Saturday, October 25, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED
A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery
BY MAIA CHANCE

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she’ll need more than a bit of charm…

1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady’s maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White’s cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead—poisoned by an apple—the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene.

To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she’ll have to break a cunning killer’s spell before her own time runs out…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maia Chance writes historical mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She is the author of the Fairy Tale Fatal and The Discreet Retrieval Agency series, and her first mystery, Snow White Red-Handed, will be released in November 2014 by Berkley Prime Crime.

Maia is a candidate for the Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. This means that the exploits of Fairy Tale Fatal’s heroine, variety hall actress Ophelia Flax, were dreamt up while Maia was purportedly researching 19th-century American literature and fairy tale criticism. The Discreet Retrieval Agency series was born of Maia’s fascination with vintage shoes, automobiles, and cocktails combined with an adoration of P. G. Wodehouse and chocolate.

Upcoming titles include Come Hell or Highball (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and Cinderella Six Feet Under (Berkley Prime Crime, 2015). Maia lives in Seattle, where she shakes a killer martini, grows a mean radish, and bakes mocha bundts to die for.

BOOKS COMING SOON FROM MAIA CHANCE:

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GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF 
SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
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--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
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COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

 
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 12
  GOOD LUCK!

Friday, October 24, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? MR. MIRACLE: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S 
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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MR. MIRACLE
Read by Elyse Mirto
BY DEBBIE MACOMBER

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19.

In addition, Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels,Mrs. MiracleCall Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popularBlossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

SOME OTHER HOLIDAY BOOKS BY DEBBIE MACOMBER: 


MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
MR. MIRACLE, by best-selling author Debbie Macomber, is her Christmas story for this year. Following her success with the past holiday "Miracle" stories, MR. MIRACLE is reminiscent of "It's a Wonderful Life" when an angel, Harry Mills, is sent to earth to help Angie Folsom. Harry plays the part of a professor in order to try to give Addie help as she returns home to rebuild her life. Of course, there is a love interest to warm up the holiday spirit. Harry is charming as is the whole story. What makes Debbie Macomber so successful with all she does is how she draws readers into the story. Her descriptive setting and well developed characters allow readers to create a mental image and thus feel part of the story. I think MR. MIRACLE is a great way to get in the holiday mood. I do wish I had waited a few weeks to read this book when weather is cooler, curled up with a hot cup of cocoa, but even so I did start thinking Christmas along with my iced tea as I read and enjoyed MR. MIRACLE.


GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS FASCINATING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE 

--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT 
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE 
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT MR. MIRACLE THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON DEBBIE MACOMBER'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 12
GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS
BY SOPHIE KINSELLA
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!

Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention—suddenly Becky has everything she’s ever wanted.

Or does she?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.


SOME OTHER BOOKS BY SOPHIE KINSELLA:
                     
                     
                      
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS, #7 in the Shopaholic Series, by the ever delightful Sophie Kinsella is a breath of fresh air. Of course with SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS being set in Los Angeles, there may also be a bit of smog and paparazzi to get through, but Kinsella forges ahead and triumphs again! As a Kinsella fan, I know when I want an easy, light, and fun chick-lit book, she won't disappoint. While not all of this series were quite up to par, I believe readers should take them with a grain of salt (perhaps rimmed around a chilled Margarita glass--this IS Hollywood after all!) and just enjoy a few hours for fun! If you are looking for serious narrative with great depth, you are in the wrong section of the bookstore! 

In #7, Becky (Bloomwoood) Brandon joins hubby Luke and moves to LaLa Land with bitty dynamo daughter Minnie. Becky believes she is finally where she was always meant to be. Luke is handling the career of a famous actress, Sage Seymour, and Becky sees her chance to become part of the excitement. With her background in fashion, aka shopping, she feels it is her fate to become the personal stylist to the stars, and why not start with Sage Seymour? However, as fans will not be surprised, problems arise for Becky and she must decide if she can balance work and those she loves. Luke loves Becky but even he has his limits! And what about Becky's friends and family? Will they put up with one more fashion fiasco? With ever delightfully developed characters, Sophie Kinsella once more has brought her fans what they love--a novel with fun but also with heart. 
GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS DELIGHTFUL AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE

SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON SOPHIA KINSELLA'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 5
GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
OCTOBER 24, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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A DEADLY WANDERING
BY MATT RICHTEL
THE WINNER IS:
#104 Mary Brandis
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ONE KICK
A KICK LANNIGAN MYSTERY
BY CHELSEA CAIN
THE WINNER IS:
#22 Carol N Wong
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A MIDWINTER'S TAIL
A Magical Cats Mystery
BY SOFIE KELLY
THE WINNER IS:
#102 Karen B
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THE DISTANCE
Read by Rachel Atkins
BY HELEN GILTROW
THE WINNER IS:
#1 Steve Capell
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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HARLOW
A League of Literary Ladies Mystery
BY KYLIE LOGAN
THE WINNER IS:
#122 Lisa Brown
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 LITERALLY MURDER
A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery
BY ALI BRANDON
THE WINNER IS:
#54 traveler
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LANDLINE
Read by Rebecca Lowman
BY RAINBOW ROWELL
THE WINNER IS:
#41 Linda Kish
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GOSSAMER GHOST 
A Scrapbooking Mystery
BY LAURA CHILDS
THE WINNER IS:
#4 holdenj
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PICKED TO DIE
A Orchard Mystery
BY SHEILA CONNOLLY
THE WINNER IS:
#77 petite
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THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE
BY CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
THE WINNER IS:
#53 Margie
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DOGHOUSE
A GIN & TONIC MYSTERY
BY L. A. KORNETSKY
THE WINNER IS:
#111 Sue Farrell
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ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE
A Magic Potion Mystery
BY HEATHER BLAKE
THE WINNER IS:
#164 cyn209
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SIDNEY SHELDON'S CHASING TOMORROW: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

SIDNEY SHELDON’S
CHASING TOMORROW 
BY TILLY BAGSHAWE
  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon’s most popular and enduring heroine—Tracy Whitney of If Tomorrow Comes—returns in a sensational sequel full of passion, suspense, and breathtaking twists.

Tracy Whitney never thought she wanted to settle down. With her suave and handsome partner, Jeff Stevens, she’d been responsible for some of the world’s most astounding heists, relishing the danger and intensity of life on the wild side. But there is still one thing missing from Tracy’s perfect life: a baby.

At first “going straight” feels like a new adventure. But as the months pass and Tracy’s longed for pregnancy doesn’t happen, she finds herself yearning for the adrenaline rush of the old days.  When a mysterious and beautiful stranger enters their lives, Tracy and Jeff’s once unbreakable partnership is suddenly blown wide open. Jeff wakes one morning to find Tracy gone, vanished without a trace.

For more than a decade, a broken Jeff struggles to carry on knowing Tracy is out there somewhere. But the rest of the world believes Tracy Whitney is dead . . . until a series of murders leads a tenacious French detective to her doorstep. Eleven victims, in ten different cities, over nine years—all of the cities where Tracy pulled off some of her most brilliant capers. Someone is targeting her, manipulating a series of disturbing events and raising terrifying ghosts she thought were dead and buried.

Once again, this clever woman finds herself out on the edge, playing the odds in a desperate game of roulette. But this time, she’s got everything to lose—including the man she cannot forget.

Tomorrow has come at last. But it isn’t the future Tracy bargained for . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tilly Bagshawe is the international bestselling author of nine previous novels.

A single mother at seventeen, Tilly won a place at Cambridge University and took her baby daughter with her. Now married to an American and a mother of four, Tilly and her family divide their time between the bright lights of Los Angeles and the peace and tranquility of a sleepy Cotswold village.

Before her first book, Adored, became an international smash hit, Tilly had a successful career in the City. Later, as a journalist, she contributed regularly to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Evening Standard before turning her hand to novels, following in the footsteps of her sister Louise. These days, whenever she's not writing or on a plane, Tilly's life mostly revolves around the school run, boy scouts and Peppa Pig.

SIDNEY SHELDON: A master storyteller, Sidney Sheldon garnered international praise and recognition the world over. The winner of an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award, Sheldon has over 200 television scripts, twenty-five major motion pictures, six Broadway plays, eighteen novels (which have sold over 300 million copies) and one memoir to his credit, ranking him as one of the world's most prolific writers. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007. His legacy in books lives on with author Tilly Bagshawe.

SOME OTHER SIDNEY SHELDON BOOKS BY TILLY BAGSHAWE:
                       
                         

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
In SIDNEY SHELDON’S CHASING TOMORROW author Tilly Bagshawe has once again given readers a page turner true to the form that so many of Sheldon’s fans always loved. Her excellent character development and the way she brings readers into the story makes for a pleasurable read. Yes, there are some twists and turns but the narrative overall is easy to follow and just plain fun. So often, of late, I have read wonderful books but had to work SO hard to get through them. It was nice to read CHASING TOMORROW and get enjoyment out of it without having to labor so much. 

With Tracy Whitney returning from IF TOMORROW COMES, I was already familiar with the character and she brought with her as many thrills and as much excitement as before in this sequel. Mind you, you do not have to have read IF TOMORROW COMES to enjoy CHASING TOMORROW as it easily stands alone. It was quite a kick to see Tracy and her husband/former partner, Jeff, trying to turn over a new leaf and lead a normal life. They even decided to try and start a family. 

However, when things don’t fall into place as planned, Tracy takes off and the real excitement does as well. Where has Tracy gone? Can she still be alive after all this time? Is she the one involved in a string of serial killings going on all over the world? Perhaps Tracy might possibly be the next one to be on the killer’s list. How Tracy falls into this major twist and what she does about it, will keep you turning pages and this light and quick read will entertain you and have you waiting for the next adventure with this character. Perhaps Tracy's tomorrow has finally come...but you will have to read CHASING TOMORROW to find out!
GIVEAWAY
 
 THANKS TO KATHERINE AND THE FOLKS
AT HARPER COLLINS, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF SIDNEY SHELDON'S
CHASING TOMORROW TO GIVE
 AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE

SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT SIDNEY SHELDON'S CHASING TOMORROW THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON TILLY BAGSHAWE'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 5
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