BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it 18 months now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Thursday, December 25, 2014

She's BAAAACK- BLACK WIDOW by Jennifer Estep (Read first Chapter) & Giveaway

BLACK WIDOW
By: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Mass Market / Price: $7.99 / ISBN: 9781476774541
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit. 

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bull’s-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
The first chapter of Black Widow can be found here.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.Spider’s BiteWeb of LiesVenomTangled ThreadsSpider’s RevengeBy a ThreadWidow’s WebDeadly StingHeart of VenomThe SpiderPoison Promise, and Black Widow, along with the e-shorts Thread of DeathParlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.


There aren't many series that I read as quick as the new book comes out. I'm a binge reader so I tend to buy the new book and put it back to read when I have 3 or 4 in the series to indulge in. Gin however, refuses to lay on the shelf unread. I defy you to attempt this (if you do try, you better be prepared to defend yourself in the middle of the night ). I've yet to start one of these books without reading into the wee hours of the night to finish it. You would think that after 11 books this series would be getting predictable but I still enjoy it as much as ever. I love that the romance and mystery has been doled out in bits and pieces. With each new book you get answers to questions and problems not resolved in the earlier book with yet new problems to tackle. Estep does an excellent job with the world building and never fails to entertain. Her secondary characters are as important as Gin and definitely as entertaining.  I love that she introduces new villains while still building on the history of the older ones. Estep could have so easily closed the series with this book but thankfully Gin will continue to entertain with all her wise cracking and outrageous shenanigans.  

As I was lucky enough to get to read this early thanks to the awesome people at Net Galley, I'm going to give my brand new copy to a lucky reader. I always pre-order the newest Gin book as soon as it is available so enjoy this newest offering from Estep.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author Jenn Lyons Character Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest

Everything is permitted… and everyone has their price.
Zander Sin is the bad boy of rock-n-roll, known for his wealth, his temper tantrums, and his love of hedonism, but to K&R expert and newly born maran vampire Jackson Pastor, Zander Sin is something else: murderer, monster, and kidnapper. After Zander's Whore of Babylon tour comes to Los Angeles, Jackson also learns that Zander Sin has a grudge with Jackson's family that goes way beyond money or power, and stretches all the way back to ancient Rome.
Zander may be on everyone's hit list, human and supernatural alike, but when Jackson learns that Zander's keeping his younger sister Monika prisoner, he finds himself face-to-face with the most objectionable of outcomes: being forced to help Zander Sin get what he wants.
Even if it means Jackson may have to betray everyone he loves to do it.
Read a 4 star review of Blood Sin by clicking here.
Buy a print copy of Blood Sin from Amazon by clicking here.

Buy a Kindle copy of Blood Sin from Amazon by clicking here.

Books in the Blood Chimera series in the order they should be read:


CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.

Prize: A $25.00 Amazon Gift Card 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Authors Rosemary & Larry Mild Interview and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

Rosemary and Larry Mild, have created another exciting new mystery in the series featuring reluctant amateur sleuths, Daniel and Rivka Sherman. The Shermans have given up successful professional careers as engineer and editor to become booksellers in The Olde Victorian book store in Annapolis, Maryland.
After twenty-three years, the daughter of a mistress seeks revenge from the murderous lover who killed her mother and deserted her at age three months. Ivy, the daughter, follows the cold case clues from London, England to Annapolis, Maryland where she discovers that her father and killer belong to one of four families. But which one?
Ivy seeks employment as a clerk at The Olde Victorian Bookstore where she finds friendship, advice, love, and caution from Dan and Rivka Sherman, the booksellers. The Shermans use their old connections at Scotland Yard to obtain Ivy's mother's diary, but it is soon stolen. Will they get it back? Does it contain the clues they need? Will Ivy cause fear and havoc in the four families--enough to put her own life in jeopardy?

Read a 4 star review of Death Takes A Mistress by clicking here.
Buy a print copy of Death Takes A Mistress from Amazon by clicking here.

Buy a Kindle copy of Death Takes A Mistress from Amazon by clicking here.

Books in the Dan and Rivka Sherman mystery series in the order they should be read:


CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.

Prize: A $50.00 Amazon Gift Card 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Andromeda's Fall Book Blast! #AFBlast



Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted...

Publication Date: December 10, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance (18+)

Series: Shadowcat Nation, #1
Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother's violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own pack, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.
Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won't live long either way. Andie's only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha's Protectors. What Andie doesn't realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust…and her heart.



Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Author Shannon Page Interview and $40.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

“Sian Katte is a successful middle-aged businesswoman in the tropical island nation of Alizar. Her life seems comfortable and well-arranged…until a violent encounter one evening leaves her with an unwanted magical power.
Arian des Chances is the wife of Alizar’s ruler, with vast wealth and political influence. Yet for all her resources, she can only watch helplessly as her son draws nearer to death.
When crisis thrusts these two women together, they learn some surprising truths: about themselves, their loved ones, and Alizar itself. Because beneath a seemingly calm facade, Alizar’s people – and a dead god – are stirring…”
Buy a print copy of Our Lady of the Islands from Amazon by clicking here.

Buy a Kindle copy of Our Lady of the Islands from Amazon by clicking here.

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.

Prize: A $40.00 Amazon Gift Card