Thursday, August 25, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? Book Giveaway Linky - 8/25

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Choice of Book From List ends 9/5
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-follower-gratitude-giveaway-4.html

After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - August 24, 2011


I just noticed that this didn't post today - got saved as a draft! =( Here it is - better late than never right?

This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the line you are currently reading! **Remember to alert to Spoilers**
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

"In 1950, a Philadelphia toy company came out with a new accessory for electric-train enthusiasts: snap-together kits of plastic buildings for a place it called Plasticville, U.S.A." Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel
So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Winners To Announce!

Thanks so much to everyone that entered to win Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer! Without further ado...the Winners are:

Congrats to you! Winners were selected using Random.org!

Don't forget to enter to win the Fantastic Follower Gratitude Giveaway - 4 winners!




What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? Book Giveaway Linky - 8/18

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Choice of Book From List ends 9/5
Your URL:http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-follower-gratitude-giveaway-4.html
After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - August 17, 2011


I just noticed that this didn't post today - got saved as a draft! =( Here it is - better late than never right?

This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the line you are currently reading! **Remember to alert to Spoilers**
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

"I opened my eyes" Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

Book Description: A thriller that explores reincarnation, Jane Was Here follows a mysterious young woman, who calls herself Jane, who turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in the town, yet she has never been there before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town's inhabitants. As Jane's memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide. A centuries-old mystery will resolve, and karma will claim its due.

About the Author: Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and a Half Weeks, Impromptu, Sommersby, and What Lies Beneath. She also directed her film All I Wanna Do, starring Kirsten Dunst. Jane Was Here is her second novel. She lives in New York City with her husband, director James Lapine.


Here's What I Think: This book is another slow starter but really grabs your curiousity by about page 80. I am struggling a little with my review of this book because I don't like to give the plot away in any book and I can't really talk about it without doing just that. This story is a real mystery and very thrilling. I spent a lot of time thinking "Wait...what?" just as I thought I had it all figured out, I was proven wrong. It is a great story, written sort of in the style of a movie -probably because the author is also a screenwriter.

WIN IT!! - ONE Very Lucky BMWL2R Reader will get a copy of Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

Mandatory Entry: Become a GFC Follower of BMWL2R (see sidebar) Please include your email address (anti-spam version okay) in your comment.

Extra Entries: PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY. You must complete the Mandatory Entry for your extra entries to count.

'Like' BMWL2R on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter @1outnumberedmom
Blog about this giveaway 5 extra entries (leave a separate comment for each entry)

Open to US Residents ONLY. GOOD LUCK!

This Giveaway will end on August 29th at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected the following day and have 48 hours to respond to the email notification.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Book Description: This is an intriguing YA urban fantasy in the tradition of Holly Black and Wicked Lovely. Set in New Zealand, Ellie's main concerns at her boarding school are hanging out with her best friend Kevin, her crush on the mysterious Mark, and her paper deadline. That is, until a mysterious older woman seems to set her sights on Kevin, who is Maori, and has more than just romantic plans for him. In an effort to save him, Ellie is thrown into the world of Maori lore, and eventually finds herself in an all-out war with mist dwelling Maori fairy people called the patupaiarehe who need human lives to gain immortality.
The strong, fresh voice of the narrator will pull readers in, along with all the deliciously scary details: the serial killer who removes victim's eyes; the mysterious crazy bum who forces a Bible on Ellie telling her she needs it; handsome, mysterious Mark who steals the Bible from her and then casts a forgetting charm on her. All of this culminates in a unique, incredible adventure steeped with mythology, Maori fairies, monsters, betrayal, and an epic battle.



About the Author: Karen Healey is a New Zealander living in Australia. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She's writing a dissertation on the fan culture of American superhero comics, but her real expertise lies in discerning which of the Birds of Prey is objectively the most awesome (it's a tie between Oracle and the Huntress).

Here's What I Think: I can always go for a YA sci-fi book and this was a great one! This book is an interesting mix of mythology and romance that keeps you turning the pages to find out just what will happen to Ellie next despite it's slightly slow beginning. Not really a knock to the book as it has become my understanding that books that take place in an "alternate" yet "parallel" universe (set in what we know as the real world with the addition of something totally unreal like fairies) tend to require a bit more stage setting so that you can understand what's happening. As with most books in this genre, there isn't anything hugely ground shaking or life changing in the story, its merely an entertaining bit of literature that I read and didn't feel that I wasted my precious reading time - which in my opinion is saying a lot!

*BTW I usually can find the same cover art as the one that I read, but for some reason I just can't find a digital image that matches mine, so if you are like me a often scan the bookstore shelves for the cover art more than the title - be aware, it might not look like the above image.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? Book Giveaway Linky - 8/11

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BWG2SM Bring Back Beatrice! By Jennifer Griffin ends 4/15
Your URL: http://sapphirereads.blogspot.com/2011/01/interiew-and-giveaway-said-spider-by.html


After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fantastic Follower Gratitude Giveaway (4 Winners)


I am so pleased to see that so many of you stuck by me and my blog during my unexpected hiatus during the pregnancy. To show my immense gratitude I am hosting one of my exciting Fantastic Follower Gratitude Giveaway!

This is how is works:

I will pick FOUR (4) winners. Each winner will be allowed to pick a book from the list below - the first winner will be able to pick TWO! I will pick the winners using random.org but I will keep it in order, so the first random number generated gets the first pick, and so on.

The absolute best part of this giveaway is that you DO NOT have to be a follower to enter to win (although you do get more points if you do, because let's face, I have love for the followers)

All of these books are my personal copies, but did come from various publishers or I won them on other sites. Some are ARCs so they don't have the published covers and/or ISBNs. They have all been read once, and trust me when I say, very well cared for. I am a bit of a neatnik when it comes to my books!


So without further ado here are the books up for grabs!


As an added bonus I will add another title to the list for every 50 followers that are added between now and when the giveaway ends. As of the original date of this post I have 739 GFC followers.

  1. Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom
  2. To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
  3. The Life O'Reilly by Brian Cohen
  4. The Devil's Sword by Douglas E. Richards
  5. Bending Towards the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
  6. Oogy by Larry Levin
  7. Out of the Transylvania Night by Aura Imbarus
  8. Perfection by Julie Metz
  9. The Mommy Files by Jen Klein
  10. Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione 



So here is how you can win:



Mandatory Entry:

Tell me which TWO books you would pick if you win - along with your email address so that I can contact you if you win (open to US residents only, no PO Boxes)(you must do this one first or I will be forced to remove all of your entries)


Get More Entries: (LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY) (by "old" I mean prior to today, and please leave a separate comment for each of your three points for being an oldie but goodie!)

If you are an old  GFC follower +3
Become a  new Follower of Busy Moms Who Love to Read using Google Friends Connect (see sidebar) +1
If you are an old follower on Twitter +3
Become a new Follower on
Twitter @1outnumberedmom +1
If you are an old fan on Facebook +3
Become a new Facebook Fan (see sidebar) +1

Add a post to your own blog about this giveaway (include a link to your post in your comment) +8


I wish you the best of luck! All entries but be received by 11:59pm PST on September 5, 2011 to be counted.


Disclaimer: Although I did receive free copies of these books for review (Thanks to several different publishing houses
) or as prizes, I was in no other way compensated to post this review.

If you are an author or publisher and you would like for me to review your book, please contact me directly: polsen11[at]comcast[dot]net


Thursday, August 4, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? Book Giveaway Linky - 8/4

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BWG2SM Bring Back Beatrice! By Jennifer Griffin ends 4/15
Your URL: http://sapphirereads.blogspot.com/2011/01/interiew-and-giveaway-said-spider-by.html


After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Thanks so much to everyone that entered to win Silver Girl by Elin HilderBrand! Without further ado...the Winners are:

 

Thanks so much to everyone who entered to win The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox. The winner is...

Sherry
Congrats to you! Winners was selected using Random.org!




Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - August 3, 2011


I just noticed that this didn't post today - got saved as a draft! =( Here it is - better late than never right?

This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
What's the next book in your TBR Pile?
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

The Blood Promis by Richelle Mead

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??