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Giveaway Winners!

Since I had three giveaway hops going at once last month, I thought I’d do an announcement post this time (I don’t normally do this). What a wild and crazy month! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered, left comments, tweeted and followed me. I hope some of you found something interesting on this blog that will make you want to come back for more:) So here they are, my October giveaway winners:

Something Wicked Returns Giveaway Hop:  Kristia Miltiadou from Cyprus! Kristia wins a copy of The Shining by Stephen King.

October New Release Giveaway Hop: Amie Vu from the U.S.! Amie wins a copy of Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano.

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop:  Jennifer Wheeler from New Zealand! Jennifer wins a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

I was excited to have two international winners this time! Congratulations everyone, and once again, big thanks to everyone who entered. You can enter the Dystopian Giveaway Hop here, and check back later in the month for the November New Release Giveaway Hop.

For my U.S. readers, you can win a paperback copy of Appalachian Undead, a collection of short zombie stories that are set near the Appalachian Mountains. It was such a fun read, and I highly recommend it. You can read my interview with Apex Publications’s owner, Jason Sizemore, and then enter to win the book. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the post here.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Win a Haunted House Story!

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‘Tis the month for spooky stories! I’m so happy to be joining this HUMONGOUS giveaway hop! This hop has over 375 bloggers participating, which should keep you busy this month:) The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. So, what can you win from Books, Bones & Buffy? One international winner will get to choose one of the following haunted house books! As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you can enter. (please check first) Or you can opt to receive the e-book version if you prefer. Clicking on the book title will take you to the Goodreads synopsis:

Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

House of Leaves by Mark. Z. Danielewski

Some classics and some fairly recent books, all dealing with a haunted house in one form or another. Are you brave enough to choose? If you are, click the Rafflecopter button below:

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And now, off to the rest of the 375+ stops you go! (I’m not kidding.)

Click here to see the other stops on this Giveaway Hop.

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Stacking the Shelves (40)

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I’m happy to be participating in Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, where we share our book hauls from the previous week. I have two weeks worth of books to share with you. It turned out to be an excellent week for packages in the mail! I made some awesome purchases, which all arrived this week, and I got some review books in the mail as well. Here’s what I received:

For Review:

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The Descent by Alma Katsu. Release date: January 7 2014 (Gallery Books). Alma sent me this herself. She’s one of the few traditionally published authors out there who contacts bloggers directly and asks them if they’d like ARCs of her books! She’s awesome. This is the third book in the series and I’m so excited to see how everything ends up. If you haven’t read The Taker or The Reckoning, you’re missing out. Not for teens, however!  (in my opinion) These are adult-themed books.

Mist by Susan Krinard. I won this from The Qwillery, and I’ve read some pretty good reviews of it. Thanks so much, Sally!

Meat and Garbage Man by Joseph D’Lacey. Soon to be released from Oak Tree Press. I loved D’Lacey’s Black Feathers, and I’m looking forward to reading these earlier books that he wrote, which are being re-released by Oak Tree Press, a small UK publisher. Thank you Tabitha!

Digital ARCs for Review:

Scarecrow by Matthew Pritchard. This book isn’t in the Goodreads database, which makes me a little nervous. It’s from a small UK publisher and comes out next week. Big thanks to my publicist buddy Tabitha for sending me a copy!

Sekret by Lindsay Smith. This was a “read now” on NetGalley, and so I decided to give it a try. Sekret doesn’t come out until next April.

Roomies by Sara Zarr. This sounds so good, and I love the cover. This was also a recent “read now,” and I’m sure I won’t be the only one with this on my list this week.

The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank. OK, so the Goodreads reviews on this one are all over the place. So who knows? It sure sounds good to me, though, and I like the pretty cover:)

Purchased:

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Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig. OK, I do realize this is the SECOND book in the series, but Barnes & Noble didn’t have a copy of Blackbirds. I’m dying to read this series, especially since the third book, The Cormorant, is coming out soon. So anyway, I bought Mockingbird, but I’ll have to track down Blackbirds soon. In case you don’t know, Chuck is one of my FAVE authors. And he should be one of yours, if you love weird, urban fantasy that is different from anything else you’ve ever read.

Scorched by Mari Mancusi. Wow this book is gorgeous! Sometimes you really miss out by reading ebooks, and this is one of those times. The boards of the book (when you take off the dust jacket) are printed in full color with artwork of the dragon. Just beautifully designed!

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’ve been pining to read this for quite a while, and the way my reading schedule is going, I’m going to have to wait a little longer.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Oh you guys…this book. I love this book. You can read my review here. I had to own my own copy, since I borrowed an ARC from VICTORIA HERSELF! You. Must. Go. Read. Now.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I’ve heard pretty good things about this sequel to The Shining.

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I love this book too! Jay is an amazingly visual writer, he literally brings his world to life. Reading Kinslayer was such an emotional experience, that as a reader it’s hard not to completely fall into the lives of his characters. You can read my review here.

That’s what’s on my shelves! Please link me up to your book haul post, whichever one you do!

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Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop! Win a Copy of THE SHINING or NOS4A2!

Welcome to the Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop, hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, The Nocturnal Library, Candace’s Book Blog and My Guilty Obsession! This hop will run for the entire month of October, and we’re celebrating the season by offering some pretty scary giveaways;) For my stop, I’m offering one international winner their choice of a paperback copy of The Shining by Stephen King or Joe Hill’s latest horror behemoth novel NOS4A2Here’s more about these books from two of the masters of horror:

The Shining2Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

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NOS4A2NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

If you haven’t read The Shining yet, this is your chance to catch up before you pick up Doctor Sleep, the sequel.  Rules: This giveaway is international provided The Book Depository ships to your country (Please check here before you enter to make sure your country is included) and runs through October 31st. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen. Are you ready to enter? Simply click the Rafflecopter button below:

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Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on this hop:

1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings(Int)~
2. Maja@The Nocturnal Library(Int)~
3. Candace@Candace’s Book Blog(Int)
4. Ali@My Guilty Obsession(Int)
5. Tanja & Glass @ Ja čitam, a ti? (INT)~
6. Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal
7. Lizzy @ Lizzy’s Dark Fiction
8. LAURA @ MUSIC PLUS BOOKS
9. Jenny@Supernatural Snark
10. Jen @ Under a Gray Sky
11. Ellen @ Always YA at Heart (Int)~
12. Beth @ Living a Goddess Life
13. Veronica @ Mostly Reviews (Int)~
14. Danny @ Bewitched Bookworms
15. Christy @ Love of Books
16. Darcus @ Rainy Days and Pajamas
17. Heather@Buried in Books (Int)~
18. Vidya @ Books Are Magic
19. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction(Int)~
20. Lisa @ Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews
21. Kristin @ My ParaHangover(Int)~
22. Tressa’s Wishful Endings
23. Kim @ YA Asylum (Int)
24. kathy geiser
25. Nova Reylin @ My Seryniti
26. Jessica @ Jessabella Reads
27. Sabrina @ I Heart Y.A. Fiction (INT)
28. Marlene @ Reading Reality
29. Megan@Amethyst Book Dreams (Int)~
30. Danielle @ Coffee and Characters (INT)
31. Aditi @ READioactive Book Blog (INT)
32. Shah Wharton’s WordsinSync
33. Fi @ Bookish Outsider(Int)~
34. Beth @ Curling Up With A Good Book
35. Kimba@ Caffeinated Book Reviewer (Int)~
36. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl (INT)
37. Jay @ Vailia’s Page Turner
38. Lisa @ I’ll Tumble for YA
39. Miss Angie @ My So-Called Chaos
40. Isaiyan Morrison
41. Tammy @ Into the Mystic
42. Wendy @ Wensend(Int)~
43. Dalene@Dalene’s Book Reviews
44. Mary @SweepingMe (Int)
45. Angie @ Books4Tomorrow (Int)~
46. Shelf Stacker (Int)~
47. Tammy @ Mug of Moxie
48. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun~
49. Cherry @ Cherry Mischievous (Int)
50. Holly @ Words Fueled by Love (INT)
51. Mommasez…
52. Sarah @ Literary Meanderings (INT)
53. Diana @ Strahbary’s Fields
54. Kelly @ Have Book Will Read
55. Frankie’s Bookshelf~
56. My Paranormal Book Review
57. Deal Sharing Aunt USA
58. 3 Partners in Shopping USA
59. AimeeKay’s Reviews & Other Randomness (US)
60. J.A. Garland(Int)~
61. Ginny @ Gin’s Book Notes(Int)~
62. Book-Marks the Spot (US)~
63. The Revolving Bookcase (U.S.)~
64. Hot Listens (INT)
65. Laurie @Reader Girls )Int)
66. Belle @ Dilettantish Reader (Int)
67. Bookish Randomness (INT)
68. Natalie @ Book Lovers Life (INT)~
69. Tanya @ Good Book Gal
70. Susan Arden (INT)
71. SNARKY MOM READS… (INT)~
72. Donna @The Happy Booker
73. MYTHICAL BOOKS (INT)~
74. E.S.P.
75. Addicted Readers
76. Melanie Karsak (INT)~
77. Margo Bond Collins (INT)~
78. Jen YA @ Romantics
79. Book Sniffers Anonymous (Int)
80. Clever Girls Read (US)
81. Imagine a World (INT)
82. Books, Bones & Buffy
83. Danielle @ Ladybug Literature (US)
84. Aly’s Miscellany (INT)
85. Pabkins & April @ My Shelf Confessions (INT)

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Tammy’s Top Ten Fall 2013 Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s is one of my favorites. I love highlighting the season’s upcoming releases that I’m most excited about, although it’s very hard to narrow it down to only ten books. (But hey, I’m a rule follower, so I do!) I define “Fall” as the months of September, October and November, so all my choices will release during those months. Here is my list of Fall 2013 releases that I’m most excited about, in order of their release date (click on the covers to go to Goodreads):

Scorched1Scorched by Mari Mancusi. Released September 3 2013 (Sourcebooks Fire).  I fell in love with this awesome cover as soon as I saw it, and then fell in love with the story idea. Plus I’ve read some great reviews, which makes me more anxious than ever to read it. A girl, two boys, and a dragon. This is one love triangle I’m not afraid of… I have Scorched in my Amazon cart, and I’m just waiting for payday to push the “Buy now” button!

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Kinslayer2Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. Release date: September 17 2013 (Thomas Dunne Books). I adored Stormdancer, and now the second book in The Lotus War series is finally out…I was fortunate enough to win an ARC in a Library Thing giveaway, but I’ve also got a pre-order copy on the way from Amazon. I’ve been warned that Kinslayer is dark, maybe even darker than Stormdancer, but that’s OK.  In case you haven’t been reading this blog, I kinda like dark…

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Vicious3Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Release date: September 24 2013 (Tor). Oh you guys…I just finished Vicious yesterday, and I’m still recovering. I was lucky enough to join an ARC tour that Victoria is hosting, and I read it as fast as I could (in the midst of my daughter’s thirteenth birthday weekend and lots of other stuff) so I could pass it along to the next person on the list. This is definitely on my top ten list for the year, no doubt. My review will be up later this week. You are going to love Vicious!

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Dr. Sleep4Dr. Sleep by Stephen King. Release date: September 24 2013 (Scribner). A sequel to The Shining, you say? Of course I want to read it! In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or maybe you just aren’t a Stephen King fan), Dr. Sleep releases next week. I don’t know when I’ll be able to read it, but I’m aiming for October sometime. This is a slim book by King standards at only 544 pages, so I have no excuse…

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NotaDroptoDrink_final_15Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. Release date: September 24 2013 (Katherine Tegen Books). I’m so excited that I have an e-ARC of this book, and it’s next on my list to read. I’ve been reading glowing reviews from other bloggers, who are also praising it because it’s a dystopian novel without any supernatural elements. Plus look at the gorgeousness of the cover!

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The Abominable26The Abominable by Dan Simmons. Release date: October 22 2013 (Little, Brown & Company). I am a huge Dan Simmons fan, and I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by him. I did, however, just read a negative review of his latest from a trusted source. It made me hesitate a bit, but I’m still going to read it for myself. I believe the reviewer was disappointed in the lack of supernatural elements, but Simmons is still a great story-teller, so I’ll give it a try.

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The Goldfinch7The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Release date: October 22 2013. (Little, Brown & Company). This was a recent Waiting on Wednesday pick. I know I’m repeating myself, but Tartt’s first book The Secret History is one of my all-time favorite books. I find it refreshing for an author to actually take her time writing each book. Especially in the current young adult market, when authors are expected to crank out a book every year (or more!), The Goldfinch will be published ten years after Tartt’s last book, The Little Friend. Makes you think every word will be just right.

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by Max Gladstone. Release date: October 29 2013 (Tor). I was lucky enough to meet Max at San Diego Comic Con and get a signed ARC of this book. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to read the next installment in this series. Although Max did tell me that my two favorite characters don’t make an appearance this time, they will be back for book three. If you love urban fantasy and gorgeous writing, you need to read these books. Start with  Three Parts Dead.

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The Deaths of Tao9The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu. Release date: October 29 2013 (Angry Robot Books). I absolutely loved The Lives of Tao, which is about a guy who just happens to have an alien life form sharing space in his body, who talks to him in his head and gives him advice based on a thousand years of life experiences. Chu is hysterically funny and manages to combine humor, emotional angst, and a history lesson all in the same story. I’m looking forward to more of Tao’s adventures.

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The Wicked Game10This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink. Release date: November 14 2013 (Dial).  I was initially drawn to this beautifully done cover, but after I read that this book is about voodoo, I knew I had to read it. I’ve never read this author before, but she seems to be getting lots of really good reviews. Honestly, I want a big poster of this book cover to hang in my office!

So, do you have any of these titles on your top ten?

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A to Z Bookish Survey

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As I was catching up on emails this morning, I ran across this fun A to Z Survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner! I’ve decided to participate by creating my own A to Z post since I need something light-hearted and stress-free today. You can visit Jamie’s blog and see how other bloggers answered this survey, and you can even participate and create your own post, or simply leave your answers in the comments section. And you might learn a little more about me too:) So here are my A to Z answers:

AUTHOR you’ve read the most books from:

I’m just guessing here, because I have not entered my entire life’s reading history into Goodreads. But as most of you know, I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and since he’s written over 40 books and I’ve read all of them, my answer is clearly going to be Stephen King!

BEST Sequel Ever:

Fire by Kristin Cashore. I adored Graceling, but there was something about Fire that spoke to me even more. What an awesome writer and series this is!

CURRENTLY reading:

Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard. Wow, this book is making me crazy! It’s a combination of a whacked-out road trip  story and a mystery…and I still have no idea what’s going on (I’m about 100 pages in). It’s one of those stories that you just can’t stop turning pages because you NEED to find out what’s happening.

DRINK of choice while reading:

It depends on the time of day. When I read in the morning, of course it’s going to be coffee. I’m a coffee person all the way (with Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds on the side, please!) But other times during the day, I either drink iced tea, or nothing at all.

E-READER or physical book?

Well, my heart says “physical book” and always will. I’ve amassed a huge library over the years, since I started collecting books, and I love to turn pages, real pages. However, I’ve discovered that when reading review books, it’s much easier to read on my Kindle and highlight and take notes, rather than trying to keep a notebook and pen handy. Both have their positives, I guess!

FICTIONAL character you actually probably would have dated in high school:

Edward! No, just kidding:) I wanted to see if you were paying attention!

GLAD you gave this book a chance:

The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman. That book was sooo depressing and I nearly gave up on it. But I forced myself to read the whole book, and of course by the end I was so glad I had. It was an amazing story told by an amazing writer (but yes, depressing…)

HIDDEN gem book:

I’m going to have to say Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler. One of the most unusual books I’ve ever read, and one that needs more attention, I think! She’s a brilliant writer.

IMPORTANT moment in your reading life:

Starting this blog! I can’t imagine my life without blogging, and I’m so glad I took the leap, even though I had no idea what I was doing.

JUST finished:

Geddy’s Moon by John Mulhall

KINDS of books you won’t read:

Contemporary romance. I just feel for the most part this genre is mostly fluff (and I know that’s not true, but it’s my general impression). I like some darkness in the books I read, so I do love romance, but it needs to be of the urban fantasy, horror or science fiction variety.

LONGEST book you’ve read:

Again, I’m kind of guessing for this question, since I don’t have any way of looking this up on Goodreads. It’s probably Under the Dome by Stephen King, which comes in at a whopping 1,072 pages and can be used as a weapon.

MAJOR book hangover because of:

I’m going to pick a recent read for this question. Absolutely it’s got to be Three by Jay Posey. Damn he threw a curve ball at me with a certain plot twist, and I’m still recovering. Thanks a lot, Jay!

NUMBER of bookcases you own.

OK, I actually have to leave my desk and go count. I’ll be right back. Technically I have eleven, but I have just as many stacks of books hanging around in almost every room of my house that don’t have a home.

ONE  book you have read multiple times:

I’m going to get some hate for this answer, but it’s true. I’ve read Twilight about six times. And let me explain that this was before all the Twilight blogger hate that exploded, especially after the release of the last two books. When I first read Twilight, no one even knew what it was. I literally finished it and flipped back to the first page and started it again. Sorry, but it’s true.

PREFERRED place to read:

In bed! Under the covers! With my two dogs next to me!

QUOTE that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Oh, there are so many! I tend to like quotes that aren’t really touchy-feely. I don’t really get into inspirational crap so much, so I’m choosing a quote that I love for the beauty of the writing and the utter simplicity of conjuring a feeling. This is from The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig:

It’s like being in a ship that’s just starting to capsize. Listing on an unforgiving ocean. Then: a wind of wet heat on his forehead – a hot breath – and at the edges of his vision the ripple of blue flame like a puddle of vodka lit with a Zippo, a ripple that fades fast, taking with it the scales that cover the eyes, that protect the mind, that hide the happy dumb people from the truth of what lies beneath.

READING regret:

Wow, this is a hard one. I think I’m going to have to steal from Jamie on this one (sorry Jamie!), except mine’s a bit different from hers. I regret not finding out about Harry Potter until book four was about to come out. (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Being a collector, I really regret not having first printings of books one through three. That kills me!!

SERIES you started and need to finish (all books are out in the series):

I’m cheating on this one. This is a series that I haven’t even started! I can’t believe I haven’t read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series. I know they’re amazing and they’re my kinds of books, but blogging duties have gotten in the way of reading them.

THREE of your all-time favorite books:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.

UNAPOLOGETIC fan girl for:

Another tough question! The first thing that comes to mind is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Although I don’t think I need to apologize for that! There are seven books in the series and I think every one is amazing. Stephen King at his best, don’t miss them!

VERY excited for this release more than all the others:

This one is easy: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I’m literally DYING to read it.

WORST bookish habit:

Not reading everything I buy. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

X marks the spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Which shelf? OK, I’ll pick the closest one.  The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff.

YOUR latest book purchase:

Ink by Amanda Sun.

ZZZ-snatcher book (the last book that kept you up WAY late):

This one’s tough for me, because I generally don’t stay up late reading. But I do remember reading Bruised by Sarah Skilton and not being able to put it down, so that counts, right?

Wow, that was tons of fun! Thanks for checking out my A to Z Bookish Survey! Let me know in the comments if you agree/disagree with any of my answers.

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Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop! Win a Copy of JOYLAND by Stephen King

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Congratulations to my winner, Gef Fox! Thank you to everyone who entered:)

Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer! One international winner will receive a paperback copy of Stephen King’s latest, Joyland:

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“I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park.

It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak. Who dares enter the funhouse of fear?

I just bought my own copy of Joyland, and I can’t wait to read it. For those of you who don’t know, King decided to publish this book in paperback format only (no e-book) in order to pay tribute to the “good ol’ days” of pulp paperbacks. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY, provided The Book Depository ships to your country (please click here to check before you enter). To enter, click the Rafflecopter button below! Good luck:)

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And catch up with the other bloggers on this hop (almost 200!!) by clicking here.

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Stacking the Shelves (33)

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Welcome to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, where we share the books we’ve received with the bloggosphere! This was my week for purchasing books, mostly. I’m still in catch-up mode (and will be for quite some time to come), so I only have one new NetGalley and two other books for upcoming blog tours.  Here’s what I have, just click on the book cover to go to Goodreads:

For review:

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The Returned by Jason Mott. Release date: August 27 2013 (Harlequin MIRA). This was on my recent Top Ten Summer Books, and I’m so happy I was approved to read it. It’s getting lots of attention and has a number of mixed reviews on Goodreads. But that won’t scare me off from reading it.

Canary by Rachele Alpine. Release date: August 1 2013 (Medallion Press). I’ll be on the Canary blog tour in August, which I’m very excited about. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this book! Big thanks to Rachele for sending me a copy:)

The Samaritan’s Pistol by Eric Bishop. Release date: August 24 2013 (Jolly Fish Press). This is a new small publisher for me, and even though this isn’t my normal reading fare, it actually sounds like fun. I’ll be on the blog tour in September.

Received for Blog Tour:

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Solstice by P. J. Hoover. Now available (Tor Teen). I recently participated in a guest post blog tour for Solstice, and the author/publisher was nice enough to send everyone on the tour a finished hard cover of the book. Not sure when I’m going to fit this in, but I will as soon as I can. It looks great! You can also enter to win one of 25 finished copies yourself! The giveaway is going on for another week or so, in addition to a gigantic giveaway on P. J.’s blog! Click here for more information on how to enter both giveaways.

Purchased:

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I finally got Joyland! I can’t wait to read this one, in fact I will probably sneak it in next. I’m really excited to read Ink, for many reasons, but because I’ve seen so many disparate reviews, I’m curious to form my own opinions. I stumbled across Carnival while browsing through Publishers Weekly, and it sounds pretty darn good. Just click on the cover and read the Goodreads description! All these books are now available.

So, that’s what I have. I’d love to see what books you received this week—link me up below!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways, going on now—simply look at the top on the right sidebar!

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Tammy’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2013

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s hosted, as always, by The Broke and the Bookish. I love this week’s theme, because I always look forward to sharing books I’m excited to read. I’m going literal here, and only including books that will be released in June, July and August of this year. A couple of these are already out, but I haven’t read them yet. And I had to leave a few off the list because I’ve already read them (like the amazing Charm & Strange). Obviously this is only a small portion of the summer releases that I’m excited about! Here they are, in order of release date (click on the covers to go to Goodreads):

1JoylandJoyland by Stephen King. Release date: June 4 2013 (Hard Case Crime). Of course I’m going to list this book! I haven’t read a lot of reviews, but it does seem to be getting favorable press.  This is more of a hard-boiled mystery than horror, but I’ll read just about anything King writes. King made the unusual decision to publish this as a mass market paperback only (no e-b00k) as a nostalgic look back at the wonderful days of pulp fiction. Although I have seen a collector’s hardcover edition of Joyland, I still think this is the nicer package.

2The Shining GirlsThe Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Release date: June 4 2013 (Mulholland Books). I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, and I’m dying to get my hands on it.  It’s a horror/serial killer/time travel story, I mean, who wouldn’t want to read that?? This is Beukes’ third book, I believe (she may have some self-published books as well) but I haven’t read her yet. The cover is deceiving, and makes this look like literary fiction. But I’ve read lots of good reviews, and with all the YA books I’ve been reading lately, I’m looking forward to an adult book for a change:)

3InTheAfter - hi-resIn the After by Demitria Lunetta. Release date: June 25 2013 (Harper Teen). This was a Waiting on Wednesday way back when, and I’m still waiting on it! I was lucky enough to get approved for this title on Edelweiss, so I’ll be reading and reviewing it soon. It’s a post-apocalyptic thriller with a teen and a toddler as main characters, and it’s got a horror vibe going as well. I love that it breaks away from the typical boy/girl protagonists. (Although there may be a boy in the story, I don’t know!)

4InkInk by Amanda Sun. Release date: June 25 2013 (Harlequin Teen). I’ve been trying to snag a copy of this (on both NetGalley and during the Ink blog tour giveaways), but so far no luck. Ink takes place in Japan, which is near and dear to my heart since I lived there for a year back in college. It sounds amazing, and there is a paranormal element to it, which I love. But mostly, I love looking at the gorgeous cover art! I wish more publishers would move away from using photography on book covers, and hire artists instead. Photography on covers has been a trend for a long time, and I think it might be time for a change…

5ThreeThree by Jay Posey. Release date: July 30 2013 (Angry Robot). I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Posey’s debut. If you read this blog on a regular basis you know I’m a huge Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry fan, so I’m very excited about Three. Plus, it’s the first in a new series. Plus, I love the cover! Look how beautiful it is…And check out one of the pre-release reviews: “Stark and powerful, THREE is a stunning debut. Reinventing the post-apocalyptic western as a journey across interior badlands as dangerous as the cyborg-haunted terrain his hero must cross, Posey has crafted a story that is impossible to put down.”
- Richard E. Dansky, author of Snowbird Gothic

6Under the Empyrean SkyUnder the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. Release date: July 30 2013 (Amazon Children’s Publishing). Chuck is my new favorite author. That’s quite a statement, because I love so many authors, but he seriously blew me away with The Blue Blazes (you can read my review here), so much so that I had to create a special award for the book. I also love his blog, and I seriously recommend you follow it, especially if you are an aspiring writer. I was thrilled and confused to see this title on NetGalley. Thrilled, for obvious reasons. Confused, because he seems to have switched publishers. Hmmm, I need to find out why.

7The Bone SeasonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Release date: August 20 2013 (Bloomsbury USA). Don’t hate Shannon because she’s only twenty-one and has inked a seven book deal before she’s even got her college degree (not to mention sold the movie rights). Rather, let’s all read this book that’s got some great reviews on Goodreads already! I’m thrilled that I was just approved for this title on NetGalley. And yes, this is the first of a seven book series. It makes me a bit tired to think about that, but my previous reading experiences with seven book series have been awesome, so I’m keeping an open mind…

8Relic Renee CollinsRelic by Renee Collins. Release date: August 27 2013 (Entangled Teen). I love the world building idea of this story: in a small town in Colorado, people mine the bones of long dead magical creatures, bones that contain residual magic and can give the owner powers.  Cool idea, right? Plus, lovely orangey/purply cover! It’s described as “western fantasy,” a sub-genre that I love. And with almost all five-star reviews on Goodreads so far, I’m hoping this is going to be fantastic.

9The Dark BetweenThe Dark Between by Sonia Gensler. Release date: August 27 2013 (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Ghost story! Spiritualism! Séances! This historical book is set at the turn-of-the-century when spiritualism was becoming popular, and takes place at a college in Cambridge, England. It’s recommended for fans of Libba Bray, and that’s good enough for me.  I’ve seen some great reviews for this book, and I can’t wait to read it!

10The ReturnedThe Returned by Jason Mott. Release date: August 27 2013 (Harlequin MIRA).  I don’t usually jump on the hype bandwagon, but I am intrigued by this book. What happens when your dead loved ones come back? Not as zombies, mind you, but as themselves, when they were alive? How do the living cope with such a phenomenon? That’s the concept behind this story that’s getting an awful lot of attention and is being compared to Stephen King. Yes, I want to read it.

So, what are your top picks for the summer? Leave me a link so I can visit your blog!

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Link Salad button copyWelcome to another Link Salad! This week I should call this “Video Salad,” since most of my links are videos…It’s quite the mixed bag, so sit back and get ready for a little entertainment…

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Ray HarryhauserRay Harryhausen, the pioneer of stop-motion animation, has died at the age of 92. The Fire Wire has a nice story about him, as well as a film clip of one of his more famous movies, Jason and the Argonauts. This 1963 film may seem dated set against today’s technology, but back then it was considered cutting edge!

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under the domeStephen King’s massive door-stopper Under the Dome is soon to be a television show. Tor.com explains why this new trailer could be a prequel for Battlestar Galactica! My only problem with turning this into a TV show is that if you’ve read the book and you know exactly what the dome is, what’s the point in reliving it all over again? Oh well, millions will watch, I’m sure. Check out the trailer here.

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Spock ActorsOld and new Star Trek Spock actors, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, are pretty funny in this ad for Audi, via The Fire Wire. That’s all I’m going to say, just click here to watch!

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The Shining GirlsLauren Beukes’ latest novel The Shining Girls hits shelves next month, and it’s on my “to read” list for sure. It’s the story of a time-travelling serial killer! Entertainment Weekly‘s Shelf Life has the new trailer, and boy is it creepy…Click here to watch now!

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Joe HillWired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy has an interview with author Joe Hill about being the son of Stephen King, among other juicy tidbits. His new novel NOS4A2 has just come out, as you may know, so he talks about that, too. I’ll admit I haven’t listened to it yet (it’s over two hours long), but I will soon.

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112263In yet more Stephen King news, his novel 11/22/63 has also been optioned for TV. Read the Fire Wire article here.

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