Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!

Turkey Facts:

The Average American consumes over 15 pounds of Turkey per year.

Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.

U.S. turkey growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.

Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

Male turkeys gobble, the female’s do not - they click.

Commercial raised turkeys cannot fly.

Turkeys can have heart attacks.

The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness.

There are three cities in the U.S. named after the Turkey in Texas, Lousiana, and North Carolina.

Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

10 Years, 10 Weeks, 10 Giveaways with Eos Books

It's week six of Eos Books Blog giveaway and they are celebrating one of their favorite Sagittarians, Joanna Archer ,from Vicki Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac series.

Send your name and email (to be used only to contact the winner) to eosbooks(AT)harpercollins(DOT)com for a chance to win one of five sets of Pettersson's books: The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, and The Touch of Twilight. And guess what...all of the books are signed.

Now I wish I had known about this giveaway back at week one but I'm still excited about signing up for some great books. Don't forget to email in yourself for a chance to win. Good Luck!


Win With Sears This Holiday Season

Make a play for the golden ticket to add some needed cash toward that holiday shopping coming up. Good luck!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I know what a scoundrel wants!

Wendy's Vampire Romance Giveaway

Wendy of Wendy's Minding Spot Blog has a great giveaway. Simply comment for a chance to win "The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance". Here's what Wendy had to say about the book:

"The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance, and Nancy Holder. These ain’t your mother’s vampires!"

You have until December 13th to enter. Good Luck!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Get L J Smith's "Secret Vampire" Ebook for Free

Have you ever read any of L J Smith's books? If not your missing out. L J Smith had some great series that included my favorite "The Game" series. About a girl stalked by a supernatural guy in another realm of sorts who's madly in love with her. And there was also the "Secret Circle". All about magic and bloodlines and how your past can come back to haunt you. Another series called "Dark Visions" was about a group of guys and gals with special talents that thought they were coming to an place for help controlling their powers but ended up on the run together when someone decided to try and own them. In "Hearts of Valor" your caught up in a quest to right the wrong. And "Night World" was the larger series at 9 books. In fact I have all the books in this series. Atleast all the ones published. I say that because if you read the series the last few books were gearing up for a climatic battle against evil in book 10. L J Smith fans all over the world have been dying to find out what happened and get their hands on Night Wordl 10. And finally we will because in 2010 that important last book is due to finally be released. Not that it ends there hopefully because personally I want L J Smith to write many more books. But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Your wondering about that free book I mentioned. Well read on to get the details and your copy...

To coincide with the release of the Twilight movie on November 21, 2008, Simon & Schuster is offering a free download of the first book in the New York Times bestselling Night World Series, Secret Vampire. Secret Vampire will be available for free download for 1 month—November 21st-December 21st.

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters — they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.
In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

The 242 page YA book is the first in the Night World series of 9 books, and the first book in the 3 book bind-up Night World No. 1 available now. Night World No. 2, containing the next three books in the series, is also available, and No. 3 will be available on June 23, 2009. The never before published 10th book in the series will be released by Simon Pulse in 2010. Here's the link to download the book. Happy Reading!

Also, if you have a chance you may want to head on over to Jennifer's Random Musings Blog. She has Anya Bast there who's giving away a copy of "The Chosen Sin"! Don't miss out. It's only until Sunday the 23rd.

Want more Twilight mania celebration? Visit Bitten By Books and enter their Twilight contest for a chance to win the hardcover set of Twilight.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Undercover Contestpalooza

From Lauren Dane's Blog:

Undercover releases from Berkley heat in a little over two weeks on December 2! So to celebrate, I’m going to throw a huge contest from November 15 until Tuesday December 2!

Amazon, barnes and noble and BAMM have Undercover it up for pre-order! And here's a blurb: A sexy debut exploring an erotic future universe of passion, danger, and deceit . . .

"On the battleground or in the bedroom, one woman and two men fight for dominance in a bold, new, and excitingly different direction in erotica . . .

As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can’t stand-and can’t stop thinking about.

With the enemy Imperialists gaining ground, a covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years before, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. But when he was forced into a political marriage, she refused to play mistress. His marriage now over, Ash wants Sera on his team-and back in his bed.

The third team member, Brandt Pela, has an elegance to match Ash’s savage sexuality. And when their undercover plan requires Sera to pose as Brandt’s lover, it ignites a passion among the three of them more dangerous than their mission."

The grand prize winner, chosen November 30 will receive

This tote containing a signed copy of Undercover, an Undercover tee shirt (size large), a Lauren Dane tote bag with zipper enclosure and nifty flat bottom, a Lauren Dane water bottle, assorted swag like pens and bookmarks and your choice of any of my other available titles either in print (Enforcer used as an example here) or in digital - and lastly, a $30 gift certificate to

In addition, every day between November 15 and December 2, I’m going to give away books! Other people’s books in addition to my own!

THE RULES: Each day I’ll do a contest entry with a question you need to answer to enter to win that particular book. I’ve got a lot of books so I may give away more than one a day or more than one at a time so keep your eye out. I’ll announce winners at noon the following day! I’m not going to email the winner so you’ll need to check back. You’ll have a week to claim your prize before I re-draw.

FOR THE GRAND PRIZE: I will draw from ALL THE ENTRIES in all the contest posts from November 15 until the 30th at noon. I’ll go by number (so if there are 200 entries I’ll go to the randomizer and have it choose a number between 1 and 200 - you can enter every contest or a few or one, whatever you like). Again, you’l have to check back to see who won because you’ll have one week to claim or I will re-draw.

For non US residents - I can send you the books I don’t order from Amazon and the grand prize minus the amazon GC since it’s not transferrable! You are not barred from entering just because you’re not a US resident! My readers live all over the world so I’m quite happy to have you all enter wherever you live.'

Congrats on your new release coming up Lauren Dane!


Here's a Little Holiday Fun...

I found this online and thought it was cool.There's a contest connected to this of course. For details head on over to the TotallyHer Forum.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ciana Stone's CTR Giveaway

Ciana Stone is at it again. Come visit her website and enter to win!

This month the prizes are as follows:
2 winners will each receive a download copy of any of my books from Ellora's Cave or Cerridwen Press
1 winner will receive a Chippendales Live in South Africa DVD
1 winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate from
1 winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate from

Winners will be drawn the last day of each month. All you have to do to qualify is have a valid promotional codes. Codes can be found on this on Ciana's site, on her MySpace page, on CoffeeTime Romance & More.

Everyone who enters a code will be registered for the grand prize - a $200.00 gift certificate from The grand prize will be drawn on December 31st.

If you're not interested in participating in the contest, but would still like a free wallpaper, fill out the form on Ciana's site to receive a free wallpaper of your choice. New wallpapers have been added of Ci's Sin-Sational Men, so check it out!

An added note to this contest, I visited Ciana's website and she has two more contests running that you'll definitely want to check out and enter.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

30 Days of Vampires with Lori Devoti!

This is Lori Devoti's official shedule for the 30 Days of Vampires. The event is in honor of her first published vampire tale, The Vampire Who Stole Christmas in the Holiday With A Vampire II anthology for Silhouette Nocturne. For the next thirty days she will have prizes, interviews, excerpts and essays all on vampires.

Grand prize of $100 of vampire books and stuff! To enter comment on individual 30 Days posts. You can comment as much as you want; one comment per post will be counted as an entry. There will also be some daily prizes. (Prizes shipped to U.S. addresses only, all contests end Thursday, December 11th at midnight.)

Date Author Type of post
November 12 Lori Devoti Kick off and Announcement of Grand Prize
November 12 NOON Central Kerrelynn Sparks Interview
November 13 Maria Lima Interview
November 14 Harlequin Harlequin Employees’ Favorite Vampires
November 15 Patricia Altner Whitby Dracula’s Destination
November 16 Laura Baumbach Turned…Does Gender Matter?
November 17 Irene Peterson The Cold Hard Truth About Vampires
November 18 Jaye Wells Interview
November 19 Jennifer Ray Vampire Fiction, Is it a Passing Fad?
November 20 Joey Hill TBA
November 21 TBA Twilight, the movie
November 22 Kristi Astor Twilight the movie, a review
November 23 Paula Guran As Irish as The Vampire
November 24 TBA TBA
November 25 Marta Acosta Interview
November 26 Harlequin Sneak Peak at Harlequin Vampire Titles
November 27 Cornelia Amiri Fangsgiving
November 28 TBA TBA
November 29 Faith Burnham A Student’s Take on Buffy
November 30 Trisha Telep TBA
December 1 Shiloh Walker The Evolution of the Vampire and Contest!
December 2 TBA TBA
December 3 Alex Bledsoe A Rare Stake
December 4 TBA TBA
December 5 Eve Silver Excerpt from Kiss of the Vampire and Contest!
December 6 TBA TBA
December 7 Margaret Carter Vampires, the natural evolution
December 8 Jenna Reynolds Vampires in Your Living Room
December 9 Gerry Bartlett Interview
December 10 Jennifer Rardin Interview
December 11 TBA TBA

I'll definitely be celebrating with you Lori. Congratulations on your new vampire release!


Two Great Giveaways from Maya Banks!

Newsletter Contest
First, sign up for Maya's Newsletter and you'll be eligible to win an eBookwise eBook reader. Already subscribed? All new and existing subscribers are eligible to win one $50.00 or one $25.00 Amazon gift certificate in this contest.

Website Tour Contest

What can you win?

*Two winners will receive a cafe press Writeminded tote bag with books from all the Writeminded authors. The Secret She Kept by Amy Knupp, Be With Me by Maya Banks, Riding Temptation by Jaci Burton, The Darkest Touch by Jaci Burton, Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione, Hot Nights Dark Desires anthology by Stephanie Tyler and Sydney Croft.

*Two winners will receive an advance signed copy of The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress

*Two winners will receive a copy of Into the Lair eBook in winner's choice of formats.

*One winner will receive their choice of a print book from Maya's backlist.

*One winner will receive a choice of an eBook from Maya's backlist.

Answer the questions below in an email to mayabankscontest(AT)gmail(DOT)com with the subject line of 'Website Tour Contest'.

1. What is your favorite Maya Banks book and why is it your favorite? Haven't read one yet? Take a tour of Maya's current releases and list which one caught your eye and why.

2. Which Maya Banks book releases in November 2008?

3. What is the 2009 title of Maya's book releasing from Berkley Sensation?

4. Which eBook from the Falcon Mercenary Group Series intrigues you? How did you decide?

5. If Maya could be anyone else besides a writer, who would she be and why?

6. How many free stories does Maya have on her site?

7. Where can you find out the latest news about Maya and what she's doing? (There are several answers to this question, so pick the one you use most often.)

8. What do you think Regina Fallon misses most from her childhood? (Read the excerpt of Be With Me)

***Both contests end on November 30th, 2008. Winner's first names will be listed on the site in December and will be notified of their win by private email. Winners will be chosen randomly from correct answers. Contests open to all over the age of 18, within the United States and outside of it unless prohibited by law.


Gearing up for the Giveaways

Angela Sparrow's contest for November is a Photo Scavenger Hunt. There are photos of several real-world locations of her stories on her livejournal page which will provide enough clues that with the help of her website, you can figure out which story each photo is from. Then simply leave a comment with the answers and your email to win. All comments are screened.

The prize...A print copy of Flipped Fables OR a print copy of Taboo Treats.

The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of all the correct answers on Dec 6.


Carol of Carol's Notebook Blog is giving away a copy of "Cry Wolf" by Patricia Briggs. A little about the book:

'Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack memeber-and as his mate.'

Sound good? Then visit Carol at her blog and comment for a chance to win!


From the desk of Elaine Cantrell...

I'm giving away a pretty Christmas angel just in time for you to have her for the holidays. She's 12 inches tall and dressed in cream colored flocked velvet and brocade trimmed in gold. The tops of her wings are covered with fluffy down, and she has a gold and white Christmas bouquet in her hand. You can see her at my web site at To enter the contest go to my web site and subscribe to my newsletter. Just click the yahoo button and follow the directions. I'll announce the winner on December 1 in my newsletter.

Thanks for reading!
Elaine Cantrell
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love


The 12 Days of Silver Giveaway!

Silver Treats is releaunching December 1st and to celebrate they are offering all of us the goodies in their 12 Days of Silver Giveaway! Now you definitely must check out this site. Silver Treats carries a little of everything and then some. From beautiful charms, to elegant rings they all have their own warmth and elgance. I have to say my favorites were the beautiful butterflies. They had wings of every color of the rainbow with Millifori or simply glittered while framed in Marcasite. But don't take my word for it, click on over to Silver Treats and see for yourself. Perfect gifts for Christmas.
In celebration of their December 1st relaunch Silver Treats is giving away free jewelry in their 12 Days of Silver Giveaway , plus 1 in every 5 entries wins a $10 gift certificate. Good luck!


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

November Contests to Enter

Here's one awesome contest I simply had to blog about. A little off the beaten path of books but I thought a lot of you might be interested in this contest. I know I am. I've even entered already....

Tell Blogher why Black Friday shopping is an important holiday tradition for you and your family and win a $1,000 Best Buy gift card, VIP treatment, and early entry into the participating store nearest to you on the morning after Thanksgiving!

Is Black Friday shopping a tradition for you and your family?
What do you do to make the day after Thanksgiving a particularly fun and special day?

In 250 words or less, share your story with Blogher. Twenty-five lucky winners will be crowned Black Friday VIPs at pre-designated Best Buy locations in the US specified on the offical contest form here.

Each Black Friday VIP will receive:

A $1,000 Best Buy gift card
VIP treatment at the designated Best Buy store closest to you, including:

o A limo ride to and from Best Buy on the morning after Thanksgiving
o On-site pampering and prizes for the winner and three guests
o Early admittance into the store at 4:30 a.m. - a half hour before anyone else!
o The ability to purchase up to four unique Black Friday doorbusters
AND a Pure Digital Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder to document the Black Friday VIP experience!

To enter the contest, submit your story on the Blogher form. Entries will also be taken at Only one entry per person. Entries will be judged on creativity and originality (50%); relevance to the stated focus of the contest (25%) and readability (25%). Contest ends November 18th.

Sandier Pastures is giving away an $50 gift certificate to Shellamie Jewelry! And I have to say that the jewelry is quite stunning. They have some of the best tree of life pendants I have seen with different stones as backgrounds to suit your taste. To win some of this elegant finery, just hop on over to Sandier Pastures and comment with the name of the jewelry item you found the most appealing to you over at Shellamie Jewelry. Contest ends November 10th.


Mari Carr is celebrating her fourth book release at Ellora's Cave for the end of this month. Stop by her website to take part in her book-a-week contest counting down to the release of "Retreat" on November 28th.


Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm Blogging Over at Dayana Knight's!

Dayana Knight is letting me spend the day on Nov 4th with her over at her blog!! How awesome is that?!! I am very honored and of course I'll definitely be celebrating this special event with a contest! All you have to do is hop on over and comment. Tell Dayana and I what your favorite prize was that you have ever won online. And if you have never won anything, simply tell us what you would like to win if you could. Remember that your entry doesn't count unless you comment on Dayana Knight's blog. It's going to be fun so I hope to see you there!

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

November Contest Kickoffs...

There will be lots of chances to win books starting Monday, November 3rd at the HUGE Book Giveaway Carnival. So remember to visit Book Room Reviews Blog to enter the links to all the wonderful bloggers who want to give you books! And starting November 15th Book Room Reviews will have a giveaway every day for thirty days. And the prizes are not all books. Some of the prizes include DVDs, Games, Toys, Beauty Products and MUCH more!! Don't miss your chance to win.


And here's an announcement from Sylvia Day....


American Title V finalist Marie-Claude Bourque has been interviewing the other ATV finalists and I've been posting their interviews on Sylvia Day's blog every Monday (author Q&A) and Thursday (character Q&A). Read the interview posts and comment for your chance to win!

DEAD PEOPLE - Edie Ramer: Oct 20 / Oct 23
ONCE UPON A MASQUERADE - Tamara Hughes: Oct 27 / Oct 30
IN A LOVER'S SILENCE - Qaey Williams: Nov 3 / Nov 6
THE SERPENT'S TOOTH - Jessica Darago: Nov 10 / Nov 13
HOW TO TAME A HARPY - Michelle Lauren: Nov 17 / Nov 20
TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER - Barbara Longley: Nov 24 / Nov 27
NEVER COMING HOME - Evonne Wareham: Dec 1 / Dec 4
ANCIENT WHISPERS - Marie-Claude Bourque: Dec. 8 / Dec 11

PRIZE POOL FOR THOSE WHO COMMENT (one winner selected per interview!) -- This list is a work in progress, so check the Sylvia Day's blog often to see the updates!!

* Shayla Black - a prize pack that includes a signed copy of TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS
* Karin Tabke - to be announced
* Debra Webb - autographed copy of NAMELESS
* Toni McGee Causey - to be announced
* Sasha White - a prize pack that includes a signed copy of SEXY DEVIL and some promo swag for its sequel, PRIMAL MALE
* Cathryn Fox - a copy of THE HOTLINE and swag for SUN STROKED
* Allison Brennan - autographed trilogy: SPEAK NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL, FEAR NO EVIL
* S.J. Day - two MARKED series coffee mugs
* Jennifer Lyon - autographed copies of SUN, SAND, SEX and EXTREMELY HOT
* Roxanne St. Claire - an autographed set of the 2008 Bullet Catcher trilogy - FIRST YOU RUN, THEN YOU HIDE and NOW YOU DIE
* Mary Wine - autographed copy of LET ME LOVE YOU
* Mackenzie McKade - to be announced
* Lauren Dane - a signed copy of READING BETWEEN THE LINES
* Beth Williamson -- a signed copy of LEATHER & LACE
* Shiloh Walker - a signed copy of THROUGH THE VEIL and a handmade bookmark

Thanks to all of these phenomenal authors for their generous donations!!


Also, if you like ebooks Total Ebound has some free Erotic Romance Ebooks available for download. Take a look over at their site.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sidhe Vicious's Halloween Contest

Sidhe Vicious is having a contest! I stole the details from Sidhe's blog and here they are:

Here we go my little ghouls and goblins! In honor of All Hallows Eve, I’m having a contest to win one of three awesome books! I’ll tell you which ones, and the contest details will follow.

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Dorchester / Paranormal Rom ( Jul 7 2008 )
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505527693
ISBN-13: 978-0505527691
Blurb - ”It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.

Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn’t work, how dangerous could a little seduction be…?”

Countdown by Michelle Maddox

Mass Market Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Dorchester / SHOMI ( Jul 7 2008 )
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505527553
ISBN-13: 978-0505527554
Blurb -

Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die.

The man she’s been partnered with-her only ally in this nightmare-is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him?

No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the

The Wild Road by Marlorie Liu

Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Dorchester ( Jul 7 2008 )
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843959398
ISBN-13: 978-0843959390
Blurb - “Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs.

But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood—desperate and alone, with no memory or past—he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows. And though it goes against his nature and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul, in order to save someone who could be the love of his life…or the end of it.”

Sweet no? There is also a little bit of Monster Munny chocolate involved for the winners! The contest will run from the eve of October 31st until Midnight, November 8th. I will post the three winners on Nov. 9th. Unfortunately, I can only afford to ship within Canada and USA, so I will have to only accept entries from readers who live in these two countries. I apologize to my international readers.

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing is about Halloween, or a funny story about something that happened on Halloween, a scary story, or something to that effect. Please let me know what your preferences are for all three books and list them in the order of which book you would like the most to the least. The first name I pull will get the one they want, the second person will get the one they like first or second, and so on.

For an extra entry, subscribe to my blog, or if you’re already subscribed, let me know in your comments.

For another extra entry, post or blog about this contest on your blog, facebook, myspace, etc., and leave me the link in your comments.

I will attempt to contact the winners, but if I have no way of contacting you, then it’s the winners’ responsibility to check back and contact me within a week of the names being posted, or my emailing you. If I don’t hear back from a winner, I will pull a new name from the entrants.

Thanks everyone! I wish you all luck and a safe and Happy Halloween! :)