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In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring—because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors’ work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children’s (and adults’) lives.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of NutureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

Giveaway ends October 6th at midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on October 7th.  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: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • +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, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Ning group, 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).  Sidebars count, as long as I can find it
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
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HE’S EVERYTHING SHE FEARS…

Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a coldhearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking…and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.

SHE’S EVERYTHING HE CRAVES

Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can’t let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce—and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible: tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of Dark Hunger by Rita Herron.

Giveaway ends August 30th at midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on August 31st.  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’s your favorite family tradition?
  • +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, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Ning group, 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).  Sidebars count, as long as I can find it
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • + 10 for subscribing to Bibliophiles ‘R’ Us through FeedBurner.  Look on the sidebar for the links.
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The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master by Jean Johnson

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Dark Hunger by Rita Herron- 2nd book in the Demonborn series

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance)

Pub date: August 1, 2009

1st book in Demonborn: Insatiable Desires

Next book (book 3): Forbidden Passion

HE’S EVERYTHING SHE FEARS…

Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a coldhearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking…and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.

SHE’S EVERYTHING HE CRAVES

Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can’t let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce—and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible: tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.

Annabelle Armstrong, a reporter for CNN, feels that Quinton Valtrez is hiding something; she feels he is an assassin and plans to prove it.  When finally meeting him however, she is very strongly attracted to him.  Quinton is a half-breed demon who supresses his dark side in order to live a good life.  He uses his gifts to help Homeland Security hunt down paranormal predators.  He also finds himself attracted to Annabelle, much to his chagrin.  They soon learn of an upcoming attack that they both wish to prevent, so they team up in order to stop it, all the while fighting an irresistable mutual attraction.

This book is basically about the age old fight of good vs. evil, but done in an interesting way.  I don’t usually read romantic suspense, but I decided to give this one a shot when it was offered up as a blog tour through Hachette Book Group.  The romantic subplot  is at the forefront of the novel, superseding the suspense and fantasy portions, which made it much easier for me to enjoy.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Fielding Grey is the second son of the Marquess of Eldon and fortune hunter by night. He’s on a mission for the Legend Hunters—a group of wealthy, titled, and heart-breakingly gorgeous men, each of whom are after the find of the century—he has his eyes set on obtaining the illustrious Pandora’s Box. But before he finds it, he encounters an equally alluring treasure—the woman bold enough to look inside.

Esme Worthington can’t resist taking the tiniest peek inside when fate drops the real Pandora’s Box in her lap. Thus, she unleashes one of Pandora’s irresistible curses: the curse of lust. Now, both Esme and Fielding must deal with this passionate curse—or blessing?—before unknown implications of Pandora’s Box overpower them both.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart.

Giveaway ends August 29th 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 is one of your favorite songs?
  • +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, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Ning group, 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).  Sidebars count, as long as I can find it
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • +10 for leaving a comment about my blog specifically.  You can say what you like about it, if there’s anything you don’t like about it, if there’s anything you want to see more of, if there’s anything you want to see less of, etc.   Please be honest.  I won’t be mad or upset if you say something negative (although I hope I’m doing a good job ), but if you do, please don’t bash me, just say it constructively.  Your comment will not give you a better chance at being picked, nor will I be less likely to choose you if the comment is less than glowing.  Either way, I’m using random.org, that way to be fair to everyone who decides to enter. 
  • + 10 for subscribing to Bibliophiles ‘R’ Us through FeedBurner.  Look on the sidebar for the links.

You can comment, refer, and blog/post as much as you like.

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

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Enter my other contests as well:

The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master by Jean Johnson

Dark Hunger by Rita Herron

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

how to tame a modern rogue

Commitment-phobic Sam Carson has only dated model-gorgeous women. But one stolen kiss from a plain-Jane schoolteacher and he’s hell-bent on stripping away her floral dresses and teaching her the art of being bad. If only her good-girl ways didn’t make him want to be a better man…

Ally Giordano is at the end of her rope. Her beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist.

Giveaway ends August 22nd 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 is your current favorite T.V. show?
  • +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, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Ning group, 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).  Sidebars count, as long as I can find it
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • +10 for leaving a comment about my blog specifically.  You can say what you like about it, if there’s anything you don’t like about it, if there’s anything you want to see more of, if there’s anything you want to see less of, etc.   Please be honest.  I won’t be mad or upset if you say something negative (although I hope I’m doing a good job ), but if you do, please don’t bash me, just say it constructively.  Your comment will not give you a better chance at being picked, nor will I be less likely to choose you if the comment is less than glowing.  Either way, I’m using random.org, that way to be fair to everyone who decides to enter. 

You can comment, refer, and blog/post as much as you like.

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 as well:

The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master by Jean Johnson

Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart

Dark Hunger by Rita Herron

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

so into you

Angel Sabato has been in love with best friend Grace O’Brien for 10 years—but he’s only just realized it. Too bad she doesn’t take him seriously when he tells her about his feelings. Reeling from the rejection, Angel hightails it out of town.

Now Grace is left to wonder if her problems from the past are keeping her from opening herself to love. But she brushes these “useless” musings aside, concentrating instead on the work she’s doing as an apprentice to folk healer Tante Lulu and keeping up with the old woman’s good deeds.

Such as starting a foundation to help families still homeless after Hurricane Katrina. One family consists of 5 children who lost their parents. The eldest, only seventeen, has been struggling to take care of her siblings and lying like heck to the state agencies in order to keep everyone together. Tante Lulu and Grace take the children under their wings and decide the foundation will build a house for them.

Re-enter Angel, who helps with the construction. Unbeknownst to Grace, Tante Lulu has decided to try her hand at matchmaking again. And Tante Lulu has never failed before!

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of So Into You by Sandra Hill.

Giveaway ends August 20th 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’s your favorite food dish?
  • +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, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Ning group, 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).  Sidebars count, as long as I can find it
  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • +10 for leaving a comment about my blog specifically.  You can say what you like about it, if there’s anything you don’t like about it, if there’s anything you want to see more of, if there’s anything you want to see less of, etc.   Please be honest.  I won’t be mad or upset if you say something negative (although I hope I’m doing a good job :P), but if you do, please don’t bash me, just say it constructively.  Your comment will not give you a better chance at being picked, nor will I be less likely to choose you if the comment is less than glowing.  Either way, I’m using random.org, that way to be fair to everyone who decides to enter. 

You can comment, refer, and blog/post as much as you like.

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 as well:

The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master by Jean Johnson

How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist

Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart

Dark Hunger by Rita Herron

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

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Publisher: Tom Weston Media

Released: December 31, 2008

From Tom’s website:

Alexandra O’Rourke, aged 16, is not a happy camper. It’s New Year’s Eve. She should be partying in San Diego with her friends, but instead she is stuck in Boston, with just her younger sister, Jackie, for company. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is being haunted by Sarah, the ghost of a seventeenth century Puritan. Oh, and there is the small matter of the charge of witchcraft to be sorted out.

Armed only with big shiny buttons and a helping of Boston Cream Pie, the sisters set out to restore the Natural Order. Can Alex solve the mystery of the Devil’s Book? Can Jackie help Sarah beat the sorcery rap? And can they do it before the fireworks display at midnight? Because this is First Night – and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.

Before reading First Night, I had never heard of the First Night festival before.  Never being to Boston before (or anywhere remotely near there), I’ve missed out on what seems to be great fun.  For those of you who, like me prior to reading this book, have never been to this festival, it takes place on New Year’s Eve in several places, but Boston celebrates it on a higher scale, much like how Mardi Gras is celebrated most famously in New Orleans.

I found that I was pleasantly satisfied with First Night.  It was a fun and lighter read, which I expected, but you can also tell that Weston put a lot of effort into his research.  Everything was described with lots of detail, and the modern and historical aspects were meshed well together.  Weston spent time developing the time frames, and the characters as well.  Jackie and Alex, the two sisters in the story, were really well-developed and unique characters.  Which is nice, because I didn’t have to spend time trying to distinguish one from the other.  Sarah, the Puritan ghost, provides a lot of the humor through her words and even her actions, which made reading this book fun.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Look for Weston’s next Jackie & Alex adventure, The Elf of Luxembourg.


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