Giveaway: Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway

Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway

Giveaway Runs June 21- July 21

Kindle and swag packs

 1 Kindle HD -30 authors joined together to offer a spectacular grand prize A Kindle Fire HD 8.9” screen , Wifi ,16GB $269 value Open to US shipping, if outside US you can receive an equal value Amazon Gift Card

1 huge package of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours filled with fun goodies from Bewitching Book Tours, owner Roxanne Rhoads and numerous Bewitching authors including a Starbucks giftcard from Gina Conkle

 4 packages of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours- filled with fun goodies from Bewitching authors

 1 mixed swag pack of various book swag from Milly Taiden

1 book swag from Constance Phillips

$15 Amazon gift card from Sky Purington 

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Giveaway: Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Click here to see the other blogs participating in I am a Reader Not a Writer‘s Giveaway Hop.

Today is the summer solstice! The official beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. I have to say that having the sun up when I wake up really early in the morning is helpful.

This giveaway is for US only…sorry! The next one is going to be for both US and internationally. Up for giveaway this time is a choice between:

wolfmanWolf Man by Edo Van Belkom

In this eagerly awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed Wolf Pack, Lone Wolf, and Cry Wolf, author Edo van Belkom once again takes the reader to the mysterious world of wolves and werewolves. A near fight-to-the-death between Argus and a wild wolf might have saved a little girl’s life, but it has also created something new and very, very deadly. Fully recovered, the wild wolf now returns in Wolf Man as a savage werewolf bent on terrorizing the town of Redstone and taking what it needs to feed itself and its hungry pack. When a mountain man’s pet dog and livestock are viciously murdered, he convinces the town to take up arms to defend themselves against a pack of killer wolves. But along with guns comes trouble, and although Ranger Brock forbids the pack from running through the forest, it isn’t long before someone is shot.

Now it is up to the ranger and members of the wolf pack to save a dying wolf and restore calm before any more blood is spilled or someone ends up dead. Will they succeed?


Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers’ waiting room and his dying father’s bedside. It’s a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm’s fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twenty-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father’s last words as a dying man’s delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson’s birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomaly of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man’s predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy’s story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!

Review: James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper by G. Norman Lippert

James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper by G. Norman Lippert Published: 2008 Format/Source: ebook from Goodreads Genre: Young adult fantasy fanfiction Synopsis: A continuation of Lippert’s previous novel, James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing. This … Continue reading

Review: This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust Published: January 6th 2009 by Vintage Format/Source: Paperback borrowed from a friend Genre: Nonfiction- History Synopsis: More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American … Continue reading

Blog Tour: Review of The Reluctant Goddess by A.F. Firebird

The Reluctant Goddess by A.F. Firebird

Published: March 2012
Genre: Metaphysical Fiction

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Ellena Ripley is a bookshop owner from a rural town in the south of England – or so she thinks. But lately, she has a growing sense that life is not as it seems. At night, she dreams of a serene man who appears to be trying to tell her something; In the day, she can’t shake a feeling of expectation. But of what?

Meanwhile Hector, servant of LIFE and the man from Ellena’s dreams, has a dilemma. How do you tell someone they are a goddess? His previous attempts have met with disaster so he must be cautious, particularly when his new trainee, Boudica, formerly Queen of the Iceni tries to help. The question is can they succeed before it is too late?


My incarnate body was not all I had hoped for. It was not that I wanted a human body – it’s just that I wanted to be a Great Dane. I shifted in my basket by the Aga and nibbled an itchy bit of black fur just above my right paw. But that’s LIFE: so often you get what you need, not what you want. Even so, a Border Collie with a bit of Labrador thrown in was not a real dog as far as I was concerned. My fur was long, my paws were white, while the rest of me was black except for a white crest on my chest and a circular patch around my left eye, which I guessed had been added for comic effect. Still, it could have been worse – I might have been a poodle.

The current phase of my mission was going well. Although the overall project, Brh-man: Phase 1, was not. But as I frequently reminded the Council, who had sanctioned the project, one had to take the long view with these things. This time … well not time really, that was my dog-self talking. There was only now, or as LIFE liked to call it “the present” owing to its love of puns. In reality a “time” would be more accurately described as a handful of stuff grabbed from the lucky dip barrel of the present.

So far I had incarnated without too much difficulty. Dog-shape was ideal for the kind of work ahead and I’d succeeded in being adopted by Ellena, who was ripe for my special kind of assistance. Boudica, my trainee, had met with similar success. Although not everything had gone so well for her, she was at this moment prowling around Ellena’s front room irritably, no doubt still wondering how the Queen of the Iceni had come to this. It seemed that, Boudica, not as adept at subconscious communication as myself, had not been able to plant an image of her real name in Ellena’s mind. So while, I had a shiny tag with “Hector” written on it, Boudica’s tag said “Fluffy”. Since she was a large long-haired white cat, I felt this showed a distinct lack of imagination on Ellena’s part or perhaps an overdeveloped sense of irony. Either way Boudica was still having a major sense of humour failure.


I’m a fan of stories that mix mythology into magical realism. Typically, it creates a multi-layered story that be both humorous and compelling. The Reluctant Goddess falls within that category of stories that mixes different elements into magical realism.

My favorite parts of the story were Hector’s. The first person narration was easier to follow and it was interesting to see his side of the story. I struggled with Elenna’s parts. Because of some of the pronoun usage, I would get confused as to which ‘she’ was being referred to. There was also one noticeable shift in point of view that I could not figure out.

Those points aside, it was an enjoyable read and would be perfect for a rainy day read.

My rating: 3/5

About the Author:

A.F. Firebird is the alter ego of a sociologist/psychologist turned web developer from the UK. While A.F. Firebird has worked in several fields her primary focus is the exploration of six virtues: appreciation, forgiveness, compassion, humility, understanding and valour. Her first novel, The Reluctant Goddess, numerous short stories and children’s books, all investigate aspects of these virtues.


Waiting on Wednesday (2): Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Tarnish by Katherine Longshore Expected publication: June 18th 2013 by Viking Juvenile Genre: Young adult historical fiction 416 … Continue reading

Book News: In Honor of Iain Banks

Iain beard london 1.2This is no longer breaking news, though it could quite possibly be breaking in a different sense. Author Iain (M) Banks died of cancer Sunday, June 9th.

This didn’t come completely unexpected. Mr. Banks announced a few months ago that he was diagnosed with a late stage of cancer. From what Mr. Banks and his wife would post on their lovely website, anyone could see what a strong and positive attitude they took towards such news. It’s really quite admirable.

Iain Banks wrote both fiction and science fiction. His first novel was Consider Phlebas, a science fiction novel released in 1987. He is the author of the widely popular Culture series. BBC has a nice article about him.

To leave a comment for the Banks’ family, go here.

I have yet to read any of Mr. Banks’ books but I will definitely add one or more of his books to my want to read list. It’s a shame that I haven’t read anything yet, but to hear of so many people moved by his works and life, he was definitely a great author.