How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan & Giveaway (International)

October 27th, 2014

bakeHow to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan is a deliciously fun read with great characters and yummy recipes!

Becca is in one of the oldest students in her grad school class and very uncomfortable with it when she realizes that going back to school really isn’t what she wants.  She wants to bake.  She’s loved to bake since she was a young girl learning from her mother.  So she makes a life changing decision to drop out of school and follow her dream of eventually owning her own bakery.

Becca gets all the paperwork in order and even manages to land herself a job delivering up her baked treats to an office building.  Her hope is that she will soon be delivering to even more businesses and word of her phenomenal baking will spread.  With the help of her mother and her neighbor Sal she begins her venture. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting Jennifer, her look-a-like at the office.  The two of them are polar opposites in personality though as Jennifer is evil to everyone  and Becca can’t believe how she treats people.  She also doesn’t plan on meeting Jeff, a man she feels an instant connection to.  The problem – he is Jennifer’s boyfriend but when he shows an interest in Becca she is over the moon and can’t resist seeing where it will go.  Yet is Jeff really everything she’s ever wanted or is she missing out on a true love that may be sitting right under her nose.

I really liked Becca.  She’s funny and vulnerable and just the kind of person you could picture being good friends with.  Then there are those wonderful mouth watering recipes she’s always whipping up.  Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?  One that would invite you for coffee and serve up some Sugar Cookies, Sand Tarts, Snickerdoodles, or Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese glaze.  Yummo!  The other characters were great as well and even though Jennifer was so evil to everyone I didn’t even hate her.  Actually I found her quite amusing at times.  If I had one complaint it would have been that I would have liked to find out more about the connection that Becca and Jennifer may or may not have had.  That’s a minor detail though as the story itself is just delightful and a wonderful way to spend a snowy afternoon.

For fans of sweet romances and even sweeter recipes How to Bake a Man is certainly one to add to your reading list!

 

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GIVEAWAY – OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

1 paperback copy up for grabs!

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Draw Date November 12/14

Good luck!

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Source: Digital review copy and giveaway copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.

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The Devil’s Hand Prophecy Party & $15 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway (US/Canada)

October 25th, 2014

Happy Saturday everyone!  What could be better than a pile of snacks, a comfy chair, and a chillingly good horror film to enjoy especially with Halloween just around the corner!  I love horror movies and I do mean love.  I like nothing better than relaxing in the evening and watching one horror movie after another so it’s no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year with all the good horror flicks that come out.  The Devil’s Hand is one of those movies!  I had my eyes glued to it last week when I rented it from iTunes and I loved it.  To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Hand check out the goodies below and enter to win a $15 iTunes Gift Card!

 

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The Devil’s Hand now out on iTunes, VOD and in select theaters stars Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign). I guarantee that it’s sure to give you shivers all over. Here’s what it’s about:

 

When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion – on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

 

Do you enjoy having Halloween parties? They are a lot of fun and even more fun could be had by downloading The Devil’s Hand and having a ‘Prophecy Party’. Invite 5 of your friends over and download the movie and the Prophecy Party Players Guide along with the blog app and see which of your friends will survive the night!

So go ahead. Be brave! …

 

Download the iTunes movie HERE…  the Prophecy Party Players Guide HERE…and The Devil’s Hand blog app below… and enjoy!

 

 (blog app not available for iTunes in Canada)

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS (no PO boxes)

1 – $15 iTunes Gift Card up for grabs!

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Draw Date November 5/14

Good luck!

(comments are welcome but do not count as an entry)

 

Note: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $15 iTunes Giftcard via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Source: Giveaway and materials included above have been provided by Roadside Attractions. No compensation has been received for this post.

The Stuart Vampire by Andrea Zuvich – Spotlight & Giveaway (eBook-Int’l)

October 24th, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours presents The Stuart Vampire by Andrea Zuvich’s from October 13-24.

 

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Publication Date: October 31, 2013
Self-Published
eBook; 215p

Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror/Paranormal

 

Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester, the youngest brother of King Charles II is a handsome man with sound principles. When the twenty-year-old prince contracts smallpox in 1660, however, his life takes a decidedly sinister turn. Obsessed with Henry from afar, Contessa Griselda di Cuorenero – one of the Devil’s concubines – turns him into a vampire and plunges him into the world of night. But Henry soon discovers that not all horrors are of the paranormal kind…

In the unnaturally close village of Coffin’s Bishop, Henry encounters a severely abused young woman – a woman who has suffered under humans who are more monstrous than vampires. Could love save them from the evil they have known? And at what cost?

Henry must choose between his humanity and his monstrous, insatiable desire for human blood.

From the author of “His Last Mistress,” The Stuart Vampire is a dark gothic tale in the vein of The Monk.

 

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Praise for The Stuart Vampire

“An intriguing historical with a darkly Gothic twist, I enjoyed The Stuart Vampire and would recommend it to anyone with a taste for period horror.” – Erin Davies

“Once again Ms. Zuvich brings the setting to life, she paints a vivid picture of the Restoration period – intertwined with drama & romance.” – (Amazon Review)

“A great mix of historical fiction and vampires -what’s not to love?! I really enjoyed this book,I liked the unique blend of fact and fiction! A fascinating time period anyway,with the added bonus of introducing vampires into the Stuart line it kept me hooked until the end! The author obviously knows her Stuart and 17th Century history and facts were woven in amongst the drama of a secret darker world of evil,all happening during the time of the plague in London.The book was full of great descriptions of this time,I could almost smell it!! Would definitely recommend this book.” – (Amazon Review)

 

About the Author

Andrea-ZuvichAndrea (aka The Seventeenth Century Lady) is a 17th-century historian, historical consultant, and historical fiction authoress. His Last Mistress – a biographical fiction novella about the Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth was published by Endeavour Press, London in 2013. She received double BA degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of Central Florida, and continued her History studies with the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Zuvich has been filmed for NTR television in The Netherlands, talking about William III, and was recently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discussing Queen Anne. She was one of the original developers and leaders on The Garden History Tours at Kensington Palace, London. Zuvich lives in Windsor, England.

For more information please visit Andrea’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

GIVEAWAY – eBook only – open Internationally

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Draw Date November 8/14

(comments are welcome but do not count as an entry)

 

 

Source: Giveaway copy provided by the tour company.  No compensation was received for this post.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Audiobook)

October 23rd, 2014

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I have become such a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books – especially the audio versions – that I couldn’t wait to listen to Big Little Lies and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. It is yet another fantastic novel from this author. Big Little Lies is the perfect book to pick up on these cooler autumn days. It’ll have you laughing at times and serious at others. I was hooked from the very first page and those sixteen hours of listening was time very well spent!

Big Little Lies is about real life. It has real people that you could see existing in your own life. It’s a story of young ones starting kindergarten and the mom’s with their cliques and such busy lives who probably behave worse than their children ever could. It seems like an easy enough storyline being about the lives of parents, children, and exes but it is far from that. Despite being very witty and funny at times there is a very real serious side to this novel that deals with the darker side of marriage as well as the effects it has on everyone. The reader is also led to believe from the beginning of story that something awful has happened – you are teased with knowing what happened but not how it happened or who did it. I thought it masterful how the author pulled off the whole scenario and at times surprised me with the angles she took on the story. I just loved how this story wrapped up and even though this audio was sixteen hours I still wanted more!

One of the things I loved most about the book were the characters. Moriarty always has the quirkiest and funniest characters in her books. There is always friendship, conflict, gossip, and all that fun stuff that sucks a person in and keeps them wanting more. I listened to the audiobook of Big Little Lies and it’s narrated by Caroline Lee who does an incredible job. There is nothing I like better than a narrator with an accent. I think, for me anyway, it makes me enjoy the story even more. Caroline Lee brought all of these characters to life and portrayed their personalities perfectly. I’ve listened to her before and know I’m in for a great listening experience when she’s the narrator.

Big Little Lies will suck you in from the beginning and have you questioning if you ever really know the people around you. Do you really know what goes on behind closed doors and in the private lives of your friends. Probably not. This story highlights those big little lies that your friends and neighbors keep in order to portray that perfect family. Highly recommended!

 

Liane’s Links: Website, Blog, Facebook
Buy: Amazon, Amazon Canada, B&N, Audible

 

 

Source: Audiobook copy received for review from the publisher. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.
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