Posts Categorized: giveaways

Dec 19
Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

So let’s talk milestones! Two years ago, I was part of a blog that I helped create, but alas things just didn’t work out and I walked away. I still wanted to be part of the book community and decided to embark on my own. The name, Literary, etc., was not my first choice and anything I played around with at the time just didn’t sound right. During this past year, I’ve debated changing the name and trust me-it’s a scary thing to even contemplate. I admire fellow bloggers who have done it. Maybe, I’ll get a bit of courage for Christmas. 😉 This year I introduced four new features. While I worked on some of these features regularly, others sadly were neglected. ONE LINERS We look at a novel’s… Read more »

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Oct 20
Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m thrilled to welcome both Kat and Stone Bastion to Lit, etc! A full review of all four books in the series will be posted once the fourth book is available. In the meantime, help me welcome Kat and Stone! To celebrate the release of Two Bar Mitzvahs (book 3 in the No Weddings series), Kat, Stone, and I talked about their favorite books…. Read more »

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Sep 17
Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

When I first heard about Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, it was around this time last year and really wished it was available in the US, but alas it wasn’t. Fast forward to later this year and imagine my surprise and delight to open my mailbox and there waiting for me was a review copy! I adored Bitter Greens and took my time reading it because I wanted to savor it and hoped it would never end. Ah, Rapnzel! What a beautiful enchanting story Forsyth has given us. As for characterization, we have three strong female characters. With regards to the narrative, Forsyth interweaves three narratives; two in the past with one in the present. Set in the 16th and 17th century, Bitter Greens begins with our main heroine, Charlotte-Rose de… Read more »

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Aug 19
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

I’ve made no secret of my love for Chelsea Cain and her Archie & Gretchen series. When I heard she was going to put Archie & Gretchen to the side to focus on a new series, I admit, I was heartbroken. No Archie and the gang for another year or two? Ack, my heart couldn’t take it! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read One Kick, but hey, if I love Cain’s writing then she couldn’t disappoint. Right? As far as characterization, it’s a bit weak but keep in mind this is a series and no doubt the main characters will be fleshed out as it continues. Kathleen “Kit” Lannigan was kidnapped as a child and her rescue made headlines. She’s an unlikely heroine in that she… Read more »

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Aug 18
Interview: Mina Vaughn + Giveaway

Interview: Mina Vaughn + Giveaway

Today, I’m excited to welcome Mina Vaughn to Lit, etc! Mina has a new book out, How to Reprimand Your Rock Star and it’s the second book in her DommeNation series. I liked the first book, How to Discipline Your Vampire and am looking forward to spending some time with Reprimand. Also, one copy of Reprimand is up for grabs! Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Mina Vaughn other than the standard bio on your website. I’m a really silly person and I am almost always laughing. I’m incredibly loud, too. I was hanging out with my friends at RT in New Orleans a month ago and E. L. James herself had to clamp her hand over my mouth at times because I was so freaking loud. It was… Read more »

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Jul 16
Interview: Lisa Jensen + Giveaway

Interview: Lisa Jensen + Giveaway

I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Jensen to Lit, etc! Today Lisa is talking about her newest release, Alias Hook (hello Capitan Hook!). I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and liked it (ah Hook’s voice really comes through) and I’m hoping to get my review up soon. In the meantime you can read an exclusive excerpt. I also am giving away a copy of Alias Hook (US only). Just be sure to leave a blog comment letting me know who your favorite pirate is and why! Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Lisa Jensen other than the standard bio on your website. I’ve been a doll-maker, a cartoonist, and I’ve hosted shows on the local TV channel on the rocky road to becoming a published author. Q. What… Read more »

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Apr 18
Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

I’m thrilled to welcome Catherine McKenzie to Lit, etc! Her current release is Hidden and this is one of those books that you’ll be thinking about for days. In fact, I’m still thinking about it (especially the ending) and dying to talk to someone about it. I’ve reviewed it here. Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of Hidden. Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Catherine McKenzie other than the standard bio on your website. I watch a lot of television. Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I often write in front of the television. I find it helps not overthink what I’m writing. Q. You studied history as an undergraduate. Any plans to write a historical fiction… Read more »

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Apr 10
Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Eeek! I’m not one to make a HUGE fuss over birthday celebrations and since I’ve decided to be a little more open so you all get to know better, celebrating a birthday should be known. Right? So many moons ago on an extremely hot day in El Paso, Texas I was born and the next day apparently brought snow to the area! I was delivered by a Doctor Love and yeah I always get a kick out of seeing his name on my birth certificate. As part of you all getting to know me, here are some random facts (this post is totally inspired by Gillian over at Writer of Wrong’s post because I had a different post made up and decided this was more fun). 1. I have a… Read more »

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Mar 24
Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Paula Brackston is a new author to me and I admit I’ve never heard of her before. When I received an ARC for The Midnight Witch, I was intrigued and part of that has to do with the gorgeous cover (and the hardback is even more beautiful in person!). I had planned to read Brackston’s backlist starting with The Witch’s Daughter before starting The Midnight Witch so I could become familiar with Brackston’s writing, but decided to delve right in. If you’ve never read Brackston’s books it’s not necessary to do in order to enjoy The Midnight Witch. Brackston does a great job explaining terms such as necromancer and other terms related to the paranormal and being unfamiliar with aspects of the paranormal won’t hinder your reading experience. We have… Read more »

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Mar 21
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Nuances in the Muffin Man by Stephan Collina + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Nuances in the Muffin Man by Stephan Collina + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on the Muffin Man blog tour and I’m excited to welcome Stephan Collina to Lit, etc. I asked Stephen about nuances he encountered while writing Muffin Man. I really like his guest post because it’s an insight to how an author writes. Nuances in the Muffin Man The “Muffin Man” is a tale set in the 1970s that, through the personal lives of its key founding staff, the rise of a secret organization that carries out assassinations away from Congressional or other Governmental supervision. Thus, with its target audience located in two culturally similar but different countries, and with events set forty years earlier, there are inherent within the story a range of nuances I had to consider. Some of these nuances were simple enough to consider,… Read more »

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Feb 19
A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

On Friday, February 7th, A. G. Howard was in town and there was a book signing. I wasn’t aware that the bookstore had a separate building for bookish events and was surprised at how dead it was. I browsed a bit and then Howard herself walked into the store and was told she was in the wrong location. So there she goes and I’m following her! Good thing it was in the same vicinity! On arrival I bought 4 copies: 2 of Splintered & 2 of Unhinged. The cashier mentioned she was a book blogger too, but I didn’t get a chance to get her blog name and exchange info. The highlight of the evening wasn’t only Howard, but meeting Danielle from Consuming Worlds! We’ve talked before and haven’t had… Read more »

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have someone special in your life, I hope you have a lovely day. If you don’t, never fear! It’s also International Book Giving Day and to celebrate both, I’m giving away books and chocolate! First up is Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire. I’ve made no secret of my love for Shane and this book is special to my heart because it was Valentine’s Day last year that I met Shane! So one lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Tempting and a box of chocolates. The next two books up for grabs are also by Jessica Lemmon: Can’t Let Go (prequel novella) and Hard to Handle and they’ll be gifted via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I’ll mail you a box of chocolates to… Read more »

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