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Another Little Piece of My Heart - Scavenger Hunt with lots of prizes
Welcome to celebrate the exciting new release from HarlequinTEEN: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin !
It’s a wonderful sweet Contemporary YA/NA Romance. And since the main topic of the story has all to do with music , Harlequin and Tracy are hosting a musical scavenger hunt where you can win lots of exciting prizes!! All you have to do is collect all the songs on Claire’s playlist and email the full list to Tracey ( more info below).
Now, let’s kick off the tour with
This is the first song from the Another Little Piece of My Heart Claire’s Summer Survival Playlist. There are 12 songs on the playlist in total, and therefore 12 stops on the scavenger hunt (posting from November 29 – December 1). Find them all, and discover 12 chances to win great Harlequin TEEN books and Another Little Piece of My Heart swag.
But there’s more!
One grand-prize winner will be randomly drawn to receive a $25 iTunes gift card in addition to books and swag! To enter for the grand prize, send the complete, 12-song playlist, along with your contact information (including the address where you’d like to receive your prize) to the author by using this contact form: Tracey Martin, Contact (website link).
The winner will be notified by email after the contest ends on December 5th.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the playlist using the contact form above by December 5th at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct playlist or without contact information will not be considered.
Find the book
What if your devastating break-up became this summer’s hit single? In this rock-and-roll retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, music can either bring you together or tear you apart.
At her dying mother’s request, Claire dumps Jared, the only boy she’s ever loved. Left with a broken family and a broken heart, Claire is furious when she discovers that her biggest regret became Jared’s big break. While Jared is catapulted into rock-star status, another piece of Claire’s heart crumbles every time his song plays on the radio.
The summer after her senior year, it’s been months since the big break-up, and Claire is just trying to keep her head down and make it through a tense trip to the beach with her family. But when Jared shows up, and old feelings reignite, can Claire and Jared let go of the past? Or will they be stuck singing the same old refrain?
Thanks to Harlequin Teen 3 international winners win one of the Harlequin Teen backlist titles plus some swag!!you can enter via the Rafflecopter below.
And now, have fun looking for the other songs of Claire’s playlist!! Good luck!
P.S.: Sawasdee Ka from Thailand!! I’m right now sitting on the beach enjoying my holidays with hubs and my parents in Phuket! And guess what, I’m doing tons of reading and relaxing! Still, I miss you guys!
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Review: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is the sort of book that wraps you in a soft cashmere blanket of a story and then draws you, inexorably, closer and closer to the fire at the heart of it’s tale. I stumbled upon this book while trolling through the audiobook offerings at my local library and was intrigued by the history and mystery in it’s synopsis. Thank goodness!
I absolutely adored this story. As you all know, I’m a sucker for a good historical novel and I loved the detail that was interwoven into this book. I also really enjoyed the author-telling-a-tale-that-winds-up-involving-her device, one I haven’t read in some time. A book within a book can be a tricky thing to work, but Susanna Kearsley did so quite well.
So what’s so mysterious you ask? Oh just the everyday machinations of the Jacobite’s in England. There’s nothing like political intrigue and period dress to make this reader ignore her family and hide in the bathroom and read. BUT! Susanna Kearsley kicks this up a notch further by adding in a sweet/awkward/sexy romance into the mix. Needless to say…kids were neglected.
The story progresses in a well paced fashion, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the tale. In the end, the past and the present merge in a supremely satisfying way and I finished this book with a sigh, thoroughly sated.
Do your self a favor and escape in this excellent, romantic novel!
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Review: The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn starts off with a flash back to the night that Hugh Prentice and Daniel Smythe-Smith dueled, a night that irrevocably changed their lives for the worse. We know from the previous book in this series, A Night Like This, that Huge and Daniel are able to recover from the events of that night and move forward. But this book focuses on how those events impacted Hugh.
Hugh is a brilliant, very cerebral man. Kind and handsome, of course, but very smart, often better with numbers than with people. Now that he and Daniel’s friendship is restored, he finds himself trapped in a three-week long wedding extravaganza kicked off with one wedding and then ending in a second. And, of course, he’s been thrown together with the one woman who blames him most for Daniel’s previous exile, Daniel’s cousin, Sarah Pleinsworth.
Sarah knows she’s not the one who was most impacted by her cousin Daniel’s exile to Europe. But it’s hard to feel that way when that exile caused her to miss out on the most marriage prolific Season the ton had seen in decades. Besides which, she just doesn’t like Hugh Prentice. He’s cold and aloof and rubs her the wrong way. Until…
her cousin asks her to help Hugh feel welcome at the three week long wedding fest.
Honor bound to be nice to the man, Sarah and Hugh find the walls between them melting. And when attraction strikes…well…it’s good times, dear reader. Sigh-worthy, warm-fuzzy, good times.
At the heart of all of Julia Quinn’s novels is a clever adaptation of the traditional historical romance story lines and witty dialog that makes her characters so fun to spend time with! I love that these stories are populated with women I could easily see myself being or being friends with. They have normal flaws and foibles and their problems, even though their of a different time, are totally relatable. And ultimately, these are stories about the quest for love, and that’s a quest I can ALWAYS get behind!
If you’re looking for a book that will sweep you away to a more gentile time and let you bask in the glow of new love but still allow you to spend time with some fantastically funny and fun characters, this book is for you!
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Super Six Sunday - Pushy’s Super 6 Books I’m Glad I Took A Chance On
Welcome to the latest installment of Super 6 Sunday!
You know how it goes… you see a book that sounds interesting but you’re not sure. Or you fall in love with the cover but you’ve never read anything by the author…should you take a chance?
I’m not a big reader of contemporary romance, but when this book was available for review I chose it on a lark. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! Jennifer Smith’s fun, witty writing style totally had me hooked and I’m so happy I chose to read it!
I love Middle Grade, but I’ve never read a lot of Lovecraftian fiction. This series, however, was AMAZING! I loved the characters and the plot line and how accessible this made speculative fiction to young kids. Definitely glad I tried this one out!
When I ready Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, I was worried it would come off to twee or too emulative of other mermaid stories. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This book, filled with strong characters, an amazing, twisting plot and a lush writing style could not have been more enjoyable. LOVED THIS!!
Again,m another lark, this time from my local library. THANK GOODNESS I had the chance to read these books! They’re visceral and raw and flat out amazing! SO, SO, SOOOOO GOOD!
I’ll admit with this one, I fell in love with the cover of the second book and then had to get excited about the first book, who’s cover was not in the same style. But this story, so fresh and unique, and the historical/paranormal setting drew me in. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these 3 books and can’t wait for the next two!
So those are MY top 6 books that I’m so glad I took a chance on. What about you?
What books are you glad you took a shot on? Can you narrow it down to only 6???
Let us know!
And now, please link up your Super Six Sunday Posts and visit the other participants to see what books they’d share!
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Discussed: Movie Love vs. Book Love
Happy Saturday, loves!!!!!!
It’s Pushy here this week, filling in for the ever lovely, never replaceable, Danny who is (as we speak/read/roam around our houses in jams with a steaming cup of coffee) lounging in glamorous, sultry Thailand on an extremely well deserved vacation!!
But fear not! A Saturday discussion topic has been selected!
And it is…..
I got to thinking about this as a certain sequel was released this week. You see, I adore movies almost as much as I ADORE books, but I find that I prefer seeing movies before reading the book if they are indeed based on one. This is because traditionally there have been so few faithful and artfully done film adaptations of books.
I’m starting to think this is changing!
I’ve been a Tolkien fan since my mother was reading the series to my brother in me well before I learned how to read so it was with trepidation that I initially heard of Peter Jackson’s intention to tackle the series in film form. But he nailed it! His attention to detail and his commitment to telling the story, no matter how long it took, forced me to re-think my previously held preference for books over movies. For once, I found the movie to be a worthy companion to the book.
I must admit that I’m hard pressed to think of another film adaptation of a book that I found as compelling as the book itself. I do have very high hopes for Catching Fire, but while I VERY much enjoyed The Hunger Games last year, I still thought the book was better and I’m wondering if that will be the case for Catching Fire when I finally can get to the theaters to see it.
So, I’m asking you, dear reader….
What do you think? Do you find movie adaptations always as compelling as the books they’re based on? Or have you found other examples that stood out from the rest?
Let me know what you think!!
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Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Like so many Stephen King fans, The Shining was one of his books I enjoyed thoroughly. I read it after I saw the Stanley Kubrick film version and the book is by far creepier. I loved how Stephen King imbued the hotel with a preternatural malevolence. So it was with great expectations that I picked up the sequel.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this book for me was seeing the evolution of Danny Torrance from gifted child to middle aged adult. It was fascinating to see how his gift burdened him for years and how, despite the experiences he had with his father, he turned to alcohol to drown out the voices he did not want to hear and the sights he did not want to see. I enjoyed seeing how Danny’s life played out, how he coped and how he didn’t.
Equally fascinating was the new aspect to this story: they mysterious True Knot, their strange way of life and it’s intersection with Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, a girl who is very much Danny’s foil. This portion of the story was more suspenseful and mysterious than scary. There are not monsters waiting under the bed or fingernails tapping at a window, but there is a sense of tension that runs through the story and a great fight at the climax of the book!
Not the raw, intense horror story I would have expected from him once upon a time, but Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is definitely a gripping, fascinating read!
I loved listening to this book! Will Patton did a marvelous job and really brought a theatrical quality to the narration. Definitely check it out!