Scott Nicholson’s The Home for Halloween Kindle Fire Giveaway!

October 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

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Scott Nicholson does spooky like no one else I know, so what better way to kick off the month of Halloween than with his novel-The Home and an awesome giveaway!

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Enter the Rafflecopter to win your choice of a Kindle Fire, Nook HD, or Kobo Glo, as well as signed books and audiobooks in the Home for Halloween giveaway from author Scott Nicholson.

The giveaway celebrates the launch of paranormal thriller The Home. Experiments at a group home for troubled children lead to paranormal activity—and the ghosts are from the home’s dark past as an insane asylum. In development as a feature, it’s available in ebook at Amazon US, Amazon UK, BN.com, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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EXCERPT: THE HOME

By Scott Nicholson

(From Chapter 10)

Starlene loved Group. The setting was perfect for teaching socialization skills while also gaining the children’s trust. In group therapy, she could be a “facilitator,” though she hated that word for it. A facilitator was someone who was structured and inflexible, who “empowered” others while not taking much personal risk. She thought of her job as more like “witnessing,” showing others the blessings she’d discovered and which all could share in.

“Hey, guys,” she said, looking into each face in turn.

“You’re late,” Deke said.

“And I apologize. Adults have to apologize sometimes, too, don’t they, Freeman?”

Freeman winced, twitched one corner of his mouth, and said nothing.

“You going to make us talk about something, or do we just got to sit here for an hour?” Deke said.

“I think it’s better when we get things out in the open,” Starlene said.

“Because sharing is caring,” Freeman said.

She ignored his sarcasm. Many placements came to Wendover with a wall around their hearts. You couldn’t hammer through the wall; battering at it only made the wall stronger. Love was better. Love seeped through the cracks and melted the wall away, eroded its base until the stones crumbled. “We do care, Freeman.”

Deke glowered at Freeman, then at Starlene. He looked around the circle, at the children sitting in their straight-backed chairs, making sure he had an audience. “Not all of us care, Freaky Freeman.”

Starlene was about to quiet Deke, then decided the group dynamic might be more interesting if she let the children lead the discussion themselves. If only Deke’s natural leadership skills didn’t turn nasty so easily. Six years in therapy, according to the case file, and Deke was no closer to adjusting to society than he’d ever been. Still, the Lord and her professional obligation required her to have hope for him.

But patience was a demanding virtue. That was one of the warnings that her Psych teachers had burned home, that occasionally you’d feel like slapping little Johnny across the face. No matter that he had been abused and suffered a neurochemical imbalance and was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder, you sometimes had to wonder if a particular brand of vermin was, and always would be, a rat.


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The Ranting Dragon book Giveaway

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Ranting Dragon is giving away 1 copy each of Warbreaker, Hunger Games, and the Adamantine Palace in celebration of their first week online. This seems to be a very well put together fantasy book review blog that I am happy to join as well as recommend to any other fans of the genre. Click here to enter this giveaway. 

Author Andrew E. Kaufman Interview and $50 Amazon GC Contest

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment



Andrew E. Kaufman gave an interesting and informative interview about his book While the Savage Sleeps at Bitten by Books. There is also a contest offering a $50 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter.

Bitten by Books Contest!

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment


Bitten by Books is offering 5 copies of VC Andrews’ new release Daughter of Darkness!! Click here to enter the contest. 

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More 



Sebastian by Anne Bishop

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment


  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460967
  • Goodreads.com synopsisLong ago, to stop the onslaught of the Eater of the World, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of strange and magical lands connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. Now, with the Eater contained and virtually forgotten, the shifting worlds of Ephemera have been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved – a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her. But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers’ School, evil is stirring. The prison of the Eater of the World has weakened – and Sebastian’s realm may be the first to fall. 






I loved Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series and was looking forward to reading more of her work. I was certainly not disappointed with this first book of the Ephemera duology. 

I loved so many things about this book, my favorite being the world of Ephemera. Anne Bishop has done such an amazing job of bringing to life the magic of the world itself, Ephemera is created by the feelings and beliefs of the residents, and crossing a bridge will take you to the landscape that reflects the person you truly are inside. 

In order to stop the darkness of human feelings from overwhelming the world, landscapers shape the magic of Ephemera into building different types of landscapes, interweaving the light and the darkness into cities and farmland and everything in between. 

The conflict begins when “The Eater of the World” escapes from where its been confined for centuries and begins trying to influence the minds of everyone toward the darkness, tipping the balance and changing the face of Ephemera. Only one landscaper is powerful enough to stop this from happening, Belladonna, the cousin of Sebastian. Sebastian is a half wizard half incubus who has struggled to find a place where he belongs, that reflect those two very different sides of his nature. Along the way, he meets Lynnea, who is also searching for a place she can feel safe. The romance between them is not overdone, however, I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked. 

Belladonna is a much more interesting character, escaped from being walled into her garden by the wizards at the landscapers school, Gloriana Belladonna learns what it means to be who she is.

The Den of Iniquity has a variety of fascinating characters, from the bulldemons to the demoncycles, to the pub owner who’s specials include Stuffed Tits and Phallic Delights. What keeps me from rating this a 5 star is that I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. However, I still truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next.

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October 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

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