Sunday, August 31, 2008

Book Review - Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard

Show No Mercy
Author: Cindy Gerard
Publisher: Pocket (September 23, 2008)
Synopsis
The first in Gerard's new  Black Ops Inc. Series,  Show No Mercy takes readers on a breathtakingly fast and furious action-packed adventure from the scorching heat of Africa to coolness of Wyoming and from there on into the Argentina where deadly peril awaits the men of BOI and one courageous woman.

Soldiers turned businessmen for hire, the BOIs are in Buenos Aires to provide security detail for an American businessman, Emilio Maxim. At the same time, reporter Jenna McMillan arrives to interview Maxim. By a strange coincidence, they all get caught up in an assassination attempt on Maxim. Rescued in the nick of time, Jenna is furious at being carted away by the BOIs, particularly their field leader Gabriel Jones, with whom she's had a previous encounter.

Something happened during that time in the past that has changed them all and left Jenna and Gabe at each other's throats. Add to that an undeniable sexual heat, and you've got zingers all over the place and not just the bullet-kind. When they realize who the real target of the assassination was, Gabe and Jenna must join forces together and solve the riddle before more people around them get killed.


Review
Gerard is in her element crafting a military themed romantic suspense. Since this is the first book in a new series, lots of pages are devoted to establishing the backgrounds - of the men of BOI, Jenna, other key side characters, their mutual histories etc. Amid copious details of weaponry and warfare, Gerard spins a tale of a romance gone bad, second chances, torture and retribution. Everything from human experimentation to child pornography is touched upon against a background of steamy hot jungles and cities of South America.

Using flashbacks, the tumultuous relationship between Gabe and Jenna is established and used to create the maximum impact, tension-wise. Even while constantly on the run for their lives and battling enemies left and right, they manage to form a new and tentative relationship. But there's no saying it will survive the hardships ahead of them and that, in fact, is another part of the multi-faceted suspense. There is action galore and this combined with romance and suspense makes for a deadly and effective trio.

In Short
I liked this well-written story and while it's a tad bit more action-packed than I'm usually fond of, I have to say it was a welcome and thrilling change of pace.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Edition Five








Thirteen Books which have Thursday in their titles:
  1. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
  2. The Sopping Thursday by Edward Gorey
  3. Thursdays At Eight by Debbie Macomber
  4. Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
  5. Thursday's Child by Sandra Brown
  6. Black Thursday by Martin Caidin
  7. The Holy Thursday Revolution by Beatrice Bruteau
  8. The Thursday Kidnapping by Antonia Forest
  9. Thursday and the Lady by Patricia Matthews
  10. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  11. Gettin' Through Thursday by Melrose Cooper and Nneka Bennett
  12. Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday by Stephen Manes
  13. Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists by Ellen Daniell
Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Books News, Giveaways and More!

Hi all! Sorry for not posting as frequently this last week. But I had a very good excuse. I was busy coming to the awful realization that my little one needs to go to school even though I want to keep him to myself. That, combined with searching for a school, schools that were still accepting admissions etc etc etc, kept my nose to a grindstone. But now, things have finally settled down a bit. School's been picked. We've registered. All I now need to do is actually drop him off when school starts next week. I hope I can do that - gulp!

In the meantime, like an ostrich, I've decided to bury my head in the sand (aka books) and not think about it for a while. So, here are some book news and giveaways that have been piling up in my inbox.

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Some Giveaways

Author Tara S Nichols invites you participate in the Forbidden Hunt scavenger hunt. She's giving away a silver Byzantine bracelet. For more details, go Play the Game!

Why is Eternal Press giving away gifts on their birthday? Because they love their readers and reviewers! Mark your calendar now to visit their blog at: http://eternalpressauthors.blogspot.com/ every day between September 1st and the 6th for fun stuff and freebies. Then the real party begins on the 7th for combination Birthday and New Releases party. That’s held on their reader’s group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/

Author Emily Bryan is having a PIRATE Name Contest! The winner will receive her entire backlist, a box of books she picked up in San Francisco (many of them signed!) and a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! To enter, go to www.emilybryan.com/Pirate%20NameContest.htm . Entries close on September 19th, International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway is coming up from September 1 - 30. More books to give away and more thought-provoking career questions for you to answer to qualify to win. Participants last year commented on how much they learned both from answering the questions as well as from each other. Don’t miss it!

Author Cynthia Eden is giving away ARCs of her latest release, MIDNIGHT SINS to some lucky members of her newsletter list. Go, subscribe now!

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Some Book Recommendations

1602640432 Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed
by Lance Carbuncle

Idjit Galoot has a problem. He escaped from his master's house for a brief romp around town, seeking out easy targets such as bitches in heat, fresh roadkill and unguarded garbage cans. When he returns to his house, the aged basset hound discovers that his master has packed up their belongings and moved to Florida without him. "Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed" is the story of Idjit Galoot's ne'er do well owner and his efforts to work his way back to the dog that he loves. Along the way, Idjit's owner encounters Christian terrorists, swamp-dwelling taxidermists, carnies, a b-list poopie-groupie, bluesmen on the run from a trickster deity, and the Florida Skunk Ape.

0553807137 Your Heart Belongs to Me 
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: Bantam (November 25, 2008)

At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket—until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend, Samantha, and his life.

One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and there’s even a chance of getting Samantha back in his life. Then the unmarked gifts begin to arrive in the mail—a heart pendant, a box of Valentine candy hearts. And, most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video accompanied by a chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.

0345497627 The Keepsake
Author: Tess Gerritsen 
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 9, 2008)

When medical examiner Isles studies an X-ray scan of Madame X, which everyone assumes is a newly discovered Egyptian mummy, at Boston's Crispin Museum, she realizes the mummy isn't a priceless artifact but a recent murder victim, gruesomely preserved. Rizzoli focuses the police investigation on Dr. Josephine Pulcillo, a young archeologist recently hired by the museum who may have something to hide. More victims soon turn up, including a tsantsa (shrunken head) in a hidden museum chamber and a corpse resembling a well-preserved bog body in Pulcillo's car. After Pulcillo disappears, Rizzoli and Isles must scramble to find her before she becomes another trophy in the killer's growing collection. As usual, Gerritsen delivers an intricate plot that will keep readers guessing.

0375844260 The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies
Author: Jane Werner, Garth Williams
Publisher: Golden Books (September 9, 2008)

THIS WHIMSICAL AND charming collection of stories and poems was first published in 1951. Now a new generation of fairy fans can search for lost merbabies, bargain with pixies, and frolic under the moon with Jane Werner’s fantastic selection of “wee folk” tales, masterfully illustrated by Garth Williams.

1401301614 One Fifth Avenue
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publisher: Voice (September 22, 2008)

When a Queen of Society dies, a vicious scramble for her penthouse apartment ensues, and it's attorney Annalisa and her hedge-funder husband, Paul Rice, who land the palatial pad, roiling the building's rivalries. There's Billy Litchfield, an art dealer who slobbers over the wealthy; strivers Mindy and James Gooch, and their tech-savvy 13-year-old Sam, the most hilariously bitter (and strangely successful) family in the building; gossip columnist Enid Merle and her screenwriter nephew, Philip Oakland, who struggle to uphold traditions and their souls; actress Schiffer Diamond, who lands a hit TV series, and her old love; and Lola Fabrikant, a cunning Atlanta gold digger whose greatest ambition is to become Carrie Bradshaw. Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga.

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Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Innovative Monday - Edition Nine

Another surprising book-related product for today, i.e, Monday. This one is "Fill In The Cat by Nel Studio".



Three characters disappear from large, solid white blocks, and their absence suddenly makes them important. The resulting emptiness is filled with the user’s belongings and through this action the silhouettes’ meaning shifts. The pieces suggest a continuous play between interaction and representation, where daily use generates a continuously changing story: a cat that reads Italo Calvino, a book filled with coins, a living room where birds come to eat the cake’s crumbles…
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Joy Nash Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for participating in Joy's 50 Days 50 Books giveaway! Your enthusiastic response and thoughtful questions made it a fun giveaway. Many thanks for Joy for inviting this blog to participate in this grand event!

And now, the WINNER, as chosen by Random.org :


Shari C (scotch2o@c...) who asked : How do you develop your characters for your books?

Congrats, Shari. I'll be emailing you for your details.

Thanks for participating, everybody. Hope you've subscribed - it's the best way to kept updated of the latest books, reviews, giveaways and winners!
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Current Giveaway(s)
Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In the Mailbox (20 Aug 08)

This week, in my mailbox, arrived these reads:
Good reads all of them. Hope I get a chance to read them all!

One Bite With A Stranger (The Others, Book 6) 
Author: Christine Warren
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 30, 2008)

When Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possiblybring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun.

The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vidâme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret.


Dark Magic
Author: Cheyenne McCray
Publisher: St. Martin's (November 4, 2008)

Jake Macgregor has his hands full. As San Francisco’s leader of the Paranormal Special Forces unit, he and his team are facing a powerful enemy that threatens to bring down the city. With the weight of the world already resting on his broad, chiseled shoulders, the last thing Jake has time for is romance. So why—after a long, hard day’s fight against evil—are his nights filled with dreams of Cassia?

Cassia is a D’Anu witch whose birthright ensures power and honor beyond her imagination. It also forbids the one thing Cassia wants the most: the love of mortal Jake Macgregor. When she intervenes in a skirmish to save his life, the consequences are inescapable—even though the magic they make together is too luscious, and potent, to resist.


The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co

The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells--the greatest power is the power to create.
Daniel X has that power.

Daniel's secret abilities -- like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses -- have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone's imagining.

From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.

Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission--and to take vengeance in the process.

The Darkest Touch
Author: Jaci Burton
Publisher: Dell (October 28, 2008)

Ryder. The man was just as sexy as she remembered him: tall, lean, and dangerous, a demon hunter with the body of a god. But archaeologist Angelique Deveraux has little time for lust. She’s been hiding a gleaming black diamond, a prize everyone wants—including Ryder—and now she’s running for her life. Hot on her trail is Ryder, a legendary demon hunter she desires but can’t quite trust, a man with an insatiable need for danger and a few dark secrets of his own.

As sparks ignite between the rogue hunter and his latest prey, Angie’s world is rocked again when her twin sister vanishes, stolen away by the same dark forces stalking Angie and the black diamond. With Ryder offering protection—and more—suddenly a woman who’s never trusted anyone is falling for a man who isn’t afraid of anything…except losing his heart. Now, as an all-out demon war erupts and Angie’s family secrets unravel, Ryder’s demon hunt and Angie’s quest to save her sister are about to collide. And when they do, it’ll send these two wary hearts on the wildest adventure of their lives—and maybe even save humankind in the process.

Destiny Kills (Myth and Magic, Book 1)
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Dell (October 28, 2008)

When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.

Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels.

Traitor's Kiss/Lover's Kiss
Author: Mary Blayney
Publisher: Bantam (October 28, 2008)

This beguiling pair of novels from author Mary Blayney delivers a double dose of romance and intrigue as two people from one extraordinary family find themselves on the right—and wrong—sides of love, and the law.…

Traitor's Kiss
When an enigmatic beauty rescues accused traitor Lord Gabriel Pennistan from a French prison cell, it’s just the beginning of an adventure in mystery and seduction. For Gabriel has no idea who Charlotte Parnell is, or why she has saved him… and Charlotte has underestimated the sensual stranger who awakens in her a passion that culminates in a night of exquisite lovemaking. But when she abruptly vanishes, Gabriel will not rest until he finds her—no matter what the cost.…

Lover's Kiss
In her worst nightmares, Lady Olivia Pennistan never imagined she would be kidnapped. And retired soldier Michael Garrett never expected to be her rescuer. But he could hardly ignore the naked young beauty scrambling through the forest. Neither anticipates sharing a kiss—or wanting another. The final surprise comes when Garrett is hired to protect Olivia and her family from the insidious threats that persist. As their simmering attraction ignites, rumors of Olivia’s indiscretion surface—rumors she longs to make come true.… 

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Current Giveaway(s)
Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Badenweiler Waltz Giveaway Winners

Thanks to all of you who participated so enthusiastically in this "Ask the Author a Question" giveaway. It was fun reading your questions and I hope you enjoyed reading the author's responses. And many Thanks to Author G. W. Kroeker for not only writing this courageous book, but also for stopping by often and responding to each question asked.

Without further ado, here are the 2 lucky winners as chosen by Random.org

1) Lin who asked - What are the most important differences that we, as Americans, should note in order to truly widen our cultural horizons?

2) Holly who asked - Was it difficult to make the decision to move to a different country? Do you ever plan on returning to America to live?

CONGRATULATIONS!

I'll be emailing you both to get your details. The author will be sending you your prize books. Alternate winner(s) will be chosen if either of these 2 winners fail to respond within 3 days of receipt of my email. More in the Disclaimer

Don't forget to check out my current giveaways :

Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

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Current Giveaway(s) 
Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

Monday, August 18, 2008

Innovative Monday - Edition Eight

As always, with Monday comes a chance to view a innovative book product here at A Book Blogger's Diary!

Usually these ideas are generally WAY out there. But this one actually interested me!
Presenting the Habitual Bedside Table! Usually my bedside table is buried under books. And with so many books, there just aren't bookmarks enough. Or at least, I can't find them half the time.

As you can see from the photo, this clever bedside table offers a neat solution for that. Keep your bedside read open to the page where you left off and it's right there, waiting for you the next night. Now that I like!  I don't know if my bedside lamp will fit up there though. What d'ya think?
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Author Guest Post : Jasmin Rosemberg (and a GIVEAWAY!)

New Look!

Well, my blog has it's new skin now. How does it look, folks?

I'm still ironing out a few details, but it's almost all done. Let me know if you spot any problems anywhere.

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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz

Friday, August 15, 2008

Renovation!

Hi, fellow bookworms. I've finally decided to take the plunge and change this blog's template. I'm starting this today, so there will be no regular posts until Monday. Things will be a bit chaotic around here, as I initiate the change, so bear with me please. I hope to get it all done by tonight (or latest by tomorrow), so you can browse peacefully over the weekend. Regular posts will start once again from Monday.

Let me know if you like the new theme - I know I do :)
And if you're having any difficulties after the changeover, let me know that as well.

Wish me luck!
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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Phyllis' Book Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for participating! Author Phyllis Zimbler Miller was gracious enough to stop by and answer the thoughtful questions the participants asked her. She said, and I quote - I must say, you have exceptionally good fans -- these are the best questions I've gotten.

So, Kudos to you all! If you didn't win today, then don't worry. You can always pick up a copy of this interesting book at Amazon.

And the lucky winner as picked by Random.org is : Debbie

Congratulations! Please email me at abookblogger AT gmail DOT com with Miller Winner in the subject line and your full name and address in the body of the email before end of Monday.

Don't forget to subscribe and enter the other giveaways going on currently - details below.
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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In the Mailbox (13 Aug 08)

This week, in my mailbox, arrived these reads:

Due to the blogger glitch, I had some free time which I spent (naturally) reading these books. So here's the list as well as some reviews.

On a sidenote, the Phyllis Zimbler Miller Giveaway will be coming to a close tonight. So get those entries in right away!


Faceless by Debra Webb
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

Synopsis - Deputy district attorney Carson Tanner has dedicated his life to justice. But he is still haunted by one case that was never solved: the murder of his entire family in cold blood. Back then, the teenage Carson was protected by his girlfriend’s influential father, Senator Randolph Drake. But now, fifteen years later, Carson finds himself facing a whole new world when a man confesses to the Tanner killings. His name is John Stokes. And his confession only scratches the surface of the truth…

Carson knows that Annette Baxter uses her brains and beauty as a fixer for the rich and powerful, making their indiscretions disappear in exchange for security and influence. But now someone is using her clients’ secrets—and her own—against her. And even though Carson can’t ignore his attraction to her, he is dead-set on making Annette pay for her crimes…but what if she holds the key to the burning secret he’s spent his whole life seeking?

My thoughts 

I liked this book. It was fast paced with plenty of sexual heat and suspense - the kind of suspense that's as character-driven as it is event-driven. Annette Baxter is a wonderful enigma and while I couldn't wholly sympathize with Carson, I did understand where he was getting his drive, his hatred from. The dislike mixed with sexual attraction between these two main characters is very powerful and one that was beautifully made use of to further keep the readers in fascinated tension. There are plenty of red herrings to keep the readers guessing and there's an ominous feeling throughout the novel almost as if something bad is about to happen in the next page. The ending was way over the top, but the story overall is very interesting.



The Turnaround by George Pelecanos
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Synopsis - On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever. Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it

My Thoughts

This is one of those books where my opinion differs from the popular one. Every bigwig reviewer has praised this book to the high heavens. I picked it after reading the synopsis which I thought was pretty interesting. I had also never read this author before, so that was an added incentive. But after I turned the last page, I realized I'd bamboozled by all the hype.

Overall I don't hate the book, but I didn't find it anything special either. Atmosphere is what this book is all about and that Pelecanos has managed to capture with a skill unsurpassed. But that's all there is to this story. I like my stories where something happens, there's a specific goal - a mystery, a romance, some scientific quest, a cover ops operation - something! I don't really enjoy reading pages upon pages upon pages of a bygone era in minute detail with no specific purpose in sight. The whole book centers around a racial killing, both events leading up to it and what happens after, much after. It could have been terrific. But as it is, I didn't find any suspense in it - things are very obvious right from the start. I could almost predict the way it ends. And also, it's terribly slow-moving. I only finished it because I hate to leave things half-done. But it was a real effort.



Deadly Beautiful by Sam Baker
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 19, 2008)

Synopsis - A serial killer with a thirst for young American models-slash-escorts is on the loose in Tokyo, and the local press is all over it. When supermodel Scarlett Ulrich goes missing while on assignment in Japan, an international media frenzy erupts. Annie Anderson swears that she’s done with investigative reporting. After all, these days she jets off to Paris, Milan, her native London, and, now, New York City for Fashion Week–as a front-row writer for Handbag Magazine. But when Annie learns that Scarlett is actually the half sister of her best friend, she’s on the next plane to the Far East to get the scoop on the missing supermodel.

My Thoughts

Written by a fashion editor, the novel is in it's element when describing fashion shows, the backstabbing and the way the whole modeling industry works. Exotic locales combined with an interesting mystery and the internal angst of two of the female leads made pretty interesting. Tokyo comes to life with all it's glitter and sleaze and I was fascinated by some of the un-touristy stuff the author includes as part of the story. The story is a bit chaotic as it's shifts from past to present, between characters and places. But there's no denying, it's overall pretty interesting.



Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Synopsis - Every woman has a secret. The question is: How far will she go to make sure it stays secret?

Abbey Walsh never wanted anyone to find out about her shady past. After all, she’s the wife of a minister now, living an exemplary life. That is, until someone shows up from her past with blackmail in mind . . .

Tiffany Vanderslice Dreyer never dreamed that she’d find herself up to her new designer sunglasses in credit card debt from one mad moment of a shopping spree. She’s an upstanding wife and mother with the perfect marriage . . . right?


Loreen Murphy hadn’t meant to hire a male prostitute in Las Vegas. It was all just a big, stupid, and expensive misunderstanding. . . .

Abbey, Tiffany, and Loreen are each in need of thousands of dollars and fast. Tiffany’s sister, Sandra, has the perfect idea. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s legal, and it’s the secret that kept her shoe addiction alive. It’s the perfect plan. . . .

My Thoughts

To sum up in one word, this novel is "FUN"! Three women finally learn that the old adage "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is just not true. Sometimes the consequences follow you back home where you're someone entirely different from what you became while in Vegas. Hilarity ensues as the women bond together to try out a new line of work. Personal growth also happens and it's entertaining and a bit touching to see how things finally come together. A fun, flirty read, in short.


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That concludes today's edition of In the Mailbox. I have many more books to go through and most likely, they'll be in the next edition. As always, if you've read or reviewed a book I've mentioned here, feel free to leave the link to your review or your opinion of the book in the comments.

NOTE - A reader just brought it to my attention that viewers using Internet Explorer are unable to see the comments of a post correctly for some reason. I myself prefer Firefox and as such was unaware of this. I've spent the whole afternoon trying to coming up with a solution (instead of completing this post), but no luck so far. If any of you can help me with this, or know of someone who can, then please contact me.

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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday's Treasures (12 Aug 08)

Finally, over the weekend, the Blogger glitch which had paralyzed the main page of this blog, has gone. So now I can get back to the original programming, so to speak. Here again to delight you is the weekly edition of Tuesday Treasures, in which I post book giveaways. If you have a submission for Tuesday Treasures, just email me (abookblogger at gmail dot com), with Tuesday Treasures in the subject line and the giveaway details in the body.

I'll begin with mine.

Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson

Book Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash

Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz

Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Miss Amanda has a book giveaway going on at The Daily Planet.

The Queen B is giving away Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Forkner.

Check out the Boogers and Book Bucks Giveaway!

Author Madeline Kaplan will be giving away a copy of her book, Planet Earth Gets Well, at Eco-Libris.

Reading In Appalachia is giving away The Shack by William P. Young.

Bookish Ruth is giving away a copy of The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.

Readerville is giving away a signed copy of Months and Seasons by Christopher Meeks.

Julie’s Jewels is giving away a copy of Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncampagni.

Literarily is giving away a copy of First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader.

Devourer of Books is giving away a copy of Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage.

The Literate Housewife is giving away a $15 Amazon giftcard if you offer a creative photo of your TBR pile.

Don't forget Katrina's weekly book giveaway at Stone Soup.

Books on the Brain has 2 copies of Immortal by Traci Slatton to give away. There's also an interesting interview with the author.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Innovative Monday - Edition Seven

Monday's here! Time to wake up and feast your eyes on today's innovative book product!

Presenting - Pink explosion

It's been designed by Smånsk, a Stockholm based design studio that brings you happiness, good health and beautiful furniture and interiors,

Cra-aa-zzy seems appropriate! And yet, if you're tired of cutesy or boring bookshelves, then you can most certainly shake up things with this *different* book storage solution.

Think of the gossip it'll generate among visitors to your abode!
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*NEW* Author Guest Post : Jasmin Rosemberg (and a GIVEAWAY!)
Interview and Giveaway with Author Jean Holloway. Ends July 21.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blogger Glitch!

Fellow Bookworms, looks like some major Blogger technical snafu is going on. That is the reason why you're unable to see this blog's main page. So when you type in http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/, and see some error code, that's the reason it's happening.

I have not gone offline nor has the blog. Just the blog's main page is affected for some reason -- at least, for now that's the only problem. You can still see individual blog posts. To find out recent happenings, here's a quick fix.


Just click this link http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-giveaways.html
Then on the right hand side, in the sidebar, you'll see a short list of "Recent Posts" through which you can click through to recent articles. If you scroll down further, you'll find the "Blog Archive" section, where you can get a detailed list of all posts. Clicking on any individual blog post works (at least for now).


I've been checking Blogger's Help forums and the problem is apparently spreading! So bear with me while Blogger resolves this issue.
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Current Giveaway(s) 
Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Book Review - Vampyres of Hollywood

Vampyres of Hollywood
Author: Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Scott
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 8, 2008)

Synopsis

When one by one film stars start getting killed in an unusual manner, terror grips Hollywood. Lead investigator Peter King is born and bred Hollywood and well-versed in it's lore, it's history, and it's major players. Some nifty detecting soon leads him to the conclusion that all murders are somehow connected to horror queen, Ovsanna Moore. What Peter doesn't know is that Ovsanna isn't just a B Movie star, but rather a vampire. And not just any ordinary vampire, but the Queen of them all - the Châtelaine of Hollywood.

To protect her secret, Ovsanna is ready to do anything, even conduct her own investigation and woe betide the dogged human detective who steps in her (fang-ish) way.

Review

It's fun, it's hilarious and overflowing with gore - in short, Vampyres of Hollywood has all the hallmarks of a successful paranormal / vampire story.

Like all vampire stories, here again the authors have defined their own set of rules (or non-rules as they turn out to be) for their Vampire characters including an elaborate history, hierarchy, breeds etc. This often leads to lengthy, repetitive explanations which I felt could have been shortened or edited out. But the plotting is intricate and not only leads the characters through the studios and environs of Hollywood and beyond, but in the process, the authors also manage to cram in plenty of Movie Trivia and also put their own vampire-ish stamp on some of history's legendary characters.

Btw, Film, television and Broadway star Adrienne Barbeau and New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott have teamed up to deliver this sexy, scary, and deliciously clever novel full of Hollywood glamour, behind-the-scenes secrets, and the truly bloodthirsty reality of Tinseltown. So, they know what they're talking about. 

Still, I confess I don't know half the golden oldies film stars mentioned, which made me skip paragraphs as I had no interest in them - they were just names to me. But Movie buffs will surely enjoy this insider's view point of Hollywood and its leading stars, even with the vampire twist. The chapters are told from alternating viewpoints of Peter and Ovsanna and I liked how the characters are not above poking fun at themselves. Curiosity more than suspense kept me turning the pages and while I didn't exactly like the Agatha Christie like revelation of the villain, I did like the kick-ass action sequence that erupts towards the end. I won't tell you how exactly it ended, but it was serious yet funny!

In Short

Despite its shortcomings, I quite liked this story.

Buy the Book - here.
Visit the Publisher - here.
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*NEW* Joy Book Giveaway
Author Guest Post : Jasmin Rosemberg (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

In the Mailbox (6 Aug 08)

This week, in my mailbox, arrived these reads:

My Husband's Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
Publisher: Delacorte Press (August 19, 2008)

When Lucy discovered that her charming, cheating husband was dying, she came home, opened up his little black book, and decided she wasn’t going through this alone. After all, Artie’s sweethearts were there for the good times—is it fair that Lucy should have to manage the hard times herself? In this wise, wickedly funny new novel, Lucy dials up the women in Artie’s black book and invites them for one last visit. The last thing she expects is that any will actually show up.


Bite the Bullet by L. A. Banks
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 30, 2008)

Sasha Trudeau considers herself a soldier first and a werewolf second. But while her secret government-sanctioned task-force faces its greatest challenge so far, Sasha faces something much more primal: the undeniable pull of the moon—and her own desires.

With rogue wolves savaging both the human and paranormal worlds, Sasha’s team of elite operatives has one job: destroy the rogues and isolate the deadly toxin that’s poisoned their blood. But the challenge is far more complicated than Sasha could have imagined. Soon she is thrust into a full-scale supernatural war for supremacy—and the only man left who Sasha can turn to might be the biggest danger to her of all. . .and in more ways than one.


The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
Publisher: Dell (July 29, 2008)

An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She’s also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past, her identity, may have been a lie.

With a family secret exploding around her and a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue sociopathic demon enters her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to hunt The Hunter down—no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers along the way.


Deadly Beautiful by Sam Baker
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 19, 2008)

A serial killer with a thirst for young American models-slash-escorts is on the loose in Tokyo, and the local press is all over it. When supermodel Scarlett Ulrich goes missing while on assignment in Japan, an international media frenzy erupts. At a tender age, Scarlett had the face that launched a million album covers, and her career exploded from there. Now, with only a few clues and no body, the authorities wonder if she’s tied to the recent rash of Jack the Ripper-style killings.

Annie Anderson swears that she’s done with investigative reporting. After all, these days she jets off to Paris, Milan, her native London, and, now, New York City for Fashion Week–as a front-row writer for Handbag Magazine. But when Annie learns that Scarlett is actually the half sister of her best friend, she’s on the next plane to the Far East to get the scoop on the missing supermodel.

In the electric metropolis of Tokyo, Annie descends into the gritty, cutthroat underbelly of the international fashion industry to uncover the truth behind Scarlett’s disappearance. But navigating this mysterious territory is riskier than she thought, and she’ll need to watch her fabulously coutured back–because someone out there is dressed to kill. And Annie just might be the next hot number to be knocked off.

As always, if you've reviewed/featured a book listed on this blog, share the link in the comments and I'll add it to the post.
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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Book Review and Giveaway- Left To Die by Lisa Jackson

This review is part of Pump up your Book Promotion's Virtual Blog Tour.

Left To Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
Paperback: 484 pages
Publisher: Zebra (July 29, 2008)

Synopsis

In the Bitteroot mountains surrounding Grizzly Falls, Montana, something deadlier than the winter storms has sprung up. A serial killer. Rescuing female car drivers whom the killer has caused to have an accident on the treacherous mountain roads, this unseen menace keeps them hidden somewhere, then leaves them tied naked to a tree where they subsequently freeze to their death. The absence of sexual violence together with a cryptic message carved in the tree above each victim further baffles Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez together with the FBI.

The latest woman missing is Jillian Rivers. Drawn to Grizzly Falls by a mysterious photo of supposedly dead first husband, Jillian crashes over the mountain side when someone shoots out her car's tire. Upon recovering consciousness, an injured Jillian has to determine whether her mysterious rescuer is out to kill or save her. Battling personal demons of their own, the two female detectives are racing to track Jillian whose disappearance is somehow different from the others.

Review

Jackson is par master at creating female-oriented suspense and it's never more obvious than in this stellar read. I've long been a mystery buff and usually guess the 'whodunit' part pretty early in the game. But here, in this story, Jackson casts such a wide net of red herrings that it's difficult to make a guess. The characters, their personal and work-related issues, together with the arctic cold and a town full of unusual denizens - all help create a suitably sinister atmosphere. At various points, readers are given a glimpse into the killer's thoughts and scheming that adds stiletto-like sharpness to the whole scenario. And it's interesting to see how this maniac walks among the residents with no one suspecting a thing.

The thing that stuck me most about this book was that I didn't know who the central character was until more than halfway through the book. Even then, calling Jillian Rivers the protagonist would be wrong as the two female detectives play important roles and are dominant for most of the novel. The best part is that although some crucial questions are answered, the novel ends in a shocking cliffhanger that beautifully sets the stage for the next novel in this series, 'Chosen To Die'.

In Short
A must-read!

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To buy a Kindle version, go here.
To visit the Author's site, go here.
To visit the Publisher, go here.


GIVEAWAY

Kensington is generously giving away 3 copies of this book to some lucky readers of this blog.
Giveaway ends midnight CST of August 31th.
US only.

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment here with your email address and mention which other current or upcoming Kensington book you'd like to read. A person can comment a maximum of 3 times, mentioning a separate book each time.  One comment every 24 hours. As always, comments without an email address (or the ones asking me to go look for it in the profile) will not be considered. Leave it in the format - xyz AT abc.com - to elude spammers. Your email address will only be used to contact you in case you're a lucky winner.

Bloggers and Non-Bloggers are both welcome to participate.

To get Extra Entries: (Mention each extra thing that you do in a separate comment)

- Blog this giveaway using these keywords : book giveaway and A Book Blogger's Diary. Leave the link in a separate comment. If you have multiple blogs, then feel free to blog this giveaway across any/all of them and leave the links in a new comment.
- Twitter this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with your Twitter id.
- Subscribe to receive this blog's posts via email. Mention you've done that in a separate comment along with email address used to subscribe. (Applicable to new subscribers only)
- Put my blog button (you'll find it in the sidebar) on your blog's sidebar (and not within a post). Mention you've done so in a separate comment.
- Get an extra entry when a participant mentions you've referred them here.

Good luck!
Disclaimer
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Current Giveaway(s)
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Book Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash

It is this blog's pleasure to participate in Author Joy Nash's 50 Days 50 Books Giveaway to promote her latest thrilling book, Immortals: The Crossing.

The Crossing
Author: Joy Nash
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (September 30, 2008)

Blurb:

USA Today Bestselling Author Joy Nash returns with another installment in Dorchester Publishing's Nationally Bestselling multi-author series, IMMORTALS.

Demigod Manannán mac Lir (Mac) is on the trail of Artemis Black, a stunningly dangerous woman who's inexplicably able to intertwine life magic with death magic. For the safety of his people, he should destroy the desperate witch—once he learns her darkest secrets.

Readers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will enjoy this adventure filled with black magic, nasty demons, hot immortals, dark humor, steamy sex, and a heart-thumping descent into a modern version of Dante's Hell. Available September 30. 2008.

Review

I'll be honest with you. This is the first book of this series I've read (yeah, I know I know - how could I have missed the others?!!) and as such I didn't have any preconceived expectations of it. Which is why I was shocked to discover how much I liked it! In fact, given the twist the story takes towards the second half and how it all goes to Hell - I have to say it was one of best paranormal stories I've read in recent times.

The romance, initially, felt a bit hurried, but the rapid pace of the plot is such that everybody gets carried away, including the protagonists. They actually start off as antagonists, but love conquers all along the way. What I loved more than the suspenseful beginning is the more than thrilling, terrifying and terrific end. I won't reveal surprises, but it's to be read to be believed. One thing - I'll never look at a shopping mall again the same way again. And Nash does an impressive job of writing it. Another thing commendable is that although this book is part of a series, it can be easily read as a stand-alone.


And now for the Giveaway.

One lucky reader will get a copy of this exciting book.
This giveaway is OPEN WORLDWIDE!!

How to Enter:

It's simple. There's a host of links below in the "Extra Extra" section, including links to an excerpt, book trailer, series website and more. Get an idea of what this book and this series is about. Then come back to this post and leave a thoughtful question for the author to answer! That's all.

Giveaway ends midnight CST of August 19th August 20th. -->I'm changing the deadline to match what's been posted on Joy's site. So feel free to enter until midnight tonight. Good luck!

Good luck! Disclaimer

Extra Extra!

Read an Excerpt at the Author's site.

View the Book Trailer - here

Immortals-series website  www.immortals-series.com

Immortals Myspace  http://www.myspace.com/immortalsseries

Immortals on Dorchester website
http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SpecialFeatures.cfm?ID=2479

Take the IMMORTALS QUIZ:  Which Immortal is your Soul Mate?
http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SpecialFeatures.cfm?ID=2480

Check out the author's site or the publisher's for a list of other participating blogs and sites in this 50 Days 50 Books Giveaway.
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*Current Giveaways*
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Tuesday Trailers - Lisa Kleypas, JA Konrath and Harry Potter

Some more book trailers, this time including one for Lisa Kleypas' Seduce Me at Sunrise, J.A.Konrath's hilarious one for the book Fuzzy Navel and one for the much-awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.




From the Author's Blog: I finally succumbed to the latest trend and sold a kidney for $32,994 to produce a book trailer---the most expensive book trailer of all time.




In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling returns Harry, Hermione, and Ron to Hogworts amidst troubling signs that the Dark Lord and the Deatheaters are gaining strength. Fortunately, Headmaster Dumbledore is helping his apt pupil prepare for an expected showdown by taking Harry to remembered incidents in the life of his old enemy.
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Current Giveaway(s)
Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

The Night Villa
Author: Carol Goodman
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 5, 2008)

The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase.

In the aftermath of a tragic shooting on the University of Texas campus, Sophie seeks sanctuary on the isle of Capri, immersing herself in her latest scholarly project alongside her colleagues, her star pupil, and their benefactor, the compelling yet enigmatic business mogul John Lyros.

Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte–the Night Villa–home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for Sophie to resist.

Review

Simply put, I found The Night Villa profound, poetic and pretty damn interesting. The history is breathtaking, the mystery equally so and the characters, who bring it all together, are an enigma wrapped within a puzzle within a conundrum.

With intricate plotting, Goodman spins a story of a woman struggling to rise above the circumstances that's echoed simultaneously in the past and in the present. Buried cities containing centuries old secrets, a secret society, modern cults, ancient philosophies twisted by time, hidden chambers and a pervading atmosphere of lust and depravity - all brought to stunning life in words that are almost lyrical in their description and spooky in their effect, making this an unforgettable story.

The author permeates the tale with so many red herrings it's difficult to predict who're the good guys and who are not, and I especially loved this. Although I must admit, I guessed one facet of the mystery pretty early on in the game, but that's because I've read too many mysteries and become slightly cynical when it comes to characters. The historical part of the mystery is one thing I could not even begin to guess at, and it was really good getting to see a city full of secrets emerging from its coffin of volcanic remains. Yes, Goodman's words are that evocative, you can almost feel yourself choking in the ash or feel the awe of seeing a mysterious, long-forgotten ritual.

In Short

This is the first Carol Goodman novel I've read and I'm so glad this fantastic novel was my introduction to this talented author. I can't wait to read her other books - The Sonnet Lover, The Lake of Dead Languages, etc.

To buy a copy of the book, go here.
To visit the Author's site, go here.
To visit the Publisher, go here.

GIVEAWAY

Ballantine is giving away one copy of this book to a lucky reader.
Giveaway ends midnight CST of August 26th.
US only.

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment here with your email address and mention which other current or upcoming Ballantine book you'd like to read. A person can comment a maximum of 3 times, mentioning a separate book each time.  One comment every 24 hours. As always, comments without an email address (or the ones asking me to go look for it in the profile) will not be considered. Leave it in the format - xyz AT abc.com - to elude spammers. Your email address will only be used to contact you in case you're a lucky winner.

Bloggers and Non-Bloggers are both welcome to participate.

To get Extra Entries: (Mention each extra thing that you do in a separate comment)

- Blog this giveaway using these keywords : book giveaway and A Book Blogger's Diary. Leave the link in a separate comment. If you have multiple blogs, then feel free to blog this giveaway across any/all of them and leave the links in a new comment.
- Twitter this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with your Twitter id.
- Subscribe to receive this blog's posts via email. Mention you've done that in a separate comment along with email address used to subscribe. (Applicable to new subscribers only)
- Put my blog button (you'll find it in the sidebar) on your blog's sidebar (and not within a post). Mention you've done so in a separate comment.
- Get an extra entry when a participant mentions you've referred them here.

Good luck!
Disclaimer
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Current Giveaway(s)
Book Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Book Giveaway - The Badenweiler Waltz

If you guys remember, I'd previously mentioned this book before including an excerpt and the author, G. W. Kroeker, had also graciously consented to do a guest post. While the book is still in my to-review pile, the author got in touch with me regarding a giveaway of this book. More on this towards the end of this post.



The Badenweiler Waltz
Author: G. W. Kroeker
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing

Haunting, beautiful and wise, The Badenweiler Waltz by G.W. Kroeker is a tender glimpse at the healing powers of love and one woman's courage as she learns to celebrate life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Elizabeth Kurz is a shy, easily daunted forty-something woman who has spent the bulk of her life being intimidated.

A teacher by trade, she always dreamed of being a writer, and as her final farewell nears she travels to a quaint spa town in Germany's Black Forest where both Stephen Crane and Anton Chekhov spent their final days. Believing that even though her talents have not enabled her to live as a writer, she could at least die like one. Upon her arrival she feels alien and out of sorts; dejected, she considers returning to the States until she meets a series of characters who open her mind to new ways of seeing her illness, life, and death.

GIVEAWAY

The author has generously offered 2 lucky readers a copy of his book. Being himself an American residing in Germany, the author has opened up this giveaway to people of North America and Europe! So spread the word!

Here's how to enter. It's quite simple really. Just go read the excerpt and the author's guest post to get an idea of both the book and its creator. Then come back to this post and leave a thoughtful question for the author to answer. That's it.

Giveaway ends, midnight CST of August 18th.

Good luck!
Disclaimer
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Current Giveaway(s) 
Book Review and Giveaway - Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Guest Post - Phyllis Zimbler Miller (and a Giveaway)