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May
25

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #6

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #6 Welcome to the final day of WE LOVE GENA week here at That’s What I’m Talking About and over at Hanging With Bells.  We have had a great week of fun and want to thank are followers, readers and contest participants for sharing in our GENA love. But mostly we want to thank Ms. Gena Showalter for her support and AMAZING donation of FIVE signed books to give to all of you!  Three cheers for GENA!!Today’s post is a fan letter to Gena and you’ll find it over at Bell’s blog. Be sure to stop by and leave a comment to enter for the final giveaway: Gena’s anthology: Into the Dark. And don’t forget to go out and purchase a copy of The Darkest Passion, which comes out today!!Remember to check back this Friday to find out if you won one of the signed...
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May
24

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #5: Review of The Darkest Passion

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #5: Review of The Darkest Passion In celebration of Tuesday’s release, both Bells and I have our ARC-reviews of The Darkest Passion. You can read mine below and visit Hanging With Bells for her review. The Darkest Passion Author: Gena Showalter  Release Date: May 25, 2010 Publisher: Harlequin Publishing Lords of the Underworld Series Book #6 ISBN: #0373774559 NOTE: this is an ARC review that I obtained from NetGalley. I did not pay for the book, and I did not receive anything for this review. From the author’s website:      For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence.  An angel–a demon-assassin–has been sent to kill him.  Or has she?  Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this ‘mortal’ with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?     Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t… What I’m talking about:      Ah: Aeron… How I have waiting for you since the beginning!  I have been in love with anticipating Aeron’s book since the first Lords of the Underworld story. And my wait was rewarded with this wonderful story.      My tattooed, black-winged hunk, Aeron, has been tormented by his demon, Wrath, for centuries. Wrath gives Aeron the ability to “see” an individual’s history – all of his/her sins, and creates a need in Aeron to destroy the individual for these sins. Cronus, the god king and ruler over the Lords, placed a curse upon Aeron in the first Lords book, which put him through terrible bloodlust, and he almost went insane. Once the curse was lifted, Aeron was able to get himself back together and maintain some sanity with the calming influence of his “daughter” demon, Legion.  That is until he meets darling Olivia, a true angel. She soothes Aeron and causes Wrath to purr. She gave up her heavenly existence and climbed out of hell to be with Aeron. She is naive, but brave – willing to give up everything just for a little fun and *wink, wink*.      Ms. Showalter does a fantastic job weaving a tale of star-crossed love. Their love story is a...
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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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