Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop! Win A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Here’s your last chance to win a free book in 2011!  I am a Reader, Not a Writer and  Babs Book Bistro are hosting the Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop December 30 to January 3, 2012.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material for the long winter.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness has been released in paperback, and to celebrate, the publisher is giving away a copy to one lucky reader! 

Synopsis:

In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense.

To enter, fill out the form below!

Contest Rules -

You must be 13 or older to enter.

Open to US mailing addresses only

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

Contest ends January 3

You must also have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

The Best of 2011 Hop–Win Nowhere Girl by AJ Paquette

Here’s another chance to win a free book!  I am a Reader, Not a Writer is hosting the Best of 2011 Hop December 27 – December 31.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material for the long winter.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

One of my favorite reads this year was Nowhere Girl by AJ Paquette.  I loved this book, and found the young protagonist very unique and likeable.  I would like to share the love by giving a copy of this book to another reader.

 

To enter, fill out the form below.  Since Google is making life difficult for blogs not hosted on Blogger, and they will soon be discontinuing Google Friend Connect for us, I am changing things up a bit.  The only requirement for entering is to subscribe to my newsletter.  Feedburner will deliver an email with blog updates right to your email box! 

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This is an easy contest to enter! Just subscribe to the newsletter and fill in the form for your chance to win! Open Internationally!

Contest Rules -

You must be 13 or older to enter.

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

You must be a follower and a newsletter subscriber to enter.

Contest ends December 31

Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop Dec 21th–27th–Win Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez!

Here’s another chance to win a free book!  With the holidays right around the corner, I will be hosting several giveaways in December, so be sure to check back for other chances to win free books!

I am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Jessie from Oasis For YA & The Daily Harrell  are hosting the Mid-Winters Eve Giveaway Hop from December 21 – December 27th.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material for when you are sitting in front of a roaring fireplace.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

I am giving away an ARC of Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez!  I loved this book and want to share it with another reader. To enter, fill out the form below.  Since Google is making life difficult for blogs not hosted on Blogger, and they will soon be discontinuing Google Friend Connect, I am changing things up a bit.  The only requirement for entering is to subscribe to my newsletter.  Feedburner will deliver an email with blog updates right to your email box! 

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This is an easy contest to enter! Just subscribe to the newsletter and fill in the form for your chance to win! Open Internationally!

Contest Rules -

You must be 13 or older to enter.

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

You must be a follower to enter and a newsletter subscriber to enter.

Contest ends December 27th

 

Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop Dec 2–6 Win Crossed by Ally Condie

Here’s another chance to win a free book!  With the holidays right around the corner, I will be hosting several giveaways in December, so be sure to check back for other chances to win free books!

I am a Reader, Not a Writer & Kid Lit Frenzy are hosting the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop from December 2 – December 6.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material for when you are sitting in front of a roaring fireplace.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

I am giving away a copy of Crossed by Ally Condie, the sequel to Matched!  To enter, fill out the form below.  Since Google is making life difficult for blogs not hosted on Blogger, and they will soon be discontinuing Google Friend Connect, I am changing things up a bit.  The only requirement for entering is to subscribe to my newsletter.  Feedburner will deliver an email with blog updates right to your email box! 

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Contest Rules -

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I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

You must be a follower to enter.

Contest ends December 6th

Interview with Cecilia Grant, Author of A Lady Awakened and Giveaway!

Cecilia Grant is the author of A Lady Awakened, a Regency romance due to hit store shelves December 27th.  Cecilia dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her book, and she brought a surprise!  After the interview, one random commenter will win a copy of A Lady Awakened!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Cecilia Grant] Romance author. Feminist. Habitual cynic. Mother of daughters. Hoping to one day integrate those components into one seamless identity.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your new book, A Lady Awakened?

[Cecilia Grant] It’s the story of an indecent proposal that turns out to be not nearly indecent enough: when an abruptly widowed neighbor approaches him to help her conceive a fraudulent heir, Theo Mirkwood assumes it’ll be a glorious month-long debauchery-fest, complete with inevitable sensual awakening on the lady’s part.

But for Martha Russell, the arrangement is strictly business – unsavory, degrading business with sky-high stakes. She’ll do what she must to keep her estate, and housemaids, out of a predatory brother-in-law’s hands, but she’s not about to enjoy it.

That’s the starting point. The real meat (heh) of the story is the way they get involved in one another’s lives outside the bedroom, and the friendship that takes root against all odds.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Cecilia Grant] It’s fiendishly difficult to come up with an original concept for a historical romance. Much easier is to take a concept that’s been done before, and try to put a new spin on it. “Desperate childless widow seeks virile stranger for procreation purposes” isn’t a new premise, so I concentrated on trying to give the hero and heroine a different dynamic from the insta-passion that you usually see in this scenario.

And I used two of my favorite character types for the hero and heroine. Theo is the sort of golden child who’s sailed through life with a sunny disposition and very little experience with adversity (Elle Woods, in Legally Blonde, is one of the best examples of this type), while Martha is the crusader-with-blinders-on, armed with a purpose and believing she knows best in every situation (Captain Ahab, Emma Woodhouse, and Ignatius Reilly all live at grander heights along this same spectrum).

[Manga Maniac Café] What have you learned about yourself through your characters?

[Cecilia Grant] The full and staggering extent of my appetite for lowbrow humor, especially if it involves puns or other wordplay. These characters, the hero especially, just kept going there in dialogue.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing this story?

[Cecilia Grant] Story mechanics don’t come naturally to me. Projecting how much story I need to fill a 100,000-word book; working out turning points in advance; figuring out how to end scenes, chapters, and the story itself – those things were all a struggle.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your biggest creative influences?

[Cecilia Grant] I’m of the “grain of sand in the oyster’s shell” school, meaning I tend to create in response to things that bug me as opposed to being influenced by things I admire. A Lady Awakened actually owes its existence partly to my longstanding aggravation with Lady Chatterley’s Lover, in particular with passages like this one, in which Lady C takes a good look at her lover’s penis:

“So proud!” she murmured, uneasy. “And so lordly! Now I know why men are so overbearing. But he’s lovely, really. Like another being! A bit terrifying! But lovely really! And he comes to me!” She caught her lower lip between her teeth, in fear and excitement.

I read stuff like that and my reaction is to want to write a stubbornly nonresponsive heroine who’s neither frightened nor particularly impressed by sight of a man’s private parts. Take that, D.H. Lawrence!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Cecilia Grant] A pen or pencil, some paper, and eventual recourse to a thesaurus. (I do a lot of writing on the bus, in the orthodontist’s waiting room, or other thesaurus-deprived places, and those drafts are full of bracketed words that I know aren’t quite the words I’m looking for.)

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Cecilia Grant] Ramona the Pest. It was my gateway to Beverly Cleary’s awesome backlist, where among other things I first grasped the startling idea that an antagonist (the overalls-wearing, holy-terror Ramona of the Henry Huggins books; Ellen Tebbits’s gleefully anarchic nemesis Otis Spofford) could later be a hero in her/his own turn.

Also, having read the book to my own kids, I’m happy to report that the “Sit here for the present” episode is just as hilarious as it was in my day.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Cecilia Grant] I can hear how lame this sounds but… I really like driving my kids around. They’re both teenagers now, and, as other parents of teenagers can probably attest, that time in the car, chatting about random topics, listening to the radio stations they like, diving for the channel-change button when a song we all hate comes on, is kind of precious. (Both my kids are extremely pleasant company, certainly better than I was at that age.)

Vaguely pathetic. But true :)

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!


You can learn more about Cecilia by visiting her at the following websites:

http://twitter.com/#!/Cecilia_Grant
http://facebook.com/CeciliaGrantAuthor
http://goodreads.com/author/show/4996526.Cecilia_Grant

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Ready for the giveaway?  One random commenter will win either an ARC or a finished copy of A Lady Awakened (available around Christmas).  To enter, make a comment, and then fill out the form below.  You must make a comment to enter. 

Contest Rules -

You must be 13 or older to enter.

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

Open to International addresses.

Contest ends December 11th.

 

Winner of Black Sun’s Daughter Series Giveaway!

It’s Black Friday, which means crowds of eager shoppers descending on malls and stores early in the morning when less motivated individuals (me!) will be sleeping.  To help cut down on mall traffic, I held a contest to win the first four books of M.L.N. Hanover’s Black Sun’s Daughter series.

The winner is -

ELAINA!! 

Elaina has been emailed.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

If you didn’t win, you can order the entire series from Amazon using the links below and save yourself from making a trip to the mall.

 

Gratitude Giveaways Nov 17–27 Win a Book of Your Choice!

 

It’s my favorite time of year again!  The holiday season is right around the corner, and everyone seems to be in a better frame of mind.  There’s so much going on that the cold weather doesn’t even bother me! I’ve had a rough year, but I am thankful to have my health, my family, and great friends!  To celebrate, I am giving away a book of YOUR choice, up to $15 value! 

I am a Reader, Not a Writer & All-Consuming Books are hosting the Gratitude Giveaways hop from November 17th to November 27th, and it’s all about the books!  There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material before the cold of winter sets in.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My giveaway is really simple.  It’s the time of giving, so I’m going to give one winner a book of their choice, up to $15 value.  This giveaway is open to my International readers, too!  As long as Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible to enter. 

To enter, fill out the form below.  The only requirement is that you follow the blog.  To keep things simple, there are no extra entries, but spreading the word about it is always appreciated.  Be sure to check out my other contests if you haven’t already entered them.

This is an easy contest to enter! Just fill in the form for your chance to win! Open Internationally!

Contest Rules -

You must be 13 or older to enter.

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

You must be a follower to enter.

Contest ends November 27th. 

Win The Black Sun’s Daughter Series by M L N Hanover!

Thanks to the incredible peeps at Pocket Books, I have a set of M L N Hanover’s The Black Sun’s Daughter up for grabs!  Here’s some info about the urban fantasy series in case you aren’t familiar with it.

Unclean Spirits Book 1

In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can’t always play by the rules.

Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn’t quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it’s all hers — and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric’s heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means — magical or mundane — so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.

Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions — Aubrey, Eric’s devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities — Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she’ll have to learn the new rules fast — or break them completely….

Darker Angels Book 2

In the battle between good and evil, there’s no such thing as a fair fight.

When Jayné Heller’s uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations — and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She’ll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who’s taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon’s next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won’t rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most….

 

Vicious Grace  Book 3

When you’re staring evil in the eye, don’t forget to watch your back . . .

For the first time in forever, Jayné Heller’s life is making sense. Even if she routinely risks her life to destroy demonic parasites that prey on mortals, she now has friends, colleagues, a trusted lover, and newfound confidence in the mission she inherited from her wealthy, mysterious uncle. Her next job might just rob her of all of them. At Grace Memorial Hospital in Chicago, something is stirring. Patients are going AWOL and research subjects share the same sinister dreams. Half a century ago, something was buried under Grace in a terrible ritual, and it’s straining to be free. Jayné is primed to take on whatever’s about to be let loose. Yet the greatest danger now may not be the huge, unseen force lurking below, but the evil that has been hiding in plain sight all along—taking her ever closer to losing her body, her mind, and her soul. . . .

 

Killing Rites Book 4 will be in stores November 29th

The fourth book in M.L.N. Hanover’s acclaimed Black Sun’s Daughter series featuring “smooth prose and zippy action sequences” (Publishers Weekly).

Jayné Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She’s possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher, hoping to cleanse Jayné before the parasite in her becomes too powerful. Ex’s history and a new enemy combine to leave Jayné alone and on the run. Her friends try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they’re putting her in. Jayné must defeat the past, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free—and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin. 

This is an easy contest to enter, too! Just fill in the form for your chance to win!

Contest Rules -

Open to US shipping addresses only (sorry!)

You must be 13 or older to enter.

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipments.

One entry per person.

Contest ends November 22rd, winner to be announced on Black Friday!

You must be a follower to enter.

Don’t forget – Winner will be announced on  Black Friday so remember to take a little time out of your frantic shopping day to check back for the winner!