ARC Assembly

I am horribly horribly behind on my reviews. I know, I know…

So here is an assemblage of reviews for ARCs I have read from NetGalley.  (Have I mentioned just how awesome NetGalley is?!)

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Sin
SubTitle: A Blackthorn Brothers Novel
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQNbooks
Pub Date: 11/29/2011
ISBN: 9780373776108

This is the second installment of the Blackthorn Brothers Trilogy by Kasey Michaels. The second book follows Robin “Puck” Blackthorn. A chance encounter at a masquerade ball throws Puck deep in the middle of a plot against the crown. Joining Miss Regina Hackett, Puck learns of the seedier side of London and a little more of just what his brother Jack does for the Crown. Puck may seem a mischievous sort, but this story shows that there is much much more hiding behind his jovial smile. Personally, I think this is the best book so far though I can’t wait to read Black Jack’s story in Much Ado About Rogues when it become available.
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In Total Surrender

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Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Books
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
ISBN: 9780062017314

Andreas Merrick wants revenge at whatever cost. Miss Phoebe Pace just wants her father’s secret protected and her brother back home. When the two meet chaos ensues, literally. Phoebe proves to be tenacious in working her way under Andreas’ skin. However, secrets about his past and his connection to her brother’s disappearance might keep them apart. This was an enjoyable read with the best type of characters; the bad boy and the strong-willed heroine.

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Title: One Night in London
SubTitle: The Truth About the Duke
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Books
Pub Date: 09/01/2011
ISBN: 9780062025326

Here is another book series about brothers. While I was expecting the book to be about the older brother, I was surprised to find that it was actually the middle brother, Edward that this romance was about. Edward is the responsible one taking care of everything. So when it is discovered their inheritance might be in jeopardy, he immediately contacts the lawyers…the lawyers who just agreed to help Lady Francesca Gordon gain custody of her niece. Of course, the lawyers drop her case to pursue the more prestigious case. This causes Lady Francesca to place the blame squarely on Edward who finds himself agreeing to help her if she can staunch the new rumors. I admit to being curious about the other two brothers so I will definitely read the next books, but more than ever I hope there will be a book about Lady Francesca’s niece when she comes of age. Should be interesting. 


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Title: No One But You
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Pub Date: 10/04/2011
ISBN: 9781428511484

This Historical Romance takes place in the same world as Leigh Greenwood’s Seven Brides series. I admit to really wanting to reread the series…if I wasn’t so far behind on all my other reads. I love her books! Sarah Winborne needs a man to help take care of her land, only she can’t pay him. The only option for her is to marry someone, but with two young children to take care of, she must be picky in her choice. She didn’t mean to say the name she did, but her heart spoke for her. Wonderful book, but too bad that the seven brothers already have wives. This book takes place after Rose, but before the other brothers find wives…let’s just say I thought Sarah’s daughter would have made a good Randolph. 

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Survived and Conquered!

Special thanks to Elizabeth Muller for the nifty badge!

The A-Z Blogger Challenge is now over! It was a great experience and love all the new friends. I will admit that I am more of a silent lurker than a commenter, but I do stop by to visit.

What this means for the blog is that there might not be daily updates, but it will be more constant. My husband has challenged me to see how many words I have posted in the last month to see if they equal anywhere near novel length. Um, yeah, that means I need to get my butt in gear and make a dent in my WIP.

Stranger than Fiction (BTW that title so needs to change, but that is down the line when I have a little bit more worked out) is currently sitting at 4k words and I have decided to work on that one for a while. Plus, I have a whole bunch of digital ARCs sitting in my NetGalley inbox waiting to be read and reviewed.

Maybe the next challenge I will take up is the Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel. They should be announcing last year’s winner soon. Wonder if anyone made the cut; it’s the type of contest where sometimes no one gets the prized contract.

😉

Reader Roundup

Thought I would share some goodies with everyone today…
Once upon a time when I was an undergrad, I worked for Waldenbooks (you know, those almost extinct places known as bookstores, in fact I think that one may in fact be extinct). St the time, most of my paycheck went towards supporting my reading habit. As a librarian, this habit continues. In fact, I tend to bring home more than I could possibly read and end up sending it all back or adding my name back to the hold lists. This doesn’t stop me from wanting more books. The cheaper the better.
How can it get any better than free?
NetGalley is a website that connects book reviewers and librarians with publishers in want of reviews for their books. They only provide digital copies of the books, but these range from already release to already on the market. We aren’t talking no name companies either, these are big name authors and publishers. Some titles are available for immediate download and others have a more stringent approval system. It is worth checking out. In fact many of the books you have seen reviewed on this blog have come from NetGalley.
LibraryThing and Goodreads are both websites that offer free books to their members in the form of contests. Think of it as placing your name in a hat and crossing your fingers that you will be picked. Many of these titles have hundreds of people vying for only a handful of copies; so your chances of winning are close to that of winning the lottery. I have known people who have received copies, so it can happen.
Remember that if you request a copy of a book for review purposes that you should actually review it. Failure to do so may not only hurt your chances or working with that publisher again, but also for other reviews.
You also might want to try some author stalking. NO! Put down the binoculars! I don’t mean that kind of stalking! Check out the author’s website. If they have a blog, follow it. Hang on their every tweet, just don’t become an annoying gnat (you know the bug that buzzes annoyingly non-stop in your ear, get the idea?). You never know when there might be an impromptu giveaway directly from the author or their publicist.
A lot of book blogs also give away their Advance Readers Copies (ARCs) to followers and those that comment on their posts. (Sorry, this blog, does not yet host giveaways. Digital ARCs,yeah, non-transferable. But keep posted cause you never know when that might change). I find a lot of ARCs to give to my teen reviewers at the library by keeping an eye on the list-serves and blog rolls. Here are some websites I know of that offer free book contests, both ARCs and published:
Free Book Friday
Writerspace
Dead Rules Giveaways to Support Teen Reading
If you know of any other interesting places to get free books or ARCs, post the, to the comments below. Happy Reading!

Christmas in April

Well looks like I have already failed the challenge. Why did I think Saturdays didn’t count either? Does it count that I caught this fact early in the game?

Anyway, I got home from work today to find a nice little padded envelope from one of my favorite publishers, HarperCollins. Awesomeness often comes in small packages because an Advance Reader Copy of Kiersten White’s Supernaturally was inside the envelope. I am very excited to read and review the title. You may remember that her first book Paranormalcy was the first ever #bktweetlet. Keep posted for the review, I am thinking it would make a great addition for S.

If you are a book blogger or librarian, you may also want to check out NetGalley for other great titles to read and review.