ID Week April 18-24

        April 18th-24th is National Pet ID week. Why is it important to microchip your pets? If this example doesn’t convince you, nothing will: Shortly after moving into a new home, a woman, we’ll just call her Kyla, got two foster dogs. It was a beautiful day, so Kyla thought the dogs would prefer the yard to the house for the hour she would be gone. What she didn’t know was that her yard’s second gate, which was not visible from the patio, had not been properly secured. So within a few minutes of Kyla’s departure, her new fosters took a walk. One, who happened to be wearing Kyla’s cat’s collar, was found instantly by a neighbor and returned. The other, Bill, who was terrified of everything and didn’t have tags on, decided to hide in the woods.
        THREE WEEKS LATER Bill was finally discovered by a jogger. He was down to 13 pounds from 21, and he had a gash so deep on his leg that his muscle was exposed. The jogger called animal control, and Bill was brought to the local shelter where they scanned him and found his microchip. Because of his microchip, Bill was quickly reunited with his foster (now forever) mom and together they made the long road to recovery. Bill went on to become a well-socialized, impeccably trained (most of the time) best friend.
        Okay, you caught me! I’m Kyla and Bill is my dog. It’s embarrassing to admit this happened, but the story is not nearly as tragic as it could have been. Had he not been microchipped, Bill most likely would have been euthanized like the other 56% of animals who enter shelters (National Counsel on Pet Population Study).
        Having it happen to you is not a good way to learn that pets can get lost, and though microchipping your pet will not prevent it from wandering off, it will at least give your pet a better chance of finding its way home.

        Need a Microchip? Simply ask your vet. Alternatively, do an internet search or scan your newspaper for upcoming pet-related events which often have microchipping booths. If you’re in the Denver area, bring your dog down to MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue’s Annual Bash on May 22nd where they will be offering microchipping for $25.

        From Mary
        Kyla has more wonderful dog tales for you to read.  Be sure to check out the latest Happy Tails book in their Lost Souls: Found series. And yes, my dog is microchipped!!



        Dog Slobber Could Be the Next Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment - Cancer -

        Wet kisses from man’s best friend could soon be showing us more than love. Researchers have found that the DNA on Fido’s tongue could be the key to new treatments for rare cancers in both humans and dogs.

        Read the full story here:

        Dog Slobber Could Be the Next Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment - Cancer -

        I always knew doggie kisses could cure a lot, but this would be fantastic!

        Linda Weaver Clark has two new GIVEAWAYS -- go check them out!

        First Contest: Linda Weaver Clarke interviewed Author Kathi Oram Peterson who writes inspirational fiction for young adults. She is graciously giving away her book, “The Forgotten Warrior.” With the help of “time travel,” a sixteen-year-old girl, who has a black belt in karate, finds herself among the ancient American Indians. Posing as a boy, she has many adventures, but soon finds herself falling in love with one of the warriors. The contest will last until midnight of April 26 at

        Second Contest: Linda Weaver Clarke’s book, “Melinda and the Wild West,” was just reviewed by The Book Connection. “Sweet historical romance… Memorable characters, an engaging plot, and the heartbeat of the untamed west combine to make Melinda and the Wild West a book that historical romance readers will enjoy.” A copy of my novel will be given away at and will last until April 30th.


        AND THE WINNER IS: Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright

        Congratulations to:

        An email has been sent, so check your inbox!

        Didn't win?  Order your copy from my Amazon link HERE


        AND THE WINNERS ARE: Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton


        The winners for Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton are:

        Please check your in box for your address!

        Didn't win?  Order your copy from my Amazon link HERE

        AND THE WINNER(s) IS(are): Bite Me by Christopher Moore

        And the Winners are:
        Stephanie G
        Andrea M

        Please check your inbox.

        Didn't win?  Order your copy from my Amazon link HERE

        Fun Puns

        1. King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of
        war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the
        Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. Desperate,
        he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.
        Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it".
        "But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested. "Don't you
        know who I am? I am the king!"
        Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference
        who you are."

        2. Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were
        avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all the Swiss league records were
        destroyed in a fire, ...and so we'll never know for whom the Tells

        3. A man rushed into a busy doctor's office and shouted, "Doctor! I
        think I'm shrinking!" The doctor calmly responded, "Now, settle
        down. You'll just have to be a little patient."

        4. A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered
        dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of
        seagulls. One day, his supply of the birds ran out so he had to go
        out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on
        the road. Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them. Immediately, he
        was arrested and charged with...transporting gulls across sedate lions
        for immortal porpoises.

        5. Back in the 1800's the Tate's Watch Company of Massachusetts
        wanted to produce other products, and since they already made the
        cases for watches, they used them to produce compasses. The new
        compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico
        rather than California . This, of course, is the origin of the
        expression,..."He who has a Tate's is lost!"

        6. A thief broke into the local police station and stole all the
        toilets and urinals, leaving no clues. A spokesperson was quoted as
        saying, "We have absolutely nothing to go on."

        7. An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine
        man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin
        strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite
        off, chew,and swallow one inch of the leather every day. After a
        month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling.
        The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady
        lingers on."

        8. A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his
        name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining
        to the local civic official who apologized profusely saying, "I must
        have taken Leif off my census."

        9. A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk
        remedies with the assistance of a tribal Brujo who indicated that the
        leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of
        constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the Brujo
        looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like
        these, you don't need enemas."


        Suko's Notebook: An Interview with Author Linda Weaver Clarke, and a Giveaway

        Stop by Suko's Notebook (click on the title or link below) and enter the giveaway for Anasazi Intrigue!

        Suko's Notebook: An Interview with Author Linda Weaver Clarke, and a Giveaway

        NEW BOOK RECEIVED: Long Past Stopping by Oran Canfield

        Product Description

        It looked like any other medical chart, with different boxes filled in with my blood pressure and heart rate, but at the bottom, next to Diagnosis, the doctor simply wrote, Terminal Assholism.
        Juggled between an endless succession of friends, relatives, anarchist boarding schools, libertarian commune dwellers, socialist rebels, and born-again circus clowns, Oran Canfield grew up viewing the inconsistencies of the world with a wary eye. The son of Jack Canfield—the motivational speaker and creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul—Oran is intensely self-conscious and reserved, but his life won't seem to leave him alone. Whether he's teaching two hundred eager self-help disciples to juggle (among them a woman with stumps for hands), dodging a series of wacky near-death experiences, delivering newspapers in satin pants on a unicycle, or experimenting with drugs in the back of a Mexican cop car at age thirteen, one thing's for sure: Oran's life is much stranger than fiction.
        Eventually he finds some fleeting comfort in heroin, but the world proves dizzying whether he's stoned or sober. Playing drums in fringe bands and bouncing between rehab centers, he encounters a host of weird characters along the way: a devotee of obscure noise music who makes his own sunglasses out of cardboard, hooligan hockey players left in charge of group therapy, and the unassuming chess nerd who might be in the mob. Feeding a dope addiction that becomes more harrowing by the day, Oran sells off every possession and burns every bridge on the road to recovery.
        With humor and wit, Long Past Stopping grapples with the paradoxes of a mad world and shows that feel-good nostrums go only so far. Sometimes the only way out is the hard one.

        About the Author

        Oran Canfield was raised in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Central America, New Mexico, Arizona, and the San Francisco Bay area. While attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Oran began his career as a drummer and became heavily involved in San Francisco's flourishing underground music and art communities. Along with his involvement as a drummer for numerous bands in the nineties, he also owned and operated a recording studio and cooperated a music venue featuring experimental and creative jazz music. He has also been a bike messenger, piano restorer, housecleaner, limo driver, and sex-toy maker. Early in 2001, after seven separate stints in rehab, he got clean after attending an experimental treatment center in the Caribbean islands. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a musician and freelance art handler.

        Product Details

        • Hardcover: 336 pages
        • Publisher: William Morrow (September 15, 2009)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN-10: 0061450758
        • ISBN-13: 978-0061450754

        NEW BOOK RECEIVED: Seduced by the Wolf by Terry Spear

        Product Description

        Fascinating aspects of real-life wolf behavior based on extensive research on how wolves live in the wild make Terry Spear's werewolf paranormal series stand out and attract a growing audience. The fifth in the series features heroine Cassie Roux, a biologist who has studied wolves for years, trying to prove to the world they're not evil predators. A red lupus garou (werewolf), who lost her pack and was raised by real wolves, she has dedicated her life to their preservation. Leidolf Wildhaven is a red lupus garou pack leader who has more troubles than he ever thought possible, what with running a pack, a ranch, and other businesses. When Cassie—a rare red female— is spotted in his territory, Leidolf figures he's found the answer to his pack's threatened extinction. Only the headstrong woman has other priorities…

        About the Author

        A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.

        Product Details

        • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
        • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 3, 2010)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN-10: 1402237537
        • ISBN-13: 978-1402237539