Monday, December 31, 2012

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox Giveaway

Kristina's stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can't refuse. Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends ... and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the "Black Shard," Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it's in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

About the author

Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way.

Giveaway Time!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THANK YOU Jillian Dodd Giveaway!!!!

“THANK YOU Jillian for all that you do!”
Friends of Jillian Dodd are showing their appreciation!
In appreciation for the hard work and effort indie author Jillian Dodd does behind the scenes for authors, her writing friends are offering YOU the chance to win one of her books! You can choose from one of the Keatyn Chronicles:  STALK ME or KISS ME. Or maybe you prefer one of the titles in the That Boy series: THAT BOY or THAT WEDDING. All books are New Adult contemporary romance. Good luck!

About the Author
Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family.

Some of Jillian's Books :D

Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits.

There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.


 Giveaway: (1) eBook copy of STALK ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #1), KISS ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #2), THAT BOY (Volume 1), or THAT WEDDING (That Boy, #2). Open International. Books will be gifted from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 A to Z Book Challenge


Snyder and I tried to do this with book reviews this year and we fell short of that goal. :( This challenge however you don't have to review, but hopefully we'll review them. :D I don't know if we both are doing this challenge together or she wants to do it separate. She is on the way home as I type this so we will see. :D With all that being said I'm going to have the challenge in a tab at the top of the blog so I can get easy access to the post as well as you all.

I copied and pasted the info below :D

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.

A - Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A - Atonement B- Black Beauty C - The Count of Monte Cristo D - Dances with Dragons etc.


B - The lazy way (how I do it) : Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

Bonus! Each month, I will add another challenge to this main challenge. It might to read a book with both A and Z in the title or to read a book with 3 words that all start with the same letter. I might host a few random giveaways too for good measure. If you've got some idea for the mini-challenges, send them my way!

 So you all know that I am lazy and it is no shocker that I'm going to do option B

A- Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe 
B- The Ballad of Aramei by J.A. Redmerski
     Blood on the Moon by Cassiel Knight
     Bewitched by Cambria Hebert
     Between by Cambria Hebert
     Before by Cambria Hebert
     Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison
     Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
     Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus  
C- Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
     Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
     Charade by Cambria Hebert
     Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
     Cruxim by Karin Cox
D- Dare You To by Katie McGarry
     Dark Genesis by Dave Ferraro
     Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
     Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
     Dagger Heart by Ronnell D. Porter
     Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear 
F- Furthermore by Amber Garr
     Foxblood by Raquel Lyon
     The Faith and Fate of David Ghent by Maren Dille
     Focus by Alyssa Rose Ivy 
     Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
G- Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe
H- Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
     Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
     Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong
     Hooked by Liz Fichera
     Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
I- Ignite by Jenna Bernel
J- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
K- Kindred by J.A. Redmerski
     Kept by Shawntelle Madison  
L- Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
     Love Story by Jennifer Echols
     The Last Academy by Anne Applegate
     Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear 
M- The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski
      Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brain
      Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
      The Morning Star by Tania Penn 
N- Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
     Night Hawk by J.E. Taylor
     Norma Jean by Amanda Heath
     Night Blade by J.C. Daniels  
O- Oddily by Linda Pohring
     Of Silver and Beast by Trisha Wolfe
P- Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
R- River Road by Suzanne Johnson
     Royal Street by Suzanne Johmson
     Reviving Bloom by Michelle Turner
     The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
     Reign by Jenna Bernel 
S- Shadow's Edge by J.T. Geissinger
     Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
     Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson
     Spooked by Tracy Sharp 
     Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
     Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
     Stung by Bethany Wiggins 
     Starseed by Liz Gruder
     The Sphinx Project by Kate Hawkings
     Seduced by the Wolf by Terry Spear  
T- Touching Evil by Amber Garr
    Taste by Kate Evangelista
    Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
    Tirade by Cambria Hebert
    To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear 
U- Unearth by Jenna Bernel
V- The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
     The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris
     Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin 
W- The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson
Y- You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

A- Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield
    The Assassin's Curse (RE-READ) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    Ashes & Ice by Rochelle Maya Cullen
    Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
B-The Better To Bite by Cynthia Eden
    Blade Song by J.C. Daniels
    Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
    Bound in Death by Cynthia Eden
    But I Love Him by amanda Grace
    Byzantine Gold by Chris Karlsen
C-Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelie
    The Clearing by Shalini Boland
    Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
    Crimson Flames by Ashley Robinson
    Crimson Groves by Ashley Robinson
D-Deeper we Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
    Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy
    Dented Cans by Heather Walsh
    Die For Me by Cynthia Eden
    Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
E- (Eve and Adam)(Eleanor&Park)
F- (Feedback)(foresthandsteeth)(feed)
G- Gemini of Emreina by Kristen DaRay
H- (Hemlock)(hunt)
I- Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar 
K- (The Knife of never letting go)
L- Lost in Time by Christie Palmer
M- Man of My Dreams by Gladys Quintal
      Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert
     My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
N- Night Blade by J.C. Daniels
O- Outside by Shalini Boland
P- The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
R- Raksha by Frankie Rose
    Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
S- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
    Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robinson
    Shadow Play by Christie Palmer
    Silent Warrior by Lindsey Piper
    Starglass by Phoebe North
    Stealing Parker by Mirandy Kinneally
T- Touch by Jus Accardo
    Toxic by Jus Accardo
U- The Unicorn and the Serpent by Ellie Potts
    Untouched by Jus Accardo
V- Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy
     Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
W-Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
    What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen 
    The Wolf Sirens by Tina Smith
    The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden
    A World Apart by Dacvid M. Brown
    The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson
X- (XVI)
Y- (You Against Me)(young love muder)
Z- Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Stacking the Shelves #23 Christmas Edition

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which we share the books we are adding to our shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey peeps, it’s Stacking the Shelves time again. EEP so Christmas has passed and with it a lot of boos were given out. Snyder and I gave each other books and I(Tiffany) won a book of books for my book Christmas tree. I'll have both of out pics below. Also don't forget to show us some love by leaving us a comment and leaving a link to your STS. Read on peeps, read on!!!!!

 Tiffany’s Stack
 My Book Christmas Tree
This is the bad boy that I got second place with. Snyder helped me build it. :D
I won the box of books below from Bookies

 Snyder Christmas present to me!!!!!!
Wastes Away by Darcy Town (I LOVED THE FIRST ONE)
Masquerade by Cambria Hebert (EEP)
and her Mom got me a 10 dollar GC. She is the sweetest mom ever. I won't get the book that I ordered until the 31st :(

 Lessons in Loving a Laird by Michelle Marcos
Lyon's Bride by Cathy Maxwell
A Most Dangerous Profession by Karen Hawkins
Highland Hero by Hannah Howell
Vacation with a Vampire by Michele Hauf
Dead Aim by Iris Johansen
The Seduction of Lady X by Julie London
When You Wish Upon a Duke by Isabella Bradford
A Scandalous Scot by Karen Ranney
A Warrior's Promise by Donna Fletcher
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
 The Pace by Shelena Shorts
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Already Home by Susan Mallery
Eye of the Moon by Dianne Hofmeyr 

 The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Wildside by Steven Gould
The Bid Bad Wolf by James Patterson
The Spirit Box by JH Glaze
and some swag :D 

 Christmas Card from Imogen Rose :D

 This was from my Grandma. I got a BOOKSHELF. It was just what I wanted. She is the best and it took forever to put it together. LOL

 My Christmas present to myself :D
No Peace for the Damned by Megan Powell (It was only 5 dollars!!!)
Shadow's Edge by J.T. Geissinger

 Snyder won 2 of these prize packs, so she gave one to me. How sweet is she?!?!?!

 Ryan's Stack
 Ryan's Book Christmas Tree
That thing was taller than Ryan and I think she is 5'6
 My Christmas gift to Snyder :D
Stromdancer by Jay Kristoff
The Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
and Swag b/c I knew she wanted those from me LOL 

Swag that Ryan won from Riverina Romantics 
Ryan also won this from Riverina Romantics
Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley 
 And it's signed SWEETNESS!!!!

oK I'm not going to lie. I may have worked up a sweat doing this post. LOL I can't wait to see what yall got this week!!!

Shadow Play blog tour {Review + Excerpt + Bio} 18+

Hello All, and welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book tour of Shadow Play! I have a few things for you today. I have a review (yay!), an excerpt ( say what!?), and an author bio (for realz?!).

A small town in the mountains of Marshall, Montana is being plagued by an unknown entity and it is mutilating and killing the women of the town. At his wits end the Sheriff of Marshall has nowhere to turn but to a friend. A friend, with the abilities to track and kill any prey.

Ryder doesn’t normally do mortal issues. However, he can’t turn his back on a friend. Besides he is the best at what he does. After all he is a Tracker, an ancient race with unparalleled abilities to track down any prey. With one of the three essential elements: Taste, Touch or Smell. Heartless and cold, Ryder knows what needs to be done and performs his duty without feeling.

Kyra, an Air Element and the only female Elemental Enforcer, is sent on a fact finding mission to Marshall, by the Druid Council. She needs to find out exactly what is happening in Montana before the Tribunal goes in and kills everyone.
The last thing she expects to find is a Tracker, and is even more surprised to find out that he is on her side. But can they get past their initial feelings upon meeting and the sexual tension? Or will the evil that is living in the mountain kill them both.

Ryder and Kyra must learn to work together to destroy the shadow and save Kyra from a fate worse than death. When pure evil is involved is love enough?

EXCERPT: Unable to Breathe

Ryder followed the scent that was uniquely Kyra. Screams echoed through the dark, and after several minutes, her smell changed. Tinged with iron, she was bleeding. Anger perfuse him in a way he couldn’t understand. He ended up at several dead ends. Kyra was stumbling blindly through the caves. But he felt he was getting closer; her scent stronger.

He halted when he finally entered a large cavern. And froze, trying to take everything in. Then he saw her, her blue eyes sparkling in the dark of the cavern. He didn’t move as her eyes darted around, panicked.


Her head swung in his direction but he knew she couldn’t see as well in the dark as he could. “It smells like death,” she whispered. “It’s choking me.” She clawed at her throat, causing small scratches that started to bleed.

“Kyra, are you hurt?” he asked, stepping toward her slowly. He wasn’t sure what had prompted her to take off like she had, or why she was now curled up in a ball.

She shook her head no, and he could see tears streaking down her cheeks. “Did you know that air holds memories?” she said frantically. “Holds pictures, visions, life, and death, stories of what has come and gone. Lives it has touched.”

Ryder hadn’t known that. He couldn’t imagine hearing and seeing what could be trapped in the air. As a Tracker, he knew the air held many things, things he explored as a Tracker. But as an Air Element, the air did something completely different to Kyra. And at the moment, it looked like it was killing her.

“The air,” she looked around the dark cavern, “is trapped with the souls and lives of what happened here.” Her body stiffened and then convulsed. Ryder rushed over to her. Once the convulsion stopped, she looked at him. Her bright blue eyes glowed in the dark, beautiful as ever. “Terrible things have happened here,” she whispered in pain.

Kyra clutched at the front of his shirt. “There isn’t any air down here, Ryder. I’m an Air Element and this air is dead” She shook her head, struggling to take a full breath. “I can’t breathe down here.” Tears ran down her face and he brushed them away.

“Then let’s get out of here.” He offered her his hand.

Kyra closed her eyes and leaned her head back. “There isn’t any air down here and something horrible is going on. Look around! The souls are trapped. The screams held in the air are desperate to be heard. But they aren’t because there isn’t any air!” she bellowed.

Ryder stood and looked around. Several tables sat littered with things you would find in a laboratory—microscopes and incubators. A generator rested in one corner. “What is this?” Metal fridges hung open, the contents spilled all over the floor.

Kyra grabbed his pant leg. “Someone is doing something very, very wrong. Creating things, living and dead.” She looked around frantically as if someone would stop her next words. “Mostly dead, and they hurt,” she cried. “They hurt so badly.”

More screams pierced the darkness, and Ryder thanked the Gods they weren’t from Kyra. He sent up a prayer for the poor soul. Kyra wrapped her arms around her head, as if that would stop the sound. Kyra was right—something horrible was taking place in this mountain. And they needed to find out exactly what it was. But at that moment, his main concern was Kyra.

“Make it stop,” she moaned. “Something very, very bad is happening down here,” she said again.


I want to start by saying that I would have chosen a spicier excerpt for you guys.. but I was given one of two choices. So no spicy for you. :)

I have to say, I was really pleased with this book! I absolutely loved their paranormal  abilities. A tracker and a wind elemental? too cool! 

Ryder is totally a human lie detector! His abilities actually scared me! Imagine having that kind of power over someone and making them tell anything by messing with their mind and making it all fuzzy. O.o eep! But I love his powers anyway. I love how at first his character is hard and he slowly softens. also, loved the progression of his character from heartless immortal tracker to someone with concerns for others. He is no sweetheart, but he'll do. :) The man has an incredible jealousy streak. I mean, seriously. But I could not wish for a better hero for this story and he was awesome. 

Kyra was my favorite character. I loved the dialogue between her and Ryder. And I love how, after he did his mind- freak thing on her, she is angry with him- but he still wants to "get to know" ;) her. It was funny because he was totally oblivious. Also, It never occurred to me how an air elemental would be affected if they were in an area with thinner air or less air. That was awesome storytelling on the author's part. 

Oh man, the evil guy totally freaked me out! I loved it! Well, this book was awesome and I would definitely recommend this book. And I will check out more by this author as well. :)

About the Author, Christie!

Christie was born and raised in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Ut. She lives less than a mile from the home she grew up in. World traveler she is not. But what she lacked in travel she more than made up for in her imagination. Within her vivid imagination she has traveled the world over as well as different worlds and different times.

She works a full time day job to pay the bills but looses herself in books and her writing whenever possible.

She is a loving mother of two wonderful children that she admits she is obsessed with. She has been married for 18 years to a very tolerant man that is grounded in reality in order for her to fly to the heights of her own imagination.

She started writing when she was a teenager after reading a book that she didn't like the ending too. Took a hiatus to raise her wonderful children but has dedicated herself to becoming a published writer for the last several years.

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Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Jinx Fantasy Fiction LLC, Salt Lake City, UT  
Date of Publication:  12/12/2012