Saturday, September 15, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies chosen by Random.Org  is........

Megan TheBookBabe

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Thanks bunches to everyone who entered my giveaway! Be sure to visit again because I will be holding more giveaways in the very near future.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Country (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #1)
by Linda Lael Miller

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (May 29, 2012)

  • Goodreads Summary:

    The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits. The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions. Such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.


    My Opinion:
    This was my first Linda Lael Miller read and I enjoyed it. Big Sky Country is the first book in her newest series. The story is a sweet, captivating romance set in Parable, Montana. It's about two half-brothers, one legitimate, one not and their love interests. Sheriff Slade Barlow always knew his father was a weathy rancher that never acknowledged him until the reading of the will. His half-brother Hutch Carmody grew up with all the luxuries of being a welthy mans son but  has always resented Slade.
    The relationship between Slade and Joslyn came about a bit to fast for me. I wish that part of the story would have been developed a little more.
    I think the secondary characters have good potential and I look forward to reading about them in the second installment, Big Sky Moutain.




    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Book Highlight: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

        Breathe (Breathe #1)
        by Sarah Crossan
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 2, 2012)

  • Inhale. Exhale.
    Breathe . . .
    The world is dead.
    The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
    Alinahas been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

    Quinnshould be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

    Beawants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

    And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

    Watch the video below to find out what inspired the author to write Breathe.

    I can't wait to read this book!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Review: Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

    Sea Witch (Sea Witch Chronicles #1)
    by Helen Holllick

  • Paperback: 316  pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (June 20, 2011)
  • Goodreads Summary:

    The time: the golden age of piracy - 1716
    The Place: the Pirate Round - from South Africa to the Islands of the Caribbean.

    Escaping the bullying of his elder brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate, with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crew unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh, an insignificant girl or so he thinks - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer and a midwife - and a white witch. Her name, an anagram of "all that is good." Jesamiah and Tiola become lovers, despite her guardian, Jenna Pendeen's disapproval, but Stefan van Overstratten a Cape Town Dutchman, also wants Tiola as his wife, and Jesamiah's half brother Phillipe MerenoJesamiah's path, he must make a choice between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola; he wants both - but Mereno and Von Overstratten want him dead. In trouble, imprisoned in the darkness and stench that is the lowest part of his brother's ship, can Tiola with her Craft, and the aid of Roux, Jesamiah's quartermaster and the rest of his loyal crew, save her pirate? And can she keep Jesamiah safe from another who wants him for herself? From the elemental being that is Tethys, Goddess of the Sea? A charismatic pirate rogue and a white witch - what better combination for a story of romance and high-sea fantasy adventure?


    My Opinion:

    I just fell in love with the character Captain Jesamiah Acorne, with his acorn earring and the blue ribbons in his hair. He's charming, he's handsome, he's courageous, he's a pirate! Jesamiah loves his freedom, his ship, the advenures of the chase and eventually he meets Tiola and falls in love with her.

    Tiola is a young beautiful midwife. She is also a white witch! Tiola will do anything to help her pirate lover Jesamiah (although she does not approve of piracy) and has saved him a few times.

    Helen Hollick did a great job on the all of the characters in Sea Witch. I got the feel of each one of them which made the story seem more authentic for me. Sea Witch has adventure, romance, a little mystery  and a bit of fantasy but not enough to chase me off (I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre).

    I think the cover of the book is perfect. I can almost smell the salt in air and feel the spray of the ocean on my face!
    I highly recommend this historical novel and I hope you decide to take an adventure on the high seas with Jesamiah and Tiola.



    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    My Very First Giveaway!

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

    Goodreads Summary:

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

    So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.


    I've been fortunate enough to win many giveaways so I have decided to pay it forward and host my own! Since Halloween is just around the corner I thought that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be a great book to give away. The copy up for grabs is gently used with a small crease on the back corner but is otherwise in great condition.

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    I will be mailing this book myself so I am not responsible for any loss or damage of the book.

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