You'd have to have, like, a lentil for a soul to hate wiener dogs. ~Zuzana from The Daughter of Smoke & Bones by Laini Taylor

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Giveaway~! GUARDIANS INC: THE CYPHER by Julian Rosado-Machain WIN $100 #BookBlast


A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world.

Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.

Through their guidance, technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we've driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future
they need a Cypher.

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USA Book News 2012 Finalist -Young Adult Fiction

"Rosado-Machain brings a light, humorous touch to themes of teenage love, loss and betrayal wrapped up in a tasty package of magical coming-of-age."
~Kirkus Reviews

"It's like Julian Rosado-Machain took everything that I love about middle grade children's fiction and slammed it into one awesome, well-paced fantasy"
~Emi London Oktopusink.blogspot.com

"The Cypher hooked me from the beginning. And kept my attention right through to the very end."
- Heidi Roth reviewthebook.com

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Author Julian Rosado-Machain

Julian has enjoyed pizza in three continents, holds a degree in graphic design, built armored vehicles and computers, handcrafted alebrijes and swears has seen at least one ghost.

He is the Co-owner of Hacienda de Vega Restaurant in San Diego, California and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.

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Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—deserve to party, right? Wrong. After taking a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absent-minded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered with the new tenants next door.

Penny’s too hung up on another guy to deal with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Giveaway~! Leap into Books Win THE SHADOW SOCIETY by MARIE RUTKOSKI

Welcome to the LEAP INTO BOOKS Giveaway Hop! 

This hop is hosted by: 
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (HERE
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There are over 100 blogs participating and each has their own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one.  This hop starts February 28th  and and ends on March 7th,  midnight. 


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Contest is open to anyone over 13 years old with a reliable mailing address within the free shipping areas of The Book Depository.
Contest ends on 3.7.13 Winner will be chosen by Random.org 
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GIVEAWAY~! Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan WIN $50 @AuthorABWhelan

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

How can love mend a heart full of hate?

Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly's life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.

Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.


"The novel's take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans." - Kirkus Reviews

"I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love." - Young Adult and Teen Readers

"Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. ... Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background." - Readers Favorite

"I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one." - Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga

"Whelan's writing is very vivid and descriptive. It's more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale--very sweet." - Megan Thomason, author of Daynight

Author A.B. Whelan

A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.
While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.

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Ends 3/11/13

Gift Bag open to US only.  If winner is international they will receive only the gift card or paypal cash.
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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BookHounds Review DOGS OF WINTER by BOBBIE PYRON @Scholastic @BobbiePyron (blog tour)

Book Description

October 1, 2012 10 and up

A small boy, a cruel city, and the incredible dogs who save him.

Based on a true story!

When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form: Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs, and the dogs quickly become more than just his street companions: They become his family. Soon Ivan, who used to love reading fairytales, is practically living in one, as he and his pack roam the city and countryside, using their wits to find food and shelter, dodging danger, begging for coins. But Ivan can’t stay hidden from the world of people forever. When help is finally offered to him, will he be able to accept it? Will he even want to?

A heart-pounding tale of survival and a moving look at what makes us human.

About the Author
Bobbie Pyron is the author of A DOG'S WAY HOME, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was named to the Spring 2011 Indie Next List. She works as a librarian in Park City, Utah.

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Ivan's mother has disappeared and her boyfriend is taking him to an orphanage when he escapes rather than be thrown into such a desolate place.  As a five year old boy, he is among many of Russia's children that have fallen through the cracks where social safety nets are no longer existent because of the downfall of communism.  With no systems or limited funds in place, these children form gangs and substitute families where abuse runs rampant between the older and younger kids as well as the police.  These children steal and beg to survive. 

Even though Ivan is extremely young, he is wise beyond his years and soon figures out that these older kids are being mean to him.  He sleeps under a bench in the subway right over a heat vent during the horrible winter.  When he awakens and a dog is right next to him, he finds a new and constant friend.  Forced to beg for the older kids, he hides money and buys food for the dog.  He now has a fast friend and when he is beaten, Ivan decides to throw his lot in with the dogs instead of the abusive humans.  Safe in their den, the dogs treat him as a welcome member of their pack.  The family of dogs treat him better than any human has recently treated him.  

The story follow Ivan for a year in his life with the dogs, foraging for food, roaming the train system and finding new places to live and survive.  Ivan is a plucky hero, full of wit beyond his years and he really captured my heart.  I was in tears at times at the abuse he endures and was shocked when I came to the end and the afterword described that this was based on a true story.  Pyron has done a spectacular job at documenting the bond between a boy and dogs as well as brought to life some horrifying facts about the poor in Russia.  Although, this is written for children, adults would be wise to read it as well.  

BookHounds YA WOW: WEATHER WITCH by SHANNON DELANEY @FierceReads @StMartinsPress @MacKidsBooks

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Book Description

June 25, 2013

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001851X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250018519

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giveaway~! Interview! with A R.. KAHLER author of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS @ARKahler


1.      What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
It was a Dr. Seuss book. I think it was THE FOOT BOOK or maybe HOP ON POP or FOX IN SOCKS. Kind of hard to remember. But I remember reading it at home and getting so excited about reading it on my own that I ran to my grandma's and read it to her. About a dozen times. That was definitely the start to my love of telling stories.

2.      What are you reading right now?
A mix of things. I'm reading THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater, THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss, and WHEN THINGS FALL APART by Pema Chodron.

3.      How does your garden grow?
I can't tell if this is asking about a real garden or the line from Antonio Machado's poem “The Wind, One Brilliant Day” (“What have you done with the garden entrusted to you?”). I'll presume both, and thus say that, literally and metaphorically, it is still very much in the works. One day it will be filled with herbs and vegetables. Right now, we're sowing the seeds. And I'm very, very grateful for the garden I've been given and have worked so hard to maintain.

4.      What is the last thing you Googled?
You are really lucky I Googled Dr. Seuss book titles, because last night my roommates and I were discussing how everything—yes, everything—had been turned into a fetish. (Hey, you asked.)

5.      What makes you cringe?
The aforementioned Google search? In all honesty: rudeness, dishonesty, and people who spend so much time staring at their (insert handheld smart device here) they don't see anything unfolding in the world around them.

About the Book
Publisher: 47North
Publication dates: Serial eBook - December 4, 2012; In Print - January 29, 2013
Formats: Kindle eBook
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

The show's just beginning. 

Step right up…
Find the book:
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/ImmortalCircus            

About the Author
About A.R. Kahler
Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.
Alex didn't just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.
In the past six years he's toured and trained across America and Europe. He's performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He's constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He's a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.
MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.
Find him:
TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ARKahler (@ARKahler) & https://twitter.com/ImmortalCircus (@ImmortalCircus)
WEBSITE/BLOG – http://www.arkahler.com

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The giveaway will end on February 28th.
There is ONE signed book + prize pack (US) - it can be personalized.
There is ONE signed book + bookplate (US) - either the book or bookplate can be signed. Or both. And it can be personalized.
There are FIVE Kindle eBook copies (International). As long as the country has publication rights they should be able to accept the Kindle gift.

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