Review: Twin Souls {Nevermore 1} – K.A. Poe

Twin Souls (Nevermore, Book 1)Twin Souls by K.A. Poe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

{Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for my review. I received no monetary compensation nor am I expected to give this book a positive review…all thoughts and feelings about this book are my own.}

I’m going to say right away that this book was out of my comfort zone, or so I thought. In an attempt to read something that wasn’t fluffy and light and wonderful I agreed to read this at Ms. Poe’s request.

I am so glad I did. I loved every page I read of this book. Alexis was a great lead female and Salem was a strong male lead. I wasn’t overly fond of Paul, but he does redeem himself a bit as the book goes along. There were parts of the ending that were quite the surprise as I never saw them coming.

Alexis’s whole life changes the day she turns 18. Her mother mysteriously disappears leaving a rather cryptic note and a beautiful boy shows up at school and talks her into going to his house. There she learns that her entire life has been a lie and she’s not exactly who she thought she was.

I had to stop reading halfway through to email Ms. Poe and ask her if there would be a sequel as I didn’t want this to be the end of Alexis’s story! Thankfully she told me that there’ll be a sequel coming soon. I can’t wait to read it!

Again, thank you so, so much! It was a pleasure to read Alexis and Salem’s story!

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Coming Soon: Book Tours, Giveaways, & More

As promised, April is going to be a jam packed month! I have several giveaways planned and am participating in two blog hop contests!

04.16.12: I’ll be participating in the Small Blogs, Big Dreams event. Those who stop by can enter to win a $5.00 Amazon gift card! Also, make sure to visit the other participating blogs and show some love! This event goes live at 12:01AM.

Also on 04.16.12, I’ll be participating in the It’s Raining Cash giveaway with hundreds of other bloggers! Make sure to stop by and enter to win $550 in cash! Event goes live at 12:01AM as well.

Make sure to check out this post for a chance to win a copy of Never Surrender by Deanna Jewel! Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter and leave a question for Ms. Jewel to answer before the contest ends on Saturday! I’ll be posting my own interview with her on Thursday.

One of my best friends, Christie, has just opened her Zazzle shop, Pristine Christine’s. Be sure to stop by this post and enter to win a $10.00 gift certificate towards your purchase of anything she has in her shop! Also, be sure to stop by her Facebook page and give her a “like”!

On 04.26.12 Emily Guido, author of Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series), will be featured here on Once Upon A Book as part of her book blog tour, hosted by Cassie of Shadow Kisses Book Reviews.

I’ll be posting up reviews of K.A. Poe’s Twin Souls (Nevermore, Book 1), which is currently free to borrow through Amazon Prime or can be bought for .99 {I highly recommend it}, Rose Gordon’s Her Sudden Groom (Groom Series, BOOK 1) as well as her currently free for download Intentions of the Earl (Scandalous Sisters, Book 1) {I highly recommend these as well, and suggest reading Intentions of the Earl first}.

Currently there are 77 of you following Once Upon A Book. In the hopes of nearly doubling my current readership, I’ll be hosting a contest where one lucky reader can win a $10 Amazon gift card courtesy of my friend Dani! Look for this contest to be posted up starting next week and lasting until May 01.

Last but not least, I’ll be reviewing for Romancing the Book as well. Be sure to stop by and check out what my fellow reviewers have read and enter to win print or digital copies of books!

I’m sure there is more that I’m forgetting, but that’s okay. As you can see, this is going to be an exciting month. If there’s anything you’d like to me to feature or if you have a suggestion, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or shoot me an email {you can find my email in my contact information}.

Oh! If you’ve sent me a copy of your book for review but haven’t seen it reviewed on here as of yet, there’s currently at least another week’s delay in reviews. Currently I’m reading A.J. Walkley’s Queer Greer.

Take care and best wishes in the giveaways!

Hugs & Happy Reading,

Thrifty Thursday: The Wind off of the Sea – Charlotte Bingham

Every week I try to post up what I’ve bought recently at thrift stores {or garage sales now that the weather is getting warmer}. Today’s spotlight is on Charlotte Bingham’s The Wind off the Sea.

Per Goodreads: It is 1947, the worst winter in England since records began, and even the sea is frozen. For the women living in the little fishing port of Bexham, the chronic lack of everything from fuel to food has left them reeling.

When Waldo Astley drives through thick Sussex snow into the village in his large American Buick, it is to find Bexham filled not just with grumbling residents, but with frustrated wives and mothers, forced back behind their stoves after the joy of the victory for which they fought so hard on the home front. Government directives have ensured that the returning men resumed the jobs their women managed so brilliantly through the gruelling years of war.

But Waldo is no ordinary character, and while he has come to Bexham on a personal mission, his effect on all the residents is as warming as the electricity of which there is still such a shortage. For Judy, whose marriage to Walter has been badly affected by long years of separation; for Rusty, whose miscarriage has been mind-shattering; for Mathilda, whose single motherhood has put her eligibility in jeopardy, and for Meggie, still not recovered from her alter ego as a secret agent. No matter what the age or circumstances of the person, Waldo Astley is not just a breath of fresh air — but the wind off the sea.

This book is part of a series, so I’m going to have to find the other books before I can start this one. Story of my life!

Found any good deals lately? Leave me a comment letting me know!

Hugs & Happy Reading,

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Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins

I’m running a bit behind on posts this week! Eek! Every Wednesday, Jill at Breaking The Spine posts about what book she waiting on. Make sure to stop by and check out the linky to see what everyone else is waiting on!

There’s no cover for this as of yet, but I’m waiting on Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, author of the Hex Hall books.

Summary: About a high school Miss Popularity whose world changes when a funny thing happens on the way to the (Homecoming) coronation: she’s recruited into the Paladins, a supernatural sect of bodyguards sworn to protect those who will play an important role in the future, and charged with saving her archnemesis even if it means sacrificing her place as queen bee.

Ever since a friend recommended that I read Hex Hall last year, I’ve been a fan of Ms. Hawkins work. This is set to come out sometime in 2013.

What are YOU waiting on this week?

Hugs & Happy Reading,

In My Mail: The Chaperone & A Small Fortune

In My Mail is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Today in the mail I received two ARCs courtesy of GoodReads First Reads and Riverhead Books.

1. – Per Goodreads: A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever. For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

2. Per Amazon: n entertaining debut novel that explores the lives of an extended Pakistani family—all with a gently humorous touch and fond but wry eye.

Harris, the presumed patriarch of his large extended family in both England and Pakistan, has unexpectedly received a “small fortune” from his divorce settlement with an English woman: £53,000. As a devout Muslim, Harris views this sum as a “burden of riches” that he must unload on someone else as quickly as possible. But deciding which relative to give it to proves to be a burden of its own, and soon he has promised it both to his extremely poor cousins in Pakistan and to his Westernized, college-student daughter. Then, in a rash bout of guilt and misunderstanding, Harris signs the entire sum away to the least deserving, most prosperous cousin of all. This solves none of his problems and creates many more, exacerbating a tricky web of familial debt and obligation on two sides of the world, until the younger generation steps in to help.

With insight, affection, and a great gift for character and story, Dastgir immerses us in a rich, beautifully drawn immigrant community and complex extended family. She considers the challenges between relatives of different cultural backgrounds, generations, and experiences—and the things they have to teach one another. A Small Fortune offers an affectionate and affecting look at class, culture, and the heartbreak of misinterpretation.

Reviews to follow as soon as I have time to read them! Get anything interesting in the mail lately? Let me know!

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Contests & Giveaways: Win a GC to Pristine Christine’s Zazzle Shop!

One of my best friends, Christie, has opened her own Zazzle shop filled with skins for your e-readers, cell phones, etc. There are 24 designs to choose from, with more on the way this week! In honor of her new venture, Christie has generously offered a ten dollar gift certificate to one lucky reader here at Once Upon A Book! Just fill out the rafflecopter below. Gift certificate will be emailed the day after the contest ends.

Good luck to you all and please don’t forget to “like” her Facebook page!

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Contests & Giveaways: Claire Reads 250 Followers Giveaway

Congratulations to Claire from Claire Reads on obtaining 250 followers! Actually, technically, she’s over 500 now which leads to good news to her followers…

Six winners will each win one of several prize packs listed at her site. Make sure to head on over to her blog to congratulate her and why not follow her while you’re there and score entries into the contest!

Giveaway & Review: Never Surrender – Deanna Jewel

Please help me welcome Ms. Deanna Jewel to Once Upon A Book. Recently I won her Native American time travel romance novel Never Surrender through the Goodreads First Reads program. Not only did Ms. Jewel sign my book, but she included plenty of swag to go with it, including an autograph in my book and on the bookmarks she included. To someone like me who idolizes all writers, this was a dream come true.

As I read Never Surrender I emailed Ms. Jewel a few times to thank her and let her know how much I was liking it. When I was finished she offered to give away a copy of Never Surrender to one of my readers!

About Never Surrender: A half-breed warrior has entered into Kate’s dream, in search of her as his soul mate, and doesn’t let her rest until she is reunited in time with her true lover from a past life.

My review as posted on Goodreads and Amazon: Never SurrenderNever Surrender by Deanna Jewel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off I’d like to acknowledge and thank Deanna Jewel for sending me an autographed copy that I won from a First Reads contest here at Goodreads. I wasn’t expecting all of the swag that came with it – chapstick, bookmarks that are signed and post-its and, really it was exciting to open up what I thought was just a book. I’ve also had the pleasure of exchanging emails with Ms. Jewel and look forward to reading her upcoming books.

I am one of those people who will read a book about Native Americans every so often, but nothing that I have read in the past can match Never Surrender. I loved Taima as the lead male. He was everything the head of a Native American clan should be – tough, wise, compassionate, thoughtful, friendly, a disciplinarian, etc. etc. Kate sometimes got on my nerves, but that’s probably because I identify with her personality type: defiant, questioning, obstinate, fiercely loyal, and capable of love. I really, really wish she would have listened first, reacted later, but in true female form she always did what she felt was right in the moment.

Kelee stole my heart as Taima’s son. Such a sweet, strong boy! Aiyana was someone I wasn’t overly fond of at first, but once I got to know her I absolutely adored her and her husband Ahanu. I really hope to read more about them in the future.

One thing that I liked most about this story is that there wasn’t a lot of nonsense about time travel – which is a secondary theme – or Kate trying to make people believe; she appeared one day during a raid and Taima took her. His father knew that she’d be there and so it was. I love how there were just hints of the terror that was faced during that time in history. Sorry, but I have a weak stomach and a very vivid imagination, I can only handle so much of people being murdered!

Anyway, I recommend this to anyone and everyone who likes historical romance, time travel, and Native American lore. And even if you’re not sure you like any of them, read it anyway. Ms. Jewel knows how to weave a story as impressive as the moccasins that Natives wear on their feet.

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Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. Stay tuned for a question and answer session with Ms. Jewel! Can’t wait for the contest to end? You can purchase Never Surrender via Amazon for Kindle for $2.99!

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Thrifty Thursday – Dear America Series by Scholastic Books

Two weeks ago I started a new meme here at Once Upon A Book where I shared my thrift store finds. I forgot last week, so this week I’m going to feature four books that are a part of the Dear America series, a set that I’d love to collect!

The following books were purchased at my local Salvation Army for around 50 cents a piece. They are small hard covered books that come with a ribbon for a bookmark.

1. – In another very special Dear America Christmas story that crosses the ocean during WWI, Simone Spencer leaves home and keeps a diary of her life as a brave “Hello Girl” on the Western Front.

In April of 1917, Simone Spencer’s world changes. Her beloved brother Will goes off to war, and Simone seeks a way to help. The passionate daughter of a feisty French mother and a rebellious upper-class father, Simone is not cut out for the society life she is meant to lead.

So, when General Pershing calls for French-speaking American girls to operate the switchboards on the Western Front, Simone becomes one of the first brave “Hello Girls” whose courage helped lead the Allies to victory. In the end, Christmas brings the Spencers back together again.

2. – The sister of a Marine fighting in a war she does not believe in, our zealous heroine must reconcile her life as anti-war demonstrator with that of her brother.

An agonzing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists.
He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother’s war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can’t see, his sister seeks peace. In these gripping installments of DEAR AMERICA and MY NAME IS AMERICA, Ellen Emerson White captures the unique time period when america was at war both in a far-off place, and at home where adults and children alike marched in the streets for peace and freedom. Poignant and complex, these two characters will give readers a glimpse into perhaps the most tumultuous time in modern American history.

3. – At the age of twelve, Minnie Swift is living through one of toughest times in America’s history, The Great Depression. She keeps a detailed diary over the span of one Christmas month. Reflecting the sadness — but also the optimism — that characterized that time, this is an intimate portrait of a midwestern family’s days and nights, ups and downs, triumphs and losses. It is the story of one family’s persevering spirit. The Christmas Spirit.

4. – As the fight for women’s suffrage heats up, Kathleen”Kat” Bowen gets to participate as her mother and her sister, and many others close to her organize and act to win the right to vote.

January 19, 1917
The picket line has been going on for over a week! And people said they would not last a day and the weather still has not broken. What’s more is news of the picket is spreading and more and more women are coming from other parts of the district and some from as far away as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them in the cold that he invited them in for coffee but they refused. They said they would only come in to talk about a federal amendment for the women’s right to vote. No coffee! This made me think of Sojourner Truth’s words about men who help lift women into carriages and over mud puddles–that of course is the easy part, just like giving them coffee. Giving them the vote is the hard part.

To read more about the series, check out the wikipedia page here.

Have you found some good buys recently? Let me know in the comments!

As always…

Hugs & Happy Reading,

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In My Mail – April Edition

In My Mail was started by The Story Siren. As she states on her website, IMM can be posted whenever and is about books that you bought//won//were gifted//borrowed.

As I mentioned in my first edition, I prefer e-books ever since I bought my Kindle Keyboard over a year ago. But I also still enjoy a good paperback now and then!

The majority of today’s haul is from an auction I won on Listia. Listia is a site where you can bid on items that are free – though there are some that charge for shipping. I can’t say that everyone is awesome there, but I’ve done good so far. You can pretty much find everything you want there, not just books. Sign up here if you’re interested! {note! You are started off with 500 credits and can earn credits doing random things there. You can also buy credits at a decent price, or list an auction of your own and earn credits that way.}

01. – Jocelyn Tolliver believes that her mother’s couture business financed her European boarding school education. Imagine her shock when she discovers that her dying mother is the infamous Madame of London’s elite Crimson Belle. Promising to care for the bordello and its ladies, Jocelyn, a virginal bookworm, transforms herself and is soon known as the reclusive Madame DeBourcier.

Rakish Alex Randall, Lord Colwick, is determined to win admittance to the intriguing Madame’s bed. His outrageous attempts to garner her favor cannot go unnoticed for long. . . . When danger threatens the elegant women of the Belle, Jocelyn strikes a bargain with Alex, hoping he can provide some protection. But Jocelyn’s deception forces her and Alex into a passionate battle of wills in which all illusions will be shattered . . . and all desires fulfilled.

02. – She is Anglo; he is Comanche. She is an archaeologist. He equates archaeology with grave robbing. Despite their differences, Phoebe Margaret Keller and Jeremiah Cortez know they’ve found their soul mates. That is, until Jeremiah goes away and gets married. Three years later, a still-bitter Phoebe is a museum curator on the Cherokee reservation in Chenocetah, North Carolina. A person claiming to be a professor claims he has found a Neanderthal in the caves near a new development. When the man is murdered, Jeremiah, now a widower and member of the FBI’s Indian Country Crime Unit, is sent to investigate. It’s obvious Phoebe and Jeremiah are still in love, but she is no hurry to forgive him. Before long, however, Phoebe becomes a target of the murderer, and there’s no way Jeremiah is going to leave her again. Sensual and suspenseful, this romance is also loaded with information about Cherokee culture, and it debunks many Native American stereotypes. The ever-popular and prolific Palmer has penned another sure hit.

03. – Bestseller Alexander (A Visit from Sir Nicholas, etc.) is at the top of her game with her latest Effington family Regency romance. Her anonymity guaranteed by a mask, English miss Pamela Effington spent an unforgettable night of magic in the arms of the Avalonian crown prince. In the four years since, Russia has annexed Avalonia, sending Prince Alexei into exile in London. Through a mishap, the prince and Pamela end up living in the same town house; through her aunt’s strategizing, they become entangled in a false betrothal. Their hearts refuse to believe the engagement to be fake, and soon Alexei and Pamela privately admit to their mutual love. An old flame from Pamela’s past, plus Alexei’s belief that a bitter prince without a country has nothing to offer the woman of his dreams, cause Pamela a great deal of frustration—but a determined woman can always show a man the error of his ways, even if she has to do it at sword point. Pamela and Alexei’s verbal clashes are a hoot, delivering generous doses of humor that balance the more touching scenes. Skillfully paced to deliver readers breathlessly to the finish line, Alexander’s newest adventure is light historical romance at its most entertaining.

04. – Never had Christina seen a man as handsome as the notorious pirate Justin Phillips. His lean, masculine frame radiated a shocking strength; his piercing blue eyes left her feeling helpless and weak. Somewhere deep inside her, the innocent beauty felt a yearning for an unknown ecstasy, and thirsted for adventures that were forbidden even in her dreams. But, as his lips gently grazed her flesh and his hands thoroughly ravished her senses, Christina resolved that after he had his way with her, she would flee under the cover of night and forever escape his ardent demands! He forced her response…

There was nothing like a challenge to make the blood flow faster in Justin Phillip’s veins. So, when the dashing pirate saw the timid wench shrink from his gaze, he decided that he’d take her with-or without-her consent. He coaxed desire from her pouting lips; he awakened passion with his expert touch. The experienced rake knew that Christina would try to run away from pleasure, but once he’d had her..he knew that he could never let her go. If it meant capturing her with kisses, and enslaving her with his caress, he would do it, and turn the seeds of her hidden desire into the full bloom of Crimson Rapture…

Through Goodreads First Reads I won…

01. – Take a daily step of faith. Here is the devotional you’ve been waiting for: a place for everyday inspiration for everyday girls. On your 365-day journey through the Bible, discover topics that will have you saying ‘That is SO me!’ over and over and over again. Featuring interactive quizzes, activities, prayers, and journaling prompts written by favorite Faithgirlz! author Nancy Rue, this meaningful devotional is just for girls and tackles the issues that you face each day. Use this girl-friendly guide to nourish your authentic self through the incredible example and gift of Jesus’ life and teachings.

02. – A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.

Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.

For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

I can’t wait to start these, but in the meantime I’m working on reading a series that the lovely Rose Gordon gifted me and have a few other books to read and review for different authors. Stay tuned as later this week I’ll have interviews and giveaways from Rose Gordon, author of the Groom & Brides series, and Deanna Jewel, author of Never Surrender and No Turning back.

I should note that I “purchase” free books from Amazon or am gifted free books from authors or publishing companies on a near daily basis, but I try to stick with actual books that I receive in the mail, not virtually.

Hugs & Happy Reading,

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Forever {Blood Coven 8} – Mari Mancusi

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine.

This week’s Waiting on book is…

From Goodreads: After making a deal with the devil, Rayne and Sunny have been given the chance to go back in time—preventing that fateful night when Sunny was bitten by Magnus from ever happening. But Sunny finds she doesn’t
want to live without Magnus by her side and Rayne secretly wishes that vampire Jareth was back in her arms. To reclaim their lives, Sunny and Rayne team up to figure out a way to change history for the better. But if the twins can’t get the boys on their side, history may spiral out of control—destroying not only the Blood Coven, but quite possibly the entire human race…

My Thoughts – I have been a fan of the Blood Coven series for the last two years – ever since my friend Manda introduced it to me. It’s just the right amount of snark, sass, drama, and vampire for this squeamish vamp lover. When Soul Bound came out a few weeks ago, I devoured it in one day and loved every page. Ms. Mancusi sure knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats.

And while I hope that Blood Coven fans get their wish for happy endings for Sunny and Magnus, Rayne and Jareth, I am a bit sad that this is the last book in the series. Hopefully somewhere down the line Ms. Mancusi will bring Sunny and Rayne back out to play.

What are YOU waiting on?

Sunday Shorts: Before {.5 Heven & Hell} – Cambria Hebert

Welcome to the second installment of “Sunday Shorts” a meme created by the awesome Kriss over at Cabin Goddess. Sunday Shorts is where we select a novella or a short story…or in some cases, a collection of short stories that you can read all in one sitting when you have time to read, but not a lot of it. Bonus is that most short stories or novellas are relatively cheap – most are either free or just a few dollars, if not ninety-nine cents.

Here is my pick for this week’s Sunday Short.

Before is currently free on Amazon. If you decide you want to read it, I suggest getting it now before it revert to it’s normal price of $2.99!

From Goodreads: What if your life was charmed and everything in it was perfect…

This is the story of my past. Of what things were like for me when everything was normal. Of what every teenager’s life is like. Clothes. Parties. Boys and summer vacation. What’s so wrong with that? I liked it. I was happy.

Until things changed. I changed.

I didn’t know that lies and secrets were about to take over my existence. I didn’t know there was someone out there, someone meant just for me. I didn’t know that I was about to go on a journey, a journey that would lead me to the girl I am today.
This is the beginning of the worst year of my life. Would I go back and change things? Erase everything that has happened to go back into these moments?

Not a chance.

This is a story of before.

The followup book, Masquerade (Heven & Hell) is available on Amazon for $2.99.

Be sure to head on over to Kriss’s page for more Sunday Shorts!

Hugs & Happy Reading,

Review: Taken {Channie #2} – Charlotte Abel

Taken (Channie, #2)Taken by Charlotte Abel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the second installment of Channie’s story, we pick up right where we left off with a married Josh and Channie hiding out in the Ozark mountains. If you at all felt even the slightest bit bored or aggravated with Channie in the first book…you won’t feel that way with Taken, I can promise you that.

Channie has grown up quite a bit in Taken. Josh still struggles between what he knows to be right and what could potentially save his and Channie’s lives. Hunter is still a wee bit annoying, but I feel he redeemed himself quite a bit in this book. Aunt Wisdom I could take or leave, though. And Channie’s parents…don’t even get me started! The ending was just whoa…cliffhanger!

Just like with Enchantment, I stayed up all night to finish Taken. Not because of a blogging deadline, but because I just HAD to finish it all at once. September is too far away for the third and final chapter in Channie’s life!

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Contests & Giveaways: Enchanted – Alethea Kontis

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Soumi over at and author Alethea Kontis are giving away a copy of Enchanted.

Summary: It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

To enter just go visit Soumi over at and enter the rafflecopter drawing! Best wishes to all who enter!

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