Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 244: Saint Patrick's Day Surprise Favorite Cover Giveaway!!

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!


This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

This week, I have a special SURPRISE
for St. Patrick's Day!!
Pick your favorite YA cover, enter the contest in the Rafflecopter below, and
you have a chance to WIN that book from The Book Depository!!!

Yes, this giveaway is 
Just make sure TBD delivers to
your country. You can do that HERE!!

This giveaway starts at midnight
today, 3/17/18, and ends at
midnight on 4/18/18!!!

The rules are simple.
You must be at least 13 years old,
or have permission from
your parents to enter.
You will have 48 hours to reply
to my email notification, if you're the 
winner. After that, I will choose another winner.

Here are the book covers!
Click on each to access the GR page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter!!
Thanks for entering!!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop No. 126: Favorite Children's Book Author

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @

For more information, and 
to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.

This Week's Question

Who is your favorite children's
book author and why?

(Submitted  by Kitty @ 

My Answer

I haven't read any children's books in recent years, but I do have VERY fond memories of reading some great ones! My two favorites are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, and Classic Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen. So these are also my two favorite children's books authors.

I happen to own the Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions of both books, and would like to read them again! (The B&N Collectible Edition of the Carroll book also contains Through the Looking Glass, which I have not read.) 

When I first read these books, I did so in Spanish, as a child in Cuba. I do have both books still, although, sadly, they are a bit on the worn side.....I need to locate the Lewis Carroll book, which is somewhere in my personal library. I was unable to find a picture of it online. As for the Andersen book, I DID find a picture, which you can see below.

These books gave me lots of hours of enjoyment when I was a kid. Back then, I believed the stories were all true, too. Lol. It was VERY disappointing to me when I found out that wasn't the case....But these books, along with some others that I read back then, such as condensed versions of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper, plus Little Women, really hooked me into reading for life!

These two authors really captured the "feel" of fantasy from a child's viewpoint. In the case of the Wonderland book, I immediately related to Alice, for example. Here was a little girl getting into fascinating adventures, and I totally envied her! I also felt her emotions very strongly as I read. Whenever the Queen of Hearts yelled, "Off with his head!" or "Off with her head!", I was really scared!

As for Andersen's stories, my favorites were "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes", and "The Steadfast Tin Soldier". The first and the third of these dealt with relationships of the heart. The first one featured a boy and a girl who were close friends, while the third one featured two toys who were able to feel like real, living people, and loved each other. This one has a rather sad ending, though, and I've never forgotten it. Even back then, I had some interest in romance, although I wasn't aware of it, lol.  

As for "The Emperor's New Clothes", I thought it was hysterical at the time. Beneath the humor, though, there was a very important statement about political hypocrisy. This, of course, was something I didn't catch back then. I just thought it was VERY funny for the emperor to be walking around without a stitch of clothing on! Lol.

Below you will see pictures of the B&N editions I now own, plus the Spanish translation of Andersen's stories that I originally read, and also still own.

What are your thoughts on
this topic?
If you're participating in this hop,
I'll go comment on your 
own BBH post.
If not, I will then comment on one 
of your blog posts!
Thanks for visiting!!!  

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Bitter Harvest Series, by Ann Gimpel

Welcome to this stop in the 
Bitter Harvest Series Blog Tour,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!

(Bitter Harvest, Book 4)
Ann Gimpel
Paperback, 304 pages
CreateSpace, January 19, 2018
Digital Edition, 306 pages
Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
February 5, 2018
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Synopsis:  Breaking the world is a hard act to follow. Karin’s watched magic ebb and flow over her long life. A healer by nature, as well as a wolf Shifter, she fixes what she can and buries her personal needs deep. In a race against time, she and a small group of Shifters and humans are sailing toward a gateway in the Arctic. If they can’t close it, Earth will be doomed, but getting that far is proving tricky. Daide’s a scientist, first and foremost. Once a world-renowned expert on treating cetaceans, his skills are rusty. Ten years as a Vampire altered a whole lot, and he’s still exploring his brand-new Shifter magic. Karin caught his eye before they left Ushuaia, but she seems to be in love with a dolphin Shifter. Immersed in jealousy, Daide considers walking away, but he can’t give up. The only woman he’s ever loved is worth fighting for. Consequences be damned. Vampires, Witches, high-handed gods, Kelpies, and a host of others all want either the ship or the Shifters’ magic. Even the simplest tasks develop thorny edges, and misunderstandings threaten to destroy everything.

(Bitter Harvest, Book 3)
Ann Gimpel
Paperback, 290 pages
CreateSpace, December 5, 2017
Digital Edition, 292 pages
Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
December 19, 2017
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Breaking the world is a hard act to follow. A handful of Shifters. A hardy ship. An upside-down world where evil runs rampant and none of the old rules apply. Taking a stand against the Cataclysm solved a few problems. Others rushed in to fill in the void. Recco misses his cozy lab and well-organized veterinary clinic, but ten years as a Vampire stripped him of any illusions. Life is done handing him everything he wants. He could rail against fate—which never bought him much—or suck it up and keep going. Defeating the Cataclysm broke Vampirism’s hold on him, though. Even better, it threw Zoe square in his path. When Zoe left Ireland for a visiting professorship in Wyoming, she assumed she’d be home in a year. That assumption swung around and bit her in the butt. The Cataclysm, a spell trapping her in Ushuaia for a decade, may be gone, but it left a hell of a legacy. One that’s far from done pursuing her. Darkness stalks the ship. Evil that will stop at nothing to protect itself.

(Bitter Harvest, Book 2)
Ann Gimpel
Paperback, 298 pages
CreateSpace, October 17, 2017
Digital Edition, 300 pages
Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
November 14, 2017
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Synopsis:  Breaking the world is a hard act to follow. A small group of Shifters sails south from Ushuaia, determined to assess what’s left of the world. A Vampire attack, a possessed priest, and a gateway to Hell mean that the fallout from the spell gone bad that pinned them in Ushuaia for years is far from gone. Back on a ship again, Juan reconstructs what’s always been a comfort zone. The sea is the only life he’s ever known—if you don’t count the ten years he spent as a Vampire. His new magic, fueled by a bond with a mountain cat, brings its own set of challenges, but they pale in comparison with the white-hot need knifing through him whenever Aura is anywhere close. A historian by trade, Aura deals in prophecies for her Shifter pack. Attraction for Juan ignited when they fought the Cataclysm, but she figures he left a string of broken hearts during his years as chief navigator on cruise ships. They have to work together. A self-indulgent affair could ruin everything. She does her damnedest to keep distance between them, but the ship’s not big enough to escape yearning for a future together.

(Bitter Harvest, Book 1)
Ann Gimpel
Paperback, 310 pages
CreateSpace, September 7, 2017
Digital Edition, 312 pages
Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
September 25, 2017
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

 Breaking the world is a hard act to follow. The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him. Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm. With her luck running low, Ketha turns her badly depleted magic on the Vampire assigned to lock her away and gets sucked in by her own spell. Maybe magic can’t save the world, but love might be able to salvage what’s left.

About the Author

Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the back country. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long back country treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the back country as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 56: Lost for Words, by Stephanie Butland

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!

This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Lost for Words
Stephanie Butland
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Bonnier Books, Ltd.
     April 20, 2018      
Bibliophilia, Contemporary Fiction,
Romance,Women's Fiction

About the Book

 The Lost for Words Bookshop is a compelling, irresistible, and heart-rending novel, perfect for fans of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop. 

 You can trust a book to keep your secret . . .

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look closely, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are things she'll never show you.

Fifteen years ago Loveday lost all she knew and loved in one unspeakable night. Now, she finds refuge in the unique little York bookshop where she works.

Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past. Someone is trying to send her a message. And she can't hide any longer.

Lost for Words is a compelling, irresistible and heart-rending novel, with the emotional intensity of The Shock of the Fall and all the charm of The Little Paris Bookshop and 84 Charing Cross Road.

Why I can't wait for this one!

OMG.......A book about a BOOKSTORE?! And a BOOKWORM who prefers books to people?! Heck, that was ME during my teens!! Lol. OF COURSE I WANT TO READ THIS. And I'm SO happy that I won't have to wait that long, either! This is one of those adult novels that really sounds more like an "angstsy" YA read.  PLUS I want to see how the romance fits into the story..... 'Nuff said!! 

About the Author

Stephanie Butland is a writer, who is thriving after breast cancer. (She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre.)
Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways. Now she is happier, healthier, and more careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.

Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is  a novelist.

Aside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.

She lives in Northumberland, in the northeastern part of England.

Twitter/Amazon Author Page

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 243: Into the Fire, by Elizabeth Moon

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

Into the Fire
(Vatta's Peace, Book 2)
Elizabeth Moon
Trade Paperback, 400  pages
February 6, 2018
Science Fiction, Space Opera,
Military SF, Thrillers

My Thoughts About This Cover

I first came across this absolutely STUNNING cover on one of my favorite blogs, Brainfluff, created by British SF writer S.J. Higbee. You can check out the post featuring this book HERE. It's an EXCELLENT review of the Kindle Edition of the novel! (Of course, I would be interested in acquiring the paperback edition instead!)

This cover makes me want to catch the next starship heading out of the solar system! I would LOVE to do some exploring of the planet so beautifully depicted on this cover!  I wish that I were the one standing on that hill, looking out over this beautiful valley, while various kinds of spaceships whizz by....

I don't think it's a coincidence that the author's last name, Moon, is placed almost directly over the moon rising on this alien planet. It might strike some viewers as too contrived, but I would have to disagree. I think it's quite effective. And I like the simple font used, too, as it does not distract the eye from roaming over the whole scene.

Of course, I LOVE the main color scheme here. It's such a gorgeous shade of blue-green! And the mist over the valley gives the scene a very lush, romantic feeling, too. I'm using the word "romantic" in the sense of the 19th-century literary movement -- Romanticism. This cover brings to mind the novels dealing with John Carter's adventures on Mars, in the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is a type of SF that's highly adventurous and fantastical. This particular novel, though, is classified as "space opera", as well as "military science fiction".

The cover artist has also captured a great sense of atmospheric as well as actual perspective. The hills and mountains in the distance do look as if they're farther away. Furthermore, the young woman staring out at the valley gives the viewer a sense of the scale of the various objects depicted. 

I also love the contrast between the detailed parts of the illustration, and the misty areas that are not so highly detailed. This, along with the other aspects of the cover I've already mentioned, gives the reader the feeling that they're actually looking out a window -- perhaps in one of those spaceships whizzing by -- and seeing this scene. Thus, this brilliant cover artist skillfully places the potential reader of this book right in the middle of the action!

I wish I could include some information about whoever created this incredibly AWESOME cover, but I have been unable to find out anything at all..... The Amazon preview was no help in this case, either. When I clicked on this cover in order to access the book's copyright page, the cover of the hardback edition of the book appeared instead. I tried again, this time with the Kindle edition, and the same thing happened..... Very frustrating, to say the least! We will have to content ourselves with simply admiring this beautiful cover, if only for now. When I buy this book, as I probably will, then I can come back and put in some information about the artist. (Or perhaps S.J., if she visits, can give me that information, which I will then immediately add.)

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!