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Winner of Paranormal YA giveaway hop and when is the next one?

Peeps, you astound me!  Thank you everyone for such a great response!!!
I know GFC widget is down all the time (thanks, Blogger!) but the blog reached 560 GFC followers which means another epic giveaway pretty soon :)

For now the winner is...


a Rafflecopter giveaway

For those of you who didn't win, this will cheer you up.

March giveaway schedule so far looks like the busiest ever on this blog.

Mark your calendars:

9th of March Elemental Mysteries blog tour - review and giveaway

16th of March Fire Baptized review and giveaway 

20th of March Spring Cleaning giveaway hop

23th of March Kick-Butt Characters giveaway hop

28th of March 12.21.12 review and giveaway

30th of March When Copper Suns Fall review and giveaway

Sounds good?
I thought so.
Don't forget, that all my giveaways are international.

See ya!

Amazon UK 2012 paperbacks and Kindle deals!

Welcome to this week's edition of Amazon bargains! This time I'm featuring books published/republished only in the last few months...


UK KINDLE £ 2.99

KINDLE UK £ 3.54




UK KINDLE £ 2.49

KINDLE UK £ 3.10

UK KINDLE £ 3.12

KINDLE UK £ 3.12

KINDLE UK £.3.64


KINDLE UK £ 1.96






This is it for today! Ciao!

Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan REVIEW

Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan (Dark Heavens #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Martial arts, magic, demons and science
The forces of Hell are poised to strike . . .
When Emma’s relatives come to visit her, they are totally freaked out by what they learn . . . Emma’s beloved, John Chen, is a 3,000-year-old Chinese god. Not only that, John is becoming weaker by the day. Demons pursue him relentlessly, hoping to use Emma and his child, Simone, as bargaining tools against him.
Emma battles to defend Simone as John’s energy is drained by the effort of both living in the mortal world and protecting them. While Emma is nagged by doubts about her own nature, she must find the courage to go on . . . 

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK |  The Book Depository US/UK

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I swear to you, Kylie Chan is my personal crack. I plunge myself into her books hoping for some sort of satisfaction, fulfilment, but emerge dazed and confused, and longing for more.

Ember by Kristen Callihan REVIEW

Ember by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London # 0.5)

Egalley thanks to Grand Central Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
Prequel to Firelight.
After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancé learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she's discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?

 Amazon kindle US

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It's a very short prequel, not even a novella, more like a novelette, so my review will be proportionally short as well. *grinning*


Well, we had the first bit of sunshine and a hint of spring warmth this week! How about you?
By the way, my laptop does look totally dead, so until I can find someone to retrieve all my info and programs like Xara and Artisteer from the hard disk, I'm putting my Monthly features on hold. 

So, back to my mailbox, here is what I've got...



Camille is my absolute favorite of D'Artigo sisters, plus the book was on insane offer from Amazon £ 2.99!

Ottoman Empire and a beautiful British spy. This book has been on my radar since I first heard of it. You know my penchant for spies :) Plus kindle version is only £ 2.49 - no excuse not to buy it!


Thank you, Penguin UK! I was surprised to receive a horror book, but I will give it a go.


I've received book #2 in this series recently, so being a bit OCD about books, I  couldn't just read it out of order, hence the need to read book #1 first.


Believe it or not, I've never read Claudia Gray before. This book was free as a preorder from Amazon for ages, and it was delievered on my Kindle last week. It's still FREE, grab yours if you are in UK!

This is a novella about David and Boston - characters from Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller, whose book I read and loved last year. Thank you, Heidi, for notifying me that it was free.

This is it. What's in your mailbox, ladies and gents?

Complimentary music and Sunday man candy per usual...

I love this girl! She is only 15 and so very talented. This song brings me to tears every time.
As for man candy, meet gorgeous Tommy Dunn!
Does anyone think of Viggo Mortensen looking at him? Anyone?
Happy Sunday!

YA Paranormal Activity Hop INT Giveaway!

Hi, folks!
Those of you who know me, - welcome back for another fabulous giveaway!
Newcomers, welcome aboard! Hope you like it and note that my giveaways are always international :)

I'm offering a book of your choice among 6 fabulous paranormal YAs, 2 of them - preorders...

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson
Darker Still by Lisa Renee Hieber
Oppression by Jessica Therrien
Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
Hollow Pike by James Dawson
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 28th of February.
There will be ONE winner.
Good luck and please check out the long list of other participants!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the rest of the participants here...

Starters by Lissa Price EARLY REVIEW

Starters by Lissa Price (Starters #1)

Egalley thanks to Random House Children's Books

Synopsis from Goodreads

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US |  The Book Depository US/UK

Release Date: US 13th March 2012/UK 29th March 2012

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It was actually a relief to find a dystopian that didn't revolve around love story. Starters is a very, very good book which reads like high-octane, supercharged thriller with just enough world-building and characterisation to make it believable and creeptastic.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor REVIEW

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Daughter s Smoke and Bone #1)

won from Planet Print

Synopsis from Goodreads
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK |  The Book Depository US/UK

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I agree with Cat from Beyond Books, - this book is pure poetry. It's beyond amazing. The writing is so rich, so delicious, you gorge yourself on words and images, you fall in love with Karou's blue hair and cafe Poison, beautiful views of Prague and spiciness of Marakkesh...

Amazon UK paperback deals

Sorry to pester you, guys, but these books just caught my attention and I wanted to share the offers. Again, this is for UK only.

All these are paperbacks with free postage. Enjoy!

Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake EARLY REVIEW

Assassins in love by Kris DeLake (Assassins Guild #1)

Egalley thanks to Sourcebook Casablanca

Synopsis from Goodreads
Two brilliant assassins in a fascinating futuristic world need each other to finish one more job before calling it quits in the highly respected killing business. But it’s more of a challenge than either expected. A series of mishaps plagues their every move, and if it’s not Misha helping Rikki with a bungled getaway, then it’s Rikki helping Misha to hide some damning evidence. They can’t seem to get anything right… except for the way they feel about each other. 

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK |  The Book Depository US/UK

Release date: US 1st March 2012 / UK 1st April 2012

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We are talking about Kristine Kathryn Rusch here using a pen name to write racy sci-fi romances, folks! Of course the book is buckets of fun since the very first moment when Rikki tries to get rid of the body in space...

Whoa! What a price drop...

I just bought this book from my wishlist on Amazon UK and wanted to share what a bargain it is at the moment :)

(for a mass market paperback with free delivery!)
£ 2.84 
on Kindle

ONLY FOR AMAZON UK CUSTOMERS (don't forget that, peeps!)

IMM #25

What a weird 24 hours... Laptop crashed, so the best I can hope for is salvaging as much as possible from the hard drive. Few books are totally lost, because the files are not transferable, plus my netbook suddenly stopped working with Firefox, and I'm using Internet Explorer now...
Oh well, it always can be worse, right?

Here is what I have in my mailbox...


Thank you The Qwillery!

Time travel again!
Thank you, Bella Street and Small Blogs, Big Giveaways!

For review

Thank you, KaSonndra! The author contacted me because she saw that I like Angelfall (and who didn't?). She said that her book is a similar type of dystopian.

(All the books I bought last week were such bargains I couldn't resist)

I was after this book for absolute ages, and usually it costs about £10, but few days ago they reduced most of the books in the series to £2.50 each!

Yet another long-suffering book on my wishlist. I've wanted to read this fantasy for couple of years already, and managed to buy it from Books on Boards for under $2.


UK/US - get yours!

So this is it. How was your mailbox, ladies and gents?

Back to good music and man candy :)

I don't know if you like electronica, but I think Dusty Kid is really good!

Happy Sunday!
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