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Giveaway! The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

You know, I told someone recently that I haven’t done a giveaway in ages and this is my second in 2 weeks! This sounds like a fantastic read and since I can’t fit it into my schedule, I want some of my readers to put it on their TBR list, then come back and tell me all about it. To help you along, I’ve got some free copies straight from the publisher. Now, a little about the book to whet your appetite:

half-brother_3D“When Harvard graduate Charlie Garrett starts teaching at Abbott, an Episcopal boarding school in Massachusetts, the chair of the English department tells the young teacher that his students ‘all still believe in truth.’ LeCraw’s gorgeous sentences dramatize a campus where literature stirs young hearts and minds . . . LeCraw never eases the emotional tension. . . One of the finest school-set novels in recent memory.” 

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“With profound insights and through elegant, understated prose, LeCraw tells an intricate tale of loyalty and betrayal, secrets and truths, taking readers on a dreamlike journey into the heart of passion and the soul of family. In this exotic, emotive, and evocatively delicate novel, LeCraw brings southern gothic to staid New England in a tale reminiscent of books by Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Anne Tyler, and Donna Tartt.

–Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred)


“Fresh out of Harvard, Charlie Garrett becomes an English teacher at the Abbott School in Abbottsford, Massachusetts . . . But Charlie isn’t a typical blue blood . . . Charlie is drawn to chaplain Preston Bankhead, a fellow Southerner, and falls in love with Preston’s daughter, May, nine years his junior. He doesn’t act on his feelings while she’s an Abbott student, but they correspond when she goes to college and begin an ardent affair when she comes home to take care of her father while he’s dying of melanoma . . . a complicated, engrossing study of characters and relationships. 


For more on Holly, check out her website, Holly LeCraw , and follow her on Twitter @HollyLeCraw.

I’ll be giving away one free copy for every five entries, up to a total of 5 copies. US only, please. Just use the form at the bottom and give me your name, email and shipping address. Don’t worry – no one sees the form but me; if you’d rather not leave your address, just say so in the comments, but be ready to reply quickly if you’re a winner! If you share this on Twitter or Facebook, leave me a link for a bonus entry. Entries close at midnight on Friday, February 20th and I will announce the winner(s) Saturday morning. Good luck!

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Read it here! Excerpt from The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlamn

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

necromancers house coverOkay, a special treat today! I’ve got an excerpt for you from Christopher Buehlman’s latest novel, The Necromancer’s House. This one sounds fabulous and today, you get a chance to read the Prologue.

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.

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The Necromancer’s House is available now at Amazon. It’s practically brand new – released October 1st, still has that “new book” smell, I bet. Check out the excerpt, then check out the author’s website for more details!

In a galaxy far, far away…

Monday, July 1st, 2013

…and a few hundred years earlier, Star Wars would have been written in rhyme. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher is a serious but hilarious reworking of the classic sci-fi film. I’ll have a review for you tomorrow, when it hits the stores, but today I’ve got a little preview:

Just a little something for a Friday…

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Lord, I love a hot man with a book. Jeremy Renner with two books? That makes my whole weekend!

Interested in a free book? Check out Broken Angel

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Today, I’ve got a spotlight post for Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn. Currently, the book is available FREE for Kindle on all Amazon sites!

Click here for a free copy of Broken Angel

Now, for a little about the book:

Book Spotlight: Broken Angel: A thriller by S.W. Vaughn – Free for your Kindle!

Free today through Saturday, March 9:

No rules. No limits. No escape.

Gabriel Morgan is looking for a secret society, known only by a symbol — a five-colored star. Rumors whispered through the New York City underground speak of drugs, deadly deals, and high-class prostitution. But the society’s main draw is a vicious blood sport fought in a ring with no rules, where millions change hands at every match.

Their fighters are legendary, their leaders cold and ruthless. They are impossible to find, unless you already know where they are.

And they have Gabriel’s sister.

But when he finally hunts down the leader of the society’s Manhattan division, the nightmare is just beginning — Gabriel is taken prisoner along with his sister and forced to fight for her freedom. He is branded with ink, broken and trained by the best of their fighters, and must accept a new identity along with a new name.

Gabriel Morgan is Angel.

And in the ring, he’ll do anything to win . . . because the price for losing is his sister’s life.


Praise for the suspense thriller Broken Angel: Book One in the House Phoenix series

“This book was truly magnificent. I could smell the sweat and blood in the ring. Hear the jeers of
the audience, and feel the crunch of bone beneath my fist. Vaughn is very good at pulling out the
details with stark words and feelings.”
–Jessie Potts, USA Today reviewer (excerpted from Bitten By Books review)


Excerpt from Broken Angel

Gabriel entered a room half the size of the building, walled with more gray cement. Several heavy bags hung from the ceiling, and a collection of weight machines lined the left wall. A large, roped sparring ring with a black mat floor dominated the far right corner. There were a few warm-up benches and an open door that appeared to lead to a locker room.

Slade pulled the door closed, then reached for the ever-present phone, dialed, and said, “We’re waiting.” He snapped it shut and regarded Gabriel, who stood rigid and mute, hands clenched at his sides.

“I’ll make this easy for you,” Slade said at last.

Gabriel couldn’t suppress a snort. Easy? It would be easier for him to cut off a limb or two with a butter knife than it was to submit to this man, to do his bidding and pretend everything was just fine, thank you.

Slade ignored his sarcasm. “Regarding my terms for your release, and your sister’s. I’ve calculated the amount of money Lillith would bring in should she remain in my employ. I’ll spare you the details of how I arrived at this figure—” He paused to measure the effect his words had. “—but the final tally is ten million dollars.”

“You pulled that number out of your ass.”

“I never guess when it comes to money, Mr. Morgan.” Slade’s blue eyes leveled coolly on him. “I am a businessman, and I deal in profits. Now, if you’d like me to review exactly how much your sister commands per client, or how many years I expect her to last until she’s…”


“Ten million dollars,” Slade repeated, emphasizing every word. “That is the price of Lillith’s freedom. You fight for me, you earn me ten million dollars, and then you and your sister are free to go. Unless, of course, you happen to have that much money on you?” He laughed at the black look Gabriel sent him. “No. I didn’t think so.”

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Broken Angel (Amazon UK)

Free Chapter: Black & White & Dead All Over by Michael Bradley

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Today, I’ve got some bonus goodies for you — the first chapter of Michael Bradley’s new book, Black and White and Dead All Over. The excerpt was provided by the good folks at Sage’s Blog Tours. Here’s a bit about the book to get you clicking…

When the skeleton of a teenage girl is uncovered at a construction site in Newark, journalist Brian Wilder must follow a twenty-two year old trail of deceit and lies to uncover the truth behind her death.

While still struggling with his own tragic past, Brian uncovers a haunting secret of passion and anger that could threaten to destroy one of the most powerful political families in Delaware.

Makes me wish I had time for another book on the review list, but I bet some of you will be putting it on your wishlist. Click the link below to read the first chapter, and then click on the title above to get a copy of your own. Even better, click on the comment link and let us know what you think of it!


Black & White & Dead All Over – Chapter 1


Black Friday Book Bonanza 2012!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Welcome to the Black Friday Book Bonanza! I’m hosting this giveaway hop along with Heather from Book Savvy Babe and Jenn at the Bawdy Book Blog. You know how this works: you can enter my giveaway using the form below, then use the linky to connect with more than 70 other Black Friday giveaways! Why fight the crowds at the mall when you can stay at home and win free books!

I’ve got 2 boxes of books to give away for the Black Friday Book Bonanza. That’s right: 2 boxes of books. I won’t tell you exactly what’s in each box — where’s the fun in that? — but I can tell you some are new, some gently used, some hardcover, some trade paperbacks, some final copies and possibly an ARC or two. A nice mix of things to read over the holidays. I have no doubt that my winners will be thrilled.

But you’ve got a decision to make.

You have to tell me which box you want to win. I’m going to choose one winner from each list, so think carefully and then tell me:

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I’ve got a Fiction Box and I’ve got a Non-Fiction box. The Fiction box has titles like Killing Them Softly (coming soon to a theater near you with Brad Pitt), The Mirage and So Pretty It Hurts. Right now, there are 8 books in the fiction pile and as I clear some shelves, it is constantly growing. You’ll get as many books as I can fit in the shipping box.  As for Non-Fiction, I’m out to prove that just because it’s true doesn’t mean it’s boring! We’ve got Dr. Drew’s book, The Mirror Effect, Cruising Attitude (about flight attendants – loved it) and Fifth Avenue, 5 AM, about the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among other great titles. Each box will have 6-10 titles, depending on what I can fit in the shipping box.

There are just a few rules:

  • Contest runs through 11:59 pm EST,  November 25, 2012.
  • Open to readers in the US only (sorry, but I really got burned on shipping last year and I have had to scale back).
  • You receive one entry for using the form below.
  • You can receive up to 2 additional entries for sharing this contest on Facebook or Twitter, and providing a link below or in a comment. (If your accounts on Facebook and Twitter are locked, or “followers only”, the entry will not count.)
  • You must provide a valid email in the entry below (the entry is not visible on the site). You’ll have 24 hours to respond by email and claim your prize.

So pick your poison and fill in the entry form below. Take a moment to share this on Twitter or Facebook and include the link in the form, for 2 bonus entries. Then, start clicking on the blue frog below — there are a lot of other contests to enter!

Remember – you must tell me which collection you want to win!


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Excerpt: The Children by Ida Jessen

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Today, I’ve got an excerpt from the award-winning novel The Children by Ida Jessen. Ida Jessen is one of Denmark’s bestselling female authors. Since 1989 she has written ten novels and short stories collections for adults and children. She has also translated novels from Norwegian and English into Danish and won a swathe of awards, including the prestigious Søren Gyldendal Prize and the BG Bangs Literary Prize. For The Children she was nominated for the Prize of the Nordic Council in 2010 and won The Golden Laurels 2009 — a significant prize awarded by Danish booksellers. Pretty impressive stuff!

The good people at UWA Publishing have sent me an excerpt to share with you! Click on the link below and check out the first 20 pages or so of The Children. For book club notes and the book trailer, check out UWA’s website.

Happy Reading!

The Children Extract