Pick of the Week…and a Giveaway

I have bored pretty much everyone with my enjoyment of the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong. It is a bit outside my usual straight-up paranormal fare, but the supernatural elements that were only hinted at in the first book were more developed in the second, and promise to carry over to this week’s release, Deceptions. Maybe it was because it was so different that it caught my attention, I don’t know, but to say that I am excited to read this third book is a bit of an understatement. It was actually tied with Magic Shifts as my big read for the month, if not the whole fall. But holy crap, we have to wait until next August for book four, Betrayals. Bummer.

deceptionsSynopsis…

Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

giveaway bannerNow on to the giveaway portion. If you are interested, I will be giving away the first book of the series, Omens, in paperback (more like a trade paperback).

omensSynopsis

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Giveaway to end Thursday, August 20th at midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

Magic Shifts Winner

winner bannerWell, this was a quickie giveaway since Magic Shifts was released so early in the month (not complaining, though). Ilona Andrews and their latest Kate Daniels book is a real highlight for this month, and there were 34 entrants for the giveaway. The winner was #3…

Courtney Lakics

random winnerCongratulations, Courtney. I will be contacting you for your info shortly.

August BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerI guess nobody is too surprised to find out that Ilona Andrews and Magic Shifts are the winners for the August book of the month poll. Because I figured that was the way it would go, I actually threw my support behind Kelley Armstrong‘s third Cainsville book, Deceptions. I am so looking forward to both of those puppies. Anyways, time for a little giveaway. If you are interested in winning a hardcover copy of Magic Shifts, just leave a comment in the comment section. Because this one is only days away, lets wrap things up quickly at say, Midnight Atlantic time on Monday? Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Good luck!

magic shiftsSynopsis…

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Giveaway x 2 Winner

winner bannerIt is time once again to hit Random.org to see who will be the winner of…something. Either Christine Feehan‘s Earth Bound and Jennifer Estep‘s Spider’s Trap. Or one of them and something else. Or just something else. Maybe winner’s choice? Anyways, there were 21 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner was #19…

Jennings Teri

RANDOMCongratulations! I will be contacting you shortly for your info.

July BotM and Giveaway…x 2

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Well, I was so not interested in the polling this month I didn’t even check to see who the winner was until about 5 minutes ago – where I promptly noticed that things had ended up in a tie between Christine Feehan‘s Earth Bound and Jennifer Estep‘s Spider’s Trap.

Huh.

Well, looks like the only solution is to offer both for the giveaway. Or, if you haven’t yet read either one of these series, let me know and maybe we can switch it for the first book of the series rather than trying to jump in at the middle. Or…whichever books you want. Meh, I have no excitement for this one. At all.

Anyways, if you would like to win a copy of Earth Bound and Spider’s Trap (or the first book of the series, or something else), just leave a comment below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random on, uh, Friday night at Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

earth boundEarth Bound

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past…

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well.  But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.

Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?

spider's trapAnd Spider’s Trap

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

June BotM and Giveaway…That Was Close

giveaway bannerSo, yeah. I figured Nalini Singh‘s Shards of Hope would take the book of the month for June. In fact, I would’ve been shocked if it hadn’t. I do have to admit, though, that I wasn’t expecting quite the blowout that it was. Shards of Hope – 153 votes. Runner up – 11. My other biggie for this month, Lora Leigh‘s Bengal’s Quest came in 5th, with 7 votes. Like someone mentioned before, pretty much the only thing that could have bitten into Nalini’s lead was an Ilona Andrews release. They pretty much already have August wrapped up with Magic Shifts, but that is another story.

On to the giveaway part. If you would like to win a hardcover copy of Shards of Hope, just leave a comment in the comments section. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random (through Random.org). Since the release date is tomorrow, let’s make this one quick and have it wrap up Tuesday at Midnight (Atlantic Time). Good luck!

shards of hopeSynopsis…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

Eighth Grave After Dark Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerDarynda Jones has quickly risen to the top of many readers’ favorite series lists, and usually it is a pretty safe bet that when one of her books is up for book of the month it will be near the top of the voting. It is hard to believe that we are already on number eight, though.

Anyways, there were 39 entrants for the Eighth Grave After Dark giveaway, and the winner was #3…

Judy V

random.orgCongratulations, Judy. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

May’s BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerYep, May is shaping up to be a really decent reading month, all things considered. Your choice for book of the month went to Darynda JonesEighth Grave After Dark, which wasn’t a huge surprise. The quirky, fun series has gone to the top of a lot of readers favorites list, and from the blurb I read for the next one it looks like things are going to get very, very interesting in the next couple of books.

If you would like to win a hardcover copy of Eighth Grave After Dark, just leave a comment in the comments section. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random (through Random.org). We have a little time since this one isn’t due out until May 19th, so let’s say the giveaway wraps up on Tuesday night, Midnight (Atlantic Time). Good luck!

eighth grave after darkSynopsis…

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….