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Dust by Devon Ashley: Playlist + Giveaway

Blurb from Goodreads:

4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back.
68. The number inked upon my skin, marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.
87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned.
88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.

Healthy. Cheery. Vivacious. All traits Rosalie has before becoming enslaved by the faeries to make an endless supply of pixie dust. Now that Rosalie has been traumatized by slave labor, extreme desolate conditions and multiple deaths, this hardened pixie is anything but. When this rebellious teenager attempts an escape, she’s isolated in cramped quarters until she learns her place. Just as she begins to let go of all that hope, she finds an unlikely friend in Jack, the faerie assigned to guard her. Interspecies dating is forbidden in the fae world, so their growing attraction is unacceptable. And even if Jack can find a way to free her, they know the prison is the only place they can truly be together

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Below is the list of songs that can be listened to while reading the book. Or after you are done reading, think ” This song really goes with the book.”

  1. Unbroken by Demi Lovato
  2. We Found Love by Rihanna
  3. Fixed at Zero by VersaEmerge 
  4. Fall To Pieces by Avril Lavigne
  5. Part of Me by Katy Perry
  6. Fuckin’ Perfect by Pink
  7. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  8. Misguided Ghosts by Paramore
  9. Numb by Linkin Park 
  10. Missing by Evanescene 
  11. Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine 

And there you have the songs can best explained the mood and emotions of Dust. My favorite songs are the ones that I posted videos to.

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GIVEAWAY: Follow this link to the Rafflecopter and filled it out. You can win signed bookmarks, e-copies of Dust, and a Grand Prize (that includes body glitter). Fun times with glitter, lol.

Good Luck.

Also, Come Back on the 17th to read my review of DustWith a soundtrack like this one, I’m looking forward to reading it.

 

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First in a Series Giveaway (INT)

First in a Series Reading Challenge was the first challenge that I completed. In order to celebrate that little accomplishment, I’m going to give away one book from the list below.

Out of 30 books, the 15 below are my favorite. Clicking on the titles of the books will take you to my review of the book but more importantly, will provide the blurb for the book.

Row 1: Death Note, The Faustian Host, Intangible, The Earth Painter, Bizenghast Vol. 1

Row 2: Wasteland, Halo of the Damned, Finding Alice, Memento Nora, Across The Universe

Row 3: XXXHolic, Dead Witch Walking, Hollowland, Glass House, All’s Fair in Vanities War

Shinigami

Prophecy

Pychic

Powers

Ghosts

Angels

Angels

Angels

Dystopia

Dystopia

Witch

Witch

Hollowland

Zombies

Vampire

Mythology

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment stating what book you would like to win.

Extra entries can be earned by being a Twitter Follower (1+), a Goodreads friends (+1), or an e-mail follower (+2). Links are on your left.

It is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway. One of you will win one book from the list above.

GOOD LUCK! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner will be announce soon.

Guest Post + Giveaway with Denise Verrico of Immortyl Revolution

Let’s give a warm welcome to Denise Verrico. She is the author of the Immortyl Revolution. She is here today to discuss the biology aspect of vampires and to give away a collection of short stories.

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Vampires as Biological Creatures
by Denise Verrico

When I set out some fifteen years ago to write a vampire novel, I did a lot of research into vampire lore and read some of the classic stories. I found that almost every culture has some form of vampire legend. At that time, there weren’t nearly as many novels about vampires. Now they have their own sub genres in urban fantasy, romance and horror.

I wanted my vampires to be different from other writers’, but still be recognizable as vampires. I don’t mind vampires as sympathetic leading men and women. My vamps are very human in many aspects. They have hopes, dreams and aspirations. They fall in love. However, I want them to be somewhat alien creatures.

Everyone knows about old vampire legends and the movie and pop culture clichés. Fantasy is the realm of make-believe, and there is much room for interpretation. The idea of “science fiction” vampires appealed to me. Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is the classic example of these. Graphic novels like Ultra Violet and Aeon Flux have also explored this idea. My series plot, the race to capture the secrets of immortality, was inspired by articles I’ve read on biotechnology.

However, Immortyl Revolution is focused on the adventure, intrigue and relationships between characters. The premise behind the series is that vampires are human beings with a unique mutation. Immortyls are biologically altered men and women, so they behave a lot like mortals in many respects.

I hit upon the idea of a symbiotic organism passed through blood. This organism, like a virus would rip apart DNA and bond with it, but instead of destroying cells, it would allow them to replicate perfect copies of themselves forever, preventing aging and death. Human DNA is programmed to only produce so many copies and these grown less perfect as we age.

Immortyls have enhanced physical abilities, can’t go out in the sun, and can drink only human blood. Why do vampires usually choose to operate in the dark? There is really no reason I could find in folklore, other than it’s easier to sneak into peoples’ houses and drink their blood when they are sleeping. Some contemporary stories don’t follow this convention and in fact, this is something that started in the movies. Dracula went out in the daylight, but he was weaker. Vampires didn’t destruct in the sun until the silent film, Nosferatu, but I wanted my supermen to have their “kryptonite”, so I created a biological reason to keep them out of the sun, more in keeping with my set of rules. In a biological “world”, they wouldn’t burst into flame or dissolve into dust. This set me to thinking. Cancers are cells that grow unchecked to the point where they destroy neighboring structures in the body. I remembered seeing a program about flesh eating bacteria, (necrotizing strep). In a matter of hours this virulent bacteria can devour body parts. I thought this might be a way to describe the effect the sun has on a vampire’s body. Perhaps the ultra violet light could mutate the DNA and cause the cells to grow erratically.

Although some of my vampires are sympathetic, like Mia, Kurt and Cedric, my heroine and heroes, I still wanted them to be dangerous, because they obey a biological imperative. They still have a human psyche, but the mutation causes them to behave like a predatory animal and turns on their senses. This, of course, messes with their brains and many of them have difficulty dealing with their condition. I looked into psychological studies on violent behavior in human beings. Sociopaths lack empathy, which allows them to objectify others. Certainly some of my vampires fall into this category and don’t agonize over killing human beings. Most of them compartmentalize their emotions. Human beings under duress or expediency will treat others abysmally or even violently if the behavior is “permitted”. They begin to categorize people as “others” or less than human, therefore their violent behavior is acceptable to them under the circumstances. However, there are those individuals for whom this is unacceptable or who can’t successfully make this disconnect who will rebel against the idea that violence is okay. I try not to write characters that are just plain evil. Usually his or her agenda conflicts with the heroine and hero.

My vampires eat and drink like other people, but they take small, frequent meals because they metabolize energy faster. However, the symbiote depletes compounds in the blood, which must be replenished. My vampires couldn’t survive on animal blood, only human, but they can live on the donated variety and many do.

It’s fun to play around with myths and legends and come up with reasons behind them or find
alternatives to them. Creating the world of Immortyl Revolution was a lot of fun for me. I hope you’ll find it fun to read.

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Blurb from Amazon:
Can an Immortyl society survive in a modern world?

From the ashes of the first battle of the Immortyl Revolution, vampires Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen set out to build a new Immortyl society. Trouble arrives in the person of Cedric MacKinnon, a runaway adept of the ancient arts, who brings tidings of upheaval at the chief elder’s court that threatens everything Mia and Kurt have accomplished. Mia finds it hard to resist when Cedric pledges his service and tempts her with the legendary skills he learned as an Immortyl courtesan. Facing opposition from both within and out, Mia begins to doubt Kurt is up to the task of leading their followers to his vision of an Immortyl Utopia. Torn between her loyalty to Kurt and Cedric’s insistence that she is the earthly manifestation of the Goddess Durga and destined to lead, Mia confronts the greatest challenge of her life.

Servant of the Goddess can be purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

Denise Verrico can be found at her Facebook, Twitter, Website, and Blog

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Denise is going to give away a collection of short stores. It is called Annals of The Immortyls.

Blurb from Barnes and Nobles:
Forget the fairytale vampire romance…

Mia Disantini thought she found the man of her dreams, but is trapped in a nightmare from which she can’t wake up.

Kurt Eisen makes a monstrous bargain to survive a Nazi concentration camp and begins to understand what a monster truly is.

Cedric MacKinnon was once a celebrated vampire courtesan. Now he’s a deadly assassin, who has cheated death too many times.

GIVEAWAY TIME: Just leave a comment along with your e-mail. Everyone who leaves their e-mail will receive the book.

Interview +Giveaway with Kathy Logan of The Ruby Brooch

Let’s give a warm welcome to Kathy Logan. She is the author of The Ruby Brooch, a historical time-traveling novel.

Katherine is a distance runner and an avid reader who turned her love of reading into a passion for writing and has completed a sweeping time-travel romance The Ruby Brooch, Book 1 in the Celtic Brooch Trilogy. She is currently working on a contemporary story with a spin off character who demanded his story be told before she completed the other two planned time travels.

A graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey, she earned a BA in Psychology a minor in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, Katherine attended the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training earning a General Practice Certification. She returned to Central Kentucky and worked for twenty years as paralegal. She currently resides in Lexington and writes full time.

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In a sentence or two, please tell us why readers should read your novel.

The Ruby Broochhas an entertaining allure with amazing, non- cardboard characters, great storytelling, and constant action that will keep the reader riding an emotional roller-coaster while either laughing or crying.

Who do you imagine as the reader of your novel?

I’m going to answer with a line from the book. “People like me.” I’m a 62 year old widow and grandmother training for my first marathon. I’m very focused on nutrition, health and fitness. I’m a full-time writer, dating a fantastic man I met on Match.com, and I’m also my ailing mother’s full-time caregiver. In short, a woman who takes care of others, has two full time jobs, is in a relationship, and runs for exercise and health.

I believe that as busy women, we all want a few hours to ourselves to escape from our own worries and concerns and live vicariously through someone else’s troubles with a guaranteed happy ending. I think we’re looking to connect with a strong woman who’s been dealt a bad hand and has the gumption to play it out even though she’s scared to death, and in the midst of her fear, finds her true self. I believe those types of women exist in all genres from time- travels to vampires to regencies. It’s the journey, not necessarily the road. As a reader and as a woman, we want that journey to resonate and in a small way learn something that will make our life fuller and more productive.

How does Celtic mysticism play into The Ruby Brooch?

I’ll share a couple of snippets that aren’t spoilers.

The heroine’s Scottish godfather tells her, “I’ve studied our folklore most of my life, and I believe there are forces in the universe we can’t see or understand. If Sean [the heroine’s father] said this is magical [the ruby brooch], I have no reason not to believe him.” Elliott turned the brooch over and studied the back of the stone. “My grandfather used to say, ‘Some see darkness where others see only the absence of light.’”

Kit drew in a breath. “Meaning?”

Elliott placed the brooch in her hand and curled her fingers around it. “Keep an open mind.”

Later, when she meets the hero they have this exchange. The racing challenge died on the balmy breeze blowing in from the river as they strolled down the rickety sidewalk in silence. By the time they reached the end, the western sky had turned lavender with approaching dusk.

“In Scotland they call the meeting of the day with the night—”

“The gloaming,” the widow [the heroine] said. “Do you believe the time of two-lights is mystical?”

He lifted his eyebrow. “According to Scottish folklore encounters between the visible and invisible worlds occur then.”

“That must be why ghosts sometimes appear at twilight?” Her eyes were as dark and full of mystery as they had been when he first met her.

“And dawn,” he added. “That’s the time of day I saw the lady riding her mighty steed—”

They are interrupted at that point, but Cullen’s childhood vision is very much a part of the story, intertwining the past and present and future, as are Kit’s sightings of Cullen as a ghost that began when she turned 10.

What type of research did you do for the book?

I read dozens of journals written during the Great Migration, a time in our country’s history when women had small voices but indomitable spirits. I talked to experts on topics from carbon dating to rattlesnake bites. I read extensively about the suffragettes; the thoroughbred industry (breeding and racing); genealogy, paramedics; and 19th century legal education, property rights, wines, medicine, childbirth, cooking, oxen, cholera, and dozens of other topics. And, most importantly, I drove the Oregon Trail from Independence, MO, to Portland OR, following mile markers and wagon ruts and talked to people about the land and their family histories. Research, I think, is my favorite part of writing.

What was one of the most interesting data that you stumbled upon?

A week before Christmas 2010, I was researching guns and decided to visit one of our local gun shops. I walked through the front door of a very crowded gun store and stood there not sure where to go. A young man working the cash registered asked if he could help me. I said, “I need a gun that will shoot as many cows in the shortest amount of time.”

The store fell silent. A couple dozen men stared at me like I was crazy. I cleared my throat and explained that I was a romance writer and that my heroine was caught in the middle of a buffalo stampede and needed a weapon. The shock wore off and answers started flying. I still laugh when I think of that visit.

Was there a scene that you absolutely had to have in the book?

I fought (well, disagreed) with editors, dozens of contest judges, and critique partners who nixed the opening of the story. I wanted to show the heroine galloping across the pasture on her thoroughbred. The scene was vividly implanted in my head, and I refused to let it go. Finally, after taking on-line classes, reading, and studying the craft of writing, I slowly began to understand what everyone had tried to tell me. Riding her horse was not where the story action started. It was disappointing to let the scene go, but ultimately I knew it was the right thing to do.

There is a scene about half way through that story that couldn’t be left out. It’s a conversation between the hero and heroine about wearing all sorts of masks to hide who we really are. He asks her who she is down deep inside where no one goes. It was a hard scene to write but one that had to be included.

Quirky Information

Gil Grissom of CSI: Las Vegas or Jethro Gibbs from NCIS?

That one is easy. Jethro is Elliott Fraser, Kit’s godfather.

Captain America or Iron Man?

Captain America – a fish out of water.

If you could be a god/goddess, which one would you be?

Athena: a warrior, protector, working woman, and full of wisdom

Thank you so much for stopping by and doing the interview. Kathy has kindly offered to giveaway an e-book of her novel but first the blurb.

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Blurb from Amazon:
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs NinCan a 21st century paramedic find her heart’s desire on the other side of time?
From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s journey as she searches for the truth on the other side of the heather-scented mist.As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby and the only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.
After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father’s twenty-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents’ murders. For safety reasons, she adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna. Although a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior, she will be forced to lie and MacKlennas don’t lie, or so she thought. Finally, dressed and packed, she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back to Independence, Missouri, in the year 1852.

Upon arriving in the past, she meets Cullen Montgomery, an egotistical Scotsman with a penchant for seducing widows. The San Francisco-bound lawyer happens to resemble the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. She quickly finds the Bach-humming, Shakespeare-quoting man to be over-bearing and his intolerance for liars threatens her quest.

If she can survive his accusations and resist his tempting embrace for seventy-three days, she might be able to find the answers she seeks, and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.

Giveaway Time (International): Winner can win an e-book copy of The Ruby Brooch.
Mandatory Entry: Answer this question; what time period would you like to visit? And leave your e-mail.
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Giveaway ends on June 18 at 11:59 PM, midnight.
That’s it. Good luck to all of you.
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Kathy Logan can be found at her Blog, WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook
The Ruby Brooch can be bought at Amazon.

Review +Giveaway: Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Title: The Lure of Shapinsay
Author: Krista Holle
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: E-book
Source:  Author
Pub. Year: 2012
Purchase: Amz / B&N
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Amazon:
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Kait is awoken unexpectedly by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

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Random: Brush on up on 19th century Scottish lingo because as readers, we need it.

Having never read anything about selkies, I was intrigued by the mythology and world-building of the book. It was interesting to learn more about selkies and the inclusion of crazy characters really helped the books. Selkie are seal-men.

One of the things that as readers we have to get use to is the vernacular of the novel. It is written in Scottish English so it is English but it a little hard to understand. Right at the start, the word “bairn” is used and I had no idea what it meant so I’m confused (and maybe you will too) about what is going on within the first three pages. It turns out “bairn” is a child or son but I kept thinking it was an animal. It is also problematic when Eamon, the selkie, refers to the child as a “burd.” It’s bad enough I have decipher Kait’s language to understand what she is saying but I have to guess around with the selkie’s language as well.  There are multiples word that are not commonly heard in American English so that’s a head up about the language. “Haud your wheest” is another phrase that I have not been able to figure out. I think it translates to “Wait a moment.”

Kait, I’m not sure if I like or I don’t like her. She is madly obsess with Eamon the selkie to the point where she nearly kills herself just trying to find him in the ocean. She is consumed with madness which makes her an interesting character because she is crazy. But she is boy-crazy and I don’t like women who define themselves by their male partners and that is what Kait is doing. It’s hard to believe she honestly cares for Eamon (at the start of the novel) because she is a madly obsessive with him. It felt like that she didn’t love Eamon for who he was but what he was. Kait is fascinated by the idea of a selkie, that’s what she loves. She is adamant in forming a relationship with him that doesn’t feel real. Even at the end of the novel, there is still a little lingering thought that she likes him because of what he is but most of their love feels real by the end.

Eamon’s thoughts on Kait and his not-obsession but interest in Kait feels more genuine than Kait’s interest in Eamon. He doesn’t go through the near-death experiences. He is more curious and tries to learn more about her. He adapts to her ways which is hard for him to do. I was surprised to learn how young he was. That is a shocker. A great deal of the novel deals with Eamon trying to live on land and do right by Kait. He has to change what he is in order to live with her which drastically change him as a person. The good thing is that Kait does see the change and worries about it (more about what it means for her instead of him) but she does see that her way is hurting him so she does right by him in the end.

The romance of the novel (for me) feels forced and riddled with a love obsession that appear to become genuine is the end so that is the good thing. We do learn the selkie are bound to the sea for good reason. Tipper is the prime example of what can happen to selkie who are land bound. She is crazy, a nice word for her. She keeps looking for her seal skin so she can return to the sea but she is having trouble finding it. She now hates being on land and is growing old (which selkies are not meant to grow old). If Eamon stays on the land, she is what he will become. Tipper is the warning of what is to come but it is through Tipper that Kait realizes her dream of being with Eamon.  She is a double-edged sword.

Overall, it was interesting story that details the path of an obsession to true love. At least two of the characters are borderline mad which always makes for a great book.

4 BB-Ready for capture

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37th in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: E-book, Self-published, Where are you reading?-Scotland

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GIVEAWAY TIME, INTERNATIONAL

Krista has kindly offer to a giveaway package to an international reader. This package includes a paperback copy of the novel, a T-shirt, bookmarks and bookplates. Sounds pretty good to me.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering the question “Do you like the ocean?” and leave your e-mail.

Giveaway ends with on May 25.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.

Good luck!

Showers of Book Giveaway (International)


Welcome to Showers of Book Giveaway which is hosted by the lovely Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not  Writer and One A Day YA.

The book you can win at this site is The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Blurb from Amazon:
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

I have actually read it and I love it. I don’t have a review for it but it is really a great novel.

Mandatory: Fill out this form. You do not have to be a follower to enter.

Not required but garners extra points. The Form does ask for this so you do not have to leave it in the comment.
+1- Follow on Twitter
+1-Be my friend on Goodreads
+2- Follow by e-mail

I wish you all good luck. Head on over to Master Giveaway List to continue the Shower line of giveaways

Guest Post + Giveaway with Bella Street of Kiss Me, I’m Irish

Let’s give a warm welcome Bella Street of Kiss Me, I’m Irish.

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Love and Mischief With Cornish Pixies

by Bella Street

The ideas of sweet, child-like faeries are largely a product of the Victorian age. In ancient lore, faeries  were a mischievous, and sometimes downright murderous, lot.

And Cornish pixies (or piskeys) could be be the most magical and evil of all.

According to Pixie Folklore and Legends by Enys Tregarthen, God once called on Adam and Eve after they’d been driven from Eden. Eve was washing the children (she had a lot by then) but still had some unwashed. She presented the clean children to God, and when He asked if she had other children, Eve said no because she was embarrassed that some were still dirty. God was upset at her deception and so decreed that the children Eve hid must remain hidden. The children went away into the forests, hills, and remote places where they remain invisible from man, ‘not good enough for heaven and not bad enough for hell’.

So maybe they have a reason to be annoyed. But a quick note to the kids—don’t fight bath time!

When they’re in a good mood, pixies might clean your house when you’re not looking (please come to my house—see I left out milk for you!), and have parties complete with tiny horses and chariots when you’re asleep. If you happen to wander into a ring of stones or toadstools, you’ll be pixie-led, destined to wander aimlessly, speaking jibberish (or maybe that was too much whiskey—which oddly enough rhymes with piskey—but I digress).

Truly evil pixies are called spriggans and have been known to steal babies from their cribs, leaving behind one of their own kind called a ‘changeling’. A formerly sweet, perfect child grows into a sullen troublemaker. Who’s with me in saying they’ve met one? I know, right?

Kiss Me, I’m Irish explores a bit of this world against the perhaps not-so-magical backdrop of a jaded musician trying to break into the music business coupled with a young lady with a weakness for Irish gentlemen and romance novels.

Bella has been kind enough to offer a paperback or E-book copy of Kiss Me, I’m Irish so let’s have a giveaway but first the blurb.

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Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England–namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness. But it’s more loneliness than rebellion that motivates her to escape her certain fate. 

Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career–and even less for the dark places in his soul. 

Pixie dust and thieving mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts–because a girl can only get so far without a little magic in her life

Giveaway Time (International): Winner can choose between a paperback copy or an e-book.

Contents end on April 17.

Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway (INT)

Welcome to the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop. This lovely hop is hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Lora from Read For Your Future.

What can you win here? How about a lovely copy of Across the Universe or A Million Suns if you have already read Across the Universe and feel free to read my review of it.

Blurb from Barnes & Nobles:
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Blurb from Barnes & Nobles
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

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Young Adult Giveaway (Int)

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Welcome to my first Giveaway. <- See the capital. It’s a big moment for me and an even bigger moment for people seeing this post. You have the opportunity to win

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood

Blurb from Amazon
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

I love this book, I gave it 5 Black Butterflies so I’m hoping someone else like it. See my review of Anna Dressed in Blood.

It’s International so everyone can enter. Just read my Giveaway Policy. And fill out this form.

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I would bring my Evil Eye necklace otherwise known as The Eye of Ra which is a protection symbol against harm.

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