Winner of Blood Brothers

We have yet another book winner!  I am so excited by all of the traffic that the Book Giveaway Carnival has brought to my blog this week.  I am also pumped that we will be doing it once a quarter…it is so much fun, not only entering for free books, but visiting other blogs.  Thank you to all of you who have entered.  If you come here often, thank you.  If this was your first time, I hope you will come back. 

The winner of Nora Roberts’ Blood Brothers is…


I have sent you an email, so please send me your mailing address.

If you didn’t win, try again.  I am currently giving away an ARC of Creepers.

and the Winner is…

I let choose the winner of my Monday Madness giveaway, Dead Boys, and it is…comment #15…


I have sent you an email as well, so please send me you mailing address so I can get your book in the mail to you this week.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog this week.  I will be announcing the winner of Blood Brothers tomorrow.  I will also be posting a review of Creepers tonight or tomorrow and there will be a giveaway of an ARC of the book.  Stay tuned…

Wednesday Wanderings – Giveaways

OK…I am still in need of a button for this weekly post…anybody out there who is wonderful at making buttons?  Wednesday Wanderings is something I do weekly to tell my readers about what I’ve seen that is happening at other blogs.  It can be anything that grabs my attention that I want to share with you.

Today’s post is just about giveaways.  Don’t we all love to get FREE stuff?  I know I do.  I just got the mail and received a copy of The Space Between Before and After that I won.  What a great day! 

 This week you can sign up to win lots of books during the Book Giveaway Carnival hosted by Bookroomreviews Weblog.

Giveaway – Blood Brothers

I am so pumped about the Book Giveaway Carnival that I have decided to try to do a giveaway each day.  Today’s selection is a book I have read and loved, so the copy is gently used.  It is Book One of a trilogy.  The final book is due to come out around Christmas, so this will get you started.



I love this series by Nora Roberts.  In fact, I love almost everything she does, but this was a different angle for her as a writer.  Here is a taste to whet your appetite:

It had been the Pagan Stone for hundreds of years, long before the three boys stood around it and spilled the blood in a bond of brotherhood, unwittingly releasing a force bent on destruction…

Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things-and then don’t seem to remember them.  The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed.

This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book.  It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil.  Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before.  Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well.  She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town-and to Cal.  As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire.  They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness…

If you like series, then you should leave me a comment to win this book.  Since this is by my favorite adult fiction author, tell me who your favorite adult author is.

  • open to US residents
  • contest ends Sat, Nov. 8
  • winner chosen by random and notified by email and on this blog, Sun. Nov. 9
  • winner has 2 days to respond or new winner is picked

Monday Madness

It’s Monday and I’m MAD!  Not angry mad, just mad about books!  Aren’t you?  What better way to celebrate my madness than with a book giveaway?  I’m participating in the Book Giveaway Carnival over at Bookroomreviews.  This is my very FIRST giveaway, so I hope you enjoy what I have in store for this week.  Check back in daily as I will post more giveaways throughout the week.

The first giveaway is for Dead Boys by Richard Lange.  I have not read this because my TBR pile is overwhelming, so I’m giving someone else a chance.

From Booklist
In the dozen heartbreaking stories collected here, Lange homes in on a group of twentysomething slackers living in the markedly less-prosperous suburbs of L.A. These bereft young men don’t seem to suffer so much from a lack of ambition as from a surfeit of emotion. Frayed nerves and broken hearts have kept them from realizing even the smallest of dreams; they’re always “between jobs or between marriages, between runs of good luck.” In the title story, the nameless narrator is beset by a host of worries—he thinks his wife is having an affair and that one of his office colleagues is about to commit suicide. Little wonder, then, that he can barely keep his mind on his job—pushing a new brand of yogurt. The yawning divide between his sterile work environment and his chaotic emotions prompts him to remark, “I’m full to bursting and empty at the same time.” Lange’s slice-of-life scenarios, emotionally wrecked characters, and piercingly funny dialogue make for a powerful combination that recalls the work of Thomas McGuane and Denis Johnson. 

  • This contest is open to addresses in the US only. 
  • To win, leave me a comment about your favorite short story or male character.
  • I will leave this contest open through Friday, Nov. 7. 
  • Winner will be chosen Saturday, Nov. 8 and notified via email and on this blog.
  • Winner must respond by Monday, Nov. 10 or another winner will be chosen.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you enjoyed your time here and will return frequently.

What’s to Come?

I am getting ready to leave for Austin to attend a birthday party for the sweetest lady who just turned 100 years old! 

Reviews to be posted this week:  Creepers, The Day Leo Said “I Hate You!”, and You Think it’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? with author interview.  I am currently reading The House on Tradd Street and The Book of a Hundred Truths.  Reviews to be posted upon completion.

Come back tomorrow to see what book I will be giving away for the Book Giveaway Carnival.  Go to Bookroomreviews Weblog to find out more or to join us in the Carnival.

Poetry Friday – Spooky Poems

Happy Halloween! 

Today is Poetry Friday! 

Appropriately enough, I have chosen a book today titled, Spooky Poems!  Here is a blurb about the book:

From Publishers Weekly
The benign monsters in these 25 poems are guaranteed to be cheerfully scary. Included in the motley group is the ugstabuggle, “a monster nearly nine feet tall / With hairy, grasping hands” who conveniently disappears when you stop thinking of him. The Marog from Mars has “a body of brass / And seventeen fingers and toes” and would make an entire classroom shriek, if anyone could see him. And the “great huge horrible horrible / creeping up the stars” is, well, HORRIBLE. Rees’s watercolors of wide-eyed children and twitchy goblins are just frightening enough to provide thrills without causing nightmares. A mixture of such British and American poets as e. e. cummings, Lilian Moore, Ted Hughes and Shel Silverstein provides verses bound to provoke shivers and giggles. From the hilariously hungry Alphabet Monster who might eat Y-O-U to the lovable snaggle-toothed bat, Rees’s creatures are wickedly entertaining. Ages 4-8.

Here is the poem I’ve chosen for today; enjoy!  It is by Jack Prelutsky, a favorite poet of mine.

Haunted House

There’s a house upon the hilltop

We will not go inside

For that is where the witches live,

Where ghosts and goblins hide.

Tonight they have their party,

All the lights are burning bright,

But oh we will not go inside

The haunted house tonight.

You can read the rest here.

The Poetry round-up today is over at Poetry for Children.  Check it out!

Don’t forget to come back on Monday for my giveaway as part of the Book Giveaway Carnival!

Wednesday Wanderings – 10/29

What’s happening in the blog world?  Who’s hosting giveaways?  Wednesday Wanderings is my way to let you know what’s going on with some of my favorite blogs and some that I just happened upon this week.  Anybody out there that could make me a cute button? I would forever be grateful!

Here’s what I’ve found this week.

Book Chatter and Other Stuff is giving away Tethered.  The contest ends Oct. 30, so hurry!

Have you checked out the Bloggy Giveaways?  They are having their Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival.  There are links to hundreds of giveaways going on this week.  See what you can find!

Over at Book Critiques, there are 2 giveaways.  One for The Healing Choice (11/1) and one for Lost and Found (11/3).  Which one would you choose? 

Have you been to BookingMama this week?  She has 3 new giveaways going on; WOW!  The first one is In the Land of Invisible Women, 2 copies ending 11/7.  Second, Hollywood Crows, up to 5 copies ending 11/9.  Just posted this morning is Life After Genius, 1 copy ending 11/11. 

Want to read Testimony?  Head over to Bookroomreviews Weblog and enter to win a copy.  She also has a $10 gift card to Build-a-Bear and Bethesda Sunscreen SoapCover Image

Dog Ear Diary is giving away a hardbound copy of Millions.  This ends on 11/4, so get your name in the random drawing by leaving a comment on the blog.

The Heretic Queen has been a popular giveaway this month.  Have you read it yet?  If not, Medieval Bookworm has a hardcover copy to give away.  This one ends on 11/7 so you still have some time to get your name in the drawing.

I love My Friend Amy.  She is always doing great things over there.  There are 4 copies of How to Be a Wicked Woman to be given away…great title for Halloween, huh?  Also just in time for Halloween…are you a vampire lover, read vampire books, or know vampire lore?  Share what you know tomorrow for Vampire Day on Amy’s blog.  

One more thing…I mentioned earlier this week, but don’t forget that next week is the Book Giveaway Carnival.  There will be book giveaways all over the blogosphere…including here!

If you have a giveaway you’d like me to post, or something exciting going on at your blog, please let me know so that I can add it here.  Until next week…


Book Giveaway Carnival!


Next week, Nov. 3-8, I will be participating in the Book Giveaway Carnival, hosted over at Bookroomreview’s Weblog.  This will be the FIRST giveaway at my blog, so I hope you will join me.  I haven’t decided what book or books I will be giving away, but it will be GOOD!  It is not too late to join us in the Carnival if you would like to host a giveaway.  Check back next Monday to see what the giveaway here will be.  Also, be sure to go to Bookroomreview’s Weblog so that you can have a chance at all the other giveaways.  Good luck!