Winter Romance Bundle Giveaway!

It’s getting cold outside so let’s keep things steamy inside. Today we’re giving away a positively giant bunch of romance novels for you to enjoy. The bundle even includes advance copies of books not yet released!

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • From international bestseller Christina Lauren, Beautiful Player (which we reviewed yesterday) and two novellas in the Beautiful Bastard Series: Beautiful Beginnings and Beautiful Bombshell.
  • From Alice Clayton’s Redhead seriesThe Unidentified Redhead and an advance copy of the upcoming book The Redhead Plays Her Hand.
  • The first in a new series by Jennifer Probst, author of The Marriage Bargain and the Marriage to a Billionaire series, Searching for Someday.
  • An advance copy of Thrown by Colette Auclair, an upcoming romance about a champion horseback rider.
  • The first in a new series, Tangled by Emma Chase, about two investment bankers who compete at work and in bed.
  • Paranormal romance Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman, full of archangels and demons.
  • Sci-fi romance Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne, set in a future searching for a new earth where genetics are tightly monitored.
  • Vampire romance Bound by Night by Larissa Ione, author of the Demonica series.
  • Secret Shared by L. Marie Adeline, about a secret society helping women realize their fantasies.
  • Just One Night by Kyra Davis, a collected set of 3 novellas: The Stranger, Exposed and Binding Agreement, a billionaire romance.
There’s also a runner-up package that includes the Christina Lauren books and a couple other goodies. Enter below with Rafflecopter and good luck!

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Fall Nonfiction Book Bundle Giveaway!

All through the months I save advance copies of books until I build up a perfect book bundle just waiting to be mailed into a happy reader’s hot little hands.

The newest bundle is an amazing collection of nonfiction, memoir and biography.featuring some really big names.

  • Dancing with the Enemy: My Family’s Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser. Raised Roman Catholic, the author learned that his family had Jewish roots. While researching his family he found out the story of his Aunt Rosie, betrayed to the Nazis, who survived Auschwitz by teaching dance lessons to the SS.
  • Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan. The author of previous memoirs Lift and The Middle Place, here Corrigan tells of her tricky relationship with her mother which gained even more depth after she became a nanny in Australia.
  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward. Ward won the National Book Award for her Hurricane Katrina novel Salvage the Bones. Here she shares the story of her family in rural Mississippi, their community, their struggle and most of all, the tragic loss of five young black men in her life, including her brother. A vital book on race and place in the US.
  • Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart. Renowned for witty and strong fiction such as Absurdistan, Shteyngart was born “Igor” in Leningrad near the end of the Soviet Union. He shares his immigrant experience and how he earned his mother’s nickname, “Failurchka,”–little failure, by refusing to be a lawyer or accountant.
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Haunting from the very first page, Fink’s meticulously researched book follows the plight of a group of doctors, nurses, patients and family members trapped in Memorial Hospital during Katrina.
  • The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy. Conroy is a master of both fiction (The Prince of Tides) and memoir (My Losing Season) but here he focuses on the strongest figure in his life and his career: his father Don Conroy, who he used as a model for Bull Meachem in his novel The Great Santini.
  • Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang. At the age of 16, Cixi was chosen to be a concubine of the emperor. When he died, her five-year-old son took the throne and she took over the country behind the scenes. An amazing story of the most important woman in Chinese history.

One lucky reader gets ALL of these books, can you believe it? Some are already out, but some won’t be available until 2014. You lucky winner, you. Enter through the widget below. Contest ends Wednesday at midnight.

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Dangerous Girls

Title: Dangerous Girls

Author: Abigail Haas. This is a pen name for Abby MacDonald, the author of several YA novels, including Getting Over Garrett Delaney.

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Readers: Teacher Ninian, prosecutor Rochelle, project manager Andrea, higher ed professional Renee and stay-at-home mom Colleen B.

Summary: It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Our Take: A serious thrill ride of a book, a dark and fast read that will take you for a ride. Mature material may not make it ideal for younger teens. Great for grown-ups. Read if you liked Gone GirlPretty Little Liars and other stories about girls gone bad.

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The Panopticon

TitleThe Panopticon

Author: Jenni Fagan

Genre: Commercial Fiction, Sci-Fi, we don’t really have a good answer for this one.

Readers: Policy wonk BakingSuit, copyeditor Lori, librarian Pam, day care teacher EMarie and nonprofit director Kimberly.

Summary: Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can’t remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais’s school uniform. Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it’s a given, a liberty – a fact. And the experiment is closing in.

Our Take: A split decision. Everyone found it challenging and thought-provoking. Very dark and troubling. Lori and EMarie thought it worked while Pam, Kimberly and BakingSuit thought it didn’t quite come together. Definitely not light reading, but perhaps a good pick for those who like a challenge.

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Book Blitz: Dicey Grenor

We’re really excited to be a part of this summer’s Author Blitz put together by Books and Broomsticks. We are the proud hosts of author Dicey Grenor, who’s kind enough to answer far too many of our questions. We’re also giving away an e-copy of her Narcoleptic Vampire series to one lucky winner so be sure to keep reading…

You can see the Blitz schedule here. And join in on their Facebook event today, July 26th, at 3 pm!

Let’s start by talking about your books! You wrote the Narcoleptic Vampire series following your protagonist Sleepy Willow. Can you introduce people who aren’t familiar with it to a little bit about what they can expect from this series?

Thank you for having me on your blog today! The Narcoleptic Vampire Series is edgy. It’s raw and hardcore. It’s for adults who like characters that aren’t perfect and story lines that aren’t formulaic. Sleepy Willow is a vampire with narcolepsy, who works in a fetish club as a Necrophilia Specialist, and has a love interest with a personality disorder. This is during an era when vampirism is illegal, and Willow’s fighting with her maistre vampire for freedom from his tyranny. There are quite a few supernatural creatures to follow as the series goes on. On one layer, there are shocking sex scenes, taboo situations, and dysfunction all around. For those willing to dig deeper, there is a layer that encourages readers to think about their own world views and how they relate to others.

Did you always want to write about vampires? Or did it just happen by chance?

I’ve always wanted to write, and I’ve always loved vampire stories. It was only a matter of time before my passion for both would merge. Coming up with a unique concept in this saturated genre was difficult, but important to me, particularly because I wanted my work to stand out. Once I became serious about writing a novel, I wrote SHAMEFUL first, hoping a vampire idea would come soon. It did. Getting my first novel out of the way, gave me the momentum I needed. Fresh ideas for my vampire series flowed easily after that. I moved full steam ahead to my heart’s content. If I happen to end up being the last person writing about vampires, that would be A-ok with me. It’s in my blood.

So… narcolepsy. Definitely not something I’ve seen with vampires or romance novels before. Where did the inspiration come from for that?

Ah. Thank you. Being different was part of my grand scheme. *smile* Hubby and I were discussing dangerous situations a vampire might find him or herself in. He brought up narcolepsy as a joke, and we had fun with it. But once it came to mind, I couldn’t shake the idea, and decided to write my main character with the condition. I intended to write humorous situations, but still remain respectful of anyone who actually lived with the disorder. A few readers with narcolepsy and some who work professionally with sleep disorders have expressed their thanks and admiration for how I’ve treated the subject matter. That warms my heart to no end.

Do you have a “type” of reader? Romance lovers? Paranormal lovers? Or do you find your book attracts all kinds of readers?

I’d love for everyone to read my books and think they are the greatest inventions since sliced bread, but that will never happen. I definitely have a target audience: paranormal romance lovers who want something different, unpredictable, AND prefer their books to be edgy. If you’re squeamish or easily offended over profanity, explicit sex, graphic violence, and/or taboo situations, my books are not for you. There are plenty of other people who write those books. I’m interested in going against the grain. I warn people to death about them, so I no longer feel guilty when someone reads my books out of curiosity and become offended. They were warned. I have no intent of watering down my content to gain mainstream attention or to avoid offending anyone. I just have to put the extra time into finding my audience, but I know those readers are out there, since I am one of them.

You keep a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a Youtube channel. Do you enjoy the extra engagement with your readers? Is it a lot of work?

I really do enjoy interacting with my readers. When they are fans who love my work, it is the best thrill ever to receive that love from them. If it’s someone who didn’t enjoy my book, it is depressing as hell. You have to take the good with the bad, I suppose, and all things in between. Yes, it IS a lot of work, but it can be very rewarding. There are times when I cannot maintain my pages effectively—like right now, during these summer months. When that happens, I still make it a point to respond to each person that contacts me. I may not be posting regularly, but I will not let an opportunity to engage with a reader pass me by.

What have you been reading lately? Any must-reads?

I’ve been reading books that are as off-the-wall as the ones I write, maybe more so. My favorites from the past few weeks are: Heat by R. Lee Smith, Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas, and Tangled by Emma Chase. Do not approach Heat and Comfort Food casually. They are must-reads for those who can handle it, but NOT for everyone. Do not attempt to read those two if you cannot handle graphic violence, explicit sex, and hardcore situations. Tangled is hilariously written from a male’s POV. I post reviews on Goodreads for anyone with similar reading interests to follow.

 

Thanks so much to Dicey for answering our questions. And now you can win an e-copy of her 3-book Narcoleptic Vampire Series!

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