Friday, August 21, 2009

Review and Giveaway: I Can See You by Karen Rose

I Can See You by Karen Rose

rating: 4.5/5.0

New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose delivers her latest pulse-pounding suspense novel, where the line between the virtual world and everyday reality blurs when it comes to murder.

Eve Wilson's face was once scarred by a vicious assault. Terrified and ashamed, she escaped to the online realm, where she could choose the face she allowed people to see. Years later, her outer scars faded and inner scars buried, Eve has fought her way back to the real world and is determined to help others do the same. Now a graduate student moonlighting as a bartender, Eve researches the addictive powers of online communities. When her test subjects begin turning up dead as a result of apparent suicides, she doesn't know where to turn.

Homicide detective Noah Webster is one of the few people who believe the victims are connected murders. Eve becomes Noah's online guide and realizes that the handsome detective may have secret scars as painful as her own. As Eve and Noah chase a killer who is always one step ahead of them, together they try to overcome the tragedies of their pasts and learn to trust again, but they soon discover that danger is much closer than they think.
Wow what a wonderful thrill ride. It doesn't start slow at all and the speed to picks up along the way just about leaves you breathless. The suspense is great, the killer evil, the heroine tough yet in need of saving and the hero, very hot, capable and has a few demons of his own. All of this adds up to another great romantic suspense by Karen Rose.

I loved the characterization, the use of the online world the suspense and of course the cops of the Hat Squad - I can't wait to read more about them. Eve's character debuts in Don't Tell which I have not read, but I don't feel that I missed anything. I will make a point to go back and read that now, but I don't think you have to to read this first installment in Karen Rose's Hat Squad series.

Binding: Hardcover
On-sale Date: August 5, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 496

Thanks to Miriam Parker at Hachette books I have one copy of this wonderful romantic suspense to give away. Contest will be open through August 29th. US and Canada residents only please, no P.O. boxes. Please enter by:

  1. Commenting on my blog, make sure I have a way to contact you. (+1)
  2. Become a blog follower or let me know if you are already a follower (+1)
  3. Tell me any other Karen Rose books you have read and enjoyed (+1)
  4. Tweet about this review and giveaway, use @cfulcher in the tweet so I can find it (+1)
  5. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you are a current follower) (+1)
  6. Blog about this contest and let me know the link (sidebar or post is fine) (+1)
So there you go - 6 ways to get an entry into this contest. You can leave them in separate posts or one post, it doesn't matter, I will make sure you get your entries, just make sure to let me know what you do.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

From the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Website:

Announcing the Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week September 14-18, 2009

Last year over 400 blogs came together to celebrate the art of book blogging during the first ever Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I am so pleased to announce that the second annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be taking place September 14-18.

WHO Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate. In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week!
WHAT A week where we come together, celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recogonizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
WHEN September 14-18, 2009
WHERE Here at the new Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blog! (Please note that this year there are three separate blogs and feeds—one for the main event, one for giveaways, and one for awards.)
WHY Because books matter. In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word. I, Amy, the founder of Book Blogger Appreciation Week love this community of bloggers and want to shower my appreciation on you!

Please help us spread the word about Book Blogger Appreciation Week by posting about it on your blog, stumbling this post, twittering about it, and telling everyone you know that it’s time to have a party and celebrate book bloggers!

I'm joining in this year and you should join in too!

But wait!! We don’t want those of you who didn’t participate to feel left out, so if you didn’t participate last year, how about these questions?

They asked some questions on the website and here are my answers - I'm a newbie to the week:

1) What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?
Contact with wonderful authors and publicists, comments from readers, knowing there are so many others out there that have a passion for reading makes me feel great!

2) What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?
J Kaye's Book Blog is one of the ones who has inspired me. Also Books and Needlepoint and all my regular commenters.

3) What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?
What can I do as a new blogger to help make the week successful?

Friday Finds (Aug. 21)

Friday Finds is hosted over on Should Be Reading. It's all about what great books you have heard about/discovered in the past week. Here is my entry, and head over to the Should Be Reading Blog to read others and find books to add to your TBR pile!

So here are a few of my finds:

1. The Ghostwriter by John Harwood - seen at Melody's Reading Corner for her best recent read answer for Booking Through Thursday. I immediately put this on reserve at the library.

2. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks - seen at Everything Distills Into Reading as the Booking Through Thursday best recent read post. Another one I have reserved at the library.

3. Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart - seen at Word Lily - another Booking Through Thursday post.

So check out these books and these bloggers. What did you find this week?

Book Arrival: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

I received this from

Through the honeymoon and then the challenges of Elizabeth assuming the role of Mistress of Pemberley, the Fitzwilliams' passion and love for each other grows. To Lizzy's delight, Darcy's sister, Georgiana, returns home just as Christmas preparations are underway, but all is not calm -- the marquis of Orman, whom Elizabeth first encounters at the Twelfth Night Ball, has sinister intentions.

I have a current addiction to all things Austen (as you can see as this is the second P&P type book I've gotten this week). I will be posting soon about joining the Everything Austen challenge.

I wanted this one because I heard good things about the second one in the series, but me being the type of person that I am, can't skip straight to the second one so I went to PBS and requested this and got it quickly. Can't wait to start reading it.

Book Arrival: Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer

Darcy's Story (Pride and Prejudice told from a whole new perspective) by Janet Aylmer

I received this from Paperbackswap.

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma--his thoughts, feelings, and notivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior...until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer lovingly retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of the world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a tryly gifted storyteller.
This was a recent Friday Find and I was thrilled to see that Paperbackswap had it. I now need to join the Everything Austen challenge since I seem to be interested in all these different tellings/additions to Pride and Prejudice.