Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

October 6, 2012 § 22 Comments

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Event!

Here’s your chance to WIN one of the NEW Kindle Fire HD Tablets!

This awesome giveaway event is sponsored by BookSnagr, a website for book lovers that connects you with free, discounted and recommended eBooks! Check out their Top Free Kindle Books page for a whole list of freebies you can find at Amazon! Follow their blog, Facebook and Twitter pages for deal alerts, updates and giveaways, and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for exclusive info on newly released free, discounted and recommended eBooks!

One winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 16 GB Tablet "The world’s most advanced 7" tablet!" (Prize will be delivered via an Amazon.com gift card valued at $199.00)

Giveaway ends October 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

This giveaway is open to USA only.

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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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The Home

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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ARC Review and Giveaway- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

November 9, 2011 § 20 Comments

Shatter Me
Author – Tahereh Mafi
342 Pages
Publisher – Harper Collins
Date – November 15, 2011

Shatter Me introduces us to Juliette as she sits in solitary confinement in what seems to be a mental asylum, counting the days (264) since she’s seen, heard, or been touched by another human. The world outside those four walls (with 14 cracks) has gone insane, people starving to death, whole species of animals no longer exist, and the people in power call themselves the Reestablishment. The Reestablishment…these are the people who drug her away to this place for a murder she didn’t mean to commit, to a fate she’s sure she deserves, to be trapped by her guilt as much as by the prison walls. The power she holds within her very skin is one she doesn’t want and she will do anything to disprove the notion that she is a monster, even though she herself believes it. She maintains her tenuous hold on sanity by writing in her notebook and refusing to allow herself to acknowledge the thoughts that sometimes overwhelm her. When she awakes one day to find herself with a cellmate, her entire world begins to change.

The writing style of Shatter Me was like none I’ve read before, both haunting and at times a bit overwhelming. Written in an almost lyrical or poetic prose, Juliette’s inner thoughts and feelings were often uncomfortably intense, which would be understandable considering the situation she was in. Many of her words/thoughts were written and then struck out, as if she were refusing to allow herself to acknowledge those thoughts. I thought this was a powerful way to show how she was struggling to hold onto her sanity. As she began to have more human interaction, the strikethroughs became less common. It was such a fascinating progression. While, for the most part, I thought the writing was beautiful, there were also times when it felt like overkill and it became a bit tedious. Overall though, I enjoyed the unique imagery and the flow of the words.

“I always wonder about raindrops. 

I wonder how they are always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. Its like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the raindrops dare to tap on their doors.

          I am a raindrop.
       
          My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a           concrete slab.”

The story itself was intense and reminded me very much of Xmen. Juliette’s power is reminiscent of Rogue and many of her characteristics also reminded me of Rogue from Xmen. The plot was action packed and thrilling. The villain, Warner, was out of his mind and made an even more effective bad guy because of the hint of a hidden past that may explain why he is the wicked boy he’s become. Happily, this did not become a love triangle since Warner is simply too psychotic to engender much sympathy from Juliette. The interplay between Juliette and Adam was extremely well done. This is a romance that I can believe. Things between them tend to get pretty steamy a couple times, but Mafi reins it in and manages to keep it PG. The ending also reminded me a lot of Xmen and has me incredibly excited about the sequel.

Overall, I think that Shatter Me has lived up to all the hype. Most readers will enjoy the intense and original writing style as well as the exciting premise, a steamy romance, and a villain you love to hate. In the sequel, I hope to see more details about the dystopian world and how it became that way and more about the two factions, the Reestablishment and the people who are not ready to succumb to that tyrannical rule and of course more Adam and Juliette! I would recommend Shatter Me to readers who enjoy dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction, fans of Xmen, and anyone who enjoys a thrilling YA adventure.

Rating- 4




The Giveaway


I somehow ended up with two ARCs of Shatter Me so I decided to give one away to one of my lucky readers. I will be shipping this myself so this will be US only. You do not have to be a follower to enter but following is appreciated! Extra entries for sharing the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc. (leave me the link) and for commenting on yesterday’s discussion question located here.
You have from today (November 9) until Monday (November 14) at 11:59 PM to enter. Winner will be announced on Shatter Me’s release date, Tuesday November 15. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form, if you have any problems please email me. Good Luck!!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

October 24, 2011 § 101 Comments

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Welcome to my stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rhiannon from The Diary of a Bookworm ! I have a couple prize packs that I’ll be giving away to celebrate Halloween, though not all of the books are Halloween related!

Prize Pack 1

The Spooktacular NOOKtacular! INTL
This prize pack features 4 incredible eBooks from 4 amazing authors plus a $20 Barnes and Noble Gift card! The eBooks can be in the eBook format of your choice.

 
1. $20 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
5. Founder by LM Long (eBook)

Prize Pack 2: US Only

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble – Young Adult

I seem to have acquired double of several books, so what better to do than give them away as Halloween Treats!! There will be 3 books in the YA Double Double Toil and Trouble Prize Pack and 3 in the Adult Pack.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Hardcover)
2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Hardcover)
3. Glow – by Amy Kathleen Ryan (audiobook)


Double, Double, Toil and Trouble – Adult – US ONLY


Prize Pack 3


1. Dracula in Love by Karen Essex (Softcover)
2. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (ARC)
3. Death in the City of Light by David King (ARC)


To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter. eBooks are INT, others are US only. Following my blog is not required but it is appreciated, as are comments!! Last day to enter is Oct. 31. Winners will be selected by Rafflecopter on Nov 1. Winner 1 will get their choice of Prize pack, Winner 2 will select from the remaining 2 prize packs, Winner 3 will get the remaining Prize Pack. Thanks so much for stopping by, Happy Halloween and Good Luck!!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: A.J. Scudiere, author of God’s Eye

October 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

I am so thrilled to have bestselling author, A.J. Scudiere, on The Happy Booker today to talk about writing POV. A.J.’s newest book God’s Eye has recently been released and the good news is, the ebook format of God’s Eye will be available for just $2.99 from Amazon and Barnes and Noble beginning on 10/24 and lasting until 10/31!! Unbelievable price for such an incredible book! With such a wickedly scary cover, I couldn’t help but be curious about what’s inside!! God’s Eye is a thrilling novel that includes elements of horror, romance, and the paranormal. I’m so excited that A.J. Scudiere has offered one lucky Happy Booker reader a chance to win a signed copy!

The Thrill of Point of View.


Let me start with a resounding ‘Yes! Point of view can be thrilling.’ No, wait . . . it’s always thrilling.


Though I would never attribute the overall quality of a thriller to any one particular writing skill, I find that POV is often overlooked as the essential element that it is. We all know must have interesting characters, a suspenseful plot and a writing style that is hopefully great, but at the very least good! POV is something that must exist – it’s truly impossible to tell any story without it – and yet it is so often forgotten about. Maybe that’s because it’s so essential . . .


Still, POV is often what makes a thriller . . . well, thrilling. Imagine the book told from the serial killer’s point of view. From the first moment, you know who he is. Likely why he does what he does. Who he’s stalking . . . etc. Now imagine your lead detective knows all this, too. And so do the next three victims. Thrill: gone.


It’s what you don’t know that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s the fact that you are stuck there with the detective . . . with a profile, a handful of suspects and kill-pattern knowledge. You know someone is going to die – but you don’t know quite who, and you don’t know how to stop it. You only know that you have to. Yes, it’s two AM and you are still reading. And that’s because of the point of view.


The author always has to make decisions about characters and their POV. I’d wager a lot of it isn’t done consciously. The writer may just have a feel for what makes a suspenseful read, just like some people feel the beat of music and others have to count it out. Other times, POV decisions are made very conscientiously. What’s revealed and when to reveal it is exactly why you are still up at two in the morning when you have to go to work the next day. And if the POV is played right, it’s worth every minute!


In addition to deciding if the reader knows what the police officer knows, or what the victim or killer knows, the author has to decide how much to reveal of what each character knows. So, in addition to singular or changing POVs, there’s an omniscient POV (where you can see inside all the characters’ heads) and there’s also partial POV. At least, that’s what I’m deeming it here, because I haven’t heard it talked about before.


Partial POV is this: though the author has put you in the head of one of the characters, you still don’t know everything that character knows. I worked hard at this in my latest book, God’s Eye. Though the demon and the angel both clearly know which they are, the POV doesn’t ever reveal it. So, while you are in Allistair’s head, you see what he sees, and you may examine things along with him, but he isn’t thinking about what species he is. And though he thinks about what his goal is for Katharine – the pawn in this otherworldly tug-of-war – Allistair doesn’t think in terms that reveal what he is, just what he wants.


The other benefit of POV is that the reader can know more than the characters know. The reader gets the benefit of sitting in his chair and seeing what’s coming, even when the character doesn’t. With a single POV throughout the whole story, this is limited, but the more eyes we see through, the smarter we get, and the more exciting it is as we put the pieces together.


Because of this challenge of POV, the thriller becomes a thinking man’s book. The POV has to reveal the story in a way that gives you enough information, yet hopefully keeps you from putting all the pieces together until the end. In the best cases, you learn the answers along with the characters (or maybe just a moment before they do!) And you find, when you solve one piece of the puzzle, that you had all the clues to put it together already in your hands.


POV is the way the author hides those clues. It’s the biggest and most overlooked element of suspense writing. It’s what truly separates books from television and movies and the good writers from the great.


So the next time you are up at two in the morning, still turning pages, ask yourself this: whose eyes do you see through and what is the author hiding there?



Wow! Thanks so much A.J. for joining us here at The Happy Booker today!Want to know more about A.J. Scudiere? You can find out more at these websites:

Author homepage: http://www.ajscudiere.com/
Audio Movies: www.AJsAudioMovies.com
Newest title, God’s Eye, out October 2011: www.GodsEyeTheBook.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AJScudiere
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ajscudiere

Goodreads Summary:

Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.
At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she’s caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. There Katharine forges her first true friendship with Margot, a librarian who helps her discover what these men really are, why she’s drawn to them, and what they want with her.
The answer places Katharine in the middle of a fierce battle that forces her to decide between the two men fighting for her soul.
In the end, only one can be saved, but all three will be judged.



Sounds amazing right?? It sounds like an angels & demons paranormal romantic thriller with some kick!! A.J. is generously offering one lucky reader a signed copy of God’s Eye!! For those who don’t want to wait around for a giveaway, remember, the ebook format of God’s Eye will be available for just $2.99 from Amazon and Barnes and Noble beginning on 10/24 until 10/31!!  

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To enter:

US only (sorry, I’ll be having another giveaway that will be Intl starting tomorrow)

Simply fill out the form. 
Following my blog is not required but appreciated. 
Extra entries for commenting on this post, tweeting the giveaway, or following the author on Facebook or Twitter.
Last day to enter will be October 31. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on November 1. 
Good luck!!


Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

September 23, 2011 § 13 Comments

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Welcome to my stop on the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop! This hop is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Jen from I Read Banned Books! This hop is inspired by the ALA’s Banned Books Week that runs from September 24th to October 1st


After reading so many dystopian themed books recently, I have no trouble imagining the danger involved with allowing any group to control what we read. An attempt to control what a society reads is an attempt to control how a society thinks. I fully support the First Amendment and feel that censorship has no place in my country, state, city, library, or schools, and certainly not on my bookshelves. It makes me furious that some of the most challenged books are those that would provide our children with different perspectives on issues that are a well established fact of life, such as racism, homosexuality, and religion. I think that by allowing children to explore these issues, there is a strong likelihood that they may grow up without some of the same biases that cripple so many of us. While I understand the need to monitor what is appropriate for my child’s age, I do not feel the need to control my child’s personal beliefs and am happy to tell him what I believe but allow him the freedom to learn, grow, and discover his own opinions.

Furthermore, some of the most often challenged books are those that speak about very sensitive subject matter, such as sexual issues, rape, cutting, eating disorders, and suicide. These are so important to have available to our kids. I can’t even understand why someone would want to ban these type of books that have the potential to save lives. I have read so many accounts of these books having such a huge impact on the lives of teens and tweens. Why would we want to take that lifeline away from our kids simply because the subject matter may make some of us uncomfortable. Censorship is not an acceptable alternative to parenting. We should talk to our kids, monitor what they read, listen to, watch, etc. I don’t need any book burning/banning to help me be a mom.

Whatever your opinion may be about banning books, I fully support your right to have that opinion and even to write about it. That’s the beauty of the First Amendment.

Here is a list of the most challenged books of 2011

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: “Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group”



2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence



3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit



4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit



5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: “Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence”



6. Lush by Natasha Friend
Reasons: “Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group”



7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Reasons: “Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group”



8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: “Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint



9. Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: “Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit”



10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: “Religious Viewpoint, Violence

Giveaway
One winner will receive up to $20 in books from the Book Depository. Book choices are limited to those on the banned and challenged list above and the much longer list here: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009/index.cfm

Giveaway open to anywhere that the Book Depository ships to, it is your responsibility to make sure that the Book Depository ships to your country. Being a follower is not required to enter.

Be sure to visit all of the other wonderful giveaways celebrating Banned Books Week!

Winners!! Congratulations!

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Random.org has spoken, and after more entries than I ever imagined, the winners are:

Haves: Linda H

Have Nots: Jennifer @ Book Noise

Both have been contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. Congratulations to both of you, I hope you enjoy the books!

I really want to thank everyone who entered, followed, commented, and participated in this Giveaway Hop. And I especially want to thank Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer for hosting this and all the other wonderful hops! I look forward to participating in more!

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