Friday, October 29, 2010

Winner of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is....


Congratulations Edna, I will be forwarding your info to HP
and she'll be sending you the eBook :)

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review: Play of Passion by Nalini Singh!!

Reading level/Genre: Romance - Paranormal

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Berkley Sensation,division of Penguin Group (November 02, 2010)

ISBN-13:  978-0-425-23779-3

In exactly one week from today on Tuesday November 2nd, Play of Passion releases!
First of all, I am addicted to the Psy-Changling series and am a total fan of Nalini’s writing. So when I saw her blog contest for a chance to win one of 2 Play of Passion arcs, I immediately entered but never expected I’d actually win! I almost cried with joy when I saw my name was posted and the thrill still hasn’t left me, lol. So thank you Nalini for making my month! *grin*

ARC cover w/bookmark
signed by Nalini Singh :)

Play of Passion is Indigo and Drew’s story. As part of SnowDancer, both are wolf Changlings and so you would think their mating would be simpler than all the other relationships in the series so far, but in fact it is one of the most difficult pairings to bond! And it makes their story all the more intriguing and delightful :D

As a dominant female, Indigo Riviere has decided her choices for a true mate are extremely limited. Not only is she generally guarded in her displays of emotion, but she takes her job as lieutenant in the pack very seriously and doesn’t see how any male would be able to accept her for everything she is as a woman and pack dominant. She fears the potential caveat of being resented by a weaker male partner just as much as the risk of losing her sense of self and power if she were mated with a dominant male. And since hierarchy is vital to pack life and health, the commitments of mating, love and intimacy aren’t decisions Indigo feels at all comfortable making. 

Drew Kincaid is Riley's younger (book #6) and Brenna's older (book #3) brother, the SnowDancer pack’s tracker, and every bit as headstrong as Indigo. Being tracker comes with a lot of baggage and heavy responsibility, and if it were any other wolf doing the job he might not fit in the group so well. But Drew is a playful soul and a guy who is more like social glue than scary fringe group member, with his infectious smile and affectionate nature. And even though Indigo’s preconceptions of him as a younger and less dominant male seem to her like her worst possible match, he’s not going to give up on wooing her. Drew’s used to writing his own rules and love is no exception.

Play of Passion is totally sexy and made me laugh. I loved it! If you love paranomal romance and still haven't started this series, you definitely should asap!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Guest Post: HP Mallory, Author (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Today I'd like to welcome HP Mallory, author of the new Jolie Wilkins series.
She's' an idie published author and since I've heard different things as to what that means, I thought it'd be great for HP to explain what that process means for her and her books. 
Take it away HP :)

Hi! I’m H.P. Mallory and Bella had asked me to write a guest post about what it means to be an indie author, meaning I’m self published. So, I thought I’d start this post by talking a bit about my history and why I became an indie author.

My story starts about three years ago when I was living in Cambridge, England. I’d just finished my first book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (a paranormal romance) and my critique partner, Lori Brighton, had suggested I try to find an agent. I sent out some query letters (the initial plug that gets an agent interested or not) and I got a ton of responses requesting the partial or full of the book! I was elated.

After a few months, I’d received a bunch of rejections but also two offers for representation, one from my dream agent! So, at this point, I’m thinking I’m made. I’ve nailed one of the best agents in New York and I’m well on my way.

So, my agent sends the book out to about five publishers and no one bites. Meanwhile I’ve started writing my second book, To Kill A Warlock (an urban fantasy).  After another three or so publishers reject Fire Burn again, I notice my agent isn’t returning my phone calls or emails. Hmm, so after she basically drops me without ever letting me know, I’m bummed!

I sit on both books for about two years, in which time I’ve moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where my husband attends Uni at Edinburgh and gets his MBA. Then we move back to California and my crit partner tells me about a few indie authors who are killing it on Amazon. So, I think to myself, hmm, what have I got to lose? My books are just sitting there collecting dust.

In July 2010, I upload both books to Amazon with the hopes of selling a few hundred total. And, bam! I’m shocked to find my books totally take off. So, then I start thinking—I can really make something of myself as an indie. I have two solid books and the response on both has been awesome. Maybe I should really push and try to get them out there…

 So, I find a bunch of bloggers who read the genres I write and I send them all emails introducing my book and myself. And, wow, they actually want to read my books! Pretty cool. And what’s even cooler is that the majority of them really like my work!

At this point, it’s been a couple of months and my books are competing with my traditionally published counterparts and doing really well! I’m so thrilled I made this decision and I haven’t looked back since.

Now, as to advising others to become indies or not, I think that is more complicated. First, any self pubbed author has to ensure that his or her work is up to par—meaning there aren’t grammar or layout issues, etc. They also should enroll the help of a crit partner review their work to ensure it’s as good as it  can be.

The thing to keep in mind is that when you’re an indie, you have only yourself to rely on in terms of publicity—you don’t have the backing of a huge New York publisher. So, you’ve got to really work to get your name out there. But, having said that, I love the creative freedom I have and the fact that I’m making my own way.

Thank you to all my reviewers and my readers—without you, I wouldn’t have come this far!!

To learn more about my books and me, please visit my website:


Thanks for stopping by HP! I know a lot of readers are going to love your series. 
And for all you readers who like paranormal romance, scroll down to enter to win HP's book :D

Review and Giveaway!! : Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins series, Book 1)

Genre: Romance - Paranormal

eBook published by HP Mallory at Smashwords, July 2010

If you're looking for a really fun Halloween read, this is the perfect book. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is book 1 in the Jolie Wilkins series, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy about witches and warlocks. Jolie is pretty much your average girl-next-door until one day a man named Rand shows up and tells her she's more than just psychic, she's actually a witch! 

Rand offers her a job that she can't afford to pass up as a struggling tarot reader and when she accepts the job, Jolie tumbles into the world of magic and all its pitfalls as well. If it's not a witch versus warlock stand-off to "win" her, it's a crazy ghost trying to feel her up! Jolie just keeps running into crazier and crazier things. Add to that Rand's rule of "never mix business with pleasure" and he and Jolie find their mutual attraction is just one more thing they gotta fight. 

With confidence issues, an all but non-existent dating life, and a pushy best friend, Jolie fights to keep her life in check and then to simply keep her life! It's a crazy new world she's part of but a great sense of humor and some interesting new friends make her life so much more exciting, lol 
Even though she only wanted her old life, she ends up on an exciting if chaotic self-discovery as she and her new "boss" Rand fight against the power hungry witch Bella. 

I loved this book, it was the perfect Halloween treat! So if you're in the mood for witches, warlocks, and some sexy things that go bump in the night, check out Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble :D

And now for the giveaway: HP has graciously offered a copy of the eBook for a lucky reader!
Simply fill out the form below by October 28th, 12 noon CST and you're entered and can have it just in time for Halloween :)

Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Treat: Wanna Be a Character in a Book?!

Hey all you fellow bibliophiles! What would you say is one of the most exciting things that could happen to you as a reader? How about being immortalized in a book?

Yup, you heard right. HP Mallory, the wonderful author of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, is hosting a contest to write you into her next book Toil and Trouble,due to release on Jan 1, 2011!  How amazing is that?! 

And this character is integral to plot and recurring in all the future books in the Jolie Wilkins series! Haven't yet heard of the series? Well it's a great paranormal and I'll be posting my review soon along with a guest post & giveaway by HP herself, so look out for that. In the meantime, you can read chapter 1 on her website here
I was hooked by chapter 1, weren't you? Be sure to stop by here and look for her giveaway of book 1 here with her guest post later in the upcoming week! 

And if you want a chance to be a character in a book, make sure to enter her awesome Halloween contest on her blog here!!!

Enter by October 30th and HP will be announcing the winner on Halloween, October 31st!
Best Halloween treat ever if you ask me :D

Friday, October 8, 2010

Movies: Breaking Dawn

Author Stephenie Meyer confirmed on Facebook that nine-year-old Mackenzie Foy (FlashForward and 'Til Death) has joined the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. She'll play Bella's (Kristen Stewart) and Edward's (Robert Pattinson) daughter, Renesmee.

"Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy," wrote Meyer. "She's an amazing young actress and I'm excited to work with her."

Director Bill Condon "is expected to use similar special effects as David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to show Foy aging 17 years over the span of seven years."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

•¸¸.•*¨*•☆ •¸¸.•*¨*•☆ •¸¸.•*¨*•☆ wishlist


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here!

Both the books I'm wishing to get asap are purple-y perfection! lol
One is a Romance and one is YA:

I used to think I didn't like contemporary romances; then I found Julie James! Her books are fabulous, with just the right wit, charm, love, and sexiness :)
My favorite so far is Practice Makes Perfect which I need to review It's soooo good! I'm excited about this one.
A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Reading level/Genre: Romance-Contemporary
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 01, 2011)
The FBI wants her cooperation.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there — with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment — one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more...

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I absolutely adore Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series and can't wait to read the final book, Darkest Mercy! Seth, Irial, Aislinn, Niall, Donia, I'm just obsessed with all of them and their faery world!

                              Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely series, #5)

Reading level/Genre: Young Adult -Paranormal
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-13:  978-0061659256 

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the faery courts, and in the final conflict, some will win…and some will lose everything.

The exhilarating conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Illicit Reading ;-)

Banned Books Week is coming to an end but there have been plenty of current examples of censorship to draw attention to its necessity. Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak was targeted for banning and authors, book bloggers, librarians, educators, and readers everywhere took action in support of the book. And best of all Laurie's publisher, Penguin Young Readers Group, ran a full page in the New York Times yesterday supporting Speak and the people who came together to #SpeakLoudly.
The First Amendment and our right to intellectual freedom are constantly challenged; even the act burning of burning books isn't just a page out of history, the pastor Terry Jones having been the most recent example when he had planned to publicly burn Qurans on September 11th. Whether on the large or small scale, censorship of books of all types is still a relevant issue. 

Earlier this month here in Texas, the Humble Independent School District (a Houston suburb) actually rescinded it's invitation to Ellen Hopkins for its teen book festival when parents complained to the school board. And then just a few days ago Ellen posted on her Facebook page that her very own home school district had pulled all her books (except Fallout which had not yet been on the shelf) from all the middle schools "without reading the books".  
I had planned to review Ellen's Crank trilogy for this week, but unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read them because of lack of time but I'll be doing so first chance I get. They're some of the most popular books in our library!

So if you're a librarian, I hope you have a display to celebrate the freedom to choose, the freedom to read, and the freedom to speak, in your library for Banned Books Week. There are still people unaware of the issue or that take the right to intellectual freedom for granted. Every year I'm surprised how many questions I still get about it all. 
And since we're all readers, get to your library to check out one of the many challenged books or even purchase them! I guarantee Speak is definitely a book you'd love to have on your shelf; it's a great book. Happy Reading!!