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Spotlight: Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

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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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Mr. September Throwdown

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The six heroes from this month’s BRAZENS are battling it out to be your Mr. September. Who gets your vote?

 Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can really get a taste of what they’re like 😉  Each day you get to cast your vote, and at the end of the week one sexy hero will be crowned the winner of the Mr. September Throwdown!

Remember, each vote also counts as an entry for one of SIX prizes so be sure to follow along and vote every day to increase your chances of winning!  Visit Entangled in Romance for a recap on the awesome prizes!

 Now, to meet the men competing in the Mr. September Throwdown!

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Ian: Wicked Games by Samanthe Beck  (part of the anthology)

Grayson: Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert  (part of the anthology)

Landon: Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn  (part of the anthology)

Derek: Protecting What’s Theirs by Tessa Bailey  (part of the anthology)

Jett: Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh

Trick: Dirty Trick by Christine Bell

 

Here are today’s questions for the men

 

Question #9: What kind of personality do you look for in a woman?

Ian: Confident, complicated, tough-on-the-outside but soft-on-the-inside, once she knows and trusts me.

Grayson: An independent woman who knows her own mind, and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

Trick: Fun, easy-going, quick to laugh, loyal.

Derek: Feisty as hell, but soft when she needs to be. A woman who takes her responsibilities seriously, but also knows when to blow them off and spend the day underneath me in bed.

Jett: Killer sense of humor. It’s a huge turn-on to verbally spar with an intelligent woman. Great part of foreplay.

Landon: Fun, intelligent, someone who likes to laugh and love with equal intensity. A strong woman who matches me in every way. And if she likes to get a little – or a lot – freaky, even better.

 

Question #10: What’s your hottest “move” in the bedroom?

Ian: I’m a homicide detective, so I’ve always got the handcuffs handy.

Grayson: Ah, ah. As I said before, a gentleman never tells. However, I will say that it involves handcuffs.

Trick: I’m more of a hands-on kind of guy. If you give Gracie a call and have her come by, I’d be willing to demonstrate, though…

Derek: Pick one, baby.

Jett: Whatever pleases her. I like seeing my woman get off. Mouth, hands, the rest…I like to think of the whole package rather than one specific move.

Landon: Let’s just say I’m happy to spend a good long time on my knees before she gets on hers. Ladies come first in my book. And often.

 

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Covet (Entangled) Publishing One Day Sale

Announcing the Covet One Day Sale!

All of the books from Covet (Entangled) Publishing are only $0.99

There’s also a scavenger hunt for a Kindle Fire going on at their Facebook event page.

 

Click on the covers for the links to Amazon!!

Celebration Giveaway

bbt_celebration-gifI did it! I made the switch to WordPress and after a bunch of problems, *ahem like the other day with Bloglovin*, I got my site up and running. I’m definitely still learning all the bells and whistles that this new program has to offer (it’s like going from a PC to a MAC) but at least my baby looks like herself again. Thank you for sticking with me while I worked things out. I’m sure there were times that you logged in and weren’t quite sure where the internet had dropped you off at. However, I’m finally back to normal and am happy with the switch. So in celebration, I’m doing a YOU CHOOSE GIVEAWAY! That’s right! I pooled together all of my giveaway books and I’m letting the winner choose which book they’d like to take home. I’m also throwing in not only some BSA swag, but swag that I’ve received from authors. Now here’s the fun part…  I will guarantee that you walk away with something signed. Some of the books are signed and some of the swag is signed. If you choose a book that isn’t signed, I will choose a swag item that is. Sound fair? Oh and one other thing this giveaway is…

INTERNATIONAL!!!

Yup, I’m so thrilled right now over everything that I don’t care where you live, I will ship it to you! I am extremely grateful to all my followers and I really appreciate you sticking with me.
Now, onto the good stuff!

GIVEAWAYYes, my pup photobombed the picture. He didn’t want to move either.

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Leave a comment with where you live. I’d love to know where everyone is from.

2nd Birthday Bash

It’s that time of year again! I cannot believe that it’s been 2 years since I started blabbing about books. I have a full month ahead of me with blog tours and scheduled author stops so I won’t be doing a lot of personal giveaways. However, I will draw names once a week for the next month and the winners get to choose their prize from the books below.

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Men & Women of the Military Giveaway Hop

What’s not to love about men and women in uniform? They sacrifice more than anyone could ever imagine to protect our country. Plus, they look good in their uniforms, not to mention they are damn sexy out of them as well. Trust me… I’m married to a Marine. Which is why there was not a snowballs chance in hell that I was going to miss out on being part of this giveaway hop! Now before we get to the giveaway I would like to share some awesome photos of the people who lay their lives on the line for our freedom.

 

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Two of them were taken at the filming of the Belleau Wood film for the National Museum of the Marine Corp. The bottom one was from his latest promotion when I got to pin him.

 

 

Now before you start clickidy clacking away down there… check out the Wounded Warrior Project website and help give back to these amazing people who serve our country!

You can also send books to the troops through Books For Soldiers.

Winner will get their choice of 2 of the ebooks below!

Her Forbidden Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance

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You always want what you can’t have…

She’s always been off-limits…

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.

…but now she’s all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection–not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…

One Night with a Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance
He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

Forged in Fire
By: Trish McCallan
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.

As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate.

 Infatuation
By: Melissa Schroeder
Genre: Erotica

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Losing a friend and being injured changes a man, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she’s known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.
Because of You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire.

  Until There Was You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

 

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Spotlight: Rogue Hunter: Inquest by Kevis Hendrickson

Today we are going to do something a little different. We’re going to spotlight a new book that’s just come out. Rogue Hunter: Inquest is a sci-fi novel that sounds amazing! Kevis has been kind enough to offer a copy of his new book to one lucky reader! Now before you start scrolling down to read the synopsis, I want you to scroll past it to the video I’ve added and listen to the theme song while you read the synopsis. Yes, it’s a strange request, but trust me, it’s pretty cool.

Rogue Hunter: Inquest
(Rogue Hunter, #1)
By: Kevis Hendrickson
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Nov. 1, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction

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LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.

Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.

Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depends on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.

Kevis Hendrickson is an aspiring filmmaker, musician, songwriter, novelist, poet, and illustrator. He has penned three full-length novels, one novella, one epic poem, and eight short stories and plans to become a best selling author in the future.

For more information on Kevis, check out his website.

You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Kevis is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of his new novel Inquest!

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Book Sniffers Anonymous’ 1st Birthday Bash!

Book Sniffers Anonymous is 1 years old! Okay so technically its birthday is the 19th but I never did have any patience. Plus who wouldn’t want to have a month long birthday party? I know I would!

Now I know most of you do bloggiversary’s but this is my baby. I have spent a lot of hours working with it. I contacted the artist who made “The Tree of Books” and asked permission to use it as the header on the blog. He checked out Book Sniffers Anonymous and gave me the green light. (Thanks Vlad!) I also did the blog’s template myself and let me just say that I am not a web designer. Heck, I can’t even draw a circle without it looking like a octagon! I spent days looking over backgrounds, fonts, colors and HTML to get the blog looking the way I wanted it to. I even made the tabs with the little open book for the different sections on the sidebars. And like all bloggers every once in a while I go in an tweak it, mess something up, go back and fix it, only to look at the blog wondering “What’s missing?” It seemed like this year was the year for all websites to get a facelift. I got hit with Twitter, Facebook went next and then Blogger decided to jump on the bandwagon as well. Let me just say that there were a few times where I wanted to chuck the computer across the room. And then I turned around and bought my own domain for Book Sniffers Anonymous. Which may not seem huge for some people but for me it was a big deal. I’ve never had my own domain before. Last but not least, I’ve also met a lot of great people due to having this blog. I feel very fortunate to have met all you awesome people in the one year that Book Sniffers Anonymous has been running. You guys rock!… So now can you see why this is more my baby than just a blog I pop into every once in a while? There may not have been bleeding… but when my a/c broke and it was over 90 degrees (F) in the house, I sweated it out while I typed up my reviews and chatted with you guys on Twitter. As for the tears… I have actually shed a few tears while typing up a review for the blog. You’ll actually get to see that review this week and you will probably know which one I’m talking about.

So, in celebration of Book Sniffers Anonymous turning the big 1, I am going to be having a lot of giveaways. I have some authors stopping by to host giveaways, so make sure to swing by for those. I also bought some books for giveaways as well. The list below is just some of the books up for grabs this month!

 
Enemy Through The Gates by D.T. Dyllin (signed paperback)
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (hardcover)
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (hardcover)
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (hardcover)
Croak by Gina Damico (signed paperback)
Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe (paperback)

Let the party begin!

WITHOUT HER PASSIONS, SHE HAS NO MAGIC… 
It’s unfortunate for Natalie that Nigel Aquarian is so compelling. With his inner demons, his unbridled heat, and his “I will conquer you” looks, he calls to her in exactly the way that nearly killed her.BUT LOSING CONTROL MEANS LOSING HER LIFE… 
That he’s an immortal warrior and that her powers rise from intense passions would seem to make them a match made in heaven, but unless they embrace their greatest fears, they’ll play out their final match in hell. With a unique voice that critics say, “carves out her own niche-call it paranormal romance adventure comedy,” Stephanie Rowe delivers an irresistible pair of desperadoes dancing on the edge of pure temptation.

100 Followers Giveaway


This is so exciting! We wanted to do a giveaway as a way to say thank you to our followers. Now since we have only been up and running since June, we don’t really have a list of ARC books to give away. However, we do have an ARC copy of…

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore

By: Stella Duffy.

Daughter of an actress and a bear keeper for the Hippodrome of Constantinople, Theodora was trained as a dancer, singer, and actress who performed on the stage and in the bedrooms of anyone who could afford her, from the time she was a child. Her skills as a comedic orator endeared her to both rich and poor, noble and common, so much so that she was exhausted by the time she was 16 years old. An invitation to be the mistress of the new governor of Apollonia in Libya came as a welcome surprise and an opportunity to create a new, more socially acceptable life for herself. But when Theodora finds herself cast off in a few short years, she must make her way back to her beloved Constantinople.

The contest will end on September 6, 2011 at 11:59pm PST and we will choose a winner via random.org. We will email the winner on September 7th and they will have 3 days to get back to us. If they don’t we will choose a new winner. The giveaway is not international, only for the US.

RULES:

  • You MUST be a follower of the blog. After all it is our way of saying thank you to our followers for helping us reach 100.
  • Leave your GFC name so that we can verify you are indeed a follower. Yes we will be checking.
  • You can earn an extra point if you post the giveaway button on your blogs sidebar. (Leave an extra comment)
  • Leave your email address in your comment so that we can contact you if you win.