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Friday, December 31, 2010

TRAILER: Rachel Vincent's MY SOUL TO STEAL


Title: MY SOUL TO STEAL (Soul Screamers bk4)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN-10: 0373210272
ISBN-13: 978-0373210275



So with tomorrow being the official / unofficial release date for Rachel Vincent's newest Soul Scream book My Soul to Steal, it's time to check out the trailer! I've been waiting all year for this release!



Book Description

YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?

Trying to work things out with
Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just
pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their
relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to
take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara,
the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft
them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she
survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to
death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

I DON'T THINK SO.


Book Trailer




Yes, I've cheated and already read and reviewed this book, and it was amazing!!! It was the best of the series!!! If you haven't already pre-ordered My Soul to Steal, run out and pick it up tomorrow!!! Or buy it from Amazon or your favorite online retailer!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Favorite Cover's of 2010

Picking my favorite covers was like picking a favorite child. There were so many amazing covers this year! Who says, Don't judge a book by it's cover? Not me! Also, scroll down to check out my Top Reads 2010 giveaway!!!

Top Covers of 2010


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Favorite Female Paranormal -Rachel Vincent's Alpha


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Favorite Male Paranormal - Kresley Cole's Demon From the Dark


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Favorite Shape Shifter Cover- Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Goes to War



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Favorite Steampunk Cover - Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel


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Favorite Young Adult Cover - Alexandra Adornetto's Halo


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Favorite Contemporary Romance - Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time


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Favorite Object Cover - Gail Giles's Dark Song


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Favorite Debut Cover Andrea Cremer's Night Shade


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Favorite Foreign Release Cover - Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry bk 3
(aka A Caress of Twilight)


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Sexiest Cover Couple - Megan Hart's Naked


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Sexiest Cover Abs - Lauren Dane's Insatiable


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Most Unique Cover - Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red

These are just a couple of my favorite covers from 2010. What are yours?


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CONTEST



Enter below for the chance to win one an eBook copy of Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Keep. Contest starts today and closes Saturday, January 8, 2010 at midnight. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have FIVE days to respond & claim their prize! Since I'm gifting this eBook through Amazon.com, the winner must be have an amazon.com account set up to receive their prize.



HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  • In the contest entry box below, please leave your first name/last initial and e-mail address
  • List your favorite book of 2010
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  • I will use random.org to choose the winner.
  • Contest is open to readers in the USA only.
  • You have FIVE days from the day I e-mail the winners to claim your prize. Failure to contact me result in forfeit of your prize. At that time, I will choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.
  • These rules are subject to change or be modified without prior written notice.
  • Contest is void where prohibited.
  • By entering this contest you are agreeing to our terms of entry.
(Scroll down in the box to fill in contest information)


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top Reads of 2010 Pt 2

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So here is Part 2 of my guest bloggers Top Reads of 2010! I want to thank everyone involved!

VampireBookClub.net


Name: Chelsea / Vampire Book Club

Book Blog Address: Vampire Book Club

Twitter Address: @VampBookClub

Top Books of 2010:

1. CITY OF GHOSTS by Stacia Kane / Urban fantasy / The rapid-release of the first three Downside Ghosts books by Stacia Kane stole my summer. Honestly, I’ve never read anything like this – urban fantasy or otherwise. The books get progressively better and more vivid. Scenes from City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #3) still reverberate with me months after finishing the book. Review

2. THE IRON DUKE by Meljean Brook / Steampunk romance / Between the flutter-worthy love story, high seas adventure and murder mystery, The Iron Duke will have you consistently rushing to the next chapter for answers. Review

3. NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer / YA paranormal / Nightshade isn’t just another werewolf book. It isn’t just another teen love story. Nightshade is about women controlling their own lives, about being free to love, about investigating truth for one’s self… and it is utterly sexy without any sex. Review

4. CRIMSON MOON by J.A. Saare / Paranormal Romance / Crimson Moon offers the No. 1 thing paranormal romance readers need: a couple whose interaction leave you with butterflies in your stomach. J.A. Saare has provided us with an irresistible example of deep, overwhelming first love. (And you get both vampires and werewolves! Huzzah!) Review
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5. LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead / YA paranormal / The final Vampire Academy novel gave us answers, but didn't make getting them easy. Part murder mystery, part soul-searching. Even though this book was a monster at near 600 pages, I was happy at the end. The book was a fitting closure to one of my favorite series.

Favorite Series of 2010: Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Favorite Book Cover for 2010: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

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Name: Larissa

Book Blog Address: Larissa's Bookish Life

Twitter Address: @larissa_sarah

Top Books of 2010:

1. Alien Tango by Gini Koch / Sci-Fi Romance-Comedy / The sequel to one of my favorite books of the year, Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango does the impossible and surpasses it's predecessor. Such an awesome book! Review

2. Double Cross by Carolyn Crane / Urban Fantasy / One of the most original series of the year and this sequel is unbelievable! Review

3. Lover Mine by JR Ward / Paranormal Romance / We finally get JM's story and it's brilliant! Review

4. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs / Urban Fantasy / I love this series and this 5th installment of the series is amazing! Review

5. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews / Urban Fantasy / I love this series and in this marvelous 4th book, we finally get Curran and ate together, what could have been better? Review

Favorite Series of 2010: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Favorite Book Cover for 2010:
Alien Tango by Gini Koch


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The Book Vixen


Name: The Book Vixen

Book Blog Address: The Book Vixen

Twitter Address: @thebookvixen

Top Books of 2010 (in no particular order):

1. The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton / Contemporary Romance / A laugh-out-loud, hilarious read with lots of smut. Perfect blend of sizzling romance and hilarious, flirtatious banter.

2. Matched by Ally Condie / Young Adult, Dystopian / The attention to detail crafted by the author is amazing. Every last detail was thought out meticulously and executed well.

3. Broken by Shiloh Walker / Romantic Suspense / My first read from this author. This book open the door to romantic suspense for me. The love scenes are hot and you'll be begging for more.

4. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schoeder / Young Adult / I didn't think I would be able to read a book written in verse but this author has a way with words! She encompasses a unique way of lyrically telling a story so that the story just flows fluidly and never misses a beat.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher / Young Adult / I truly feel that this book should be required reading for high school students and maybe even junior high students. It's definitely a thought-provoking read that will make you think twice about your actions and how they can affect others.

Favorite Series of 2010:
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I had no intentions on reading this series for the simple fact that I'm not into reading about faeries. But once I started, I couldn't stop. And now I'm anxiously awaiting book 5, the final book, to come out.

Favorite Book Cover for 2010:Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - the way the sisters and the wolf are blended in together is just beautiful.


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Name: Kelly @ Reading With Martinis

Book Blog Address: http://www.readingwithmartinis.com

Twitter Address: @MartiniReading

Top Books of 2010:

1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa / YA Fantasy / Review

2. My Fairy Lazy by Jen Lancaster / Memoir / This book is so funny you just might pee your pants! Review

3. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting / YA Urban Fantasy / Review

Favorite Series of 2010: The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent

Favorite Book Cover for 2010: Bright Young Things and the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

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CONTEST



Enter below for the chance to win one an eBook copy of Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Keep. Contest starts today and closes Saturday, January 8, 2010 at midnight. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have FIVE days to respond & claim their prize! Since I'm gifting this eBook through Amazon.com, the winner must be have an amazon.com account set up to receive their prize.



HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  • In the contest entry box below, please leave your first name/last initial and e-mail address
  • List your favorite book of 2010
  • Follow this blog for bonus 2 points! (button located on right-hand side)
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RULES AND LEGAL DISCLAIMERS:
  • I will use random.org to choose the winner.
  • Contest is open to readers in the USA only.
  • You have FIVE days from the day I e-mail the winners to claim your prize. Failure to contact me result in forfeit of your prize. At that time, I will choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.
  • These rules are subject to change or be modified without prior written notice.
  • Contest is void where prohibited.
  • By entering this contest you are agreeing to our terms of entry.
(Scroll down in the box to fill in contest information)





Lots of amazing books! Lots of amazing covers! Great picks ladies! I want to thank all of the bloggers involved. Check back tomorrow for my Top Books, Covers, Series, Characters, and Scenes of 2010.



Top Reads of 2010 Pt 1

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It's that time of year again readers and New Year's is upon us. For me, it been a year of truly re-discovering my love of reading. I've been introduced to new series, like Julie Kagawa's Iron Fay Series and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series. I've said heart wrenching goodbyes to Rachel Vincent's Shifters Series and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series. I've dissected books. I've reviewed books. I've thrown books at the wall. I've laughed myself silly. And I've wept until tears streaked book pages.

It has been a year of reading highs and lows. I've decided to get together with some of my fellow bloggers to find the Top Reads of 2010. Also, scroll to the bottom for a chance to win one of my favorite eBooks of 2010!!!!

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Name: Nikki (EvilQueen21)

Blog: Evilqueen's Realm of Ensorcelled Reads Of rare use, with posts are few & far between...

Top Reads of 2010:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (YA)- This powerful, intense conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy, as with the first two delivers staggering, jaw dropping moments full of intense emotions that after reading your literally left in a stunned shock like state that takes hours to snap out of. (At least that's what it was for me.) Mockingjay hands down wins the #1 spot in my top reads of 2010.

2. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (UF)- No top list of mine, would be complete without something from the husband/wife team of Ilona Andrews. Magic Bleeds 4th in the Kate Daniels series, features the dynamic duo Kate Daniels & Beastlord, Curran Lennart (my favorite fictional character in the entire world!) Not just Bleeds, but the entire series is full of charming wit & snark, beloved characters you can't help but adore, and creative ingenuity that will utterly blow you away.

3. My Soul To Keep by Rachel Vincent (YA)- Keep is 3rd in Vincent's Soul Screamers series. With the majority of YA being geared toward Vampires & Werewolves, Vincent provides a much needed breath of fresh air. She creates a vividly built world of Bean Sidhes, Demons & Reapers, with deep and complex character development that's written flawlessly. Vincent captures teenage angst so well, if she could bottle & sell it, she'd easily be a self made millionaire!

4. Changes by Jim Butcher (UF)- The Dresden Files, is a series I just discovered this year, after reading the first 11 books back to back prior to Changes, I was outright giddy by the level of awesomeness that the latest installment doles out. From start to finish Changes is full of non-stop action that I just couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough. Butcher's world building is full of seamless layers that never ceases to amaze me.

5. Iron Duke by Meljean Brook (PNR/UF mix)- First in the Iron Seas series, Brook takes the reader on a thrilling ride of endless action & adventure set in a unique steampunk world of meticulous detail and imagination. Never have a fell in love with a hero/heroine so quickly as I did with Rhys & Mina! With just one book Meljean Brook, has claimed a permanente spot on my favorites shelf which is currently, eagerly awaiting book 2!!

Favorite Series of 2010: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Favorite Book Cover for 2010: The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

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Name: Claire, better known online as Cem! I’m a UK blogger who focuses on YA paranormals, but also read some contemp YA’s and adult paranormal books. Picking favorites for this was really hard! Crazy number of awesome books this year, if you want to see more of my favorites, check out my site Cem’s Book Hideout.


Top Reads of 2010:


1. Matched by Ally Condie – YA dystopia – Smart and beautiful. Layer after layer of the world is peeled back oh so carefully, revealing a world, and characters, far more complex than at first sight! Review


2. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews [Kate Daniels #4] – adult urban fantasy – complex characters and world, gritty, dark and real. And one of the most kick ass protagonists there are! Review


3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – YA urban fantasy – a stunning debut!! Beautiful, brilliant, funny, an emotional roller coaster, a superb protagonist and a very, very sweet and sexy love interest!! Review


4. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – YA urban fantasy – heartbreaking read, a fantastic ghost story and beautifully written. Review


5. My Soul To Steal by Rachel Vincent – YA urban fantasy – seriously fantastic characters and writing. Great blend of creepy netherworld and problems handled realistically. Review


Favorite Series of 2010:

Easy one for a change: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning – adult urban fantasy

Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever and Dreamfever. Final book, Shadowfever, releases Jan 18th 2011. A very addictive, dark fae story. This series has been around for a little while but I only read it recently, reading the first 4 books back to back. It’s a fantastic, twisted story that I can’t get enough of! Seriously one of the greatest series I’ve ever read. Reviews: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever/Dreamfever


Favorite Book Cover for 2010:

Again, hard to choose, there have been many awesome covers this year. But I’m picking Shade by Jeri Smith Ready. I love how simple, beautiful and fitting this cover it! The colors purple and red play a role in the book, so that they’re the colors on the cover works perfectly. Very eye catching!


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Name: Jessica

Blog: a GREAT read

Top Reads of 2010:

1. 13 to Life by Shannon Delany / YA paranormal / It was a fantastic werewolf story that was sort of standard, yet still different and thrilling at the same time! Review

2. Alpha by Rachel Vincent / Urban Fantasy/ I love Rachel's werecat series because we get to see a different kind of shifter than the standard werewolf, which I still love, but I'm always up for something different. And this was the conclusion to her werecat series as well. Review

3. Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost / Paranormal Romance / This was a treat to Jeaniene's new spinoff series! I saw a thin resemblance to Beauty and the Beast which is partly why this was my fave out of the two so far! Review

4. Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder / Fantasy / Maria is my fave and only fantasy author that I read. Her books take you to this whole other world where magic exists and is beautifully written without being overly complicated. Review

5. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price / Urban Fantasy / While it may have been published in 09, I read this one this year and absolutely adored it and its sequel. Here we have a fresh look at vampires and shifters and how they live in separate worlds, but they shifters can still cross into our world, where the vampires live! It was just really neat and different to see two worlds coexisting like this. Review


Favorite Series of 2010: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Was very hard to pick with this one! So I chose this series since I had just finished reading the last book!)

Favorite Book Cover for 2010: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany


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CONTEST


Enter below for the chance to win one an eBook copy of Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Keep. Contest starts today and closes Saturday, January 8, 2010 at midnight. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have FIVE days to respond & claim their prize! Since I'm gifting this eBook through Amazon.com, the winner most be have an amazon.com account set up to receive their prize.



HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  • In the contest entry box below, please leave your first name/last initial and e-mail address
  • List your favorite book of 2010
  • Follow this blog for bonus 2 points! (button located on right-hand side)
  • Follow my twitter for bonus 2 points! (button located on right-hand side)
RULES AND LEGAL DISCLAIMERS:
  • I will use random.org to choose the winner.
  • Contest is open to readers in the USA only.
  • You have FIVE days from the day I e-mail the winners to claim your prize. Failure to contact me result in forfeit of your prize. At that time, I will choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.
  • These rules are subject to change or be modified without prior written notice.
  • Contest is void where prohibited.
  • By entering this contest you are agreeing to our terms of entry.
(Scroll down in the box to fill in contest information)




Come back tomorrow for Top Reads of 2010 Part 2!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Naughty and Nice Holiday Reads

So with just days until Christmas, I've decided to share my favorite Holiday reads past and present.

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NICE

These are some of my favorite heart warming tales of inspiration, love, family, and the Holiday Spirit.



Title: A Virgin River Christmas
Author: Robyn Carr
Release Date: 03/01/2010
My Rating: 5/5
Nice Rating: 5/5
Product Description:




Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him.

Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside. Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered.

Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discovers a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior.

Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe, it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.



Title: Holly and Mistletoe
Author: Susan Mallery
Release Date: 08/17/2009
My Rating: 5/5
Nice Rating: 4.5/5
Product Description:




A storm had claimed her apartment and now Holly Garrett was without a home for the holidays. But just when she saw her plans for Christmas crumbling, a miracle came her way...

The handsome firefighter who'd saved her and her cat - and who'd injured himself in the rescue - was now asking her for help. And he was inviting her to live with him. Sure, she could cook and clean for him while he recuperated, but was that really all he wanted?

Jordan Haynes couldn't let Holly be alone for Christmas - not when she brought out his every protective instinct. No, he could play the needy patient as well as anyone... and just maybe he could convince her to keep him company through the holidays - if not longer.



Title: Midnight Kiss
Author: Robyn Carr, Jean Brashear, and Victoria Dahl
Release Date: 11/01/2010
My Rating: 4.5/5
Nice Rating: 5/5
Product Description:




These are New Year's resolutions worth keeping!

Take a risk.

At the inaugural New Year's Eve party at Jack's Bar, two lonely revelers decide the best balm for their broken hearts might just be each other.

Find the perfect work–life balance.

When a flinty lawyer with a bad-boy addiction meets the quintessential nice guy, sparks fly that consume their expectations of life and love.

Get those finances in order.

Working over the holidays on a messy bank takeover is made worse for two federal specialists by an ill-advised kiss that will never happen again…right?



Title: Home for the Holidays
Author: Debbie Macomber
Release Date: 03/16/2009
My Rating: 4.5/5
Nice Rating: 4.5/5
Product Description:



The Forgetful Bride

Caitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier. So Cait spends Christmas with Joe Rockwell, who was a childhood friend--and is still a terrible tease, claiming that Cait's his wife. Oh, sure, they were "married" in a pretend ceremony when she was eight, but now Joe wants to make their "marriage" real!

When Christmas Comes

Emily Springer trades her Leavenworth, Washington, home for Charles Brewster's Boston condo. Then Emily's friend Faith comes to visit her in Washington--and instead finds Charles, a complete stranger and a curmudgeon, to boot. His brother, Ray, meanwhile, shows up at Charles's place, only to discover Emily living there. But through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, among the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge....



NAUGHTY

I'll have to admit that the first two I picked, mostly because they are the newest Naughty Holiday treats I've devoured! That being said, all of these titles will make your Holiday's a little warmer!



Title:Unwrapped
Author: Megan Hart
Release Date: 12/6/2010
My Rating: 5/5
Naughty Rating: 5/5
Product Description:






Naughty is Nice

Newlyweds Leah and Brandon Long are finally taking a honeymoon. But just a few days into their Christmas-in-Vail vacation, Leah takes a tumble on the slopes, severely spraining her ankle. Being stuck indoors isn't so bad though: the luxurious chalet boasts a hot tub and cozy fireplace. Besides, sitting with her feet up while Brandon serves her in every way a man can serve a woman is exactly how both of them like to spend their time.

Leah would be in heaven, if only Brandon didn't insist on playing with the dynamic of their relationship. With kinky sex and deep conversation the only things on the agenda, Leah can't avoid the discussion of how things might change. Will she be ready to take their marriage to the next level in the New Year?



Title: Believe
Author: Lauren Dane
Release Date: 12/6/2010
My Rating: 4.5/5
Naughty Rating: 5/5
Product Description:




Their First Christmas, Bound Together…

All Jude wants for Christmas is Rori, all to himself. It’s their first holiday season as a couple, and staying home, seeing friends and family, means they’ll be surrounded by the memory of Rori’s late husband. It’s time for Jude and Rori to create their own traditions. Time for them to fully explore their most intimate desires to dominate and submit.

Rori is thrilled when Jude whisks her away to a luxury resort in the mountains. Spending Christmas away, just the two of them, is the perfect time to show him she’s ready to give herself to him completely…


Title: Hot for the Holidays
Author: Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Anya Bast and Allyson James
Release Date:
9/26/2009
My Rating: 4/5
Naughty Rating: 5/5
Product Description:



Featuring four all-new novellas of sensual surprises and seasonal spirits, this collection includes a new tale of the Breeds from Lora Leigh and a return to the world of the Mageverse from Angela Knight.

Vampire's Ball by Angela Knight
Kat Danilo's childhood turned tragic when her sister become the victim of a serial killer. Years later, she gets a chance at justice when she discovers she'd the daughter of Lancelot, vampire knight of the Round Table. But first, she's got to convince a handsome vampire warrior that she's worthy to gain the magical powers that are her birthright—powers that might help her find her sister's killer. If the murderer doesn't find her first....

Sweet Enchantment by Anya Bast
This novella provides a first taste of the world in which Anya's new Dark Magick series is set.

A Little Night Magic by Allyson James
The town of Magellan is famous for its woo-woo activity. Naomi is known as an Unbeliever (one who doesn't believe in Magellan's mystical energy). But Naomi must put disbelief aside when her Navajo lover reveals that he is a Changer, a shapeshifter, and has returned to Magellan to protect her from grave anger on Christmas Eve.


Title: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release Date:
10/28/2008
My Rating: 4/5
Naughty Rating: 4/5
Product Description:



Toni Davis's Christmas wish list

1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.

3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.

Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.

How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .


Monday, December 20, 2010

The 12 Days of Christmas on The Lazy S Ranch

Happy Holidays to all my fellow readers, blogger, reviewers, and authors! This post is in honor of Rachel Vincent's Shifters Series. If you haven't read this series, please take the time to check them out!!!
Merry Christmas Glitter Graphics - Glitterlive.com


The 12 Days of Christmas on
The Lazy S Ranch




On the 1st day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. And a sexy shifter named Jace!

On the 2nd day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Two tequila bottles.

On the 3rd day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Three feuding Alphas.

On the 4th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Four bodies buried.

On the 5th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Five flying Thunderbirds.

On the 6th day of Christmas the Shifter gave to me….. Six shifters shifting.

On the 7th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Seven crowbars swinging.

On the 8th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Eight enforces sparing.

On the 9th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Nine strays neutered.

On the 10th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Ten U.S. territories.

On the 11th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Eleven enforcers eating.

On the 12th day of Christmas the Shifters gave to me….. Twelve trees for climbing.


I hope you all enjoyed! Please check back next week, when I'll be having guest bloggers talk about their favorite reads of 2010. I'll also be giving away some of my favorite 2010 reads!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

REVIEW: Robyn Carr's MOONLIGHT ROAD (Virgin River bk 10)


In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d post a review from one of my favorite series who’s characters have deep ties to the army, navy, and air force. This one goes out to my father who severed his country in Vietnam.




Title:
MOONLIGHT ROAD (Virgin River Bk 10)
Author:
Robyn Carr
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Mira
Language: English
ISBN-10: 077832768X
ISBN-13: 978-0778327684

My Ratings


Plot: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality of Plot: 4/5
Characters Development: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Cover Art: 3/5

Overall: 29/35 = 82%


Book Opening

In the two weeks Aiden Riordan had been in Virgin River, he'd hiked over a hundred miles and grown himself a pretty hefty dark red beard. With his jet-black hair and brows and his bright green eyes, this legacy of his ancestors gave him a wild look. His four-year-old niece, Rosie, who sported a full head of red curls to go with her green eyes, had said, "Unca Aid! You're a Wide Iwish Rose, too!"


Synopsis

"With her beloved younger siblings settled and happy, Erin Foley has got empty nest syndrome. At age thirty-five.

So she’s hitting the pause button on her life and holing up in a secluded (but totally upgraded, she’s not into roughing it) cabin near Virgin River. Erin is looking forward to really getting to know herself...not some shaggy-haired mountain man she meets wandering the woods.
In fact, beneath his faded fatigues and bushy beard, Aiden Riordan is a doctor, recharging for a summer after leaving the Navy. He’s intrigued by the pretty, slightly snooty refugee from the rat race — meditating, journaling and definitely keeping him at arm’s length. He’d love to get closer...if his scruffy exterior and crazy ex-wife don’t hold him back.

But maybe it’s something in the water — unlikely romances seem to take root in Virgin River...helped along with some well-intentioned meddling, of course.
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My Review

Erin Foley came to Virginia River looking to get away for her hectic life. She’s a high profile lawyer, who was forced to raise her siblings after loosing both of her parents. She is at a cross-road in her life. With both of her siblings now out of the house and moving on with their lives, Erin has decided to stay in her families cabin in Virgin River for the summer. She just wants to relax and make some decisions in her life. To bad the sexy Aiden Riordan , had other plans for Ms. Foley. After fourteen years with the Navy, Dr. Riordan has left the military. He came to Virgin River to visit family, and re-evaluate his career as naval doctor.

I first want to state for the record that Aiden Riordan has been my favorite Virgin River male lead character. He has that night in shining armor sort of feel. He’s handsome. He’s sweet. He’s strong. He’s smart. And he loves children. What more could any women want? Maybe someone without a crazy ex-wife! ; ) I enjoyed taking another look at the Riordan family. How can one family have so many amazing men?

I also enjoyed reading about Erin and her family. She has given so much of her life to other people, and she wasn’t given the chance to life her life for herself. And then Aiden has given her that chance.

One of my favorite parts of this series, is the fact that it centers around a main cast of characters. I did feel like the last two books in this series missed this point. I was very happy to see the Jack and Mel sub-plot find its way back into the series. They will always be my favorite Virgin River couple.

I really enjoyed the newest book in
Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series. Just like the others in this series, this book was funny, romantic, honest, and full of hope. I have devoured this series in a matter of weeks and would recommend them to anyone seeking to get away for a few hours.


Virginia River Series

Novella - "Sheltering Hearts"
Book 10 -
Moonlight Road
Book 9 -
Angel's Peak
Book 8 -
Forbidden Falls
Novella - "Under the Christmas Tree"
Book 7 -
Paradise Valley
Book 6 -
Temptation Ridge
Book 5 - S
econd Chance Pass
Book 4 -
A Virgin River Christmas
Book 3 -
Whispering Rock
Book 2 -
Shelter Mountain
Book 1 -
Virgin River


Website

Robyn Carr’s Website



Monday, October 18, 2010

Rachel Vincent Blog Tour Contest Winner!!! Is it you?

I want to thank Rachel Vincent for taking the time to stop my the Nice Girls Blog to answer a few questions and sharing a quote from ALPHA.


I also want to thank everyone for checking out my interview with Rachel. I really enjoyed reading what songs you guys think best describes Rachel Vincent's Shifters characters! And the winner is.......Vanessa T. who picked Missy Higgins' Special Two to for Faythe. Please e-mail me at HCross9820 [at] aol [dot] com. The winner has FIVE days to respond & claim their prize.


The official releases date for ALPHA was October 1st, and is available for purchase at you local book stores and online book retailers. So check out ALPHA today!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

INTERVIEW: Rachel Vincent's ALPHA Blog Tour & Contest



Title: ALPHA (Shifters Book 6)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Mira
Language: English
ISBN-10: 077832818X
ISBN-13: 978-0778328186






“YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE FAYTHE...

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.

It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can--that will--change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for. But life never waits until you're ready.”




Today, I am pleased to bring you a special guest- amazing talented author Rachel Vincent! She has graciously agreed to a short interview right here on Nice Girls in promotion of her newest release ALPHA, the final book in her Shifters Series.

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Q: When writing the Shifters Series, did you plot book to book, or the whole series right from the beginning?

Rachel: I had an idea where the series was going by the time I'd finished Rogue, but I plotted each book's individual plot separately.

Q: There is a serious fan base for both Team Marc and Team Jace, and a lot of debate about the two sides on your discussion group. Did you ever think the love triangle would cause as much debate as it has, and does that debate bother you?

Rachel: No, the debate thrills me. If the readers weren't torn about Faythe's decision, that would mean I hadn't written the scenario (or the characters) well enough. The fact that there's so much argument tells me that Faythe's trouble deciding makes sense.

Q: When creating the character Jace, did you intend or ever envision him to have such a following?

Rachel: I didn't intend much of anything when i wrote Stray. I didn't even know if it would get published. But I knew I liked Jace. And Ethan. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one. :)

Q: If Faythe, Marc & Jace each had an individual theme song, what would they be and why?

Rachel:
Faythe's would definitely be "I'm Just A Girl" by No Doubt

Marc's might be Citizen Soldier

Jace is harder to pin down. He's light hearted, but beneath that, he has some serious problems. I'm not sure about that one.

Q: Now that the Shifter Series has basically come to a close, how do you feel about completing you first published series?

Rachel: It's a very bittersweet moment for me. I love the series and the characters, and it's hard to say goodbye to them. But I think the series is ending well, and hopefully on a high note. So I take pride in that.


Thanks Rachel, for taking the time to stop-by and answer a few questions! Congratulation on ALPHA's release, the Shifters Series was truly an exhilarating ride. Can't wait to see what else you have up you sleeve.


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Rachel also picked out a special teaser quote from ALPHA just for Nice Girls:

"Besides, this mouth was made for shouting the truth and demanding justice. Among other things..." -From Alpha, pg 222


The official releases date for ALPHA was October 1st, and is available for purchase at you local book stores and online book retailers. You can check out my review of ALPHA here.

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SHIFTER SERIES CONTEST !!!!!

In honor of the release of ALPHA, I have decided to giveaway a Shifter Series tote bag made by yours truly. I also sent a similar tote to Rachel to celebrate the conclusion of this amazing series. Enter below for the chance to win one for yourself. Contest starts today and closes Saturday, October 16, 2010 at midnight. The winners name will be posted here on my blog on Monday, October 18, 2010. The winner will have FIVE days to respond & claim their prize!



HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  • In the blue contest entry box below, please leave your first name/last initial and e-mail address.
  • Then name a song that best describes any of Rachel Vincent's Shifters characters! (I'd pick Linkin Park's Somewhere I Belong for Jace or The Fray's Where the Story Ends as a combo for Marc & Faythe!!) Good for 1 point.
  • Link contest via Twitter/Facebook/Blog 1 point for each link provided.
  • Follow this blog for bonus 2 points! (button located on right-hand side)
RULES AND LEGAL DISCLAIMERS:
  • I will use random.org to choose the winner.
  • Contest is open to readers in the USA only.
  • You have FIVE days from the day I post the winners name to claim your prize by sending your name/mailing address to me. Failure to contact me result in forfeit of your prize. At that time, I will choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.
  • These rules are subject to change or be modified without prior written notice.
  • Contest is void where prohibited.
  • By entering this contest you are agreeing to our terms of entry.
  • Please allow 30 days to receive your prize before e-mailing me.

(Scroll down in the blue box to fill in contest information)




Last but not least, I want to thank Claire and Nikki, my book buddies for lending a hand with this blog post. Don't know what I'd do without you girls. I you both! If you get a chance, take a minute to check out their book review blogs!