Sunday, February 23, 2014

I Am Moving!

It's Moving time!  I have been using Blogger since 2007 and it's time for a change.  I bought a domain and just moved to Wordpress.  I want to thank all of my loyal followers.  I hope you will all subscribe to my new site as well.  

All of my posts have moved with me, including all current giveaways!

To kick things off there, this weekend I will be announcing giveaway winners in a Giveaway Winners Galore Post and on Monday, February 25th, there will be a brand new giveaway!

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See you there!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Giveaway: The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

Thanks to Courtney Landi of  Berkley/NAL, Penguin Group USA, I am giving away one print copy of The Fever Tree.

Book Description:

There is nothing more exciting than a new writer with a genuine voice. I loved it.” —Julian Fellowes, creator ofDownton Abbey

Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men—one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of an epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does Frances see her road to happiness.
 
But before she can follow that path, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, between her desire for the man who captured her heart and her duty to the man who saved her from near ruin, a decision that will have devastating consequences.


About Jennifer McVeigh:

Jennifer McVeigh, who has herself traveled to remote areas of Southern and East Africa, also drew on firsthand accounts of life in colonial South Africa, as well as nineteenth century guidebooks and women’s magazines, in order to infuse Frances Irvine’s experiences with arresting verisimilitude.  You can find her on the web at www.jennifermcveigh.com.  

This giveaway is open to resident of the U.S. only and ends on March 7, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Giveaway: Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala

Thanks to Abbie Digel of Sourcebooks, I am giving away one print copy of Curl Up and Dye.

Book Description:

A brand new Southern women's fiction from 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala who has 1.5 million books sold.


Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was the epitome of success. After losing her fiancé in the war in Iraq, her zest for life went into decline while added weight crept on. When a new guy arrives in town, LilyAnn embarks on a quest to remake herself from start to finish only to discover that love was always just right next-door.


About Sharon Sala:

Beloved by her brethren of fans, Sharon Sala, who also writes under the name Dinah McCall, has 99 books in print, is published in four genres: romance, young adult, western, and women’s fiction, and has sold more than 1.5 million books. Her books have appeared on USA Today, New York Times, andPublishers Weekly bestseller lists 47 times, and have been published in many different languages. Sala was the 2011 recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Follow Sharon on Facebook or visit her online at sharonsala.net.

This giveaway is open to Canada and the U.S. and ends on March 6, 2014.  Please use Raffllecopter to enter.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Tour and Giveaway: Norah by Cynthia Neale

Publication Date: February 1, 2014
Fireship Press
Pagecount: 296p (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61179 282-9 Paperback
ISBN 978-1-61179 281-2   EBOOK
Norah is an evocative, compelling story of survival, intrigue, and love.
"This story is filled with so much intrigue, mystery, and beauty, that
you'll cling to every word while watching Norah grow into a strong,
courageous, and brilliant woman, who ends up truly proud of her Irish
blood." ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"In her exciting historical novel, Norah, Cynthia G. Neale shows us
19th-century New York through the eyes of an Irish-American woman and thus
gives us new insights into this tumultuous time. We see Norah McCabe
making her way against all odds. A memorable journey!" ~ Mary Pat Kelly,
author of the best-selling novel Galway Bay

You don't have to be Irish to appreciate Norah McCabe. Hers is an an
American story of self-creation through sheer grit and imagination. This
historical novel paints an authentic and compelling picture of what it
means to be young, poor, and female longing for a better life in 1850s New
York City...You'll root for Norah as {she} embarks on a dramatic journey to
achieve a hard-won identity as a self-sufficient Irish-American woman in a
turbulent time." ~ Nancy Kelley, author of This Whispering Rod

Norah is a story of a young immigrant woman battling hardship, poverty and prejudice in New York in the 1850's. It has obviously been lovingly researched. The portraits of Norah McCabe and her family are beautifully drawn and although at times the language is breathtakingly lyrical, this novel tells it like it was, grit and all. All the hard facts of life for an Irish immigrant are between these pages; poor housing, the bordellos, street fights, and the cut and thrust of the gang underworld. It is certainly not the usual run-of-the-mill historical and I can highly recommend it as a slice of real life for anyone with an interest in this period of New York history, particularly those with family or connections to Ireland. ~ Deborah Swift, Author of The Lady's Slipper and The Gilded Lily Cover Work.
About Cynthia Neale:
Cynthia Neale is an American with Irish ancestry and a native of the Finger Lakes region in New York. She now resides in Hampstead, New Hampshire. She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Potato Famine or “The Great Hunger.”  She is a graduate of Vermont College in Montpelier, VT, with a B.A. degree in Literature and Creative Writing. Norah is her first historical novel for adult readers. She is also the author of two young adult novels, The Irish Dresser, A Story of Hope during The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850) and Hope in New York City, The Continuing Story of The Irish Dresser. Her forthcoming book, Pavlova in a Hat Box, is a collection of essays and dessert recipes. She is currently researching and writing a sequel to Norah, as well as a novel about Queen Catharine, a Native American of New York whose village was destroyed by General John Sullivan in 1779.

This giveaway is for the choice of print or ebook and is open internationally.  This giveaway ends on March 5, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Follow the Tour:

Friday, January 24
Review at Broken Teepee
Feature & Giveaway at Bibliophilic Blog
Monday, January 27
Guest Post: "Advice to Aspiring Authors and Finding Joy in Everyday Life"Karen Randau
Tuesday, January 28
Review at Daisy Row Diaries
Saturday, February 1
Review at HF Book Muse News
Monday, February 3
Review at A Bookish Affair
Giveaway begins at English Historical Fiction Authors
Wednesday, February 5
Review at Reflections of a Reader
Thursday, February 6
Review at Me, Bookshelf and I
Friday, February 7
Review at She Reads Novels
Monday, February 10
Review at The Bookworm
Tuesday, February 11
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Interview with Cynthia Neale February 14
Wednesday, February 12
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Thursday, February 13
Review at Kim Renfield
Monday, February 17
Review at Mary Donnarumma Sharnick



Sunday, February 16, 2014

February Reviews for: The 2014 ARC Reading Challenge

In January, we collectively read and reviewed 26 ARC's for a total of 26 ARC's, so far in 2014!  
Here are the standings so far:
Level Bronze (up to 12 Arcs):
Freda 4
Joy 0
LuAnn 0
Nicola 10
Teddy 5
Yvonne 7

Working on Silver:

Silver (24 ARCS):

Working on Gold:

Gold ( 35 ARCS):

Working on Platinum:

Platinum (40 ARCS):

You can join this challenge at any time.  If you don't see yourself in the standings above, it is because you didn't leave a comment telling me how many books you read so far. You need to do this at the end of each month.

Please post the books you read in January for the challenge in Mr. Linky, below:
If you forgot to post book in any previous months, please post them in Mr. Link below as well.

Please enter your name and the name of the book in this format: Name: (Your Name, Book Title and Author's Name) for example: (Teddy, Obsessive Reading by Helen Reader).
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Collision Course by Chuck Gleason

Today it is my extreme pleasure to kick off the Collision Course tour!


Book Description:


Publisher: Black Rose Writing (Oct. 24, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1612962085
Category: Romance, Love Story
Tour Dates: February, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook252 pages
Collision Course is a warm loving story about two college kids, Lincoln Comstock and Keli Holloway, who get off on a rocky road to romance.  In their creative writing course, Lincoln trashes Keli’s first offering before the entire class, just to get her attention.  Keli is very sensitive about her creative efforts.  As a consequence, Lincoln has started his romance by shooting himself in the foot.
Lincoln’s persistence pays off eventually as Keli agrees to be friends, just not romantic friends. In their junior year, the friendship endures the student body presidential election in which Keli and Lincoln are actually pitted against each other.  After the election Keli finally agrees to go to the Christmas formal as Lincoln’s date.
Just as the friendship is turning into love, obstacles get in the way. Can their love withstand a  last collision?
Filled with excitement and love, Collision Course is a happy story that will leave readers smiling.
My Thoughts:
I wan't exactly sure if this was going to be a book for me.  I haven't read a contemporary romance in years.  However, something told me that I should read this one.  Keli and Lincoln meet the first day of class in college.  He is smitten with her at first glance.  He wants to get her attention but he went about in the wrong way and it backfired.  Sure, he got her attention but it left a very bad impression.
Lincoln apologizes and they soon become friends.  It takes a long time until Keli finally agrees to go on a date with him.  However, during their four years of college they have many collisions and it starts to look like it may not work out.  
After college they go their separate ways and pursue their careers in literature.  I love how Gleason writes about her struggle to get her book published and all the rejections she gets. 
Since I don't want to risk spoilers, I can't tell you any more so you will have to read it for yourself.  I loved Chuck Gleason's writing style and character development.  I really felt like I was in the middle of the story, experiencing it.  There were a couple little things that seemed a bit dated to me but Gleason is an 85 year old man, I think that was to be expected and so minor.  More endearing.  I really loved Collision Course and highly recommend it!
5/5
I received this book for my honest opinion.
About Chuck Gleason:

Have we discovered a literary Grandpa Moses?
Author Chuck Gleason is eighty four years young and writing love stories at a prodigious rate.  He started dating Janet in 1945 when they were just fifteen.  They married in 1950 and are still in love sixty three years later!
Chuck achieved business success selling life insurance. With Janet’s help, they developed a two market selling life style.  They lived on a Michigan lake in the summer and a Florida island in the winter. Their commute to work was only two seconds. They enjoyed this enviable life style for over twenty five years!
Chuck’s speech, Are You Running Your Business or is Your Business Running You? has been delivered in twenty seven states and seven foreign countries.
They have two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
If you marry your best friend you’ll have a wonderful life.”
Buy Collision Course:
Thanks to Chuck Gleason, I am giving away one copy of Collision Course.  The winner will receive a print copy if residing in the U.S., an international winner will receive the ebook.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen

Today is my stop for the Under the Jeweled Sky tour.


Book Description:

London 1957. In a bid to erase her past and build the family she yearns for, Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from ambitious British diplomat, Lucien Grainger. When he is posted to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex-pat high society, old wounds begin to break open as she is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love and its devastating consequences. 

The suffocating conformity of diplomatic life soon closes in on her. This is not the India she fell in love with ten years before when her father was a maharaja’s physician, the India of tigers and scorpions and palaces afloat on shimmering lakes; the India that ripped out her heart as Partition tore the country in two, separating her from her one true love. The past haunts her still, the guilt of her actions, the destruction it wreaked upon her fragile parents, and the boy with the tourmaline eyes. 

Sophie had never meant to come back, yet the moment she stepped onto India’s burning soil as a newlywed wife, she realised her return was inevitable. And so begins the unravelling of an ill-fated marriage, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that will bring her face to face with a past she tried so desperately to forget, and a future she must fight for. 

A story of love, loss of innocence, and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.


My Thoughts:

Under the Jeweled Sky opens in a terrible time in history for India, just before the Partition. Sophie is a teenager and her father moves her and her mother to India to work as a doctor at a palace.  Sophie doesn't have a lot to do there but she enjoys wondering around the palace looking at all it has to offer.  She is not really allowed into some of the places she goes and when she meets a teen Indian boy, Jag, he shows her all kinds of secret passages.

Sophie and Jag become fast friends but when his father and her parents find out about it, they are forbidden to see each other.  Rumours start among the Indian workers about their relationship and Jag's father insist that he and Jag leave, despite how close his father is to retirement and a pension.

They leave, right at the start of the Partition and end up making their way to a refuge camp.  They struggle from day to day, just to get their basic neccesities met and soon Jag's father gets sick.

Fast forward almost ten years later and Sophie has been living back in London, working in the government typing pool.  She meets Lucien and he talks her into marrying him.  They are then posted to New Delhi, India.  They get wrapped up in the ex-pat high society and things start to happen.

I can't tell you more without the risk of spoilers so you will have to read this book yourself.  The first part of the book is my favorite.    I like how the characters of teenage Sophie and Jag develop and interact.  After that the story flashes back and forth from present day to the past.  Perhaps just a little too much for my taste but this is really just a small complaint.  I still highly recommend Under the Jeweled Sky to historical fiction lovers!

4/5

I received the ebook version of this book for my honest review.

About Alison McQuuen:



Born to an Indian mother and an English jazz musician father, Alison McQueen grew up in London. After a convent education, Alison worked in advertising for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

In 2006 she was selected from an impressive long list to join The Writer’s Circle, a group of 8 top writers to be groomed by the UK film industry as the new generation of British screenwriters. She has written seven novels, including Under the Jeweled Sky and The Secret Children, which was inspired by her life.  

Thanks to Liz Kelsch of Sourcebooks, I am giving away one print copy of Under the Jeweled Sky.  This giveaway is open to the U.S. only and ends on February 27, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Book Tour & International Giveaway: Between the Cracks by Carmela Cattuti

Thanks to Amy Bruno of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, I am giving away one print copy of Between the Cracks.

Book Description:

Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Three Towers Press/HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Paperback; 324p
ISBN-10: 1595982396

Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mr. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America. Join Angela Lanza as she traverses the tumultuous landscape of Sicily and New York.

About Carmela Cattuti:



Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt's story. “Between the Cracks” has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. This is the first installment. To connect with Carmela email her cattutic@gmail.com or leave a comment at betweenthecracksnovel.blogspot.com.

For more information please visit Carmela's website.


This giveaway is open internationally and ends on February 25, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Giveaway: The Roses Underneath by C.F. Yetmen

Thanks to literary publicist, Stephanie Barko, I am giving away one print copy and one ebook of The Roses Underneath.

Book Description:

This historical novel picks up where George Clooney’s new movie Monuments Men (2014) leaves off.

It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year old daughter Amalia. 

Her job typing forms at the Collecting Point for the US Army’s Monuments Men is the only thing keeping her afloat. Charged with securing Nazi-looted art and rebuilding Germany’s monuments, the Americans are on the hunt for stolen treasures. But after the horrors of the war, Anna wants only to hide from the truth and rebuild a life with her family. 

When the easy-going American Captain Henry Cooper recruits her as his reluctant translator, the two of them stumble on a mysterious stash of art in a villa outside of town. Cooper’s penchant for breaking the rules capsizes Anna’s tenuous security and propels her into a search for elusive truth and justice in a world where everyone is hiding something. 

In her debut novel C.F. Yetmen tells a story of loss and reconciliation in a shattered world coming to terms with war and its aftermath.


About C.F. Yetmen:



An early job in Germany as Editorial Assistant for Prestel Books taught C.F. Yetmen how to layout a Kandinksy and write about architecture. In addition to writing for architects across America, C.F. Yetmen is co-author of The Owner’s Dilemma: Driving Success and Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry (2010). The Roses Underneath is her first novel. Visit C.F. at http://www.cfyetmen.com.

This giveaway is open to the U.S. for the print copy and international for the ebook and ends on February 21, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Hidden In Plain Sight by Jane Allen Petrick

Today it is my immense pleasure to kick of the Hidden In Plain Sight tour! Wow, this book blew me away!

Book Description:


Publisher: Informed Decisions Publishing, October 8, 2013
Category: Nonfiction – multicultural; cultural/social issues; biography & memoirs; art criticism
Tour Dates: February, 2014
Available in: ebook143 pages
Norman Rockwell’s America was not all white. As early as 1936, Rockwell was portraying people of color with empathy and a dignity often denied them at the time. And he created these portraits from live models.
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America unfolds, for the first time, the stories of the Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for Norman Rockwell. These people of color, though often hidden in plain sight, are present throughout Rockwell’s more than 4000 illustrations. People like the John Lane family, Navajos poignantly depicted in the virtually unknown Norman Rockwell painting, “Glen Canyon Dam.” People like Isaac Crawford, a ten year old African-American Boy Scout who helped Norman Rockwell finally integrate the Boy Scout calendar.
In this engrossing and often humorous narrative, Jane Allen Petrick explores what motivated Norman Rockwell to slip people of color “into the picture” in the first place. And in so doing, she persuasively documents the famous illustrator’s deep commitment to and pointed portrayals of ethnic tolerance, portrayals that up to now have been, as Norman Rockwell biographer Laura Claridge so clearly put it, “bizarrely neglected”.
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America is an eye opener for everyone who loves Norman Rockwell, everyone who hates Norman Rockwell and for all those people in between who never thought much about Norman Rockwell because they believed Norman Rockwell never thought much about them. This book will expand the way you think about Norman Rockwell. And it will deepen the way you think about Norman Rockwell’s America.
My Thoughts:
When Jane Allen Petrick asked me if I wanted to read her book, Hidden In Plain Sight, I knew I had to, after reading the description.  You see, I always thought that the great American artist, Norman Rockwell was raciest.  I never read anything about him, so my perception came purely from the paintings of his that I saw.  The people were always white in them.  
It turns out, that I want in the minority with that perception however, in Hidden In Plain Sight, Jane Allen Petrick sets us straight. There are actually quite a few paintings where he address social and civil rights issues.  Petrick even writes about the real life African American, Chinese American, and Native American models he used in his paintings.  She has had the privilege of meeting some of the models and they shared their stories of meeting and modelling for Norman Rockwell.
So why haven't many of see this other side of Rockwell?  Those of you my age and older, may remember some on the Saturday Evening Post magazine's, Norman Rockwell covers.  He was under contract to create all those covers for them.  They would only allow paintings of wholesome looking white people.
This book is such a gem.  I felt like I got to know some of the models along with Petrick.  It read more like a memoir than a biography, one that I couldn't put down.  I read it in one sitting and was up until the wee hours of the morning.  I found it absolutely fascinating.  This a book I think all Americans should read.  I just hope that Jane allen Petrick writes a follow up.  I cannot recommend it highly enough!
5/5
I received an ebook copy for my honest opinion.
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About Jane Allen Petrick:

Jane Allen Petrick is the author of several books on topics ranging from biography to workplace issues. She was a bi-weekly columnist for the Knight Ridder Newswire, and her articles have appeared in numerous publications including theNew York Times, the Denver Post and theWashington Post.  Kirkus Review describes her book, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America as “smart, nuanced” and written with “clarity and insight.”
Born and raised in Connecticut, Jane earned a BA in economics from Barnard College and received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Saybrook University. Retired as a vice-president of ATT Wireless, she is now an adjunct professor at Capella and American Sentinel Universities, and has provided consultation in organizational behavior and diversity competence to numerous corporate clients including IBM, Nextel and Xerox.
Jane Allen Petrick was chosen as one of the “100 Best and Brightest Business Women in America” by Ebony Magazine.
Long a passionate supporter of cultural and historic preservation, Jane has contributed to local preservation efforts in both Florida and New York State. A licensed tour director, Jane conducts cultural heritage tours on the East Coast, from the Everglades to the Maritimes.
Jane and her husband, Kalle, divide their time between New York’s Hudson Valley and Miami, Florida.
Buy Hidden in Plain Sight:
Thanks to Jane Allen Petick, we are giving away ebooks editions of Hidden In Plain Sight.  This giveaway is open internationally and ends on March 1, 2014.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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Follow the Tour:

So Many Precious Books Feb 6 Review & Excerpt
Serendipity Feb 7 Review
Most Happy Reader Feb 13 Review
Book Lover’s Journal Feb 14 Review
Every Free Chance Feb 17 Review
Every Free Chance Feb 18 Interview
Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar Feb 18 Review
I’d Rather Be At the Beach Feb 20 Review
From L.A. to LA Feb 21 Review
Deal Sharing Aunt Feb 24 Interview
From Isi Feb  25 Review
My Devotional Thoughts Feb 26 Review
My Devotional Thoughts Feb 28 Interview
Mina’s Bookshelf Feb 28 Review
Indies Reviews Behind the Scenes Feb 28 Live Blog Talk Radio Excerpt 8 pm cst


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