New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop ~ January 1st - 7th


Thanks to all the entries and visitors (and not to mention all the book lists everyone is looking forward to!) The contest is now closed and a winner will be chosen and announced in the next few days. Stay tuned for more contests and hops to come!




2012 has been an amazing year for me. Although, I didn't get to read as much as I wanted, many wonderful things happened to me including moving back home and getting engaged. 2013 looks to be an interesting year and I want to start it out with a bang.

For this hop I want to put the choice into the readers and visitors here! Instead of giving away a book or series, I'm giving away a brand new spiffy $30 gift certificate to the bookstore of the winner's choice so they can pick and choose what they would like to read!

Giveaway Details:
To enter giveaway please leave a comment with your email addy telling me what is the book (and or series) you are most looking forward to in 2013!

Last Day to Enter is 1/7/13

Optional Extra Entries:
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+1 Be or become my friend on Goodreads
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Hollywood Holiday Blog Tour - Guest Post by author

AWD is happy to be one of the stops on the Hollywood Holiday Blog Tour and today we have a guest post by the book's author, Sasha Summers! Welcome Sasha!


Favorite All Time Present


Guest Post by Author Sasha Summers

Everyone who’s ever written a Dear Santa letter raise your hand.

Uh-huh, it was a big deal when you were growing up, right? It was in my house. We’d sit down, write them together, (don’t ask for more than 3 things) and then we’d take them to the mail box. When my kids were old enough to write them, we did the same thing. The town where we were living had an awesome mailbox just for Santa downtown so we’d drive down and put it in the box together.

But the best Christmas present I ever received was one week late. My first baby, my precious baby girl (almost 16 now) forever changed my life – for the better. I had contractions on Christmas and spent a lot of time walking around to get things moving. But she wasn’t ready yet. And even though she didn’t make her debut into the world until New Years Eve, she was the best Christmas present ever!

When I was writing Jen and Gunner’s story I knew I wanted a present to play an important role. No babies, they’re not ready for that, but something that would change their lives for the better. Something symbolic, that represented their commitment to starting over. I think I nailed it, but you’ll have to tell me. I’m not going to tell you what it is, don’t want to ruin the surprise. But let me just say, it’s a doozy.

What about you? Did Santa ever answer your letter? Get you an especially memorable Christmas present? Or has your favorite present been one you received as an adult? What was it?

Hollywood Holiday is now available at:
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About the Author:

Sasha is  part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history,  and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her  first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe.  She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and  characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher  or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and  hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Please visit her website: http://www.sashasummers.com

TRR Promo Opp: Romance Madness Hop in January 2013

I LOVE a good hop! I can't seem to pass up a good one because I always have some great books to showcase and give away and I always discover new reads from the hopper hosts on the list with me. This one is a little different than my usual hop. The Romance Reviews is showcasing a Romance Madness hop in January which will put the spotlight on great romance books on the list. For my fellow blogger fans of romance who would like to join, here is the info:


Love Romances? Join the madness from January 25 to 29, 2013! The Romance Reviews is organizing a Romance Madness Hop. Meet like-minded readers, get new followers! All while we talk about books that we love. There are two ways to join: 1. Join the blog hop! 2. Purchase an ad for January or February. Email carole @ theromancereviews.com (take away the spaces) for more information on this option.

Requirements to join the hop: 1. You must be blogging about romance for at least 6 months. 2. You must have at least 30 followers. If you satisfy the hop requirements, fill in the form below. Please help us spread the word by blogging about this. Poster to come soon! Deadline to register: January 20, 2013 Some Hop details: (to be finalized) 1. In your Romance Madness hop post, you should showcase one romance book. Tell us why you love this book! 2. You should provide at least one giveaway for the commenters on your blog/site. At the end of the hop, you should pick your own winner from your commenters.
3. TRR will provide 3 grand prizes! All bloggers and commenters are eligible to vie for the prize. More details to come, and these will be sent to you via email, so please make sure your email address is valid and correct. If you have any questions, send an email to carole @ theromancereviews.com (take away the spaces). Thanks!

For more information visit: http://www.theromancereviews.com/romancehop.php

And don't forget to visit this blog for the Romance Madness Hop starting January 25th where I will be sharing and giving away my romance pick!

See you then!

The Obvious Game Cover Reveal


It's time for another cover reveal, ladies and gents! Inkspell has some awesome stories coming out and I'm always jazzed to see what kind of covers come with it. Usually I get hooked by the cover art alone!

Here is the cover reveal for Rita Arens' upcoming YA Contemporary novel, The Obvious Game.




“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”


"Your shirt is yellow."
 "Your eyes are blue."
 "You have to stop running away from your problems."
 "You're too skinny."
 Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. 



Praise for The Obvious Game:


“I couldn’t put down The Obvious Game. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence.” -- Ann Napolitano, author of A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM'S REACH

"THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters—especially Diana--are so natural and emotionally authentic that you’ll find yourself yelling at the page even as you’re compelled to turn it." -- Coert Voorhees, author of LUCKY FOOLS and THE BROTHERS TORRES

"Let’s be clear about one thing: there’s nothing obvious about The Obvious Game. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl’s attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can’t help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel." -- Risa Green, author of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL

Book Information:
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release Date: Feb 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9856562-7-0 (ebook), 978-0-9856562-8-7 (Paperback)
Paperback Price: $13.99
Kindle: $4.99
To be available at all major online outlets: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository

Pre-order now at Inkspell Publishing Website at a special discount of 30% on both paperback and ebook!


About The Author:
 
Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com) and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.



She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The AssociatedPress, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.




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Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa


Blurb: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Not too long ago, Ms. Kagawa hooked me on her Iron Fey series starting with The Iron King. The story had remnants of a fantasy adventure series complete with mysterious quests, a developing romance with a dark, brooding hero, a flippant talking cat and an epic battle against good and evil. The series began and ended, rounding out the story and answering all the questions it began. Or so I thought. 

Let me just say when I found out Ms. Kagawa was continuing the Iron Fey series in a spinoff, I was overjoyed to see a continuation of the family centered around little Ethan. Now Little Ethan is all grown up with his own problems in high school. 

I love the fact that the story began with Ethan as a baby and now continued as he is a young man dealing with the fallout of his sister's decisions. Although Meghan ended with her own happy ending in the NeverNever, her actions left a shadow on the world she left behind. 

As we open, Ethan is a troubled youth with a reputation that precedes him. He is angry, brooding and keeps to himself to limit the amount of trouble that finds him. As stories go, that doesn't happen and he attracts the attention of jocks, a cheerleader (and potential love interest) and a kid being picked on. His act of heroism in saving the kid from the meatheads not only captures the interest of the cheerleader but also the one group he had been evading all his life: the fey.

I absolutely loved the fact that Ms. Kagawa is continuing this series and not in a way that feels like an episodic milking of an overdone story. Considering the ending and how it ties into the previous installments (especially Iron's Prophecy, definitely read that novella before diving into this new series), this is turning into an awesome fantasy family saga. I'm eager to see where she is taking it. The only gripe I have with The Lost Prince is the fact that it took a bit too long to get going on the good parts, the opening setup with Ethan and his problems in school could have been shortened but when things got to the NeverNever, it really picked up. 

I'd hate to say too much for those who are new to this series but if you are looking for a great new YA Fantasy series to dive into with wonderful world building and a story that you could easily lose yourself into, definitely check out the Iron Fey series in order, leading up to this currently running series. You'll be hooked!

I'm looking forward to seeing this series continue next fall with The Traitor Son. The title alone offers an intriguing turn of events from The Lost Prince!

The Iron Fey Series
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) 
Winter's Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5) 
The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) 
The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) 
Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5) 
The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4) 
Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey, #4.5)  
The Iron Legends (The Iron Fey, #1.5, 3.5, 4.5) 

Fun Extras: 
Ash's Letter To Meghan  
An Iron Fey Valentine 

Book Review: The Gatekeeper (The Keepers: L.A. 0.5) by Heather Graham

Blurb: Elven detective Saxon Kirby is under pressure to find out who left a gnawed body at a Las Vegas tourist attraction. He already knows what is responsible: a werewolf. The Keeper of the Vegas werewolves is supposed to control his charges, just as Keepers have kept vampires, shifters and other paranormal races in check for over a century. But the local Keeper is weak and there is nothing to stop the murderous wolf--except Saxon.

Saxon's investigation leads him to Calleigh McGowan, a half-werewolf, half-Elven dancer who entrances him with her sensual moves and promise of carnal pleasure. She's a sexy distraction Saxon doesn't need--even if Calleigh has her own reasons for hunting down the rogue werewolf. But in order to catch the killer, they'll have to put their lives--and hearts--on the line.

Look for more stories in The Keepers: L.A. series coming soon from Harlequin Nocturne, starting with Keeper of the Night by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham

After missing Harlequin's previous Nocturne mini-series The Time Raiders, I was interested in checking out another one of their new series. This time around we have The Keepers and if it's anything like the novella, The GateKeeper by Heather Graham, it should be an interesting entry. I notice that Harlequin has been rebranding themselves as more than just an old school romance publishing house. With additions of new genres YA, Mystery and thrillers to name a few, it looks like Harlequin wants to appeal to all readers.

The Gatekeeper started the series off well and was nicely packed in a novella. For a busy gal like myself, I was glad to be able to zip through a full story without having to keep coming back to it. Some may find this novella a bit too fast moving but for those with a time crunch and a pentiant for enjoying episodic fic, this might be right their alley. I felt the story started out a bit too slow for my liking (I may be in the minority for those who like long beefy reads) but as the story progressed to an action packed ending, I was happy to read through. I must confess, I was a little nervous about Ms. Graham heading up a paranormal thriller story after she only wrote contemporary thrillers, but I was sold in this new world by the end. She doesn't offer much new in the way of paranormal world building, much of the story lies in preconceived notions of favorite paranormal creatures. However, Ms Graham does deliver for those looking for a paranormal comfort read with enough thrills and action to keep such a reader invested.


The Time Keepers Series
Keeper of the Night by Heather Graham (January 2013)
Keeper of the Moon by Harley Jane Kozak (March 2013)
Keeper of the Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff (May 2013)
Keeper of the Dawn by Heather Graham (July 2013)


Hollywood Holiday Release Day Party


"My new favorite author is Sasha Summers.  She's as addictive as chocolate." - Marcia King Gamble, National Best-Selling Author



Blurb:

All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.

Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.

About the Author:

Sasha is  part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history,  and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her  first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe.  She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and  characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher  or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and  hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Please visit her website: http://www.sashasummers.com






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Know more about Hollywood Ever After – Red Carpet Series #1

She wasn’t meant for movie stars,  Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.

Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are  forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?