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On November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward proof of purchase (the receipt Amazon sends you will do just fine) to : and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card!

It’s that easy, no reviews, no hoops to jump through. Just a great .99 book or two. Or three or four. AND, if the person who wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card has purchased all 4 books, an additional $25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner!

On top of that, 2 random commenter’s picked from 2 of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, the books, or the authors.

**Winners will be chosen randomly, one entry per person, per book**

All winners will be announced on December 7th on Wringing Out Words

“Between” by Cyndi Tefft

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile, and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.


“Until Dawn: Last Light” by Jennifer Simas

When darkness falls, whose side will you be on?

For the past six years, Zoë has been anything but “normal.” Struggling to accept her immortality and thrown into a war that’s been waging in the shadows for over a thousand years, Zoë must now become who she was meant to be, joining the other Chosen to save what’s left of humanity. When the endless night falls over the Earth, will she be able to save the one man who reminds her of what it is to be human, or will it be too late?

Until Dawn: Last Light is a story of death and despair, love and longing, hope and hopelessness, and the ability to survive and keep going even when it seems impossible – when you want nothing more than to give up.


“The Kayson Cycle” by Jonathan D. Allen

A stranger enters a dying town and makes a desperate plea…

The Kayson Cycle introduces the Kayson Brothers, a pair of faith healers who once wowed crowds in a traveling show but went their separate ways after a night in which a healing took a dark turn. Jeffrey Kayson disappeared into the wilderness and William Kayson, wracked by guilt, moved to the failing mining town of Calico Hills to build a nice, quiet life – one that has lasted for over ten years.

His quiet, predictable life crumbles when a mysterious stranger walks into his tavern bearing a proposal to find his long-lost brother and do the one thing that William has sworn to never do again – have his brother heal a woman. William soon learns that he can’t escape his family – or his destiny.

Includes an exclusive sample chapter of The Corridors of the Dead. Please note that this is a Kindle Single, and around 6,000 words in length.


“Sundered” by Shannon Mayer

A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, and still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking Nevermore.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world that is bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

Now Mara must make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?


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November 27th, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 1 Comment

Blood Wounds


by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Special thanks to Jen at I Read Banned Books for including me on the ARC Tour!

About the Book: (from Goodreads)

Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother.

Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? As Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear her family apart.

My Thoughts:

Very interesting read.  It is very much like a loose thread on a sweater.  As we begin to tug at it, is slowly begins to unravel.  I must say, I have never understood cutting.  Blood Wounds explains what may drive a person to cut without making that the main focus of the book.

To any outsider this family looked as happy and functional as any family could be.  Made the Brady bunch look dysfunctional (ok, well almost).  But not too far below the surface were secrets festering to a boil and it didn’t take much more than a phone call to send the pot boiling over.

Aside from the cutting, I was on Willa’s side throughout the whole book.  I didn’t much care for anyone else in Willa’s blended family.  I felt her mother was pretty selfish and her step-father Jack was a weenie.  I was actually waiting for a deep dark secret to be revealed about Jack, and was really thankful that what I was thinking about Jack was so.  He was just a spineless wimp that poofed out his chest like a rooster to make himself look larger.  Other than Willa, the only other people to come around and show some true character were her step-sisters.  They were pretty shallow people in the beginning and really transformed at the end, thanks to Willa’s example.

There were so many real life parallels throughout this book.  I guess if there were a moral to be taken from this it would be to be true to yourself.  I think that we spend way too much of our time putting on a show for others to see.  If we were true to ourselves, our families would be more peaceful.  So much energy is spent on pretending and not enough on fostering the lives and relationships that mean the most.

Blood Wounds was a quick read.  It was a good story that will you and make you think a little bit.



November 20th, 2011 Books 2 Comments

Anna Dressed in Blood


by Kendare Blake

Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Tor Teen
ISBN13: 9780765328656
edition language English
original title Anna Dressed in Blood
seriesAnna #1

Source:  ARC Tour hosted by I Read Banned Books

About the book: (from Goodreads)

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

My Thoughts:

I am so grateful for Jen from I Read Banned Books for sharing her ARC with me and being so easy to work with during our little flu bug that made its way through our house.  I have been waiting to read this book for quite a while.  I must disclose, I didn’t even read the summary before knowing that I HAD to read it.  I loved the cover and the title was just totally intriguing, the cover of the book screamed “READ ME”!!  I am so glad that Anna didn’t disappoint!  I really hate it when a book has an incredible title and cover but no content…same with incredible content that is not well represented in its cover and title!

I really liked each and every character in this book, dead and alive.  Reading the book in Cas’ voice was a nice change from the many female voices I’ve been reading.  He was so very likable.  I didn’t think of him as a tough, brutish guy, but more of a sweet, sensitive guy with a really cool, but crazy job.  Even though at times he could be a little rough (with his language mostly), he was just a sweet kid who loved and respected his mother.  There were a few times when Cas would cuss or get a little bent out of shape and all I could picture was a little boy trying to be a man.  It was evident to me that Cas had some struggles with filling his late father’s shoes.  That, to me, really added another dimension to the story.

I felt so many different feelings while reading Anna.  I was scared, excited, sad, happy, disgusted, angry, resentful, shocked…and the list goes on and on.  There were a lot of unexpected relationships throughout Anna and I felt that some things could have gotten a little deeper.  I am hoping that there will be more Anna, Cas and the crew to come.

Happy reading!



November 20th, 2011 Books 0 Comment

Welcome Kristi Cook! Author Interview and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome Kristi Cook, author of HAVEN on the blog.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading HAVEN when it debuted back in February, and I really enjoyed interacting with Kristi via Twitter, so getting an opportunity to ask her a few questions has really made my week!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Kristi and remember about the giveaway of the copy of  HAVEN

1.        Why did you begin writing?  When did you realize it was going to become a career?

Oh, I’ve been writing as long as I can remember!  When I was a little kid, I wrote (really bad!) picture books.  When I was 12, I started writing a (not quite as bad!) sequel to my favorite book, GONE WITH THE WIND.  In college, I took a creative writing class and wrote a few short stories.  It wasn’t until after the birth of my second child—I was a stay-at-home mom at the time with an infant and a toddler—that I tried to write my first book.  It was a historical romance, and that first manuscript became my first published book, UNLACED (written as Kristina Cook).  It’s been a roller-coaster ride ever since.

2.  How long does the book writing process take and how do you plan your stories (do they just happen, storyboard, etc.)?

It’s totally different for each book.  Sometimes it’s as little as a couple of months, sometimes longer.  It took me several years to write HAVEN, because I was mostly writing it around my contracted historical romances.

I’d say mostly my stories just happen.  I usually start out with characters, and go from there.  I’m not much of a plotter—which is difficult when I have to write a synopsis before I write a book.  The end product is usually very different from the synopsis!

3.  What kind of schedule do you keep when you are writing?  Do you have any “rituals” to get you in the groove?

I wish I had a schedule!  I’m trying to get better about writing regularly.  In theory, my writing time is when my kids are in school, but my muse often doesn’t cooperate, and I generally find I write better at night.  I don’t have any rituals, really, except for listening to music.  Sometimes I’ll put one song on loop—one that really captures the atmosphere—and listen to it over and over again while I write.

4.  Did you intend to write YA or did it just happen?  Will you continue writing YA or will you branch out into different genres?

Oh, I was dying to write YA!  I had reached a point where I was mostly reading YA, and so it seemed logical to move in that direction as a writer.   I’m just finishing up the last adult historical romances I have under contract, and I think from this point on, I’m only going to write YA.

5.  What inspired you to write Haven?

I know it sounds corny, but I saw this one scene in my head—what ultimately became the beginning of Chapter Two—and I was intrigued by it.  I wanted to discover who those characters were, and what they meant to each other.   Once I started writing it, there was no turning back!

6.  When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Besides reading?!  Let’s see…I like to take ballet classes, though that’s sort-of fallen by the wayside lately.  I love to watch movies, listen to music, ice skate, and travel.

7.  Is there a particular character of yours that you feel deeply connected with?  Who?  What connects you to the character?

Hmm, that’s a tough one.  In HAVEN, the character most like me (or most like the high- school me, really) is Sophie.  Like Sophie, I was really focused on academics, and an excellent student.  Though I was a little bit like Kate, too—slightly obsessed with my high-school boyfriends.   While none of the characters as a whole are anything like me, I think there’s something about each of them that I can connect to.

8.  Are any of your characters based on people you know or have come in contact with?

Not really!  They’re basically all straight from my imagination.

9.  What kinds of books do you enjoy reading when you aren’t writing?

I read anything and everything YA, though weirdly enough I think I enjoy realistic fiction more than paranormal (weird because I write paranormal!).   I also enjoy really well-done dystopians, like THE HUNGER GAMES.

10.   While you were writing Haven, did you have any visions of particular people for your characters?  I know that I certainly did while I was reading it!  How about theme songs?

Oh, yeah!  Well, at least for Aidan.  I always saw a young Hayden Christensen in my mind as Aidan.  Actually, I have two photos of Hayden taped to my desk, and those two pictures really embody Aidan for me.  I even wrote Hayden’s rainbow-striped scarf into the book!

As to theme songs…well, I have a whole HAVEN playlist!  You can find it here.

But if I had to pick just one theme song, it would probably be Broken Bells’ “October.”

11.   Can you tell us a little bit about the group The Elevensies?

The Elevensies are an amazing group of authors who had their YA or middle-grade debuts in 2011.  I think there’s about 80 of us—it’s a huge, diverse group, with something for just about every reader!   But mostly I think of the Elevensies as a wonderful support “team”—basically helping keep each other sane as we go through this whirlwind of publication together.  We also do group signings and lots of cross-promotion and giveaways as we celebrate everyone’s debut.  Check us out at

Here are some quickies….

12.   If you could recommend one book as a “must read”, which book would it be?

Just one?  Well, this week I’d probably say Patrick Ness’ A MONSTER CALLS.  But ask me again next week, and I’ll have a different answer.

13.   Best movie you have seen so far this year?

“The Descendants.”  I saw it at an advance screening last month, and it is FABULOUS!  George Clooney should definitely win an Oscar.

14.   Best place you have traveled?

A tie between Ireland and the south of Spain.   Oh, wait…and Hawaii.   Can it be a three-way tie?!

15.   Book that ‘hooked’ you as a reader?

I’ve probably read GONE WITH THE WIND about fifty times since I was 11, so I’ll have to go with that.

16.   Favorite food?

Maybe homemade macaroni and cheese.

17.   And last but not least…milk, white or dark chocolate?

Most definitely milk chocolate!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

Thanks for having me!!

Want to know more about Kristi?  Be sure to check out her website and blog.  Also, be sure to follow Kristi on Twitter and Facebook!

Remember the giveaway???  Well, up for grabs I have one hardcover copy of Kristi’s Haven. Here’s what you need to do to win:

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Good luck and thanks for reading!



November 20th, 2011 Books, Giveaways! Yeah! 12 Comments


So what do you think?  I think it is beautiful!  Beautiful model and absolutely beautiful colors!  I am looking forward to reading this one!

Here is the summary for Battle Scars by Cesya MaRae Cuono:

How do you carry on fighting for your family when you’re left scarred and broken? When your dreams are plagued by nightmares, how do you strengthen the armor needed to protect yourself again? Callie’s been defeated by the loss of her entire family. With the help of old and new friends, will she build her battle armor up and fight the evil hands of the Demons who threaten to destroy her new home? Or will her battle scars leave her too broken and empty to fight?

Are you ready for more from Cesya?  I know I am!  Good news is, that more is coming!  Until then, be sure to pick up a copy of Elemental Reality.

November 18th, 2011 Everyday, everything 0 Comment

The Mephisto Covenant


by Trinity Faegen

Published September 27th 2011 by EgmontUSA
edition language English

*A very special thank you to Jen at I Read Banned Books for including me on the ARC tour!*

About the Book: (from Goodreads)

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

My Thoughts:

I just don’t know where to begin.  I cannot really explain what it was about the book that I loved so much.  I think it is my desire for the dark.  I should really begin to worry about that, I have really been captivated by these types of books lately. Nonetheless, I was absolutely captivated at every turn of the page.  Can’t gush enough over this one.

How many of us know of someone that we have believed to have sold their soul to the devil?  Well, reading this book, I really wonder.  I also started wondering if they ever mentioned anyone name Eryx.  That is how drawn into Trinity’s writing I was.  Seeing what petty little things people were willing to trade their pledge to Eryx for was almost sad.  I tend to relate a lot of books I read to experiences and people in my real life.  I certainly can say that I saw many parallels in modern day reality hidden in the fantasy of The Mephisto Covenant.

I really felt for Sasha and the incredible amount of betrayal she experienced.  While reading I felt very connected to and protective of her.  Her family was so terrible to her, it nearly made me cry.  Then there was Jax.  I really like the thought and care Jax put into his relationship with Sasha, careful not to be, yet again, another betrayal.  There was a spark with those two in the very beginning and I liked how it was an earned relationship.  I wasn’t quite sure of the choice that Sasha would make.  There were so many moments that could have been very predictable, but were actually very surprising.

Overall the book was absolutely wonderful.  As usual, I really could have used a little bit more!  Hopefully there will be more to come.  My only beef was the cover.  I really think a more fitting cover would have been a depiction of the piece of “art”.  I am really over YA books with covers of girls in dresses.  I want a cover that tells me more about the story before I ever even open the pages.

November 13th, 2011 Books, Everyday, everything 1 Comment

Spooktacular Giveaway Winner

Thanks to all who stopped by during the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!  I hope you all will come back often!  I am very grateful for all of you!

The lucky winner of HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson is……………….

Spades High Reads


***For being such amazing peeps, here is a little bonus…the first person to email me at with

“CICI’S BONUS” in the subject line will receive a little bonus package :)***

Thanks again for reading!



November 2nd, 2011 Giveaway Winners! 0 Comment

Shatter Me

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

ISBN 0062085484
ISBN13:  9780062085481
primary language English
original title Shatter Me

Summary: (from Goodreads)

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

My Thoughts:



Immediately encapsulating!



Vividly poetic.

From the first sentence of the first page, Shatter Me grabs you by your soul and keeps it captive until the very end.

I am not going to analyze this book too much as it would take away from everything that I felt as I was reading it.  What I will say is this, Shatter Me is a must read.  I will also include one of my favorite lines from the book, “Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles.”

I was so disappointed that I had gotten the copy as part of an ARC tour from Fiction Folio and didn’t have one to call my very own, as I really wanted to pass the book on to my boys to read.  I CANNOT wait to read more from  Tahereh Mafi.  I so very badly want need the next book.

Thanks again to Tara at Fiction Folio for including me on the ARC tour (and for putting me on the list for Tahereh’s next one)!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Shatter Me!!


Cici ♥

November 1st, 2011 Everyday, everything 0 Comment
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