Christmas Countdown – feature and giveaway (ENDED)!

Good morning! I’m very excited to be featured on Suze and Agi’s Christmas countdown today. They were very kind – my youngest had been sick and missing a lot of school, so my Q&A  is brief, but I appreciate that they still made room for me. Head over to onmybookshelf – I Heart Chick Lit to check it out and enter the rafflecopter giveaway (ENDED) for a chance to win this prize:

The prize includes a maple turned bookmark (made by my hubby 🙂 ), a lovely peacock notebook, a pen, a snowflake pin, and a few other Christmas surprises.

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#WAYRW – Starscape by Benita J. Prins

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. Starscape by Benita J. Prins
Starscape

2. Galdore pursed his lips and turned away. He felt that he knew in his heart the Starterns’ theory, and that it was true, but his will could not force his brain to process the knowledge.

3. Not sure yet! I’m only on chapter 3, and nothing terrible has presented itself so far, so I suppose it would be ok to visit this world, but I don’t think I would want to stay forever. Too medieval sounding for my taste! 🙂

Now your turn – what are YOU reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s theme is Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015. You’ll see some overlap with last week’s Top Ten Authors Discovered in 2015 list. It was very hard to narrow it down to 10!! I have read some great books this year. 🙂

Be sure to leave a link to your own post or a comment to let me know what some of your favorites were this year.

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5 stars – Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Goodreads description:
Ashley BellFeaturing the most exhilarating heroine in memory and a sophisticated, endlessly ingenious, brilliantly paced narrative through dark territory and deep mystery, this is a new milestone in literary suspense and a major new breakout book from the long acclaimed master.

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn.

Genre: Thriller / Fantasy / Paranormal
My Rating: ***** (5 of 5 stars)

When she realized that the tears might be as persistent as the shakes, she ran for the only medicine that reliably cured any bout of unpleasant feelings: a book. ~Ashley Bell

This was the best Dean Koontz novel I’ve read since the first Odd Thomas. I loved Bibi, and there was a great cast of supporting characters, including her parents, her best pal Pogo, and her fiance, a Navy Seal named Pax.  Not everyone was on Bibi’s side, however, and once again Mr. Koontz proves that sometimes the scariest monsters are those who wear human faces.

This is one of those stories that is very hard to talk about without giving too much away, and I would not want to ruin the surprises for anyone who might choose to read the book. With that said, here’s what I can tell you without spoiling anything…. The novel starts out with Bibi, a novelist, discovering that she has brain cancer. After hearing that she has less then a year to live, she surprises everyone (except maybe herself) by waking completely cancer free the next morning. As a celebratory gift, her parents send a psychic to Bibi, and during her reading, she discovers that her life was spared so that she could save someone named Ashley Bell. The journey that Bibi has to make in her quest to locate Ashley forces her to revisit places and experiences from her own past that she has long since forgotten.

The buildup in this novel started out slow but constant, and once it got moving I couldn’t put it down. Any Dean Koontz fan, or any thriller fan for that matter, will love this one. While Dean Koontz may be thought of as a horror writer, and there are some paranormal elements to this story, non-horror fans should enjoy this one also.

Note: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Guest Post / Giveaway (ENDED)- Phyllis Edgerly Ring author of The Munich Girl

DSCF3564I am pleased to present a guest post today from Phyllis Edgerly Ring, author of The Munich Girl. This historical novel has some great reviews on Amazon, and Phyllis has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of the novel to one lucky reader. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway (US only- ENDED) while you are here! And now I’ll turn the blog over to Phyllis….

UPDATE: The giveaway winner has been selected – congratulations K L ! You should have received an email from me asking for your shipping address.

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WAYRW – Crimson Shore by Lincoln and Child

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
Crimson Shore (Agent Pendergast, #15)
Agent Pendergast #15 – thanks to Kristi over at the Hidden Staircase blog for letting me know this one was available on NetGalley! This is one of my all-time favorite series.

2. “Please take care to park within the lines,” said Constance to the young man she had recruited to drive the car the length of town. He’d been gawking at the car while she stood there, wondering what to do, and she had offered to let him drive it. He had leapt at the chance. Only once he was in the car had she noticed he smelled like fish.

3. This installment in the Pendergast series takes place in a small coastal town in Massachusetts. Except for the nasty police chief, I don’t think I would mind living there.

Now how about you? What are you reading this Wednesday? Be sure to leave a link to your own post if you’ve done one!