Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Three Books for the Taking

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The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer. Check out the rest of the over 350 blogs and their associated giveaways here!

 

I’ve been reading some spooky stories and thrilling mysteries for October, and now I’m giving away three different books to get others in the mood too!

So for the ground rules:

  • As per usual, I’d prefer if only those 13+ entered, just to alleviate any fears of corrupting the youth, or whatever.
  • This giveaway is open to those in the US/Canada only. My apologies those who are international!
  • There will be TWO winners: the main winner will get to pick TWO of the three books listed, the second winner will receive the third.
  • The ONLY way to enter is by entering through the rafflecopter. I will not accept any comment-based entries. Sorry, but they spam my email!
  • If selected as the winner, you have 48 hours to respond with your shipping address (and your choices if you are the main winner) before I select different winner.
  • The giveaway ends on Nov. 1 at 12:00 am.

Good luck!

Choice 1:

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Blood Song by Cat Adams (Paperback ARC)

Blood Song is the first book in a fantastic urban fantasy series by bestselling author Cat Adams.

Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.

Choice 2:

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Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz (Paperback)

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 frist 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 twent-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 anomal 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.

Choice 3:

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Cross Country by James Patterson (Paperback)

When the home of Alex Cross’s longtime friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, he is devastated. The destruction leads him to believe that he’s chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend Brianna Stone begin the hunt for the villain responsible for the killings, they quickly find themselves entangeled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C.. What they discover is shocking: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a powerful, diabolical man-The Tiger.

As the killing spree escalates, Alex and Brianna realize they are not dealing with any ordinary killer, but one who has brought his personal war of vengeance to America’s capital. But just when the detectives think they’re closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Unable to let the killer get away with this narrow escape, Alex makes it his duty to bring the brutal butcher to justice. He knows that he must follow The Tiger. Alone.

When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is. Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of The Tiger, Alex must draw on his fiercest instincts just to survive in a lawless world.
From the author Time magazine has called “the man who can’t miss,” Cross Country is the most breathtaking, heart-stopping, electrifing Alex Cross thriller yet.

Good luck! Remember, to enter the giveaway go to this rafflecopter. And also check out all those other giveaways!

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

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The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

Published: June 1st 2013 by Ragbagger Press
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 358
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.

Book Trailer:

About the Author:

Michael Hurley lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan. Together they have four children ranging in age from 19 to 23.  Born in Baltimore in 1958, Michael studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and North Carolina.  A lifelong sailor, he obtained his captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1992 and took six months off from the practice of law to work as a sailboat charter captain in New Bern, North Carolina. Between 1995 and 2003, while practicing law full-time, he also wrote and published Paddle & Portage, a quarterly literary journal on wilderness canoeing enjoyed by more than 10,000 subscribers in 48 states.  When he is not sailing or writing or canoeing, Michael continues a hopeless quest to prove that his piano teachers at Baltimore’s Peabody Institute were wrong about him all along.

Giveaway!

There is a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card for people 13 and over. It’s open internationally! To enter, go to this rafflecopter! Good luck!

Review and Giveaway: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass

Published: April 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen
Format/Source: Paperback ARC from Goodreads’ giveaways for honest review
Genre: Young adult romance with dystopian elements
Series: Second in The Selection series, sequel to The Selection

Synopsis:

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review:

I was quite happy to have this book right after completing The Selection so I didn’t have any space between the two. The Elite takes place right where The Selection ends, with the girls having been whittled down to just six. The competition is still on and America is just as conflicted as in the first one on her decision of who to love.

I criticize books based on what they actually are. And The Elite is not meant as literature, and to be frank, I don’t think it’s really meant to be a solid story. It’s one of those guilty pleasure reads, where the premise is enough to have you keep going, to see how the love triangle ends, to see what happens next while making your eyes roll all at the same time. So my critiques of this book cannot be too harsh. It is what it is and it is a light, sometimes frustrating, and enjoyable read.

I kept reading this book to see if America would make a decision. And each chapter added a new revelation about either the history of Illea or some new event that made me want to immediately know the outcome. I was increasingly frustrated by America’s indecisiveness and lack of a spine…it seemed like any decision was open to be immediately changed by a single event. I am still not sure I really understand the presence of the dystopian elements. The rebel attacks, the increasing tension between the castes…I kept feeling like either more attention needs to be paid to that side of things or just leave it. The series is at its core a romance story. While that plot seems less ‘important’ than a government struggle, time and again the focus is brought back to the romance. The dystopian parts of the story are definitely political at their core, or so I felt.

All that said, I look forward to seeing how the story ends and will likely read the next one to see its conclusion. It’s a great poolside read!

My rating: 3/5

Giveaway!

In keeping up with the passing of ARCs, here is my giveaway of my ARC! This is open to the US only (sorry my last one was US and International and I can’t afford to have everyone be in international). It will run from today and will end July 18th. This giveaway is now  closed.  Again, the only way to enter the giveaway is by using rafflecopter, not by commenting. I’ve had a problem in the past with people commenting to enter the giveaway when it is not the way to do it. Typically I disable comments on giveaway posts to avoid that, but I’d love real comments on the review instead. Good luck!

Giveaway: Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop (US/INTL)

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Another giveaway!

Before I get into what is up for grabs this time, I’d like to offer my thanks to those who have and are currently serving this country to protect the freedom and safety of its citizens. This means those in the armed forces, but also those that serve in other ways, in our police, fire, and emergency medical departments. Those nurses, doctors, and public servants who we all rely on in different ways at different times. It is these people that allow the rest of us to live the kind of lives that we want to.

And this year, this week, in particular, I’d like to send my thoughts to those 19 brave firemen who lost their lives this weekend in trying to contain a wildfire.

Thank you!

For this giveaway, I’m making it a nice list of young adult books that I’ve received as ARCs for review. I will be listing four, you can pick your top two. This giveaway is open to everyone, even those that are outside of the U.S.! This giveaway is now closed. The prizes:

Choice 1: The Golden Spark by John Royce

Published: January 15th 2011 by Micron Press
Format: Paperback ARC (cover of the ARC differs from the cover on Goodreads)
Genre: Historical fiction/equestrian

Synopsis:

A modern teenager is carried back into history by her Great Horse of legend, and uses her knowledge of horsemanship to survive humanity’s past. Engaging and fast-paced adventure entertains with excitement, humor and a colorful cast of accurately-portrayed historical characters from the European Renaissance.

Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1)Choice 2: Blood Song by Cat Adams

Published: June 8th 2010 by Tor Books
Format: Paperback ARCGenre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

Blood Song is the first book in a fantastic urban fantasy series by bestselling author Cat Adams.

Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.

Choice 3: Orleans by Sherri L. Smithorleans

Published: March 7th 2013 by Putnam JuvenileFormat: Paperback ARC
Genre:
Dystopia/Survival

Synopsis:

First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

mozanChoice 4: Mozan and the Return of Magic by Stephan Davied

Published: July 13th 2010 by Fyonhaireshizer PublishingFormat: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

When the vile sorceress of Fyonhaireshizer kidnaps thirteen year old Mozan, prince of Mazolean, he has no choice but to lead four other abducted royal children on a quest to save their families and kingdom. They must battle dark spirits, gargoyles, one eyed ogres and their own internal demons before they ultimately unite in the kingdom of Mazolean. It is here they meet Anzon, The Lion King and where Mozan learns that his very existence fulfills an ancient and powerful prophecy.

This giveaway is now closed.

To check out all the other wonderful blogs that hosted a stop on this giveaway hop, check out this list!

Good luck!

Giveaway: Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway

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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 

Enter by going here!

Note: the first entry states that you need to leave a blog comment. That does not refer to Playing Jokers, but instead the blog hosting this great giveaway: Bewitching Book Tours. Leave your comment there to enter! Good luck!

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?

OR

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 and Giveaway: Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer (Merlin’s Immortals #2) Published: February 19th 2013 by WaterBrook Press Format/Source: Paperback from LibraryThing Early Reviewers Genre: Young adult medieval fantasy Synopsis: For readers of medieval fantasy like Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time … Continue reading