Month: December 2012

Dec 31
2012 Wrap up & 2013 Goals!

2012 Wrap up & 2013 Goals!

I can’t believe that 2012 is already over!  2012 was a great blogging year for me. I did A LOT on the blog. Here is my 2012 blog year in review:  2012 Reading Challenge Michelle has completed her goal of reading 175 books in 2012! hide 198 of 175 (113%) view books I finished my goodreads goal of reading 175 books. In fact, I read 198 books in 2012 🙂 Here is a breakdown of the books that I read this year by rating. (I round up my goodreads ratings so the 4 stars are actually all the 4 star books as well as the 3.5 star books)  Note: there are a handful of DNF books that are not included in this chart.  Stats from 2012: 420 total posts 199 posted reviews 2,441 GFC followers 234,897 total page views other than my own I also made a Pinterest, Facebook page, and Tumblr this year Learn more about blog design I have just started playing around with photoshop. I would love… Read more »

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Dec 30
{Book Review} The Game Changer by Marie Landry

{Book Review} The Game Changer by Marie Landry

The Game Changer by Marie LandryPages: 295Published: November 13, 2012Age Group: AdultGenre: chick lit/contemporarySource: ecopy from AuthorBuy this Book: Amazon Kindle Summary:  Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right.During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the… Read more »

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Dec 29
{Giveaway} Indie Book Festival

{Giveaway} Indie Book Festival

The Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale, hosted by the Indie Book Festival, will kick off on December 28 and run through December 31. All books will be .99!! The Indie Book Festival will be posting the participating books to their Facebook page as well. The Indie Book Festival website is the premier online website for seasonal ebook sales events! From Halloween to Valentine’s Day – we’ll celebrate it by bringing you bestselling books by today’s hottest Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal and Young Adult indie authors. Indie Book Festival | Facebook | Twitter You can also enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card now!  a Rafflecopter giveaway If you enjoyed this post, please Subscribe to Book Briefs in a reader

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Dec 28
{Review+G!veaway} Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

{Review+G!veaway} Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

Welcome to my stop on the Forever My Girl blog tour Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin ebook, 220 pages Published December 27th 2012 by Bandit Publishing Company Age Group: Adult Series: The Beaumont #1 Source: eARC from Author Buy this Book: Amazon Summary:  I  was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. And now I’m going back. After ten years. I hope I can explain that after all this time. I still want her to be my forever girl. The title of this book is perfect for the story. I really loved how Heidi McLaughlin kept referencing forever and “my girl” throughout the book…. Read more »

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Dec 27
{ARC Review} Someone to Love by Addison Moore

{ARC Review} Someone to Love by Addison Moore

Welcome to my stop on the Someone to Love tour.  Note: Someone to Love is a New Adult book and is intended for mature audiences Someone to Love by Addison Moore ebook Published December 21st 2012 Age Group: New Adult Source: eARC from Author Buy this Book: Amazon Kindle Summary:  Someone to Love is a light, sexy read that is far more naughty than it ever is nice.What happens when two people who don’t believe in love, happen to fall madly into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.When twenty-year-old Kendall Jordan transfers clear across country to Garrison University, the last thing she’s looking for is a one-night stand. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what, gorgeous, Cruise Elton offers. Kendall has long since come to realize that love is an illusion that never lasts, and Cruise couldn’t agree more—but something deep inside her wants him all for herself. So, Kendall devises a seat of the pants plan to “play the player” and proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a… Read more »

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Dec 27
{Excerpt} Heart by Jacqueline Paige

{Excerpt} Heart by Jacqueline Paige

Heart Book I in Animal Trilogy By Jacqueline Paige Age Group: Adult Publication Date : November 1, 2012  by Eternal Press Three women without knowledge of their true heritage… Three men that have waited for their mate all of their lives… Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts in the Animal Trilogy ~ HeartTorn from her sheltered life, Rayne is alone and scared after she discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was.  Unable to accept the corrupt world he belongs to, she flees to the furthest possible location she can reach on her own.  Nothing could ever prepare her for the journey and what she finds out when she arrives.Is she strong enough to survive on her own?The epitome of the lone wolf, Devin stays in the wilderness and far away from people, avoiding the decision of whether to accept his title as leader and alpha of the pack.  One alluring woman stirs up his resolve and passion when she disturbs his solitary world.  The… Read more »

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Dec 26
{Review+G!veaway} Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

{Review+G!veaway} Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

Welcome to my stop on the Alchemists Academy blog tour!Check out the full Tour Schedule Check out my review of the first book, Stones to Ashes HERE Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow220 pagesPublished: July 25, 2011 by the EdgeAge Group: MG/Young YASource: ecopy from publisherSeries: The Alchemists Academy #2 Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Summary: A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a… Read more »

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Dec 24
Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

Hey Guys! I participated in this last year and I loved it so I wanted to do it again! Check out my Top 10 books of 2011 HEREThis awesome event is brought to you by Rachel from Fikshun, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads Each day has a different theme. Today is  Best Books I’ve Read in 2012! My list is in no particular order and I could only get it down to 11 books. (oops.) Links go to my review. 1. Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand 2. Underworld by Meg Cabot 3. Viper’s Creed by TL Shreffler 4. Cold Fury by TM Goeglein 5. Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan 6. While It Lasts by Abbi Glines 7. Dark Promise by Julia Crane & Talia Jager 8. Painted Blind by Michelle Hansen 9. Dead Radiance by TG Ayer 10. Because of Low by Abbi Glines 11. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter So… Read more »

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Dec 23
{Review+G!veaway} Gargoyle by Shelley Martin

{Review+G!veaway} Gargoyle by Shelley Martin

Welcome to my stop on the Gargoyle blog tour!  Gargoyle by Shelley Martin Paperback, 254 pages Published 2012 by Pink Petal Age Group: YA Source: ecopy from author Buy this book: Amazon Summary: Elizabeth’s secrets will kill her, but the devotion of a gargoyle can save her.In 1894, seventeen year old Elizabeth Riemma pulls the clothes from her dead twin’s body and assumes his identity. To avoid her murderous uncle, she attends her brother’s school on Marettimo Island, which is forbidden to women. Elizabeth takes solace in sculpting and one night, she awakens her gargoyle.    Gorgeous and fiercely loyal, Aelius uses his abilities to aid Elizabeth in keeping her secret. He only asks one thing in return- a kiss.  As Elizabeth learns confidence from her creation, suspicions rise and the island’s bloody history threaten to bury them.         Elizabeth must hide her gender. Aelius must hide his existence.  But both of them dream of the impossible- to be together.   This was my first experience with a gargoyle book. I thought it was really… Read more »

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Dec 22
{Book Review} Bound by Jennifer Dean

{Book Review} Bound by Jennifer Dean

Welcome to my stop on the Bound blog tour! Bound by Jennifer Dean Published: October 9, 2012 by Lulu Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance Number of pages: 254 Source: ecopy from author Buy this book: Lulu Print / Lulu Ebook / Amazon Book Description: Once finally back in her hometown of Washington, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old Emma Morgan learns the simple life she knew has changed from the moment she meets the charmingly, bright-eyed Liam Alexander. But when her brother, Sean voices his disapproval, Emma finds her loyalty in the way of her new found curiosity. Only the more Emma tries to avoid him the more she finds Liam in her constant company. A risk that will expose his supernatural identity and both of their hearts. But what happens when Sean reveals a secret that Emma never saw coming… Bound was a pretty unique book. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so my review may sound kind of vague. I enjoyed it. There are twists and turns throughout and more than once this book caught… Read more »

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