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The Tea Rose - Book Review and a GIVEAWAY {Sticky Post, scroll down}

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The Tea Rose
Author : Jennifer Donnelly Paperback: 592 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (December 10, 2007) Book Description East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.  But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There…

Book Giveaway - Editions & Impressions

Editions & Impressions
Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Fine Books Press

Book Description

Editions and Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat brings together the best of Mr. Basbanes s book journalism. He reports first-hand on a nascent library springing up on the battlefield in Iraq. He describes putting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line at a New York auction on behalf of a friend and placing bids that, in some instances, exceeded his annual salary. In Sweden, he writes about a seventeenth-century palace library left unfinished when builders walked off the job three centuries ago. He recalls meeting with one of the most prolific book thieves of the twentieth century, and considers instances of the tragic destruction of books and libraries.

Mr. Basbanes often says that he is a collector of collectors, and this book also brings together many profiles of fascinating rare-book aficionados, from the extremely wealthy who can buy almost anything th…

Cedar Valley Publishing Giveaway

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten!
Author: Linda Desimowich
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Cedar Valley Publishing

The Let’s Get Ready series from Cedar Valley Publishing is taking the nation by storm, helping parents and kids prepare for Kindergarten! Teachers at home and schools love it! It’s not a storybook or a workbook; it’s a book that covers the curriculum: the alphabet in and out of sequence, numbers in and out of sequence, left and right, shapes, colors, high frequency words, positional words, opposites, rhyming, let’s read a story and so much more. It’s all in one engaging book illustrated with Mrs. Good, the teacher and six adorable Cedar Valley Kids that you simply read to children to learn.

About the Author
Written by two stay-at-home mom's, Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg who were inspired by several Oprah shows, to give parents, kids, and teachers a much needed tool in today's ever changing Kindergarten curriculum. They formed Cedar Va…

Weekend Edition of Contests and Giveaways

Here are Book Giveaways galore for this weekend. Have fun entering and Good luck! And if you're a lucky winner, do come back and tell me all about it. I'll post it here.

Also, if you enjoy this blog, then please PLEASE leave a comment even it's just to say 'Hi'. OR send me an Amazon GC, whichever works ;-)

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I'll be back next week with my giveaway winner and (hopefully) a brand new Giveaway with some wonderful prizes for bookworms! See you then!

Now, without further ado ...

Twelve Ticket to Teendom SweepstakesOpen to residents of the fifty United States, ages 8–14.Enter to win a $250 prize pack of movie passes, gift certificates to some of your favorite stores, and a subscription to Girls' Life magazine. For details and official rules, click here »

Breeni Books - some Children's books.
Ends tomorrow.

OhDeeDoh - a copy of Nursery Style.
Monday 3/31 at noon EST.

Edgy Inspi…

Diane Whiteside Book Giveaway

Bond of Blood
Author: Diane Whiteside
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley

Book Description

Vampire fiction with a twist-and a touch of Texas heat. First in an exciting new trilogy.

Former Spanish knight Don Raphael Perez has been a vampire for seven centuries, and is now the leader of the largest vampire territory in North America, spanning Texas and Oklahoma. But a rival is challenging his rule. Then he meets veterinarian Grania O'Malley, who's never felt the touch of a man. Raphael has sworn never to initiate a woman into the eternal pleasures of the flesh, but now it may be the only way to save her from his bloodthirsty adversary...
BiographyDiane Whiteside designs and builds computer systems for the federal government when she isn't writing.
To enter, Just go to The Symposium and enter before March 31st.

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Book Giveaway - KillRod

Author: Bill Ison
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press

Book Description
Who's Behind The KillRod Killings?

A sculptor in the film studios, Hart St. James, wakes up with a bloody head next to Hollywood's most luminous film star. Kelly Moran is dead, her skull brutally crushed and her eyes taped open. The unlikely relationship between a movie star and a studio craftsman has not survived their first night together. Why?

St. James, a Vietnam veteran, is determined to find out who and why by following the slender, treacherous threads of a trail that ultimately leads to a professional assassin and the very inner workings of the federal government.

To win this suspenseful read, just

go to Breeni Books and leave a comment by Sunday, March 30, 2008. US only.

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Book Giveaway - The New Art of Japanese Cooking

Morimoto : The New Art of Japanese Cooking
Author: Masaharu Morimoto
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: DK Publishing

Book Description

Morimoto's cooking has distinctive Japanese roots, yet it's actually, as the chef calls it, "global cooking for the 21st century." Morimoto's unique cuisine is characterized by beautiful Japanese color combinations and aromas, while the preparation infuses multicultural influences such as traditional Chinese spices and simple Italian ingredients, presented in a refined French style. Bringing all these elements home, with helpful step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photography, this accessible book explains Chef Morimoto's cooking techniques and plating philosophies and brings Japanese cooking to your own home.

BiographyChef Morimoto has been the Japanese iron chef on the Food Network's weekly show, "Iron Chef," and its spinoff "Iron Chef America," since 1999. The show airs in the United States, Canada, A…

Sophie Kinsella Book Giveaway

Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press (February 26, 2008)

Book Description

With the same wicked humor and delicious charm that have won her millions of devoted fans, Sophie Kinsella, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shopaholic & Baby, returns with an irresistible new novel and a fresh new heroine who finds herself in a life-changing and utterly hilarious predicament….

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happ…

Book Giveaway - Misspelled

Author: Julie E. Czerneda
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: DAW (April 1, 2008)

Book Description

Strange 17 Fascinating tales of spells gone awry

When it comes to magic, skipping the directions, changing the ingredients, or garbling the words of a spell can lead to unusual consequences-sometimes dire, sometimes comical. Included in these stories are just a few of the possible results: a cybermancer has her spell disk corrupted by some unexpected input; two students brewing up spells outside the curriculum forgo a critical ingredient; a young woman orders a fairy-tale life, but forgets to read the fine print. Now they're really spellbound...

If you're interested in winning a copy of this new DAW fantasy anthology ...

Just go to SciFi Chick and leave a comment before April 4th.

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Book Giveaway - The Alchemist's Code

The Alchemist's Code
Author: Dave Duncan
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace Trade

Book Description

The legendary Maestro Nostradamus may be able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him and his daring apprentice Alfeo when Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of Ten. The only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.

But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth.
BiographyDave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than thirty n…

Book Giveaway - The Edge of Europe

The Edge of Europe: A Kinetic Image(Scandinavian, #3)(Paperback)
by Saarikoski, Pentti
Publisher : Action Books
Published : 01/01/2007
Format : Paperback

Book Description
Originally published in Finnish in 1982, The Edge of Europe was written by this most famous of Finland’s poets. In fact, Saarikoski was so popular from the late 50’s to the early 70’s that he was often called “The Blond Beatle of the North.” He was a radical, often controversial figure who maintains a following to this day.Interestingly, The Edge of Europe was written while Saarikoski was also working on his three volumes of poetry called Trilogy, his final poetic work. Both were written as he moved throughout Europe, staying in one place until he started to feel at home, then moving on. The Edge of Europe takes the reader through Norway, Brittany, Dublin, and Stavanger, an island off the west coast of Sweden. So if you’re trying to travel the world in your readings, this book will take you to …

Book Giveaway - Home Among the Swinging Stars

Home Among the Swinging Stars
Author: Stefan Hyner
Paperback: 223 pages
Publisher: La Alameda Press

Book Description

Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was born in Paris of Spanish parents. He came to America in 1905, found work as a cowboy, and ended up in San Francisco the day before the Great Earthquake in 1906. A picaresque life followed as a homesteader in Big Sur, medical doctor, psychologist, renowned linguist, and novelist. As a linguist, de Angulo contributed to the knowledge of many Northern Californian tribal languages, as well as ethnomusicological investigations. He lived among the tribes he studied and tried to become integrated into their daily lives. Much of his life and work exemplifies his recognition of the trickster wisdom in their native "coyote tales." Invited by Mabel Dodge Luhan to visit Taos, he turned out to be a vivid chapter in her artistic circle. Brilliant and eccentric, Ezra Pound called him "the American Ovid." Bohemian to the core, he was fr…

Book Giveaway - For Pete's Sake

For Pete's Sake
Author: Linda Windsor
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Avon Inspire (April 1, 2008)

Book Description

Ellen isn't sure true love exists. That is until she landscapes the estate of the widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface. A successful businessman, he's engaged to a beautiful woman and he'll soon have a stepmom for his troubled son, Pete. Yet from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down. With his business under investigation for espionage and his son pushing for the tomboy next door as his new mom, Adrian's facade of happiness shatters. As Ellen and Pete bond, she realizes that Adrian is about to marry the wrong woman. Despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only,” Ellen is drawn to Adrian. But how can she be the one when he's engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn't? As Ellen's three best friends step in to help her na…

The Friendly Book Nook

There's a new book community on the web and it's called The Friendly Book Nook.

They describe themselves as : "The Friendly Book Nook exists as a community for book lovers. Our goal is to help enrich your reading life with recommendations for the whole family!"

With personal reviews and book recommendations, this site has something for everyone.

They're also having a wonderful March Giveaway which is just days from being over. So hurry on over and enter.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm holding! More details are over at that post. Hurry up, it ends on March 31st!

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Book Giveaway - The Sister

The Sister
Author: Poppy Adams
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf (June 17, 2008)

Book Description

"It's ten to two in the afternoon and I've been waiting for my little sister, Vivian since one-thirty. She's finally coming home at sixty-six years old, after an absence of over forty years."

And so begins the tale of two sisters, Ginny and Vivian, reunited after a long estrangement. Ginny's been living in the family's sprawling Victorian home--now creaking and leaking, with a ghost of its lavish past lingering--and keeping mostly to herself. But Vivian's arrival shakes up her sister's carefully ordered world, bringing old memories and resentments to the surface. What dark, unspoken secrets are hiding in the family's past?

We soon learn that Ginny and Vivian were born into a long line of distinguished lepidopterists, scientists who study moths and butterflies. Their eccentric father continued the family tradition, and was completely devoted to his …

Ariana Franklin Book Giveaways

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Mistress of the Art of Death
Author: Ariana Franklin
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade

Book Description

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

About the Author

Ariana Franklin is a British writer who, as Diana Norman, has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels.

Or this one?

The Serpent's Tale
Author: Ariana Franklin
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult

Book Description

Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison-and the king's estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is probably the…

Book Giveaway - Family Squeeze

Family Squeeze
Author: Phil Callaway
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (March 18, 2008)

Book Description

You’ve been warned about middle-age spread. But no one told you about the squeeze.

You’re in the “Middle Ages”–sandwiched between the “greatest generation” and the “gimme” generations, busily juggling both with no relief in sight. Children are driving, and parents are not. Money is tight and so are your favorite jeans. And things that never ached before are beginning to give you trouble! For every baby boomer who wonders if it’s possible to navigate the Middle Ages with grace and style, Phil Callaway offers plenty of hope and a little hilarity, too. Because there’s nothing like a smile to make wrinkles less noticeable.

The author of Who Put My Life on Fast Forward? and Laughing Matters offers this lighthearted look at the challenges of the middle years — and promises that while we can’t slow down the aging process, we can ease the worries it brings by focusing on what really…