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Dr. Pike Martin is upset when Daisy Denmore doesn’t trust his official opinion on her dog after all the trouble he went to take care of her when she got drunk at the last party they both attended. In Redeeming Daisy by Tanya Hanson, Daisy knows that she has made some mistakes in the past but she is trying to start her life over again in the town she grew up but finds herself making the same types of mistakes she always makes.  After Pike tells her the prognosis of her beloved dog, Daisy refuses to accept the the one person (because beloved pets are people in our lives)  in her life that has loved her unconditionally is going to leave and demands a second opinion.

Pike, while upset with Daisy on the one hand, finds himself drawn to Daisy despite the fact that they seem to fight every time they are within shouting distance of each other. To make matters worse, Pike’s mother seems to be throwing Daisy and Pike together as often as possible.

Daisy’s return to the town she grew up in after having suffered through a divorce that left her with nothing was touching and her anger and continued mistakes were believable as she tried to put her life back on course.  I loved Pike’s character and his heartache for the animals was touching. Redeeming Daisy is a shorter book than most I read so I felt like I breezed through it. My only complaint is I felt that the story could have been longer.

Hearts Crossing Ranch

Hearts Crossing Ranch

Redeeming Daisy

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Title: Redeeming Daisy

Author: Tanya Hanson

Format:  ebook

Page Nos.: 109

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Release Date: September 2010

Available for purchase: White Rose Publishing

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

“No Hope for Gomez!” Birthday Party. Win kindles, iPods, and get free books!

“It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since I handed in the final proofs for my weird little book ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ To celebrate this, and the fact that it just became a finalist in 2010′s Best Book Awards, I decided to throw an international party. As I’ve had a debilitating fear of throwing parties and no-one showing up since early childhood, I’d be more than delighted if you’d come!

Of course, with every cool, international party comes a gift bag. Here’s just some of the stuff attendants will get:

  • ‘Unspent Time’ exclusive short story collection
  • No Hope for Gomez: The Lost Chapters
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signed hi-res poster + bookplate

(These are all exclusive items and will not be available again.)

Additionally, several lucky attendants will win a Kindle or an iPod!

Oh yeah, you can bring as many friends as you like, just don’t bring your crazy uncle who drinks too much and then tries to get me to go to the attic with him to see something wonderful. I’ve fallen for that before and I don’t mind telling you, I came away very disappointed!

Find out how to attend HERE.

Austenprose has posted a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith due out in March 2011.  Steve Hockensmith wrote the prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls.

Dear Author has posted the Black Friday deals for ereaders, I love mine and highly recommend getting one.

Dark Wyrm Reads has posted the cover for the next Kim Harrison YA novel Something Deadly This Way Comes.

Harlequin is having a $10,000 giveaway with clues hidden online, check it out and enter to win.

Literary Escapism is raising money for Child’s Play Charity, by purchasing a novel all the money goes to the charity.

Ex Libris has posted that Kristie Cook is offering an ecopy of her book Promise for free on Smashwords.

Dark Winter Tales and Tynga’s Reviews are hosting a celebration with 15 authors, numerous giveaways and wonderful short stories.

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Author Appearances:

Kylie Brant, author of Deadly Intent, at Romance in the Backseat.

Grace Elliot, author of A Dead Man’s Debt, at Risky Regencies.

Kate Allen, author of Krakow Waltz, at Unusual Historicals.

Jason Letts, author of Powerless, at Confessions of a Bookaholic.

Caridad Ferrer, author of When the Stars Go Blue, at The Plotmonkeys.

Mari Mancusi, author of Night School, at From the Shadows.

Daisey Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, at Reading Teen.

Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry, authors of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil, at Dark Faerie Tales.

Debbie Macomber, author of Call Me Mrs. Miracle, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Emilie Richards, author of The Iron Lace Saga, at Harlequin Blog.

Gayle Callen, author of A Most Scandalous Engagement, at MacLean Space.

Joelle Anthony, author of Restoring Harmony, at Mundie Moms.

Marilyn Bunderson, author of The Mark, at Blkosiner’s Book Blog.

C.K. Kelly Martin, author of I Know Its Over, at The Fiction Enthusiast.

Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix, at The Story Siren.

Antony John, author of Five Flavors of Dumb, at I am a Reader Not a Writer.

Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement, at Reading Teen.

Gillan Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, at History Hoydens.

Caroline Fyffe, author of Montana Dawn, at Dear Author.

Stephanie Watson, author of Hometown Track, at Book Snob.

Julie Leto, author of Hard to Hold, at Plot Monkeys.

Evangaline Collins, author of Seven Nights to Forever, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Jennifer Cervantes, author of Tortilla Sun, at The Story Siren.

Nicola Cornick, author of Mistress by Midnight, at Risky Regencies.

Zoe Archer, author of Warrior, at Unusual Historicals.

Kasey Michaels, author of How to Wed a Baron, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

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Giveaways:

Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away three copies of Kari Lee Townsend’s The Samantha Granger Expierement, contest ends Dec. 4th.

My Overstuffed Bookshelf is giving away a copy of Bree Despain’s The Lost Saint and matching fingernail polish, contest ends Nov. 26th, as is Book Faery, contest ends Dec. 12th.

Bibliophilic Book Blog has started her epic holiday giveaway, she is giving away several book packs, contest ends Dec. 31st, she is also giving away a great set courtesy of Forever Publishing, contest ends Dec. 20th.

From the Shadows is giving away a Tyger Tyger necklace, contest ends Dec. 15th, Open Internationally.

Karissa’s Reading Review is giving away several books, contest ends Nov. 29th.

Three Blogs have teamed up to give away three different egift cards to electronic gift stores, Book of Secrets, Among the Muses, and The Forbidden Bookshelf, contest ends Dec. 15th, Open Internationally.

Smexy Books is giving away four books from Forever Publishing, contest ends Nov. 28th.

Larissa’s Bookish Life is having a huge birthday give away, contest ends Jan. 11th, Open Internationally.

P.J. Hoover is giving away an arc of Sapphique by Catherine Fisher before you can buy the book, contest ends Dec. 10th.

From the Shadows is giving away  http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2010/11/bite-before-christmas-black-friday.html

Beyond Words is giving away several YA novels to three different winners, contest ends Jan. 2nd, Open Internationally.

Eating YA Books is having a 21 day Blog Celebration with numerous giveaways here.

Love 2 Read for Fun is giving away three boxes of books, contest ends Dec. 6th.

My Overstuffed Bookshelf is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with prizes, starting Dec. 1st.

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For all you Doctor Who fans (I am a huge one!) you can get a TARDIS ice bucket here.

Anastasia Hopcus has released the cover for her new book Shadow Hills and you can read the first chapter here.

Michelle Styles has posted the first chapter of a A Question of Impropriety here.

Samantha James has posted a sneak peak of her novel The Sins of Viscount Sutherland, scheduled for release in May 2011.

Zoe Archer has posted an excerpt of her novel Stranger at Unusual Historicals.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is filled with adventure, magic, history, and family. Carter Kane has always wished his life was normal. During his and his father’s yearly visit to his sister, things quickly spiral even more beyond his control! Carter has always traveled with his father (an esteemed Egyptian archeologist) and wishes he could live a normal life, going to high school, making friends, and living in an actual house. His sister, Sadie, lives with their grandparents in England and has always envied Carter. On Christmas Eve (the only day they all get to spend together), their father decides to awaken some ancient Egyptian gods to “set things right”, whatever that means. In doing so, he got himself kidnapped and sent the angry god Set after his children, not to mention the crazy people of the House of Life trying to kill them. Their adventure to rescue their father is dangerous, difficult, and forces them to decide whether or not to accept their unbelievable fates!

Switching back and forth between brother and sister, Rick Riordan has managed to create an understanding for the reader of each sibling. I enjoyed how the narrator switched between Sadie and Carter, but at times it was a little bit confusing to discern which one was telling the story. I really loved how enthralling this story was and can hardly wait for the second and third books in this trilogy to come out! The reading level was pretty easy, but it made for a quick read even given the extensive number of pages.

The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid

Second Book (release May 2011)

Third Book (release Spring 2012)

You can read a sneak peak here.

Rating:

Title: The Red Pyramid

Author: Rick Riordan

Format: Hardbound

Page Nos.: 516

ISBN: 978-1423113386

Publisher: Hyperion Publishing

Release Date: May 2010

Available for Purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Costco

Reviewer: Jillian

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