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Win a Copy “The Host” from Stephenie Meyer

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Would you like to win a copy of “The Host” byStephenie Meyer? Well, of course you do!  If you don’t know what this book is about, here is some info about it:

The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

I will be giving away 3 copies of this book. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on June 29 so make sure to leave a comment.

Want to earn a chance for some extra entries?  Here’s how:

Blog about this on your blog and send me a link – 2 extra entries
Subscribe to my blog – 3 extra entries
Submit a recipe for one of my other blogs with a story behind it – 5 extra entries

To contact me see the link at the top of the blog.  Thanks so much and good luck!

***Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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A Carousel Tale by Elisa Kleven

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Ernst loves the carousel near his house, and his favorite animal to ride is the dog. When the dog’s wooden tail comes loose just before winter, the carousel keeper gives Ernst the important job of watching over it until springtime. But the tail looks so sad sitting on Ernst’s shelf without its dog that Ernst can’t help but try to cheer it up. It isn’t long before he has transformed the lonely tail into something wonderful!

As spring approaches, Ernst wonders if he will have to give up his special creation. And if he doesn’t, what will the poor dog have to wag? The inventive blue crocodile from Ernst and The Puddle Pail shines in a story children will cherish. 

This is the third book in the Ernst series, and although I have not read the other two, they have quickly moved up to the top of my wish list.  I am the mother of two girls ages 4 and 5 and am always looking for books to read to them.  I have read many books, some good and some bad, and A Carousel Tale became a favorite the minute I opened up the first page.  It has everything that is necessary when writing children’s books.  First off, the illustrations are fabulous – vibrant colors with adorable little animals, it is easy to get little ones to sit when there are pictures to look at like these.  But, much more than the pictures is the story.

One of Ernst favorite things to do is to ride on the carousel, and although he loves all of the animals his favorite is the dog because he looks sunny and his tail wags.  Well, it doesn’t really wag his brother Sol reminds him, it’s just loose.  So, imagine his dismanywhen he visits the carousel and sees it covered with a tent for the winter.  As he glances to the ground he notices something – the dogs tail has fallen off and the carousel keeper tells him that he can take it home and take care of it for the winter.  But, Ernst feels the tail is lonely and spruces it up some, promising that when it is time for the carousel to open he will return it to the same condition it was in so the dog can have his tail back. 

The carousel keeper has other ideas and the end is so sweet.  I fell in love with this little crocodile and can’t wait to read the other books.  Perfect for kids and adults alike!

For more information about the books or the author please visit http://www.elisakleven.com

Make sure to visit Zensanity on April 6 to view my interview with the author!

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Weekly Geeks 2009-03

weekly-geeksFor your assignment this week, choose two or more of the following questions:

1) How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don’t get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books? Go all out, sell us on it!

2) A challenge, should you choose to accept it: Read at least one chapter of a classic novel, preferably by an author you’re not familiar with. Did you know you can find lots of classics in the public domain on the web? Check out The Popular Classic Book Corner
, for example. Write a mini-review based on this chapter: what are your first impressions? Would you read further? (For a larger selection of authors, try The Complete Classic Literature Library).

3) Let’s say you’re vacationing with your dear cousin Myrtle, and she forgot to bring a book. The two of you venture into the hip independent bookstore around the corner, where she primly announces that she only reads classic literature. If you don’t find her a book, she’ll never let you get any reading done! What contemporary book/s with classic appeal would you pull off the shelf for her?

4) As you explore the other Weekly Geeks posts: Did any inspire you to want to read a book you’ve never read before—or reread one to give it another chance? Tell us all about it, including a link to the post or posts that sparked your interest. If you end up reading the book, be sure to include a link to your post about it in a future Weekly Geeks post!

When I was in high school I was in advanced English – in my Junior year we were required to read the classics.  At first I was upset because it was “forced” on us, but some of my favorite books are considered classics.  The Count of Monte Cristo is still one of my 5 favorite books – I can’t imagine anything changing that.  It has been MANY years since I have read it, and although some of the story has been lost in my memory I still know that this is where I would put it.  I believe that I will try to read it again this year to refresh my memory.

I am also a HUGE fan of Edgar Allen Poe.  Horror/Suspense/Mystery books are my favorite type and I am not sure if there is anyone that embraces this genre moreso that he does.  Again, it has been many years but I do have his collection leatherbound sitting on my shelf.  Maybe I should pick it up and read a little today – The Tell-tale Heart is so chilling, but what piece of work by him isn’t?

There are many classics that I haven’t read….many, many, many!  But, after reading the post by Reading Adventures I too am sad to say that I have never read anything by Jane Austen.  I believe that I too will add Pride and Prejudice to my library list.  There are many more and I may come back to revise this list as I continue to go through the posts for this week. 

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Run For Your Life by James Patterson

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A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes BE AFRAID, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

This is the first James Patterson book that I have read in awhile and I am glad that I waited.  This book was a non-stop thrill from start to finish, and I can’t wait to read the rest of his books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf for too long.

Mike Bennett has had a rough time lately.  His wife has recently passed away from cancer, leaving him a single parent of 10 children – thankfully he has Mary Catherine, an Irish nanny and confidant – someone who he can really count on in good times and bad.  He comes home after an exhausting day at work – a day in which he has negotiated a hostage situation, only to have the thug shot by someone in the crowd.  He knows there will be stacks of forms and the media will be out in full force, but he just wants a little sleep before then.  Unfortunately, his house is ravaged by the flu so there won’t be much sleep with so many sick kids.

He receives a call from his boss the following morning, and he expects it…after all, there was a man shot last night and he was the one in charge.  But this call is different, he is being asked to head a special team of officers to try and stop a killer.  And he’s the only man that might be able to do it.

The Teacher is a killer with a mission – he is going to teach the citizens of New York some manners if it kills him…or them.  And he knows how to do it without getting caught.  No one is safe, are you talking on your cellphone in a restaurant?  You could be next.  Condescending to someone in a high profile restaurant or store?  Better watch yourself, it could just be The Teacher, and he’s just waiting for you to make the wrong move so he can make his.

This book is extremely fast paces and a true nail biter – I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, and the way it did there is surely the possibility that we haven’t seen the end of The Teacher – I for one would love to have him back to wreak some more havoc!

James Patterson published his first thriller in 1976 and since then has become one of the best-known and bestselling writers of all time, with more than 140 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club, and he has written numerous other #1 bestsellers. He has won an Edgar Award–the mystery world’s highest honor–and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came aSpider were made into feature films starring Morgan Freeman. His charity, the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to individuals and groups that promote the excitement of books and reading. He lives in Florida.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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Be Strong & Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

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After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can’t wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she’s ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly’s worst nightmare. “Mac” not only swoops in and steals Carly’s privacy, she’s also dating Brett Loyola–Carly’s biggest crush!
But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who’s behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other’s hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?

I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series…it is actually the third book in Shelley Adina’s It’s All About Us series.  It is perfectly easy to follow as a stand alone, although I certainly want to read the other two books that prelude this one. 

Although these books are considered young adult, I feel that there are lessons that can be learned by anyone while reading them.  This book is centered around the students at Spencer Academy, and elite high school in California that really does cater to the rich and famous.  Carly is there on a scholarship and is embarrassed by this fact.  She will do anything to keep this a secret from her fellow classmates and the few friends she’s made.  But Carly’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Carly finds out that she is getting a new roomate named Mac.  But, this just isn’t any roomate.  She is actually Lady Lindsay MacPhail, the daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn and is Carly’s nightmare come to life.  She is arrogant, and feels as if the whole world should bow to her will.  And if they won’t?  Well, she’s willing to make it happen no matter what it takes or who stands in her way.  And Carly becomes the prime target.

When Mac starts getting emails from someone who appears to be a stalker, she isn’t sure what to do or who to turn to.  Will Carly use her faith in God to help her see past the struggles between the two and reach out to someone in need?

I thought this was really a great book, and an easy read for anyone. 

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she’s inviting today’s teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen–with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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9 for ’09 Book Challenge

Will I ever quit?  Well, I doubt it, I am challenge crazy.  Here is another one, and the details:

This challenge is set up so you can read some books in your TBR (To Be Read) Stacks

(If you need more challenges to keep whittling your TBR stacks, click on  A NOVEL CHALLENGE also.)

RULES

  • Open to anyone, whether you have a blog or not!
  • No need to register or to announce what you are going to read.
  • Start in any category that you wish.
  • 3 books from this reading challenge can be used in other reading challenges.
  • Just post in the comment section.
  • The genre of the books can be ANYTHING (fiction or non-fiction), but it must be decent (because you have to write reviews about the books).
  • Other reading materials (graphic novels, poetry, museum catalogs, art books, zines etc.) are OK.
  • The book must already be in your bookcase or storage area.
  • The Challenge starts 12/27/08 to 12/27/09. (I hate to begin anything on January 1st).
  • You can post starting on 12/27/08.
  • Format of work can be paper, audio, or electronic.

These are the NINE categories to celebrate 2009! See the above tabs for details. (I had to abbreviate some of the categories due to WordPress Code restrictions.)

To sign up, click here.

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The Countdown Challenge

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I’m late coming to this one, and I may have to scramble to get it done but I’m sure going to give it a shot.  Here are the details:

  1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc.  The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.
  2. This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09.  Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!
  3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
  4. Sign up using Mr. Linky below.
  5. Have fun reading!

To sign up, click here.

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