Sunday, December 16, 2012

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Gonna re-read this series :) This is my 2nd favorite book series.



More about the author here - http://www.jkrowling.com/
More about the books and how to purchase them here - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CRQ41A

Finished reading on 1/21/2013. Took me a lot longer than normal because I have been ill :(

5 stars as usual!!




Saturday, December 15, 2012

Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

Current read
Title - Scary Mary
Author - S.A. Hunter (http://www.sahunter.net/)

Amazon description -
Mary just wants to be left alone, but the cheerleaders, jocks, and ghosts won't stop harrassing her. When new student Cyrus starts school, he tries to befriend her. That's a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when she has to tell him that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost.



E-book currently available for FREE at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 12/16/2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Mind Readers series by Lori Brighton

Current read
The Mind Readers series
Author - Lori Brighton (http://www.loribrighton.com/)
Title - The Mind Readers (Book 1)

Amazon description -
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers. 

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life. 

E-book currently available for FREE at Amazon here.

Title - The Mind Thieves (Book 2)

Amazon description -
What would you do if someone told you that your past and everything you believed was a lie?

Cameron Winters is a freak, a mind reader who can hear the thoughts of those around her. Although her life has been far from ideal, she has finally found peace on a Caribbean island far away from her troubles. But her troubles are about to find her in the form of a gorgeous government agent named Maddox. 

Maddox claims Cameron’s father sent him to protect her from encroaching enemies. There’s only one problem…Cameron’s father has been dead for over a decade. When men arrive, threatening Cameron’s very life, she has no choice but to trust Maddox and escape to the United States. Shockingly, Cameron realizes Maddox has been telling the truth all along when she’s introduced to her father, a man she barely remembers. Suddenly, Cameron has everything she has always wanted…a family and home. But as her powers are exploited by the very people she trusts, Cameron realizes the old adage is only too true…be careful what you wish for. 

E-book currently available for $2.99 at Amazon here.

Title - The Mind Games (Book 3)

Amazon description -
For years Cameron has hidden behind a façade of normalcy, warned there were those who would do her harm should they uncover the truth…that she is a mind reader. She never imagined her biggest threat would come from the parents she thought dead. Cameron’s life changes dramatically when she’s abducted by her mother, a woman she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. Even more shocking is the truth… Cameron’s mother leads a group of rogue mind readers and their number one enemy is Cameron’s very own father. 

Everyone has their own agenda and Cameron is caught in the middle, unsure who to trust. But one thing is clear, war looms on the horizon and in order to save those she loves, Cameron must not only pick sides, but learn to believe in herself and her powers. 

E-book currently available for $2.99 at Amazon here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Current read
Title - Dracula
Author - Bram Stoker

Amazon description -
A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest. Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits. An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety. The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere. Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale.Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

E-book currently available for FREE at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 12/9/2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The House of Roses by Holden Robinson

Current read
Title - The House of Roses
Author - Holden Robinson (http://www.holdenrobinsonproductions.com/)

Amazon description -
In The House of Roses, debut author, Holden Robinson, takes the reader on a journey to reclaim lost love. Love has been devalued. Pursuits of lesser importance have trumped love, and personal relationships. Novelist, Caitlin Goodrich, and AIDS Pediatrician, Colin Thomas, have ended their four-year love affair. As their days apart stretch into months, their regret grows proportionately to the size of Caitlin's abdomen. Colin has left more than a broken heart. In the early hours of single-motherhood, Caitlin learns she has been betrayed by the one woman who vowed to care for her. In New Hope, Pennsylvania, where the secrets began, and the lies are encased in the walls of the historic landmarks, the true will be revealed. Dr. Colin Thomas has led a life of orderly chaos. This well-made plan begins to unravel when he is asked a question that will change his life. He begins to see living and dying in a way he never has. The House of Roses is an incredible story of love, loss, betrayal and secrets, but more importantly, it speaks of the weight of guilt, the strength of family, and the incredible power of love.

E-book currently available for $7.99 at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 12/4/2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Current read
Title - Cold Days (Book #14 in The Dresden Files series)
Author - Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/)

Amazon description -
HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!! 
After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. 

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. 

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday. 

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…His soul.

E-book currently available for $14.99 at Amazon here.
Finished reading on 11/29/2012

For a list and info of other books in the series, please check Mr. Butcher's website - http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden


Friday, November 23, 2012

Power (Soul Savers) by Kristie Cook

Current read
Title - Power (Book #4 in Soul Savers series)
Author - Kristie Cook (http://www.kristiecook.com/)

Amazon description -

As the Amadis prepare for war, Alexis returns to Florida with orders to relax, regenerate and replenish her depleted power. But her task list quickly grows--establish a new safe house, learn the art of conversion, find her AWOL protector, help a desperate fan, and protect her son. Oh, and figure out what's going on with her husband, whose peculiar behavior just might get them killed.

But most important of all, her primary mission: recover her stolen pendant.

The stone in the pendant not only promises hope for the Amadis future, but its unknown qualities make it a possible weapon in the wrong hands. With guidance and power from an improbable source and an unlikely ally by her side, Alexis sets out to retrieve the stone before the enemy discovers its potential for mass destruction. But when she finds herself in the Daemoni's lair fighting for her life, all hope seems lost. Will she discover the true power she holds in time? And is it enough to save herself, her family and the Amadis?

Power, the next installment of the Soul Savers Series, takes you on a hot and edgy ride with twists and turns you'll never see coming, leaving you breathless and once again begging for more.

E-book currently available for $4.99 at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 11/27/2012


Other books in the series -
Genesis: A Soul Savers novella
Promise
Purpose
Devotion

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Freak by Jennifer Hillier

Current read
Title - Freak
Author - Jennifer Hillier (http://www.jenniferhillier.ca/)

 Amazon description -
Suspense magazine chose Jennifer Hillier’s “truly frightening” debut, Creep, as one of 2011’s best novels, while #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.” Now, Hillier returns to the Pacific Northwest college town where one killer’s stranglehold has ebbed . . . but another sick mind has waited for the perfect moment to pick up where the terror left off.
Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps. But a new wave of murders has given Abby a possible chance for a plea bargain—because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the bodies of the victims: Free Abby Maddox.
Jerry Isaac will never forget the attack—or his attacker. The hideous scarring and tortured speech are daily reminders that the one-time Seattle PD officer, now a private investigator, is just lucky to be alive. Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail—forever, as far as Jerry’s concerned. But she alone may possess crucial evidence—letters from this newest killer—that could crack open the disturbing case. With the help of Professor Sheila Tao, seasoned police detective Mike Torrance, and intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby Maddox. Can he put the pieces together before Abby’s number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer’s perverted idea of justice?

E-book currently available for $11.99 at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 11/23/2012

First book in series 




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gasparilla's Treasure by Scott Clements

Current read
Title - Gasparilla's Treasure
Author - Scott Clements (http://www.browndogsound.com/ScottClements.html)

Amazon description -
Trip Montgomery has no idea what is in store for him when he finds the dusty old trunk hidden under the floorboards in his mom’s attic. The trunk reveals a series of mysteries that send him on the greatest adventure of his life. Will his best friend Josh, and his new friend Sarah be able to help Trip solve the clues that lead to the greatest treasure ever known to man? Or will Trip’s obsession with the treasure drive him deep into the disorienting dreamland of his great grandfather Pappy?


E-book currently available for $4.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading 11/21/2012 - I think this is a great book for kids :) 



Sunday, November 18, 2012

In the Shadow of Lions: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Ginger Garrett

Current read
Title - In the Shadow of Lions: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Author - Ginger Garrett (http://www.gingergarrett.com/)

Amazon description -

"I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world. The stories are forgotten here, and the Day draws close. I will tell you one of my stories. You will record it."
So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England's Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book—a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation.
The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible—Scriptures the common people could read for themselves. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More's public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the same book, persecuting anyone who dares read it.
Historic figures come alive in this thrilling story of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and mortals ... and the sacred book that will inspire you anew.
E-book currently available for $2.51 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 11/20/2012 - This is a fantastic read! Especially because I am a Tudor freak :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Becoming Mona Lisa by Holden Robinson

Current read
Title - Becoming Mona Lisa
Author - Holden Robinson (http://www.holdenrobinsonproductions.com/)

Amazon description -
We are not invisible because the world does not see us. We become invisible when we can no longer see ourselves. In a moment of epiphany, Mona Lisa Siggs, scratches a poignant quote on a lavender envelope. Faced with the daunting choice of saving her marriage, or killing her husband - which modern forensics has made nearly impossible to get away with - Mona decides to make one final effort to rekindle a relationship seriously on the skids. Cue the birds. Hours into their reconciliation, Mona and her husband Tom, find themselves surrounded by hundreds of crows who have made their home in Aunt Ida's trees. With the help of brother-in-law Robbie, the duo find themselves engaged in radical crow relocation methods. Effort leads to mayhem for the Siggs, as they dodge bird goo, a crazy neighbor armed with a potato gun, and local law enforcement. From the chaos, lessons emerge, those that save a relationship, and shape a life. Becoming Mona Lisa is a delightful story of love and self-discovery, delivered with side-splitting laughter.

E-book currently available for $7.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 11/18/2012 - This book is good. I laughed out loud so many times.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

Current read
Title - Courting Morrow Little
Author - Laura Frantz (http://laurafrantz.net/)

Amazon description -
Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love? 

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop readers as it takes them from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness to the west in search of true love.

E-book currently available for $6.15 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 11/16/2012


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Current read - The Casual Vacancy
Author - J.K. Rowling (http://www.jkrowling.com/)


Amazon description -
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

E-book currently available for $14.99 at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading 11/13/2012




Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Current read - A Song of Fire and Ice series
Author - George R. R. Martin (http://georgerrmartin.com/)

Book 1 - A Game of Thrones

Amazon description -
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

E-book currently available for $8.99 at Amazon here.


Book 2 - A Clash of Kings

Amazon description -
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

E-book currently available for $8.99 at Amazon here.




Book 3 - A Storm of Swords

Amazon description
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . .

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . 

E-book currently available for $8.99 at Amazon here.

Book 4 - A Feast for Crows

Amazon description -
It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out. 

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead. 

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

E-book currently available for $8.99 at Amazon here.

Book 5 - A Dance With Dragons

Amazon description -
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

E-book currently available for $14.99 at Amazon here.



Also 2 more books for the future. This taken from the author's website:

       o The Winds of Winter, forthcoming/Bantam Books
       o A Dream of Spring, forthcoming/Bantam Books 

Update: Finished reading on 11/7/2012 (rating is for series)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel) by D.A. Graystone

Current read -
Title - Two Graves
Author - D.A. Graystone (http://www.dagraystone.com/)

Amazon description -
He was bullied all his life. But now he has killed. Now he is getting even and everyone is a target.

But with Lieutenant Gregg Mann's task force looking for him, he should have remembered the Chinese proverb, "Before you set out on a journey of revenge, dig Two Graves."


E-book currently available for $.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 9/22/2012



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Bitter Veil by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Current read -
Title - A Bitter Veil
Author - Libby Fischer Hellmann (http://www.libbyhellmann.com/)


Amazon description -
It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic. 
Under the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Republican Guard, life becomes increasingly restricted and Anna must learn to exist in a transformed world, where none of the familiar Western rules apply. Random arrests and torture become the norm, women are required to wear hijab, and Anna discovers that she is no longer free to leave the country. 
As events reach a fevered pitch, Anna realizes that nothing is as she thought, and no one can be trusted…not even her husband.

E-book currently available for $5.99 at Amazon here.

Finished reading on 9/18/2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Touched by Angels by Alan Watts

Current read -
Title - Touched by Angels
Author - Alan Watts

Amazon description -
Nine-year-old Robert and his mother, Lil, live in pre-WWI industrial London. During a routine rent-collection visit, Robert accidentally kills their landlord, none other than a mighty King brother. When her husband is incarcerated for life for the murder, Lil doesn't see their life ending there, but rather a new beginning. In possession of a large part of King's money and by now the most wanted criminals in London, Lil and Robert have only one escape: a liner to New York. And so they embark the Titanic. 

E-book is currently available for $2.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 9/12/2012



Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Spirit Keeper by Melissa Luznicky Garrett

Current read -
Title - The Spirit Keeper
Author - Melissa Luznicky Garrett (http://mlgarrett.blogspot.com/)

Amazon description -
After her mother and grandparents die in a raging house fire, eleven-year-old Sarah Redbird ends up in the custody of her aunt and uncle. Six years later, Sarah discovers the fire may not have been an accident at all, but a deliberate act of revenge. 

Sarah's family has kept the truth of their Native American heritage secret her entire life, refusing to acknowledge where they came from. But when a family that has direct ties to their past moves to town, Sarah's true identity is revealed. 

What Sarah soon learns is that some secrets are better left unspoken. 

E-book currently available for $3.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 9/10/2012 - Can not wait for the next book :)


Friday, September 7, 2012

Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite are both available for pre-order now.

Kindle Fire HD
  • 1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming 
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflix,TwitterHBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Includes special offers and sponsored screensavers. 

Pre-order here.

Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Wireless

  • 1920x1200 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, booming sound without distortion
  • High performance 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming 
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflix,TwitterHBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Includes special offers and sponsored screensavers. 

Pre-order here.




Kindle Paperwhite 3G
  • Free 3G wireless - no hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees
  • 3G wireless works globally - download books anytime, anywhere
  • Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
  • 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare
  • New hand-tuned fonts - 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
  • 8-week battery life, even with the light on
  • Holds up to 1,100 books - take your library wherever you go
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds
  • New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you'll finish your chapter
  • Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won't find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children's books and includes new parental controls
Pre-order here.


Kindle Paperwhite
  • Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
  • 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare
  • New hand-tuned fonts - 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
  • 8-week battery life, even with the light on
  • Holds up to 1,100 books - take your library wherever you go
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds
  • New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you'll finish your chapter
  • Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won't find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children's books and includes new parental controls
Pre-order here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hunted by DJ DeSmyter

Current read -
Title - Hunted
Author - DJ DeSmyter (http://www.djwrites.com/)


Amazon description -
Seventeen-year-old Lily Atwater has always kept to herself, living a lonely life with her workaholic dad. Not the most thrilling life, but it’s quiet and ordinary, two things she’s come to expect from living in Victor Hills, Michigan.

When kind and mysterious Alex takes refuge in her home, she is suddenly thrown into his world of werewolves, a world he wants to keep her safe from. But while the two of them grow closer, a relentless hunter continues his search, stalking the woods with hopes of catching the wolf that got away…


E-book currently available for $.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 9/8/2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Eden's Root Trilogy by Rachel E. Fisher

I am reading the first two books in the Eden's Root trilogy along with back-story novella. Book 3 is not scheduled to be released until "Holidays 2012" (quoted from author's website)

Author - Rachel E Fisher (http://rachelefisher.com/writings/)

Title
Eden's Root (Book #1)
Amazon description -
It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.

E-book currently available for $1.99 at Amazon here.






Seeds of War (Book #2)

Amazon description
The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect the survivors, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.


E-book currently available for $2.99 at Amazon here.






The Blight (back-story novella)

Amazon description -
Given my own enthusiasm for this sort of thing, I’ve decided to release the original backstory of Eden’s Root. For those of you who love the science-fiction aspect of Eden’s Root, I think this will be a winner. I also wanted to reveal this to show how drastically a story can change from first to last drafts. This entire backstory was in the first version. It is MUCH more in the vein of traditional science-fiction, which I love, as you know. It has a ton of POVs, and covers a wide range of locations and time periods. In other words, it’s kind of epic. And Eden’s Root began this way. BTW – This is a story mostly of the adults featured in Eden’s Root, so there’s a bit more colorful language.


E-book currently available for FREE at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 9/6/2012


Sunday, July 22, 2012

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL (Forever Girl Series - a Journal) by Rebecca Hamilton

I took a short break from "The Complete Tudors" to read this novella :)

Title - Her Sweetest Downfall
Author - Rebecca Hamilton (http://www.beccahamiltonbooks.com/)

 Amazon description -
Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.

Set in an alternate Regency England, "Her Sweetest Downfall" is a standalone novella in the "Forever Girl" series. The novella of around 30,000 words, written as a gift to fans of the Forever Girl series. 

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and vampire fiction.

E-book currently available for $.99 at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading on 7/23/2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Complete Tudors by Jean Plaidy

Current read -
Title - The Complete Tudors
Author - Jean Plaidy

Amazon description -
The nine Tudor novels by beloved novelist Jean Plaidy are now available as one complete series spanning sixteenth-century England. This exciting collection includes a brand-new character guide, along with reading group guides for seven books. Read all nine novels in order for the first time digitally and delve into the lives of this fascinating dynasty—full of intrigue, betrayal, marriages, and deaths, in a complete package, never before available.

 1. To Hold the Crown
In this sweeping tale of marriage and power, love and heartbreak, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York’s troubled ascension to the throne of England ultimately launches the Tudor dynasty.

2. Katharine of Aragon
Katharine of Aragon held her husband Henry VIII’s affection—but only for so long.

3. Murder Most Royal
One powerful king. Two tragic queens. Sophisticated Anne Boleyn and innocent Catherine Howard meet with the all-consuming—and fickle—passions of tempestuous King Henry VIII.

4. The King’s Confidante
The King’s servant, but God’s first.  The English lawyer Sir Thomas More rises to become King Henry VIII’s most trusted advisor, but his refusal to recognize Henry as the supreme head of the Church of England ends his political career . . . and leads to his trial for treason.

5. The Sixth Wife
Dangerous court intrigue and affairs of the heart collide during the story of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six queens. 

6. The Thistle and the Rose
The story of Princess Margaret Tudor, whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII.

7. Mary, Queen of France
The story of Princess Mary Tudor, a celebrated beauty and born rebel who would defy the most powerful king in Europe—her older brother.

8. For a Queen’s Love
Power-hungry monarch, cold-blooded murderer, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, this is the story of Philip II of Spain—and of the women who loved him as a husband and father.

9. A Favorite of the Queen
Torn between her heart’s passion and duty to her kingdom, Elizabeth I must make a decision that will shape her country and place her name in history forever.

(Will definitely be awhile before I update that I am finished with this, lol :)  )


E-book currently available for $100.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 8/28/2012