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February 10, 2012

Share the (Book) Love #5: Gabriel's Inferno

It's the last day of the Share the (Book) Love Giveaway. Be sure to enter before midnight EST. Today, I'm featuring one of the hottest indie romance titles of 2011 and a Goodreads Best Romance 2011 semi-finalist.

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
Enigmatic and attractive, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his past. Though he takes great pride in his prestigious role as a Dante specialist, he knows he is a magnet for sin, especially lust.

When the virtuous Julia Mitchell joins his graduate seminar at the University of Toronto, she alters their lives irrevocably. Through their connection, Gabriel begins a journey that forces him to unravel the mysteries of their past entanglement, as well as face his many demons.

A sinful exploration of sex, love, and redemption, “Gabriel's Inferno” is a beguiling intelligent romance filled with intrigue, seduction and forgiveness.

Told through witty, dark humor, the narrator relates a captivating tale of Gabriel’s odyssey through the Inferno. From Goodreads.com
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You can learn more about Sylvain Reynard at http://www.sylvainreynard.com/


Share the (Book) Love 


As my Valentine's gift to you I'm sharing the book love I receive from authors and publishers. You have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 books. Each day I will feature a different book in the giveaway, but you only have to enter once for the drawing. I'm using Rafflecopter and you have until midnight EST Friday February 10 to enter. Here are the books available:


The Kama Sutra - paperback, US residents only
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn - ebook, US residents only
Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney - paperback, US residents only
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard - ebook, International
Life is More than Candy Hearts - short stories by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, and Laura Braley -  ebook, International


February 9, 2012

Share the (Book) Love #4: Life is More Than Candy Hearts

Today I'm featuring an anthology by 3 lovely ladies. It is a series of short stories by Renaissance Romance Publishing released January 30. This collection features the debut of two authors: Lisa Bilbrey and Laura Braley, and romance author Michele Richard (Mocked by series).

Life is More than Candy Hearts (The Candy Collection #1)
The Candy Collection:

Life is More Than Candy Hearts

A Valentine's Day collection of short stories by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, And Laura Braley

Changes of the Heart:

When you're left with nothing at all, all you have left is to rebuild. Can losing everything bring two people together to make a new family?

Gabe Lost his family on 9/11 and himself in the process. Juliette was left homeless with a small child after the child's father abandoned them.

Will an icy collision bring these two to a happily ever after or are they too broken?

Life's Unexpected Gifts:

With the recent loss of her father, Emma Dawson struggled to get through each day. When she starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer, she’s forced to reevaluate everything she thought she knew.

Will she be able to open her heart to the mystery man of her dreams, or will a blast from the past sweep her off her feet? Could they be one in the same?

Smoky Rooms:

Chance Lassiter is a former rock star on the verge of a new start, after he let the excesses of the music industry lure him into ruin the first time around.

Lindsay Brandon is a former actress trying to rediscover the person she once was before a change of circumstances forced her to make a decision that destroyed her spirit.

A series of mistakes and bad choices have brought their lives to where they are. Can a chance meeting filled with introspection, one lonely night in a smoke-filled corner bar, help them accept the mistakes from their pasts and move toward the future together? From Goodreads.com
Right now it is only in ebook at Amazon and Smashwords, but will soon be at Barnes & Noble. A paperback edition is also set for release. The second set in this series will be published in June.

In other news, Michele Richard is celebrarting the release her third novel through The Writer's Coffee Shop today. You can get your copy of Healing the Faith - Mocked by Faith 2 at the publisher's website or Amazon.

Share the (Book) Love 


As my Valentine's gift to you I'm sharing the book love I receive from authors and publishers. You have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 books. Each day I will feature a different book in the giveaway, but you only have to enter once for the drawing. I'm using Rafflecopter and you have until midnight EST Friday February 10 to enter. Here are the books available:


The Kama Sutra - paperback, US residents only
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn - ebook, US residents only
Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney - paperback, US residents only
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard - ebook, International
Life is More than Candy Hearts - short stories by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, and Laura Braley -  ebook, International


February 8, 2012

Share the (Book) Love #3: Writer with a Day Job

Share the (Book) Love continues today with Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney. I know I have several writers following me and this book was made for you. Aine has offered one reader a signed paperback copy. See how to enter below.
Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing life is no easy feat This book offers writers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises in every chapter, and strategies on how to get and keep writing while also working the 9 to 5 grind. Readers will discover tips and exercises for:
1. Setting and protecting personal writing goals
2. Creating a schedule that complements their stamina
3. Getting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hour
4. Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of times
5. Writing proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long project
6. Becoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the ready
7. Figuring out how (if at all) to share their writing life with co-workers, friends, and family members From Goodreads.com
I met Aine during ArmchairBEA last spring where she wrote a guest post.

You can check it out on Goodreads and  Amazon.

Share the (Book) Love 


As my Valentine's gift to you I'm sharing the book love I receive from authors and publishers. You have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 books. Each day I will feature a different book in the giveaway, but you only have to enter once for the drawing. I'm using Rafflecopter and you have until midnight EST Friday February 10 to enter. Here are the books available:


The Kama Sutra - paperback, US residents only
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn - ebook, US residents only
Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney - paperback, US residents only
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard - ebook, International
Life is More than Candy Hearts - short stories by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, and Laura Braley -  ebook, International

February 7, 2012

Share the (Book) Love #2: Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman

For Day 2 of the Share the (Book) Love, I'm featuring a book I can't stop talking about. I'm so glad that J. B. Lynn offered to gift one of my readers an ebook of Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman because it meant I got to talk about it again. Today is also special because it is the release day for the paperback edition. So those who didn't heed my warnings two weeks ago and get the ebook you can get the paperback now.

If you need you memory jogged about this book, you can check out my previous posts:

February 6, 2012

Share the (Book) Love #1: Kama Sutra

The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana, translated by A.M.D. Haksar
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 2012 by Penguin Classics
ISBN13: 9780143106593 
A gorgeous deluxe edition of the world's most celebrated guide to life, love, relationships and pleasure.
Little is known about Vatsyayana, who is reputed to have composed the Kama Sutra "while observing a celibate's life in full meditation." In Sanskrit the word "kama" means desire, especially for sensual pleasure, and its proper pursuit was considered an essential part of a young, urbane gentleman's well-rounded education.

Untold numbers of readers are curious about the Kama Sutra but put off by its clichéd image as an erotic Oriental curiosity. This elegant edition offers a compelling modern translation of a classic Indian masterpiece-and a wry and entertaining account of human desire and foibles. From Goodreads.com
The Kama Sutra has always been a bit of a taboo book and as such I never really knew what was between the covers. I was a little shocked when I was asked if I wanted to include a copy in any Valentine's Day activities I was planning for my blog. I actually wasn't thinking about doing anything for Valentine's Day. As a singleton, it is just another day. But I was curious about the book, so I agreed.


It is a really pretty book. It has French flaps and rough cut pages. There are no graphic pictures inside (no pictures inside at all). A friend and I flipped through it the day I got it and read snippets on the way to lunch. It was eye opening as there was much more to it than just sex. There was still plenty of shocking bits, but most was tempered by remembering that it was written for a different culture at a different time period.


If you follow me on Twitter you know I hosted a Girls' Night with The Kama Sutra. It was a lot of fun. I had a few of girlfriends over. We shared a couple of bottles of wine and took turns reading excerpts from the book. I was hoping they would share a few comments for my blog post, but I think they are a bit shy. 


Like I said, some of the advice belongs to a different culture and time period, but some was still relevant today. We liked how most of the advice ended with "whatever pleases the woman". 

Share the (Book) Love 


As my Valentine's gift to you I'm sharing the book love I receive from authors and publishers. You have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 books. Each day I will feature a different book in the giveaway, but you only have to enter once for the drawing. I'm using Rafflecopter and you have until midnight EST Friday February 10 to enter. Here are the books available:


The Kama Sutra - paperback, US residents only
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn - ebook, US residents only
Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney - paperback, US residents only
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard - ebook, International
Life is More than Candy Hearts - short stories by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, and Laura Braley -  ebook, International




February 5, 2012

Video Blog #4: New Books!


In My Mailbox
A weekly meme from The Story Siren
 

available April 2012 from Da Capo Press

The Darlings: A Novel by Cristina Alger
Available this month from Pamela Dorman Books

Available now from Penguin Press

I'm Reading
A weekly meme from Book Journey

 Temptation: A Novel by Douglas Kennedy
From the New York Times bestselling author of Leaving the World comes the brilliant, breathtaking story about a Hollywood screenwriter whose “overnight success” brings about his biggest downfall. Like all screenwriters in Tinsel Town, David Armitage wants to be rich and famous. Finally, after eleven years of disappointment and failure, big-time luck comes his way when one of his scripts is bought for television, making him the new toast of Hollywood as the creator of a smash hit series.
Suddenly a major power player, Armitage begins to reinvent himself at breakneck speed, quitting his day job, trading in his Reagan-era Volvo for a Porsche, and leaving his wife and daughter for a sleek, young producer.
Enter multibillionaire film buff Philip Fleck, who proposes an unsavory collaboration to the screenwriter. Armitage takes the bait and suddenly finds himself entering a decidedly Faustian pact—and unknowingly hopping an express ride to the lower depths of the Hollywood jungle. From Goodreads.com
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Narrated by Jim Dale)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. From Goodreads.com
Amongst My Enemies by William Brown
Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. The only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat’s former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take aim at. Some want the gold, some want him dead, and some want proof about a high-ranking spy inside NATO itself. Randall’s wants are much simpler. Caught between the Kremlin and a new, deadly, 4th Reich, he wants revenge and to satisfy some old debts with a steel-jacketed bullet. From Goodreads.com


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