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Friday 56

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It’s finally FRIDAY!! So not only does that mean it’s the start of the weekend, but also for another Friday 56.  Haven’t done one before? It’s simple.  Grab the closest (doesn’t have to be what you’re reading, just whatever happens to be closest to you at the time) book.  Turn to page 56, find the 5th sentence and give us that quote.  You can give a few surrounding sentences, too if you’d like *G*.

 

Mine this week…Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson.  It’s the final book in her zodiac series.  I’ll admit, I’ve had it since it released at end of May. But, I can’t bring myself to finish it. I’m just kinda not ready to say goodbye just yet.  But, Jo won’t let me wait forever ;).  Without further ado…

 

“So this symbol is important to the Tulpa.”

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The Friday 56… a contesty one…

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contest is now closed! winner to be posted later this week!

“It’s empty.  You should tell me the name anyway, after making me drink all that sewage.”

I really love this series.  I read the latest last week.  And since I like making sure others are addicted to the same books I love, I want to give away a book today.  (I’m doing another one next week…next week is Ilona Andrews).

Today, I’m giving away a copy of the first book in this series… Halfway to the Grave, unsigned.  All you have to do to win it is participate in the Friday 56.

About the Friday 56

  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
  • Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST

Rules for the contest

  • open across the globe
  • one entry per household.
  • do not post to twitter sweeps/sweepstakes sites, etc-if this happens I reserve the right to end the contest (and likely WILL)
  • odds of winning depend on number of entries
  • void where prohibited
  • winner to be posted to blog and you must email me to claim the prize.  you’ll have two weeks.  if I don’t hear from you, the prize is forfeited.
  • for the rest of the yadda, yadda yadda…read my disclaimer-FYI, ENTERING my contests means you’ve READ and agree to my rules.

let's do it again…Magic Bleeds

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contest is closed… winners to be posted next week.

Because apparently, even though my blog isn’t located on my website, Ilona can’t resist trying to crash my server, she has offered me more copies of MAGIC BLEEDS.

Magic Bleeds

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

So for those who were here last week, you saw the…um… MAD attack for the books.  Like 370 comments.

And we’re going to do it again.

So….who wants it? But please, no offers of first borns…I’ve got three kids, and trust me, it’s hard enough to write with them. I can’t do another.  And they already go to school/sitter/etc.

And as much as I’d love to be susceptible to bribes of chocolate, we must be fair.  So it’s a free-for-all.  Leave a comment, and I’ll draw three random winners. Winning names will be posted early next week, probably on Monday, and this thread will be closed to comments once I end it-that way everybody knows when the contest ends.

Yep, it’s open across the globe, although, if you’ve never been to my blog, make sure you read my disclaimer… because I do enforce the rules-leave only one comment per household and do not post this contest to sweepstakes sites-I reserve the right to end the contest without giving away the prizes if my rules aren’t upheld.

The highlights

  • You have to check back to see if you win
  • By entering, you attest that you are at least 18 or of the age of majority in your country of residence
  • You agree not to post to sweepstakes sites
  • Only one entry per household
  • My disclaimer-these prizes were donated by the author, Ilona Andrews

Have at it…try to crash wordpress’s server. One comment per household, please!!!!

Magic Bleeds…Web of Lies…out today…

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contest is closed.  winners to be posted next week.

So it’s no secret that I have become a complete and total sucker for the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews.  Complete. Total. Sucker.  These books are just so awesome, though.

And the new one is due out today.

Magic Bleeds

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

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There are parts of this book that damn near had me banging my head against the wall in frustration…and other parts that had me all but groaning when they ended.  Because they ended.  Yes, I’ve read it.  About five times now.  At least.  You think I’d be going on about a book I hadn’t read… o_O   It’s sooooo good.  So awesome.   So worth the wait, although man, how am I going to wait for the next one?  Eek.  Anyway.  It’s out now.  Are you reading these books?  Why not??? They are so goooood….

And man, oh man, today is just a day for awesome books, because it’s also the release date for Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

Web Of Lies

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

So, so good….the first one blew me away.  I’m reading the second one now and man, Gin is amazing. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

No, I’m not going to give away these books.  I’m giving away the first in the series.

You see, I’m trying seduce everybody into getting hooked, and the best way to do that is to get you reading the first in each series.

Sooo…..but if you haven’t read them and you’re curious… here’s your chance.  Leave your name in comments and I’ll draw one name to win an unsigned copy of Magic Bites, the first Kate Daniels book and an unsigned Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep, the first Elemental Assassin book .  Because once you read them if you’re anything like me?  You’ll want the rest of the series.

(Please note, the contest is for both, I’m lazy, have another out of town thing coming up and don’t want to do another contest, so you get both-if you have one of the books, then you are more than welcome to give the double to a friend, use it for a contest, etc).

FYI, if you aren’t familiar with my rules… read the disclaimer.  It’s your responsibility to check back in a few days and see if you’ve won, as well as the other rules…

  • winning name will be posted on the blog
  • it is the winner’s responsibility to check back and see if s/he has won.
  • winner has about a week to claim the prize
  • the winner name will be posted within the next few days
  • one entry per household
  • open across the globe
  • comments must be left at my wordpress blog (shilohwalker.wordpress.com-not via amazon/facebook or any other feed sites, etc)
  • do not forward this contest to sweepstakes sites-if it ends up on one, I reserve the right (and likely will) to end it without drawing a winner.
  • by entering, you attest that you are 18 years of age or whatever the age of majority is in your country of residence.
  • I reserve the right to modify the contest rules as I see fit…
  • yadda yadda yadda…read the disclaimer.
  • Per whatever regs… I bought the books.  O.O

Comment to win….and come over to the dark side…  ;o)

Books I’d Read to Pieces… (or have) (or will)

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(This was my first NR book.  One of my first romances.  Happy sigh…)

Honest Illusions

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(Yes, I know it’s not out yet…and technically, I can’t read a .doc file to pieces, but…um…well, I think I’m killing my Sony Reader)

Magic Bleeds

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(My ARC already has reading creases)

Dreamveil

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(I need another copy.  It might even be my third copy)

Endurance

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Now if I can just get my hands on Dream Called Time

The Friday 56

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The Book:  MIND GAMES BY CAROLYN CRANE

page 56, 5th sentence.

“Ah, please, forgive me for interfering with your diabolical restaurant supply order.”

Heh.

The Friday 56 idea came from… This is What I Have to Say

The Rules:

  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
  • Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Go. Get. Read.

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I’m not generally a fan of historicals.  Some I like.  But not many.

Written On Your Skin

However, I saw this one mentioned somewhere and I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith at Nationals and so when I saw it on one of browsing trips, I decided to buy it.

It sat on my TBR stack for a while, though… and now I’m trying to figure out why.

It’s awesome.

I loved it.

The heroine isn’t exactly typical for historicals, and maybe that’s why I liked it so much.  I dunno.  But I did like it.  A lot.

You can read an excerpt at Meredith’s site.

Books, Shiny, Shiny Books…

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Stayed up way too late Thursday night (Friday morning…?)… and ended up ordering me some shiny, shiny new books from Barnes and Noble.

Archangel's Kiss

First Drop of Crimson

Betrayed

Any Given Doomsday

And um…yes, I’ve already read Archangel’s Kiss… but so… I need a matching set, right? *G*

Beyond the Night…now available…

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I was lucky enough to get an early read of this one (disclaimer: Jos gave it to me)… and it’s good… strange twist on an old legend.  Loved it.

Beyond the Night|Jan 12, 2010

Excerpt

“That was a big-ass snake,” Jade said, trying to keep her own breathing under
control. Elliott was very close to her, and the torch made everything soft and
muted. Deep breath.

“A big-ass snake?” he said, his eyes crinkling at the corners. They were dark
and penetrating in the flickering light.

“Yeah. I don’t like snakes, so when I say thank you, I really mean it.”

Elliott gave a light laugh as their eyes caught. “You and Indiana Jones.” Then
he frowned, looking back at her. “Do you even know who that is?”

“Of course I know who Indiana Jones is. Who doesn’t?”

In the flickering torchlight, she could see Elliott raise his brows as if in
surprise, then lowered them. “I guess if people’re watching Jason Bourne,
they’re also watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. Glad to know that at least some
pop culture survived.”

Then he frowned, looking at the shirt wadded up in his hand. “This is the third
shirt I’ve ruined in the three days since I’ve met you. Considering the fact
that I’ve only got two more, I’m not sure that’s a very good track record.” He
cast a quick look at her, a flash of humor in his eyes. Then, holding the
ruined shirt, he started sloshing through the water.

Jade allowed him to lead–in case there were any more big-ass snakes–and lifted
the torch high as she watched for a sign of rippling water. “You need to take
better care of your shirts, then,” she said archly, giving him the same
sidelong look. “I don’t see how you can blame me for the zombies and a snake
attack. What happened to the third shirt?”

“I got some blood on it,” he said.

Just then they came to the elbow turn around which came a dim glow of light.
When they finally reached the entrance, Elliott took her arm and helped her
keep balanced as she climbed up and out the crude steps.

At the top, they found themselves in a wide cement culvert that opened from the
side of a small hill. Grass and trees covered the ground, with bits of concrete
showing in patches where nature hadn’t quite overtaken man’s footprint.
Buildings long abandoned and destroyed stood in uneven rows, with jagged brick
half-walls covered by vines and moss, windows broken and bushes sprouting.
Trees and bushes abounded. Birds sang, and the distant whinny of a horse
reached her ears. A common scene to someone like Jade, who often ventured out
from Envy’s protective walls.

They emerged into the sunshine, which was welcome and warm after the dank of the
tunnel. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust, and when they stopped watering,
she noticed that Elliott was staring about him as if he’d never seen such a
sight.

“It’s funny,” he murmured as if to himself, smoothing the toe of his boot over a
small cement area.

Jade moved closer. “What is?”

He shook his head, looking down at her with a sort of bleakness in his eyes.
That anguish again. “I always expected it’d be like the Thunderdome. Empty,
arid, cold…a wasteland. But it’s not. It’s…green and overgrown. Sort of
wild. Not what I would have expected.”

Before she could reply, his mood changed abruptly. “So now we have to find a
horse,” he said, looking around again, but with a sharper gaze trained toward
the horizon.

“That’ll be easy,” she told him. “The mustangs run wild all over the hills out
here.”

“And catch one.”

She shrugged. “I have a way with horses.”

Read another excerpt at her site