July 31, 2011

$1,000 Giveaway

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July 28, 2011

Live Reading With Author Dr. Tony Youn

Dr. Tony Youn's wrote the book In Stitches, and will be doing a special live reading and Q&A via Livestream.com on Wednesday, Aug 10th at 5:30pm ET.

To ask questions or comment in real time, you can log in through Facebook or Twitter, or just create a Livestream account.  Dr. Youn will read the questions as they pop up on the side bar, and will answer them as they come in.  You can come to this post or go here




Giveaway: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova






The prize is being provided by Gallery Books.

Blog Tour: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova


Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most. 

In this powerful and poignant New York Times bestseller, Lisa Genova explores what can happen when we are forced to change our perception of everything around us. Left Neglected is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters. 

Left Neglected is a touching read that makes you rethink all of your priorities.  It's so easy to get into a routine and forget that you only have one life and it's up to you to live it right.  I will probably think back to this book for the rest of my life. It definitely leaves a lasting impression.  When you are in the mood to read a book, you really should consider this one.




I received a copy of this book from Gallery Books.

Giveaway: Vanished In The Night by Eileen Carr





The prize is being provided by Gallery Books.

Blog Tour Review: Vanished In The Night by Eileen Carr

She doesn't trust cops . . .

Veronica Osborne has had enough problems with the police, thanks to her volatile father. So when tall, strapping Sergeant Zach McKnight shows up at her door, she's prepared for anything—except the news that her beloved missing brother, Max, has been dead for nearly twenty years . . . ever since he ran away. . . . 

until she meets one who'd risk everything to protect her. 

Appalled when the police suspect her father of Max's murder, Veronica begins her own investigation. But as her surprising role in her brother's disappearance surfaces, so do more bodies. The ghosts of Max's past are working hard to hide the truth, while another, more sinister force will do anything to expose it. How far will a killer go to get revenge? And can Zach stop him before he targets the woman Zach's coming to love?

I just finished this Vanished in the Night. Sometimes when I read a book, I have to write my thoughts down right away (or in this case, type).  Eileens's writing style, along with her vivid description, makes for an excellent read!   I have added her to my favorite author's list and can't wait to see what she publishes next!  Grab a copy of this book, you won't regret it!

I received a copy of this book from Gallery Books.

July 27, 2011

Giveaway: 18" x 24" Poster From UPrinting


When I was a teenager, I used Posters as wall paper in my bedroom. Now that I am an adult, I still have a certain attachment to posters.  The only difference is, I usually upload my own images using Poster templates.  This is a great way to personalize your home because you can choose between several different Poster sizes. Get yourself a nice frame and you can have home decor that no one else does.





This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive a poster for hosting. Check out UPrinting.com to see more of their poster, poster sizes and poster templates.

Jewelry

My birthday is next month and everyone has been asking me what I want.  I don't know why but I have so much trouble deciding what to put on my "wish list".  Any other time, I could tell you right off the top of my head what I would like to have.  Why does that happen?

Well, I've been thinking long and hard and I think I would like some designer jewelry. I don't have a lot of jewelry, so this would be a great way to add more pieces to my collection.  I am not your typical girly-girl who is all about hearts, flowers and rainbows.  Don't get me wrong, I think those things are beautiful but they aren't something that I would wear out.  I tend to go for things that are a little more dark and dreary.

I would go nuts if I got the skull and/or fang earrings shown on the left.  They are absolutely gorgeous!  Plus, they would go with the majority of my outfits.  Yes, I'm one of those people who are obsessed with vampires and all things paranormal.  I was into that stuff before it was "cool".  I am really glad that the paranormal genre took off.  It's a lot easier to find jewelry that I like now.  And, of course, it's also easy to find a good book or movie.

I tend to wear earrings more than any other type of jewelry.  I'm trying to branch out and I really like this necklace.  It's so pretty and everything just kind of flows.  It reminds me of Harry Potter, which I am a huge fan of!  I love the books and the movies. 

At least now I won't have to think so hard when someone asks me what I would like as a present.  
    
This is a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry


On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...
Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband — between her reality and the woman she wants to be — she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life.

But everything changes after her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie's world turns upside down when she sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at her mother's funeral and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death. He wants answers to questions that Ellie's not sure she can face, until, in the painful midst of going through her mother's things, she discovers a hidden diary — and a window onto stories buried long ago.

As Ellie and Hutch start speaking for the first time in years, Ellie's closed heart slowly begins to open. Fighting their feelings, they set out together to dig into Lillian's history. Using both the diary and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts...


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Reading By The Pool


As you all know, I am a readaholic.  I am addicted to books and I am not ashamed of it.  There is something about reading that puts me in a state of relaxation.  This is especially true when I can lay out near a swimming pool.  I prefer to be near a pool because I can get in, cool off, get a little exercise and then get out and read.  Plus, I get a better tan when I'm near the water.

Time seems to be going by super fast this year and I don't like it one bit. Pretty soon it will be time to get out the winter pool covers.  Are you prepared?  If not, check out PC Pools.  They have a wide selection of pool supplies.

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Review: Siren Song by Stephanie Draven


When the sexy lead singer of an Annapolis indie band is accused of luring midshipmen to their deaths, she learns she’s not the only one with a killer voice…

No one can resist Chloe Karras when she sings—except for the sexy naval officer who is seemingly immune to her sensual allure. Maybe that’s why Captain Alex Shore is just the man she wants to take home after her performance—until he tells her what she thought were imagined powers are real…and dangerous.

Alexandros knows firsthand how seductive sirens are, as well as their potential to destroy. Yet the former sea soldier feels a powerful attraction to the beautiful rock singer that goes beyond her spell. Can he banish Chloe from the town he’s vowed to protect—or will he be drawn into the siren’s bed?


I haven't really read that many books about sirens, so when I found out about Stephanie Draven's new book, Siren Song, I thought it would be a nice change of pace.  As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked.  I had to read it all in one sitting.  I don't know what I liked more, the spicy romance or the plot.  My advice, read this book and read it all at once because you won't want to take a break.      


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Author Guest Post: Stephanie Draven



Second Chances in Romance
by Stephanie Draven

The first time isn’t always magical. Not in love, not in life, and certainly not in literature. When I wrote Siren Song, I didn’t want a hero who had never been in love before. I wanted him to have loved, and lost, and been damn near destroyed by it. That’s how I came up with Captain Alex Shore, instructor of history at the Naval Academy by day, secret guardian of the sea by night. He’s been burned by love before, and badly. The mistakes he made in his very long past have caused him to live as an exile. He’s a hard-ass who isn’t about to cut our heroine any slack.

That she’s a siren doesn’t help matters.

One of the themes I played with during this story was bad first impressions. I’m fascinated by people who overcome genuine hatred, loathing or fear of another person to find love. I confess, I wasn’t too impressed with my own husband’s pick-up line when he first hit on me, so I was bewildered when he turned out to be the man of my dreams. Maybe I’m still working out my confusion in my stories.

I suppose this kind of thing happens to me a lot, and not just with people. Sometimes it happens with books as well. I can list a whole bunch of books that I started, only to put down for lack of interest. But somehow, when I picked them up again, they won me over. One such book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which one the RITA for best fiction with romantic elements. It took a while to really grab hold of me, but when it did, it left an impression.

I confess that my interest in J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t kindled by Lord of the Rings. By Chapter 8 I had met Tom Bombadil and thrown up my hands in despair. But I gave him a second chance with the Hobbit and was won over completely.

What about you? Can you think of a book or author you were slow to warm to, but eventually fell madly in love with?

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July 26, 2011

Author Guest Post: Steven S. Drachman



 Watt O’Hugh III is an interesting fellow, or so I am told. A 19th century orphan from New York’s desperate Five Points slum; a Wyoming gunman and dime novel hero; a Wild West showman; a Time Roamer, doomed to know the day of his own death. A superstitious, damaged Civil War veteran who believes, rightly or wrongly, that his tremendous skills with a 45 can be explained only by the ghosts who swarm around him, protecting him from harm and guiding his shots (when his cause is just). And a cowboy still desperately and impossibly in love with Lucy Billings, the New York Socialite-with-a-Past that he loved and lost a decade ago, and who’s vanished somewhere in China.

Watt O’Hugh has been on my mind for a long time.

Back in the 1990s, I was a journalist writing about movies for a number of papers, interviewing film stars (and lots of starlets, mostly from Europe for some reason, with the occasional Jackie Chan and Leonardo DiCaprio tossed into the mix), when my agent asked me to try my hand at a fantasy novel. Before long, the two of us dreamed up Watt O’Hugh. For a few months, back then, I found myself living in the 19th century. In 1874, in New York City (a place and time that, by now, I could lead you through with ease), I rode the El, strolled past the junk shops on Chatham Street and lunched at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, the one torn down in 1908; and in Leadville, Colorado, I peered nervously at State Street’s infamous gambling dens. Various personalities of the age lived at our house, from J.P. Morgan to Oscar Wilde! I spoke to Western historians; one suggested the Wyoming Territorial Prison as a place to lock up O’Hugh when his luck went south; another, Elnore L. Frye, taught me how to break out of the same prison and to swim through the icy waters of the Laramie River.

Other than the Magic – the Time roaming, the women of the dark arts, and a dragon or two – the novel I was writing was really very historically accurate.

Two-thirds of the book spilled out of me like a dream, as quickly as I could type. I skipped ahead to the last scene, a sunset-bathed portrait of tired lovers at the edge of a cliff, storm clouds churning overhead. How did they get there, and what did it mean? I didn’t know. A major publisher came calling. So did a Hollywood producer; in Burbank’s CBS commissary, I joined him for turkey tetrazini. (He has since gone on to great things.) I guess life couldn’t have been better. And the turkey tetrazini was actually pretty good.

But fortune has a way of turning. Business relationships crumbled, friendships ended, and I didn’t finish my book. I stopped writing altogether, moved into an office on Wall Street, negotiated some deals. While there was a certain art to that, over the years (decades, actually!)  I couldn’t quite forget about O’Hugh and his great, tragic love for the New York socialite Lucy Billings, the vast Western landscape that threatened always to swallow him alive, and that last romantic scene, with its unanswered questions.

Well, my wife and some friends who had read my unfinished tome over the years sat me down and told me that enough was enough. Just put this thing on Kindle, and print on demand, one said, and at least I will finally get to learn how the damn thing turns out. My little daughters urged me to write them a book. One friend offered to draw the cover art. What he came up with, in my opinion, is both beautiful and haunting. A real book cover. So I took some time off from work, and Watt O’Hugh came back to visit like an old, long-lost friend and told me the rest of his story.

But what, I wondered, is a self-published book, anyway? Is it really a book? Is it really “published”? An old-school publishing guy, I intended to keep my mouth shut and hope no one noticed that I had a book out there. My friends could have their closure, and my daughters could have a strange fantasy/adventure novel, written by their old man and dedicated to them, to put on their bookshelves, to re-read as old women, and to give to their grandkids. But early reaction – especially a gratifying Kirkus rave -- has been ecstatic. Maybe Watt O’Hugh belongs to the world after all? Maybe he was always meant to be a self-published dime novel hero, to live his marvel-filled life without the oversight of a multinational publishing corporation worried about marketing. Maybe his audience will find him?

Anyway, I hope so, and I hope you will enjoy his adventures, and his romance.

Let me know what you think.

Steven S. Drachman’s novel, The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh, is available in paperback from http://www.Lulu.com, on Kindle from Amazon, and on Nook from BN.com.  You can learn more about his book at http://www.Watt-OHugh.com, and you may email him at StevenDrachman@aol.com.

July 23, 2011

I Need A Hand Dryer


I have been trying to do everything that I can to be more eco-friendly. I would really like to purchase a dyson air blade hand dryer. I wash my hands a lot more than the average person, so I don't really like using towels because I have to change them everyday. I don't want to use paper towels because that's killing trees and it's just adding more waste. Looking through the different dyson hand dryers and something clicked.

I prefer the airblade hand dryers and I've always had good luck when using the dyson brand.  We are making a lot of changes around our home, so now would be a great time to invest in a hand dryer.  They make my hands feel cleaner and that's a big deal to me.

This post is brought to you by Hand Dryer Source. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

July 20, 2011

Going To A Concert?


I haven't been to a concert yet this year and I find that to be very sad. I used to go to concerts all the time but as I have gotten older, it's something that I let myself miss out on. I want to get both Taylor Swift Tickets and Katy Perry Tickets.  I love both of them and would go nuts if I saw them on the stage in front of me.  My birthday is coming up and I'm hoping that someone will surprise me with tickets as a present.

A few years ago, I almost bought Bon Jovi Tickets and I really wish that I would have gone to see the show. I've been a fan of Bon Jovi for a really long time and it would have been great to see them live.  If I could get Jersey Boys Tickets that would make for an interesting show. 

My friend wants to get her hands on some Backstreet Boys Tickets and I would really like to be able to get them for her.  When I was in high school, we went to each Backstreet Boys concert within a 200 mile radius.  Oh to be young again!

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Review: Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods


Single mom Heather Donovan's dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O'Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son's father, Connor O'Brien. His parents' divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage.


Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Connor look at love and his career differently? Heather's just about given up on her old dreams—of love, of family and especially of Driftwood Cottage, the home she secretly wishes were hers. It's going to take a lot of persuasion—and some help from the O'Brien family—to make Heather believe that some dreams are worth fighting for.

About a week ago, I was in the mood to read something easy, breezy while laying out at the pool. You know what I mean, one of those books that you get lost in and enjoy without having to think too much. I ended up taking Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods to the pool and it was the perfect book to read on a nice, sunny afternoon.  The characters were very personable, the writing had a certain flow that made it really easy to read and best of all, it has uplifting moment.

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I was provided with a copy of this book by Planned TV Arts.

Author Julie Powell Appears On Rocco's Dinner Party


After working her way through "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and writing the inspiring tale of cooking with great passion, "Julie & Julia," author Julie Powell is expected to have an eye for good food, cooking, and the atmosphere of a lovely dinner party! So who better to join Chef Rocco DiSpirito for a French dinner party with all the fixings! Check out her latest appearance in the next episode of "Rocco's Dinner Party" on Bravo where she'll help Chef Rocco & other celebrity guests critique two "French" style dinner parties!

Also while you're watching "Rocco's Dinner Party," visit Chef Rocco's "Watch & Win" contest application on his Facebook page here: http://on.fb.me/RoccoWatchandWin for your chance to win a trip for two to meet him and assist him at the October 2011 NYC Wine & Food Festival! Experience upscale culinary life in NYC with Chef Rocco himself!

Prizing includes round-trip airfare for two, a two-night stay at an NYC hotel as well as tickets to the Wine and Food Festival! Viewers can tune-in to Rocco's Dinner Party Wednesdays, 10PM ET/9C on Bravo to answer three weekly questions pertaining to each week's episode. Submission form stays open until Saturday at midnight!  After answering all three questions, submit your information to be entered to win.  Enter every week to increase your chances of winning - every weekly submission counts as another entry!

The next "Rocco's Dinner Party" airs Wednesday, July 20th(TONIGHT) at 10PM/9c on Bravo! Watch&Win contest goes LIVE @ 9PM (ET) Wednesday night!

July 19, 2011

Check Out The Funny Pictures On uberhumor.com


When I am feeling down or angry, I like to search online for extremely funny pictures. I truly do believe that laughter is the best medicine and without it, I would not be where I am today.  My husband and I have made a habit of looking up different jokes and things online.  When he gets home, I am going to share Uber Humor with him and see if he gets a kick out of it.

I wish that I had found this website when my husband was in the military.  I used to print off different jokes and funny pictures and send them to him.  It would have been nice to have added this to letters.  Just the other day, we were talking about how important mail is to soldiers and he told me how much it meant to be able to laugh while fighting in a war.  

Today has been a bit of a tough day.  I don't really know why but I needed something to lighten my mood.  My first thought was that I needed to laugh.  After watching a few funny videos, my spirits were lifted.  What do you do when you need to calm down? 

  

Giveaway: Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross






The prize is being provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.




Review: Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross


A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems . . .

A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today . . .

An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.

Jay Erlich’s nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It’s all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?

I recently read Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross and I can't help but think what a great movie it would make.  Of course, I tend to prefer books over movies but it would be really neat to see everything on the big screen.  Uncovering secrets and tracking down a killer is usually a great reading experience but reading Eyes Wide Open makes for a superb reading experience.   If you haven't checked out Andrew's writing, run to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of this book.



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I received a copy of this book from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.

Improving Yourself


I have often thought about improving myself by continuing my education.  I've thought about it more and more recently, especially because I could take Online Courses.  That way I could work at my own pace.  I know how I am and if I took classes online, I would graduate sooner.  I push myself in a way that no one else can.  Plus, I learn better when I have the option of teaching myself.

I adore blogging, so I have been toying with the idea of taking online degree programs in marketing.  That way, I would be learning about marketing and could use what I learn to help my websites.  Who knows, once I get a degree, I may want to get a "real job" or start my own marketing firm.  There are so many possibilities.

If you are thinking about returning to school, you should check out http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This could help you find out about different grants and scholarships that you qualify for.  I know that one of the reasons I haven't gone back to school is because I don't really have the funds to do that right now.  If I could get some help in the funding department, it would make my decision a no-brainer.

This post is brought to you by Find Your Education.

July 18, 2011

Giveaway: Historical Romance Trio




Blog Tour Review: Historical Romance Trio


It's a mad, ill-advised journey that leads the usually sensible Lady Caroline Blacknall to the legendary isle of Muirin Inish, off the windswept coast of Ireland. Even so, she doesn't expect to find herself shipwrecked and then rescued by a man she believed she would never see again. A man who, long ago, held her life in his hands . . . and with it, her heart.

Reformed rake Sir Grant Dunmore knew he could never forget the beautiful woman he once endangered nor will he ever forgive himself. But history seems doomed to repeat itself, for as long as Caroline stays on the island, she is trapped in a secret plot that could forever free Ireland-or turn deadly for all. And yet, now that she is in his arms again, how can he dream of ever letting her go?



A LOVER'S PROMISE

Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king's army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he's never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.

A LADY'S DESTINY

The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information . . . only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she'd never trust again. Though Mairi's body still craves Connor's touch, she can't forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.



In TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, Kendrew Macintosh's reputation precedes him: he wields an ax with deathly precision, strikes fear into his enemies, and lusts after beautiful women. But Kendrew has never met someone whose passion rivals his own-until an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that the vixen is Isobel Cameron, daughter of an enemy clansman. Their relationship is forbidden and Kendrew breaks away immediately. Isobel has her own scheme. She has lusted after Kendrew for some time and plans to draw the fierce warrior back into her arms. But in the darkness, villainous forces are at play--an enemy is determined to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means death.

I spent a few days curled up with these books and I was impressed with each one of them.  Normally, I try to mix things up and read a different genre after finishing a book.  Unless, of course, I am reading a series for the first time.  It was refreshing to read three historical romance paperbacks in a row and find that each one is completely different than the other.  When you're in the mood for a hot, heavy, sensual book, I recommend these three.     


I was provided with these books by Hachette Book Group.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

July 15, 2011

Juliana Stone Paranormal Romance Bundle: FREE Pre-order of His Darkest Salvation With Purchase of His Darkest Embrace and His Darkest Hunger

"In a world on the brink of chaos, passion and vengeance collide . . ."

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Take advantage of this offer for only $17.99 here.

 

For The Home

My husband and I are always talking about what we want when we purchase a new home. We both know what we like and luckily, we have similar taste. Personalizing a home can make a big difference in the overall feel, which is why we would like to pick out everything on our own.  We often look online and discuss what would like to have and why.  Both of us are determined to go with a company that is better business bureau accredited.

The latest item we have been checking out are Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks.  I loathe the sink we have now, so our next one needs to be better.  The most important thing to me right now is the size.  What do you look for when purchasing a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink


July 14, 2011

AVATAR: The Exhibition Consumer Sweepstakes. Enter for a chance to Win One of Two Grand Prizes!


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• 2 passes to Avatar: The Exhibition at EMP Museum Music + Sci-Fi + Pop Culture
• 2 copies of the book Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora
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July 13, 2011

Giveaway: No Rest For The Dead




The prize(s) are being provided by Simon & Schuster.

Review: No Rest For The Dead


When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he's discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. With the help of the dead woman's friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption … but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.
 
In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve. 

With contributions from:David Baldacci (Introduction)
Jeff Abbott
Lori Armstrong
Sandra Brown
Thomas Cook
Jeffery Deaver
Diana Gabaldon
Tess Gerritsen
Andrew F. Gulli
Peter James
J.A. Jance
Faye Kellerman
Raymond Khoury
John Lescroart
Jeff Lindsay
Gayle Lynds
Philip Margolin
Alexander McCall Smith
Michael Palmer
T. Jefferson Parker
Matthew Pearl
Kathy Reichs
Marcus Sakey
Jonathan Santlofer
Lisa Scottoline
R.L. Stine
Marcia Talley

I was a little nervous about this book because even thought I am a fan these authors, I was unsure how they would be able to tie everything together.  Having twenty-five different authors each write one chapter sounded interesting and because I had never read anything like this, I was excited to see how it would turn out.  I'm really glad I picked up No Rest for the Dead because it had a really great plot and had a nice flow.  This is a book you do not want to miss!

Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of this book.  All opinions are 100% my own.


July 12, 2011

Review: We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey


Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground.

When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city—but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly’s hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago’s West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology—an elite discipline emerging from the nation’s premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy.

It’s a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master. 


We All Fall Down went above and beyond my expectations.  With an intriguing plot and memorable characters, this book is headed for the bestseller list.  When you are looking for a thought-provoking, action-packed read, grab We All Fall Down and prepare yourself for a great time.

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