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Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop


I’m super excited to be hosting my very first giveaway hop. There’s just something about St. Patrick’s Day that gets me excited every year. It has nothing to do with the excessive drinking that most people associate with St. Patrick’s Day, but more the fact that everything and anything remotely related to Ireland comes out of the woodwork. I love the color green and if I had to choose a favorite shape (if there is such a thing) it would be a shamrock. 665725_4254944885732_1686792969_oMy dream vacation is to explore Ireland and visit all the amazing castles and of course going to see the Blarney Stone. So it makes sense that St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year. I get to break out all my green clothes, hang all my shamrock stuff and blare some Irish tunes without looking like a crazy person.

1giveawayIt’s time to get to the good stuff! I’m giving away winners choice of any book from the following books/series below. The winner will be able to choose ebook or paperback (as long as Amazon ships to your country).

Any book from the Iron Druid Chronicles
By: Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old–when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power–plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish–to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.



Any book from the Goblin Wars series
By: Kersten Hamilton
Genre: YA Fantasy

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too… and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.



Irish Girls About Town
By: Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly
Genre: Chick-Lit

Get ready to paint the town green.

New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle’s most popular women writers as they celebrate the joys and perils of love and the adventure and constancy of female friendships.

In Maeve Binchy’s “Carissima,” an ex-pat returns to Ireland and shakes things up for her family, who finds her free spirit scandalous. In “Soulmates,” by Marian Keyes, one woman’s relationship is so bleedin’ perfect that it’s driving her friends crazy. In Cathy Kelly’s “Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods,” two women on a madcap Stateside road trip encounter a pair of insanely good-looking men….These fabulous stories and a baker’s dozen more prove that when it comes to spinning a good yarn, the Irish are the best in the business.

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Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop Sign-Ups


It’s time to break out the green and do a little jig because St. Patrick’s Day is on it’s way! I’ve decided to host my very first giveaway hop in celebration of my favorite holiday.

Each participant will host their own giveaway.
The giveaway must contain something festive for the holiday. It can be anything from the MC’s being Irish, Ireland setting or simply a green cover. If you can’t find a book or want to let your readers decide, you can always give away a gift card.
Only one entry for your giveaway and it must be a freebie (no strings attached). That’s right, no mandatory following. With people only able to enter once, it will literally be those with a little luck on their side who win.
When linking up, please list whether your giveaway is int, US, US/CAN, etc.

The hop will run from March 10 – 17th.

Release Day Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

MelissaMelissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”
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Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA  sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and  toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than  she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the  gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is  light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?

13574417“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is  superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary  YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers  [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling  author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling  author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it  down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try.

It’s now available in stores and online.

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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control.

Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they’ve got the hero destined to melt your… heart.

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 She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

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 This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

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 He wants her. All of her.

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Throughout the event authors will be asking readers questions and giving away prizes. Hope to see you there!


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Review: Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt

18649523Tell Me When
By: Stina Lindenblatt
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: Jan. 20, 2014
Genre: Contemp. New Adult Romance

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Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.


1thoughtsTell Me When is an interesting new adult romance. You have your typical broken main characters who are trying to overcome their horrific pasts when they find comfort in each other. Their pasts come back to life to cause drama bombs in the story thus resulting in an unstable foundation. However, with that being said, this was an interesting read with new reasons on why the MC’s are broken.

Amber suffers from PTSD due to something that recently happened to her. Little by little you get the story as to what happened to her because every day is a challenge for her. Not only is she afraid of her own shadow, but certain things like lightening and roses bring back horrible flashbacks. So the readers never forget how traumatized Amber is throughout the story.

Marcus was your typical man whore who uses sex to overcome his pain. However, when meeting Amber he finds himself wanting a monogamous relationship. Yeah, he’s just like every other bad boy but the thing that torments him isn’t just a deadbeat mom. Oh no, it’s a lot worse than that and it horrified me.

Even though this story sort of follows the new adult mold, the author still thought outside the box and brought new elements into the story. I liked that even though the storyline was predictable, Stina was able to surprise me with small twists that I wasn’t expecting.


1favequote“It’s hard to feel normal when you never feel safe., now even in your dreams… All I want is to forget what happened and feel normal again.”




Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety.

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Review: The Learner by Alan Nayes

17303094The Learner
(Learner, #1)
By: Alan Nayes
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Jan. 27, 2013
Genre: Sci/Fi Paranormal Romance

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NayéLi has come from the dark side of the universe to learn as much as she can about the third planet from the sun, and to communicate her findings back to her home world. NayéLi is a Learner – and on Earth she assumes the form of a young human female of the indigenous host species.

NayéLi is bound by her rulers’ laws of planetary exploration, which state that there can be no involvement with a member of the host species. But NayéLi is more human now than she realizes. And she is about to fall in love.


1thoughtsNayéLi is an alien from another planet that was sent to Earth to learn about the land and the inhabitants. She’s spent hundreds of years wondering Earth, cataloging everything she witnesses. Her species is not only more advanced but also has the ability to shield themselves from the planets hosts. So they can wonder the world and blend in with people and if someone notices her, they forget all about her within a matter of minutes. However, Jared remembers her and she’s about to break the #1 rule of being a Learner. Never get involved with the native species.

I will be honest that the first half of the book was really slow moving for me. You go through the first time Jared see’s NayéLi. Weeks after their first meeting and how he constantly thinks about her and tries to find her again. Meanwhile NayéLi’s dialect is more background information about her planet and her mission. It isn’t until about 50% through the story that things started to move a bit faster. That’s when I really started to get interested in the story and the characters within it.

The world that Nayes created was definitely a new one for me. NayéLi is an interesting character who slowly starts to become more human throughout the story. I liked how they start to find ways around her shield as well. Which of course helps her feel more included on Earth than she’s ever been. I really started to feel sad for her and the situation that she was in both on Earth and once she returned to her planet.

This was definitely an interesting story and once I made my way through the first half, it really sucked me in. I’m hoping that now the story is underway the second book will pick up right where this one left off and I will be engrossed in the story from the first page.


1favequote“NayéLi, every species exhibits weakness. It’s not the weakness that makes us weak but how we confront it.”


Color of Love Blog Hop

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1giveawayI’ve read Milly’s book, Wolf Protector, and really enjoyed it. So I decided to give away a book of hers that I’m really excited to read.

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Wolf Fever
(Alpha Project, #1)
By: Milly Taiden
Published: May 27, 2013
Genre: PNR Romance
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Changes she can’t understand…
When Raine Bowe volunteers for a sleep study for the extra cash, she didn’t expect to wake in a lab or to be victimized by a mad scientist. She escapes with one objective–to find someone strong enough to wage war with the evil growing inside her.

A job he won’t accept…
Ryder Storm is a man with a reputation–the bad boy of his own universe. He doesn’t take prisoners, won’t give into a sweet smile, and doesn’t cut his pack an inch of slack. He knows the desperate woman in his bar is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He’ll give her anything she wants, except the one thing she’s begging for. Death.

Passion neither can fight…
Raine enlists Ryder’s help to unravel the mystery surrounding the hours she lost in the lab and to help tame the beast inside her. In their search for answers, the road will lead them to a twisted experiment involving shifters, humans, and the creation of the ultimate Alpha. He’s ready for the adventure and she’s ready for her answers. Neither are ready for the lust that calls down from the mating moon. But a wolf knows its mate, and an alpha will not stop until he or she gets what they want.

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Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally Pre-order Event

16045296Racing Savannah
(Hundred Oaks, #4)
By: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Genre: YA

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They’re from two different worlds, but Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules. . . get the next contemporary novel from blockbuster YA novelist Miranda Kenneally: RACING SAVANNAH!

Right before her senior year, Savannah’s father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn.  But she’s also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah is not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.



Sourcebooks has a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre-order the book, they will send you an exclusive horseshoe key chain—perfect for any busy teen on the go! You have until December 2 or until quantities run out.


Here’s how to get your charm:
1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to Put “Racing Savannah Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the horseshoe key chain! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!

3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out.

4. Enjoy Racing Savannah when it comes out in December!

Optional: take a pic of you and your horseshoe key chain and share it with Miranda Kenneally or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Miranda @mirandakennealy and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.


Spotlight: Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

17834834Once We Were Brothers
By: Ronald H. Balson
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Griffin
Published: Oct. 8, 2013
Genre: Thriller

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The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon’s own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man?

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson’s compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.


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Ronald H. Balson is an attorney practicing with the firm of Stone, Pogrund, and Korey in Chicago. An adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago for twenty-five years, Balson now lectures on trial advocacy in federal trial bar courses.

A few years ago, Balson was hired by his Chicago law firm to represent it in a case centered in southern Poland, the location of his book. For the next four years, he made multiple trips back and forth, and while there, he interviewed witnesses, studied documents and came to know more about the town of Zamosc. He learned that, during the World War II years, the Polish culture and country were destroyed and “sadness still pervades” there.

Balson started his own publishing company, Berwick Court, in order to self-publish his book, and as word of mouth spread, Once We Were Brothers became a runaway bestseller. St. Martin’s Press Griffin will now be publishing the trade paperback edition this October 2013.

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