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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Giveaway w/ Charlotte Blackwell Contest Winner!


I know i'm a day late at announcing this, sorry about that!  But the contest for a copy of the first 3 books in Charlotte Blackwell's "Immortal Embrace" series (ebook's) has been chosen.

And the winner is
Jennifer Reeves

Congrats to Jennifer and i thanks to everyone who participated as well as Charlotte, and i hope to have a new giveaway coming up again soon, so don't feel bad if you didn't win, there's always next time! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Review: Covenant (Sojourner, #2) by Maria Rachel Hooley




Book description (via Goodreads):

Lev Walker has fulfilled his purpose in Elizabeth Moon's life, but it has come at a considerable price. The bullet meant for Elizabeth has shattered Lev's mortality and the forced separation from Elizabeth has scarred his spirit, so much so that Evan Walker has purged Elizabeth's memory in order for Lev to start over. Yet love is eternal. What began with a saving Elizabeth's life continues in healing Lev's spirit as he is forced to remember what he has lost at the risk of everything.

Book 2 of the "Sojourner" series.



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My Review:

I was kindly given a copy of this book for review by the author, so thank you for that.


THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS SO BE WARNED!


Well this is the 2nd book in the "Sojourner" series and this time it is in the perspective of Lev. It pretty much starts where the first ended, but just switches minds. But there is a twist to it, Evan has wiped his memory away, and when he comes upon a "about-to-happen" boating accident that Elizabeth is involved in he recognizes something in her but doesn't know what it is. And he starts finding other things he cannot remember. He also finds he cannot do a Sojourn as he should be able to because he feels basically gutted with sadness when seeing someone dying. When he finds out his memory was wiped clean he is pretty upset because they say it was for his own good but won't really say what it is that makes it for his own good. So when he takes up friends with people that before the memory loss were kind of enemies, Celia starts trying to talk some sense into him. But because she will not divulge any more information than Evan, he doesn't listen to what she says. Well one of the angels named, Theresa says she can restore his memory, and she does, but not all the way, and he doesn't know that until much later. Then when he visits Elizabeth as he often does he see's how bad she is dealing with his "death" and wants to make it better by having her memory wiped of any memory of him. Theresa says she can do but but she needs this dagger that is supposedly very powerful, and Evan has it. So he steals it, and takes it to her which is when he finds out everything was a trick, that they only plan to hurt Elizabeth because they all disliked him so much before he lost his memory, and come to find out they are rogue angels and the dagger can destroy them. They take the dagger from him and do some kind of magic on his mind that knocks him unconscious with pain. Celia finds and they go to try and retrieve the dagger but Lev finds Elizabeth in danger, Kane is manifesting himself to look like Lev in front of Elizabeth and calling out to her, she looses her balance and goes over the falls (again). Lev goes after her but she still hits her head on a rock pretty hard and he tries to use that to make her think she had been seeing things when she wakes up, since his current body, i guess you could say, is different than the one she knew him as having. Later on he finds Celia was attacked and is basically stuck in her body and it's almost like she is dead, so he takes her to Evan, meaning he has to reveal what he has done. And while Evan fixes Celia, and then gives Lev back the rest of his memories, they have to go deal with the rogue angels in the hope that they can retrieve the dagger without one of them getting hurt. Which is pretty much where it ends off, with them agreeing they have to go retrieve the dagger. I enjoyed this book as much as i did the first one. But in a different way, idk if that makes sense. I liked getting Lev's side of things, and seeing how deep his and Elizabeth's love really is and how they can't ever get over it or forget it no matter what obstacles are in their way. It also showed that before Elizabeth, Lev had a kind of darker personality to him, which was interesting to see. I did miss the romance between the two characters, but i really look forward to starting book 3 and seeing what else goes on with all the characters.

If you like books w/ angels and/or romance stories or forbidden love and drama, then this is really good series to check out. Happy reading!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just A Note

Hi,  Just a note to say im sorry i haven't posted lately, my family is going through a rough time right now and my mother was put in the hospital because of it.  So i will post as soon as i can but right now my main concern is my mother's health (i'm sure you can understand), so please keep us in your prayers that everything works out for us.  And i will return as soon as possible.  And just a note on the blog, the Christmas giveaway w/ Charlotte Blackwell ends Sunday so if you haven't signed up for it i would really advise you to its a really good giveaway.  Click here to go to it.  I will try to do my Friday posts this week but if i don't get them in please understand. 

                                                                    Tarra
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: Soujourner by Maria Rachel Hooley


Book description (via Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming of her murder her entire life, and in those dreams, a dark presence is there, watching. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing, the very place her father disappeared, she comes in contact with a gorgeous boy named Lev Walker, and it’s not long before she’s falling in love. But there’s something wrong with Lev. When she realizes he’s the eerie watcher in her dreams, she’ll have to discover the truth. Is he a guardian angel or a sojourner, an angel of death who has come to collect her soul?

Book One of the Sojourner trilogy

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My Review:
I was kindly given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. So first off i want to say thanks for that.

SPOILERS! DON'T CONTINUE IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPOILERS!

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I really liked this book, it kept me glued to it from the day i started reading, i really liked the romance between Elizabeth and Lev, even though i do wish it was hightened a bit more. The story was really good. It's about a girl named Elizabeth who has lost both her parent's, and is being taken care of by her guardian Jimmie. They move back to her parent's hometown where she is thrust into an unknown danger, because of who her parent's were. She is plagued by nightmares of being killed while a guy just stands in the background and watches but doesn't try and help and these nightmare's feel so real. She see's Lev at school and is stunned to see he is the guy in her nightmare's who just stand's aside as she is killed. When they finally do communicate, after she is in a accident and he saves her, she finds out he is a angel who she has been in love with in her past lives, and that she dies young in all her lives and he plans to intervene in this one and save her, even though it will take him away from her. Elizabeth goes through quite alot in this book, which i cannot even imagine going through, she seem's to be a magnet for accident's, plus she has someone out to kill her. Then she has to live knowing the guy she loves is going to pretty much die to save her and she has to go on living afterward without him.

I would recommend this to not only people who like a good paranormal romance story, but also to people who like realistic stories about loss and fear and danger. This book does a good job of putting together a paranormal romance but with a very realistic story of a girl who has to go through and deal with alot. I will definitely continue this series and would recommend it for sure. Happy reading!

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Waiting On Wednesday (2)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Something Strange And Deadly
By Susan Dennard
Publication Date: July 24, 2012


Description from Goodreads:
 
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link.

 

WWW Wednesdays (2)



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, to play along just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers this week are:

What are you currently reading? Covenant by Maria Rachel Hooley






What did you recently finish reading?  Sojourner by Maria Rachel Hooley.






What do you think you will read next?  Second Sight by Maria Rachel Hooley
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kindle Freebie! Don't Miss Out!

Hi all just helping spread the word for all you kindle users, author Jamie Magee's book "Insight" is free on Amazon for about maybe 2 more days (i think?) so if you want a free copy you better hop on over there.  If you have not heard of the book here is the description:

Insight by Jamie Magee:


Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow Haywood is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a blissful, silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she is haunted by a painful nightmare shared with a different boy, who’s always hidden by the shadows.

In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were her own. This insight is exhausting and frustrating causing her to draw inward, only trusting her family and few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion she changed.
One August night a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with star, leaving her father no choice but to share a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her.

In an attempt to lure her, the shadowed figure captures her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths, half truths, and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. With each step she takes Willow comes to realize that she has lived before, her path is one that she chose, and this trial is simply the beginning.


Sound good? I just got my copy, if you want your's click go to the Amazon page while its still free! Click on book cover to go to the Amazon page.

All that Glitters! Heven and Hell tour day #3! Giveaway hosted by author Cambria Hebert!

There is a awesome giveaway going on over @ author Cambria Hebert's blog: http://cambriahebert.com and i thought i would share it with you.  She told me i could post it here so here it goes:

Hey Peeps!
Hold onto you panties or boxers or… unmentionables *blush* and get ready for a ROCKIN day 3 of the Heven and Hell Tour!!


Today is the only day open in the PACKED 30 day tour that Masquerade is on and I decided to take advantage of this day and GIVE STUFF AWAY!! Why am I giving stuff away? Because you guys and gals deserve it! You all have made me feel so welcomed in the writing world and the response to Masquerade has my eyebrows flappin in the wind! Well not really – I trim my eyebrows with scissors.


But you get the eye-dea…. get it “eye” dea…. (idea) LOL.


Yeah, that was cheesy but I am so dang excited and so should you be! Not only are there giveaways going on at the other blogs in the tour but there is one here too! Woot Woot.


So what are the goods??


It starts with this…..(All that glitters)




And then I add this:




*the paperback will be signed.
And then I add this stuff:
A Keychain (with the cover on it)
A Poster
A signed bookmark
A sticker
A journal (or notebook) – Also with the image of the cover


Sorry, peeps, no pictures of that stuff yet because its not arrived at my house yet, but don’t worry its on its way. :)


I wish I could enter my own giveaway! LOL!!! So what do you have to do to get this great stuff? Fill out the rafflecopter form below!!! I will announce the winner (US only) here on Release Day – Dec. 16th!


Wait! Stop! Don’t go racing to the bottom to fill out that form. I have very very important information to impart….. more FREE stuff!! When, Why and How????? Well, release day is Dec 16th but the blog tour is going to keep on truckin all the way through the 31st! So I am going to host another giveaway!! Or two….


You are all cordially invited to a Ball. A Masquerade Ball. Its going to be here on December 16th. I have some fun stuff planned. A quiz, a scavenger hunt…. etc. So please put on your ball gown (or your pj’s – we won’t know the difference) and come by! So what exactly will I be giving away at this Ball. I have a few swags to offer…





Like a few of these Masquerade masks that I will sign and send to you. Whatcha gotta do to get one of these beauties? How about this….. send me a picture. And NO not just any picture, not of you in your undies or pj’s. I am calling YOU out. I want to see a picture of you from your High School Prom or formal dance or heck, any even you had to get fancy for (doesn’t have to be from HS). Is that you I hear groaning? Come on, it will be fun! I will post your pics on the site the day of the Masquerade ball and we can all check them out. The two pics with the most votes will get a swag. Its an awesome trip down memory lane and a great laugh. Hey, if you send me a pic – I will out one up of me in my best formal wear. lol. Send your pics to me at cambriahebert@rocketmail.com


And also during the Ball I will be taking entries to win this:





A sterling silver skeleton key pendant valued at $100.00! Who ever wins this is LUCKY – I was tempted to keep this beauty for myself but I didn’t. *sigh* The giveaway for this will begin on Dec. 16 and end on the 31st (the last day of the tour). Come back on release day to find out what you need to do to win!!! And no worries – it doesn’t involve prom pictures. LOL!!!


I hope you all are totally enjoying the Heven and Hell Tour – I know I am !! So NOW you can go ahead and enter to win the All that Glitters stocking giveaway!


Have a great day!!

To ENTER this contest click HERE  and scroll to the bottom and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopper form.
Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Finds (1)



FRIDAY FINDS is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased. I will NOT be posting books i have actually purchased as i post those in my "In My Mailbox" posts.


Found these via Goodreads/Amazon:

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All book covers are linked to the book's Goodread's page for adding to your TBR list!