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September book buying ban wrap-up

It’s the last day of September so the book buying ban is more or less over. Actually I was good, however, I did order two books a few days ago. BUT, they have not arrived yet, so I will be easy on myself and not count them. I bought the two books for the Steampunk challenge which will start tomorrow and I wanted to be prepared.

Apart from those I only bought two books as gifts for a friend’s birthday (The Gargoyle and the Baking kit) and read a few books for review that I explicitly excluded from the ban.

All in all I am pretty happy with myself.

How about you? Did you persevere or did you break the ban?

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The Telling by Eden Winters

Blurb:

Time in Iraq cost Michael Ritter some of his hearing and a friend whose death he feels responsible for. He’d left Alabama hoping to escape a dull, small-town life, but now, four years later, he’s returning, lugging a duffle full of personal demons. Engineering student Jay Ortiz attends college in a place where his heritage and orientation aren’t widely accepted. While adjusting to new surroundings he found a soldier’s picture. During lonely times he confided in the image of the somber young man, giving his heart away to a stranger. Now that stranger is coming home…

My thoughts: 

After bitching and moaning for the last weeks about stories that are too short for their topic I went and read another novel by a new author – new for me anyway. On Goodreads Kassa recommended Eden Winters to me and I gave her novel "The Telling" (I think it is her first one) a try. The story is available for free at the GLBT Bookshelf and it is well worth the read.

It is a rather quiet story about Michael and Jay falling in love and Michael slow healing process with only little interference from outsiders. Nothing exciting or dramatic, but incredibly sweet and lovely. Jay is absolutely perfect (I’d almost say too perfect. But his obsession with Michael before he even meets him makes him human after all), Michael, however, has issues to resolve. Together they are a good couple.

The side characters were almost all supportive and well drawn. I can’t say I was too fussed about Angie, Michael’s sister, though. I have no siblings, so I don’t really know anything about typical big sister behaviour but she seemed overly meddlesome to me. Too meddlesome for me anyway. The constant prodding for information, the matchmaking and telling Jay and Michael what to do or not to do really got on my nerves. In the scene when she comes to Michael’s house while Jay was still sleeping I would have just told her to bloody leave. Geez!

The story is quite long, almost 70.000 words and I finished it in half a day. I started reading in the afternoon and was done sometime at night. That should tell you all you need to know, considering that I usually I am a very slow reader. It’s that good.

If you are not familiar with Eden Winters, go and read it!

Title The Telling
Author Eden Winters
Publisher Free download
ISBN
Download link Get The telling for free at the GLBT bookshelf (scroll down a bit)
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Just a summer fling by Lily Grace

Blurb:

Broken-hearted, self-esteem shattered, and dragged on vacation by his parents, Ryan doesn’t think he could be more miserable. All that changes when he meets Chris, the most gorgeous surfer he’s ever seen. Shocked when Chris takes an interest in him, Ryan decides that maybe a summer fling is just what he needs to get over his ex. But Chris has a secret, and Ryan, still hurting from his failed relationship, isn’t at all prepared to deal with it. Could Chris’ revelation ruin their chances of a fling before things even get started? Or, is there a possibility of something more?

My thoughts: 

This is a very quick read and a very sweet story. Ryan definitely needs an ego boost after the break up with his jerk of a boyfriend and Chris is just the man to give it to him.

The two guys are very nice together and very likeable. The “secret” in the blurb is not as bad as it sounds and gets resolved rather quickly. Even though the story is very short it conveys a good summer-y atmosphere and makes you want to know more about what is going to happen next. I wouldn’t mind reading a sequel about Ryan and Chris.

Oh, if you insist on a hot sex scene or two, this is not for you. This story is as harmless as it can be. The Torquere rating is “bell pepper”, which is the lowest rating on their scale. 

Title Just a summer fling
Author Lily Grace
Publisher Torquere Books
ISBN  
Buy link Buy Just a summer fling
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Steampunk challenge update

Wow, I am totally overwhelmed by the response to the challenge. I’m still working on the list of participants, but will post it asap. So far 27 people have signed up and a lot of steampunk lovers have given us tons of recommendations.

There are even a few reviews up already even though the challenge hasn’t even begun officially. Isn’t that great? Make sure you go and see what some of us have already read. Seems everybody is quite enthusiastic about it and eager to start. So am I. I ordered two books which should arrive shortly (and broke the book buying ban in the process).

I am going to start with something light and fluffy (according to some), “Soulless” and then will have a look at the “Steampunk” anthology to get a little overview of what is out there.

What are you all going to start with?

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Upcoming Partnership in Blood spin-off

I have to admit that I never have a look at upcoming releases in any shop, so I totally missed the fact that Ariel Tachna is going to release a spin-off of the Partnership in Blood series in October. How exciting!

The book is called “Perilous Partnership” and continues the story of Jean and Raymond. When I started reading the series I didn’t think I would ever say that, but Raymond has really grown on me and now I love him to pieces.

I am so looking forward to reading that. The blurb promises some serious trouble, so I expect an exciting read once more.

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And is never shaken by Alexi Silversmith

Blurb:

Cassian Ford is a successful writer in his forties, established at the local university. Andy Havers is a book restorer in his early twenties who just moved to town. They have nothing in common, and yet somehow everywhere they go, they seem to run into each other. Despite a bumpy beginning—an exasperated Cassian accuses Andy of being a stalker—the gap in age, and their many other differences, a passionate romance develops between them. But just when Andy is convinced he’s found true love, secrets from Cassian’s past erupt into the present, and Andy realizes it might not be him Cassian wants at all….

My thoughts: 

I liked Alexi Silversmith’s “Ruby Slippers” (apart from my misgivings about the wrong format), so I gave her another go. And again, the story is too short. This is such a shame since I liked the plot, the characters and the writing a lot. Just the plot development was rushed once more to the extreme which resulted in an even more rushed ending that was way too abrupt.

The first chapter was a tiny bit over the top with emotions. That scene and the fact that Cassian came out with some of the truth about his relationship with Adam early on gave me that bad feeling about the outcome of the story that lasted until the end. Andy who was so down to earth, nice and sensible (all in a good way) should have been a bit more reserved in my opinion. When Andy told  Patrick, his friend and someone I would definitely like to know more about, about Cassian he reacted in the way I would have expected. His warning was dismissed, however, and I did not understand that. Andy just jumped into that relationship without any misgivings about Cassian’s motives whatsoever. I found that strange. My alarm bells would have been ringing.

All this sounds as if I hadn’t liked the story, but I loved it. I loved Andy and I liked Cassian. The romance was rushed, yes, but I could live with that. When Andy and Cassian part in front of Andy’s flat I couldn’t believe what Cassian said to him. Those guys only had established that they liked each other after their previous unfortunate meetings and then Cassian came onto Andy like that. Whoa! I liked it.

When Andy found out the “truth” his reaction was understandable but the resolution was too quick and easy. I would have preferred a longer format to give more room for exploring Andy’s feelings after hearing the truth and to give an outlook into the future. I am not a big fan of epilogues, but in this case an epilogue would have been the minimum I expected. Sorry, but those last lines were not adequate in the least – even though you might say that Shakespeare expresses it better than anybody else would have done. Speaking of Shakespeare, I wonder why Andy didn’t recite the sonnet completely, but left out the first line(s) earlier on in the book.

All that being said, I need to have a look whether Alexi Silversmith wrote other stories in a longer format. I think they would be a real treat.

Title And is never shaken
Author Alexi Silversmith
Publisher Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 978-1-61581-445-9
Buy link Buy And is never shaken
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Weekend cooking: Bake the man of your dreams

I haven’t participated in the Weekend cooking for a couple of weeks. However, a few days ago we went shopping for birthday gifts for our son and at the cashier I found this little baking kit for girls / women. Isn’t that the cutest? In German when a woman is single and no man is good enough for her we say to her that she has to bake a man she likes. And this is what this kit is for :). To “bake the man of your dreams”! It comes with a cookie cutter and a small book with recipes and tips for decorating. When I saw it I had to get it right away. It’ll be the perfect birthday gift for a single friend of mine…

Sorry, I can’t share a recipe for the dream man, but I didn’t want to open the sealed box. Maybe I can borrow it from her in a few weeks to help out a few more single girls out there.

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The Parasol Protectorate series

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The steampunk challenge made me have a look around for various books, among them the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger which was mentioned quite often as a recommendation:

  • Soulless
  • Changeless
    Now, where is the parasol in the cover, I wonder.
  • Blameless

OK, so today I’m not comparing covers, but I’m rather showing you how a cover is created.

I’m talking about the cover of “Blameless”, the third instalment in the series. If you, like me,  love Photoshop this is going to be especially interesting.

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New Steampunk challenge

You might have read that I started to become interested in Steampunk. I want to explore the genre and find out what is out there. So while tweeting the other day the thought came up to organize a Steampunk challenge. And here it is.

If you are interested in Steampunk and would like to join my Steampunk challenge, please go to my Steampunk challenge page and sign up there.

We will all link to our reviews or other related Steampunk blog posts, so we can all discover this interesting genre together. Your reading recommendations are more than welcome!

If you would like to grab the Steampunk button for your blog, just copy and paste the code below the button in the left sidebar.

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Comparing covers: Carmilla

Sometimes amazon is spooky. The recommendations they give me are so accurate that I wonder where they get their information from. Now don’t say it’s previously bought books or books I looked at recently. I never buy GLBT books on amazon and the last time I bought a vampire book there must have been last year. So I have no idea what made amazon suggest Carmilla. Anyway, they did and it makes sense, but I have it already. I think I read Carmilla about 20 years ago or so. Carmilla, by the way, was written long before Bram Stoker came along.

This is the synopsis from amazon.

Living a lonely existence in a remote schloss in Styria, on the border of Austria and Hungary, Laura and her father play host to an unexpected guest, the beautiful young Carmilla. Her arrival is closely followed by an outbreak of unexplained deaths in the area, while the young women’s growing friendship coincides with a series of nightmares and mysterious nocturnal visitations, and a gradual downward spiral in Laura’s health. A chilling tale of the un-dead, Carmilla is a beautifully written example of the gothic genre. Believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece ‘Dracula’, written over twenty years later, Carmilla stands out as an all-time horror classic.

And here are a few covers in various languages. I only like the German e-book, all the others – no, thanks. The German one seems to be the only title that adds a little to it. It means “Carmilla, the female vampire”.

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German e-book

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French

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English

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Spanish

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Italian

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If you have tasted blood now, no pun intended, and would like to read Carmilla, go to Project Gutenberg and download it for free.

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Touch me Gently by J. R. Loveless

TouchMeGently Blurb:

Always hiding his tormented past along with his scarred body, Kaden James finds it difficult to keep a job. Luck finally turns his way when he finds work as a cook on a Montana ranch, where he meets terrifyingly handsome Logan Michaels. Logan is different from any man Kaden’s ever met, and before long, he finds himself falling in love with the big cowboy.
But Kaden’s nightmares won’t let go of him so easily, and he’s not just jumping at shadows. He has nearly a lifetime of abuse, horrifying memories, and pain addiction to overcome. Can Logan’s gentle touch help Kaden heal inside?

My thoughts: 

In the last few weeks I read a couple of books that were way too short for the story to be told properly, so I was looking forward to reading this novel. I’m all for the tortured hero and all and, God, nobody can be disappointed in that respect. Poor Kaden has suffered a lot during his childhood and it didn’t even stop once he got to Logan’s ranch. This was a bit much, really. Can’t you give the poor man a break? I found the fact that there was another one of those perverts right there on the ranch somewhat disturbing. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire.

There were a few more things that bothered me about the characters or the plot.

Gay for you

I’m not particularly keen on “gay for you” stories. That point didn’t come across very believable for me at all. Logan never felt anything for a man before and then along comes Kaden. From then on, Logan acted as if it was the most natural thing in the world to fall in love with a “boy” (more to that in bit). He was surprised about himself, admittedly, but took it in stride. How come there was no concern whatsoever about what other people might think when he is all of a sudden in a gay relationship. We’re talking about a ranch owner in a small town in Montana here.  And what about the woman he has been going out with? As much as it is desirable that she understands the sudden switch to men and the resulting dumping of hers (that happened tacitly), is it realistic?

Contradictive behaviour & jealousy

In the hospital first Kaden finds Becca’s father reacting cold towards her. Given the situation that father must be a right ass. Later on however, he acted like you would expect him to react, so what was the cold, detached father thing about?

Logan’s jealousy didn’t sit well with me at all. Somehow that went against his character the rest of the time. When he gets into the hospital room and finds another man touching “his” Kaden he is angry about this. Why? It’s a physical therapist, for crying out loud. The same later again when they are in the recording studio. He wants to lock Kaden away from the world so nobody can steal him away from him? If I was Kaden I’d run as fast as I could.

Christine Feehan for the m/m crowd

One thing that sort of spoiled the story for me completely was the way Logan addressed or thought of Kaden as his “little one” or “the kid”. If you read hetero romance and love Christine Feehan and you feel like trying out m/m, go and read this book! I wish they wouldn’t  have called him a “teen” constantly. OK, he IS a teen technically, but did that have to be mentioned all the time? He is 19 at the start of the book (Logan is 9 years older), and even almost 2 years later he still is “the little one”. Sorry, but he is not.

I love books with a large age gap and I have read books with minors and the young age of characters never bothers me, but this constant focus on Kaden being a boy and Logan being the oh so big, strong adult really rubbed me up the wrong way.

All those things are depending on the individual reader (as almost everything is), so if you like a very tortured and sensitive hero, characters very devoted to each other and  a slowly building relationship this might be for you.

Title Touch me Gently
Author J. R. Loveless
Publisher Dreamspinner Press
ISBN

978-1-61581-575-3

Buy link Buy Touch me Gently
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What I like…besides books: music videos – Stand inside your love

In order to bring a bit more diversity to my blog I decided to add a What I like…besides books feature. I’ll simply post an image or video of something I like and chat about it if I feel like it.

The idea occurred to me today in the car when I listened to the Smashing Pumpkins and thought about their absolutely awesome video clip to “Stand inside your love”. It’s a great song, but the video is something else. What can I say, I just love men in skirts.

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In my mailbox


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Hosted by The Story Siren

I know the book buying ban is on, but I got a few books during it (review books that are excluded) as well as one book from my swap site that I got a day before the ban started. I’m safe.

 

“Fugitive” by Cheryl Brooks, another instalment in the Cat Star chronicles. What woman does not love those cats, :)?

 

“The Outlaw” by Rebecca Leigh, a steampunk m/m novella. I never read anything steampunk before, so I am very curious. Already reviewed.

“Ruby Slippers” by Alexi Silversmith, another m/m novella. Already reviewed.

“Touch me gently” by J. R. Loveless, finally a novel length m/m story again. I was disappointed with the format of the previous two, so maybe this will be better.

 

What was in your mailbox lately?

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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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Blurb:

At the start of Davidson’s powerful debut, the unnamed narrator, a coke-addled pornographer, drives his car off a mountain road in a part of the country that’s never specified. During his painful recovery from horrific burns suffered in the crash, the narrator plots to end his life after his release from the hospital. When a schizophrenic fellow patient, Marianne Engel, begins to visit him and describe her memories of their love affair in medieval Germany, the narrator is at first skeptical, but grows less so

My thoughts: 

I have been wanting to read The Gargoyle for a long time, but somehow some reviews about how gruesome it was and somehow the fate of some cynic “coke-addled pornographer” didn’t interest me in the least. However, the Unputdownables book club at Goodreads made it their September read, so I had a good excuse to finally pick it up.

I don’t even know how to begin here. There is so much to say about this book and so much symbolism, I am not sure what to say first.

If you ever thought that someone describing how he got burnt alive and learning the details about third degree burns or debridement will hardly be something you can’t put down, you have not read this book. Whatever the narrator tells us, no matter whether it is about his horrible injuries, his behaviour to get women into his bed or his rather terrible childhood starting with his very bloody birth, he does it with such a dry humour and in such a matter-of-fact tone that you just have to read on.

I totally loved this nameless man. He would have been a real prick in pre-accident life, I am certain, but afterwards he is just right. I was grateful for his cynical, atheist attitude, otherwise the frequent religious talk would have put me off the book. He is a good counter balance for Marianne Engel, a complete religious nutcase. Mind you, in other areas of life Marianne made up for this unfortunate disposition. Among a lot of other things that woman knows how to throw a picnic together (totally over the top of course, but that makes it all the more mouth watering).

Sometimes I was wondering what on Earth Marianne Engel is thinking, like when she turns up as a mummy in the burn ward, it’s Halloween, but nevertheless. Was that just inconsideration on her part or did she have an ulterior motive for it? Knowing her she probably did. There are some scenes in this book that are wonderfully funny, like when the narrator and Gregor tell each other some childhood stories, OMG, I was laughing my ass off. At other times I was crying. This book does it all to you.

The four love stories that are incorporated in the story (and in a clever way, too. All and everything is connected) are all beautiful and horrible at the same time. Some scenes I had to skim over because I couldn’t read them. The beginning with the burning is nothing, there is some other stuff later on that I find worse.

What I particularly liked was the way the narrator describes things. With a few words a scene is conjured and you can imagine what it all looks like. At some point he describes Marianne Engel as a mixture of Hildegard von Bingen and yakuza. Can’t you just exactly imagine what she must have looked and acted like? Later on he says about himself he looks like the bastard child of Hannibal Lecter and the Phantomess of the Opera. I loved that. I loved his sense of humour even in the worst situations. 

Even though the ending was not a happy one, I can’t say I was unhappy about it. This is not your typical "happily ever after"couple, so it only is logical that they can’t have a typical happy ending. 

One thing bothered me about the book and that is the matter of distance. Somehow Andrew Davidson must have forgotten to look closely at a German map.

The straight way to Nürnberg from Engelthal through a dense forest would be about 27km. I seriously doubt that a farmer with a cart from around Engelthal would go to the market in Nürnberg. I am sure there would have been another town closer by that had a market place, for example Hersbruck.

Then the town of Mainz. When the narrator is brought to Engelthal for treatment Marianne suggests to take him to another hospital in Mainz that would be more suitable for the task. Oh, really? This might be a good idea nowadays when you pack a seriously injured patient into a helicopter and fly him to a specialized hospital in a few hours (if that). I wonder how they would have done that back then. Mainz is about 250km from Nürnberg, for Heaven’s sake.

Something similar happens later on when Marianne and the narrator flee from Engelthal. They don’t want to stay in Nürnberg so they decide to go to the other large city “in the region”, which is Mainz. Going to Mainz in those times would have been quite an adventure. However, here they decide to go there and in the next paragraph – without even so much as a thought as to how to get there and how long that would take – they enter Mainz. Not likely!

However, these are just details that didn’t take the fun out of reading the book. It sucked me right in from page one and I couldn’t stop reading. I think this is going to be my default book for friends’ birthdays from now on. It’s that good. You should read it, too!

Oh, and another hint. You might want to have a look at Dante’s Inferno before picking up The Gargoyle – if you have the stamina. It is not necessary, but I think that having read the Inferno beforehand might add to the experience considerably.

Some links:

Interview with Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson about The Gargoyle on youtube

Title The Gargoyle
Author Andrew Davidson
Publisher Anchor
ISBN 978-0307388674
Buy link Buy The Gargoyle

 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

Review at Wicked Wonderful Words 

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Comparing covers: Rosemary’s Baby

Just because it is such a nice book (I never found it particularly terrifying, even though I usually hate horror of any kind), I’m showing you a few covers of Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin. It seems there are not too many out there. Main feature is either the old sinister looking building or the ubiquitous pram.

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My favourite one is the first one, because I absolutely love old buildings with a bad reputation, if they come with gargoyles (or grotesques, which I know now. Gargoyles are the ones that spout water. My recent reading material was very educating on various subjects, you see), even better.

I have the second German cover, which I find not so bad either with its black silhouette.

Which one is your favourite cover and did you like the book?

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Literature Google Doodles

Yesterday was Agatha Christie’s 120th birthday, once more a reason for google to come up with a doodle honouring her. 

google doodle Agatha Christie

This made me curious and I went to have a look for other book related google doodles in the past and discovered a few… (source of all doodles: Google)

 

30.08.2010 Mary Shelley’s 213th birthday

google doodle mary shelley

 

29.06.2010 Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 110th birthday

Google Doodle Saint Exupery

 

21.06.2010 Jean Paul Sartre’s 105th birthday

google doodle sartre

 

21.09.2009 H. G. Wells’ 143th birthday

google doodle hgwells

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Velvet Whispers by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd

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Blurb:

Warm, by nature cheerful, dental receptionist Alice Waterman finds herself desperately in need of money when her mother is taken seriously ill. Reluctantly she signs on with Velvet Whispers, a sophisticated phone-sex business that entertains its wealthy male clientele with naughty talk and steamy erotic tales for a hefty fee, and for the first time confronts desires and a sensuality that, she begins to realize, lies beyond talk.

My thoughts: 

I saw this cover on my book swap site and liked it right away. It hinted at erotica but not in that obvious way you find so often.

Basically this is a story of a woman who, while working for a phone sex line – however in a rather sophisticated way –, discovers her own sexuality. Alice is more of a Scheherazade than engaging into direct phone sex with her customer. She is hired for her talents to tell stories and this is what she does on the phone. She invents erotic stories and tells them to her customers. The stories’ nature evolve from rather innocent to kinky in the course of the book, often influenced by Alice’s adventures in real life. Alice does not all of a sudden start to have countless one night stands, mind you, she simply develops a healthy self-confidence.

I didn’t care for all the stories, but that was not to be expected. I liked the main characters who were Alice, Betsy, a colleague and friend of hers and Velvet, the owner of “Velvet Whispers”. Even the customers who remained faceless and who were only a voice on the phone, except for one, were likeable. The two men that play a bigger part in the story were so different from each other that they were a nice contrast, yet Alice was attracted to both of them.

If you like short stories that are connected by an overall story arc – if I may call it that – then this is perfect. The book does not come to any conclusion, it is simply a period in Alice’s life without a definite HEA or even HFN.

 

Title Velvet Whispers
Author Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
Publisher Carroll & Graf
ISBN 978-0739404935
Buy link Buy Velvet Whispers
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Blogfest giveaway winners

OK, a new week, the fantastic blogfest is over and I had random.org decide on the winners.

 

 

 

The winners of the giveaways are:

 

Giveaway No. 1 Horror / Stephen King (Europe only)

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“The Dark Half” goes to Dennis G.

 

Giveaway No. 2 Romance (Europe only)

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The three historical romance books go to Lucy B.

 

Giveaway No. 3 Thriller (Europe only)

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The two Patricia Cornwell books go to Sarah D.

 

Giveaway No. 4 Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (international)

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The two Buffy novels go to JoAnna B. 

 

Congrats, everybody! Thank you for visiting my blog during blogfest, I hope you will come again. I will get in touch with you by email. Enjoy the books!

Please remember to answer my email within three days. If I haven’t heard from you by then, I will draw another winner.

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Blogfest giveaways are closed

OK, it’s a new week, the fantastic blogfest is over and the giveaways are closed. Please don’t enter any more of them. I will draw the winners either today or tomorrow and announce them on this blog as well as notify them by email.

Thank you everybody for visiting and entering my giveaways. I hope you had fun.

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Blogfest – a few int’l giveaways to check out

The blogfest is in full swing and I’m impressed by the traffic that it produced. I was going through a lot of the blogs on the list and found a few really good giveaways that I’d like to share with you. They all are international and do not require following. If I have to follow I immediately move along without entering. I might miss out on some great blogs that way, admittedly, but I just hate the fact I HAVE to follow with GFC, which I never use otherwise, in order to enter).

So here are some giveaways that I entered…Check them out!

     

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Welcome to Blogfest 2010

BlogFest 2010

Hi everybody,

I’m glad you found your way here to The Bookkeeper. I am reviewing mainly, but not exclusively, GLBT books, and chat about books and reading in general.

The blogfest is all about meeting other bloggers, discover new blogs and maybe even win a giveaway or two along the way.

So, after having a look around on my blog, please take the time to check out the following blog that is also participating and enter the giveaway if the prize is to your liking!

To see a full list of participants, please go to A Journey of Books. There you will also find the link to the tracking page where you can track your progress you made during the blogfest. If you register with your email address you will enter a massive extra giveaway with tons of prizes. You will find more information about it there.

I am hosting four different giveaways during the blogfest. Here are the links to the giveaways:

Giveaway No. 1 Horror / Stephen King (Europe only)

Giveaway No. 2 Romance (Europe only)

Giveaway No. 3 Thriller (Europe only)

Giveaway No. 4 Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (international)

Simply fill out the form and hit the send button. The winner will be drawn randomly, announced on my blog and notified by email. If the winner doesn’t answer my email within three days I’ll draw another winner. 

If you would like to know about future giveaways and new posts in general please consider subscribing to my RSS feed or follow me on twitter.

Now, have fun looking around, enjoy the blogfest and good luck!