Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Trouble with Toads by Danyelle Leafty – Book Blast & Blog Tour

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The Trouble with Toads 

Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful. Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with ‘Once upon a time’ to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic. Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad. If Bettony wants her Happily Ever After to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life. Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with directions . . . THE TROUBLE WITH TOADS (45,000 words) is the first book in a new upper MG series The Secret Stepsister Society. The second book will be released Summer 2013.

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Author Danyelle Leafty 

Danyelle Leafty writes upper MG and YA fantasy, and is the author of THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA series. Danyelle has always loved fairy tales, and prefers stories where someone gets eaten, or at the very least, transmogrified. Much of her inspiration has come from fairy tales, because as G.K. Chesterton so aptly states, "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She also collects books, and one day hopes to make a house out of them. She enjoys learning languages, fiddling with her harp, and perfecting the fine art of mothering. (It's a lot like trying to herd chickens during a lightning storm while a goat stampede is going on.) One of her heroes is Albert Einstein, particularly for the following quote: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The most important thing is not to stop questioning."

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Ends 6/10/13
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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. 
No purchase necessary. 
You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. 
The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. 
Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. 
Prize value $50 US.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop! (INT)

YAY! Welcome to No Strings Attached Giveaway.
Hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
This is a no strings attached, no requirements to enter hop.
A hop for all the people who hate jumping through hoops to enter giveaways.

And well, let's just make it simple and fast. For this giveaway, I'm giving:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Book(s) of Choice from The Book Depository (up to $10)

So, yes, it's International Giveaway as long as The Book Depository ships to your country (you can check it here).. All you have to do is click the rafflecopter below and enter you email address so that I can contact you if you win.  ;)

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Book Blast & Blog Tour: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!
His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?
Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?
Praise for Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
O’Rourke creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief – even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best. Clever, charming and affectionate. ~Jocelyn Bury …the reader must tenaciously read on rather than put the book down to satisfy their hunger for the story to resolve, which it does in characteristically Jane Austen fashion. ~Erin Murdock
In Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, author Sally Smith O’Rourke creates a compelling story that investigates what and who might have inspired Jane Austen. While the story line is certainly far-fetched, it is a truly unique idea, one that captivated this reader until the very last page. ~Meg Massey

Author Sally Smith O'Rourke 

Sally Smith O’Rourke is a surgical scrub nurse at the City of Hope national cancer research hospital in Duarte, California and resides in the near-by Victorian village of Monrovia. With her late husband, author Michael O’Rourke (aka F.M. O’Rourke) Smith O’Rourke owned and operated a medical advertising company where she used her diverse talents to produce and co-write teaching films and videos. Working not only with major medical and surgical manufacturing companies but also network television. These endeavors ultimately led to a collaboration on two feature films (direct to video) and three published novels. The wife and husband writing team of Sally Smith and Michael O’Rourke, being long-time fans of Jane Austen, wrote The Man Who Loved Jane Austen released by Kensington Books in 2006. Kensington followed that very successful effort with The Maidenstone Lighthouse in 2007 and Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage in 2009, both also collaborative projects by Smith and O’Rourke. Published after her partner and spouse’s untimely death in 2001, the publisher chose not to use the names Michael O’Rourke and Sally Smith (as the manuscripts were presented), releasing all three books under Sally Smith O’Rourke. Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is Sally Smith O’Rourke’s first solo novel.
Yours Affectionately tour

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop

Love in Bloom 
Giveaway Hop
Featuring Lighthearted/Contemporary Young Adult Romance
& Sweet, Clean Adult Romance
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Portrait of a Book
May 16th to 22nd
I'm giving away 1 of book of choice from these YA novels. I've read the first three books and want to read the second three books.
This is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country (you can check it here).

Just enter the Rafflecopter below.
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May New Release Giveaway Hop (INT)

Gaaah ... I almost forgot to post. Anyway, since I was a bit in a hurry, and a bit lazy and uncreative lately, let's just be quick and simple.

ONE winner gets to choose any MAY RELEASE book(s)  worth up to $15 from The Book Depository. So yes, this is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country (you can check it here).

Thanks for stopping by and entering. GOOD LUCK!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop (INT)

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop (May 13th to 19th, 2013), hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, KidLitFrenzy and Mymcbooks.

What is Children’s Book Week?

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

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I'm happy to join this giveaway because it gave me a chance to search those children books, and remembering books I read in my childhood. One of my favorite series would be any from Enid Blyton like Famous Five, Noddy, Malory Tower.

ONE winner gets to choose ONE paperback copy of 6 books below (with pictures) + 1 book from my favorite list from The Book Depository. So yes, this is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country (you can check it here). For US winner, I might order it from Amazon.

Additional Prize:
It's some of my favorite children book titles, I'd choose the print copy version):
The Little Prince, Cinderella, Oliver Twist, Moby Dick, Beauty and The Beast, A Little Princess, Snow White, Black Beauty, Pinocchio, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Three Little Pigs, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Invisible Man.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Tale of Mally Biddle Book Blast and Giveaway!

My very first time joining in a book blast. Somehow I choose this one ... and how I love the cover!

The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

Praise "To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!" ~April Holgate  
Author Melissa LeGette Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.

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Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 5/31/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cover Reveal: Working It Out by Rachael Renee Anderson

Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Working It Out
A chance encounter . . . 
Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.

A chance for love . . .  
Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there's something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he's everything she's sure she doesn't want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she's willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

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Ends 5/31/13

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

And the Winner Is ...

I have two giveaways ended almost at the same time.
So I'll just announce it in one post.

For the NON-FICTION GIVEAWAY HOP, the winner is:


For the APRIL NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY HOP, the winner is:


Email have been sent to both winners and they have 48 hours to respond or I'd pick a new winner.
To all who had entered the giveaway, thank you very much and I'll see you on next giveaways. Hope you gain your luck!

Waiting on Wednesday : Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This is my very first time with this meme.
I decided to pick this one:

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Exp. Pub.:  September 10th 2013 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

Why I pick this?
I'm not really a fangirl. Before, I've heard fanfic quite often, but never really understand what that is. Until last year I found this fanfic site (I can't remember the name) and read few of Harry Potter's adult version. I had two favorites (both about Germione and Malfoy. Ha!), I even save it for myself on my computer so that I can re-read. But I guess I was too lazy to look around and find another great stories because after I read some FF I didn't like, even hate it, I gave up. 
I guess I can say fanfic's not my thing. Sometimes some bad fanfics ruined the image I had about those characters. But I know people love it. And I admire them for being loyal to the series, the characters. 

Aside because I got curious, I love the cover. Simple and cute. And, after reading Rowell's Eleanor and Park (my review HERE), which I really really loved (but I bet some people don't like it because I must admit, it's a bit weird in some way), I want to read this one, too. :)

So what's your pick?