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[amazon_link id=”0778313441″ target=”_blank” ]Love Is Murder (Thriller Anthologies)[/amazon_link]

May 29, 2012 | MIRA | 608 pages

$13.86 Hardcover ([amazon_link id=”0778313441″ target=”_blank” ]Amazon[/amazon_link]) | $11.87 [amazon_link id=”B007JJSIU4″ target=”_blank” ]Kindle[/amazon_link]

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Welcome to the LOVE IS MURDER Blog Tour! There are 30 days with multiple stops! Many are hosting giveaways (see mine below!).

Today I’m featuring author Debra Webb and an excerpt from her story Dirty Low Down – A Jackie Mercer Story.

Debra Webb – Dirty Low Down

Temporary Command Center, Houston, July 8, 9:30 p.m.

 

“This is a bad idea, Jackie.”

“You think?” Seriously. Some jerk-off tortures and murders five women in the space of as many months? Yeah, that really was a bad idea. Helping out with the official sting to take him down? A flippin’ stellar idea. My partner should just get over it.

“Look.” Dawson cast a wary glance at the cops on the other side of the room before huddling close to me. “These guys can’t guarantee your protection. This whole operation hinges on dangling you as bait. I don’t like it.”

Debra Webb

Debra Webb, born in Alabama, wrote her first story at age nine and her first romantic romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the military behind the Iron Curtain—and a five-year stint with NASA—that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has penned nearly one hundred novels. Visit her at www.debrawebb.com.

Review of Dirty Low Down

(I didn’t have time to read them all!)

 I enjoyed Dirty Low Down featuring PI Jackie Mercer and her hot partner Dawson. Jackie gets sent to help the local police department capture a serial murder that stakes his victims vampire style. Very odd, that, but proved to be interesting. Lots of action, suspense and ultimately a nice resolution to a crime.

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[amazon_link id=”1616146230″ target=”_blank” ]Hunter and Fox (A Shifted World Novel)[/amazon_link] by Philippa Ballantine

June 26, 2012 | Pyr Books

Thanks to the lovely crew at Pyr Books I have at least one copy of this to giveaway! Pending delivery of the eBook I may have another ARC to add to this giveaway.

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In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plainsand then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it.She must also deal with the machinations of Kelanim, the mistress of Caisah, who out of fear will do anything to bring Talyn down.

Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and yet is drawn to her. Their fates are bound together.

Meanwhile, the Hunter’s lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn.

The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.

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Welcome back!

Did you miss yesterday’s Armchair BEA | Day 1 | Introduction post?

Looking for my Best of 2012 post? (yes, I accidently put my giveaway post in the Best of 2012 post, sorry!!)
Today’s topics are Best of 2012 and or a giveaway! I’m doing both so be sure to check out both posts!

Don’t forget to stop by Armchair BEA for information on their Twitter Party as well as guest post from Joe Foster from Edelweiss on digital review copies.

What would be better than to pick a book that releases today! Happy Release Day Leigh! Don’t forget to watch the pretty amazing trailer below! Love it!

I also posted my review of Shadow and Bone today!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

June 5th,  2012 | Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

$10.79 (Amazon | Hardcover)  | $9.99 (Kindle)

First 5 Chapters are FREE on Kindle.

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Summary (Goodreads)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

This book was phenomenal. I can’t say much more than that. It is definately a must read!

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Welcome to The Soul Savers Book Tour! Be sure to check out the rest of the blogs participating in the Tour. Today’s other post is over at Reading Angel.

Today, I have Sophia answering a question!

What attributes do you concentrate on for your child to master?

Sophia: Loyalty and devotion is definitely something Alexis needs to master before it comes time for her to lead the Amadis. Unfortunately, she’s not exactly trustful of anyone. If she can get over her past betrayals, she’ll learn to trust the right people and to be devoted to her own people. I’ve done what I can to be an example of devotion, especially to the Amadis – I kept secrets from her even when I wanted nothing more than to tell her everything! She’ll come around. I believe in her.

Series

Promise by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-08-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 368 | $15.99

Purpose by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-08-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 354 | $15.99

Devotion by Kristie Cook

Published: 2012-01-31 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 388 | $15.99

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-10-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 200 | $8.99

About Kristie Cook

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at www.KristieCook.com.

Connect with Kristie

Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

Giveaway

Kristie is hosting some great prizes!

To be entered all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post!

One comment per person, please.

Comment qualifies you for Kristie’s prizes as listed below PLUS one commenter will win an eBook of DEVOTION!

Prizes!!!

Grand Prize – Nook Simple Touch (US only)
1st Prize — Paperbacks of all 4 of my books signed (US only)
2nd Prize — Soul Savers Swag bag (US only)
International Prize — All 4 books as ebooks


Simply leave a comment (with your email address in the comment form!) on each of the tour stops to be entered. The more stops you visit and leave a comment, the more entries you get!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo to you!

I thought I’d host a random giveaway. I received the following ARCs a while back and then I also received them via NetGalley so I thought I’d share these with my readers!

I have started all 3 but never did finish any of them. I’ll give you a brief explanation of why I didn’t finish them and whether I plan to finish them eventually.

Books

The Humming Roomby Ellen Potter192 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-02-28)

$16.99 (Amazon.com)

 

 

Summary (Goodreads)

Hiding is Roo Fanshaw’s special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment’s notice. When her parents are murdered, it’s her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.
As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn’t believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.
Despite the best efforts of her uncle’s assistants, Roo discovers the house’s hidden room–a garden with a tragic secret.
Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write.

Why I Didn’t Finish

I didn’t finish this one because I really didn’t get hooked at first. I LOVED Ellen’s The Kneebone Boy (my review) so I know I’ll eventually pick this one back up. Since it’s a middle grade book, it’s hard for me to feel the urge to read this. Maybe I’ll  read it to my nearly 8 year old daughter instead.

Life Is But a Dreamby Brian James240 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-03-27)

$17.99 (Amazon.com)

 

 

Summary (Goodreads)

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it’s the world that’s crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she’ll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences.
Brian James calls Life is But a Dream “the most intense book I’ve written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write.” Intense–yes. Unforgettable–definitely.

Why I Didn’t Finish

I got very far into this one. It’s a very HEAVY book. Two young kids in a mental institution. I was afraid to keep reading. I just couldn’t see it ending well. I don’t usually enjoy reading things that have such sadness in them. I ‘d rather read a paranormal or a happy contemporary.

After the Snowby S. D. Crockett304 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-03-27)

$16.99 (Amazon.com)

 

 

Summary (Goodreads)

Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.
But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone — he doesn’t have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl — but Willo just can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

Why I Didn’t Finish

I barely started this one. I actually laughed and then decided to read it out loud to my husband. This would make an excellent audio book. I might just do that instead of reading it. But after reading Blood Red Road I might be able to handle this one. Maybe. The twang was just too much for me.

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April 18th, 2012

Prom Fever Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year! Prom!

Prom is usually a big deal to most high school students. Mostly the girls are the ones to have the most fun preparing for the big day.

I remember my junior prom and my now husband’s senior prom. It was such a boring night!! I’m sure it was just us. We’re not big on dancing nor did we have very many friends that we could hang out with. We did dance once (I think). I remember my feet were killing me by the time we left. Damn those heels! We didn’t do an after party either. We may have found a  quite back road for a few minutes of quality time. ;)

Here’s our prom picture. We’ll be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this June 29th.

Prom 2001

Giveaway

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group has a few books to help you get in the spirit of Prom!

Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One by Aimee Agresti

Published: 2012-03-06 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 533 | Price: $17.99

 

 

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Published: 2011-10-25 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Pages: 192 | Price: $16.99

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Published: 2010-01-18 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 373 | Price: $8.99

The Fashion Coloring Book by Carol Chu

Published: 2012-03-06 by Graphia

Pages: 128 | Price: $12.99

 

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FROM DIRECTOR CAMERON CROWE COMES THE UPLIFTING TALE BASED ON A TRUE STORY ‘WE BOUGHT A ZOO’

Featuring Family Friendly Audio Track The Whole Family Will Go Wild for this Heartwarming Adventure Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download April 3

 This Easter, be unpredictable, do something crazy and embrace your wild side! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents an inspiring adventure based on a true story of one man who brought a zoo back to life and family back together in WE BOUGHT A ZOO, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download April 3. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.

Featuring an incredible musical score composed by Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós, the WE BOUGHT A ZOO Blu-ray is loaded with over 2½ hours of special features including 20 deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, star J.B. Smoove (The Sitter, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Editor Mark Livolsi, and more. The film also features an English Family Friendly Audio Track that earned the Dove Seal of Approval.  The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an average retail price of $24.99 and $19.99 respectively.

Procurement

Screener DVD received from 20th Century Fox via ThinkJam.

Review

I had wanted to see We Bought A Zoo while it was in theatres but we never made it there. I was SO thrilled to receive a review copy and made it a point to watch it with my husband that very weekend. We had planned on letting our 7 year old watch it with us but decided to watch it first to see if it was indeed appropriate for her. As I knew there was some romance in it I didn’t want to subject her to too much sexual content. I’ll come back to whether it’s appropriate for little eyes later.

First, I just loved the cast! Matt Damon made a great newly single dad due to his wife passing away. His children were great characters and the little girl was just adorable! Her name is Maggie Elizabeth Jones and I’ll be looking for her in other movies for sure! And of course, the lovely Scarlett Johansson played a down to earth zookeeper.

The story was what initially peaked my interest. The trailer sucked me right in and I just had to see it. I would have loved to own a zoo as a child! Even now I think it would be an amazing adventure.

I did not know that the movie was based on a book by the main character of the movie, Benjamin Mee. I wish I would have known so I could have read the book first! I am really not a fan of seeing the movie first and then reading the book.

We Bought A Zoo is rated PG for “language and some thematic elements “. There are several scenes when Damon shoots off a few choice curse words (6 uses of s**t, 1 or 2 uses of bulls**t, 4 uses of d**n, 4 uses of hell, 1 use of b*tch, 2 uses of a**hole, 1 use of d**k.), some that I would never say in front of my children, and granted the children are not around in the movie when they are said. Also, the young boy is having issues at school and lashes out by drawing disturbing images, one of which is shown very clearly of a decapitated person with spraying blood stream and icky looking in general. That is the main reason why we decided not to let our daughter watch this. It could easily have not been included and would not have impacted the story what so ever.

In addition to the language and violent drawings there’s the issue of an aging tiger, Spar. In zoo keeping philosophy, it’s common to dispose of aging animals before their treatment becomes too expensive or their livelihood is too painful for them. It is a very touchy subject and many scenes of upset people. It would require a child that understands death or at the very least an explanation afterwards.

To see more parental content explanations go HERE.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it for a date night.

Book

 

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Top Ten American Classics of Our Time

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored with Over Three Hours of Bonus Materials Including Two Full­ Length Documentaries

 

On Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, one of the screen’s most beloved and critically acclaimed films, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 31, 2012. The powerful and poignant adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the half-century mark, digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, plus more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus features chronicling the making of the cinematic masterpiece.

Unquestionably an American classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the most beloved films and novels of our time. In honor of its release on Blu-ray on January 31, we will take a look back at other classic books and movies that have helped define our nation over the last century.

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WHEN IT COMES TO COMEDY…

NO GAME NO FOWL

Let the fowl play begin!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when THE BIG YEAR spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.

 

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Comedic Icons Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson Star in the Hilarious Outdoor Adventure Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 31!

Brad, Kenny and Stu are not the only people fascinated by ornithology. They are joined by a well-known bunch of famous faces including Daryl Hannah, Paul McCartney & Prince Philip. Here, we’ll take a fun look at the array of celebrities who have a passion for feathered friends much like our leading men.

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!

Prince Philip

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The Duke of Edinburgh is an accomplished bird photographer, writer, and wildlife advocate. Due to his extended time spent on the royal yacht, Prince Philip began photographing rare seabirds. In 1962, he published Birds from Britannia, a collection of pictures of some of the world’s rarest birds. Additionally, Prince Philip later became president of the World Wildlife Fund.

Daryl Hannah

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Daryl Hannah isn’t just an actress – she’s also an environmentalist and a birdwatcher! It is unknown whether Hannah is an avid or casual birdwatcher, but she has stated in interviews that she enjoys bird watching. Regardless of her level of activity in the bird watching arena, Hannah is a fierce advocate of the environment and of various species, birds included.

Paul McCartney

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As a teenager, Paul McCartney was a big fan of the BBC nature show “Look” – he even wrote to its host (wildlife artist Peter Scott) asking for “the drawings of them ducks, if you’re not doing anything with them.” Since his youth, McCartney has been a passionate advocate for birds and other wildlife, including the endangered skylark, which he used to watch in Liverpool as a child.

Jimmy Carter

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Former President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, is an avid birder! Jimmy and his wife, Rosalyn, have birded throughout the world. Rumors in the birding community speculate that their combined life list is around 1,500 species! In interviews Jimmy has spoken about checking out bird ringing stations in Israel and searching for African Hoopoes in Zimbabwe.

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What an exciting post! I have a finished copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer to giveaway thanks to St. Martin’s Press (Feiwel & Friends) via Zeitghost Media!

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

400 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-01-03)

$12.09 (Amazon.com)

Read the first 5 chapters on Kindle for FREE!

Cinder: Chapters 1-5 by Marissa Meyer

pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2011-12-06)

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