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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal/Blurb Blitz & Giveaway: A Curse Embrace by Cecy Robson

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the Blurb Blitz/Cover Reveal of one of my most anticipated books of the year, A Curse EmbraceA Curse Embrace is the second book in the very successful and one of my new favorite series Weird Girls by Cecy Robson. 

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twentysomething girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird.… 

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.


Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin's SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy's creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available. The second novel in The Weird Girls Series, A CURSED EMBRACE, releases July 2, 2013.

Where to find Cecy:

Where to buy A Cursed Embrace:
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To celebrate this beautiful cover Cecy is giving away to a lucky winner a signed copy Sealed With a CurseSealed With a Curse is the first book in this awesome series. If you haven't read it this is your opportunity. To participate in this international giveaway you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all! 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We Have a Winner!

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Lost to the Gray by Amanda Bonilla Giveaway!

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Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Jed Hill

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the American model and former Penn State football player Jed Hill.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Mystically Bound
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Frostbite, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series*
“Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, vanished into the Netherworld without a trace. Now, she finds herself in White Castle, Louisiana, surrounded by the Animus—a secret society of the supernaturally gifted. To make matters worse, they present her with an offer she cannot refuse.  
If she helps solve the murder of their Grand Master, they will assist her in saving Kipp. Soon, Tess will land herself lost in another mystery she doesn’t want. But she will have to trust her enemies to gain what she most desires—a life with Kipp.  
Only problem? People are hiding secrets and dark pasts. Tess will soon discover that nothing is as it seems. She might want to save Kipp from his ghostly state, but someone has decided it’s better for her to join him…” 
Mystically Bound is the third book in the Frostbite series by Stacey Kennedy.

After learning that Kipp is in a coma and not dead Tess is willing to do whatever is necessary to get his soul back into his body, but now that Kipp has vanished to the Netherworld things are not only more complicated for Tess but out of her realm of understanding.
Tess’ friend Gretchen knows a group of magic practitioners that can help her, the Animus. Together they travel to Louisiana in search for their help.
The Animus has the spell Tess needs to get Kipp’s soul back into his body, but they will only share it with her if she can help them solve the murder of their Grand Master, Alexander. Not having any other option reluctantly she accepts, but as always with Tess this case is more complicated than she could have imagine, Alexander’s ghost is like nothing Tess had experienced before, so different that she will be force to use very unconventional methods to solve his murder.

After the cliffhanger-end of Demonically Tempted I’ve been eagerly waiting for the release of Mystically Bound and I’m glad to tell you that Mrs. Kennedy delivered another winner.

We have seen Tess grow page after page and there was not an exception in Mystically Bound, she has come a long way and has experience a strong transformation. In this installment she also learns a lot about her powers and what she is capable to do, but the most important thing she has learned is that she needs to trust herself and that she’s not alone, she has a good supporting group of friends she can count on.

Because Kipp has vanished to the Netherworld he is not very present in the story, but in the few scenes he was present he was a force to reckon with. We learned why he vanished to the Netherworld and few other things about him are also explained.

One of the best things about this series are the secondary characters, they all have a very important part in Tess life and have played an important role in helping Tess become the woman she is nowadays. I wasn’t so sure about Gretchen but in Mystically Bound she proves us that she is a real friend and will be there for Tess whenever she needs her.

The mystery surrounding Alexander’s murder and the Animus was enthralling and with a good amount of spookiness. Despite many of the mysteries in Mystically Bound not having a resolution I was left with a feeling of satisfaction.

Mystically Bound is a very well written story with a strong plot, a well-balanced amount of mystery and romance and multidimensional characters. A story that will keep you glued to its pages from beginning to end and will leave you wanting for more.

Frostbite series is almost coming to an end and even though we learned some secrets in Mystically Bound there are still a lot of things left to be discovered, luckily we won’t have to wait for long, next and last book in the series, Eternally Devoted, will be release next month.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Mystically Bound
Eternally Devoted (March, 2013)

Other reviews Goodreads

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Movie Trailer: The Croods

"A prehistoric family are forced to flee their cave after it's destroyed by a disaster that threatens to change their lives forever in this animated adventure featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone. As a protective caveman father leads his family out of harm's way, the clan crosses paths with a resourceful teen named Guy (voice of Ryan Reynolds), who offers to help them reach a distant land where they'll be safe from an impending catastrophe that will soon alter the entire world. Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman round out the cast of vocal performers."


Friday, February 22, 2013

Early Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Title: Winterblaze
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 3
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: Forever (February 26th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test...

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.”
Winterblaze is the third book in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.

Sometimes you are a fan of a series and after reading the last book of that series you are left eagerly awaiting and counting the days for the release of the next installment, the date is approaching and you hear everybody talking about it, people who already read the ARC loved it; finally the wait is over and you get the chance you been waiting for and start to read the awaited book, to sadly just stall between its pages because try as you might you can’t get into the story. You start to doubt if is you or the book; why everybody loved it and you are having trouble with it? So you decided the problem must be you, maybe you are not feeling well that day and stop reading the book. Next day you come fresh to start again where you left the day before, but again, same thing happens and after four days of going through this you realized you have barely been able to read over 100 pages, 100 pages in 4 days when you can easily read 400 pages a day, something is very wrong here. You ask around for other people’s impressions, maybe they also had trouble with the beginning so it’s not only you, but after talking to your friends that usually have the same taste in books they say they loved the book. So you decided the problem must be you, after arriving to that conclusion you decided to wait at least a week and see if things are different then. One week later you come fresh again and start where you had left off, this time is a bit better but still you know you are forcing yourself to keep reading and sadly that was exactly what happened to me while reading Winterblaze.

My biggest problem with this book was that after couple of pages I couldn’t care less about Poppy and Winston. First, their issue was something that they just needed to talk like the adults they were supposed to be to solve it.
Even though I liked Win in previous books I disliked him in this one, he learned some hard truths about her wife and instead of asking for an explanation he abandons her. After fourteen years of marriage I would had expected a lot more from him.
Poppy was a bit better, I know lying should be a no-no in a relationship but in her case she had a really good reason to lie. My problem with her was that Win and her sisters treated her like crap and she just accepted all the abuse they inflicted on her as a kind of self-punishment; that made me lose all the respect I had towards her.
As I said before I didn’t care about her or Win, their angst was too much and in my opinion completely unnecessary. The only good parts about them were the flashbacks to the days when they met and the courtship that followed their first encounter.

I loved Poppy’s sisters Miranda (Firelight, first book) and Daisy (Moonglow, second book) in previous books but sadly in Winterblaze they were very insensible regarding Poppy’s situation. At the end they were better but it was a little too late for me.
It was the same case with Win and Poppy’s relationship, at the end, after listening to each other and accepting they both had made mistakes their relationship took a turn for the better but for me it was too late.

What saved Winterblaze for me and kept me reading was the side story concerning Jack Talent (Ian Ranulf’s valet) and Mary Chase. It was a nice preamble for the next book in the series Shadowdance.
Something else I really liked was that in this installment we also learned a lot about the supernatural community of London and the government that regulates them, also known as The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS), which Poppy has led since the death of her mother.  

Even though I had many problems with Winterblaze I recommend it to the fans of this series. I’m also planning to read Shadowdance when it’s released.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
Ember (Novella-prequel)
Shadowdance (December 17th)

Other reviews Goodreads

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Covers of the World: Worst Covers Ever - Part 5

Today I have for you a new edition of Worst Covers of the World. After doing four previous Worst Covers of the World I was almost sure I wouldn't be able to find new covers for this edition, but I was wrong people, there are many horrible covers, so many that I have some left for further editions. For now, let's start with these ones. 

God is a cat? I think my cats knew this. 
Just what every little kids needs to know.
I really don't know what to say about this one.  
That looks like a painful activity.
I'm think the cover artist didn't read the book nor went to school. 
For those considering a career change. 

My favorite cover from these ones is the Gay-time Painting Book, I'm sure the poor painter didn't know animal encounters were included in his job description nor did he know he will have a perv supervisor... or maybe he knew... ;)
For a second favorite I have a tie between You're Going to Die and How to Make Money in Your Spare Time. You're Going to Die just looks very cruel for a kids book and How to Make Money in Your Spare Time looks like a guide in how to get a felony conviction. I would really love to know what kind of people bought that book. Maybe the book is not as bad as I think it is, but it's very difficult not to judge it by its cover, but what else can you think of a guy in a suit wearing a ski mask and holding a rifle. 
Now it's your turn, what do you think of these covers? Which is your favorite?

If you want to check previous editions click on the following links: Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff

Today I have something different for you, if you know me you know I'm a Pinterest-holic; everyday I'm on Pinterest looking for new things to pin, one of my favorite things are book related stuff. I even have a board called Books & Other Book-Related Stuff. I decided to share with you some of my favorite pins from that board. Let's see with how many of them do you identify yourself. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Movie Trailer: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

"Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. 
Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. 
The comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as long-reigning headliners and one-time best friends Burt and Anton, and Olivia Wilde as their glamorous assistant, Jane. Alan Arkin stars as old-school illusionist Rance Holloway, and James Gandolfini as wealthy casino owner Doug Munny. Jim Carrey stars as Burt and Anton's number one rival, Steve Gray; Jay Mohr as struggling comic Rick the Implausible; and Michael "Bully" Herbig as big-cat magician Lucius Belvedere."


Friday, February 15, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Lost to the Gray by Amanda Bonilla

Title: Lost to the Gray
Author: Amanda Bonilla
Series: Shaede Assassin, book 2,5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Publisher
Format: E-book
“Did he do the right thing?  
No one loves Darian like Tyler does. Not her friends. Not her fellow Shaedes. Not the Shaede king who wants her for himself. Tyler is the only one who sees beyond the swagger and swordplay that make her the most fearsome Shaede assassin in the world—the only one who recognizes her loyal heart and vulnerability. But her evolving powers and compulsion to finish every job no matter the stakes fills him with fear. For he knows it's only a matter of time before he loses her. 
When that moment nearly comes—and Tyler discovers a trail of deceit that prevented him from protecting Darian—he snaps. He breaks. And he leaves. 
Now he must learn to live without her, even as they remain bound to one another. And when a friend of Darian’s faces an unknown threat, Tyler must find a way to enter the fray without crossing paths with Darian.”
Lost to the Gray is the new novella in the Shaede Assassin series by Amanda Bonilla.

Lost to the Gray is set just after events of Blood Before Sunrise and before events of Crave the Darkness (next book in the series, release March 5th). But let me be clear, this is not a novella to start the series.

Lost to the Gray is not a fluffy romantic story, is a heart-wrenching one, but one I’m very glad I read because it made me understand and like Tyler even more.
Tyler is suffering for the decision he was forced to take after what Darian did to him in Blood Before Sunrise. Even after reading Crave the Darkness (release March 5th) I didn’t understand why he did what he did and if I’m being honest I kind of disliked him a little bit because of his actions, but now after reading Lost to the Gray I understood he did something that it wasn’t easy for him and even though it’s breaking his heart it was the only feasible way to make Darian realize she needs to change if she really wants a relationship of equality, respect and trust with him.

But brooding is not the only thing Tyler is doing; Levi is in big trouble and with Darian out of the picture Tyler is forced to put his feelings aside to help his friend in need.

We also see flashbacks of how Tyler and Darian met, why he decided to bind himself to her and how he did it. We also see a flashback of a very smexy scene when they were happy together. *swoon*

Lost to the Gray is a novella that reads like a novel. It not only has a well-developed plot with enough action and angst to keep you glue to the pages but it also allows us see the real Tyler. I’m really glad I read it and I recommend all Shaede Assassin’s fans to read it before reading Crave the Darkness

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
When Shadows Call (Novella)
Lost to the Gray
Crave the Darkness (March 5th)

Other reviews Goodreads

I love Lost to the Gray so much that I want to spread the love, for that reason I decided to do a giveaway. One lucky winner will have the chance to win an e-book of Lost to the Gray, winner’s choice of Kindle or Kobo (ePub also works with Sony and Nook) book.
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