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And the winners are…

Here are the winners for two of the giveaways I had posted. You will be receiving an email from me shortly. Here goes:

Girls in Trucks” by Katie Crouch
Elisabet
amandasue
Cheryl S.
Kate
Becky

The Turnaround” by George Pelecanos
Jake
Tiffany
Nicole
Christine B.
Becca

Thanks to everyone for participating – please make sure to check back for more giveaways! Have a great weekend!

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Faith and Honor by Robin Maderich

About the Author:
 
Although published in various genres of romance, both in print and electronic format, Robin Maderich’s first novel was historical, released by Warner Books (before the big merger with Time) in 1989. Faith and Honor hs since been reprinted and the second in the trilogy released. Most recently Robin is enjoying an association with New Concepts Publishing and had a brief but satisfying association with Inara Press. She has also illustrated a children’s e-book which was released last year.
 
The rural village in Pennsylvania where Robin resides with her husband and multiple pets has provided much of her recent inspiration. The fact her three sons are all grown has allowed her more time to pursue writing. As one might expect, Robin’s feelings regarding that circumstance are mixed.
 
Robin’s love of history, research, the intricacies of detail and stretching her imagination have aided her immensely through the ever-expanding process of learning her craft.
 
For more information please visit http://www.robinmaderich.com/

About the Book:

 
Rescued from the harrassment of British officers in Colonial Boston by handsome, secretive Fletcher Irons, Faith Ashley’s slumbering passions are ignited, until the discovery that Fletcher himself is an officer of the army she has come to despise, a man who is the enemy. Yet with persistence, Fletcher wins the fiery Faith’s love. When the colonies erupt in Revolution, Faith refuses to choose between her loyalty to the cause and her love for the man who is far more than the color of his uniform. Will her honor be her undoing?

 

Review:
 
I haven’t read a book like this in quite awhile, so I was thrilled to have the chance as part of Robin’s virtual book tour.  Faith Ashley has returned home to Boston, even though her father has reprimanded her and told her she should be staying with her new family.  She feels drawn to the home that she shared with her late husband.  Boston is as busy as ever, and after having a slight run in with a British officer she meets Fletcher Irons.   
 
Even though they had just met she feels feelings that she hasn’t felt since William.  She is unlike most women of her era, and can be rebellious by nature.  But even though she is rebellious, when she finds out that Fletcher is a British Officer she isn’t sure if her heart can win over her loyalty to her country.
She is not alone in her feelings.  Fletcher is drawn to Faith on their first encounter and has a hard time getting her out of his head.  Even though Faith is resistent to his advances, he is determined to get her to see beyond the uniform to the man that is inside of it.  As much as they fight their feelings, love is blossoming when things get heated between the States and England.  Can love really conquer all, or will their loyalty to their countries destroy a romance that is only seen once in a lifetime? 
 
I really LOVED this book!  I have not read anything that was set during the Revolution but it is obvious that this writer has done her homework.  It was easy to picture yourself standing there among the characters, each drips with such realism.  I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this trilogy!  Great job:) 

 

WIN PRIZES!!!
 
FAITH AND HONOR VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Robin’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author!
 
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

 

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell

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Seventeen-year-old Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend’s snobbish mother offers her a huge bribe to break up with him. Then Lola discovers a secret that makes her think again, and the only way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world is to take the money and break Dougie’s heart.

Ten years later, when Lola meets Dougie again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever. She’ll do almost anything to get him back, but she can never tell him the truth. Can she overcome his bitterness and win his heart? She’s attractive, persuasive, and endlessly optimistic, but even Lola’s got her work cut out for her this time.

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I have been a big fan of chick lit for quite some time, so when I was offered the chance to review “An Offer You Can’t Refuse” by Jill Mansell I jumped at the chance.  And I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed!

This is the story of Lola Malone.  Lola is planning on spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend Dougie, and is shocked when Dougie’s mother comes to visit her at the fish and chips shop that she works at.  Adele Tennant is not the type of customer they normally see – wealthy, stylish, and perfectly coiffed, she is intimidating to say the least.  But she offers Lola a ride home in hopes of having a talk with her, a talk that will change things drastically. 

Adele does want her son to be happy, but not at the detriment of their family and reputation.  And Lola just doesn’t fit the ideal girl that she has in mind.  She tries to convince Lola that they should take some time apart, seeing as how Dougie is going off to college quite a few miles away.  But, when Lola doesn’t cave she decides to offer her a large sum of money to end their relationship.  Lola is inially appaled that Adele would think she could be bought off so easily, but circumstances change and she has no choice but to accept the offer of money that Adele has made.   

10 years pass and when Lola and Dougie cross paths again she finds that her feelings are as strong now as they were all those years ago.  She is hoping that they may be able to rekindle their romance, but when Dougie finds out about the payoff  he is angry and wants nothing to do with Lola.  She has a daunting task ahead of her if she is going to earn Dougie’s trust…and love…all over again.

To compare this to “Bridget Jones Diary” is, to coin an English expression, spot on.  I adored it, and even though it was a light read with not a very substantial plot I found it held my attention and was a great way to pass the weekend.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author! 

Jill Mansell is a UK bestselling author, with over 4 million copies sold. She has written nearly 20 romances with multi-generational appeal. She worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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The “I Suck at Challenges” Challenge

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Seriously – how can you not love a challenge like this?  I am continuing to sign up for more challenges, and I think that is why I signed up as a 12 stepper.  Here are the details:

Categories?

The Slackers
(Aka “I will finish the Canadian Reading Challenge, I swear”)

I try not to sign up for too many reading challenges but even when I commit to one or two I can’t seem to complete them. Last year, I failed miserably at the 1st Canadian Reading Challenge. It appears I’m heading down the same path. Are you like me? Then you are a Slacker.

Join The Slackers if there are a couple particular challenges you are having trouble completing or you know you’ll have trouble completing due to your track record. (Only count ongoing challenges that have deadlines of more than 3 months away, you are waaaaaay behind and you are particularly lazy. There’s no shame in admitting it.)

The 12 Steppers
(Aka “I can stop whenever I want.”)

There’s a challenge. You see it. Your palms start to sweat. Mr Linky mocks you. You try to stop yourself but it’s too late. You’ve committed yourself to Books That Start With Q Challenge and you know you’ll do it again when the next challenge comes along. The only thing is, how are you ever going to complete them all? Sound like you? Then you are a 12 Stepper. No program is going to help you though; you’re addicted.

Join The 12 Steppers if you’ve signed up for more reading challenges than you can handle.

When?

Sign up anytime between now and February 1, 2009. The challenge ends July 1, 2009.

How?

Leave a comment on this post with a link to your challenge post. Tell me if you are a Slacker or a 12 Stepper and list your challenges.

Then what?

At the end of the month, starting in February, I’ll put up a post calling for your progress. Leave a comment telling us if you’ve completed a challenge (link to your completed challenge post), if you’re struggling with any and what ones, or if the challenge deadline came and went and you never finished.

At the first of every month I’ll put up a post to record your progress. I’ll encourage everyone to visit each other and cheer you on.

Any incentives?

Sure, why not? If you sign up by February 1st, I’ll pick a name in a drawing for a little something, like a cute bookmark or something along that line. On July 1st, I’ll once again draw once again from the sign in post for a “Surprise” package (it’s a surprise to me too since I’ll be collecting things throughout the months) of book related do-dads. No penalties if you don’t complete all your challenges but please at least try!

Okay, so procrastinators unite! Together we will finish challenges we commit to. Join and add the button to your blog. Have fun!

To join, click here.

My challenges so far are:

666 Reading Challenge
Feelin’ Chunky ’09
TBR Reading Challenge (by Avidreader)

This list keeps growing and hopefully I’ll have most of them picked by the end of the weekend.

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