Winner Takes All!!!

Hi Everyone,

Over the course of the next two months, there will be several giveaways. Today, we are going to kick off the giveaway season, with a winner takes all type of giveaway. Thanks to Kensington Publishing, below is a list of ARCs (advanced reading copies.) One lucky commenter will win all of these books!

  • It takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry
  • Stowed Away by Barbara Ross
  • Staged 4 Murder by J. C. Eaton
  • Death Over Easy by Maddie Day
  • Death by Espresso by Alex Erickson
  • Death of a Cookbook Author by Lee Hollis
  • Last Call by Allyson K. Abbott
  • Murder on Memory Lake by J. D. Griffo
  • Final Roasting Place by Devon Delaney

How to enter: Leave a comment below, telling me your favorite mystery author. Contest is open until Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced Wednesday morning. Good luck to all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner Is…

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank Kensington Publishing and everyone who took part in the Winner Takes All giveaway! The winner is… Maria Mercedes! Maria, an email has been sent with instructions to claim your prize.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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November Update

Hi Everyone,

Today, I am thrilled to announce that I am writing this first November post, from my new home. Not quite my office, yet, as that is still currently filled with boxes. However the view of the porch and Ozzy resting peacefully in my lap, is an ideal workspace. The last few weeks have been completely chaotic, but it has been completely worth it!

So here’s a quick recap of the reading end of my world:

  • The Great American Read: What an incredible finale! I think all awards show should be like this… books, readers, and authors. I was thrilled To Kill a Mockingbird won, however, I was surprised to hear it debuted at number one and never wavered. I have read that book so many times, I have lost count. Mom and I were thrilled to see several modern, teen books make it to the top 50. It means the next generation is excited to read!!! The top 5 books covered a range of genres and thankfully I had read 3 out of 5. (Yes, I still need to read the Outlander and Lord of the Rings series.)
  • As for my current reads, well sadly, I haven’t read too much lately, due to exhaustion from the move. I have been slowly working my way through the ebook version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, because it has been a long time since I have read the entire series and this year did mark the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication in the United States. Tonight, the boys and I will be curling up with a Christmas mystery, Murder in her Stocking.

How is your November going? What are you currently reading?

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GAR #5

Hi Everyone,

In last night’s Great American Read lineup, they discussed traveling to other worlds. They discussed two that I have thoroughly enjoyed, one of which I just read last month. The sad news is that next week is the final episode, however the good news is that they will be announcing the winning story on my Mom’s birthday. (Which book will win?)

Here’s what titles stood out to me last night:

Books I love:

Chronicles of Narnia series

The Martian (fantastic story of survival that I only just read last month!)

Books I want to read:

Lonesome Dove

Lord of the Rings series (I know, I know. Yes, it is true that I have never read these books.)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I see this on a lot of school reading lists now, so I am intrigued.)

How many did you read?

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GAR #4

Hi Everyone,

Last night, the Great American Read discussed love. The types of love and what would you do to protect or gain love. Below are my reading stats on the featured titles.

Books that I have loved:

Little Women (I have read this numerous times!)

Call of the Wild (Of course I am going to love a book about a man saving a wolf)

Books I did not enjoy:

The Great Gatsby (I find the narrator horribly whiny.)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen’s books have everything I should like, but I am not a fan.)

Authors that I have read:

John Green (Fault in Our Stars)

Nicholas Sparks (several titles and I saw the movie of The Notebook)

Books I want to read:

Americanah

The Joy Luck Club

What do your reading stats look like, when it comes to love?

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And the Winners are…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all who participated in the latest giveaway. Congratulations to the three lucky winners of Final Roasting Place!

B Long, Fran, and Beth Hans, you will receive your books soon, from Kensington Publishing.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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GAR #3

Hi Everyone,

Last night’s Great American Read focused on villains, which is apparently a subject that I am not well-read. I love thrillers and mysteries, but I tend to shy away from horror. (I have to be in the mood for a good scare.) So here’s my breakdown from last night’s featured books:

Series that I love:

Harry Potter

Book that I read and did not like:

Frankenstein (I really do not like the aspect of ripping apart bodies)

Book that my Mom and I want to read:

Rebecca (the passage they shared was SPOOKY. Sounds perfect for October.)

Books that I want to read:

Moby Dick (I have read passages, during my Lit classes, but I want to read the whole thing)

Gone Girl

Handmaid’s Tail (this has been on my list for a long time)

A Game of Thrones (I am waiting for the right time to start this lengthy series.)

Beloved

Alice in Wonderland (Neither Mom nor I, can remember if I ever read this book. I know the story, I have seen the movie… but did I ever read it. Or did I read a younger edited version. Hmm.)

How did you do with last night’s villains?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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Big Giveaway!!!

Hi Everyone,

This cozy mystery from Kensington Publishing was a delight! From the cute cover to the adorable characters, I am sure you will enjoy this book. So, I am excited to announce that there are 5 copies available! Yes, I said 5! Below will be information about this book and the author, along with my review. The winners will be announced on Friday night! Good luck to all!

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

About the Book:

Erno Oliveri made sure to be on set for his daughter’s cook-off appearance on Sunny Side Up with Brett and Carmell. Or as it’s now known, Sunny Side Up with Carmell and Brett—since the ambitious young Carmell seems to have the producer and station owner eating out of her hand. But the important news is that Sherry has bested the competition with her spicy toasted chickpea and almond appetizer and clinched the spatula-shaped trophy. It’s her shining moment—until everything goes dark.

A quick-moving storm has knocked out power to the studio—and when the lights come back up, Carmell is at her desk with a sharp object lodged in her neck. The weapon is an unusual tool, used by craftsmen who make hooked rugs. Has someone taken corporate backstabbing to a new level, and framed Erno in the process? If Sherry’s going to protect her dad and their family name, she has to find out where he was when the lights went out…

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And the Winner is…..

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all who participated in the Friday Giveaway! Using Random.org, the winner is:

Commenter #2! Congrats to Renee Grandinetti!

I will send you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize.

Check back here tomorrow, for the next giveaway opportunity.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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Friday Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to announce another giveaway opportunity from Kensington Publishing. Today, we are featuring A Catered Cat Wedding by Isis Crawford. Below, you will find an excerpt, my review, and giveaway! Good luck to all!

Enjoy,

~Ariesgrl

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Libby and Bernie Simmons agree to cater a wedding for Natasha and Boris, Susie Katz ‘s two Russian blue cats, the sisters think, it’s weird, but they’ve done weird before. It’s to be a small wedding, six guests only, but a deluxe one. As the date nears, Bernie and Libby begin to understand why Susie Katz is not well- loved in town. A self-made multi-millionaire, she thinks that her money entitles her to do whatever she wants to whomever she wants.
The day of the wedding dawns and, despite Bernie and Libby’s trepidations, things seem to be going well, or at least as well as can be expected, for a wedding involving a twelve- cat wedding party, not counting the bride and groom. Then someone plays a nasty practical joke as the reception is about to begin and it all goes to hell. The next thing Bernie and Libby know they’re discovering Susie’s body in the study of her recently renovated mansion. Now, they must solve her murder and solve it quickly before they’re arrested for interfering with a police investigation. But which of the guests is responsible? It has to be one of them, since Susie only invited her ‘best enemies’ to the party…

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