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May
21

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #3

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #3 Welcome to WE LOVE GENA WEEK Day #3  where today Bells and I are discussion our favorite Lords, Books and Scenes. Be sure to hop over to Hanging with Bells to catch her post. I have to say it was easy picking my favorite Lord because he’s been the same all along. However, my favorite book and scenes was much harder. The books are all so great and each has such memorable moments. Every book is unique in story and I love them all! So I’ll start with the easy one… FAVORITE LORD: Aeron. *sigh* He was existing as a Lord and warrior in Budapest until a horrible curse was placed on him by the king of the gods, Cronus. He slowly went mad and well… I’m not going to tell you all what happens because a lot of you haven’t yet read the series.  He is the subject of the upcoming book, The Darkest Passion. Here is how his true love describes Aeron in the book: … he looked gorgeous. He was tall and mouthwateringly muscled, with the most amazing violet eyes fringed by long black lashes. His dark hair was cropped nearly to his scalp… He was heavily tattooed, even on the perfectly sculpted planes of his face. Each of those tattoos depicted something gruesome… Yet amid all the violence were two sapphire butterflies, one riding his ribs and one outlining the wings on his back. Yes ladies… this male has wings! And they aren’t the feathery-fluffy kind that angels have. They are “long and black and [look] as soft as gossamer, but the ends [are] pointed, sharp as knives.” Oh, Aeron is a total bad ass with a heart of gold (once you get past the whole “keeper of wrath” thing!) FAVORITE BOOK: This really was a tough because the books are all great. Aeron is my favorite LORD and The Darkest Passion is AMAZING! However, I still have a soft spot for the third book in this series, The Darkest Pleasure.  The first three books really set up the world and were very intertwined. The key players in Pleasure (Reyes and Danika) were introduced early on in the first book and their story unfolded during the first three books. But it was in The Darkest Pleasure that their story climaxed in a triumphant pairing. However, it wasn’t just their story that made the book great. There were big reveals and plot twists that keep me...
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May
20

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #2

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #2 Welcome to Day #2 of WE LOVE GENA WEEK brought to you by Bells over at Hanging With Bells and me. We are celebrating our love for Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. The newest book, The Darkest Passion, will be released on Tuesday May 25, 2010. Today I’m going to give you the 411 on the LORDS… First I’ll give you a quick primer on the world of the LORDS…The books are loosely based in Greek mythology and the story of Pandora’s Box. Long ago, some of the most evil demons escaped the underworld. These demons were trapped in a special box. One of the Greek gods’ trusted warriors, Pandora, was asked to guard the box. All of the other immortal warriors were jealous that Pandora was selected for this great honor. They ganged up and opened the box-killing Pandora in the process. Well, these evil demons could not be left to roam the earth, so the gods forced the demons into new prisons – the bodies of the very warriors that freed them. Now each warrior lives daily with a specific demon, tormented by the desires for evil within them. (Example: Reyes – Keeper of Pain – must continual cut and hurt himself to satisfy his inner demon.) Those demons are a part of the very fabric that makes up each warrior, and if the demons are put back into Pandora’s box, the warriors will die. Of course, like any great series, we have “the bad guys.” In this series they are humans called “The Hunters.” They (falsely) believe that the Lords are at fault for all of the evil in the world. The Hunters’ mission is to kill every last Lord. And we quickly find out that they are getting help from someone/thing that is NOT human. Also toss in that the original titans (lead by Cronus) have overthrown the Greek gods and the heavenly world is in chaos. Meet the Warriors: Maddox – Keeper of ViolenceLucien – Keeper of DeathReyes – Keeper of PainSabin – Keeper of DoubtAeron – Keeper of WrathGideon – Keeper of LiesAmun – Keeper of SecretsStrider – Keeper of DefeatParis – Keeper of PromiscuityTorin – Keeper of DiseaseCameo – Keeper of Misery (and the only female Lord)Kane – Keeper of DisasterBaden – Keeper of Distrust (deceased)Honorable Mention:William – Immortal friend of Anya (Lucien’s mate we meet in Book #2) Book Order: For more great behind the scenes information about the...
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May
19

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #1

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #1 Today marks the start of Bells and my WE LOVE GENA week!!! So head on over to Hanging With Bells to find out why we love Gena and the Lords of the Underworld AND how to win a signed copy of the first LORDS book: The Darkest Night. *swoon* Check back here tomorrow for the 411 on the...
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May
18

WE LOVE GENA WEEK

WE LOVE GENA WEEK In celebration of the upcoming release of The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter, Bells at Hanging With Bells and I are dedicating a week to Ms. Showalter and her wonderful Lords of the Underworld Series.  I just got word that Ms. Showalter is going to donate 5 books to our WE LOVE GENA week – one for each day!!  Bells and I are SO EXCITED! RULES regarding the giveaway will be posted each day with the post. Check back often and spread the word!! THANK YOU, GENA!! Here is the upcoming schedule: Wednesday May 19, 2010: On Bell’s blog check out a story about our love for GENA and her books (and hot males)! GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Night. Thursday May 20, 2010: On Twimom’s blog get the 411 on the LORDS of the Underworld.  GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Kiss. Friday May 21, 2010: On both Bell’s and Twimom’s blog – hear about our favorite Lords and moments from the stories.  GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Pleasure. Sunday May 23, 2010: Get a sneak peek of The Darkest Passion with Twimom’s Sunday Snippets. Monday May 24, 2010: Read a review of The Darkest Passion on both Bell’s and Twimom’s blog. GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Whisper. Tuesday May 25, 2010: RELEASE DAY and a fan letter to Ms. Showalter on Bell’s blog. GIVEAWAY: Into the Dark. We hope you enjoy this special week dedicated to Gena...
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May
17

50-Follower Giveaway WINNERS!

50-Follower Giveaway WINNERS! First of all, I want to thank every single one of you that follows my blog, entered the contest, re-tweeted my endless blog-pimping tweets and supported me in this journey. When I started my contest my little blog was 3 months old.  I had just over 60 followers for my blog. After the 3 plus weeks of my contest, I now have 155 followers!!  There were 71 people that entered the giveaway for a total of 293 entries!!  You all rock and I appreciate it so very much. I plan on continuing my blog, making it better and am open to topic suggestions and books to review. In fact, my next giveaway is already planned (hint: see right sidebar!) I would like to give a special thank you to Ivy from the Book Reader Times Forum. She was my initial inspiration and mentor for this contest. She also has generously donated a wonderful prize that includes: 1.) The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast2.) The World On Blood by Jonathan Nasaw3.) Book Light4.) Book Mark I would also like to thank JoJo from JoJo’s Book Corner for encouraging me to reach beyond my expectations and also donating a book as a prize. NOW… for the winners… Each person received a set number of entries based on the entry criteria. I also handed out some bonus entries as outlined in my May 12, 2010 post. This gave each contestant anywhere from 1 to 13 entries. I numbered the entries from 1 to 293 and used random.org to general 4 random numbers for the drawing.  After, I matched the numbers to the names and I get… Winner #1 Prize: Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft (mailed from Book Depository*) Stella (Ex Libris) Winner #2 Prize: Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day (mailed from Book Depository*) Aria Winner #3 Prize: Lover Mine by JR Ward (from JoJo mailed from Book Depository*) Victoria Winner #4 Prize: Book Lover’s Surprise (from Book Reader Times) Bells WINNERS: you have until 12:00 NOON EDT on Thursday May 20, 2010 to email me your mailing addresses for the prizes. If I do not hear from you by then, I will draw a new winner.  Email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com. Once again, thank you so much! I look forward to future discussions, posts and giveaways! * Please note that due to the Icelandic volcano issues, Book Depository is having delays in their US shipments. Please be patient and...
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May
16

Coming Soon…

Coming Soon… Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet the talented and very friendly, Ms. Lara Adrian. She is the author of the exciting and steamy Midnight Breed Series. Details of our visit and other fun announcements coming...
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May
12

Giveaway Update – Bonus Entries!!

Giveaway Update – Bonus Entries!! My first ever giveaway is coming to a close SOON! I really want to meet my goal of 150 Followers. So starting today, Wednesday May 12, if you currently are a follower and you get someone new to follow my blog, you will earn 5 extra entries in my giveaway!!  Just have the new follower add that they heard about my blog/contest from you when they enter my giveaway. So, tweet, blog, whatever… Just tell them to add something like “I heard about your contest from Joan Smith’s blog/twitter,” in the contest entry. Thanks for all your support. Rules and contest entry can be found...
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May
6

Giveaway Update 2

Giveaway Update 2 I am SO VERY EXCITED… Thanks to all of your great support my blog has now reached 125 FOLLOWERS!! I can’t thank you enough for the support. And because I have reached such a wonderful milestone, there are now 3 books in my 50 Follower Giveaway. Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day and Lover Mine by J. R. Ward  which was donated by my friend, JoJo of JoJo’s Book Corner. So the next big step is to reach 150 followers – only 25 more – before the contest ends on May 16, 2010 at midnight. And if I reach this milestone there will be another great prize added to my giveaway… A Book Lover’s Surprise Package  donated by the wonderful Ivy of Book Reader Times. Please go HERE for giveaway rules and entry. And thanks for the wonderful...
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Apr
29

Giveaway Update

Giveaway Update First of all I want to thank each of my followers, especially those that have signed up during my 50 Follower Giveaway. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I do. I have some exciting news… My blog reached 100 followers on April 27 – only 6 days after I started the giveaway. That means that now I have two great prizes…      Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft      Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day But wait… there’s more… My good friend JoJo at JoJo’s Book Corner has been a great cheerleader and supporter since I started my blog. She is going to sweeten the pot on my giveaway. JoJo is adding      Lover Mine by J. R. Ward to the giveaway!!! This new release is a MUST READ. You can read my review HERE. But in order to get this wonderful prize, I need to reach 125 followers. I know I can do it – what do you all think? JoJo, THANK YOU!! You rock!And don’t forget… If I get to 150 followers by the end of the giveaway, Ivy from Book Reader Times is going to add a BONUS SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! So be sure to enter the giveaway HERE, if you haven’t already. Also be sure to check out JoJo’s blog and Ivy’s Forum. And please spread the word about my blog and giveaway! The giveaway entry form and rules are HERE. Contest ends 12:00 AM EST on May 16, 2010. Thank you!...
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Apr
22

50 Follower GIVEAWAY!

50 Follower GIVEAWAY! Welcome to my very first giveaway! I’ve reached a couple big milestones for myself: my blog will be 3 months old on April 28 and I now have over 50 followers. I’ve enjoyed sharing my book reviews and ponderings with you all – blogging has been such great fun. And as I continue to find my spot in the blogosphere I want to continue to grow and reach new book lovers and followers. So the next step for me is my very first contest… Please help me reach my next goal of 100 followers. For those that have been following my blog, you will know that I recently discovered the ACRO series by Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler). I am currently reading the 4th book in the series. The series focuses on a group of special agents with unique talents, for example talking to ghosts or controlling the weather. I blogged a while back that it’s like X-men for adults! These books are the perfect mix of romance, action, and hot smex. What makes these books truly special is the detail, time and effort spent not only on the primary story but on the side characters and sub-plots as well. So to celebrate my first 3 months and my first 50 followers, I am going to give away a copy of the first ACRO book: Riding the Storm. You can read my review here. The goal of my contest is to share a favorite book with you all. But I also want to increase my followers. So, if I reach my goal of 100 followers I will add a second great book to my giveaway… Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day. Another fabulous book, and you can read my review here. But wait, there’s more… If I get 150 followers before the contest ends, Ivy from Book Reader Times will donate a wonderful surprise package! Now: The Rules…  You must be a follower of my blog.  You must be 18-years or older.  Contest is open internationally (anywhere The Book Depository delivers)  Only one entry per follower  To enter, please leave a comment below and include the following information: Old (prior to contest) Blog follower: 2 points  New Blog follower: 1 point  Tweet about contest (leave link) : 1 point  Put my giveaway button (grab on side bar) on your blog (leave blog link): 5 points  Please add up your points – for a total of 8 points max....
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