My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

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Whoop! I have won yet another signed Goodreads Giveaway win, this time winning The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle. This is a Suspenseful Women’s Fiction novel and is meant to be a new voice in this genre of books. I also received book cards about Kimberly’s other books The Ones We Trust and The Marriage Lie which will come in great as bookmarkers. I hadn’t heard of this book, nor the other two books, before this giveaway, and if I’m being honest, I hadn’t heard about this author before this giveaway either, but this book has some great reviews. This book has also been personally signed for me by the author :O and it says “For Shayney – Congrats & hope you enjoy the read! xo Kimberly Bellle” Which is so amazing!! But now let’s see what this book is about and check out the books blurb. . .

“ABOUT A WOMAN WHO RISKS HER LIFE TO DISCOVER THE DEVASTING TRUTH ABOUT HER FAMILY. . .

Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care – and coming to terms with his guilt.

Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding and emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.

As the part unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbours, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth – and all the lies that came before – may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated. . .”

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This definitely sounds like a book I really want to read! I take that back, a book that I NEED to read!! How about you? So much mystery. I love a book that’s filled with mystery that just has you guessing. Seeing if you can guess it right before you get to the end. There are so many books just filling up my TBR list just fighting for my attention, screaming “Pick me! Pick me! I’m Next! You know you want me!” Sometimes it can be so overwhelming. Just staring at my book shelves and not knowing which book to choose. Now this one is definitely being added onto that list and joining in with the fight.

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Does this sound like your type of book? Do you have an ever growing and never ending TBR list that just seems to be going on forever and ever with more and more books being added to it? Or is that just me? Comment Below 🙂

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

2016-07-08_18-55-05YAY!! I have won this very creepy looking Goodreads Giveaway Win, that has also been personally signed for me. Now I definitely feel lucky. This book is Greeth by Charles LaFave, the authors debut novel. This is a dark fantasy novel, if you hadn’t guessed from the cover. It was the cover that attracted me to this book and to enter the Goodreads Giveaway. Just look at it! Look at how creepy it is. How could I not look further into this book with a cover like this? Maybe I’m just weird. But I entered and I won and it has finally arrived!! And the best part is, it looks even creepier in real life. It literally creeped out my mum as she thought is has an insect crawling on top of my book when I left it placed on the coffee table. True story. Now that we’ve discussed the cover, let’s uncover what this book is actually about and look at the books blurb:

“Peter Buraku was a wizard until he was tried, convicted, and sentenced for a terrible crime. He could never cast another spell and for eight long years, he begged for the worst jobs, lived in the slums, and worked for humans.

Then a wealthy stranger came into his life with an impossible promise. You can be a wizard again. Too late, Peter discovers an ancient god from another dimension is using human agents to open a portal so it can move into this world, and wizardry soldier Julie Alvarez, the lost love he hasn’t seen in years, is in danger.

Three children are dead. Many more are missing. Something dark and terrible is rising. A breach has opened between worlds and an ancient god will be reborn on fertile Earth. The flesh of humanity will feed its many children.

Peter embarks on a quest for redemption to stop the ancient god from destroying the world. Will his unique ability to create life be enough to change what he’s done? Or will guilt from his role in helping to destroy so much life be his undoing?”

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Sound like your type of book? To make this book that little bit more special, to me anyways sorry, this book came to me personally signed with my name and a little message!!! :O How amazing is that? It quite simply says “Dear Shayney, Thanks for entering my giveaway! and happy reading,” and then it’s signed (at least that’s what I think it says :P). Wow!!!! Now I really hope it’s good and look forward to reading this book to discover this world within it.

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

2016-07-08_18.57.02I am becoming really lucky when it comes to winning books with Goodreads Giveaways as yes, you’ve guessed it from the title of this post, I have won yet another book from the amazing Goodreads Giveaway!! This time I have won Between Two Fires by Toni Williams, the authors debut novel. This book is a murder mystery, which is meant to be different from the normal crime fiction books that are so predictable, at least that is how it was advertised, but time will tell when I read it and find out. It is supposed to be a gripping tale of illicit love, revenge and cold-blooded murder set in a colorful and exotic world will captivate you and keep you hooked from beginning to end.” But again, time will tell and I can’t wait to read it and discover and find out for myself and see if this book lives up to this now MASSIVE expectation. Although, it does have some really good reviews on Goodreads.

The cover definitely rings about the Caribbean and sunshine, but unless I knew what the book was about, I would have thought of happiness and maybe even a summer romance, so a Summer Read and not a Crime and Murder Mystery book. Maybe I have to read the book to understand the cover, and I love it when I finally manage to connect the two together. But if I just saw the cover and judged it based on that, I don’t know what I would’ve expected, which should make me realise not to judge books by their covers, yet again. Oh, and this book is quite big, especially for a paperback book. The photo may be deceiving, but this book is way bigger than my face!! So let’s look at my the books blurb. .

“Bridget is a gorgeous, self-assured American career woman who runs a global stock-trading firm from Elysian Island, a tiny, privately owned Caribbean island frequented by the rich and famous. She owes much of her success to her husband, Edward, a famous British Lord, but she’s fed up with him and wants out of their marriage.

Waiting on the sidelines is Rudy whom Bridget is crazy over. A Black British reporter, she first met him in England while vacationing there with Edward and was immediately blown away by his gorgeous looks and sexy charm. He’s the sort of guy she could see herself living with for the rest of her life. She just has to figure out how to get rid of Edward so Rudy could move in, and she’s got the perfect plan. Unfortunately, Edward is on to her and he’s got plans for both of them.”

There is a different description on Goodreads of this book, similar but slightly different, if you like to read different descriptions of the same book, developing a broader understanding of the book. Or is that just me? But I’m going to include it anyway, so be warned, but you can just skip it, or choose your favourite. So here’s the Goodreads Description of Between Two Fires:

Rudy Phillips is the sort of guy who walks into a room and catches every female eye, and it’s not just because of his good looks. He has a mesmerizing charm that lures a woman’s heart. However, when he meets Bridget Tennyson, a stunningly beautiful American stockbroker, she immediately captures his heart like no other woman has ever done before. Bridget owns a multimillion dollar stock-trading firm on Elysian Island, an exclusive Caribbean retreat for the superrich. She’s also married to the famous British nobleman, Lord Edward Tennyson. Rudy is all too aware that aside from Bridget being married, Bridget is way out of his league and the two of them come from completely different worlds. Nevertheless, they’re crazy about each other and yearn to be together but first they’ve got to figure out how to get rid of Edward. If they slip up and Edward discovers what’s going down, all hell will break loose but it’s a chance they’re willing to take.

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

2016-07-08_18.52.40I am so excited about this Goodreads Giveaway Win and it is by an author who you may have heard of recently. This time I have been lucky enough to have won a First Edition, Hardback copy of The Fire Child by the No.1 Bestselling author, S.K. Tremayne. Sounding familiar? This author is responsible for writing the book that you maybe seeing everywhere at the moment, The Ice Twins, which is the book that made this author a No.1 Bestseller. The Ice Twins has already been added to my Amazon Wishlist. That’s why I love Goodreads and Giveaways – the joy in discovering previously unknown authors that I wouldn’t have otherwise known.

There are even black and white photos inside, which I am assuming are linked in with the story, that way it makes it easier for people to picture places and so forth, which is pretty cool. Just from a quick glance, they look like they are taken from a castle, or from ruins, but I will have to read and see to make sure, but its a nice little extra. I’ve never read a book with photos since I was a child, and those were different kinds of pictures and photos, so it’s definitely going to be interesting.

The Cover looks all cold and haunting and I love it. I definitely hope that’s the theme. A psychological thriller, would fit perfectly.

The Book’s Blurb:
“When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’”

Sound intriguing? I know it does for me. And I am definitely intrigued and excited about this author, and their other book, The Ice Twins. Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts and recommendations? Comment below 😀

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

2016-07-08_18.54.05This lovely and beautiful little covered Goodreads Giveaway has arrived on my doorstep, which is an Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan. From the cover of the book, and the font that is used, this book instantly screams like a summer book and a summer read, but with a twist. There are two blurbs, or two descriptions that comes with this book, one at the back of the book and one on the inside, at the front of the book. So lets uncover these two descriptions and get a clearer understanding of this book.

The Blurb at the Back of the Book:

“The farm sits with its back
towards the Atlantic;
a long stretch of granite,
hunkering down.

For over 300 years
it has stood here,
steeped it the history and
secrets of one family.

A farm at the very edge
of the world.”

The Blurb Inside the Front of the Book:

1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated
to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched
on a windswept cliff. There they meet the
farmer’s daughter, Maggie, and against fields
of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches
forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected
from the ravages of war.

But in the sweltering summer of 1943
something happens that will have life-changing
consequences for the three of them. . .

2014. Over seventy years later Alice is back at
the farm once again, determined to atone for
the past. But has she left it too late!

Maggie’s granddaughter Lucy has also returned
to her childhood home, marriage over and
career ended thanks to one terrible mistake.
Can she rebuild herself and the farm? And can
she help her grandmother, plagued by a dark
secret, to find some lasting peace?”

Now I so want to know the mystery  and secret that occurred and what happened that was so life-changing, to have affected the lives of them all. That is definitely the element that is making me want to dive in to this book! I just have to know!! Tell me now! And the book itself is so light and floppy 😀 I love it!!

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

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Hello my fellow readers and blogging buddies. I have been lucky enough to win yet another Goodreads Giveaway. This time I have won a first-edition, paw printed autographed copy of Rum & Coke by Jaxy Mono. I’m not 100% sure what a paw printed autograph is, as the hand print inside the book is quite small. It is so amazing and unbelievable to win a first-edition copy of a book, let alone an autographed copy on top of that, autographed in whatever form.

I am going to be completely honest with you all and say that if I saw this book in a bookshop or on Amazon, I don’t think I would buy it. This is completely because of the books cover, which doesn’t instantly shout out to me as a BUY ME NOW! book, or rather a PICK ME UP book. I don’t like the real people on the cover, which denies me the opportunity to use my own imagination to create the characters fresh in my mind, as I’ve already had this image to compare to now. The cover also doesn’t give me any hint towards what the story may be about, which can also be said about the title of the book itself. But you know the saying, never judge a book by its cover, so lets look at the description of the book and discover what’s hidden within the depth of the pages of this book.

This is the description taken directly from Goodreads:
“Imagine being kidnapped in a forbidden country whose language you don’t speak – and there’s no way home.

When a strait-laced American TV reporter is sent on assignment to Cuba, he is determined to keep out of trouble. But everything changes when he crosses paths with a beautiful and dangerous Cuban chica who calls herself Calypso.

Ulysses wakes up in handcuffs. His head pounding and his mouth gagged with his own tie, he desperately tries to recall what happened. Now, without his wallet or even his passport, Ulysses is at the mercy of his kidnapper.

Insisting that she is in the power of a Santeria love-goddess, Calypso forces Ulysses into the trunk of a 1958 Cadillac convertible at gunpoint. Then she drives him away from Havana, deeper into the heart of her forbidden island.

Uncertain if Calypso is a violent political activist, a common criminal, or simply insane, Ulysses knows he must find a way to escape – and soon. But he finds himself falling for his kidnapper…

Rum & Coke is a crazily off-kilter love story, and a modern odyssey of revenge, devotion and desire; but most of all it is simply the tale of a gringo, a chica, a Caddy, and a love-goddess…”

 Now I wouldn’t have expected that from this cover and from a little book entitled, Rum & Coke! There sounds like there is going to be so much excitement and so much happening in this little book, which is only about 262 pages. It defiantly sounds like it’s going to be an interesting read, especially after reading certain parts and seeing how this author writes, I have already laughed and found his style very funny. The best part is, it wasn’t even about the actual story, but the boring parts that most people don’t read, such as About The Author section and even the copyright page. Seriously, I laughed at the copyright page. Here’s what it says;

“It’s a work of fiction; that is, by definition, a pack of lies. No reference to actual people, politicians, islands, or deities is intended or should be inferred. Honestly.”

and

“No goats or chickens were sacrifice in the writing of this book.”

So I am defiantly liking his writing style and find it very funny and it is right up my street. I think this book may be a surprise and be unexpected, because I still don’t know what to fully expect from it, from the storyline and the writing style, but it will be fun to find out. The author does have other books and also has his own website, if you want are interested and want to go and check him or his books out, http://www.jaxymono.com.

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My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

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Wow!! I am truly amazed by this Goodreads Giveaway Win, and yes, the surname may be sounding familiar to you all. This book No Man’s Land, is in fact written by J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson Simon Tolkien and I am so excited to have been lucky enough to have won and received this Uncorrected Proof Copy. It does state that this book is to honour his grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien, who fought on the Somme between July and October 1916 and was inspired by his experiences in the battlefields when writing. This was completely brand new information for me about Tolkien as I never knew that he had fought in Somme.

This book isn’t meant to be released until 30th June 2016, (my birthday :P), but it’s already generating some amazing reviews from some great publications; such as The Times, USA Today, Washington Post and so on. So it looks like writing runs in the family. I’m actually so excited to own this book!! Especially now I’ve decided to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope that Simon can stand out from being the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien and make his own reputation, which it seems like he’s on his way to doing with the reviews and praise he’s currently getting.

So what’s this book about I hear you asking? Well, here is the description from inside the book:

Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences.

In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector’s beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station.

When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

Sound enticing to you? Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien fought in Somme? Such an amazing surprise to come home to.