Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rachel Hawkins Giveaway Winner

The winner of the giveaway for an unsigned copy of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, a signed copy of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, and a Demonglass tote is:

MEREDITH

Congratulations! I will be sending you an email. Please respond within 48 hours.
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

From Scotland, With Love Winners

The contest for the From Scotland, With Love blog tour has ended. Winners will receive a copy of Highland Master by Amanda Scott and a copy of Seduced by Destiny by Kira Morgan. I have been having a lot of health problems lately so I still haven't reviewed Highland Master yet (so sorry!) but I am almost through with it and have really enjoyed what I have read.

The winners are:

Anaiz
Chris S.
Tiffany H.


Winners were picked using Random.org. I will be emailing the winners for their info. Thank you!

I am currently having a giveaway for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, and a Demonglass tote. You can check it out HERE
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Rachel Hawkins


Rachel Hawkins is the author of a great YA series about a girl named Sophie who is sent to a reform school for teens with powers (witches, vampires, shifters, etc.). When I read the first book, Hex Hall, I immediately fell in love with it. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review Rachel's second book in the series, Demonglass, which was just released on March 1st. My love for the series continues and I can't wait for the next book to come out! I was very fortunate that I was able to do a Q&A with Rachel, and here it is!

1) If you were to write a spin-off of the Hex Hall series, which character would you write about?

Well, I actually AM writing a spin-off of the Hex Hall series! :) And while I can't give too much away, I will say that the character is someone we don't meet until Book 3, and that she comes from a very different background that Sophie. Let's just say Prodigium aren't her favorite thing.

2) Would you rather be a demon, witch, vampire, or shapeshifter?

Oooh.... all 3 have advantages and drawbacks! I think I'd go with demon. Vamps can't go out in the sun (unless they have a bloodstone, obviously), and shifters have the Hair Issue. Sure, as a demon, I might freak out and destroy the world, but that's a risk I'm willing to take!

3) Sophie's best friend Jenna is a fanatic for the color pink, is that your favorite color too?

It soooo is, haha! I'd have an entirely pink bedroom if my husband didn't have to sleep in there, too!

4) What character has been the most difficult to write about?

Cal is always tough for me because he's so stoic and plays thing so close to the chest. There were so many times I wanted to give him a witty comeback and had to remind myself that no, Cal doesn't quip. I think he's tough because of all the characters, he's the furthest one from me.

5) What character has been the easiest or most fun to write about?

Sophie and Archer tie for that one! I think that's why I like writing them together so much. Their back and forth banter is so easy (and fun!) to write.

Thank you Rachel for taking the time to answer my questions!

You can check out Rachel's blog HERE

Check out my review of Demonglass HERE


**********GIVEAWAY**********

One winner will receive:
A SIGNED copy of Demonglass, an unsigned copy of Hex Hall AND a Demonglass tote bag!!!
To enter this giveaway:

Leave a comment either discussing what you love about this series OR if you would rather be a demon, witch, vampire, or shifter and why.

Giveaway ends March 17 at 11:59 pm EST
US only


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Perlers for sale!

In addition to the books I have for sale HERE, I am also selling some perler creations I have made (these are not my original designs, they are based on designs I have found online). Next to the perlers is a quarter to give a size reference. You can hang perlers on walls with thumbtacks, frame them (depending on the thickness), attach magnetic backing to turn them into magnets, add pinbacks to them so you can pin them to clothing or bags, etc. There are lots of things you can do with them.

Shipping is not included in the prices but should be very cheap. If you are seriously interested in buying any of these I will go to the post office for a shipping estimate. I will update this post if I do get shipping estimates on the items.

email me: throuthehaze at gmail dot com
subject: Buy Perler

include what perlers you are interesting in buying in the email.

US ONLY (I don't want to risk these getting damaged shipping overseas)
payments must be made via Paypal
no returns, all purchases are final

Princess Peach
$10

Underwater Mario set
(add magnetic backing and these would look great as fridge magnets)
$5

Random Mario Bros. Stuff
(Raccoon Mario, Ladybug bad guy, Dry Bones, Bullet Bill, Toad, Yoshi)

$5 each OR Buy all 6 for $25 (while all 6 are still available)

Ducktales
(Launchpad McQuack, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby Vanderquack)
$28 for the set

Street Fighter (chibi)
(Chun Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Zangief, E. Honda, and Blanka)
$28 for the set


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

From Scotland, With Love Blog Tour and Giveaway




Seduced by Destiny by Kira Morgan


All her life, Josselin Ancrum has been trained for combat, hoping to exact vengeance for her heroic mother, who was killed fighting the English. When asked to spy for the Scottish Queen, Jossy joyfully accepts. But when a handsome stranger rescues her from sudden danger, his charm distracts her from her mission.

On the surface, Drew MacAdam may appear to be nothing more than a carefree champion, but his heart harbors a dark secret: This Highland hero is actually a skilled English soldier with a hatred for war and for the Scottish. Yet from the moment he meets the feisty Jossy, he's captured by her fiercely loyal heart. He's determined the honey-haired lass will be his ultimate prize - until the tragedy of their entwined legacies is revealed. Are these star-crossed lovers to be divided by their pasts? Or will they be...seduced by destiny?

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Highland Master by Amanda Scott

When eighteen-year-old Lady Catriona Mackintosh discovers a wounded man in the forest near her Highland home, little does she know that he has sworn a sacred oath to kill her father and other members of the powerful Highland confederation known as Clan Chattan. Nor does she realize that she has met her soul mate. Independent, competent, intelligent, fiercely proud of her heritage, determined always to live near her own family, and known to her family as the "wee wildcat" because of her quick temper, Catriona is the daughter of a Highland chieftain and granddaughter of the even more powerful Chief (or Captain) of Clan Chattan. But her life changes forever when she persuades Sir Finlagh Cameron to return with her to her home to recover from his wounds.

Sir Finlagh "Fin" Cameron is on a mission for the heir to Scotland's throne, who has sent him to the Highlands to persuade the Chief of Clan Chattan to arrange a secret meeting for him with two other great lords (the Lord of the Isles and the Lord of the North). Until Fin meets Catriona, however, he has no idea that her father was the Clan Chattan war leader who led them in the battle that wiped out many of Clan Cameron's best warriors, including Fin's own father. The sole survivor of that battle, Fin accepted a bequest of vengeance from his dying father, providing him with a dilemma to face as he begins to fall in love with Catriona. He is not the only one enticed by her charms, either. There are two other contenders, one of whom is his own master, the heir to Scotland's throne. With royal mischief afoot, if Catriona and Fin are ever to find happiness, they must first avoid disaster that could change Scotland's history, and find ways to be open and honest with each other.


*My review of Seduced by Destiny by Kira Morgan is up, but unfortunately I am still reading Highland Master by Amanda Scott. Hopefully I will have the review posted tomorrow. (sorry!)


**********GIVEAWAY**********

Thanks to Hachette I have 3 sets of books to give away!

-Only open to residents of the U.S. or Canada
-No P.O. Boxes, please
-Winners are subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests you will only receive one copy in the mail.

To enter Fill out the form below:
You DO NOT have to be a follower to enter
The Giveaway ends March 12 at 11:59 pm EST


Review: Seduced by Destiny by Kira Morgan

Seduced by Destiny by Kira Morgan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (March 1, 2011)
Goodreads Description:

SWORN TO REVENGE

All her life, Josselin Ancrum has been trained for combat, hoping to exact vengeance for her heroic mother, who was killed fighting the English. When asked to spy for the Scottish Queen, Jossy joyfully accepts. But when a handsome stranger rescues her from sudden danger, his charm distracts her from her mission.

SHROUDED BY SECRECY

On the surface, Drew MacAdam may appear to be nothing more than a carefree champion, but his heart harbors a dark secret: This Highland hero is actually a skilled English soldier with a hatred for war and for the Scottish. Yet from the moment he meets the feisty Jossy, he's captured by her fiercely loyal heart. He's determined the honey-haired lass will be his ultimate prize - until the tragedy of their entwined legacies is revealed. Are these star-crossed lovers to be divided by their pasts? Or will they be...
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Josselin is an impulsive and headstrong female. I often find these traits appealing in a heroine, but in this case I felt that she was always too quick to jump to conclusions and a bit naive about the intentions of others. I guess she just kind of rubbed me the wrong way so I never really felt any emotions towards her character. As for Drew, the Englishman masquerading as a golfing Highlander, I thought he was a bit uninteresting which was a surprise since he sounded like a unique and intriguing character at first. The description of the book makes it sound like the story is full of drama and adventure...it (sort of) is, but nothing heart pumping or jaw dropping. I think I just expected a little more. The story is not a bad one, it is just not a great one. Connecting with the characters is something very important for me and if I don't have that then I tend not to enjoy a story. I do think many people who enjoy historical romances would like this book, I just don't happen to be one of them.

3/5

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. Any opinions expressed are my own.

CymLowell
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