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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

WW28: BREATH OF FIRE

WW28
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  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
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WW28 book offering: Breath Of Fire by Tammy Kane
Page 28, 1st Sentence:
"I will not," he whispered.
Sounds like he isn't too cinvinced...  :)

About Breath Of Fire:
When the dragon came to claim him, Karl knew his great plan had gone horribly wrong. If he had known the creature was real, he wouldn't have scoffed at the villagers... and he certainly wouldn't have been so quick to let them chain him to a rock. Mattaen Initiates trained as warriors, but no man could defeat a dragon.

"My name is Elera daughter of Shane. And you, Initiate, are my virgin prize."

She had vanquished the beast and anmed ner price: one night with the virgin sacrifice she'd saved. He'd taken a vow of chastity, but Karl still had a man's needs - and Elera's sultry curves made him ache to taste his first woman. With one scorching kiss she shattered his defenses… and led him into a world of deception and seduction, where he’d be forced to choose between the brotherhood that had raised him and the woman whose courage set his heart on fire.
Source: Info in the About Breath Of Fire was taken from the book's back cover on 24/05/2010.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Review: PETER ANDRE: MY WORLD IN PICTURES AND WORDS

Genre: Autobiography

About Peter Andre: My World In Pictures And Words:
Peter Andre is a national icon. Without doubt the sexiest man in pop, there are few red-blooded females who wouldn't welcome the chance to get close to Peter Andre. Since his breakup with Katie Price, his profile has exploded, making him one of the biggest male celebrities in the UK. His easy charm, his self-deprecating humour, his legendary torso and his obvious passion for his children and for his role as father have won him millions of fans. And Peter Andre is here to stay. His Revelation tour, his upcoming TV projects and now this gorgeous and insightful book will further catapult him to stardom. 2010 will cement his reputation as the sexy and extremely loveable heart-throb the nation has taken under its wing.
Source: Info in the About Peter Andre: My World In Picture And Wordss was taken from amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-World-pictures-Peter-Andre/dp/0718156943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276193674&sr=1-1 on 10/07/2010.

Review:
I don't usually read biographies. In fact, I don't. But I made an exception just this once. But this one is easy. Just like the title of the book says, Peter tells the story of his life in pictures. I felt that the words were just supplementary to what he is trying to say with the images. The adage: "a picture paints a thousand words" comes to mind. I actually went through the book in the time it took to get home from Yeovil. So if you want a quick autobiographical read, pick this one up!

I came to know Peter, not by the stories of his life he tells, but by how he told it. The most telling of all, is the positive way he say things, even at his bitterest moments. He never bad mouthed anybody! That gives me a glimpse of his inner self. It tells me that deep down, here is a good man. Imperfect, but good. I also find it honest of him to admit the pain and hurt in front of the whole world. Not a lot celebrities would be brave enough to do that.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

IN THE MAIL: THE IRON HUNT

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu

About The Iron Hunt:
Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremeties... tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.

I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.

By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own - demons of the flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. It's the only way to live, and the very way she'll die. For one day her demons will abandon her for her daughter to asure their own survival - leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.

But such is the way of Earth's last protector - the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veil. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment - and one man - changes everything...
Source: Info in the About The Iron Hunt was taken from the back cover of the book.

Short Novella PreQuel To Iron Hunt: Companion Story - Iron Hunt

I would like to thank Orbit for the review copy of The Iron Hunt received!

WW28: THE RADLEYS

WW28
This is your chance to showcase your favourites!!
  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
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WW28 book offering: The Radleys by Matt Haig
Page 28, 1st Sentence:
They study German in a vast old room with a high ceiling, from which hang down eight strip lights.
Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About The Radleys:
Meet the Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret.

From one of Britain's finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain – and lose – when we deny our appetites.
Source: Info in the About The Radleys was taken from the author's website at http://matthaig.com/theradleys.htm on 12/06/2010.

I would like to thank Walker Books Ltd. for the review copy of The Radleys by Matt Haig received!!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

I SO WANT TO READ THIS: NO MERCY

WISHLIST:

No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
WereHunter story #8 / Dark Hunter read #27


Publication Date: August 2010

About No Mercy:
Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.
Source: Info in the About No Mercy was taken from the authors' website at http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book_profile.php?id=92 on 25/04/2010.

Friday, 18 June 2010

IN THE MAIL: LEGACY OF THE ELDRIC, DARK LIFE, THE RADLEYS

What came in through the post this last week or so:
I would like to thank whoever sent me Legacy Of The Eldric by David Burrows because I cannot for the life of me remember where I won this book from!! If that was you, please remind me again and Thank You!!!
Legacy Of The Eldric by David Burrows
Prophecy Of The Kings - Book 1

About Legacy Of The Eldric:
A Meeting of Souls.
The Prophecy of the Kings - Synopsis
I was day dreaming, staring deep into the dying embers of the coal fire, my eyeballs dry from the heat as I ignored the howl of the wind on a bitter January night. I jumped when a knock at the door interrupted my reverie. This was an insistent knock, a loud demanding knock; one that shattered the calm, refusing to be ignored. Sighing, I went to the door, angered by the loss of solitude made worse by the frigid wind that greeted me.

He was an old man with an old man's frailties. His face was long, and his flesh grey and wrinkled. Dark bags beneath his eyes suggested insomnia, the curse of the old.

"Yes," I said, not hiding the anger that I felt.

"I need to speak with you," he snapped, seemingly equally irritable.

"Do I know you?" I asked, for his tone was one of a relative, making demands.

I did not like his look and was already pushing the door to when, remarkably swift for an old man, an arthritic claw grabbed the door and a boot thudded against the base.

I was scared now. He had shocked me. Feral eyes locked on mine, deep dark and accusing. "I need to talk," he insisted.

My first thoughts were to call for help. Phone the police perhaps, but that would be too late. He was wild ... a mad man standing halfway in my house. The simplest course seemed to be to let him in and listen to his ramblings, after all he was an old man and what harm could he do?

As he swept inside, I noticed for the first time his attire. It was outlandish to say the least, a long flowing tunic, grimed with dirt, and the cuffs frayed. At one time it had probably been blue, a deep rich colour, but under the dirt it was now hard to say. He smelt old, and a scent lingered that I found hard to place, but an image of a dragon swept to mind and I shivered, even though the door was now shut.

With a thud he dropped a sizeable doorstep of papers on the coffee table. The paper was sun-bleached and aged as much as he was. I shook my head; it was going to be a long night.

As I sat, a hand shot out and with strength belittling his years seemed to seek to crush my bones as though talking was insufficient to hold my attention. Well that did it; he had my attention now as dread coursed through my veins.

"I am Vastra," he announced as though it was of some importance. "Vastra," he repeated, his mouth agape. .

"My arm," I wheedled for I did not relish the pain.

He looked at me, before releasing his grasp. My wrist was red and burned still from his grip. The wind rattled the window, deepening the mood.

"I have done much wrong and I need to atone," he said, looking at me fiercely. I nodded and he sat back. His eyes swept around the room, glancing at the TV and the hi-fi, but somehow unseeing.

"I did them all wrong. I betrayed them, but I tried ... in the end. Oh, yes, I tried. It is in the manuscript, I have written it all down. A labour of love some would say, but to me it is a curse, for my part in it was real, too real and the impact had repercussions across the world, ours and theirs."

"Theirs?" I asked.

He nodded. "Demons. Dragons," he said in a hushed voice

I believed him. Why shouldn't I?

"Go on," I said, enthralled.

"I was an ambitious fool. I thought that I controlled the imp, but I didn't."

When he said the word imp, something appeared, hovering by his side. A small demon-like creature, hairless, a green glow emanating from deep within its flesh. I jumped and could not hide my fear.

"Do not worry," he sneered, glancing at the creature. "It is a memory, a shaol, a guardian spirit. That is all...

"Some guardian though! I can see yours, faint across the expanse of time. He will protect you as best he can; a sixth sense in the darkest hour. But why did I trust an imp? I was warned, by my friends... but I knew better, and the very people who would have helped me, I ignored, and worse, betrayed."

His gaze dropped and the final word was barely a whisper. A tear slid down his cheek and fell upon the manuscript.

"No one is alone," I said. "You must have friends, talk to them."

He sniffed wiping the tears with his cuff, shaking his head. "I cannot, for I am banished from that world. Shastlan understood. The ghost of a dead emperor, exiled from his own world for deeds as bad as mine. What a pair we made, arrogant and foolish, engrossed in our own self-importance.

"And what of the people I betrayed. Kaplyn. As good a friend as any, but so far beneath my ambitious scheming. Of all the people, I hurt him the worst. I would make amends, but I cannot.

"Because of me, his family and friends all died. I was responsible for Shastlan becoming his shaol. Mad whispering in the dark of the night. And dragons! An evil curse to blight the world. Demons and dragons, the choice was unfair. How could anyone choose and remain sane?"

"Surely it cannot be that bad," I said when he fell silent, his gaze riveted to the manuscript.

"Read it," he said through clenched teeth. "Judge me then, not before. I must atone."

"How is this atoning?" I said. "You chastise yourself with a stick of your own making. How can I be your judge? Surely your friends have judged and forgiven you. Everyone has a spark of good deep within. They must have seen yours."

"Read it! " he insisted.

I picked it up. Reverently. It was heavy as though weighted by the souls of the damned. When I looked up, he was gone. Yet the tearstain on the cover was as real as anything I had ever seen.

The Prophecy of the Kings , the title said. Flicking to the back cover it was signed Vastra.

Having now read the manuscript I wonder at our meeting. Was he a shoal, or a restless spirit wandering the worlds seeking redemption? Of one thing I am certain, if his world was real then the tale must be told. By doing so, it honours the dead, and forgives those who need to be forgiven.

Excuse me then for claiming to be the author. It is a wondrous story and it will move you. As you read, think then upon Vastra, and Shastlan. Perhaps we can find it in our hearts to forgive, for now I know why so many people in their worlds would not. But then, that was Vastra's intent, and if he knocks on your door in the dead of night, listen to his tale. It will move you, as it has moved me.

David Burrows
Source: Synopsis in the About Legacy Of The Eldric was taken from the author's website at http://davidburrows.org.uk/synopsis.html on 05/06/2010.

I would like to thank Simon & Schuster for the copy of Dark Life by Kat Falls received.

About Dark Life:
The oceans rose up, swallowing up the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life.

Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life . . . secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

In her debut novel, Kat Falls has created a breathtaking world where the deep can be dangerous, the darkness can be deadly, and sometimes it takes extraordinary power to survive.
Source: Info in the About Dark Life was taken from amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Life-Kat-Falls/dp/1847387616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276191162&sr=1-1 on 10/06/10.

I would like to thank Walker Books Ltd. for the review copy of The Radleys by Matt Haig received!!

About The Radleys:
Meet the Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret.

From one of Britain's finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain – and lose – when we deny our appetites.
Source: Info in the About The Radleys was taken from the author's website at http://matthaig.com/theradleys.htm on 12/06/2010.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Review: ABHORSEN by Garth Nix

Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Book 3 of the Old Kingdom trilogy

Genre: dark fantasy

About Abhorsen:
The Ninth was strong
and fought with might,
But lone Orannis
was put out of the light,
Broken in two
and buried under hill,
Forever to lie there,
wishing us ill.

So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers.

Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions -- Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget -- have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.

To make matters worse, Sam's best friend, Nick, is helping the Destroyer, as are the necromancer Hedge and the Greater Dead Chlorr, and there has been no word from the Abhorsen Sabriel or King Touchstone.

Everything depends upon Lirael. A heavy, perhaps even impossible burden for a young woman who just days ago was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the rather mixed help of her companions, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer.

Before it is too late. . .

ABHORSEN is the third and final book in the Abhorsen trilogy.
Source: Info in the About Abhorsen was taken from the books' official website at http://www.abhorsentrilogy.com/abhorsen.html on 22/05/2010.

My Review:
A rousing and very satisfying conclusion to a most wonderful tale!

As per usual, this book is fast-paced page-turner. The storytelling quality is very compelling. A 5 out of 5. Nix gives us characters which will stay with a reader long after one has finished reading the book. Another 5 out of 5. World building is beautifully woven that a reader can suspend disbelief very effortlessly. Masterpiece.

CymLowellOverall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

WW28: PETER ANDRE

WW28
  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous - WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.

WW28 book offering: PETER ANDRE: MY WORLD IN PICTURES
Page 28, sentence 1:

So my brothers and I all loved music, but we had our own favourite stuff.

About Peter Andre: My World In Pictures:
Peter Andre is a national icon. Without doubt the sexiest man in pop, there are few red-blooded females who wouldn't welcome the chance to get close to Peter Andre. Since his breakup with Katie Price, his profile has exploded, making him one of the biggest male celebrities in the UK. His easy charm, his self-deprecating humour, his legendary torso and his obvious passion for his children and for his role as father have won him millions of fans. And Peter Andre is here to stay. His Revelation tour, his upcoming TV projects and now this gorgeous and insightful book will further catapult him to stardom. 2010 will cement his reputation as the sexy and extremely loveable heart-throb the nation has taken under its wing.
Source: Info in the About Peter Andre: My World In Pictures was taken from the amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-World-pictures-Peter-Andre/dp/0718156943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276193674&sr=1-1 on 10/07/2010.

Monday, 14 June 2010

MY AVENGING ANGEL + $15 AmazonGC Giveaway

At today's blog tour stop, we have the pleasure of having the wonderful company of Michael the Archangel!!!

And I would like to apologize in advance if my questions sounded a bit generic! When I prepared the interview questions I did not know that Michael would descend upon us :), but Michael has cool answers:

• First of all... please tell us a little more about yourself.
    • I think enough has been written about me that most people know who the hell I am. I am the Archangel Michael and if Lucifer ever has the nerve to come crawling out of that cesspool known as Hell, I’m going to take out that back-stabbing son of a bitch.
• Are you into reading books? If so, what is your reading list?
    • Who has the time to read? I leave that kind of crap to my mate, Tory. Though I have to admit, I do enjoy the parts where the bad guys die. Especially when it’s a demon getting sliced and diced. It warms my soul.
• If you could have one superpower, what would it be? What kind of power would you choose?
    • Sweetheart, I was the first superhero. Though that laser thing Superman does with his eyes is pretty damn cool. I’d love to be able to do that.
• What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
    • Falling in love. Christ, I sound like a pussy but there you go. I never thought anyone could bring me to my knees, especially one tiny woman, but Tory owns my soul.
• If you suddenly come to have $1M, what would you do?
    • If only money could solve my problems, I’d hire dozens of new warriors and wipe the demons from the face of the Earth. Unfortunately, the angel populace is shrinking, not growing. And humans are far too fragile; they have a tendency to die.
Thank you so much for being with us today Michael!!!!

Now here is the scoop about My Avenging Angel:
To save her life, he must break a covenant—and lose his heart.

An Angels and Demons story.

It’s Victoria Bloom’s twenty-fifth birthday. But is she out celebrating? Oh, no. She’s in a stuffy old attic with the Three Stooges—a.k.a. her so-called spirit guides. There’s a demon who wants her dead, the same one that killed her mother two decades ago. No worries, say the Stooges. All she has to do is summon an angel. What could go wrong?

Well, plenty when you summon the wrong angel. The next thing Tory knows, she’s got one very bad-ass, pissed-off and sexy Archangel on her hands.

Michael, mighty warrior, leader of an elite team of demon killers, is shaking in his heavenly combat boots. Not because he finds all humans distasteful. But because he’d rather face Lucifer himself than the woman his soul has just recognized as his mate. Binding himself to a mortal, one who will eventually die, is the one path he’s sworn never to follow.

It’s too late now; his fate is sealed. With one touch, she becomes as necessary to him as the air he breathes. He will move heaven and earth to protect her—but against a demon as powerful as Asmodeus, heaven and earth may not be enough…
Source: Info in the Now here is the scoop about My Avenging Angel was taken from the publisher's website at http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/avenging-angel-p-5715.html on 11/06/2010.

Author Link: Madelyn Ford
Publisher Link: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Blog Tour Link: Goddess Fish
Buy Link(s):
Samhain Publishing Ltd.

Giveaway:
Madelyn will be giving away a $15 Amazon gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter from the blog stops. To enter, leave a comment on the blog stops (listed below) -- enter at every stop each day to earn more entries!

GoddesFishThis blog tour was courtesy of GoddessFish. The tour stops:
June 7 Book Junkie
June 8 Savage Hunter
June 9 Love Romance Passion
June 10 J.A. Saare
June 11 Travel The Ages
June 14 Cherry Mischievous
June 15 The Book Junkie's Bookshelf
June 16 From The Shadows
June 17 You Gotta Read Reviews
June 18 Taste of Kiwi

*Disclaimer: Tour images (tour logo/banner at top and My Avenging Angel cover art tour image) were provided by GoddessFish. The angel image below the tour banner is from the internet and is assumed to be under the Common License.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

PETER ANDRE: MY WORLD IN PICTURES Book Signing

Event: Book signing by Peter Andre at Waterstones, Yeovil (12/06/2010)

I met Pete at one of his book signings for his newly released book, Peter Andre: My World In Pictures and Words. I can't gush enough about how wonderful he is! It was only like, a two second "hi, hello, please sign my copy" thing but he has presence! And he makes you feel like a princess by giving you all his attention in that moment in time. I guess I was kind of expecting a celebrity with an ego bigger than continental europe... but nooooo, Pete was so down to earth! I guess that is one of his charms!! I wasn't really a Peter Andre fan before I queued up for his book signing, but I am now!!

The event was well organized. Waterstones staff going up and down the queue to make sure that people are behaving. Giving reassurances that those at the back of the snaky long queue will still see Pete. And doing what can be done prior to the actual signing, like, attending to people who wanted to buy the book before getting to Pete to get it signed. The Waterstones people were a pro!! Pete's people, on the other hand, were not. There was this girl (Indian-looking, mid-thirties) standing by Pete's right shoulder who keep smirking at girls gushing at Pete. I don't know who she was, or what her role was at the event. But we are fans and we want to enjoy our two-second glory with Pete and willing to pay for it. Smirking will not earn Pete money or sell his book. Which I thought was the whole point of the book signing event. I don't know whether they were trying to play "good cop and bad cop" where Pete gets to be shown off as the "good cop", but, it sure puts Pete's people in a very bad light!

About Peter Andre: My World In Pictures:
Peter Andre is a national icon. Without doubt the sexiest man in pop, there are few red-blooded females who wouldn't welcome the chance to get close to Peter Andre. Since his breakup with Katie Price, his profile has exploded, making him one of the biggest male celebrities in the UK. His easy charm, his self-deprecating humour, his legendary torso and his obvious passion for his children and for his role as father have won him millions of fans. And Peter Andre is here to stay. His Revelation tour, his upcoming TV projects and now this gorgeous and insightful book will further catapult him to stardom. 2010 will cement his reputation as the sexy and extremely loveable heart-throb the nation has taken under its wing.
Source: Info in the About Peter Andre: My World In Pictures was taken from the amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-World-pictures-Peter-Andre/dp/0718156943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276193674&sr=1-1 on 10/07/2010.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

IN THE MAIL: THE TURNING, SHADOW GUARD, LOVER MINE

I would like to thank whoever sent me The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout because I cannot for the life of me remember where I won this book from!! If that was you, please remind me again and Thank You!!!

About The Turning:
Book 1 of the Blood Ties series
I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.
So now I'm a vampire, and it turns out I have a blood tie to the monster who sired me. The tie works like an invisible leash and I'm bound to him no matter what I do. And of course he's one of the most evil vampires on earth. With my sire hell-bent on turning me into a soulless killer and his sworn enemy set to exterminate me, things couldn't get much worse -- except I'm attracted to them both.
Drinking blood, living as an immortal demon and being a pawn between two warring vampire factions isn't exactly how I'd imagined my future. But as my father used to say, the only way to conquer fear is to face it. So that's what I'll do. Fangs bared.
Source: Info in the About The Turning was taken from the author's website at http://jenniferarmintrout.com/bt.html on 05/06/2010.

I would like to thank Kim Lenox for hosting the Free Book contest which made it possible for me to win Night Falls Darkly and So Still The Night!!!

About Night Falls Darkly:
Shadow Guard series book 1
Death is inevitable.
But there are some souls, more wicked and disobedient than most, who defy Death’s claim.
Rebellious souls who must be called to heel.

ARCHER, Lord Black, returns to England at the behest of Queen Victoria to immerse himself in the dark, hellish streets of London’s East End. Among the immortal Shadow Guard, he is the most prolific and cunning of the Reclaimers. He revels in the hunt of his current prey: an ill-mannered, reluctant soul reviled in the daily newspapers as Jack the Ripper. Archer has only one weakness … one distraction … the young woman he spared from death two years before.

ELENA WHITNEY has never wanted for anything — not since coming under the protection of her mysterious and absent guardian, Lord Black, who has gifted her with everything a young woman of quality could ever hope for, including an enviable address, an unlimited income and entrĂ©e into the drawing rooms of high society. But now, after nearly two years of indifference, he believes he can sweep into her life and rid himself of her by marrying her off. If he knew anything about her — anything at all — he’d know she had greater aspirations than that.
Source: Info in the About Night Falls Darkly was taken from the author's website at http://www.kimlenox.com/books/ on 05/06/2010.

About So Still The Night:
Shadow Guard series book 2
Marcus Helios was a member of the Shadow Guard until one reckless act changed it all, bringing him to the edge of madness. His hope for salvation lies in a cryptic message contained within two cryptic scrolls he believes to be in the possession of an enigmatic beauty named Mina. And Mina is not about to hand over the scrolls’ secrets to a total stranger.

But someone else has designs on the mysterious relics, and on Mark: Jack the Ripper’s jilted bride. Her malevolent embrace will trap everyone within reach, and her dark plans will challenge the powers of all she is destined to destroy.
Source: Info in the About So Still The Night was taken from the author's website at http://www.kimlenox.com/books/ on 05/06/2010.

I would like to thank Juju over at Tales Of Whimsy for hosting a contest which made it possible for me to win Lover Mine by JR Ward!!!

About Lover Mine:
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
Source: Info in the About Lover Mine was taken from the author's website at http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html on 05/06/2010. Please note that pic used here is stock image and does not necessarily correspond to actual book.
 
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