September 30, 2009

Review and Giveaway: Tall, Dark & Fangsome by Michelle Rowen

WINNERS: Crystal in Kentucky, Mary in Illinois, Tawanda in Pennsylvania, Terri and Renee in Canada

Still dealing with the nightwalker curse that a witch put on her, Sarah Dearly is desperate to reverse it since she just found out that the necklace keeping the monster inside her under control is losing its power. Turning to The Darkness, a wizard that can reverse the curse, seems like it good idea until she finds out there are side effects. Not to mention that former vampire hunter Gideon Chase is expecting Sarah to sire him to rid his body of the pain he feels from the hellfire that invaded his body when he vanquished a demon.

Plus Sarah is now being shadowed by The Red Devil. The vigilante vampire asked to look after Sarah by her currently off again boyfriend, Thierry. The Red Devil just might keep her from completing either task which will have dire consequences.

OMG! I had no idea the Immortality Bites series was ending with this book. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Tall Dark & Fangsome but I’m devastated that the series won’t continue. Sarah, George, Amy, Thierry and even Barry and Veronique are such fun characters that I fell in love with them and the series from the first book.

I really enjoyed the way Rowen wrapped up all the cliff hangers and made the storylines come to a natural ending. I can’t wait to read more of Rowen’s books and sincerely hope that Sarah and the others make it back into print soon. This book and entire series are a must read if you love paranormal books.

To enter to win one of five copies of this book tell me that name of any series that you have loved reading.

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September 29, 2009

Review: My CSN Office Chair

I've had my chair for about two weeks now and cannot tell you how much it's made a difference in my posture while at the computer. If you remember from my previous post my new chair was replacing the teeny Walmart chair on the right. The too small Walmart chair was wobbly and always sank to the bottom so it forced me to sit on the very edge and I would always catch myself slouching down. I couldn't stay on the computer very long because my neck would start hurting.

With my office chair from CSN Chairs I can sit fully on the chair and my back is straight while I'm on the computer and my body is thanking me for it. Now whenever I have marathon computer sessions the only thing bothering me is my cats begging for attention. LOL

I picked a black chair to go with my office decor but CSN Chairs has several different colors and fabrics to choose from. Another plus is that there are chairs available for all price ranges. From a basic plastic chair to fabric chairs and high end leather chairs they have plenty to choose from. I highly recommend you start your search with CSN Chairs when in the market for a new office chair.

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September 27, 2009

A quick note from author Linda Weaver Clark

Hello everyone!

My book, Elena, Woman of Courage, has just been released. As a celebration, I'm having a free book give-away for the first book in the series: Melinda and the Wild West. This book was a Semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007.”

Go to my blog at and leave a comment on the "Elena, Woman of Courage Press Release" along with your e-mail address. I will announce the winner on my birthday: Oct 2nd.

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September 24, 2009

Review: The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel Sol and Connie Blink move to the town of Schoneberg with their Dad and step-mom. Sol is an 11-year-old whiz kid who looks after his trouble making eight-year-old sister and together they set out to explore the neighborhood.

Little do they know that their Dad and step-mom have an ulterior motive behind moving to Schoneberg and when Sol meets neighbor Fay Holaderry, he has his suspicions about the kind of bone her dog is gnawing on.

Determined to get to the bottom of the situation they discover Fay’s journal and it soon becomes clear what their Dad has planned but will they make it out alive before it’s too late?

The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children reminds me of the Goosebumps books that my son and I used to read. It was a very light scary story toned way down for kids. Spaced throughout the book we get to read little bits of the witch’s journal and I really enjoyed those sections since they were whimsical enough to get a chuckle.

I did think the story was a little bit choppy and it didn’t flow well in some parts but I don’t think younger readers would notice or mind that at all. The illustrations by Yoko Tanaka were very well done. The kids faces were a little bit creepy looking but it matched the tone of the story well. Overall this is a recommended read for kids aged 10 and up.

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September 23, 2009

Complete: My 2009 eBook Reading Challenge

I've completed one more challenge by reading at least 12 e-books this year. I'll continue the list here and have the sidebar link to this post since I know I'll be reading a couple more e-books before the year is up. By completing this challenge I have just one more to finish this year.

  1. Invisible - Kimber Chin

  2. Dirty Little Angels - Chris Tusa

  3. Pleasure Unbound - Larissa Ione

  4. The Blue Pen - Lisa Rusczyk

  5. Host - Stephenie Meyer

  6. The Elf and The Princess - Anna del C. Dye

  7. Trouble in Elf City - Anna del C. Dye

  8. Elfs in a Conquered Realm - Anna del C. Dye

  9. Str8te Boys - Evangeline Anderson

  10. Man of Her Dreams - Robie Madison

  11. Selling Forever - Kimber Chin

  12. My Soul to Lose - Rachel Vincent

  13. Romeos Dead but Juliet Faked It - Christine McKay

  14. Raising Atlantis - Thomas Greanias

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September 20, 2009

Review: Raising Atlantis by Thomas Greanias

When an earthquake in Antarctica reveals a mysterious monument, the US Military sends a team to investigate. Having a military presence in Antarctica is strictly forbidden by NATO so the operation is highly secret.

The man in charge of this operation, General Yeats sends for his adopted son, archaeologist Dr. Conrad Yeats to assist in the discovery. Meanwhile the Vatican gets wind of the activity in Antarctica and sends in the former nun and current environmental activist, Dr. Serena Serghetti who just so happens to have a past with Conrad.

Together they discover that the monument is the top of pyramid larger than any found in Egypt. After gaining access inside it becomes clear that they just may have found the lost city of Atlantis. But unearthing the city will cause catastrophic changes to the environment and leave those in the lost city in a position of power and they’re not the only ones aware of this fact.

I loved the premise and the storyline but some parts of the book just didn’t work for me. A lot of what Conrad did to discover the lost city and while inside it was very technical and dealt with astrology and the information wasn’t explained properly. One minute we’re getting just bare bones about what’s going on and the next moment Conrad is spinning obelisks and opening walls. The explanations just didn’t fit with the action. Those parts of the story just didn’t mesh for me. Other than that it was a great action story and I’ll definitely be reading the next two books in the series, The Atlantis Prophecy and The Atlantis Revelation.

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September 16, 2009

Review: The Rasner Effect by Mark Rosendorf

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After a failed attempt to capture and disband a group of hired killers called The Duke Organization, Jake Scarberry is forced into the Witness Protection Program. Now all Jake has to look forward to is cleaning up after frat boys who party 24/7.

In the showdown between Jake and The Duke Organization a New York City bridge was blown up and many innocent people were killed. Luckily Rick Rasner survived the explosion but he has no memory of his former life.

After seven years have passed Rick has worked hard to remember his past but only has occasional blurry flashbacks that don't tell him anything about who he was. Now working as a therapist at Brookhill Children's Psychiatric Residence he has a chance to help others and he's drawn to fifteen-year-old Clara Blue.

The facilities director, Katherine Miller, seemingly has it in for Clara but Rick sees potential in her and sets about trying to make her life bearable while in the home but the remaining few members of The Duke Organization have finally tracked Rick down and they're coming for him sooner rather than later.

WOW! This book was a total shock. Nothing I imagined the story to be was what I expected. There are curve balls galore inside the pages but I can't reveal any of them without giving away any spoilers. There was a fast action-packed second half with a first half that gets you totally immersed in the characters. This is a must read for all suspense & thriller lovers.

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Review: Xpress Redi-Set-Go Cooker

This is the cooker I mentioned in yesterday's post about setting up my chair while I cooked dinner. I heard someone talking about it in an office I was in then I saw the infomercial at my friends house so I thought I would give it a try.

I've had it for about 3 weeks now and so far I love it. I've only used it for chicken but it came with a recipe book that has a lot of different foods to make. The one most interesting to me is the pizza but since I'm on a diet (I've lost 9lbs in 5 weeks and need 21 more to hit my goal) I haven't made it yet. The book even has a recipe for the pizza dough. I can't wait to try it and the cinnamon buns. Yummy!

What I like best is how quick it heats up. I also have a small George Foreman grill that takes forever to heat up. The Redi-Set-Go is ready in about a minute and a thin chicken breast cooks in about 4-5 minutes. The thicker ones I make take the longest at about 12 minutes.

The woman I overheard said she cooks her chicken right from the freezer in about 12 minutes but I'm not brave enough to try that yet. I defrost all my chicken in the fridge first.

The only two things I don't like about the machine are the clean up and durability of the non-stick coating. The infomercial made it seem like you can just wipe it clean with a paper towel or soft cloth. Not so for me. I usually have to soak it before some of the cheese will come off. As a result even after a soak and using only a sponge some of the coating is starting to bubble after just three weeks.

Overall it's a thumbs up for me. Since I cook for just one it's the perfect gadget for quick dinners.

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September 15, 2009

My new chair is here!

This isn't my review but I really had to share how easy this chair was to set up.

The chair was delivered at work yesterday but I forgot to load it in my car so I didn't get to it until today. I got home from work and placed the box in the kitchen while I started getting my dinner ready.

I prepared a chicken breast with deli sliced turkey and swiss cheese wrapped with turkey bacon and a side of broccoli (I'm dieting LOL). I dropped that into my redi-set-go cooker and set the timer for 10 minutes.

In the time it took to grill my chicken and steam my broccoli I had
the chair assembled and in my office. Amazing right?

Now take a look at this chair compared to my $29 Walmart chair. Huge difference. I'll give it about a week of use before I post my review but I can tell you that I'm loving it already.

For your own easy-to-assemble office chair be sure visit CSN Chairs. I'll be shopping them soon for a new work chair.

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September 13, 2009

Review: Ginger High by Melissa Burmester

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After her high school was burned down by a student named Fredrick, freshman Daisy Fisher is sent to attend Ginger High. She soon learns Ginger High is not an ordinary school. Only kids with special powers are allowed to attend. These kids are descended from parents who long ago came to earth from the parallel universe of Animist. Ginger High is where they will learn what their powers are and train how to use them and it turns out Fredrick is a new student there too.

When unexplained murders start taking place at the school four men, Amanta, Matthias, Brian and Taeru are sent to the school from Animist to investigate. Amanta is a healer keeping a secret from his brother, Taeru. Brian is a Tribe king in Animist and Matthias is Amanta’s best friend who has sworn to protect him.

Soon Daisy and her new friends are working with Amanta, Matthias to get to the bottom of the mysterious deaths while learning the truth about someone isn’t who he claims to be.

What really amazes me about this book is that Melissa Burmester wrote it when she was only fourteen years old. When I was fourteen all I was worried about was not wearing the same outfit to school twice in one week.

The storyline is mystery with a hint of fantasy and paranormal. A little bit of it was confusing because there is no build up or back story on the parallel world and the characters but once you get to know who is who it all falls into place. The ending is tied up nicely but it seems like it was also left open for a series or sequel. I’m hoping there is because if Burmester writes this good as a teen I can only imagine what’s next. This is a recommended read for teens and adults who like their books with just a hint of sci-fi & fantasy.

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September 11, 2009

Giveaway: Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell

WINNERS: Tiffanie in Alabama, Pam, Lee and Marjorie in Canada

  • MAIN ENTRY: To enter to win one of FIVE copies of this book tell me one book you would love to see made into a movie. Beat the Reaper is going to be made into a movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio and I can't wait!
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Giveaway open to US and Canada only, no PO Boxes. The winners will be selected on September 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or a new winner will be selected. GOOD LUCK!

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