Friday, July 2, 2010

Asheville Bound!

Just a quick note to let you guys know that my husband and I are heading off to Asheville to spend the holiday weekend with some of our closest friends. Despite my sinus infection, I am determined to have a fantastical weekend! If by any chance you guys need to contact me, please feel free to e-mail me at I have this account connected to my Blackberry, so I can receive and send messages while I'm away. Do NOT hesitate to e-mail me guys, I love hearing from you!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend. I'll be back late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Blog Hop & Follow [My Book Blog] Friday

This is a weekly event hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. It's a chance to discover new blogs and to garner new readers for your blog as well.

NEW THIS WEEK!! Tell us your name & answer the question - "Why did you start your blog?"

For those of you that don't know (or didn't figure out), my name is Missy. I guess the best and easiest way to explain why I started a blog is I'm very passionate about things I love - especially books - and my husband was getting really tired of hearing about books constantly. In his defense, I do read too much, so he was hearing it ALL the time. ;) With this blog, I not only get to share my thoughts on books, but I also get to share book-news with others that care ... and, the best part is I get to meet a lot of people that share my passion for books.

Ready to join in on the Hop? Click here to share your link to your blog!

It's Week Three of Follow My Book Blog Friday, hosted by Parajunkee's View. Want to get more people to follow your blog? Want to find awesome fellow bloggers? Be sure to head over to Parajunkee's post to check out a Featured Blogger, as well as the blog hop!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Official Eclipse Movie Release Day

That's right ... today is the release day of one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2010 for me. I was going to wait until this afternoon to watch the movie with my husband, but my best friend asked if I would go with her to the local drive-in here ... and who could resist that? Especially when my husband told me I needed to go to make up for the midnight release of New Moon at the drive-in last year (it was fogged out and I had to wait three days to see it). So, off we went with her husband and sisters. You guys, I have to say that Eclipse was my absolute favorite. While 30 Days Of Night was good, I was so skeptical of its director doing a paranormal movie basely made for teens (and tweens) as well as adults. I will never doubt again. And the actors? I thought Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson both added more depth to their characters. All of the other actors were just as good and I'm so glad that we had more face time from the Cullen clan -- especially Jasper. Jackson Rathbone, I tip my hat off to you! He really brought Jasper alive for me and I'm so glad to finally hear Jasper's southern accent come through. For the most part, the movie covered most of my favorite scenes from the book. Of course there were things that I wish were different and/or included. However, it was only a two-hour long movie and there was no way they could have covered 600+ pages of material in that length of time without getting choppy and confusing. As it was, the transition from one scene to another was almost flawless. As my favorite Twilight book, I have to say that the adaptation lived up to my expectations. Best yet!!

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Want to participate?
Go here!

Almost to Die For (Vampire Princess of St. Paul, Book 1)
by Tate Hallaway
256 Pages
Published by NAL Trade
Release Date August 3, 2010

On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker's present winds up being the shock of a lifetime. When her mom referred to her absentee dad as a deadbeat it was actually half true -- he's a vampire. And a king, no less. A king who wants his daughter to assume her rightful position at his side. But, thanks to Ana's mother, the blood of a witch also runs through her veins....

Too bad vampires and witches are mortal enemies.

With her parents gearing up for an all out brawl over her destiny, Ana's about ready to scream. But things get even crazier when a male witch and a brooding bad boy vampire start vying for her affection. Then the barely leashed tension between the vampires and the witches starts to boil over, and Ana has to figure out once and for all if she wants to become heir to her dad's throne. And deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

I've heard of this author and her Garnet Lacey series - which have been given good ratings by those that I have asked. As you guys know, I am loving some vampires and have for quite some time (well over a decade). So, I'm definitely looking forward to this one. That, and it sounds slightly like another book I've read and adored. I think that's more fun -- to read similar books and see the different directions that authors can take it!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

· 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 author and title, too, so that the other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

"Let's just kiss for a while."
"Mmm, okay for a little while."
And I kissed her right on the mouth. I expected to feel something, like when I'd changed the other night. But nothing.
"Ick, Kyle. You feel so hairy. You need to shave."
I scrambled away from her, trying to stay between her and the window. "No, I didn't shave today. I told you I've been sick."

Happy Release Day!

The day is finally here ... it's time to read Gideon's story! Today is the official release day of the sixth book in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Lie.

In part of my celebration, I have posted a promotional post on Gena's other books, as well as posting my very first giveaway! For your chance to win either a copy of this book or two others in the Lords of the Underworld series, click HERE to be redirected to the post. Contest ends midnight EST on July 10th, so enter now! Good luck!

In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth….

Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . .

Can't wait for my contest to end to read this book? Follow one of the links to purchase your copy! But still enter my contest to win another one of the books!! ;)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Get To Know: Gena Showalter (& Giveaway)

For a Monday, I'm pretty happy. I have two reasons for this. The first is you guys ... my faithful and my brand new followers. I came home after a long weekend to over 80 followers, which I think is amazing. I started this blog as a hobby and some way to talk out about books I've read because my husband is tired of hearing my banter. I never expected for others to actually like my posts and follow my blog. So, thank you all for making me feel special!

The second reason? The Darkest Lie is released tomorrow!! After all of my chatter about Gena and her Lords of the Underworld series, this probably doesn't surprise you. ;)

Since I'm trying to do new things with this blog, I thought I'd start with a shameless promotion post for Gena's books. After all, this blog is solely about all things book-related ... and what good would it be if I didn't promote my favorite author(s) and their books? So, here's the deal. I'm going to post a little 411 about Gena and her books, then I'm going to take it one step further. To celebrate the release of Gena's new books and my followers, I'm going to host my FIRST GIVEAWAY. Great, right?! The details of the giveaway will be at the end of this post.

Gena Showalter started her writing career at the age of 27 with the publication of her first book, The Stone Prince, in 2004. Six years later, Gena has well over two dozen books in her arsenal, not including the several anthologies she has contributed to over the years.

From eHarlequin:

Gena Showalter has always believed in love. An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own and is now the author of sexy paranormal romances, including The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave and Heart of the Dragon. She is also the author of Awaken Me Darkly, the first in the darkly seductive Alien Huntress series. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning will find a new favorite in Showalter. Her wildly sensual page-turners have mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex, a combination sure to enthrall.
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Gena's Books

Series: The Lords of The Underworld
First Published: 2008

He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man.

She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman.

Together they will enter the flames to battle a horde of demon lords -- and discover a passion unlike any other...

Discover the origin of the dimOuniak and the demon spirits trapped within.

Series: Imperia
First Published: 2004

A love as bright as the stars and enduring as stone...

Katie James is unlucky in love---so unlucky she's been reduced to kissing the marble statue in her own garden. But her luck changes when the statue warms to life in her arms---and turns out to be a hunk straight out of any woman's fantasy! Well, almost...Jorlan en Sarr hails from a distant planet and like all the other men Katie's known, he comes with a lot of baggage.

A cursed warrior with a lover's magic touch...

Entombed in his stony skin for centuries, Jorlan has been waiting for a maiden fair to break the spell. Yet this statuesque beauty with the will of an Amazon and kisses like flame is a far cry from the obedient damsels of Imperia. And though Jorlan is tempted to abandon all for the sake of Katie, unless he can convince her to give him her heart in two weeks' time, he'll be turned back to stone. And she'll be lost to him forever.

Series: Alien Huntress
First Published: 2006



In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department, and she's the perfect girl for the job. Tough and sexy, she's earned each of her scars battling the elusive enemy among us. Now, investigating a series of killings, she is shaken to the core when a burst of violence leaves her partner Dallas fighting for his life. A tall, erotic stranger holds the power to heal the injured agent -- and to bind Mia in an electrifying and dangerous seduction. He is Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species -- an alien, a murder suspect -- who has Mia walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. . . and edging closer to a shocking revelation that will shatter everything she's ever believed.

Series: Atlantis
First Published: 2005

Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame.

But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders.

Now Grace's life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis's fiercest dragon.

Series: Tales of An Extraordinary Girl
First Published: 2006

Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye!

It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning I'm waking up with this total hottie bending over me. He tells me:

1) his name's Rome Masters,

2) he's a government agent and

3) I can control the four elements with a thought.

He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am…. Because now he'll have to kill me.

Series: Intertwined
First Published: 2009

There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now, they’re causing him all kinds of trouble.

Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he’ll change the future. Or, he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, for as long as he’s with her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late. . .

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own and a vampire princess Aden can’t resist. Two romances, both forbidden. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

For other books by Gena Showalter that are NOT part of a series, click here.

Now, for my giveaway! Since I am promoting Gena, it's only right that I give away one of her books. I like choices and I hate being one of those people that tell you exactly what to read, so I'm going to give you three choices.

Your prize choices:
  • The Darkest Lie - Latest release if you've read the other LoTU books.
  • Dark Beginnings -Three LoTU stories including the first, The Darkest Fire.
  • Into the Dark - Two LoTU stories (Darkest Fire, Darkest Prison), One Atlantis story (Amazon's Curse) and a LoTU bonus guide! I especially love the Lords interviews in this one!
The rules are simple:
1. Since this is a giveaway celebrating followers, you have to be a follower.
2. If you want some extra entries, then all you have to do is promote. My blog, Gena Showalter, Gena's books ... anything relative to this post.
3. You have to live somewhere that Book Depository ships.
4. Do NOT forget to fill out the form below ... it's how you're entered in the contest!
5. Please have entries in by midnight EST on Saturday, July 10th.
*TIP!: If you enter a lot of contests and follow a lot of blogs, leaving a comment on giveaway posts helps. That way, you know where you have been and where you haven't. =)

To enter, fill out THIS FORM! [Form taken down. Contest officially closed. Thanks to all those that participated!!]

EDIT: Not a lot of people know my favorite Lord and I want you guys to get as many points as possible to help your chances of winning. So, here's a hint ... if you've been a follower for the past month or so, you already know who my favorite Lord is. ;)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly event - hosted by the wonderful Sheila - to share what we are reading this week, as well as what we read the previous week. Feel free to share in on the fun, or just click on the link to see what others are reading!

How's my reading going?

I finished Blood Promise and started Poison Study, but didn't get too far. Not much free time to do much last week and probably the same for this week. This is always a busy time for me!

What did I finish last week?

Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead - It's finished and I am getting more addicted to this series! YA is definitely one of those series I don't regret starting.

What do I plan on reading this week?

Spirit Bound, by Richelle Mead - I don't have much free time this week, but I do want to finish this and maybe one of my early reviews as well.

How is YOUR reading going?
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