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In honor of Marjorie’s release of Darkness Calls today, I’m giving away one copy of The Iron Hunt.

From Barnes and Noble:

Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities . . . tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.

I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.

By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own. Demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. The only way to live-and the very way she’ll die. For one day, her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival-leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.

But such is the way of Earth’s last protector-the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment-and one man-changes everything . . .

Along with the book, the winner will also receive a flask necklace inspired by Kim MacDougall’s book Luminari and some author swag. (Thanks to Kim for donating the necklace!)

I’m limiting this to the US only due to shipping costs (sorry international readers).  Since I’m sending it myself, PO Boxes are fine.

To enter:

  • +5 entries for answering this question: What are some of the books on your TBR (to be read) list? (Name as many as you like, since I like to hear about what other people are reading)
  • +5 entries for commenting on another post on my blog and coming back here and saying you did
  • +10 entries (per place) for blogging about this contest on your blog, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Ning group, or other appropriate site.  If you’re not sure of the site you want to post the link to this on, ask me. Please, don’t give me the link to the main site.  The link has to be a specific link to where you placed my link. (Sidebar counts).
  • +5 entries for referring another person here, and they say you referred them.
  • +10 entries for voting in my book giveaway choices poll (If you choose ‘Other’, please type in a suggestion)

Make sure your email address is valid, since I don’t want to have to hunt you down.

This contest ends on July 14th at midnight EST.  I’ll announce the winner on July 15th.

Good luck!

Enter my other contests:

Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons

Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory


Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

First up, I received First Night by Tom Weston.  I’ll be doing an upcoming blog tour for this book:

first night

Next, I received Tails of Love, an anthology.  I won it from Yankee Romance Reviewers:

tails of love

Next, Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee made its way into my mailbox.  I won this from Internet Book Database:

havah the story of eve

And lastly, I received a copy of Crossed Wires by Rosy Thorton.  Rosy graciously sent it to me for review:

crossed wires

What did you get?

Hello there!  I’m going to be doing some upcoming giveaways here on the blog, but I need your help!  I’m not sure what to have a contest for.  I have my next giveaway already completely planned, but I’m not sure what I’ll giveaway after it.  That’s where you come in!  I created a poll with some choices on it, and if you don’t like those, you can write in another choice.  Please, I’d love it if you voted!  And I’d love it if you could tell people about it, because it will help me better serve you guys, my readers!  Get to the voting!

*If you vote and comment to let me know you did, I’ll add an extra 10 entries to any giveaways I have this summer, including the current one from Hachette.


off season

From Barnes & Noble:

For as long as she can remember, they were Cam and Lilly–happily married, totally in love with each other, parents of a beautiful family, and partners in life. Then, after decades of marriage, it ended as every great love story does…in loss. After Cam’s death, Lilly takes a lone road trip to her and Cam’s favorite spot on the remote coast of Maine, the place where they fell in love over and over again, where their ghosts still dance. There, she looks hard to her past–to a first love that ended in tragedy; to falling in love with Cam; to a marriage filled with exuberance, sheer life, and safety– to try to figure out her future.

It is a journey begun with tender memories and culminating in a revelation that will make Lilly re-evaluate everything she thought was true about her husband and her marriage.

Thanks to Valerie at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons.

Giveaway ends July 17 at midnight EST.  Only open to residents of the US and Canada, no PO Boxes.  Sorry international readers 😦

To Enter:

  • +5 entries for leaving a comment answering the question: What do you plan on doing with your summer?
  • +5 entries for commenting on another of my posts, and coming back here and saying you did
  • +10 entries for blogging about this giveaway on your blog or other site, and coming back here with the link (please, no links to your main site, it has to be specific to the post)
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • +10 for voting in my book giveaway choices poll

Please make sure the email address you leave is valid.  I don’t want to have to hunt any winners down.

Good luck!

Enter my other contests:

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory

Synarchy Blog Tour


Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening by DCS

Publisher: SVT Publishing, LLC

Released: May 22, 2008

From DCS’ website:

A plan is exposed, centuries in the making and so sinister not even the legend himself could have predicted the depth of its impact on the world.  In his lifetime Stefano Terenzio had a merciless ambition for absolute power.  Two generations later the shock wave he ignited was still being felt.  Now, as the world inches closer to 2012 sides are chosen, families divide and an epic battle begins that will determine whether mankind continues existing in a world of lies or shatters the chains that have held us prisoner since history was written.

I will die to see my will done, and it will be done.”

Shocking yet hopeful, Synarchy slowly unravels the tightly laced reality we have created for ourselves.  Blending the metaphysical with conspiracy, fact with fiction, debut author DCS has opened up a world that will force you to rethink everything you believe about your own.  The knowledge within provokes the question: do you really want to know?

It’s hard to describe this book without giving away too much plot information and spoilers, but I’ll do my best 🙂

The reader follows the lives of multiple characters, most of them being from the Terenzio family.  The Terenzios sort of remind me of a major Mafia family, in that they hold their territory with an iron fist.  But, many conflicts have torn the family apart, some turning traitorous against each other.

At the beginning we see Marcello Terenzio on his death bed, speaking to his grandchildren (they’re triplets).  He sends the triplets on a mission to uncover the truth of The Awakening and behind Earth, with The Brotherhood and traitorous Terenzios trying to stop them.

This book is very layered and complex.  Although it can sometimes be daunting to read a book so complex, DCS writes Synarchy so that doesn’t become an issue.  This is a great book filled with mystery, action, and intrigue.  It’s very detailed and a quick read.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Buy it at Amazon: Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening

Beth’s Book Review Blog is having a giveaway for 5 copies of My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel and for 5 copies of How to Score by Robin Wells, courtesy of Hachette Book Group.  Both giveaways run until July 14th, 11:59 PM EST, with the winners being announced July 15th.

My Forbidden Desire:

How to Score:

Jenna Maclaine is having a contest starting now until July 30.  Two winners will win weekly either a copy of Wages of Sin or Grave Sins.  There will be one grand prize winner who will receive Wages of Sin, Grave Sins, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, Strange Brew, and Huntress.  So that’s 9 chances of winning!

Sinful Summer Contest slideshow

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