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April Monthly News

Welcome to the April edition of Monthly News!
I had a rant this month, in regards to a certain blogger plagiarizing. Read about that HERE.


BOOKS:

1. Intangible - J. Meyers (recommend)
2. Eyes of Justice - Lis Wiehl (recommend)
3. The Humming Room - Ellen Potter (recommend)
4. Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer - Maureen McGowan (recommend)
5. The Iron King - Julie Kagawa (recommend)
6. Hollywood Celebrities - Sati Achath
7. Firelight - Sophie Jordan (HIGHLY recommend)
8. The Lost Saint - Bree Despain (recommend)
9. Baroness - Susan May Warren (recommend)
10. Barefoot in the Sand - Roxanne St. Clair


PAGE COUNT:
13740


PRODUCTS:
1. Ecowear by Future Oxygen
2. Ethical Bean
3. Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files 
4. Hot Biker T-Shirts


Yearly Total: 48 Books, 7 Products

FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order): 1. The Lost Saint 2. Firelight 3. The Humming Room 4. Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer 5. The Iron King

BOOK OF THE MONTH:




AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:
1. With Johnny Ray 
2. With Christopher Geoffre…

#48: Barefoot in the Sand - Roxanne St. Clair (With Interview & Giveaway)

When all you hold dear is taken away . . .
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.
A second chance is the only thing you have left.
Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?

Paperback: 432 pagesPublisher: Forever; Ori…

Hot Biker T-Shirts

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There is even some classic biker t-shirts like:


My Opinion:
I was sent a t-shirt for review.
I really like the quality of the graphic on the back, and that is a plus too, being on the back and the front is just black. I sometimes get frustrated while shopping, trying to find shirts with less business on front. I prefer it on the back. The t-shirt feels to be in good quality while against my skin, and I gotta say, looks pretty damn good! I am a chick, but don't get it twisted, I love biker tees, besides being related to some. A new favorite place for cool t-shirts!

5/5

Recommend?YES!!!! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Free Friday, Saturday & Sunday: The House of Women - Anne Brear

As the Victorian Age draws to a close, lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own.

The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her.

Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.

Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish and murder when her first love returns to wreck havoc in her life.

All is not lost, however. In the midst of tragedy, th…

#47: Baroness - Susan May Warren (With Giveaway)

Coming of age in the turbulent Roaring Twenties, two daughters of fortune can have anything they possibly want—except freedom. Expected to marry well and take the reins of the family empire, Lilly and Rosie have their entire lives planned out for them. But Lilly longs to flee the confines of New York City for the untamed wilds of Montana. Her cousin Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen. But following their dreams—to avant-garde France, to dazzling Broadway, to the skies of the fearless wing walkers—will demand all their courage.

When forced to decide, will Lilly and Rosie truly be able to abandon lives of ease and luxury for the love and adventure that beckons? At what cost will each daughter of fortune find her true love and a happy ending? Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: SUMMERSIDE PRESS (March 6, 2012)ISBN: 9781609366315 Author Bio:  SUSAN MAY WARREN is the best-selling author of more than thirty novels whose compelling plots and unforgett…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 72 with me!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple. 


Lacey couldn‘t let go of his hand. Not just because his fingers were strong and callous, or because just the sight of him made her knees a little wobbly, but because…

CardSwap.ca (With Giveaway)

CardSwap.ca: Canada's #1 site for buying and selling gift cards.
CardSwap offers Canadians a fast, easy and totally secure way to redeem unwanted gift cards for cash, buy gift cards at discount prices, and even donate gift cards to a charitable cause.
Did you know Canadians lose over $1 billion each year in unused gift cards?
Consumer Reports magazine estimates 1 out of every 4 gift cards remains unused after it was received, or they are lost or discarded.

CardSwap is the solution! Now you can sell your unused, unwanted gift cards, buy ones you do want, or donate them to charity. CardSwap is a reputable company that verifies and validates each card and guarantees customer satisfaction.

For more information visit the website, CardSwap.ca Facebook and Twitter or their blog
My Opinion: CardSwap is a great site for Canadians and their gift cards. It is easy to create and account and navigate. There are a lot of merchants, and there are some more added all the time. The website lets you add…

#46: The Lost Saint - Bree Despain

The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do.  She must become a Hound of Heaven.  Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero.  But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble.  Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung.  Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.
Kindle: 446 KBPrint Length: 414 pagesPage Numbers Source ISBN: 1606840584Publisher: EgmontUSA (Decem…

Teaser Tuesdays

HOST: SHOULD BE READING


Harry Mac made a grab at me, but too late, he missed. I took off along the ridge. Jeff, Ed P. and Harry Mac charged after me.

#45: Firelight - Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love. Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most…

Giveaway: The Sugar Frosted Nutsack - Mark Leyner

High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession. Ritualistically recited by a cast of drug-addled bards, THE SUGAR FROSTED NUTSACK is Ike's epic story. A raucous tale of gods and men confronting lust, ambition, death, and the eternal verities, it is a wildly fun, wickedly fast gambol through the unmapped corridors of the imagination.

Thanks to Anna and Hachette Book Group,  I have 3 copies up for grabs!
Fill in the Rafflecopter form to enter.


#44: Hollywood Celebrities: Basic Things You've Always Wanted to Know (Vol 1) - Sati Achath

Hollywood Celebrities contains biographical snapshots of the current crop of top 55 Hollywood celebrities. From this book you will learn about each one's: name at birth; nickname(s); date of birth; birth place; height; zodiac sign; education; family; awards; and interesting factoids. Each snapshot is accompanied by a caricature of the celebrity, drawn by the author himself. Among the celebrities included are:
Angelina Jolie                            Brad Pitt                                   Bruce Willis Cameron Diaz                           Catherine Zeta-Jones                Clint Eastwood Demi Moore                             Denzel Washington                    Drew Barrymore Dustin Hoffman                         Eddie Murphy                           George Clooney Harrison Ford                           Jack Nicholson                          Jennifer Lopez John Travolta                            Johnny Depp                             Julia Roberts

Paperback: 64 pagesP…

Get to Know Author Christopher Geoffrey McPherson

Good day readers!
Today we have author Christopher Geoffrey McPherson joining us to talk about his book, News on the Home Front.

Christopher, welcome!
Please tell us about News on the Home Front;

Newson the Home Front is a look at what was happening in the states while war raged overseas. It focuses on two women who have been friends since childhood and how the war affects them.
Who or what inspires your writing?   Everything inspires me. I am always looking for some neat story to relate to people. In the case of "Home Front" I have always been a big fan of America between the wars (roughly 1918 - 1945). A lot has been written about the military aspect of the second world war, but very little about how people coped at home when their loved ones were overseas.
When did you know you would be a writer?   I have been a writer most of my life -- from writing animal stories when I was a child to later working professionally at newspapers, magazines, in radio, for stage and some telev…

#43: The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Paperback: 368 pagesPublisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (February 1, 2010)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0373210086ISBN-13: 978-0373210084



AUTHOR BIO:
Julie Kagawa worked as a professional do…

Free April 20 & 21: The Reluctant Marquess - Maggi Andersen

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.

Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 72 with me!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple. 

He nodded and held up the wine bottle. "This is Mistwine. You just had a swallow. A cup will make everything go back to normal."

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My Opinion: I was sent a great package with more than just glass nail files in it. Yes, you see earrings and tweezers too! The earrings are very pretty blue, almost the exact color of my birthstone, so that was a nice surprise. The tweezers are fab! As you can see they are more flat and wider, with an easier grip to use. It was a lot better than the ones I was using.... easier to ge…

2012 Books Won Challenge Completed

Out Today: Touchback - Don Handfield (With Guest Post and Freebie Info)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU GOT A SECOND CHANCE?
When Scott Murphy scored the winning touchdown in the 1991 state championship game, it should have launched a golden future—the full scholarship to Ohio State, the million-dollar signing bonus, marriage to the beauty queen, and NFL glory.
Instead, it all ended with a sickening pop as his leg shattered in four places. The next twenty years would be a study in Murphy’s Law—whatever could go wrong did. Just when things seem at their worst—he's losing his farm, his relationship with his wife is crumbling—a miracle happens: Murphy gets a chance to reboot his life.
Back in his teenaged body in 1991, he realizes by changing his past, he can have the future he always wanted. Everything he lost is within his reach, even his high-school sweetheart.
But what about the devoted wife he left behind? Torn between two women—two lives—he can only choose one future. Murphy must decide if getting everything he’s ever wanted is worth giving up everything he’s…

Teaser Tuesday

SHOULD BE READING



I didn't scream this time, but came very close. As it was, I nearly fell out of the tree.

Giveaway: The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it? The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

*Recently I saw this book featured in People magazine.*


 Thanks to Anna & Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies up for grabs.
Fill in the Rafflecopter form to enter.

#42: Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer - Maureen McGowan

In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she's a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale–one that will keep today's kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.

Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Silver Dolphin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)ISBN: 9781607102564
Author Bio:
 Maureen McGowan has long been making up stories. She has twice been a finalist in t…

#41: The Humming Room - Ellen Potter

Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.
As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.
Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room--a garden with a tragic secret.
Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter …

#40: Eyes of Justice - Lis Wiehl

The Triple Threat Club has solved intense murder mysteries before…but this time it’s personal.
Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice every day—Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole as an FBI agent, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with.
But when a ruthless murderer kills one of their number—and the authorities seem intent on keeping them out of the investigation of the crime—their desire for justice goes into overdrive. They find an unexpected ally in a quirky private investigator named Ophelia whose methods confound the wise.
Yet just when it seems police have the killer in custody and justice is within sight, he somehow strikes again. Not knowing whom to trust, the team engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the killer. Nothing can be taken at face value…and nothing will ever be the same.
A riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers shocked and satisfied.


Hardcover: 320 pagesPublisher: Th…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 71 with me!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
Dog boy. Wolf in sheep's clothing.

Follower Appreciation Giveaway

So, a little while back I posted on the Facebook fan page that after Easter I would host a giveaway for you wonderful followers.
And that time is now!

Source: definitelydope.tumblr.com via Elisa Lorena on Pinterest

I am offering a follower of Freda's Voice a book from Amazon or Book Depository, (Up to $10), of their choice.
You must be a follower (GFC or Linky) to enter.
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Get to Know Author Johnny Ray

Hi readers!
Please welcome author Johnny Ray to the blog this evening to talk about his book, Models and Lovers. So without delay, I ask you Johnny to tell us about the book...
Models and Lovers was released on 3/23/2012, and is available at Amazon. Here is a synopsis; Have you ever had love slip between your fingers? When was the last time you had a hero and heroine that you could really pulled for?
This is a love story blossoming inside the world of modeling. In spite of the glamor and intrigue of this high fashion world, love is really about one guy and one girl finding each other. But wait, there is one more condition--they have to admit it to each other.
Thomas (Tommy) Conseco, the frightfully delicious owner of one of the top modeling agencies in New York City, demands respect which he has so rightfully earned. Aspiring models from around the world would sacrifice anything to become one of Tommy’s “girls” fully knowing he can make them a legend, or send them home crying. Tommy …