Monday, April 5, 2010

Some Giveaways I have come across

For those of you who love to win books (and if your reading book blogs, who doesn't).  Here are some contests I have come across that you might want to enter.  I'll try to post some links every few days of new ones I come across.

From Picador Books (a division of Macmillan):
ends April 14 

There are always great giveaways at plus sign up for their great email newsletter (once a week) for a great preview of upcoming books and new releases:

Princess Bookie also has a ton of giveaways running this week and on Saturday during the Read-a-thon so check out her wonderful blog to enter. 

You Wish Mega Contest at author Mandy Hubbard's Blog - lots of great things being given away so check it out. 

Toni at A Circle of Books is offering 3 copies of the audiobook of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith from Hachette Books (ends 4/28) and 5 copies of Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright (ends 4/14)

Lots of Winners!

SEALed with a Ring
Sealed With a Ring by Mary Margret Daughtridge
Tracey D

Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom

Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin von Ogtrop
Randomized comments using  7, 2, 8, 6, 4, 3, 5, 1 
Winning number using  3
Thus the third number is the winner which is commenter #8:

Here Burns My Candle: A Novel

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
Randomized comments using  10, 19, 2, 7, 16, 3, 6, 4, 14, 15, 5, 13, 8, 9, 12, 17, 1, 18, 11 
Winning number using 1
Thus the first number is the winner which is commenter #10:
Anita Yancey

1st Blogoversary Giveaway
  Book choices can be found here
Randomized comments using  81, 55, 42, 70, 45, 79, 32, 37, 52, 90, 57, 35, 39, 29, 31, 94, 87, 5, 33, 8, 28, 54, 41, 19, 15, 58, 89, 22, 46, 38, 50, 71, 9, 78, 24, 59, 76, 12, 93, 16, 83, 86, 10, 74, 25, 11, 53, 26, 1, 64, 17, 73, 3, 85, 20, 77, 6, 18, 66, 36, 56, 65, 43, 21, 49, 88, 92, 7, 63, 61, 13, 14, 44, 75, 23, 2, 40, 91, 47, 34, 68, 84, 69, 27, 60, 62, 51, 72, 82, 4, 48, 30, 67, 80
Winning Number using 73
First prize of choice of 3 books is the 73rd number which is commenter #44:   
Michelle @ The True Book Addict
Second prize of choice of 2 books is the 88th number which is commenter #72: 
Second prize of choice of 1 book is the 39th number which is commenter #93: 

Thanks to all who entered - especially for the record entries into my Blogoversary giveaway!  I am in the process of emailing you but if you see this before you get an email, please feel free to email me with your mailing address (and your picks - please include extra ones if you are 2nd or 3rd prize winners in case some of your selections are taken) crystalfulcher(at)

Book Tour, Mini-Review and Giveaway: Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis

 Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis
Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: April 1, 2010
Paperback,  384 pages

My Mini-Review:

Because I wanted to get something up today and start the giveaway, I'm going to do a quick mini-review.  I haven't finished the book yet.  As most of you know, my reading has kind of fizzled since the death of my grandmother, but the mojo is coming back and I think Dark Deceptions is really bringing it back.

From the beginning of this book you are sucked in - the prologue is pretty hot and gives you a feel for Nash and Annie in the past when they were running ops and running from the bad guys together.  But something happened that tore them apart.  Annie had to get out and Nash thinks she left him for dead and turned on him.  But as we readers know, things are not all that they seem.

You jump right into the characters of this book and I have enjoyed getting to know the various members of A-Tac and their unusual setup (a group of college professors) as this story is being setup.  I can tell I will enjoy this book and look forward to finishing it today or tomorrow.  I have read Dee Davis in the past and enjoyed her.  She has great romantic suspense, but from what I have read so far, she has definitely taken it up a notch in Dark Deceptions.

About the Book:
A-Tac is an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets.

Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field partner and the only woman he ever loved. Annie betrayed him when he needed her most, then vanished without a trace. Now suddenly she's back in the game - this time as a suspected traitor and threat to national security.
Annie's son has been kidnapped by political terrorists. The price for his life? Assassinate a UN ambassador. When Nash and his group find her, the smoldering passion between Annie and the man she swore she'd never contact again blazes out of control. But can Nash trust her? The stakes couldn?t be higher: Their enemy's endgame is personal, and one false move could cost them their lives.

About the Author:
Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, did television and radio commercials, and lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress. She has won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has sold eighteen books and three novellas.

Dee has lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Manhattan, she still calls Texas home.

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Check out the A-TAC scene microsite for character profiles and listen to excerpts, and hear a mysterious voice that speaks of scary things.

Forever Romance is giving away 3 copies of Dark Deceptions to the readers of this blog. Simply comment to enter.  Additional entries for following (rss, email, blogger, networked blogs, etc.), tweeting (1 per day), posting on your blog (sidebar is fine).  Please comment for each entry - it makes the accounting easier.   Giveaway open to US/Canada only, no PO boxes.  Don't worry if you are first or last - I'm starting to randomize all entries before using to draw a number - so it's more like drawing a name out of a hat.  Giveaway runs through April 19, 2010.

FTC Information: I received this book from Anna Balasi at Forever (Hachette books) for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

I'm so excited!  It's that time of year again - time for the Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon.  I participated in my first one last October and though I didn't get anywhere near 24-hours in, I really enjoyed it.  Luckily this weekend isn't too busy so I will be joining in again.  All I have on the schedule is my youngest son's first t-ball game at 10:00 on Saturday and I wouldn't miss that for the world.  But I can guarantee before and after the game I will be busy reading away the day.  Hopefully the weather will be pretty and I can either sit on the front porch or lay out in the back yard (I need a tan).

Later this week I'll post my stack I plan on reading.  I'm busy thinking on that now.  But for now this is  my entry post.  Do you want to know more about it?  Do you want to sign up?  Maybe you just want to be a cheerleader? (I love the cheerleaders, they really keep you going).  Well head on over to the Dewey's Read-a-Thon blog and find out more.  There's a FAQ page and there are sign ups up too.  I hope to see you there.

I'll probably be having some giveaways over the weekend, so come on back and check out my posts this weekend and see what I'm giving away.