WINNERS!

Time to announce the winners of my contest!! Now I had one book signed and one ARC signed to Jennifer that were up for grabs and I had the hardcover as the "first place" prize. 

And the winner of the signed hardcover of Talon is...

BARBARA ELNESS


The winner of the signed ARC is...

MONICA MILETI


Congrats ladies!


Winners have been contacted, though I have the address of one, I need the address of the ARC winner, so she will have 48 hours to contact me before her prize will go up for grabs again.

And stick around I will be thinking up a Followers contest since I have hit the big 1700! And that one will have an international section! ;)





Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!



So it was an interesting week what with the holiday and Black Friday! Perfect for book-getting! Even made an order with the Book Outlet for the first time! Yay for coupons!!

I had a most excellent haul at Half Priced books with the $5 gift for being among the first 100, sadly not a $100 winner, but a $5 freebie all the same bought me a free book! Then there was the coupon inside to get another $5 off of $25 which I ended up spending!

Check it out:

So here's what I bought: 
Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike--I haven't read the first but when I saw this, I debated on it...then I needed another couple of dollars to get my $5 off $25 so into the bag it went!
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin--this was the very first ARC I received from one of my blogging friends. I don't think the sequel ever made it to shelves, but I saw the beautiful red cover and decided to buy a long overdue keeper copy!
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini--UK Copy!! I stumbled upon the UK copy and immediately added it to my bag! It was the first one to be added since I started alphabetically! Hahaha!
Abandoned by Meg Cabot--x2!! In 2 different sizes too! One was a bargain copy but yet again UK copies that I couldn't pass up! There were 3 of the bigger one and seriously moments after I put mine in my bag the other 2 were gone! Then I found the smaller one in the bargain section!
BOOKMARKS! Tinkerbell and Toy Story! At .50 it's hard to pass these up! I love bookmarks & these are good ones too! Normally like $4 at the bookstores!

I also got a calendar that gives me coupons for every two months of the year! Like Jan & Feb, March & April, etc. DEAL!

Then I also ordered two weeks ago that finally arrived:


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen--a mixup ended with me getting 2 copies! Was kinda surprised by that! I have plans for the second copy! Muwhahaha!!

Then I also bought from the sale at B&N:

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead--SIGNED copy!! B&N had a lot of signed books! Surprisingly I had a few of the others offered, so I decided to go with this one! So when I get to meet her again, I should have the right amount of books to be allowed signed! ;) Plus I had a 30% off coupon + my member discount and another 5% with my credit card this one was a deal!!
The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox--from the bargain table! Thought this would make a great aid to my Random Thursday posts
That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [updated] by Harry Bright & Jakob Anser--yet another bargain find to aid in the totally randomness of Random Thursday posts!
The Element Encloypedia of Fairies by Lucy Cooper--an intriguing book that I thought could make for good "research" material when I get back to writing...and incorporating fairies into the story! 


So really after all those books, I only need to read 2! The Random Thursday ones will be read as I create posts and the "research" book will be searched later as needed! AND the rest were just new copies or different editions of books I've already read! Score!...I think?!






Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

Rules:
1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)



This week's question is: Book Series Crossovers I'd Love to See


*in no particular order



OTHERWORLD & HOLLOWS
by Kelley Armstrong & Kim Harrison

Of course there's still the matter of choosing which heroines from the Otherworld! Why not all of them?! Both are exciting series that I feel like run along some similar lines! I think it would be an interesting mesh to see!



CHARLEY DAVIDSON & DARKLIGHT
by Darynda Jones

True, they're both by Darynda, but I felt like Charley could so get along with teen Lorelei! They had some similar traits along the way! And naturally some similar abilities and their connection with Death!



CHARLEY DAVIDSON & CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES
by Darynda Jones & Chloe Neill

Yes Charley again! But Charley and Merit could so be BFFs! They both have a snarky side to them that I just love! They're incredible heroines too! Both are brave in the face of danger, but still have that oh so lovable side that Reyes and Ethan adore! Sigh...!



HUSH, HUSH & PENRYN AND THE END OF DAYS
by Becca Fitzpatrick & Susan Ee

Two YA series with Fallen Angels walking among us. A lot of strife and tension, though more than that in Ee's books. But I think with the similar world settings it would be interesting to see a crossover of these series! Plus, I think Penryn could tell Nora to stick some of the times in those early days! lol!



THE WATCHERS & VAMPIRE ACADEMY
by Veronica Wolff & Richelle Mead

Another two series that have some vague similarities! Vampires and protectors training at schools that are secreted away! Although there seems to be more mysteries at the school Drew attends, but I think that Drew and her friends + Rose and hers would make an interesting and fun encounter!






Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.


Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
 
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!



This week's question is: Describe your favorite book character death scene. Why is it your favorite? Was it a villain or a hero? What made it so good? (Another prompt from book club ;) )  via Eternity Through Pages 



MY ANSWER: Favorite book character death scene? Like how one of my favorite characters died or my favorite way of death? Too hard!


Well...out of all the many, many, MANY deaths in this one I think I enjoyed seeing Voldemort die! I mean come on! That guy needed to die any way possible! Didn't care about the how!

I was also glad to see Bellatrix get hers! What a b with an itch!

I think Snape and Dobby were the most heart wrenching ones for me. Like many--I assume--I was blown away by Snape's memories and all that, though I did suspect something in book 6, just nowhere near this caliber!

And Dobby...sweet little Dobby!!! I still can't get over that one! Or Hedwig's for that matter...oh hell, all the heroes! I couldn't stand seeing any of them go!

And there's another one I won't mention...though I feel like I did this question before elsewhere...there are 2 actually. One from a very popular series where many were angered at this character's death. I saw the reason to it. And while I was still soooo utterly sad, I could see why it had to happen. I think I was more sad by the characters left behind's reactions more than anything!

And then there is a trilogy that just ended this year that killed off yet another hero...oh that one cut me deep. Real deep. Did NOT see it coming and oh wow I could not stop crying!!! AT WORK!!!

If you've read these two series, you should definitely know who I am talking about in both instances, though I don't think I'm giving enough hints in the second...sorry! Although my friend Cassi at My Thoughts...Literally! will know what I'm talking about for sure! ;)








HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Yes, it's Scooby again! Because really? How can I resist?!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday should you celebrate today! And should you go out shopping since Black Friday is a thing of the past with all the stores opening on Thanksgiving evening...be safe and I hope you score all the deals you need!

Hoping to get my shopping done online so I can just go out on Friday and enjoy myself! 


Have a GREAT day!!




Don't forget to check out the nifty Disney factoid in the my post below this one! ;)





Random Thursday

Here's another odd Disney factoid! In 1967 when Pirates of the Caribbean first opened Disney couldn't find enough fake skeletons...

So they used REAL ones supplied by the UCLA previously used for research! Recycling at its best, right?!

Also note, I have no idea if said skeleton above is real or not! I just used the Wiki image!






Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractorand reluctant ghostbusterMel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for.

Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.

With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.

When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands...


Looooove this series! I still need to read the latest Witchcraft Mystery so then I can go back and read the crossover Halloween novella that corresponds with this one! Can't wait to do all that!! Just need the time now! 


TITLE: Keeper of the Castle
AUTHOR: Juliet Blackwell
PUBLISHER: Signet
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014 




 

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Here are the rules:
 
1. Grab your current read      
 
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc



"When I got to the next intersection, I paused at the stop sign and heard that slight rumble behind me again. A quick backward glance behind me revealed a large pickup truck moving toward me with its lights off. As I stared, the truck pulled over to the curb and sat there idling again, as if the driver didn't want to pass me before seeing which direction I was going to take." Kindle loc. 28-29%*


*Quote comes from my ARC copy therefore it and its location are not final






TITLE: When
AUTHOR: Victoria Laurie
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2015 




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


*in no particular order


My Current Review Books:

1. A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson--soooo can't wait to get to this one! Read the latest one a few months ago and ready to dive back in!
2. Dearest by Alethea Kontis--ready for the next sister's story! Can't wait to see how this series all turns out!
3. Shutter by Courtney Alameda--this one sounded creepy and I love a good creepy read!


Books to Wait on:

4. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes--omg DYING for this one!! Cannot wait to read it in the coming weeks! Going to totally f-up my reading queue for this bad boy!
5. No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie--one of my fave mystery series ever! Cannot wait to see MJ and Gilley's next adventure!
6. Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell--a bit behind with her reads but still can't wait to read this one! Still need to read her summer release from her other series so I can read the crossover novella before reading this one! Yes, I am that weird!


7. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost--more Vlad please! And then MORE Vlad please!! Yay 4 books!!
8. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder--so can't wait to read this one! Hoping Netgalley gets it because I need it asap!
9. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott--still haven't gotten my ARC yet and I was told they'd go out in November and November is almost over!! I'd hate to email the pubs again, but I think I might have to come next Monday!


10. Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock--after reading her tweets from last week regarding this book...I need it EVEN MORE!!!! I loooove this trilogy and while sad to see it end, I MUST know WHAT HAPPENS!!!!!!



 


Cover Copy Reveal--LUCKY BREAK

In this thrilling new novella from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when she takes a trip to a secluded Colorado town filled with feuding supernaturals…

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go.  Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door—covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile mix. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell break loose…


I sooooo can't wait!! Love this series and novellas are always appreciated between books!!


Lucky Break releases February 17, 2015