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Summer Splash Blog Hop – Giveaways Galore! (July 26 -29, 2013)

Announcing the Summer Splash Blog Hop– where several authors have teamed up to bring you swag, books and numerous kick-arse prizes– all in the name of Summer! Each author is doing a giveaway on their websites, and there is also a huge set of prizes on the main page as well!

The Grand Prizes are:

#1 Kindle Fire 8.9 HD

#2 $100 Amazon Gift Card

#3 $50 Amazon Gift Card

#4 15 paperbacks personally signed by our authors

#5 38 Ebooks gifted to you from our authors

#6 38 eBooks (yep, we’re doing this not once, but twice)!

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So go on… hop, hop away!

(Click the image to start hoping, or just go here: http://splashhop.blogspot.com )

Our very own Alex is participating in the hop with a giveaway of her own, so be sure to check out her website as well!

http://authoralexowens.blogspot.com/

Paperback Proof of Kill Me (Day 3 – Kill Me Blog Tour)

I had to rearrange a couple of the days for the Kill Me blog tour, so I ended up with today as a free day. How fortuitous that the proof copy for the paperback version of Kill Me arrived last night!

So now I get to share with you guys ūüôā¬†

The quality is great and the only minor complaint I have is that the background came out darker than I anticipated and the grayscale text (faded author name) printed a little inconsistently. A few minor tweaks and it should be good to go!

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And don’t forget, you also have a few more days to enter the giveaways over on Seeing Night Reviews¬†and Fang-tastic Books. Tomorrow we head to Independent Paranormal for some bloggy-goodness, but you can check out the full tour¬†schedule¬†here.

Interview & Giveaway on Fang-tastic Books (Day 2 – Kill Me Blog Tour)

Next stop on the blog tour for Kill me… Fang-tastic Books!

So stop on by and check out the Author Interview and Giveaway post. I had gobs of fun answering the questions and I’d love to have you guys post questions or comments over there!¬†

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And don’t forget, you also have a few more days to enter the giveaway over on Seeing Night Reviews — and while you’re there check out the excerpt of “Claire’s First Feeding.”

Kill Me Excerpt over on Seeing Night Reviews

Today over on Seeing Night Reviews we’ve got an excerpt of from the new book Kill Me, along with an ebook giveaway. Check it out if you get a second!

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And don’t forget to enter our own giveaway here on QuirkyGurl as well.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Book Review – Disintegration by Scott Nicholson

DisintegrationDisintegration by Scott Nicholson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I’ve read in a while that has me at a loss when it comes time to review. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. I’m just torn. So I guess I’ll just elaborate and let the readers make up their own minds.

First, Nicholson is a stellar writer. In this novel, he’s given us rare glimpses into the F-ed up minds of the characters. (Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s completely accurate, in my opinion.) Nicholson’s like an evil genius that way– to show me how completely screwed up a person can become while still functioning in society. The plot is twisty and murky at times, and I totally didn’t see the numerous plot twists at the end. The opening chapters were some of the hardest I’ve ever read– in terms of tragic subject matter, but they were also the most visceral and vivid I’ve read in a while too.

Now, I had a few minor issues too. I feel like there wasn’t a single character to root for through the suspenseful plot. I liked the wife (forget her name, sometimes my own too) well enough, but almost from the beginning I was conflicted by her. Something seemed off about her. So I didn’t make a connection with any of them, really. As good as this book was, it would have been stellar if I’d grown to care for someone, only to see the error of my ways at the end.

My other nit-pick is the names of the twin main characters, Joseph and Jacob. I get it. Twins have twinsy names, but dang-it, I had to go back and read once or twice because I kept confusing the two and then what was happening at the time didn’t make as much sense. I hate getting sucked out of the story like that. But, it only happened infrequently and I’ve already confessed my lack of name-remembering, so the fault there might be my own.

Overall, I will certainly read more by Nicholson, as his mind seems to be as warped as my own and I can’t wait to see what else he’s created in that diabolical noggin of his!

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Book Review – Dead Is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

Dead Is the New BlackDead Is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this novel is billed as a cozy mystery, it is far more than that. Dead Is the New Black is a complex novel, woven with delicate finesse by the author. At it’s core is a heroine that underestimates herself on many different levels. She’s smart, talented, and takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of everything. Which gets her into trouble. But I don’t need to elaborate– that’s what book blurbs are for.

I will say that I really enjoyed this book. It’s been polished to perfection by the author and that really shows. The careful crafting and layering of details made me feel like a part of the novel, and not just a reader. That characters were well developed and the setting (in a design house one week before a big fashion show)is fabulous. It was one of the cleanest books I’ve read in a while too– no profanity, adult situations or graphic violence. (Of course, that makes me realize how much of the books that I read actually has all that stuff. Oy!)

I’m definitely going to keep an eye open for more novels from this author!

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End of Feb #FREE #ebook Blowout

As a way to celebrate the extra day we have in February this year, I’ve decided to run a One day special on several of our ebooks available through Amazon. So for today only, get your copies for FREE! (Be sure to check the price before downloading, sometimes AZ gets wonky!)

First up is the short story collection SKIN. Readers have had good things to say about this one from “wicked fun” to “quite disturbing and I loved it” so hop on over and grab your copy.

Next we have the story collection Still Life Paintings, a collection thematically linked by art.¬†It has been said that a painter leaves a bit of his soul behind with each painting, but what happens when a painting gives you back the part that’s been missing? Grab a copy now and find out.¬†

And then there is Memories for Sale, which is by far the most gentle of the freebies on this page. It’s been likened to a Hallmark movie, so if that sounds like your thing, snag a copy today.

Lastly, our newest release has only been out a short time, and it needs some newbie love. Grab a copy of Just Desserts today.

Enough Time For A Quickie (Book Review, that is)- Sleeping with Paris

Sleeping with ParisSleeping with Paris by Juliette Sobanet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, witty book with compelling, yet flawed characters, a good plot and satisfying HEA ending. Sex in the City fans will enjoy this novel, as well as anyne who like their romance hot, the cast smart and the setting evocative. This novel has some serious moments, and like any good story, there is a lesson to be learned by the main character– mainly about taking a chance on love, even when past heartbreaks have made her terrified of opening up again. I will certainly be reading more by this author!

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Another Quickie Review (I’m all out of spare time!)

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine #1)50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just have to say, I really enjoyed this book. For starters, the main character is a several-hundred year old witch that probably looks to be in her twenties, she removes curses on the side for some extra dough, her car is permanently haunted by a prim-and-proper ghost, and her bunny slippers like to eat things they’re not supposed to. Throw in a big bad guy, a returned ex-lover and the stinkiest man alive and 50 Ways was a heap of fun to read, and quite the page turner as well. The magic was cool and inventive, the romance steamy and the danger nail-biting. I look forward to reading more by Wisdom.

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Quickie Book Review – HUSH by Anne Frasier

HushHush by Anne Frasier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written, suspenseful tale of a serial killer and the one victim that comes back to haunt him. What struck me the most about this novel is the psychological depth to the killer, as well as the woman who brings about the climactic ending. Of course, the suspense built like it should and there were a few moments I didn’t see coming. Overall, the characters were interesting and compelling, the plotting tight and I’ll¬†definitely¬†be reading more from this author!

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What’s Going On? (Reading, Writing & Editing Updates)

I’ve been busy slaving over Blood Chord edits and haven’t had the chance to post much lately, so I thought I’d give a quick little run-down of what been going on behind the scenes here at Quirky Gurl Media.

First, I decided to polish up a short story from a few years back and release it as an ebook. Right now, it’s only available on Amazon, as I’m still on the fence about taking it Select exclusive. The story, titled Just Desserts, is about a woman coming to grips with the death of her abusive husband. This isn’t your typical survivor story. Rather, it’s the story of a woman angry that she was robbed of the chance to defend herself by a stupid twist of fate. It takes a conversation with her dying Aunt to help her move past the anger that’s been holding her back. Check it out if you get a chance.

I’ve been working on edits for Blood Chord and I can honestly say that the end is nigh! On top of that, I added another 10,000 words to it as part of the Kindle Boards 60k Feb writing challenge. The additional words furthered the plot, but they’ve also given me fodder for future books in the series. One of which goes straight back to 16th Century Italy and the Medici family. That one should be delish!

I’m currently reading Hush, by Anne Frasier. It took me a few pages to get into (but that may be the head-cold talking) but once I found my rythem I’m clipping along nicely with it. So far, so good. I’ll share my full impression when I’m done.¬†

That’s all folks. I’m off to work on that writing challenge before Theraflu and bedtime!

Hetaera–Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon’s Daughter) by Susan Tyrpak- Book Review

I just finished another book and it was so good I had to review it¬†immediately~ ¬†Hetaera–Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon’s Daughter), by Suzanne Tyrpak.

I received a copy of the ebook after entering a giveaway on LibraryThing (I think)-my memory isn’t what it used to be. Some of you may remember that I reviewed Susan’s other novel, Vestal Virgin, some time ago, and after seeing that this novel was historical in nature too (and because Susan writes that sooo well) I just had to read it.

Unlike Vestal Virgin, Hetaera is a bit tamer, and the steamy moments mostly happen off-camera. But this second novel of Tyrpak’s is just as full of suspense, intrique and carefully constructed (i.e. real and flawed) characters as her debut novel. Like any good suspense novel, there are bad guys and good guys, guys that are good but do dumb things, meddlers and other unfortunate obstacles, and of course a heroine down on her luck.

But Tyrpak does more than just craft a page-turning read– she brings ancient Athens to life through her prose. So much so, that I could practically see it in my head. (Ok, so occasionally Spartacus tried to worm his way into my mind-movie too. What can I say, I’m a Blood and Sand fan ūüôā ) My only gripe is that I have to wait for the next book in the series to be released. Hope it comes out soon!

Five Daggers,uh, I mean Stars!

FROM AMAZON —-> “Agathon’s Daughter is a tale told by a writer who deserves your attention, a writer who certainly captured mine.” New York Times bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen–Foreword, Hetaera

Product Description
Hetaera–suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon’s Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people’s hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia’s keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder, the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

Hetaera: Agathon’s Daughter was awarded third place in the Maui Writers Rupert Hughes writing competition.

Friday Freebies – Free Kindle Books

Thought I’d start the (almost) weekend off with a bang and announce two of our books that are FREE today on Amazon as part of the Select program. Earlier in the week, I let Memories For Sale, SKIN, and Reflections of Motherhood go free for a day and the response was great!

That prompted me to go ahead and pull the ebook Still Life Paintings from Smashwords and B&N so that I could put the story collection into the program as well. So, today and tomorrow (Jan. 13th and 14th) only, Still Life Paintings is free for download on Amazon. It’s my hope that offering the book for free will encourage more reviews. The book has gotten great reviews, but what it needs now is more volume. Crossing Fingers!

Also, since I screwed up the previous freebie for Reflections on Motherhood (supposed to be free for two days, but the special only ran for one day) I’ve decided to go ahead and run another One-day-only freebie today (Jan 13th) for Reflections as well.

As usual, I’m blogging about the freebies, and I plan on posting on FB and Twitter, but I could always use the help spreading the word!