Monday, March 31, 2014

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win Your Choice of a Chicken Soup for the Soul Paperback Book!


Welcome to the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop! Every blog participating in this giveaway is offering something a reader, blogger or author would enjoy valued at $10 or more! For my giveaway, I am offering the lucky winner their choice of one of the following Chicken Soup for the Soul books (paperback).



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Fortune Cookie Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans, but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

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JosiAuthor Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series, was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute cat.


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The Tenor Virtual Book Tour: Enter to Win an eBook! #TheTenorVirtualTour


The Tenor is a sweeping tale of historical fiction in the style of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto and De Burniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It swiftly moves from Pino Vaggi’s youth in pre-war Italy to his coming of age as a soldier in war-torn Greece, before ending in a shattering surprise finale at Maria Callas’ historic final performance ever on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in 1965. It is based loosely on the stories and anecdotes that I learned from several of Maria Callas’ personal friends and from nearly a dozen trips to Italy and Greece to research the subject.

Pino Vaggi is not like the other children in Italy in 1930. While they play soccer, he listens to opera. By age ten, he is already a child prodigy, an opera singing sensation on the fast track to a major international career. On the eve of his debut, WWII breaks out. The theater is closed. The season is cancelled. Pino is drafted. He is stationed in war-torn Athens, where he hears and ultimately falls in love with another child prodigy, the young Maria Callas. There is one major problem: she is the enemy. However, as famine devastates Athens (a famine created by the diversion of humanitarian aid meant for the Greeks to the Russian front to feed the German Army), the artist in Pino can’t fathom the thought of the greatest singer the world will ever know perishing, especially if he is in a position to prevent it. With a firing squad in the balance, he repeatedly risks his own life to protect and feed the young girl and her family. In the process, his love for her deepens, until something tragic happens -- something with devastating consequences that blows the young lovers apart.

Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Pegasus Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Praise for The Tenor
“Mr. Danish’s clever use of the history of one of the greatest voices ever to sing, Maria Callas, and a little known part of that history, her early life during turbulent times in the world, gives this a truly romantic and involving idea…. I loved it and any opera lover would too. Easy, readable and knowledgeable about life, music and all the stuff that happens in between….!” – Aprile Millo, Metropolitan Opera Star

“Mr. Danish’s exceeding knowledge of and passion for the medium of opera suffuses every line of this Cinderella narrative, one that provides a thrill ride for both the novice and the seasoned opera fan. The Tenor is impossible to put down….” – Samuel Juliano, Wonders in the Dark

“As an operatic diva that has sung over 100 performances with the Metropolitan Opera, I can say without hesitation that The Tenor is a riveting and accurate tale of life imitating art! Peter Danish’s storytelling ability is lyrical and powerful as he explores the life of an opera singer through passion, longing, romance and war! The accuracy of his descriptions about a singer’s journey, his musical and operatic references and his colorful characters, including the incomparable Maria Callas, make this a must read!” – Victoria Livengood, Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano

“Whether Peter Danish is writing about music, history or travel in his vastly entertaining novel, The Tenor, his words fly off the page. The whirlwind of images invites the reader into a world that will be familiar to some, foreign to others -- but captivating to all. Read it!” – Richard Sasanow, Editor-in-Chief, BWW Opera

“The easy flowing prose of Mr. Danish’s historically engaging novel is expertly paced and eloquently depicted. As an opera singer who has sung hundreds of performances around the world, I think this book will be a compelling read for music lovers and an exhilarating story for all readers. Bravo, Mr. Danish!” – Korliss Uecker, Metropolitan Opera Soprano

“Each page of The Tenor is as rich as a box of Italian chocolates. By page 8, I already found 7 lines I wanted to steal. Dive in and trust author Peter Danish to sweep you up and lead you through a remarkable adventure! I couldn’t put it down.” – Tom Dudzick, playwright, Over the Tavern, Miracle on South Division Street

“Facts and fiction playfully intertwine in this opera lover’s delight!” – Alberto Ferreras, award-winning author, B as in Beautiful

The Tenor was not what I was expecting. Yes, it’s about opera. Yes, it’s an homage to art and artists. Yes, it’s about dreaming of fulfilling one’s destiny. But it’s about all those things without being fussy or precious. It’s decidedly unfussy -- because it’s about people who work really hard…. Peter Danish creates characters you root for. He has woven a tale that keeps you wanting to find out what happens next! I think they call those page-turners!” – John Cariani, Tony Award Nominee, Playwright, Almost Maine

“With his far-reaching opera expertise and keen insight into the Italian soul, Peter Danish draws us into his captivating story of the joys and heartaches of the performer’s life. The result is a satisfying read for book lovers and opera lovers alike. Bravo, Il Tenore!” – Erica Miner, Award-Winning Author, Murder in the Pit

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About the Author
Peter Danish is the Classical Music Editor in Chief for BWWClassical.com, the classic music site for BroadwayWorld.com, covering and reviewing the classical music performance in and around New York City and the greater New York Area. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, he is the playwright of the play, Gods, Guns and Greed, as well as the new musical, The Flying Dutchman. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.

Author Links
Author Website
Danish Media Group Website
Facebook Page

Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, March 24
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Tuesday, March 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, March 28
Review at A Rose in the City
Review at Kelsey’s Book Corner
Monday, March 31
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Tuesday, April 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, April 2
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, April 3
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Review & Giveaway at She is Too Fond of Books
Friday, April 4
Review at Closed the Cover
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at Princess of Eboli

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of The Tenor, by Peter Danish. This giveaway is open internationally and will end at 11:59 PM EST on April 14, 2014. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fingers in the Mist Cover Reveal: Giveaway for an eBook and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.
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Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison
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O'Dell Hutchison
O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst. At night, you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.
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Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one (1) ebook copy of Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

The Forgotten Pharaoh Release Day: Giveaway for an Egyptian-Themed Prize Pack ($180 Value)!

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Julie Gerber isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.

The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?

As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.


Be sure to add The Forgotten Pharaoh to your to-read list on Goodreads and check it out on Manic Readers!


 About the Author

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama.  Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult.

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The Giveaway

Author Laura DeLuca has put together a selection of prizes that go along with the story. All the prizes are Egyptian-themed. Prize pack includes a decorative wall plague, oil diffuser, incense, bookmark, collectible pens, necklace, scarab bead, real papyrus bookmark, pin, and ankh charms. ACV is around $100.


Our friends from Magical Monk Bags have also created a one-of-a-kind Egyptian-style handbag depicting a scene of the Great Pyramids. The bag was hand-embroidered and is absolutely beautiful. AVC - $40.


Finally, The Whimsical Pixie has contributed a handmade dowsing board complete with bloodstone pendulum valued at $45.99.


One lucky winner will walk away with all these prizes! Total value is over $180. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on 4/29/14 and is open to US residents only.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Favorite Book Quote

It’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! The theme of this week:

What is your favorite book quote?

I wasn’t sure if they were asking for my favorite quote FROM a book or ABOUT books, so I picked one that fits in both categories. I love how Jane Austen doesn’t mince words in this quote!


The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

What is your favorite book quote? CLICK HERE for links to the other bloggers participating in this meme to read their answers!

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Tethered Soul Cover Reveal and Giveaway for $10 Amazon Gift Card and eBook!

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My Tethered Soul (Reaper's Rite #2) by Dorothy Dreyer

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It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out. 
When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.
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My Tethered Soul (Reaper's Rite #2)
by Dorothy Dreyer
Publication Date: June 2014
Publisher: Month9Books
My Sister's Reaper, book one in the Reaper Rite's series, also got a makeover!
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Dorothy Dreyer
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.

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Breathtaking: Seven Bestselling Novels of Love and Suspense ~ Boxed Set Is Only 99 Cents!

Breathtaking: Seven Bestselling Novels of Love and Suspense
Boxed set is only $.99 March 24th through March 29th.

Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon

Deliah Dreser's in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there's more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole's in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. Is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother's murders?

Bestselling author Sherry Gammon's reviewers exclaim, "She has a gift for touching her readers with beautiful, gripping stories that you can’t put down."



Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt

Nothing good ever happens after dark. Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.

Now her father is dead, and Daleigh finds a hidden journal hinting that his death was no accident. Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe Daleigh. As the two work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.

Award-winning suspense novelist and bestselling Amazon author Christy Barritt has been touted as "scary, funny, passionate, and quirky" by USA Today.

Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru

Rachel Saunders is looking forward to her all-expenses-paid weekend trip to New York. But when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent, events take a dangerous turn.

Amanda Tru is a bestselling Amazon author of romance and suspense. Discover the author who, as an Amazon reviewer raves, “continues to impress me and dominate my time with a book I can’t put down even after it’s ended.”

Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.

In return, Cassie steals his heart…

When Cassie is forced to join the witness protection program, she fears her life is over… But then she meets Shane Emerson—the hunky cowboy posing as her husband. Will this sham marriage turn into the real thing, or will a hidden danger put it all at risk?

Kimberly Krey writes romance that’s clean without losing the steam. What’s Beyond Forks calls this bestselling Western romance author “the master of romantic tension.”



A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis

Cami DiCarlo is not happy when her father forces her into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel and unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, insisting they live together while they launch the new resort.

When she meets Vince, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything.

You Belong with Me by Shannon Guymon

Layla Kendall is a burned-out social worker one step away from a major depression. When she and her sisters inherit their grandmother's bakery, she doesn't know if she can trust her good fortune or not. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heartache and pain she's faced day in and day out is a chance she's going to take. With Layla's new life come new friendships, including Michael Bender, a single dad. She doesn't trust men, but Michael's little girl grabs her by the heart and won't let go.

Shannon Guymon is an Amazon bestselling author of lighthearted and clean romance who, according to her many fans, has the ability to paint pictures of her characters so real that readers would know them if they saw them walking down the street.

Blog This by Cami Checketts

Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot exposes the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler sends a hit man after her. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

Bestselling author Cami Checketts has been touted as, "A genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."