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 almost 5 years 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?


Friday, February 28, 2014

Exclusive Book Release Amazon Gift Card Contest – Whispers of Darkness by Rachel M. Raithby at BITTENBYBOOKS

“All Lexia ever wanted was to graduate from high school and leave Deadwood.
Now she would give anything to have her quiet life back.
Her Father was murdered and her best friend, Alice kidnapped. With the help of Lincoln, the Panther Shifter she has fallen in Love with; they rescue Alice. But rescuing her wasn’t as easy as first thought and Lexia and Lincoln barely make it out alive.
Lexia met her Mother, the Mother she thought had left her as a baby. But Secrets unravel and Lexia learns who she really is.
Her Mother created her and she was created for one purpose only…
Darkness.
Follow Lexia as she runs from her Mother and the fate she set for her.
Can Lexia fight the Darkness within her?
Can she have the ‘happily ever after’” she wants?
Only one thing is certain, sacrifices will be made and lives will be lost.”
Books in the Deadwood Hunters series in the order they should be read:

Both books are only .99 Cents for a limited Time!
$25 Amazon Gift Card

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Author Madeline Pryce Interview and Amazon Gift Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS


“Ella Grey’s life sucks. A half-breed vampire, she does her best to pass the time killing demons and secretly admiring her Shadow Hunter partner, Micah. He’s hot, dangerous and knows it. He'd be just Ella’s type if he weren't likely to kill her the moment she put a toe out of line.
A chance encounter with a succubus changes everything. From the second the succubus’ spell washes over them, Ella and Micah are helpless to keep their hands off one another. The sex, when it’s not leaving them on the verge of death, is earth shattering and for the first time in ages Ella is connected with someone on a level she'd feared lost forever. But a dangerous prophecy has been set into motion, and if Ella’s not careful it'll pull her straight from Micah’s arms and into the deepest bowels of the underworld.”
Reading order
Dark Cravings (#1 Ella/Micah)
Dark Innocence (#1.5 Hannah/Dante) - now available!
Dark Secrets (#2 Ella/Micah) - coming soon! 

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Read a 4 star review of Dark Cravings by clicking here.
Madeline Pryce wrote her first novel when she was ten, penned with neon-pink ink in a loose-leaf binder. Captivated by romantic literature, yet intrigued by the paranormal, she continues to develop her own voice, writing the kinds of stories that inspired her as a teen.

Author Victoria Davies Interview and $40.00 Amazon Gift Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS

Abbey Sinclair has the distinction of being the only human employed at the Supernatural matchmaking service, Fated Match. Her boss, Vivian, is a beautiful siren. Business has been slow, and when prominent vampire socialite, Melissa Redgrave, expresses an interest in joining the service, Vivian is ecstatic.
The only catch is Lucian Redgrave, Melissa’s sire and guardian. He will not allow his charge to join the matchmaking service without meeting with a Fated Match representative other than Vivian, as he despises sirens. Despite Abbey’s no-vampire policy, Vivian forces her to meet with Lucian at the Redgrave mansion. Once Abbey and Lucian meet, the sparks fly, and he declares he will sign with the service first before allowing Melissa to join. He is determined to change Abbey’s mind about vampires.
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $40.00 Amazon Gift Card


Read a 4 star review of Love at Stake by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Author H.C. Playa Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS

“Tala Neil sets out to be nothing more than an excellent cop, but she can’t escape her Mage lineage. When she meets Alexander Kynigos, a lycan Guardian, her life takes an unexpected turn. Buried secrets are discovered, sparking hope for a life she never thought to have, but she must fight an old enemy and even older laws to protect those she loves.”
Here is a short story which takes place in the Guardian universe. 


CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!
Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card



“HC Playa is a writer, a mad scientist in training (translation: full –time graduate student), a mother of three, and an animal wrangler. Although, some days she wonders if maybe she’s the one being wrangled.
An avid reader since the precocious age of four, she devoured books from numerous genres, but science fiction and fantasy hold a special place in her heart. A rambling, late night phone conversation with her sister sparked an idea, which led to discovering a new passion. Bitten by the writing bug, at last count she had seven novels in various stages of completion, and a growing collection of short stories.
Her favorite activity is to play in fantastical worlds, as it’s the best adventure there is.”
Connect with H.C.

Author Lina Gardiner Guest Blog and Kobo Reader Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS

In a dangerous, dark and caustic post-apocalyptic society, two hundred years after Electro Magnetic Pulse Wars nearly wiped out civilization... an outcast, a psychic who tries to hide her abilities, finds herself on a dangerous quest with a warrior and his brother. From the time she was branded and cast out, Darla Rune spends most of her time in the Boneyards. The only place she feels truly alive. These defunct technology dumping grounds are guarded by monstrous genetic deviants called Yardmen. They have orders to kill anyone they catch inside. So far, Darla's managed to avoid them. Only the bravest and hardiest of society survive their world. But even they are on the brink of annihilation, as a result of a self-indulgent, maniacal, newly overthrown, but still powerful dictator who has an agenda of his own. And humanity doesn’t matter. When the new governor becomes Darla’s warrior and confesses to be carrying out prophecies that only members of his family are privy to, Darla begins to experience new abilities of her own. Visions, knowledge she shouldn’t have. Like Joan of Arc from the past, she guides her warrior into the wilds (the Nevermore) to track down the dictator and stop him from carrying out his insane plan.



CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: Brand new Kobo Mini eReader with 

a copy of Gift of Prophecy Kobo Coupon!

Lina Gardiner was born and raised in New Brunswick. She has a deep appreciation of the beauty and the special attributes of her province. As a test to see if she could make it as a writer, she wrote an article on the Fundy Trail Parkway and got the cover story in the magazine We're Home New Brunswick.

That was her sign to dive into her lifelong dream of writing. After that, she wrote a short story for an anthology entitled New Brunswick Short Stories by Dorothy Dearborn. It took six years of serious writing to finally sell her first novel. Her editor liked the characters so much she offered Lina a series before the novel even hit the shelves. Lina continues to write every day and appreciates every chance she gets to make her writing stronger and better

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Author Lauren M. Roy Release Party and Amazon Gift Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS

“Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…
Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.
Elly Garrett hasn't known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.
When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $25.00 Amazon OR Indiebound Gift Card (winner’s choice)


Author Jamie Wyman Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!


“It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.
But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul.
Marius, a handsome yet irritating satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. If they don’t kill each other—or fall in love—first.”
Read a 4 star review of Wild Card by clicking here.
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $20.00 Amazon Gift Card

Prize 2: 3 Limited Edition Poker Chips like the ones featured in Wild Card.

Contest for The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg at BITTENBYBOOKS

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.”
Books in the Fox and O’Hare series in the order they should be read:

Karen Marie Moning Book Contest – Win a Signed Copy of ICED at BITTENBYBOOKS

“The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.”
Books in the Fever series in the order they should be read:

Fever Moon (Graphic Novel)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Author Rachel Rawlings Release Party and $100.00 Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

“A serial killer in Salem? Not for decades, but the bodies are piling up and all signs point in one direction. Rogue vampire. Except things aren’t always what they seem, especially in a murder investigation.
With her current relationship on the rocks, her father playing match-maker and her neighbor tossing his hat in the ring, the body count isn’t the only thing on the rise. Maurin is neck deep in magic, mayhem and murder.
Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her? One things for certain, when hunting vampires there will be blood.”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize 1: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card

Prize 2: $50.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Author JL Merrow Guest Blog and $20.00 Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

“Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that gets him into all kinds of trouble. And he’s just found his favorite flavor: hunky blond detective Lars Thornsson. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael’s smoldering dark charms, all Hell could break loose.
Lars’s job at the Paranormal Enforcement Agency means he’s supposed to be policing demons, not falling in lust—or love—with them. But there’s something about this feisty little sex demon that hits all his buttons.
With no shortage of deadly sinners in his city, from serial-killing succubi to drug-dealing demons, all Lars can do is try to keep his private life from interfering with his work. But Rael has a knack for getting mixed up in cases that threaten both their domestic harmony and their lives.”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $20.00 Riptide Publishing Gift Card


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Author LaVerne Thompson Release Party and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BittenByBooks!

“For 200 some years Xavior, a child of the waves, has searched the seven depths for his bride only to find her on land. How could a landwalker be his Queen, the one destined to stop the wars among the sea tribes? But one touch and he knew he’d defy Poseidon himself to make her his.
Cori Daniels hated the water; she’d been on board the luxury ocean liner for 2 days and hadn’t left her cabin. But when she finally ventured on deck she met a man who looked like a sea god and tempted her like no other. But he tempted her to follow him into the sea.
How could she tell him she feared the water?”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Author Dawn Montgomery Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

“Tonya knows it’s time for a decade-long conspiracy to come to a head, but no one can know her true identity. Her feral nature and instinctive mistrust have kept her alive for the past five years of deep cover. When her only choice is to run or face death, she runs. What she doesn’t count on is Dakota Thunder, a Council bounty hunter who never misses a target. Tonya is running out of time, and the only man she can trust is the last man who should ever believe her.
Dakota Thunder is no stranger to betrayal. From a childhood born of nightmares to the death of his sister, he knows exactly what his kind are capable of. No one escapes his justice. What should have been a routine bounty pick up drops Dakota in the middle of a deadly blood feud involving shifter trafficking, extortion, and murder revolving around one wise-cracking beautiful woman of leopard royalty. She gets under his skin, digging her claws into his heart and reminding him of things buried long ago. He’d planned for everything except Tonya and the evidence that could bring down one of the most powerful organizations in the shifter world.
Nothing could have prepared them for their explosive attraction or the depths at which a madman would fall in order to destroy everything they love. With nowhere to turn, and the net growing tighter, they’ll have to trust in one another to survive.”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $20.00 Amazon Gift Card


Author Eric Garrison Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

“Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett’s own fate is linked to the little ghoul’s.
So it’s back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz.
A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from …Sinking Down? Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card


Monday, February 17, 2014

Author Billi Jean Interview and $75.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

“When a sheltered young woman meets the one guy in this world she’d never dreamed existed, she might not be ready for the changes he brings, but she’s more than ready to be in his eternal embrace.
When an ancient vampire starts stalking a woman over cappuccinos, he should have guessed that the wild redhead was not all she appeared. When he discovers that he cannot let her die, he faces the biggest challenge of his life – keeping her alive. But Jaxon isn’t going to quit, not even when he breaks the laws of his people to help her become a vampire and, in doing so, might win her hatred rather than her love.
Joey’s never known anyone like Jaxon. She’s never wanted to. Now, after experiencing the pleasure only found in his embrace, she wants more. She wants his love. But when the Death Stalkers intensify their efforts to turn both immortals and humans into their slaves, she suddenly finds herself battling not only for her life, but for Jaxon’s.”
CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!

Prize One: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card

Prize Two: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Exclusive Book Release Amazon Gift Card Contest – Blood Chills by Marie Treanor at BITTENBYBOOKS

From sensitivity to sensuality... with the vampire who chills her blood. 

Cyn can sense undead presence from a touch, from the feel of the air. Her gift leads her mercenary band of hunters on the trail of a monster who's killed two women in New York—to the being Cyn least wants to set eyes on again: the Hungarian vampire, Bela. 

Now the iconic violinist with a local rock band, Bela seems less interested in proving his innocence—if, indeed, he is innocent—than in seducing Cyn—no easy task when the very presence of vampires sickens her. Plus Cyn wants revenge for the murdered women, and for her partner Rudy who lies in hospital, critically injured. 

But neither Cyn's gifts, nor the killer she pursues, are exactly what they seem. Allying with Bela might be a lethal mistake, but as everyone she loves comes under attack, Cyn finally learns to trust her instincts, and discovers much more than the intense physical pleasures behind her chills. 

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

Blood Guilt
Blood of Angels
Blood Descent
Blood Prophecy
Blood Chills

Author Dale Basye Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE at BITTENBYBOOKS!

Welcome to Wise Acres, where the sassy kids go.
 
In the seventh installment of Heck, Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo Fauster to Wise Acres, the circle reserved for kids who sass back. In Wise Acres, the cleverest, snarkiest, put-downiest kids debate and trade insults in Spite Club. But the new vice principal, Lewis Carroll, has some curious plans to raise the profile—and the stakes—of the competition. Now a full-fledged War of the Words will be broadcast through the afterlife. The winner will get the heck out of Heck and go straight to heaven. And the loser? Well, the loser goes down . . . all the way down to the real h-e-double-hockey-sticks. And Milton and Marlo are on opposite teams. Can they find a way out of Lewis Carroll’s mad-as-a-hatter scheme? Or is one Fauster about to pay a permanent visit to the Big Guy Downstairs?


Author Bio:
“Dale E. Basye is the author of the Circles of Heck series from Random House Children’s Books. He has written stories, reviews, and outright lies (read: advertising copy) for many publications and organizations. Before beginning his middle-grade novel series Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, Dale was a film critic for Willamette Week, winning several national journalism awards. He lives in Portland with his wife and son, and a vague sense of ennui.”