Fabulous Freebies for Friday #6

Happy Friday!! I hope you all are looking forward to a good weekend!! I’m in recovery mode myself. I just lost a battle with the stomach bug going around. It gives me a good reason to just lay around and read, though.

Here’s todays top ten freebies on Amazon. Remeber to always check prices!!

10. (This was no longer free last I looked)
http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Mary-Thriller-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00BB62RZI/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_10

9.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Gift-Novel-ebook/dp/B005MT8TWK/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_9

8.
http://www.amazon.com/Sagebrush-ebook/dp/B005PTX2ME/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_8

7.
http://www.amazon.com/Penelope-Madcap-Regency-Romance-ebook/dp/B00B1XVBI0/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_7

6.
http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Shadows-Oregon-Love-ebook/dp/B007XOP1M8/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_6

5.
http://www.amazon.com/Haunted-House-Novel-Terror-ebook/dp/B00BOWPZUS/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_5

4.
http://www.amazon.com/Funeral-Langdon-Mystery-Series-ebook/dp/B00817OUCS/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_4

3.
http://www.amazon.com/Par-For-The-Intercourse-ebook/dp/B00D2Z1XOW/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_3

2. (Was not free at the time of this post.)
http://www.amazon.com/In-Heat-Katherine-Romance-ebook/dp/B00CRNPXVO/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2

1.
http://www.amazon.com/Cocktail-Hour-ebook/dp/B00BT187DQ/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_1

So, there’s todays top ten. Always make sure to check prices before purchasing!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Summer PROMO and Giveaway



Summer Giveaway PROMOTION

Announcing Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours Summer

PROMOTIONS and GIVEAWAY!

Reading Addiction Blog Tours will is offering 15% Off to

All Authors who book a Tour this summer!

(Tours must start by August 31st)

Contact us HERE and mention the CODE WORD: SUMMER

Thank you to all of the Authors Participating in this Giveaway!


There are Links to Authors Websites, check out more Books from these Lovely Authors! Goodreads Links next to them go to their Goodreads page to read more about the books. (ones that have a page there that is)

Prize Pack #1 eBook Copies 
Fate War: Alliance by E.M. Havens  Goodreads

Contemporary Romance


Prize Pack #2 eBook Copies

New Adult

Young Adult/ New Adult


Prize Pack #3 eBook Copies

Young Adult/ New Adult

New Adult


Prize Pack #4 eBook Copies 
To Trust a Theif by Michelle McLean  Goodreads

Historical Romance

Women’s Fiction

Romantic Suspense


Prize Pack #5 eBook Copies

Contemporary Romance

Contemporary Romance

New Adult



Prize Pack #6 Signed Paperback Copies
Mything You by Greta Buckle  Goodreads

Historical Romance
Illicit Love by Jane Lark  Goodreads

Historical Romance


Prize Pack #7 Signed Paperback Copies

Young Adult


Prize Pack #8 Signed Paperback Copies

Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy

Young Adult Fantasy


Prize Pack #9 Signed Paperback Copies
Extreme Love by Abby Niles Goodreads

Contemporary Romance



Prize Pack #10 Signed Paperback Copies

 Sci/Fi Dystopian Romance

Paranormal Romance



Prize Pack #11 Signed Paperback Copies

Awakenings by Hally Willmott Goodreads

Young Adult Paranormal

Young Adult Paranormal

Young Adult Paranormal




Runner Up Prizes (Signed Book and Swag):

Devil May Care by Patricia Eimer  Goodreads

Paranormal Romance


Happy Reading,

Alison

Laying Low in Paradise Book Tour

Title: Laying Low in Paradise

Author: Kristy K. James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Synopsis:

Laura Keane and her son have been spending summers at their chalet on Bois Blanc Island since her husband was killed in the war. She never let anyone else in after the chaplain delivered the sad news four years ago, so it’s just the two of them, and she wouldn’t change it for the world.

Cameron Rafferty and his friends were keeping secrets. Dangerous secrets, and they’d hoped the little island paradise would be a safe place to hide out. The plan to keep a low profile quickly unravels when an accident changes everything. Cameron soon finds himself becoming more involved with the Keane family than he’d intended -and wishing for things he shouldn’t.

My Review

Laying Low in Paradise was a mix of heart-warming romance and terrifying suspense.

Laura Keane and her son Sam are vacationing at Bois Blanc Island, as they do every summer. An accident leads Laura right into her neighbor Cameron’s arms. Once she lands there, neither of them look back. They both know they have found something special. At the same time, Cameron is at a loss with how to reach his son Brendan, who lost a leg in a car accident. To say Brendan isn’t doing well would be a major understatement. To top this, Cameron has a BIG secret. This secret is so big that it involves everyone on the island with the exception of Laura and her son.

The story opens with a prologue that will keep you baffled for a couple chapters. Then you get so wrapped up in what’s going on that you forget about it by the time it would actually aid in putting some of the puzzle pieces together to solve the mystery. I recommend rereading the prologue at the end.

After the prologue, the story jumps right on in with Laura and her twelve year old son, Sam. Laura and Sam have a great relationship, and I am especially fond of Sam. He reminds me so much of my oldest son. They are both the same age and have the whole mother-hen thing down to an art. Kristy James really nailed his character! You really feel the love and closeness shared between Laura and Sam.

Insert Cameron here. I loved Cameron’s personality as it related to Laura. I was especially pleased that he was adament about sharing his secret with her. He had no desire to build a relationship on secrets and lies. The only thing I didn’t like concerning Cameron was the lack of bond shown between him and his son. You got the sense he deeply loved his son, but it wasn’t shown as it had been between Laura and Sam. I think more bonding was shown between Laura and Brendan than between Cameron and Brendan. It almost appeared as if Brendan was second to Laura sometimes. Overall, the characters were well-developed and relatable. You care about them, laugh with them, and worry with them. There was some rarely used strong language and a few steamy scenes, but no sex for those of you that like a clean romance.

The plot was very intriguing and kept you on your toes trying to figure it out. It was definitely a shocker for me when Cameron’s secret came out! It wasn’t anything I had thought of, and it really wrapped up the fairytale romance nicely. The only thing I didn’t like was that it seemed to wrap up a little too quickly for me. I was almost finished, and I was thinking I was about to have a cliffhanger on my hands. But, no, it just ended rather abruptly.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read. There were times I laughed out loud and others I literally had goose bumps. It was a nice, clean fairytale mixed with mystery and suspense. I give it a strong 4 stars!! I will definitely be reading more from Kristy James!! I recommend this book to all of you who like a good romance!!

About the Author

Kristy K. James’ first goal in life was to work in law enforcement, until the night she called the police to check out a scary noise in her yard. Realizing that she might someday have to check out scary noises in other dark yards if she continued on that path, she turned to her other favorite love… writing. Since then, her days have been filled with being a mom and reluctant zookeeper (7 pets), creating stories and looking for trouble in her kitchen.

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m waiting on:

http://www.amazon.com/That-Need-Grayson-Friends-ebook/dp/B009WVJH3E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369757239&sr=1-1&keywords=all+that+i+need+francis+ray

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Blurb:In bestselling author Francis Ray’s latest Grayson Friends novel, two lost souls come together to discover what matters most of all…

LOVE COMES WITH NO GUARANTEE

Lance Saxton is a self-made man who enjoys every moment of his success. Running an auction house allows him to manage his own time and travel the world on a moment’s notice—so why rush to settle down? The question answers itself…until he crosses paths with a beautiful, spirited travel writer who makes him second-guess his sense of independence—and leaves him wanting more.

BUT IT’S ALWAYS WORTH THE RISK…

What’s love got to do with it? Fallon Marshall is at the peak of her career as a journalist. Any story she wants she can get. So when she hears about an auction being held at a fabled old estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico, off she goes…only to meet a man who makes her question her priorities. Maybe it’s time for Fallon to stop running away in search of adventure…and just fall into Lance’s arms?

Why am I waiting???
It sounds like it’ll be another good romance from Ray!!

What are you waiting on?? Leave me a comment or link below!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

See by Jamie Magee Blog Tour & 2 Giveaways

See banner


Goodreads * B&N * Amazon

Synopsis

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it’s life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.

One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.

Her story begins now.

My Review

Magee knocked this one out of the park! A home run! This was one of the most unique and fascinating plots I’ve ever read.

Just before her high school graduation, Charlie awakes in the hospital. She just doesn’t remember exactly how she got there, and worse, she is missing huge blocks of memory. She does remember that she is done hanging around with her friend Bianca. She just can’t figure out what she was supposed to remember about helping their mutual friend Britain.

Charlie’s mom decides that Charlie needs to spend the summer with her sister Kara back where she grew up. Her first day back they stop at a restaurant and Charlie has a crazy pull towards a guy (Draven) there. She quickly learns that she should remember him and some other important people in her life. The crazy thing is, she’s struggling with all of this while taunting shadows are following her around, and the only thing that seems to help is the music.

The closest thing I could relate this book to is the movie August Rush. The only comparison, though, is the whole magic in music theme. The story flows easily right from the start, but you are left feeling confused. This is only because Charlie is completely confused and trying to piece things back together. Plus, there are still questions she’s never had the answers to. Jamie does an excellent job weaving it all together so it all makes sense. The characters were well developed, but at the same time, you’re trying to figure the people out with Charlie. The bond between Charlie and Draven is intense, and you feel it. You also feel all the tension and fear Charlie feels.

The plot was laid out incredibly well. You’re slowly fed more information to figure out what exactly has happened to Charlie. The world Magee created was so relatable, and yet so different at the same time. I give this a whole-hearted 5 star rating!! While the characters in the story would fit in the new adult category, I’d still highly recommend this to those of you that love YA Fantasy Romances. I can NOT wait to read the rest of this series!!

About the Author


Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Website * Goodreads * Facebook * Twitter

You can follow the blog tour HERE for more chances to win a copy of SEE by Jamie Magee!!

Giveaway Time!!!

Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for two different prizes!!

One Winner will receive a HARDCOPY of SEE & a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
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One Winner will receive an ebook copy of SEE!!
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Happy Reading,

Alison

Teaser Tuesday #4

Happy Tuesday!! I hope your week is off to a great start!! I have some great things headed your way!! Check out the categories section in the right sidebar to enter some of the awesome giveaways going on right now and to check out my reviews, etc. Plus, be sure to follow my blog to keep up with the wonderful things I have lined up for you the rest of this spring & summer. Check out the sidebar to follow me via email, bloglovin, Networked Blogs, friend me on FB, or you can follow on Twitter @AlisBooks.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~
http://www.amazon.com/Yesterday-Christian-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00775ZQV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369693384&sr=8-1&keywords=yesterday+amanda+tru

My Teaser

“You did what had to be done even though you were afraid. I call that bravery.”

“The real Hannah is better than anything I remembered. You have blown away all my expectations. You are more beautiful, smarter, sweeter, and even funnier than I could have imagined. I can’t look at you or even hear your voice and not feel.”

So, there you go. I’m only on chapter 5, but it is REALLY good. I’m participating in a blog tour for this book and its sequel The Locket June 6th. Be sure to stop by then to get my full review!! This is really a good one!!

Make sure to leave me your teaser in the comments or a link!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

How to Write a Book Review Book Tour & Giveaway


Author: Rebecca Graf
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Publication Date: February 2013
Genre: How-To/Nonfiction

Synopsis

Have you wondered what makes a good book review? Have you wondered what you might be missing in writing a book review? You can find out how to write a quality book review in these pages.

Excerpt

A book review is a recommendation from you. Your review is telling your readers whether or not you recommend the book or suggest that they run very fast from it. Look at it like this. You are having coffee with a friend. Your conversation steers in a direction similar to this: “Hey, I just read a book that you have got to read. I couldn’t put it down. Though the language could be a little foul, the plot was outstanding.”

Or the conversation could have gone this route: “I don’t understand the fascination with that book all over the news. I tried reading it and I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It was horrible. There was no plot and everything was so confusing.” Both conversations are the beginning of a book review and are a recommendation from you.

Yes, a book review is a critique, but in the end your review has to also give a recommendation regarding the book. You are suggesting your readers read it or not waste their money. If you are one that is honest with your reviews, people will listen. That is why you have to be very careful about what you say in a review. Don’t be personal. Don’t be biased. Let your friends know where you stand with the book, but give them good reasons. That is where the critique comes from. You can say you like the book or don’t like it, but tell your friends why. Your reasons might not be what turn your friends off of the book. I read one book that I just didn’t like. In critiquing it, the book wasn’t that bad. My readers could see that, but when I got to my recommendation I had to say the truth. “I really did not like the book. It was well written. The characters were entertaining, but the plot was not for me. For others, this might be an excellent book. If you like this genre, I highly recommend you give it a try and give your own review. For me, I’ll pass on the next one in the series.”

When you give a review, don’t forget to tell your recommendation to your readers. They want to know. You can critique it, but do you recommend it?

Purchase Link: Amazon

My Review

It seems a little funny writing a book review on a book about how to write a book review, but that’s what I’m doing. I should start by saying I wish I’d read this before I ever wrote my first review. It’s a great resource! I would recommend this book to both old and new reviewers. Rebecca takes you through a step by step process on what to include, what not to include, and how to say it without stepping on any toes. For the most part, as book reviewers, we’re here to share our love of books, and those wonderful authors that put their heart into them. We aren’t doing that if we’re attacking an author.

Rebecca pointed out several things I had never thought about, and others that seemed like common sense, but I know are still missing in many reviews. She takes you through reviewing the different elements of a story, giving little tricks to help you out when it’s time to write your review. The book is a very easy read, and not something that will bore you to death reading. Every topic was presented in a very clear manner, and it never left me confused. The only topic that I wish she would have gone more indepth with was style. All the other topics were addressed thoroughly. Sometimes so thoroughly that I felt like there was a little too much repetition.

I especially liked that she covered topics such as writing a review on non-fiction, since this is afterall, my first review of a non-fiction work. I couldn’t stress enough how helpful this book is. I will use it as a guide for all future reviews. I give it a rating of a strong 4 stars!! I sincerely recommend it to ALL book reviewers out there!!

About the Author


Rebecca Graf was born in Russellville, Kentucky but grew up in Dothan, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with an accounting degree. Given the chance to try her hand at writing, she began writing online articles leading to her first published book, A Gift for a Mouse. From there she ventured into romance, mystery, comedy and drama. The passion of writing was discovered. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

You can connect with Rebecca here:
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

One winner will receive a $25 Amazaon Gift Card!!
Click on the link to enter.
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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Happy Reading,

Alison