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Giveaway: Dracula In Love - Karen Essex

Synopsis:
In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.
Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered on…

Teaser

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

It wasn't until I read the last few pages that I read the words I longed to see. Here Thomas had written a simple guide for slowing or killing these kind.

~ Page 288, Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker

Rag And Bone Day Planner

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©2010


My Opinion:
This is one of the most useful things I own at the moment besides my hand mixer. This day planner has taken all my appointments, and is clearing a mass amount of notepads off my desk. I really love the design and weight, and what it has to offer. I think it is…

UNDERway™

About Product:
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©2010


My Opinion:
When I received the box of samples I was surprised at how many different products there were to try. Everything from cereal, drinks, cupcakes and soup. I had fun trying them, even if I didn't really like them all.
The drinks are a hit! They have great flavor, and I can see getting them once in a while. The others I wasn't so fond of. The cereal was bran, not my thing at all, even with fruit pieces. The cookies, cupcakes and snacks all had a chalky f…

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker

Page 56:

His eyes widened, then dropped to his hands gripping Lucine's slim shoulders.

Bermuda Shorts - James J. Patterson

Synopsis:
In clothing, Bermuda Shorts are a kind of casual formal wear – and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson’s fundamentally serious but playful literary style. Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies — a philosopher who thinks best over a glass of fine wine; an ex-Catholic still haunted by the image of the Crucifixion; an irreverent political satirist whose patriotism flies the flag of another iconoclast, Thomas Paine. Patterson grew up with a foot planted in each of two worlds — one in Washington DC, the Capital of the Empire as he calls it, where the wheels of power spin, and one in rural Ontario, where his Canadian mother insisted the family spend their summers. His father, one of the wizards of twentieth century newspaper publishing, introduced him to the city’s wheels of money and power, which he would later navigate as an entrepreneur, starting his fi…

Dark Days and Wicked Nights (Sampler)

Synopsis:
A paranormal sampler with six views into the latest from these authors; Allyson James, Yasmine Galenorn, Devyn Quinn, Marie Traenor, Laura Wright and Meljean Brook.




©2010


My Opinion:
There are six stories to be sampled in this book. Out of the six, half disinterest me, the other half I'm keen on reading.
After reading Burning Up earlier this month, I was a new fan of Meljean Brook. She is one of the authors in the sampler. Ironically with the book next in line in the series that I read in Burning Up. So I was pleasantly surprised.
Let me break down the six for you, real quick:
1. Stormwalker - Allyson James; Wasn't a fan of what I read.
2. Night Myst - Yasmine Galenorn; This is everything I could hope for in a paranormal story! Can't wait to read it!
3. Siren's Call - Devyn Quinn; I liked the premise, but wasn't sold on the story.
4. Blood on Silk - Marie Traenor; I wanted so much more from this, though the steam factor is a ten! Not a favorite though.
5.…

Giveaway: Sin Undone - Larissa Ione

Synopsis:
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.


Thank you to Anna & Hachette Book Group for the giveaway! I have 5 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

OPEN TO US & CANADA
NO P.O BOXES


Mandatory Entry:
Comment o…

Teaser

Host

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

I had run upstairs, where the adults were having cocktails, several times, saying, "You need to come down and see this, I think what happening is really special," to which they smiled and sent me on my way, maybe coming down one at a time, drinks tinkling in their hands, to see what I was up to. Oh, a football game, how cute.

~ Page 96, Bermuda Shorts - James J. Patterson



A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" - Chloe Rhodes

Synopsis:
Carpe Diem and Become a Word Connoisseur!
English is filled with a smorgasbord of foreign words and phrases that have entered our language from many sources -- some from as far back as the Celts. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi," which tells the story of how many of these expressions came to be commonly used in English, will both amaze and amuse language lovers everywhere. You'll be fascinated to learn, for instance, that . . .
* ketchup began life as a spicy pickled fish sauce called koechiap in seventeenth-century China?
* honcho came from the Japanese word hancho, which means squad chief? The word was brought to the United States sometime during the 1940s by soldiers who had served in Japan.
* dungarees comes from the Hindi word dungri, the thick cotton cloth used for sails and tents in India?
Organized alphabetically for easy reference, A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" tells the little-known origin of some of these thousands of foreign words and phrases -- …

Still Missing - Chevy Stevens

Synopsis:
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.


©2010


My Opinion:
Wow!
For a debut author, Chevy knocked my socks off!
I really loved this book, and absorbed every word of it. The entire story had me on the edge of my seat, …

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington - Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss (TOUR & TWITTER CONTEST)

Synopsis:
The war has stolen Rosalie’s fiancé, Vic, from her forever. But rather than wallow, Rosalie distracts herself by cramming her days full of activity—mainly by shooting rivets into the B-17 bombers that will destroy the enemy.
When a reporter dubs her “Seattle's Own Rosie the Riveter,” even more responsibility piles up. Her strong arms bear all this, but when intense feelings surface for Kenny, the handsome, kind-hearted, and spiritually unwavering reporter, the fear of losing another love propels Rosalie to leave.
It’s only when Rosalie realizes that God has brought her to this place—and this person—for a reason, the sparkling grace of God compels her to let go of her own strength and lean on His, as well as open her heart to love.


Author Bios:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored…

BIO: Albert Einstein - Frieda Wishinsky

Synopsis:
Albert Einstein struck many of his teachers as insolent and lazy, but his mind was always at work. As a young patent clerk, Albert loved to think about light, space, and time. Other scientists thought his ideas were crazy, but Albert didn’t care. His imagination and natural gift for physics helped him develop ideas that would shake the world — and make him one of the most famous thinkers of our time.
In this groundbreaking biography series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read.



©2005


My Opinion:
This was an amazing biography on an even more amazing person of our history. Albert Einstein is a well-known scientist and great thinker, but after reading the book and learn…

It's 2010, You Really Need to Be on Facebook

By Fauzia Burke, President of FSB Associates

According to eMarketer, Facebook users have reached 350 million worldwide. Together they are creating a community of savvy consumers, connecting with friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances to share advice, information and yes, recommendations.

I wonder then why so many publishers and authors are still not on Facebook?

Social media sites began forming in the late 1990s, and since then the medium has evolved greatly. That means social media has been around for over 10 years, and is now well established as a method for networking, communicating and marketing.

From a marketing standpoint it seems logical to be a part of this culture shift. Social media will continue to grow in importance over the next two years. In fact, it will be the most important method of communicating and marketing. It will blur the lines between personal and professional and it will distance us from email. Obama understands the importance of social media -- his of…

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Still Missing - Chevy Stevens

Page 56, Line 5:

Shit.



Giveaway: Ravens - George Dawes Green

Synopsis:
The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.
When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.
That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone&#…

Teaser

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

He still wasn't showing much expression, but he was looking intently into my eyes. The best liars stick close to the truth.

~ Page 60, Still Missing - Chevy Stevens


With Friends Like These - Sally Koslow (TOUR)

Synopsis:
When Quincy, Jules, Talia, and Chloe become New York City roommates in the early nineties, they become fast friends despite their drastically different personalities. Now, nearly twenty years later, their lives have diverged as much as they possibly can within one city: Quincy is mourning a miscarriage and lusting for the perfect Manhattan apartment; Jules, a woman with an outsize personality, is facing forty alone; Talia, married and the mother of a four-year-old, is her family’s reluctant breadwinner; and Chloe faces pressure from her hedge fund manager husband to be more ambitious. As these women grapple with the challenges of marriage, motherhood, careers, and real estate, they can’t help but assess their positions in life in comparison to each other–leading them to envy and disillusionment. Honest and entertaining, and written in Sally Koslow’s trademark wry, vivid prose, With Friends Like These asks serious questions about what makes female friendship endure, and to wh…

Giveaway: New Tricks - David Rosenfelt

Synopsis:
Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie--and only some high-risk new tricks will save those he cherishes most.


Thank you to Valerie & Hachette Book Group for the giveaway! I have 3 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

OPEN TO US & CANADA
NO P.O BOXES


Mandatory Entry:
Comment on the book, and leave an email address.

Additional Entries:
+1 Follower via Google Friend Connect, on sidebar (MUST be public p…

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington - Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

Page 56, Line 5:

The other women followed, circling them again.


How to Lose A Client - Becky A. Bartness

Synopsis:
Kate Williams, Esq., has just started her own criminal defense law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, when Katherine Paar aka Tangerine, a new client, walks in and proposes a lucrative deal to bring Kate on as her attorney. Things get complicated and events unfold quickly when the body of Tangerine's ex-lawyer is discovered and Tangerine disappears. Kate, aided by MJ, her tattooed, pierced, and fashion-challenged paralegal and Sam, her sometimes cross-dressing investigator, along with a cast of characters straight out of a John Waters movie, try to unravel the bizarre mystery and save Tangerine's life. The action is fast and fantastically funny, and Ms. Bartness proves once again that you can laugh at death.


Author Bio:
Becky A. Bartness is an attorney who has been practicing law in Phoenix, Arizona, for thirty-plus years. She has published several poems and two previous Kate Williams mysteries, How to Ruin a Vacation and How to Lose a Job. Ms. Bartness is married and has two…

Cuisinart 7-Speed Hand Mixer from CSN Stores

About Product:
Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer flawlessly and easily mixes even the heaviest ingredients. From dense cookie dough to whipped cream, the powerful motor with automatic feedback can perform any mixing task. And the precision touchpad with digital display shifts speeds with just one touch!
Features:
* 220 watts of power with automatic feedback
* Chrome-plated Cuisinart logo band
* SmoothStart feature with 3 low mixing speeds eliminating splattering
* One-step power switch with 7-speed LED display
* Easy-to-use speed control and beater eject lever
* Swivel cord for right-handed or left-handed use
* Extra-long self cleaning beaters with no center posts
* Professional chef’s whisk and spatula
Specifications:
* Instruction and recipe book included
* Limited 3-year warranty
* Overall Dimensions: 6"H x 4.25"W x 9"D


©2010


My Opinion:
So I had been wanting a hand mixer for some time, but financially it was a luxury I couldn't quite go for, until I …