Sunday Showcase #22

Okay, people. It’s been so long since I’ve done a Sunday Showcase, I don’t even know all I’ve received since the last time. All I know is I’ve collected a LOT of books over the last few weeks. The sad thing about it all is I haven’t taken the time to do any major reading with NaNo in November and working on the latest releases. Anyway… time for the rundown of the ones I remember. 🙂

Eighteen-year-old Jess Bonner is casting off pretense—and, with it, some friends from his past who aren’t particularly trustworthy. In just a few months he’ll be starting college, and it’s time for him to admit the truth: he’s gay, not bi, and only one of his childhood buddies holds any kind of real interest for him. When Dylan Finch, aka Mig, follows his lead and puts some distance between himself and the old crowd, he and Jess give in to a mutual attraction that’s been building for years.

But navigating a fledgling relationship isn’t easy for beginners, and forces they can’t seem to control keep tripping them up: sexual appetite, personal insecurities, fear of discovery, and more. They need clarity. They need courage. Just as they’re on the verge of finding both, a vindictive act of jealousy sends one of them to jail. All their hard-won victories are in danger of falling to dust. The only way to save what they have is to recognize it for what it is . . . and fight for its integrity.

Why I chose it: I totally need to expand my horizons. Really, I’m curious. I’ve never read a straight gay (can you use straight and gay in the same sentence?) YA book. Perhaps with a bit of understanding, I might be encouraged to write Seth Richard’s story. I’ve got a whole lot of reading to do before I can even consider that.

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Why I chose it: This book just plain sounds weird, plus it’s dystopia — my new favorite genre.

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy’s healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it’s Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he’ll reveal. Corin’s life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he’s not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

Why I chose it: I’ve really been getting into the Christian genre lately — Amish romances, Christian non-fiction, a bit of Christian fiction here and there. And this one sounds extremely intriguing. A chair Jesus made…. hmmm?

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother’s battle with cancer. A novel in verse.

Why I chose it: I’m intrigued by cultures other than my own. Some might have read that The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is my favorite book. My interest in other cultures came about many, many, many (don’t think there’s enough many’s for this but go with me) years ago when I took a Women’s History class. Later, I joined the military and had an opportunity to learn about Korean… There’s a whole other world out there my fellow Americans, and it’s cool. I believe this will be my first Mexican-American book. I’m excited to read how the Mexican-American culture differs from other American cultures.

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won’t let her get away again.

Why I chose it: I’m a Book Depository loyalist. Well, I’ve been waiting and waiting for this book to come in stock at the Book depository ever since I read Halfway to the Grave (review here). It’s been half a year, and it hasn’t happened yet. When my husband asked me if I wanted anything from Amazon, you better believe I hopped on this book!

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant.

Why I chose it: I picked up the second two books in the trilogy back when Borders was having their going out of business sale. Well, they didn’t have Wake. Today, we stopped by the Books a Million store which opened in the same shopping center. haha Would you believe the same clerks from Borders are working at Books a Million now? That’s another story. Well, they had Wake in the bargain aisle for more than 1/2 the regular price. Odd, because they also had the same book on the regular shelves for full price. Guess it pays to cruise the bargain bins. 😀

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be.

What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution.

Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

Why I chose it: Ms. Miller offered me a copy of her book a few weeks ago when she sponsored giveaways here. 🙂 Yep… I’ll be reading my copy along with the winners. Thanks, Ms. Miller!

Available: Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, Smashwords

JUSTINE JONES FACES HER ULTIMATE ENEMY: HERSELF

In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.

With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.

Why I chose it: I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished the 2nd CLIFFHANGER book in the series (see review here). At last, it’s arrived. You know this book is only available in eBook right now? And for once, the traditional price isn’t outrageous. Well, I picked up my copy, did you?

Available: Barnes & Nobles

 

So… what’s in your wallet? I’m mean… shelf.

 

Julianna Baggott, K.Z. Snow, Jaems L. Rubart, Guadalupe Garcia Mcall, Jeanienne Frost, Carolyn Crane, Heidi Ruby Miller, Lisa McMann, Brodi Ashton

Black Friday Giveaway Winners!

Black Friday Book Bonanza Nov 25-27

We’ve reached the best part of the giveaway ~ Announcing the Winners!

First a shout out to the many generous authors who pitched in to make this giveaway hella attractive.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I know what you folks want… and I’m getting to it. 🙂 One way you can thank the authors for their contribution is by completing a review of their work(s). So if you’re one of the many winners, keep that in mind. And I think it goes without saying, every author loves your financial support, so pick up copies of their books!

Without further ado (or rambling in the case of me), I present the winners.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby miller2 eCopies of AMBASADORA ~ Sponsored by Heidi Ruby Miller.

And the winners are!

Cindy McCune

and

Miranda Grissom

If you didn’t win a copy of AMBASADORA, don’t fret. You can pick up your copy at Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, or Smashwords.


A Summer in Oakville by Shellie Neumeier

An eCopy of A Summer in Oakland ~ Sponsored by Shellie Neumeier.

And the winner is!

Lena M. (Vegan Lenna)

A Summer in Oakville is available at Barnes & Nobles or The Book Depository.


An eCopy of The Devil and Preston Black ~ Sponsored by Jason Jack Miller

And the winner is!

Linda Henderson

The Devil and Preston Black is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


An eCopy of Vampyre Kisses ~ Sponsored by Elizabeth J Kolodziej

And the winner is!

Helen Bush

Vampyre Kisses is available at Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, or The Book Depository.


 2 eCopies of Reluctant Guardian ~ Sponsored by Kristy K. James

And the winners are!

Shirley (Creative Deed)

and

Darlene (Darlene’s Book Nook)

Reluctant Guardian is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


3 eCopies of Stories with Fang o,.,o ~ Sponsored by Raven Corinn Carluk

and the winners are!

Jasmine1485 (Nothing To Fancy)

Persephone (Persephone’s Winged Books)

and

Bella Bunnell

Stories with Bite is available at Smashwords


Also sponsored by Ms. Carluk ~ (3) eCopies of Deadlands

And the winners are!

Diana

Midnight

and

jacque stengel

Deadlands is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords


An undisclosed number (??) of eCopies of my work

And the winners are

Control Freak: Brandon’s Story

Kelsey d, Vanessa N., Juana Esparza, SharonS, Julianne, blackwolf

Control Freak: Regina’s Story

Theresa Manfredi, Cindy McCune, Shirley, Veronique Cummings, Debra Thomas, Donna McBroom-Theriot, Terri Matlock, teressa oliver, Alysia, Identity Seeker

Shadow Cat

Victoria Sloboda, Patsy Hagen, June M., Julie S., CrystalGB, Cheryl Raymond, Gena Robertson, Angela Brown, DANIELA, Kitty Bullard

I Loved You First

Crystal F, Sara Riouch, Jennifer Messerschmidt, Yto, Donna Lawrence, miki, Maegan Morin, Judy Cox, Clarissa (Bookadicea)


Amazon or Book DepositoryA book worth up to $10 from The Book Depository or a $10 Amazon Gift Card

And the winner is!

Brenda Demko


By the way, if you haven’t put in your book request for the Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop, head over and do that. Only sponsored books and books requested by the readers will be up for grabs in that giveaway.

Again, Many Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!!!

And don’t forget to tip them with a review. 🙂

Emails have been sent to the winners. If you’re name is amongst the list of winners, but you did not receive an email, please contact me at reenajacobs at reenajacobs dot com to claim your prize so I can remedy the situation. Winners will have until Friday, December 2,  2011 to claim their prize(s). Non-responsive winners will forfeit their prize(s), and new winners might be selected. Remember to check your spam folder!

***Mail returned undeliverable to: Vanessa N.

Email me. 🙂 reenajacobs at reenajacobs dot com to claim your prize.

Thank you all for participating in this blog hop. And remember to visit again. There’ll be another giveaway blog hop in a few weeks. XOXOXOX

Want to sponsor a giveaway? Want to do an interview or guest post. Email me. 🙂 reenajacobs at reenajacobs dot com

Black Friday Book Bonanza (Nov 25-27)

My goodness! The response to the Black Friday Book Bonanza was overwhelming! Thanks to so many generous authors, we have loads of prizes to offer. 🙂 I sure hope I don’t make any huge mistakes in this presentation. So here goes. 🙂 Today kicks off the…

Black Friday Book Bonanza (Nov 25-27)

Black Friday Book Bonanza Nov 25-27The end of the year is creeping up, and it’s time to clear some space on the bookshelves. What better time to give away books than the holidays? Instead of running out to the stores on Black Friday, stay in and win new or new-to-you books. The hosts for this hop are Heather from Book Savvy Babe, Jenn from The Bawdy Book Blog, and Lisa from Alive on the Shelves.

I have to be honest. I lost track of the number of prizes. Anyone remember that scene from the Milla Jovovich movie UltraViolet when the computer voice says, “Number of weapons… many.” Okay. 🙂 that’s this giveaway.

A Toast to Our Sponsors!

Heidi Ruby Miller

Heidi Ruby Miller writes Science Fiction Romance because the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, intense music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA). You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com. She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby millerMs. Miller is offering two (2) eCopies of her latest release AMBASADORA. (International giveaway awarded via Smashword Coupon)

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be. What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution. Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

Ambasadora is available at Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, or Smashwords.


Shellie Neumeier

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.

Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures). Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over. Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds. In addition to writing, Shellie speaks at youth groups, conferences, and women’s retreats. If you would like more information regarding her speaking engagements or to invite her to speak at yours, please contact our office at info(at)shellieneumeier(dot)com.

A Summer in Oakville by Shellie NeumeierMs. Neumeier is offering a digital copy of her latest release, A Summer in Oakville. (International giveaway)

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin, Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives. Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness? Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both? Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith. Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter, Ella.

A Summer in Oakville is available at Barnes & Nobles or The Book Depository.


Jason Jack Miller

Jason Jack Miller hails from Fayette County, PA, as in, “Circus freaks, temptation and the Fayette County Fair,” made famous by The Clarks in the song, “Cigarette.” He is a writer, photographer and musician who has been hassled by cops in Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic. An outdoor travel guide he co-authored with his wife in 2006 jumpstarted his freelancing career; his work has since appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, and as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones. He wrote the novels Hellbender and All Saints during his graduate studies at Seton Hill University, where he is now adjunct creative writing faculty. He’s been a whitewater raft guide, played guitar in a garage band and served as a concierge at a five star resort hotel in Florida. Now he’s an Authors Guild member. When he isn’t writing he’s on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtrack to his novel, The Devil and Preston Black. Find him at http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com. Tweet him @jasonjackmiller.

Mr. Miller is offering a digital copy of his debut release, The Devil and Preston Black. (International giveaway awarded via Smashword Coupon)

You’d think finding a song named after you on an old record would be kind of cool. But that’s not how it goes down for Preston Black. What starts out as a search for his old man turns into a quest for an original version of “The Sad Ballad of Preston Black”. Turns out the song is about his deal with the devil, a deal Preston doesn’t really remember making. When the devil decides it’s time to cash in things get really interesting. People he loves get hurt, and Preston starts to wonder if a long fall into an icy river is his only way out. Lucky for Preston, he has help. A music ethnographer with connections in some of Appalachia’s darkest hollows convinces him that his salvation can be found in the music. Preston can buy that. It’s the hexes, curses and spells he has a hard time with. And it’s the ghost of John Lennon who convinces Preston to do something about it.

The Devil and Preston Black is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


Elizabeth J Kolodziej

Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first, but not her last, in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.

Ms. Kolodziej is offering a digital copy of her debut novel, Vampyre Kisses. (International giveaway)

Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere — especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

Vampyre Kisses is available at Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, or The Book Depository.


Kristy K. James

All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her plots as she can get away with. She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head. Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her family, too many pets and the occasional spider. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard. Reading is one of her favorite pastimes, as is traveling around the state, especially to coastal beaches to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and gulls screeching overhead.

Ms. James is offering two (2) digital copies of her latest release, Reluctant Guardian. (International giveaway awarded via Smashwords coupon)

Except for her brother, Devon O’Leary has lost everything in the world that matters to her. When the opportunity to start over arises, they travel a great distance, hoping for a better life, only to discover that all is not what it seems. Everything Tristan Montgomery has ever wanted is finally within reach. As long as he agrees to the terms of his enemy’s will. If he declines, the prize will be lost forever. Is a dream fulfilled worth the misery it will bring?

Reluctant Guardian is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


Raven Corinn CarlukRaven Corinn Carluk

Talking about myself is much harder than writing a book. You’d think a wordmistress wouldn’t have such a problem, but I do. Let me rework a flat scene any day. Simple background: I’m married, have lots of pets, still work full time, and grew up in Las Vegas. But there’s so much more to a person than that. Writing is more than just words on paper to me. It’s a passion, an incessant need, a deep-seated drive to be a storyteller. I knew I wanted to be an author as far back as high school. Writing may have taken a backseat a few times, but I finally made it. My stories have bite because I’m a little different, and like slightly different things. No shock horror here, or cheap gimmicks meant to offend, or pandering to the latest trend. My vampires love human blood, my dragons hunt people, and my elves are magical and arrogant. Romance and darkness will always go together for me. Love really can get you through anything, as I know from personal experience. My characters will always have that glimmer of new love, that bond with a soulmate, and will do anything to be with their one and only. When I’m not busy having things killed. Being deeply romantic doesn’t mean I’m not also a violent or twisted writer. Fight scenes, bloodshed, dark magic, and triumphant villains all have their places in my tales. I’ll never apologize for who I am. Sometimes abrasive and uncouth, full of contradictions and juxtaposition, I am merely who I am. And what I am is a storyteller wanting to craft new entertainments for you.

Ms. Carluk is offering three (3) copies of her anthology, Stories with Fang o,.,o

Crawling from unknown depths, these collected stories await your discovery. Fantasy, and horror, and paranormal. Vampires, and elves, and monsters. Tales of darkness and lust. Unexpected turns, rousing battles, and undying love.These tales are for those wishing to sample the other side.Also included: Keila and Varick’s first date.

Stories with Bite is available at Smashwords

Ms. Carluk is also offering three (3) digital copies of Deadlands. (International giveaway)

Vanya, misunderstood and alone, is one of the few necromancers in a world sundered by chaos. Superpowers have crumbled, genetic experiments have gone wild, and people have fallen back on old ways. Few can stand against the wilderness, but she teams with a mercenary group capable of doing just that. However, members of The Last Hope don’t know her darkest secret: Vanya must find a vampire to open her to death or go insane. Prophetic dreams promise relief, and have lead her to the path of Alexander. He is everything Vanya needs and more, and she finally knows where he makes his lair; the ruins of Louisville. She just needs to cross the Deadlands to get there; hostile territory east of St Louis overrun by feral animals, genetic monstrosities, and the dreaded neospawn ghouls. Certainly not the kind of place an addicted necro wants to be alone while suffering withdrawals. Meaning she must enlist the aid of the mercenaries who are as wary of her death powers as everyone else. Can determination and The Last Hope see Vanya to her dream vampire’s arms?

Deadlands is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords


Reena Jacobs

Hi! I’m me and the web manager of Ramblings of an Amateur Writer. I enjoy NOT playing with animals and children. My favorite pastimes are reading and web surfing. As usually, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I’m throwing a few goodies in also.

I’m offering an undisclosed number (??) of digital copies of my work. Winners’ choice. (International giveaway award via Kindle gift with some restrictions)

Close your eyes kiddies, some of these works are not for you. If you’re 18+ and can handle a little eroticism, you’re welcome to enter to win any of my works. If you’re of the younger persuasion (under 18), you may enter to win I Loved You FirstONLY. I’m sure folks are tired of me talking about my books. Rather than going into a long dragged out commentary about what each work is about, I’ll just do a quick listing and genre. Feel free to click the link for more details.

Amazon or Book Depository

I’m offering a book worth up to $10 from The Book Depository (International) or a $10 Amazon Gift Card (US-only).

Winner’s choice if you’re in the US, and by default your choice of books if you’re not. My understanding is us lowly folks in the US can only send Amazon Gift Cards to folks in the US. If I’m wrong, definitely leave a comment. It won’t change the prizes for this giveaway, but keep in mind, another blog hop occurs at the end of the month with a similar prize offer. I’d love to offer the gift card internationally.

  • International winner must be on The Book Depository’s Shipping List.

By the way, if you haven’t put in your book request for the Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop, head over and do that. Only sponsored books and books requested by the readers will be up for grabs in that giveaway.


As always, entering is easy. 🙂

  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form.
  • An additional point for sharing the giveaway and leaving the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • You MUST be a GFC follower or one of My Honored Ones. To become one, either sign in at the top of the website or via the sidebar to the left.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.


Many Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!!!

 

Are you following the Black Friday Book Bonanza? See what the next three participants on the list have to offer!

For a full list, visit here.

Interested in joining the fun? Become a sponsor for a giveaway or upcoming Blog Hop. Email me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com.

Tuesday Teaser: Blog Hop Sponsors

Wow! All I can say is Ramblings of an Amateur Writer has had a lot of writers sponsor giveaways for the upcoming blog hops. Originally, I’d plan to introduce sponsors the Tuesday following the day they made their offerings. I think it would make too long of a blog post. So, this week, I’m just going to share the sponsors for the blog hop which starts this Friday and save the others for next Tuesday. Sound good? I think so.

So a reminder of what’s coming up this week:

Black Friday Book Bonanza (Nov 25-27)

Black Friday Book Bonanza Nov 25-27The end of the year is creeping up, and it’s time to clear some space on the bookshelves. What better time to give away books than the holidays? Instead of running out to the stores on Black Friday, stay in and win new or new-to-you books. The hosts for this hop are Heather from Book Savvy Babe, Jenn from The Bawdy Book Blog, and Lisa from Alive on the Shelves.

By the way, it’s not too late to sponsor a giveaway. Pop an email off to me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com and we’ll work out the details. 🙂

Roll Call!

You might recognize the first two names from our blog hop just a few weeks ago. 🙂 Heidi Ruby Miller and Shellie Neumeier were gracious enough to join in a second time. Woot! 🙂 So if you didn’t win one of their books last time, fear not! You now have another opportunity. 🙂 Wow! That’s a lot of smiley faces.

Heidi Ruby Miller

Heidi Ruby Miller writes Science Fiction Romance because the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, intense music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA).

You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby millerMs. Miller is offering her latest release, Ambasadora.

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be.

What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution.

Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

Are you an eager reader? Pick up Ambasadora today at Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, or Smashwords.


Shellie Neumeier

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.

Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures).

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over. Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds.

In addition to writing, Shellie speaks at youth groups, conferences, and women’s retreats. If you would like more information regarding her speaking engagements or to invite her to speak at yours, please contact our office at info(at)shellieneumeier(dot)com.

A Summer in Oakville by Shellie NeumeierMs. Neumeier is also offering her latest release, A Summer in Oakville.

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,

Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter, Ella.

It’s never too soon to go shopping. Pick up your copy today at Barnes & Nobles or The Book Depository.


Ms. Miller convinced her hubby to join in the fun. It’s gotta be pretty cool having someone in the household who understand what it’s like to be a writer.

Jason Jack Miller

Jason Jack Miller hails from Fayette County, PA, as in, “Circus freaks, temptation and the Fayette County Fair,” made famous by The Clarks in the song, “Cigarette.”  He is a writer, photographer and musician who has been hassled by cops in Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic. An outdoor travel guide he co-authored with his wife in 2006 jumpstarted his freelancing career; his work has since appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, and as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones. He wrote the novels Hellbender and All Saints during his graduate studies at Seton Hill University, where he is now adjunct creative writing faculty. He’s been a whitewater raft guide, played guitar in a garage band and served as a concierge at a five star resort hotel in Florida.  Now he’s an Authors Guild member. When he isn’t writing he’s on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtrack to his novel, The Devil and Preston Black. Find him at http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com.  Tweet him @jasonjackmiller.

Mr. Miller is offering his debut release, The Devil and Preston Black.

You’d think finding a song named after you on an old record would be kind of cool. But that’s not how it goes down for Preston Black.

What starts out as a search for his old man turns into a quest for an original version of “The Sad Ballad of Preston Black”. Turns out the song is about his deal with the devil, a deal Preston doesn’t really remember making.

When the devil decides it’s time to cash in things get really interesting. People he loves get hurt, and Preston starts to wonder if a long fall into an icy river is his only way out.

Lucky for Preston, he has help. A music ethnographer with connections in some of Appalachia’s darkest hollows convinces him that his salvation can be found in the music. Preston can buy that. It’s the hexes, curses and spells he has a hard time with.

And it’s the ghost of John Lennon who convinces Preston to do something about it.

John Lennon got you curious? Grab a copy today at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


Elizabeth Kolodziej is one of the first authors I met on this self-publishing journey. One thing’s for sure, she’s always willing to share her knowledge. And now she’s going to share her writing. 🙂

Elizabeth J Kolodziej

Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first, but not her last, in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.

Ms. Kolodziej is offering her debut novel, Vampyre Kisses.

Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.

Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere — especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.

Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

Is the cover enticing you to buy? Find it at Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, or The Book Depository.


I recently started chatting with Ms. James, and I have to say, she’s quite friend… not to  mention patient. Anyone who’s dealt with me through emails, knows what a scatterbrain I can be at times. So far she’s taken it in stride.

Kristy K. James

All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her plots as she can get away with.

She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head.

Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her family, too many pets and the occasional spider. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.

Reading is one of her favorite pastimes, as is traveling around the state, especially to coastal beaches to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and gulls screeching overhead.

Ms. James is offering her latest release, Reluctant Guardian

Except for her brother, Devon O’Leary has lost everything in the world that matters to her. When the opportunity to start over arises, they travel a great distance, hoping for a better life, only to discover that all is not what it seems.

Everything Tristan Montgomery has ever wanted is finally within reach. As long as he agrees to the terms of his enemy’s will. If he declines, the prize will be lost forever. Is a dream fulfilled worth the misery it will bring?

I checked out the trailer earlier. Seems to be a bit of diabolical scheming going on. Find it at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.

 

 

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