Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop – Win Venom by Fiona Paul!

Welcome to my Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop,  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and  co-hosted by Maryann from Chapter by Chapter.  This hop runs from December 4 – December 10, and you can win lots of new reads.   Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away an ARC of VENOM by Fiona Paul!


About the book:

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

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Surrender by Rhiannon Paille Book Blast Giveaway!


Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Praise for Surrender

"My head is still spinning a bit about the plot though because I can’t believe it. It’s better than ice cream for a break up. The plot was original, the characters were relatable and down to earth despite not living on Earth." – Courtney at Readable Charper

"Surrender is definitely full of emotion and will take you on an incredible journey through the eyes of these two incredible characters."
– Lucy at Moonlight Gleam

"Reading this book felt like reading a classic, but with everything I love in a book: romance, heartbreak, and lots of action! I would recommend this book to EVERYONE and then dare them not to fall in love with it!"
– Sammie Spencer, Author of Amaretto Flame

"Rhiannon Paille creates a unique and beautiful world that will draw you in and make you remember what it was like to be young, innocent, and full of wonder."
– Cory Putman Oakes, Author of The Veil

"Surrender is hands down one of my favorite fantasy books ever. YA or not, this is just pure awesomeness and every fantasy fan should read it. It’s a delectable, rich in detail, numbingly brilliant and swoon-worthy read that you can’t afford to miss out on."
– Evie at Bookish Evie

Author Rhiannon Paille:

Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture.


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This Week’s New and Notable Releases Part Two

I can hardly wait to check out Harlequin’s new Bliss line! You can grab that for free! 

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Bewitching the Duke by Christie Kelley (Dec 6, 2012)

Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes (Dec 4, 2012)

Edge of Sanity: An Edge Novel by Shannon K. Butcher (Dec 4, 2012)

The Impostor by Lily Lang (Dec 4, 2012)

Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs) by Carolyn Brown (Dec 4, 2012)

Knight Awakened (Circle of Seven #1) by Coreene Callahan (Dec 4, 2012)

Nights of Steel: The Ether Chronicles by Nico Rosso (Dec 4, 2012)

Obsession Wears Opals by Renee Bernard (Dec 4, 2012)

SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth (Dec 4, 2012)

A Taste For Scandal: A Sealed With a Kiss Novel by Erin Knightley (Dec 4, 2012)

There’s Something About Lady Mary: A Summersby Tale by Sophie Barnes (Dec 4, 2012)

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (Dec 4, 2012)

Waltz with a Stranger by Pamela Sherwood (Dec 4, 2012)

When You’re Desired by Tamara Lejeune (Dec 4, 2012)

Romancing the Holiday: We’ll Be Home for Christmas\Ask Her at Christmas\The Best Thing by HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth and Jaci Burton (Dec 3, 2012)

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly (Dec 1, 2012)

Interview with Hope Tarr, Author of Operation Cinderella

Please welcome the talented and prolific Hope Tarr to the virtual offices today.  Hope is celebrating the release of her new book, Operation Cinderella.

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

@HopeTarr can be stubborn but funny; is always earnest, animal-loving, caring, creative, compassionate & innovative. My word is my bond.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Operation Cinderella?

[Hope Tarr] Love to! OPERATION CINDERELLA is the launch to my Suddenly Cinderella Series with Entangled Publishing. In it, New York City magazine editor, goth girl Macie Graham runs afoul of conservative media pundit, Ross Mannon. When Ross decries Macie’s article advocating teen birth control—“Forget the Fairytale: Teen Sex is Fact Not Fiction”— Macie is out for blood and like the Big Bad Wolf she scents a story—a behind the scenes exposé on the “real” Ross Mannon. Making a Cinderella transformation in reverse, she masquerades as “Martha Jane,” Ross’s wholesome live-in housekeeper. Expecting a frog, she finds a prince instead. Can Macie give up “Operation Cinderella” in time to land the Happily Ever After ending she didn’t know she wanted? Hint: it’s a romance. <g>

A winter holiday novella and two more books follow. A SUDDENLY CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, releasing this month as an Entangled Flirt, integrates elements of Cinderella with the Dickens’ classic. The twist: the heroine is Cinderella and Scrooge! Why should boys get to have all the cranky fun!

PROJECT CINDERELLA (March 2013) takes place on the set of a reality TV show where the makeover contestant hero is the Cinderella character as well as the Ugly Duckling-cum-Swan. His Princess Charming is fashion photographer, Francesca (Ross’s ex in OPERATION CINDERELLA) who badly needs to learn that true beauty comes from within.

In the series finale, THE CINDERELLA CAPER (June 2013), Cinderella is a plus-size Greek American personal chef—readers first meet Stefanie as Macie’s helpful sidekick in OPERATION CINDERELLA—forced to make fat-free meals for her diet-obsessed stepmother and stepsisters. It’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets Cinderella.

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

[Hope Tarr] Well, I grew up pretty much eating, breathing and dreaming fairytales so those archetypes and tropes are familiar to me as well as beloved. OPERATION CINDERELLA is more than a story of opposites attracting – it’s a good, old-fashioned battle of the sexes and who among us doesn’t love that? <g>

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Macie?

[Hope Tarr] Bright, ballsy & brave. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Ross had a theme song, what would it be?

[Hope Tarr] “The Dance” by Garth Brooks.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Macie won’t leave the house without.

[Hope Tarr] Her shoes. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ross’s bedroom?

[Hope Tarr] A cat, a video camera, a flogger. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Hope Tarr] Amazing writers and the inspiration I find through travel, especially the conversations I have with both fellow travelers and those who reside in the places I visit. Everyone, absolutely everyone, has a story, a behind-the-scenes. Real life trumps fiction every time.

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

[Hope Tarr] My laptop, the Internet (for quick fact finding/checking) and a decently comfortable seat. Throw in coffee and wine at appropriate intervals and I’m a happy camper. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book you read that knocked your socks off?

[Hope Tarr] OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams

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

[Hope Tarr] THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

[Hope Tarr] Taking a long run on a gorgeous day is living large so far as I’m concerned. I also love seeing films and going to the theater. Going out for a few glasses of good wine and a simple but nice meal during the week is essential to my sanity. Reading, of course, both fiction and nonfiction, although like many writers I don’t get in nearly as much pleasure reading as I’d like—occupational hazard, I suppose. Hanging out with my boyfriend and cats doing nothing is another sanity saver.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Hope Tarr] Readers can find me at, (yes, really!) and as well as on Facebook (http://www.Facebook/HopeC.Tarr) and Twitter (@HopeTarr).

Thanks so much for having me, Julie!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Operation Cinderella from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.  You can read an excerpt here.

About the book:

Magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she needs dirt on smokin’ hot radio personality Ross Mannon. After he trashes one of her articles, she goes undercover to get revenge on the infuriating Texan.

Ross wants a housekeeper and role model for his teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved. What he didn’t expect was an attraction to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing employee.

“Operation Cinderella” was a foolproof plan, but Ross proves he’s as perfect behind-the-scenes as he is in public—until Macie uncovers a secret that could destroy his reputation. Should she chance losing her job or the fairy-tale ending she didn’t even know she wanted?