Archives for January 2013

GIVEAWAY!! Printed Books Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Printed Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer! I love both printed books and eBooks. While eReaders are much more convenient, it is a wonderful feeling to hold a paperback or hardback book in your hands while anxiously waiting to finish the page so you can turn to the next one. So…I am giving two new paperback copies of books I have recently read.

Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels #1)
written by Jerel Law          
published by Thomas Nelson

See my review here.

About the book – from the publisher: What if Nephilim – the children of angels and men – still walked the earth? And their very presence put the entire world in danger? In Spirit Fighter, Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they must use those powers to save her. Along the way, they discover that there is a very real and dangerous war going on between good and evil and that God has a big part of them to play in that war. 




Swipe
written by Evan Angler           
published by Thomas Nelson 

See my review here

About the book – from Goodreads: Logan Langley is just months away from his thirteenth birthday and the biggest day of his life – the day he will finally be Marked. The Mark lets people get jobs, vote, and even go out to eat or buy concert tickets. 

Becoming Marked means becoming free. Or so he is told. Five years ago when Logan’s sister went to get her Mark she never came back. Now Logan can’t shake the feeling he’s being watched…

And then he finds the wire. 

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Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!






GIVEAWAY!! Book Blitz: The Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy with excerpts

Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy          
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads


About the book: Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Please enjoy the following excerpt from Flight.


Preface


Closing my eyes, I tried to block it all out. Convinced I was about to die, I was only partly aware of his arms around me.


“You said you wanted an adventure,” he said quietly, teasingly, as he tightened his hold.


My stomach dropped out as an intense and complete feeling of weightlessness engulfed me. The wind stung my face as memories flooded my mind. I thought of my parents, of all the things I wanted to tell them but never did, my friends from home, and the experiences I longed for. Quickly my thoughts changed to more recent memories, to Levi.


“Open your eyes,” he whispered, somehow knowing my eyes were clenched shut.


Against my better judgment, I listened. The scream died in my throat as we hurtled toward the water that had seemed so beautiful from the roof above.

Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy         
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads


About the book: Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back. 


Please enjoy the following excerpt from Focus.


Michelle moved her arms and stood up straighter. “Yes, and I definitely get why you chose her. She’s amazing.” She gave me the biggest, fakest smile. 


The forced nature of it didn’t go unnoticed by Levi. “Good. As nice as it is to see you, I’m going to be taking Allie now. We’ve got some plans of our own.”


I groaned internally. I tried to help and, of course, he had to take advantage of it. “Before we go, let me make sure my friends don’t mind.”


“We don’t mind at all,” Anne said immediately. “Go have fun.” She winked at me.


“If you want to go, we understand.” Tiffany was trying to figure out what I wanted her to say.


“Yeah, go ahead.” Hailey grinned. She was in so much trouble.


“Bye, Michelle. Great meeting you.” I let Levi lead me to the front door.


“You guys staying?” Levi asked his friends.


“Yeah.” Jared was eyeing Tiffany.


“Okay, but remember the rules,” I warned him. Tiffany was too sweet of a girl to have to deal with Jared.


He glared at me. “Yes, how could I forget?”


Levi led us off the porch and away from the house.


“Nice kiss.”


“You know why I did it.” I looked up at the perfectly crescent moon.


“Do I?”


He traced a line down my arm.


“Of course. Michelle would have told your dad if she thought something was up. Why would it mean anything else?”


“A chaste kiss could have accomplished the same thing. That wasn’t chaste—your tongue was in my mouth, Al.”


“Are you complaining?”


“Hell no. I happen to like your tongue… and the rest of you.” His eyes let me know exactly what he was implying.


About the author: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Find Ms. Ivy here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Blog Tour: I Kill Me by Tracy Tucker

I Kill Me: Tales of a Jilted Hypochondriac
written by Tracy Tucker          
published by Black Dog Publishing

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read that I read every free chance I had. I finished it in just over a day.

Christine was an interesting leading lady. There were times I really liked her, felt for her, laughed with and at her. There were other times where I really wanted her to suck it up and deal, to move on, to stop checking the internet! She is a true doomsday hypochondriac! It doesn’t matter what she – or someone else – has or experiences, she is (or they are) most likely going to die. Some of her worries were absolutely ridiculous but she thought those worries were definite possibilities. Who hasn’t had some strange symptom or bunch or symptoms that hasn’t thought the worst at some time or another? But Christine is a whole other kind of worrier…not only is she a hypochondriac, I think she is OCD on top of that. Thankfully, she can let it go once she receives an accurate diagnosis. 

Her husband, Richard, is a first class jerk. Oh, let’s face it, he’s an asshole – plain and simple. Christine deserves so much more that him. Richard is your typical male going through a so-called “mid-life crisis.” I don’t get guys like him…never have, never will…and I practiced family law for a number of years! 

Gavin was a great character. He almost seemed too good to be true. Her friends were funny. I can’t believe they fed into her hypochondria as much as they did. But I applaud them for being there for their friend. I don’t know that a lot of people would be as understanding…or tolerant.

The story was fast-moving. I laughed, I was upset, I was appalled, I was annoyed. It all worked. I Kill Me was a great read. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend it.


Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. 


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Christine Bacon has a fatal attraction. To all things fatal. A veteran hypochondriac, her near-death experiences are exacerbated when her husband proposes they have a menage a trois with Eleanor, his busty British massage therapist, to “shake things up.” Christine reluctantly agrees (although she is more wholesome than threesome), never expecting just how much she’d be rattled. As her marriage to Richard, a/k/a “Dick,” falls apart, so, too, does Christine, whose fear of her own demise causes her to research every freckle, blemish, cough, bump, lump, tingle and hiccup. She isn’t a doctor, but she plays one on the internet. 

There is solace for Christine: in raising daughters Lily and Carli, leaning on her friends, and wearing out the shower massager. In order to heal, she struggles to become her own person and to view her symptoms (and ex-husband) as less malignant, while searching for that special someone who will love her–despite her grave condition.


About the author: Tracy H. Tucker is first and foremost the mother of three of the best people on Earth. She has a Master’s in Literacy from the University of Maine and has inspired the youth of America for seventeen years. She’s an avid animal lover and would like to publicly thank her husband for putting up with the pet hair, the dogs in the bed, the things the cats hack up and the repeated requests for goats. It’s a wonderful life.

Find Ms. Tucker here: blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour – Spotlight: The Legend of Mickey Tussler and Sophomore Campaign by Frank Nappi

I am so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for The Legend of Mickey Tussler and Sophomore Campaign by Frank Nappi hosted by Tribute Books

The Legend of Mickey Tussler
written by Frank Nappi          
published by Sky Pony Press

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads


I am currently reading this book and I am thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I am loving it. I cannot wait to finish it and let all of you know what I thought. For now, I can say that it is endearing, vivid, and totally engrossing. Mickey is such an amazing individual as is Arthur Murphy for taking a chance on such an exceptional person. 

About the book: In the late 1940s, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers are foundering yet again and manager Arthur Murphy is desperate. When he sees seventeen-year old Mickey Tussler throwing apples into a barrel, he knows he has found the next pitching phenom. But not everyone is so hopeful. Mickey’s autism—a disorder still not truly understood even today—has alienated the boy from the world, and he is berated by other players and fans. Mickey faces immense trials in the harsh and competitive world of baseball while coping with the challenges inherent to his disorder. An honest and knowledgeable book about overcoming adversity, and the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes, Mickey’s powerful story shows that with support and determination anyone can be triumphant, even when the odds are stacked against him.


Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.

This book has also been made into a movie that can be purchased here. Enjoy the trailer below.
Sophomore Campaign
written by Frank Nappi          
published by Sky Pony Press


find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads

About the book: It’s 1949 and eighteen-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). Despite Mickey’s proclamation that he will never play baseball again after last season’s violent conclusion, his manager—and now surrogate father—Arthur Murphy cajoles the emotionally fragile, socially awkward boy with autism into giving it another shot. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. When a young African American player joins the team, the entire team is subjected to racial threats and episodes of violence, one of which Mickey witnesses firsthand. Struggling to understand such ugliness and hatred, and fearful of reprisal should he tell anyone about what he has seen, the boy’s performance on the field suffers. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.


Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.

 

About the author: Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story “A Mile in His Shoes” starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

Find Mr. Nappi here: webblogFacebookTwitterGoodreads

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour – Spotlight: Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

I am pleased to offer this spotlight of Rise of the Fire Tamer as part of the blog tour hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.


Rise of the Fire Tamer (The Wordwick Games #1)
written by Kailin Gow
published by The Edge

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooksGoodreads

About the book: After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word’s mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.


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About the author: Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.

Find Ms. Gow here: FacebookTwitterBook ClubWebsiteBlogGoodreads

Blog Tour now through January 25th
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The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Espressologist
written by Kristina Springer          
published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: 
I won this book from the author during the Jane Austen Blog Hop.


Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a sweet story that I read every free chance I had. It took less than a day to finish. The Espressologist kept me interested and wanting to see how it ended. This is a fun, light read. 

I loved the new idea on matchmaking. I found this concept to be creative and different. I love the matching of people’s drink preferences to their personalities. People are creatures of habit…always ordering the same thing (I know I do!)…and you have to wonder if their drinks really would depict their personalities. 

I thought The Espressologist was a romantic read. I loved all of the different people lining up to find their one true match. Everyone deserves to be happy. I also loved it when Jane was surprised by people’s drinks. One just never knows about some people. 

Jane was a sweet girl who had found her calling matching personalities to drinks and to other people. Like a lot of matchmakers, she couldn’t find her one true match. Jane was very well-written and I liked her a lot. The only downfall with Jane, in my opinion, was that she did not seem to care about school. She skipped a lot, including her college credit classes, and that was not the right message to send to teens who would be reading this book. 

Cam is a great guy. So nice, so obvious! Derek was a great boss who liked Jane’s ideas, especially the “Manager’s Special.” Derek loved the idea of the “espressologist” and ran with it. All of the other characters meshed well in the book with the appropriate focus on Jane and her craft. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I loved it!


Will I read it again: I just may read this book again…probably not every year, but I will pick this book up again. 


About the book – from Goodreads: 
What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour: Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf

Deep Connections
written by Rebecca Graf         
published by Silver Tongue Press

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazonGoodreads


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. I couldn’t wait to see how the story ended. 

It was suspenseful, action-packed, and had me on the edge of my seat. The prologue hooked me and freaked me out just a bit. I had to see how this story played out. There were times when I was looking over my shoulder and watching for disturbances; that’s how real it felt to me. 

Brenna thinks it is all a prank by some of her students until she wakes up knowing someone was in her bedroom watching her. I don’t know how it was that Brenna remained so strong and relatively level-headed throughout her whole ordeal. I would not have been able to do that. She was bound and determined to make it through and do what she had to do to make this demon leave her alone. 

Eaton and Slaton are the love interests in some sense in this story. I thought Eaton was caring and genuinely concerned for Brenna’s safety. Slaton clearly loves Brenna but doesn’t always show that love in the best way. At times, I really did not like Slaton. I thought he was pushy and domineering. But at other times, I thought he was a good guy. The feud between the two was borderline adolescent. I just wanted them to grow up and act like men, not teen-aged boys, and remember that Brenna’s safety should be the foremost thought in their respective minds. 

The supernatural portion of this story did remind me of another story with beings of a similar nature. (I know that sounds cryptic…but I do not want to give away anything in this story.) The similarity wasn’t such that I wanted to stop reading and it didn’t detract from the overall storyline. But that similarity did pop into my head on a regular basis while I was reading this book. 

The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. I will read the sequel, Dark Connections, to see how the story continues.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend it. 


Will I read it again: I will not read it again. I will be looking forward to Dark Connections


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone’s blood.

About the author: Rebecca Graf is a wife and mother of three when she is not writing. From writing online for various companies to book reviews to her own novels, Rebecca spends most of her days reading and writing.

She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking a chance and trying to make it as a writer. She has been published on sites such as BellaOnline.com, HubPages, and Natural Family Today. She also freelances where she writes for several different companies.
She is an avid reader and has found a love of writing all types of genres. She self-published her first children’s book, A Gift for a Mouse, two years ago. Since then, she has started her own publishing company with a friend. Deep Connections is their first publication.
Find Ms. Graf here: webFacebookTwitterGoodreads
Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour – Spotlight: Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf with a guest post

Deep Connections
written by Rebecca Graf         
published by Silver Tongue Press

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads


See my review here.


About the book – from Goodreads: Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone’s blood.

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Rebecca Graf, author of Deep Connections, to the blog today. She is touring the blogosphere with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours and she has prepared the following guest post for all of you.

The Art of Switching Gears


I’ve been asked how I can switch gears from my freelancing writing work, to writing children’s books, to writing paranormal/suspense/romance stories. I guess you could sum it up that I’m just plain weird. Many would agree with that quickly.


The truth is that I have to block out everything else and dive into the story. When I write, I’m part of the story. I forget the world around me. I focus on what is in front of me and feel nothing else. When I’m writing for freelance work, there is nothing else in the world but whatever topic my clients request of me, which could be anything under the sun. I don’t think about my other books. I don’t think about a scene I was having trouble with.

It is all a matter of focus. You have to forget the other story. When I’m working on the children’s stories, I have to think like a child. When I’m stuck, I call in my ten year old and get her opinion.


One of the keys to writing a story is feeling what the characters feel. When I’m writing a scene, I try to be the character. I’ve even acted out scenes to get an idea on how I would move in that situation and what I would say. I focus on becoming the character, so all other stories disappear.


Though I do have one problem, names. That is where switching gears might not be so smooth. Just yesterday I was writing one story with a character named Gene. Because I had been doing some promoting on another book with a character named Grey, I got really mixed up and Gene became Grey. It wasn’t until three paragraphs later that I realized what I was doing. I had to rewrite the entire thing as I was even having Grey talk and move about. Not good. It should have been Gene. That could have caused a lot of trouble.

You have to get into the story. You have to become the story. If you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t be working on that story at that moment. Work on the one that calls you. And you have to be very careful with the names!

About the author: Rebecca Graf is a wife and mother of three when she is not writing. From writing online for various companies to book reviews to her own novels, Rebecca spends most of her days reading and writing.

She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking a chance and trying to make it as a writer. She has been published on sites such as BellaOnline.com, HubPages, and Natural Family Today. She also freelances where she writes for several different companies.
She is an avid reader and has found a love of writing all types of genres. She self-published her first children’s book, A Gift for a Mouse two years ago. Since then, she has started her own publishing company with a friend. Deep Connections is their first publication.
Find Ms. Graf here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads


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GIVEAWAY!! Book Blast: daynight by Megan Thomason


daynight 
written by Megan Thomason
published by CreateSpace

find it here: Barnes & Noble, AmazonGoodreads

About the book: 
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.


daynight will be FREE from Jan 21 – Jan 23


Praise for daynight!


“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review

“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer

“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer

“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer

“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer

“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer

“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer

“It’s like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer

“I’m a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn’t have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer



About the author: Megan Thomason lives in paradise – aka San Diego, CA – with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.

Find Ms. Thomason here: TwitterGoodreadsFacebook



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And now for the Book Blast Giveaway!!! Enter to win a $75 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash and Apple Earbuds ($30 Value)
(Ends February 3, 2013)

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           Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY!! Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke with a guest post and excerpt

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
written by Sally Smith O’Rourke          
published by Victorian Essence Press 

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooks, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: The author asked that I review her book. As a huge Jane Austen fan, I happily accepted her request. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. I thought it was creative, different, and very enjoyable. 

Any Jane Austen fan loves Pride and Prejudice (one of my absolute favorite books of all time) and those fans have probably all wondered…who is Mr. Darcy? How did Jane Austen come up with him? Was he based on a real person? Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen answers these questions in a fantastic way. Yes, Mr. Darcy is based on a real person (with the same name!) that impressed Jane and left her longing for him…or at least for a man like him.

Fitz Darcy loves Jane Austen. He met her when he accidentally found a portal back to 1810 and was nursed back to health by Jane herself. Now, he has met Eliza who found and delivered the letters addressed to him from Jane Austen. He is completely in love with Eliza and wonders if that is possible after such a short time. However, his feelings for Jane concern Eliza. Eliza is a modern woman who sees love as not being logical or rational. She has not had any serious, committed relationships and cannot imagine herself entering into one or finding that “one true love.” That is until she met Fitz Darcy and can’t shake the feeling of comfort and belonging when she is with him. 

These two main characters – Fitz and Eliza – were well-written and made sense. You could see who they were, what they were thinking, and how they felt for one another. Their love for each other was apparent to the reader even as they were trying to figure it out for themselves. Fitz is kind, generous, and an all-around good guy. He can be a bit harsh sometimes but that can be overlooked easily. Eliza is an artist with great talent but who is humble. She can be too logical at times but it doesn’t hold her back.

The main events that occur in this book are interesting and somewhat typical for time travel books. Jane Austen’s brother’s groom, Robert Simmons, came through the portal looking for Fitz in order to make a better life for himself. This concerns Fitz because the appearance of Simmons in the future could alter Jane’s life in the past. Of course, Simmons is completely out of his element and amazed by what he sees and learns about the future. 

Although this is a second book of a series, you do not need to read the first book, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen. I have not read it…yet. I definitely want to read it and I have purchased a copy for my Nook. It’s waiting for my attention!

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book especially to Jane Austen fans.


Will I read it again: I just might read this book again…not every year, but definitely in a few years.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!

His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?


Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Sally Smith O’Rourke, author of Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, to the blog today. She has prepared the following guest post for all of you.
Was Mr. Darcy real?

In this year, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, it seems a relevant question. In reading biographies of Jane Austen, it becomes apparent that the famed author based virtually all of the characters in her books on the people in her life. Some, like friends and family, were people with whom she was very close, some were neighbors, others were merely passing acquaintances and very likely there were people she had never met but had observed.

The one character that most Austen biographers have never been able to identify is Mr. Darcy. There are many theories, of course, but, unlike virtually all her other characters, Mr. Darcy of Pemberley remains an enigma.

Fitzwilliam Darcy was different in 1813 when the literary world met him for the first time and he is different today. A man of his stature and wealth would very likely, even today, have simply walked away from a rejection such as Elizabeth Bennet’s. Never having been told no and used to people bowing to his every whim, he is initially shocked and angered by such impertinence; but ultimately he is dissatisfied with himself.  Humbled by her reproof, he makes a concerted effort to change, not to win Elizabeth’s hand, but to become a man able to please a woman worthy of being pleased. Darcy is the ultimate romantic lead because he altered his perceptions and prejudices. How Austen came to write so uncommon a man for any time intrigued me and sent me on the journey that brought about the creation of The Man Who Loved Jane Austen.

In the late 1990s, my late husband, Michael, and I vacated our home at the recommendation of the Health Department because the house was harboring toxic mold. In an attempt to redirect what had become an obsession with the house and resulting lawsuit, we sat down one night and watched the wonderful Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Pride and Prejudice; all five hours of it, in one sitting. In continuing our non-obsession plan, I re-read the book and then all of Austen’s other writings and became fascinated with the author herself. Not only had she created the inimitable Mr. Darcy, but heroines that were strong and independent.

By the time I had finished reading all six of Austen’s novels and three biographies, Mike was ready to start a new project and suggested that we resurrect a time travel story I’d started a few years before but never finished. However, I suggested something else entirely and The Man Who Loved Jane Austen was born.

In our hands, Darcy became a Virginia horse breeder whose family history stretches back to the revolution. On a trip to England to purchase, Lord Nelson, a champion jumper, Darcy is injured when thrown from the horse and wakes up in Jane Austen’s bed. So begins his journey to 1810.

Darcy couldn’t have a permanent relationship with Austen so we created Eliza Knight, successful New York artist. Eliza triggers the story in The Man Who Loved Jane Austen when she finds two letters in an antique vanity. One is an open letter from an F. Darcy to Jane Austen and the other, sealed with a fanciful letter ‘A’, to Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen.

Even though Mike was a published author (dark fiction as Michael O’Rourke and political thrillers as F.M. O’Rourke), we made no attempt to get the book published and I can’t really tell you why. I don’t know if time has stripped me of the memory or if it just wasn’t important. We had written the book for us. Mike called it the ultimate valentine because it came out of the love we had for each other. So, after completing the manuscript, we type-set, printed and hand-bound copies of it and gave them as gifts to family and friends. Then my world crashed and burned. In November 2001, two weeks before his sixtieth birthday Mike died suddenly; we had not gotten out of the house soon enough.

The Man Who Loved Jane Austen sat on the shelf for several years while I struggled through the grief and worked at putting my life back together. Once I was thinking straight again, I realized that I didn’t want our little story to die with Mike.

The Man Who Loved Jane Austen was published in 2006. The publisher didn’t want two names on the cover (which was how I had presented it) and preferred the one name be mine as I would be doing revisions and promotions. So only my name appears on the cover of the book. I often regret not insisting that Mike’s name be used as a tribute to him. But regret serves no useful purpose and people from all over the world have read and enjoyed his work and that was my objective.

One of the things I’ve always considered odd is that no journals or diaries written by Jane Austen have survived. Did she not keep any because she was busy writing fiction or were they destroyed, like so many of her letters, by her family’s misguided attempt to protect her legacy? Whatever the reason, I thought it might be fun to create a journal chronicling the Spring of 1810 when Jane met Mr. Darcy, from her point of view. But who was I to write as though I was Jane Austen?!?
Instead, I decided to write a story that takes place for Jane, the summer of 1813, after the successful publication of Pride and Prejudice and for Darcy the week following his heritage Rose Ball from the end of The Man Who Loved Jane Austen.

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen reacquaints readers with Americans Fitz Darcy and Eliza Knight, juxtaposing their blossoming relationship with Jane Austen’s life as she copes with the subtle celebrity of being ‘the lady’ who wrote Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen delves into the complex nature of the man who is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s most romantic and legendary hero and the women who love him.

As he spins his tale of love and romance in Regency England, Eliza is in no doubt that Fitz Darcy was Jane Austen’s inspiration for the enigmatic Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. Eliza is falling in love with him. But, can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

Eliza’s doubts grow when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?







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Please enjoy the following excerpt from Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen


Chapter 5

Although the sun was fully up in the Virginia summer sky, it was not yet hot. Fitz found jumping exhilarating; the cool morning air caressing his face, and Lord Nelson, so strong and graceful, took all the jumps with no effort.

Heritage Week was over so things could get back to normal. He shrugged. Whatever normal is. He realized there was a very good chance that his normal was about to change radically. Eliza’s letter—the one she had found written to him from Jane—had ended his search for the truth of his Regency encounter. But Eliza did much more than give him the letter.

He had been merely surviving, not living, in the years since his mother’s death. He’d thrown himself into the business of Pemberley Farms to the exclusion of almost everything else. Eliza’s arrival had heralded an acute awareness of that fact. It was as though a light was suddenly shining so he could see the world around him. She made him want to live again. And she had given him the letter… Jane’s letter.

Fitz reined Lord Nelson to a walk as they entered the cool shade of the woods on the edge of his property.

Jane. He had spent more than three years seeking proof of his meeting with her and of her feelings for him. Almost as if he’d been transported again back to Chawton in 1810, the image of Jane’s sweet face flooded his mind. He thought back to that morning and his inauspicious entrance into Jane Austen’s life.

The combination of his head injury and the laudanum prescribed by Mr. Hudson, the Austen family physician, caused Darcy to slip in and out of consciousness. He tried to sit up, the effort making him dizzy.

Jane gently laid a hand on his chest. “Please, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Hudson wants you to remain still.”

Through a cotton mouth, his head spinning, Darcy asked, “Mr. Hudson?”

“The doctor,” Jane said. “You must rest now Mr. Darcy.” The American looked at her face. Her curiosity was palpable even in his drugged state. Unable to think clearly, never mind responding to questions he wasn’t sure he could answer, he closed his eyes completely and turned his head away.

Jane returned to her vanity table where she continued to write; a single candle and the flames in the fireplace her only light. Interrupted in her writing by a low murmur from Darcy, she took the candle and quietly approached the bed. He was tossing back and forth, his face flushed and contorted; he was speaking in quiet tones, a hodgepodge of words that meant nothing to her. He spoke what she could only suppose were the nonsensical ramblings of a sick brain; she attributed words like television and jet to his head injury and delirium. She placed her hand softly on his cheek and was distressed by the heat radiating from him. Using fresh linen soaked in water from the pitcher on her wash stand, Jane swabbed his face and neck, then laid it across his forehead. It seemed to calm him and she went back to her writing.

Each time he grew restless Jane stopped writing and went to the bed to refresh the linen with cool water. After three episodes in close succession she remained on the edge of the bed so she was at hand, and each time he started to toss and turn she would caress his face and neck with the cool, damp linen in hopes that it would, in time, reduce his fever.

She stayed there until Darcy’s features turned placid and he was breathing more evenly. He finally seemed to be sleeping comfortably. She laid her small, soft hand on his cheek. The fever was broken. She dropped the cloth into the basin. Stiff from sitting in one position for so long without support, she stood up and stretched. She was not particularly tired but needed to get some rest.

Quietly she crossed the wooden floor and slipped the small pages of writing she was working on into the drawer of the vanity, then took a nightgown from the closet next to the fireplace. Glancing back at the bed she stepped behind the screen.

He opened his eyes just enough to see her slender, full-breasted figure silhouetted on the muslin screen, back-lit by the remnants of the fire as the light fabric of her nightgown floated down to envelope her.

Jane stopped at the bed before making her way to Cassandra’s room for a few hours of sleep. As she stood over him he watched surreptitiously through the veil of his eyelashes. She leaned down and whispered, “Good night, Mr. Darcy,” almost brushing his lips with her own. In spite of his continuing laudanum haze, he could see that her eyes were filled with a tenderness that caused him to grab her hand as she straightened up; he didn’t want her to go.

Without opening his eyes or letting go of her hand he said, “Please don’t leave me.”

Unsure whether this was further evidence of the delirium or whether he was actually requesting her presence, she pulled her hand away. He did not move to take it again but said, “Please, stay.”

Cognizant of Mr. Hudson’s admonition of keeping the injured American calm and concerned her leaving might agitate him, Jane sat once again on the edge of the bed. Darcy smiled in the flickering flame of the dying fire. He said nothing more but gently took her hand. He did not relinquish it again until she rose to move to a chair by the side of the bed where she finally slept.

The movement woke him. His mind finally clear of drugs, he scanned the room in the dim, pre-dawn light. There were no electrical outlets or switches, no lamps, television or telephone, and the only clock appeared to be pendulum driven. Everyone he’d seen wore costumes similar to the ones people wore to the Rose Ball. Those things and the medical treatment he had received led him to the inexplicable conclusion that somehow he’d fallen into another time—a time when Jane Austen was alive.

And there she sat, serene in what had to be an uncomfortable position for sleep; his nurse, his savior and much prettier than she was depicted in the only portrait of her to survive to the twenty-first century. She was not the brazen hussy of Darcy family lore but a sweet and loving woman who took care of him without concern for her own safety or expecting anything in return. His mother would have said she was a true Christian.

As he watched her in the pale light of the dying embers his head started to throb as though a nail was being driven through it. He closed his eyes and blessed sleep overtook him.

  

Jane was an incredibly strong, intelligent, willful and virtuous woman who followed the propriety of the day… mostly. During the last three years he’d often wondered what might have happened between them if he’d been forced to stay in early nineteenth-century England. Of course with the way her brothers felt about him, he probably wouldn’t have seen her again.

If the circumstances had been different would he have married her? He could have been happy with her, he supposed, but over the years he’d come to realize that the love he felt for her was based on who she was, the awe in which he held her, caring for him when she certainly didn’t have to, loving him. Then again, did she love him? She had never said it and the letter Eliza had found and given him showed obvious affection but she urged him to find his true love. Apparently she didn’t think she was it. Had they ever loved each other or had it just been a fling across the ages?

He laughed. What difference did any of it make? Jane Austen had been dead for almost two hundred years. Still, the undisputed icon of witty English romance had kissed him whether she loved him or not. He still had to pinch himself to believe it had ever happened.

He had no such questions about Eliza. Everything felt right when he was with her. This was no fling. He had no idea where they were headed, but for the first time in years he was looking forward to the rest of his life. As long as Eliza was with him he didn’t care where they were headed.

Fitz and Lord Nelson crossed the bridge at a leisurely gait; the ground fog was burning off in the warm morning sun. Had it really been only two days since he and the great stallion were galloping across the bridge before the fog had lifted and run Eliza off the road and into a muddy drainage ditch? He hadn’t even realized she was there until it had happened. When he did, he brought Nelson to a stop and, without questioning who she was or why she was walking along a road on his property, he had lifted her onto Lord Nelson’s back and then swung up behind her. She was slightly light headed from the sudden fall, and once on the horse she had leaned against his chest and he’d had to control a strong desire to kiss the top of her head. He still didn’t understand how a complete stranger could make him feel that way, but he didn’t really care. From the first moment, being with her felt right and wonderful and that was all that mattered.

She had touched something in him that no one else ever had, including Jane, even before he knew her. At the Austen exhibit at the New York Public Library he had found himself staring at her. He laughed remembering that he had thought of her as a raven-haired beauty. Then two days ago she had come out of the fog and into his life.

He had told her his story about jumping through a rift in time and meeting Jane Austen. It had been very difficult at first, but once he started it tumbled out and had been a relief that he wasn’t carrying it around anymore. It was as though a weight had been lifted and this slight, feisty New Yorker had done the lifting. She had listened to him with an intensity that had made her a part of the story. She had been kind and compassionate—he had seen real grief when she asked him about leaving Jane—and she had given him the letter that answered his questions about whether he’d actually met Jane Austen and how Jane felt about him.

Jane would always hold a special place in his heart, but Eliza held his heart. Maybe it was too early to take it all for love, but it certainly felt the way he’d always thought love is supposed to feel.

Horse and rider stepped out from the cool canopy of the woods and into the warm summer sun. Spurring his favorite horse to a full gallop Fitz guided him over every fence and stream on their way back to the barn.


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