Mar 29, 2014

March Book Frenzy Blog Hop

This is a blog hop where each blogger chooses an author from the catalogue of fantastic eAuthors to feature or discuss. The book I have chosen to feature is She Belongs to Me by Carmen Desousa, partly because it appealed to me and partly because Carmen seems like a nice author who acknowledges her readers, which I like. You can check out the catalogue from the links below to get all the info about the featured books. Remember to enter the giveaway for some fantastic prizes. 

Mar 26, 2014

The Shadow Prince & win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

Today is release day for THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O'Neale! Help us celebrate the release of this amazing novella and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

Mar 22, 2014

The Heartless by James Ticknor - Guest Interview by Will Green

Eighteen-year-old Menar Redfield, a gifted Healer apprentice, plans to settle in the city of Cajoi with his pregnant fiancée. However, his unexplained visions show him a secret war masked by the king’s political regime, placing them both in danger. When his visions come true, his fiancée is killed in the attack on Cajoi by the Heartless, a malicious raider cult. In his body-strewn path of vengeance, Menar intercepts intelligence revealing the location of Crual, the Heartless’ sadistic combat commander and the one responsible for the death of his fiancée and unborn child. Menar vows to slaughter Crual and sabotage the Heartless’ insurrection. Yet the more blood he spills, the more a dark power grows within him. If he can use this power to overcome Crual, end the war, and disband the Heartless, their increasing control over the debilitated country will be stopped. But he must hurry, because the dark power Menar possesses threatens to consume him.

Mar 21, 2014

Maisy and the Missing Mice - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files)
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 75
Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 

Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.      

Mar 20, 2014

Cat Thursday - Photography lessons

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

This week I was trying to learn how to use the settings on my camera to do things like freeze or blur motion and other nifty things I never knew about before. But Jigglypuff just would not be left out and she kept jumping into the shot the whole time. 

Mar 19, 2014

"Bring your Instagrams to Life" with Sticky9 + Competition

I have been having some fun with Instagram for a while now, where I hang out with some crafty types and some animal lovers. We are always putting up photos of our cute projects and even cuter family members or furry/feathered critters. But I have often thought that some of my really good photos would be lovely to display somehow. I loved the one I took of the koala at the wildlife park a few months back. So imagine how excited I was to be given a go at making some of them into magnets with Sticky9?

Loving Nate by Janice Ross Tour with Giveaway

Book Blurb:

Loving Nate is Leah's story of falling in love with Mr. Perfect. Leah falls fast and hard, losing all sense of reasoning. Love can do that to a gal, especially when the guy is as smooth as Nathan Moore. Loving Nate is about Leah's journey of falling in love, when she should have been standing in love.

Author's Note:

I’ve decided to provide two very different endings to this novella. Have you ever made a decision and wondered whether or not it was the right choice? Or perhaps you made the right choice because you knew that the alternative would’ve been disastrous? This is my gift to readers. Regardless of Leah’s final choice, I wanted readers to be able to reflect on the possibilities.

Mar 14, 2014

Interview with Jayson James

Interview with Jayson James

Will Green: Tell us about your books that you have available.
Click for Amazon page.
Jayson James: I’ll start with “T.E.D.” my newest release. This book is about three guys Tim, Eric and Delsin, whose lives are intertwined as they each face their own struggles. The story takes place around entries Tim made in his journal while Eric and Delsin provide the back-story of the events taking place.

My other three books chronicle the lives of Derrick Wilson and Justin Parker, two best friends who find out essentially being more than friends was what their lives were missing.

Finding Our Way” is about after one night of drinking and going too far these two friends, Derrick and Justin become aware of their own sexuality.

Tormented Discovery” explores Derrick and Justin being who they are and how others around them handle it.  The readers get to read more about Hayden and get a closer look at his and Ryan’s relationship.

Drifting” focuses on what happens in a relationship when one loves someone but is questioning whether they both are in love anymore.  This time readers get to read from Ryan’s perspective and what is going on in this shy guy’s head.

Book Blast & Giveaway - Eden's Darkness by D.M. Sears

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What would you do if the person you loved the most became the very thing you were fighting to destroy?
Eden will have to answer that very question before her quest is through. The land she has come to love is at dire risk of being lost to the shadows seeking to consume it. Circenn, now the consort of Darkness, waits to claim her granddaughter and her powers, unaware that Darkness has his own agenda. 
He has but little time to obtain his vessel and find his true form. Will he succeed? And will Eden be able to face the disturbing visions that continue to pursue her
 Nightmares will become reality in Eden's Darkness, Book Two in the Ellethny Series.

Mar 13, 2014

Cat Thursday - Steampunk Kitties

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

After my foray into Steampunk Fiction last week, I've been seeing these little guys pop up everywhere. 
If you are into Steampunk, remember to enter to win 1 of 3 eBooks of Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak (link in my sidebar). 

Mar 12, 2014

Win, Win, Win ! - Books, Gift Cards & Paypal Cash!

Two things I really love are books and money to buy more books!
So let's look at all the giveaways I've rounded up. 

Book Blast & Giveaway - Easy Like Sunday Mourning by Jennie Marts

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Dating is hard…
Single mom Maggie Hayes puts up a tough front to hide her loneliness, spending her days in the courtroom as a lawyer and her evenings as a closet video gamer. Another heartache isn’t worth the risk, not after her husband left her last year for a Hooters waitress. When she decides to try dating again, a cute video game-designing nerd seems like a safe bet….Until he becomes the prime suspect in a murder. 
But falling in love can be murder…
Jeremy Rogers makes a good living designing video games, but nothing prepares him for the real world adventure of being accused of poisoning his own employee. Add in falling for a sassy attorney with a competitive ex-husband, a clingy blonde coworker, and a mammoth-size dog that eats his furniture. Suddenly fighting off a screen full of zombies or preventing an alien invasion seems like child’s play. 

Game over!
Maggie and Jeremy find themselves embroiled in a game of death threats, lies, and betrayal. Maggie must learn to trust again while playing the most dangerous game of all. Because defeat could mean not only losing her heart, but also her life…

Mar 11, 2014

Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in the Caster Chronicles series for young adults.

This was one of those books I tried to read before the movie came out, but I didn't get it finished. However, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see it when it was on at the theatre, as it's a different experience from just watching the DVD. So I guess my reading of the book will be slightly coloured by watching the movie, which I thought was a delight to watch and I was really quite taken with the screen adaption.

Mar 7, 2014

My First Felting Project

Our local Women's Health centre held a lunch and Felting class to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. This is the first time I had done felting. We made a little bowl/vase. I think the trick is to make sure you spend a lot of time on the rubbing to get the wool really well matted. It was a great class and all the ladies were lovely. It's also a really good cause, and something we should all be aware of in our own lives.

Diego's Dragon book Blast & $100 GC Giveaway

About the Book

Diego's Dragon Book 1 Spirits of the Sun by Kevin GerardTitle: Diego's Dragon, Book 1: Spirits of the Sun 
Author: Kevin Gerard 
Publication Date: September 30, 2011
Publisher: Crying Cougar Press
Recommended Ages:
8+ Summary: An eleven-year-old Latino boy wins a district-wide writing contest for sixth graders. When an author visits his school to award his prize, Diego Ramirez has no idea how much his life is about to change. Nathan Sullivan hands Diego his statue, a handsome, glistening black dragon. He shakes his hand and leaves him to his friends. The students crowd around Diego, asking for permission to hold it. After hearing the name Magnifico spoken aloud by family and friends, Diego awards it to his new dragon. If he only knew how fitting the name was, he might have known what lay ahead. Magnifico is the leader of the Sol Dragones, dragons that live within the magical fires of the sun. Nathan Sullivan is the earth's connection to the mysterious creatures. It is his task to find Magnifico’s guide. As Magnifico comes to life he becomes quite mischievous, playing tricks on Diego to embarrass him. As he discovers his bloodline, however, Diego assumes greater control over his dragon and his destiny. In the climactic journey, he frees his people and suffers a terrible loss by guiding Magnifico to their goal.