Saturday, November 22, 2014

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending 11-22-14 PLUS #BLOG UPDATES!


Welcome to another week of GREAT books! This is a weekly post that is always posted by NOON every Sunday, and sometimes a little earlier! Thanks for stopping by!

Remember last week when I wished you ALL a Happy Thanksgiving? I was ONE WHOLE WEEK EARLY! LOL!!! NONE of you caught it! Listen to this hilarious part! I took the turkey OUT of the freezer!! LOL!!! My husband wondered, "WHY did she do that????", but he didn't ask me why! I had to reinstruct him again that when I do something DUMB to ask me about it! LOL!!!! I figured it out early Monday morning that last week was NOT Thanksgiving! WHERE was my head??? Any of you ever do something SO funny like that? LOL!!! Turns out I didn't feel well all week, so I was WAY OFF! (The turkey was STILL hard as a rock!)
Anyway, THIS WEEK IS THANKSGIVING!!! I want to wish you ALL a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am SO THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!

THIS IS WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE BLOG!

REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS - ALL IN THE LEFT SIDE COLUMN!
*All I Want for Christmas is You by Jessica Scott with and I-PAD Giveaway, BUT IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON THE 23rd! HERE! 

*Thankful for Cash Giveaway - $250! HERE! 

*Fall Into Cash Giveaway Hop! - $250 HERE!

More Christmas book reviews to come this week! I am not going to list the books because they have changed, and I have not written up a list yet of what I'm going to write about, except for:

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which is more of a commentary about life and the way people treat each other, plus I talk about possible reasons Dickens might have written that story because too much of what he had to say holds true to today!) and,

*Christmas in July by Debbie Mason (which is NOTHING about Christmas! I was very disappointed! This has NOTHING to do with Christmas! You'll see in the review.)
More to come, too, but Christmas books!

*Black Friday Book Bonanza (Giveaway Hop!) starts Friday, November 29th to November 30th! This is a short one ONLY meant for deals and steals instead of shopping and standing in line in the stores!

*Possibly Silver Bells (A Timeless Romance Anthology by many authors)  - we'll see about this one. It's a Victorian/Regency Romance, so I'll see if this is for me or not.

The rest we'll see!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Let's hit the books!


FICTION: COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT
All books link to the ebook. If you would like a different version, just click on it when you are on the page. There will be a box with all the different versions available! All proceeds from the sale of these books do go towards Giveaways at this blog! 

1.  Revival by Stephen King
ebook: $12.74
print:   $17.04



2. Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
ebook: $12.99
print:   $17.87



3. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.37



4. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
ebook: $  3.99
print:   $12.58



5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
ebook: $2.99
print:   $8.49



6. Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston
ebook: $9.99
print:   $9.00



7. A Will and A Way by Nora Roberts
ebook: $4.89
No print version available yet



8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $6.99
print: $13.60



9. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
ebook: $  3.99
print:   $10.07



10. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.80



11. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
ebook: $1.99
print:   $7.19



12. Kiss of Christmas Magic by Eve Langlais, Aubrey Rose and many others
ebook: $ .99
print: no print edition at this time



13. Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.37



14. His Secretary Undone by Melanie Marchande
ebook: $    .99
print:   $11.68



15. Private India: City on Fire by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $13.08



Thanks for stopping by! Again, Happy Thanksgiving! The rest of the books are:  


  • ONE NIGHT: DENIED, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Grand Central)
  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • HAVANA STORM, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (Putnam)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
  • DARK PLACES, by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    #GIVEAWAY #REVIEW #BOOKBLAST "All I Want for Christmas is You" (Coming Home novel 5.5) by Jessica Scott


    DESCRIPTION:
    All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.

    But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.


    Goodreads Link


    Buy Links 

    Barnes and Noble - http://bit.ly/aiwbn
    Google Play - http://bit.ly/aiwgplay



    My Take:
    4 Stars!
    I really enjoyed this Novella of 95 pages, it really packs a bunch of Christmas joy! This book is part of a series, but can be read alone for the season.
    In this novella, it is Samantha who comes back home from fighting in the war, and not a man. This was definitely different because we are so used to it always being a man in this type of a situation. Not this time.
    Samantha thought she could handle her demons from the war alone, but she quickly learns she cannot. These two have a daughter, and even though their daughter is not Patrick’s biological daughter, he feels as if she is. He feels such a loss without his wife and daughter as Samantha is trying to readjust to being back home now, but they are far away from Patrick, and being far away, and separate, is not quite working.
    They come back together, and they find sparks still fly between them.
    This was a very enjoyable romance novella, the first one I’ve read by Jessica Scott, and I would like to read more by her.

    I received this book from the author for review purposes.

    About the Author, Jessica Scott


    Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
    She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.
    She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time  and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.


    Not only does Jessica Scott has this Christmas novel, but she released another with author Joann Ross, called, "Home for Christmas, A Holiday Duet". This book is also available NOW! Enjoy!



    NOTE: This giveaway ENDS on November 22nd, at midnight! Get your entries in NOW!


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    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending Nov 16th, 2014 PLUS BLOG UPDATES!


    Welcome to another week of the BEST of the BEST in books! Plus, we'll find out what's going on at the blog this week, too! As always! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday, and most of the time earlier!

    This Thursday is THANKSGIVING! I would love to wish you ALL a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I want to wish each and EVERY ONE OF YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALLLLLL WEEKEND!!!  There are some FUN THINGS to look forward to, so keep reading!!!


    GIVEAWAYS are always posted in the LEFT SIDE COLUMN! They are always changing! Make sure to enter what's there because there are some GREAT ones going on right now!

    THIS *NEW* GIVEAWAY - THANKFUL FOR #CASH $250 #GIVEAWAY (The little turkey dude! It was literally 'just' posted as I was typing this up! I had to stop and get it posted! You can enter to win MONEY!!!! $250!!! Perfect to win that right now! Bloggers (myself) and others as well as some authors, too, have all chipped in money to give this away! Come on over and enter to win! Click HERE! We have switched over from giving Kindle HDX's away because Amazon has changed ALL of the pricing around, plus, if you already have one, you don't want another! This gives YOU the ability to use that $250 however YOU want to! COOL!!!

    The day AFTER Thanksgiving is BLACK FRIDAY! Instead of standing in line in the stores, come here to the blog (no link YET!) and enter THIS BLOG HOP! The BLACK FRIDAY BOOK BONANZA! Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer  and by Book Shelfery! GREAT blogs/Hosts! It ONLY LASTS 4 DAYS! From FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th to Sunday, NOVEMBER 30th! So you definitely want to get your hopping done and enter ALL OF THE BLOGS' GIVEAWAYS! AND FAST!!!

    HEADS UP!!!!! MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st STARTS the $300 Holiday CASH GIVEAWAY!!! Not many people know about this YET, so YOU are some of the FIRST! Mark your calendars! This runs from 12-1 to 12-21! It looks like this just so you know when you spot it!


    REVIEWS: (ALL CHRISTMAS BOOKS THIS WEEK!!!)
    A Home for Christmas by MK MCCLINTOCK - TUESDAY!
    All I Want for Christmas is You by Jessica Scott - TUESDAY!
    A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser - WEDNESDAY!
    Christmas in July by Debbie Mason - THURSDAY!

    Don't forget the Hallmark Channel has Holiday movies 24/7 RIGHT NOW! ALLLLL the way through to New Year's Day! Enjoy!!! I am!! (Maybe a little too much! LOL!)

    Don't miss other Giveaways, too! There are some GREAT ones going on now!!! (LEFT side column!!)

    Okay! On to the books!

    FICTION - COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT
    ALL links DO go to the Kindle version of the books, however, if you want a different version of the book, while you are at the book, click on the version you prefer, and it will take you there!
    Thank you to ALL OF YOU who purchase books through these links I provide here! The money goes right back into ALL of the Giveaways I provide for you here on my blog! All of the cash giveaways AND the book giveaways come out of my pocket, and since I cannot work, it can get expensive! Therefore, I am EXTREMELY grateful when you choose to purchase and support my blog by purchasing through all of these links I provide!
    A HUGE THANK YOU!!

    1.   The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
    ebook: $  9.99
    print:   $12.85



    2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $17.37



    3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    ebook: $7.99
    print:   $9.00



    4. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
    ebook: $  6.99
    print:   $10.07



    5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.80



    6. Alpha Billionaire by Helen Cooper
    ebook: $2.99
    No print copy - yet



    7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    ebook: $  6.99
    print:   $13.54



    8. Ruin Part 3 by Deborah Bladon
    ebook: $ .99
    No print copy - yet



    9. Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $17.37



    10. I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force
    ebook: $5.70
    print:   $7.99



    11. Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $19.61



    12. Deadline by John Sanford
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.77



    13. Ruin by Deborah Bladon
    ebook: $ .99
    No print book - yet



    14. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    ebook: $7.98
    print:   $8.40



    15. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
    ebook: $  7.59
    print:   $11.40



    Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by again this week! I appreciate your coming by! Leave a comment and tell us what YOU are reading!

    And the rest of the books are: 

  • HAVE ME, by J. Kenner (Bantam)
  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • BURN, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)
  • THIRTY-THREE AND A HALF SHENANIGANS, by Denise Grover Swank (Denise Grover Swank)
  • RUIN - PART TWO, by Deborah Bladon (Deborah Bladon)

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    Friday, November 14, 2014

    #REVIEW - Home for Christmas by Lia Fairchild


    DESCRIPTION:
    This year, Ali and Stephen are both just trying to make it through the holidays. Stephen is fresh out of a relationship and dreading the prospect of Christmas alone. Ali, on the other hand, can’t celebrate with friends or family. The most important man in her life is dying—decorating cookies and hanging tinsel aren’t even on her radar. When the two meet during a chance encounter, Stephen’s instant attraction to Ali spurs him into action. He’ll do whatever it takes to give her the holiday she deserves and pull off a real Christmas miracle.

    Lia Fairchild’s Home for Christmas is the moving story of two people, fates intertwined, about to be surprised by what destiny has in store.
    MY TAKE:
    5 STARS!
    This was a lovely 'short' 29-page Christmas story that 'hit the spot'.
    This author really knows how to write strong, realistic characters while also giving them strong development right from the start. I love that in an author. This is really saying a lot being this book is only 29 pages long, so again, the author did a great job! I really wished this book was longer! Put this on your TBR list, or just read it because it won't take you long at all! It's an enjoyable little story to help put you 'in the mood' for Christmas!
    This author has several other books, but you may know her more for her newer Women's Fiction book, Circle in the Sand, which I have for review! I'll be telling you about it shortly!
    Enjoy this one, though, too! Merry Christmas!


    ebook: 99cents

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    #HOHOHORAT Wrap-Up Post! This was the BEST Read-A-Thon I EVER participated in! + BLOG MENTIONS!

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    Wrap-Up Post!
    Yesterday I tried SO HARD to get this wrap-up Post typed late last night, but I fell asleep anyway! Don't you hate that! I wore myself out yesterday trying to get things weatherized as best as this 'wimp' here could! LOL! The Polar Vortex is moving in, and our windows are like paper! You can literally see the curtains move when the wind blows! I'll tell you you would never expect those plastic films that cover the windows would make such a difference, but they DO! The curtains don't BUDGE after I install that! It's not hard to install, either, but 'this' body has such a hard time! My neuro-muscle disease ends up trying to kill me! Ugh! I was waiting for the temps to drop to the low 50's in the daytime here so the wood would contract a little, but it never happened! Anyway . . . today it is now 34 degrees out, so thank GOD I got 2 windows covered because that IS an almost 20 degree DROP in temperature! OH!!! Plus, I also weather stripped the front door! I am physically feeling it today! I AM DEAD! Physically, and I almost can't move! LOL! I knew this would happen, but it NEEDED to be done. I knew I would feel like this, but there are only the 2 of us here to do things, so I had no choice in this one!
    This weekend my son (my favorite son, and my ONLY son! LOL! I have a daughter, too, but she hasn't made it this way in MONTHS!!!) and his girlfriend came over!!! WOW!!! I LOVE HER!!!! Even though my son is ONLY 17, I PRAY THESE TWO FALL IN LOVE NOW, IT MAKES A MARK, AND LATER WHEN THEY GET OLDER, THEY CAN MARRY!!! You know, first love!!! It ALWAYS brings you back together, and if the circumstances are just right . . . you know! (GOOSEBUMPS!!!!!)  
    SHE IS THE NICEST, KINDEST, DOWN-TO-EARTH, 'HAPPY' YOUNG LADY! "HAPPY" is the key word here because where he is living at this moment does NOT make him happy. :( That is another LONG story I don't want to bore you with, so along we move! Can you tell I'm divorced? Yep! LOL! 
    So I'm not a procrastinator, just the weather didn't cooperate with me, and NO ONE would give up time to see their kids!!! NEVER!!!!!
    And . . . 
    The weather yesterday: LOW 60's! Unheard of for Michigan!
    The weather right NOW: 34 degrees! COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
    I was 'just on time'! It's still cold in here, but it's WAY better than what it could have been! We live in a manufactured home, which is GREAT! We only rent it, so it's in a park, and with that being said, at ONE TIME it was BEAUTIFUL!!! However, when the Recession/2nd Depression hit, they took in EVERY human 'body' known to man here, living OR dead, so you can imagine what this is like NOW! It's AWFUL! They don't care about the homes, and the PEOPLE! OMG!!! Between the music, the LOUD cars, the nutcases I''m NOT kidding here!!! I could NOT sit outside ONCE this ENTIRE SUMMER (there is only one place to sit outside if you want shade) because there is a NUTJOB living next door to me!! If he sees you outside, he SITS IN HIS WINDOW AND STARES AT YOU!!!! WEIRDO!!!! CREEPY!!!! YES!!! WE WANT TO MOVE!!!! However, the timing is off. We need to get ahead more so than what we are now to feel financially 'safe' before making such a HUGE move! The time will come! Patience!

    This Challenge has been one of the BEST (and most fun!) Challenges I have EVER participated in! HUGE thanks go to our Sponsors! We have Caffeinated Book Reviewer AND Book Shelfery!

    These were our Rule/Guidelines as to what was we were required to do:

    Mandatory requirements:
    • Link up and post Goal/update post
    • Read or listen to at least one holiday or winter themed book/audio
    • Participate in at least one challenge
    Earn Extra Entries:
    • Participate in challenges
    • Follow hosts
    • Attend twitter party Sunday November 9, 2014 at 4pm (EST)
    • Read a second book

    I did the Mandatory Requirements AND the Extra Entries, or at least I gave it my ALL!
    So, this is what I got done! I got one Novella read and 1 book of about 300 pages. I have around 100 left to go. I didn't do much reading it seems, but what I DID do were the Challenges!!!! So while I was at the Challenge Stops, I found and made some GREAT NEW BLOGS AND FRIENDS!
    The Twitter party was WONDERFUL FUN! That was my FIRST Twitter party!!! LOVED it!! If you get the chance to do one - you MUST!
    Guess what? I WON A $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD AT THE TWITTER PARTY!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!! ANOTHER BOOK COMING MY WAY!!!!
    Thank YOU to the person who sponsored that and gave it to me. You REALLY made my day!!! 

    This is what I read:

    Home for Christmas by Lia Fairchild - AND . . . 



    Christmas in July by Debbie Mason

    This is the 2nd book that I still have about 100 pages left to read. I didn't realize this was a 400 page book when I first started reading it! LOL!

    The Challenges:
    Wow! They were GREAT! Let me tell you about them!
    One blog had us UNSCRAMBLE THE NAMES OF CHRISTMAS BOOKS!  (That was a HARD ONE! WHEW! "SHE" MADE US WORK, AND WORK HARD!)
    Another blog had us look at photos and gave us dashes so we could solve it! UGH! I got really hung up on a few there! For instance, I KNOW this HAD to be an Edgar Allan Poe books (?) but Christmas??? I think I got hung up on the photo of the raven! It was a photo of a man with an ax over his head as if he was ready to kill a bird below him on a tree stump - you know how they do that! The 2nd picture was a black raven! UGH! I could NOT solve that one!!! It had a LOT of dashes for name of the book, too. I'm still stumped!
    Another blog did a Mad Libs puzzle! It was funny! It was called something like "Let's Build a Snowman"! We filled out this long list of what it asked for! Then we read our story! I don't know if it was saved on their blog because I couldn't figure out how to get BACK to their blog from the Mad Libs site! Oh well, it was FUN!
    Another blog had us make 3 puzzles!!! THAT TOOK TIME!!!!!!! I fell asleep while trying to solve them, but that was MY fault! I should have gotten up and moved around! Still, it was FUN solving them!! Another blog took mercy on us! Thank GOSH! She just wanted to know what we were going to read - I LOVED HER!!!! Thank you SOOOO much if you are reading this!!! That was GREAT because frankly, we NEEDED the break!!
    And there were a few other blogs with Challenges that were EXCELLENT! I just want to thank ALL of them! 

    Here are ALL the blogs that had ULTIMATE Challenges for the Read-A-Thon! This is copied and pasted from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer because her list was the easiest to read 'for me'! 
    So a HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THESE BLOGS LISTED 'HERE' JUST BELOW FOR EVERY SINGLE CHALLENGE AND FOR HAVING THE ROCKING BLOGS YOU DO!! (I have included the LINKS to ALL of your blogs, the first two who sponsored the Read-A-Thon and the rest are ALL the blogs who posted Challenges on their blogs! No links to the CHALLENGES since they are over and ONLY for the participants of the Read-A-Thon itself.) 

    EVERYONE, PLEASE! GO VISIT THEIR BLOGS AND CHECK THEM OUT! WHY? BECAUSE THEY ROCK! Let them know that Laurie from Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE (or sometimes just Laurie Here!) sent you over!
                 
                 Kim @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer - Host
                 Jennifer @ Book Shelfery - Host