Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Blast GIVEAWAY! "Rising Sun, Falling Star" by Vickie Hall - A $50 Amazon GC OR PayPal CASH!

Rising Sun
Rising Sun, Falling Star
by Vickie Hall

Different eyes and skin
Mock me from the mirror’s light
Enemy am I.

Dec 7, 1941
Today my life changed forever . . . I am no longer considered American, but by shear heritage I am now the hated enemy . . .
The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an assembly center “for their own protection.”
Forced to live in deplorable circumstances, every aspect of their lives regulated and controlled, the Onishi’s freedoms are stripped from their grasp as they struggle to survive behind barbed wire. It isn’t long before the mind-numbing confinement and feelings of helplessness begin to pit the family against one another.
When sent to a relocation camp in the center of the Utah desert, they’re beset by ever increasing emotional and physical challenges, and Aiko is faced with her greatest yet: to mend the broken spirits of her family, or risk losing them forever.
Based on true and tragic events that transpired during World War II, Rising Sun, Falling Star is a heart-rending story of one family’s struggle to survive uncalculated loss and emotional destruction.

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Author Vickie Hall

Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she’s not writing, she’s composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The NYT Top 15 Best Sellers for the week ending June 30th, 2013 PLUS a New Adult GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to another week of the Top 15 Best Sellers!
Before we get to the books, I MUST tell you all about something HUGE in the New Adult category!

First, I want to share with you a super FUN #NACrushTourney! That is New Adult Crush Tourney! A race to the end for your FAVORITE male character out of ALL the New Adult books!
At the bottom of this Post, you will find a Rafflecopter form to fill out to WIN ALL KINDS OF GREAT BOOKS from +Cora Carmack ! Just scroll down AFTER ALL THE BOOKS! Good luck!
What is New Adult? 18-30 years old, and ALL THE FIRSTS IN LIFE! It's a SUPER FUN genre to read, and OH, SO HOT! We meet some men who are so swoon worthy, and #Garrick is one of them! Garrick happens to be British, so we have a hashtag for him called #BringontheBrit! So if you see these on Twitter, that is what these are! 
Garrick will be up against Kayden from The Coincidence of Callies and Kayden, and WE WANT GARRICK TO WIN!!!
"THURSDAY", JULY 4th, 2013, ALL day, from midnight until 11:59pm, you can VOTE for your FAVORITE character/book boyfriend out of 2. This is the FIRST round of voting to come up with the BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND there is in this genre!
Yes! July 4th, picnics, FIREWORKS!!! YOU WILL SEE FIREWORKS IN THIS BOOK FROM GARRICK, OH, MY! And yes, Garrick is MY Book Boyfriend! A what? YES! We all talk about what characters are SO HOT, and Garrick MAKES THE GRADE! Garrick is from the book "Losing It" by +Cora Carmack
I am on #TeamGarrick, and I am helping to push the VOTE FOR GARRICK! 
Have some Questions? Sure!
WHERE WILL I VOTE AT?  I believe it will be at New Adult Alley (and go ahead, you can click on that name as it's a LINK! It will take you to that blog on Thursday so you can vote!
Also - in case I am wrong for the location to vote - watch my Facebook page! To get to my Facebook page, CLICK HERE! I will continue to keep updating EVERYTHING about #TeamGarrick so YOU can VOTE FOR HIM!
Plus, want to know something FUN? Look up the Hashtag #TeamGarrick. Every day we have some type of challenge question to answer. Saturday's was:
Hot British Sayings - What do British guys say that make your stomach all floppy? (Like...just picture Garrick whispering, "Hello, love" in your ear and tell me you don't melt...) which leads to... 
You will be able to find my phrase(s) of what I wrote! Everyday it is different! LOTS of fun!
Okay - on to the books!

Please, leave comments!! Tell me what YOU are reading!!! When YOU post a book YOU are reading, it's a RECOMMENDATION! The MORE recommendations we get for books, the MORE books we get for other people to enjoy! Thank you! 


ALL links go to the PRINT BOOK. For the KINDLE edition, please click on the box. It's a very nice set-up now, the way Amazon has redesigned the books' pages! I think you'll LOVE it!

1. Inferno by Dan Brown
Print Book: $15.99
Ebook:      $12.99


2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Print Book: $14.99
Ebook:       $  7.99


3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Print Book: $14.99
Ebook:        $11.99


4. The Heist: A Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Print Book: $15.69
Ebook:        $12.99


5. Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day
Print Book: $6.00
Ebook:        $6.49


6. World War Z (Mass Market Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Print Book: $7.49
Ebook:       $9.99


7. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
Print Book: $14.69
Ebook:       $12.99


8. Surrender Your Love by J C Reed Indie Author who has self-published! Congratz@
Print Book: $8.90
Ebook:       $  .99


9. Conquer Your Love  by J C Reed Indie Author who has self-published! Congrats!
Print Book: $8.32
Ebook:       $2.99


10. Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines - Indie Author who has self-published! Congrats!
Print Book: $9.84
Ebook:       $3.99

11. The Hit by David Baldacci
Print Book: $15.81
Ebook:       $ 7.41


12. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R R Martin
Print Book: $11.04
Ebook:       $ 9.99


13. The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
Print Book: $17.28
Ebook:       $12.99


14. Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King
Print Book: $6.49
NO EBOOK!!! Scroll down and in the lower right column, please tell the Publisher you would like to read this book on Kindle! It helps!

15. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Print Book: $14.99
Ebook:       $12.99


There we have our books for this week! If you would like to see 10 more books, up to number twenty-five, please CLICK HERE!

Now, want to enter the GIVEAWAY FOR +Cora Carmack 's books? Here you go! DON'T FORGET TO VOTE at NAAlley, OR watch my Facebook Page!!! THIS THURSDAY, JULY 4th! SOOOO EXCITING!!!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The NYT Top 15 Best Sellers for the week ending June 23rd, 2013

Welcome! How is everyone this week? I'm doing well, thank you!
This post is published by NOON every Sunday, and up sometimes earlier!
We had internet issues last night when I was typing it, or else it would have been posted earlier. Sorry about that, but it was out of my control.

I have '2' Giveaway Blog Hops going on NOW, with ALL the other blogs that are participating in the Hops listed, too!
The Literary Blog Hop is NOW until 6-26 and
The Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop NOW until 6-30! Both offer GREAT books you can enter to win!
To enter BOTH - CLICK HERE!  They are listed one after the other, just scroll on down!
PRIZES for both of these Hops are eBOOKS!!!
Amazon now has an APP for Android devices! To download that APP - CLICK HERE!
ENTIRE Store for APPS for your Android device, too, so CLICK HERE!
Have FUN!

**UPCOMING NEWS to mark your calendars for!**
Kindle FIRE Giveaway COMING SOON! I'll let you know when that starts, PLUS watch my Facebook page or Bloglovin' for the Official Announcement! You will have the opportunity to win a Kindle FIRE! This is the Blogger Giveaway, where us Bloggers have gotten together and donated money to purchase a Kindle Fire for ONE OF YOU LUCKY PEOPLE TO WIN! Woo-hoo!!! Exciting!! I hope it's one of YOU, my regular readers!
The Freedom Giveaway Hop! Starts July 2nd to July 8th, and then the
Book'em Danno Giveaway Hop starting July 12th to the 26th!
So LOTS of FUN things coming your way this wonderful summer!
Hope you're enjoying your summer so far!
Now let's get to the books!


1. Inferno by Dan Brown 
Print Book: $16.19
Ebook:       $12.99

2. Entwined with You (A CROSSFIRE NOVEL) by Sylvia Day 
Print Book: $9.99
Ebook:       $9.99


3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Print Book: $15.19
Ebook:       $12.99


4. Forever Too Far by +Abbi Glines - Pub lished AND Independent Author who has Self-Published this book on her own! Congrats!
Print Book: $11.17
Ebook:      $  3.99


5. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
Print Book: $14.99
Ebook:       $12.99


6. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R R Martin
Print Book: $11.26
Ebook:       $  9.99


7. Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King
Print Book: $6.79
NO EBOOK!!! OMGosh!!! NO ebook available!!!


8. The Silver Star: A Novel by Jeanette Walls
Print Book: $15.76
Ebook:       $11.76


9. World War Z (Mass Market Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Print Book: $6.87
Ebook:       $9.99


10. Conquer Your Love by J C Reed Published and Independent Author who Self-Published! Congrats!
Print Book: $8.46
Ebook:       $2.99


11. The King's Deception: A Novel (Cotton Malone)  by Steve Berry - I LOVE this cover!
Print Book: $15.99
Ebook:       $12.99


12. The Hit by David Baldacci
Print Book: $15.81
Ebook:       $  8.99


13. The Last Original Wife: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank
Print Book: $15.99
Ebook:       $12.80


14. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
Print Book: $15.35
Ebook:       $10.99


15. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Print Book: $14.99
Ebook:       $12.99


There are our TOP 15 books for this past week! Some GREAT books! If you would like to see the rest of the books, at least up to #25 (there may be more after #25, but 'this list' is only showing up to #25), then CLICK HERE!
This week two previously published authors who started out as Independent Authors then went and self published, ended up getting published by a publisher, and they are now back again as an Independent Authors self publishing again! They have hit this list again this week! Congratulations to them!!!
I LOVE to see ANY and ALL authors who decide to publish self publish. They have so much more control over everything, from how and what they write, to their target release month, even the cover of their books. Don't let me fool you, though. All of these processes are hard and difficult, and there are many I left out, but in the end it really pays off for them.
Even published authors who never went Independently seem to be going this route now. They, as well, like this new freedom!
It's AMAZING how the doors to publishing have opened to everyone, even you and I! As the future comes along, we we will see a lot more Independent Authors taking over the publishing industry, and maybe it will be you or I!
All thanks to Amazon/Create Space, for making it possible for ANYONE to publish a book!
Have a GREAT week!

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Literary Blog Hop! Sat June 22nd at midnight until Wednesday, June 26th, 2013!

          Thanks to our Sponsor, Judith, at

This Literary Blog Hop starts on NOW!!! - June 22nd and runs to 11:59pm till midnight on Wednesday, June 26th! You can start entering at the above time - Or sooner if you see the forms up!
I'm excited for this one because there are always some GREAT reads you can add to your TBR pile IF you don't win them! I add them as I go through the Hop, and if I win one, it's a BONUS!

My giveaway is: INTERNATIONAL! As long as your country allows ebooks to be given!

To see what I'm giving away - CLICK HERE!

There will be "2" Hops going on at the SAME TIME! 
After entering this one, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN on the Giveaway Page to see ALL the other blogs that are participating in this Hop!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's a HOP! The Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop! NOW until June 30th, 2013!

                   Thanks to I Am A Reader for sponsoring this Hop!

WELCOME to the Midsummer's Ever Giveaway Hop!
Now thru June 30th, 2013!

INTERNATIONAL! (Or to all countries who allow ebooks)

If you would like to enter, CLICK HERE!

Between the Covers! The HOTTEST New Adult book from today's HOT authors - REVIEW

My Take:
5 Stars!
Between the Covers of . . .  "BOOKS", that is! What else would be between the covers mean? LOL! With the cover of this book the way it is, it does make you wonder, which I will address my disappoint in later. So why such a high rating? Because of the ability to be able to sample/read chapters of not just one, but TEN BOOKS! To have all these books in one place and get to read one chapter and most of the time up to three chapters of these books is amazing! Where else, or how else could you sample ALL of these books like this other than this book? Even when Amazon gives us a look inside a book it's never up to three chapters! We are lucky to get an entire chapter!
This book was brought about by the efforts of the publisher(s) to bring ALL of these authors' first couple or three chapters of their current books and some that will be coming out later this year into one big volume for us to enjoy by many of the big authors writing the New Adult genre out there! (This genre is meant for the ages of 18+. There are situations some of the characters get into that warrant this notation.)
We get A LOT more than what we ever could get, or are used to being able to sample. More than enough from every book and author was given to us to MORE than just pique our interest! I actually felt invested in some of the stories. Now there are some I 'need' to buy to finish reading! I LOVE this idea of this book! Thank you, publisher(s)!
When a book like this comes around, and it's not all that often, I highly suggest picking it up to read so you can get a good sampling of all the different authors' writing styles to see who you like, and you never know what book is going to grab hold of you. If you find a good match for you, then you've found GOLD! There's nothing better than that feeling!
While reading this book, it also gives us the ability to be able to download/purchase ANY of these books 'directly from this book' onto whatever e-reading device we use directly from Amazon. Prices all vary for these ebooks. These are also available in paperback most of the time as well. A few of the books are "Upcoming Releases" due out in October or November, 2013, but you CAN PRE-ORDER THESE NOW, too! I happen to do a LOT of pre-ordering and LOVE having the books automatically downloaded onto my Kindle! Yes, I am well aware of the dates they will be delivered, too! I look forward to it!
I have all the books that are included in this one listed below with it's title being a direct link to Amazon. Just click on the name of the book, and you're going to Amazon to check out the book!
The writing was very entertaining because all of the stories are so different. We even have vampires in this book, as you can see by one of the titles. In this book, it did not give us the complete title, just the beginning, so I was surprised to learn it was about Vampires! That, we were left out in the dark on. Some writing is better than others, but of course, my favorite author out of all of these authors is +Cora Carmack !
Here are the books:

1.  Wait for You by J Lynn - 3 Chapters - Available NOW!
2.  Losing It by Cora Carmack - 3 Chapters - Available NOW!
3.  Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack - 2 Chapters - Available NOW!
4.  Finding It by Cora Carmack - 1 Chapter - Pre-Order for Release on October 1st, 2013
5.  The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs - 3 Chapters - Available NOW!
6.  Foreplay: The Ivy Chronicles by Sophie Jordan - 3 Chapters - Pre-Order for Release on November 5th, 2013
7.  Taking Chances by Molly McAdams - 3 Chapters - Available NOW!
8.  From Ashes by Molly McAdams - 3 Chapters - Available NOW!
9.  Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams - 2 Chapters - Pre-Order for Release on October 29th, 2013!
10. The Registry by Shannon Stoker - Prologue + 3 Chapters -

I have read +Cora Carmack 's "Losing It", and I am currently reading "Faking It". I did 'not know' she has a third book coming called "Finding It"!!! I was VERY delighted to know she is planning on that book!
You know how some bloggers talk about 'book boyfriends'? Well MY book boyfriend happens to be Garrick from Losing It! I LOVE that character!
I am not going to recap what each book was about, but what I am going to do is tell you what books I would 'not' enjoy.
I enjoyed every book, except two. The Vampire book is just not a genre I like to read, so I cannot say the writing was bad, in fact, I liked the chapters that were provided, but I know I would not like the entire book because it is something I do not like.
The other book I was not impressed with was dystopian, which I really enjoy!  The Registry. No, I'm sorry, but it seemed like a lot of detail was left out, leaving the story choppy. The best part of the book is when her sister tells her to look in the closet, she does, but the character never tells us what she found in the floorboard of that closet. Why not? It was vital to the story, but it was not included in the story line, yet it was talked about. It stated she did look, but it was so sketchy as to what she found, it did not say what was in it. This important part was one of the reasons this character was going to run away, but the author did not tell us what, from that floorboard, really pushed her to make her final decision to run. We know she does not want to get married off, but whatever it was in that closet is what made it vital for that character to do what she was going to do, I think? Without knowing, it's useless. This author missed the mark with this book.
The other thing I did not like about this book is the photo of the cover. There were no scenes that really fit this cover. I believe this cover was to trick you into reading it, thinking it had hot scenes all through it. In fact, the only really steamy part was actually somewhat of a rape scene, had it been allowed to play out, or at least it seemed that way. The girl was being choked as this guy was pushing himself on her. She, and us, the reader, was shocked. Her friend walking into her dorm room which stopped that. So no, the cover of this book does not fit the stories, in my opinion. Actually, I was kind of iffy as to whether or not I wanted this cover on my blog.
This is a book I picked up on my own because I have really been enjoying the New Adult genre. I'm glad I did. This gave me more to read by some authors I have not yet read. So these opinions expressed are completely of my own.
Thanks for reading this review!

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