Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shiloh Walker - Contest!!!

Shiloh Walker has a new book out!!! No Longer Mine is a previously published book that has been revised from its original release. It can be purchased from MBaM.

Here is the blurb on the book...(taken from Shiloh's blog).

One woman, one man, and a love that won’t let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki’s heart comes back into her life she doesn’t know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he’s made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he’s done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he’s prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he’ll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can’t destroy.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

But not only am I excited about this release...but Shiloh is also holding a contest over at her blog for one lucky reader to win a Sony Pocket!!! Can you say...Yipeeeeee!!!

So head on over to Shiloh's blog to read all about the rules of the contest.

And if you want to read an excerpt from the book...go to her website.

Monday, April 26, 2010

"D" is for Deadbeat - Sue Grafton


Sue Grafton is this month's celebrated author. Each month we are to choose one author whose birthday falls within the current month. I chose Sue Grafton because of my love of the Kinsey Millhone series!!

Title:  "D" is for Deadbeat
Author:  Sue Grafton
Publisher: Bantam
Published: 1987
Pages:  240
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Series:  Kinsey Millhone Mysteries - Book #4 

I know I have only completed 4 books in this series...but I can say that this is one of my favorite series to read! I love Sue Grafton's rich descriptions of people and events. Her recurring characters are quirky and fun to follow throughout the books. The mysteries are intriguing, and she has a way of telling a story that captures the reader from the first page and keeps their attention until the last. I have the next book in the series on hold at the library. Although, her writing is so engaging that I am thinking about collecting the series for myself.
He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident -- death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.
So here's to you Sue Grafton, I hope your birthday month was a grand one!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bound, Branded, & Brazen - Jaci Burton

Title:  Bound, Branded, & Brazen
Author:  Jaci Burton
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  2010
Pages:  324
Genre:  Erotic Romance

What an intensely emotional, passionate read!!! Jaci Burton pens one hawt romance about three sisters and three sexy, hunky cowboys. Bound, Branded, & Brazen contains three separate stories interconnected because the heroines are sisters. Jolene has been running the family ranch while the other two left home to pursue other interests. However, it is time for them to return home to decide what to do about their interest in the ranch. Both sisters promise to stay for one month, but little did each sister know that it would be a "hot date with destiny."

In BOUND, Valerie has left the ranch and her ex-husband behind...pursuing a career as a doctor in the big city. The ranch only holds heartbreak for Valerie, ever since her parents died. Not wanting to risk her heart again, she divorces her husband, the ranch foreman. "Now, seeing him brings back sizzling memories. But their rekindled fire threatens to burn them both."

I loved Mason's strength of character...his ability to let Valerie find her heart and discover that loving is a risk but reaps the greatest rewards. Valerie is so devastated by her parents death that she lets it overshadow her marriage. Not the greatest at communication, she hides her fears deep in her heart.

In BRANDED, Brea has had some bad relationships that left her with little self-confidence. With the help of her sisters, she reforms her outward appearance, but still feels the awkward, gawky girl inside. Gage, the horse trainer, sees the beautiful woman Brea is on the inside. And with the same gentle but firm hand he trains his horses with...he guides Brea into fulfilling all her desires.  "But can she live out her fantasy with a man who might ask for more than she's willing to give?"

Gage was my favorite of the three heroes. He is a no strings/no commitment kind of guy...but he is also straightforward and lets his stipulations known at the very beginning. He is the ultimate cowboy...definitely a alpha male. Brea is so insecure...but it was great reading about her "coming out" and gaining the confidence she so needed. I could relate to Brea in a lot of ways.

In BRAZEN, Jolene has wanted ranch hand, Walker, since he came to the ranch. But Jolene is the boss, and Walker can't afford to lose his job by getting too close. There are some hidden secrets in Walker's past, and they have made him leery of getting into any kind of relationship with Jolene. So, it is up to her to make the first move..."because what Jolene wants, Jolene gets."

I like Walker because he is trying to do the honorable thing by steering clear of Jolene. However, he does keep tight-lipped about his past...which we all know that communication is the key! Jolene is brash and sassy and is just the type of woman to draw Walker out.

You can read my other review here.


Rating: 4.5/5
Pages:  324
Completed: 3/13/10

Friday, April 9, 2010

24 Hour Read-a-Thon

This weekend from Saturday 8:00 am until Sunday 8:00 am, I am going to be participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. I am so excited. This will be the first time I am going to be a participant. I have read so many good posts about tips and tricks...and today I am going shopping for my snacks and easy to make dinners for the family!! Everyone has been warned about this for weeks now, so hopefully the family will cooperate and let me enjoy myself.

I won't be posting my progress on this blog...please go to my review blog...World According to Books. There you can read all my updates and stay current with my progress. I will, however, be posting reviews of the books I read as usual...but probably not until next week sometime. I still have so many reviews to post of the books I finished in March. I don't know how I got so far behind...but never fear...they are coming because I read some fantastic books last month.

If you want to participate...it is not too late to sign-up. You can be a Reader or a Cheerleader or both. There will also be some mini challenges for those of us that want to take a break from reading during the event. I don't know if I will get through all 24 hours...but I am going to give it the good ole college try!!! LOL.