The Host Movie Casting and Helping Tornado Victims…

Casting has begun for The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I am really excited for this movie, I love The Host! Saoirse Ronan has been cast as Melanie/Wanderer, her credits include The Lovely Bones and Atonement.

Help Write Now is a community of writers who are raising money to help those who have been impacted by the recent Tornados in the sourthern storm. They have manuscripts, jewelry, books and a novel critique up for bid.

Becca Fitzpatrick has released the cover for Silence, the third book in the Hush, Hush series.

Julia Kagawa has released the cover for Summer’s Crossing, An Iron Fey novella.

Giveaways:

Romantic Crush Junkies is giving away two copies of Lynn Kurland’s One Magic Moment, contest ends May 8th.

Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away several YA books and swag, contest ends May 31st.

Sibel Hodge is giving away numerous ebooks for the month of May.

Once Upon a Twilight is giving away two large packs of books, contest ends May 19th.

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer has two blog hops going this week, Spring Blog Carnival ends May 8th and I <3 My Mommy ends May 10th.

Electrifying Reviews is giving away five books, contest ends May 13th.

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Free Reads:

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon has posted an excerpt of Scandalous Women.

Brenda Novak has posted an excerpt of Inside.

Carrie Lofty has posted an excerpt of  Portrait of Seduction.

Michael Lee West has posted an excerpt of Gone With a Handsomer Man.

Douglas Corleone has posted an excerpt of Night on Fire.

Stephanie Humphreys has posted an excerpt of Double Deceit.

Lora Leigh has posted an excerpt of Dangerous Games.

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I saw this nightstand and originally love it but after thinking about more I have two problems with it. First, knowing me I will try to grab the books mounted in the shelf. Second, I dislike  the idea of not actually being able to actually read the books. The table is made by janedandy.

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News

I am sure you are like me this last little while, with my thoughts and prayers going out to all those who are in Japan or who have family in Japan.  Are you wondering what you can do to help? Confessions of a Bookaholic has posted about a group indie authors how are putting together a fund to help those in Japan, so go and donate for this great cause. The League of Extraordinary Writers has also posted several ways you can help.

I am a little late with this news but in case you don’t read any book blogs, actress Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone and The Bill Engvall Show) has been signed on to play Katniss in the movie adaption of The Hunger Games.

Harlequin is celebrating the Royal Wedding with a e-book collection of Royal Wedding books.

Ally Condie has released the cover of her second book in her Matched series, Crossed.

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Giveaways:

The Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Blog Hop is happening now until March 20th hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer with over 250 blogs participating.

For the Bloggers out there, Susan Mallory is giving away $100 to the bookstore of your choice for posting a widget of her newest book Already Home, you can find out more at Good Choice Reading.

Caroline Valdez Miller is having a Kindle giveaway in celebration of obtaining an agent, congrats to her!

Chicks Love Lit is hosting a Blogaversary Carnival which is going until March 25th.

Moira Rogers is giving away a Kindle contest ends March 31st.

Once Upon a Twilight is giving away a Sharper Image eReader.

The Season is giving away several copies of April Historical Romance Releases.

Smexy Books is giving away two sets of Molly Harper’s new Werewolf series.

La Femme Readers is giving several YA books, contest ends April 7th.

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Free Reads:

Holly Black has posted a free short story to go along with White Cat from the point of view of Lila Zacharov, just be aware there are spoilers if you haven’t read the first book.

Amanda Grange has posted an excerpt of Wickham’s Diary.

Louis M. Gouge has posted an excerpt of At the Captain’s Command.

Victoria Gray has posted an excerpt of Angel in My Arms. Maliek Collins Womens Jersey

Checking Out eBooks From Your Library and Covers Galore…

I have to start this posting by apologizing for not getting one up last week, midterms were this past week and I was forced to do the bare minimum for the blog in between my bouts of studying. That being said, there are a lot of great covers that have been released in the last two weeks.

Have an ereader? Never have time to go to the library but want to be able to check out books? Depending upon the type of ereader you have you can check out ebooks from a library using Overdrive. You can search for libraries and titles to find what you are looking for. Even if you don’t have an ereader you can read them on your computer or they have audio books available for download on to your MP3 player.

P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast have released the cover of Dragon’s Oath, a House of Night Novella.

My sister has started a weight loss blog and due to unforseen circumstances (she slipped on a piece of ice in Las Vegas, I know Las Vegas, and broke her arm and now struggles to type anything up, anyhoo) and I have done a couple of guest posts for her so hop over and read Gazelles v. Ducks or Why I Run at Trying to Find Where I Went.

Kady Cross has posted the cover to The Girl in the Steel Corset, I admit I may purchase this book just based on this cover.

Reading Teen has posted that a 3D film version of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick will be released by Paramount Pictures in November. I really enjoyed this book and am interested to see how the films turns out.

Eden Macguire has released the cover art for the first book in her Dark Angel Series, Dark Angel.

I know you have all heard of Basketball March Madness, well History Hoydens is celebrating Historical Romance March Madness with giveaways, author visits and other funness, check it out.

Marcia Lynn McClure has six of her ebooks available for $.99 right now, I know Killer deal.

Sophie Jordan has released the cover for the third book in the Firelight series, Vanish. I think it is gorgeous!

I am sorry to report the passing of author L.K. Madigan from pancreatic cancer, she is the author of The Mermaid’s Mirror. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Kiersten White has released the cover for the second book in her Paranormalcy series, Supernaturally. I just bought a copy of Paranormalcy last weekend and I am excited to read it.

NPR has compiled a list of 2011 Books to movies, you can read the entire list here but they failed to include any of the YA or Children’s books in the list.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have posted the cover for the third book in the The Castor Chronicles, Beautiful Chaos.

Tor.com has published the results of their reader poll for the Best SFF of the Decade.

Pocket After Dark is celebrating all things Urban Fantasy for the month of March. The free reads for this month are Moonlight Warrior by Janet Chapman, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper and Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue.

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Giveaways:

Romantic Crush Junkies is giving away two copies of Kat Martin’s Against the Law.

Love Romance Passion is giving away three copies of Julia London’s A Light at Winter’s End.

Alyxandra Harvey is giving away three copies of Out for Blood.

March Madness Blog Hop is going on from now until March 6th.

La Femme Readers is giving away five fabulous YA Paranormal books.

The Season Blog is giving away twelve books from different genres.

Through the HazeThe Fiction Enthusiasts, and BookHounds are giving away copies of Amanda Scott’s Highland Master and Kira Morgan’s Seduced by Destiny.

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Free Reads:

Kaye Dacus has posted a sneak peak of Ransom’s Quest.

Mandy Goff has posted an excerpt of The Blackmailed Bride.

Lora Leigh has posted an excerpt of Live Wire.

Edie Ramer has posted an excerpt of Dragon Blues.

eHarlequin has posted Delores Fossen’s Sworn to Protect for free read.

Caridad Pineiro has posed an excerpt of The Fifth Kingdom.

Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have posted an excerpt of A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man.

Michelle Styles has posted an excerpt of Breaking the Governess’s Rules.

Jo Beverly has posted an excerpt of An Unlikely Countess.

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Host Movie News and Lots of Book Covers….

Susanna White (director of Nanny McPhee Returns) Stephanie Meyer’s The Host into film. I am super excited for this, while I am not a Twilight fan I LOVE The Host and hope that Hollywood does the novel justice.

McMillion Romance Publishing has launched a new blog post HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, where they will be posting giveaways, news and other great romance stuff.

Kiki Hamilton has released the cover for her YA, The Faerie Ring, that will be released this Oct.

Jennifer Echols has released the cover for her new YA, love story.

Kate Pearce has posted the cover for her third book in The Tudor Vampire Chronicles Series, Mark of the Rose.

Alyson Noel has posted the cover for the sixth book and final book in The Immortals Series, Everlasting.

Jeri-Smith Ready has posted the cover for the sequel to Shade, Shift.

Tera Lynn Childs has posted the cover for Sweet Venom, the first in a new Medusa themed YA series.

In sad news Borders Bookstore has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and will be closing 200 stores. Unfortunately for me they are closing all, that’s right, ALL the stores in Arizona. On a happy thought this means clearance sales and luckily the indie bookstores in my are will be getting more business from me.

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Giveaways:

Books and Things are giving away two ebooks by Jennifer DeLucy.

Ex-Libris is giving away numerous books in celebration of her Blogaversary.

La Femme Readers is giving away two copies of M.J. Putney’s Dark Mirror.

Fiction Vixen is giving away a $240 gift card to CSN.com.

Dark Faerie Tales is giving away two large book packs.

Literary Escapism is having a large giveaway in celebration of her Blogaversary.

Mundie Moms is also celebrating a Blogaversary with a large book giveaway.

From the Shadows is giving away a Spirit Storm tote bag of goodies.

In celebration of the anthology On the Hunt being released they are giving away an ipod Nano, here.

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Free Reads:

Kaye Dacus has posted the second chapter from The Art of Romance.

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I ran across this trailer the other day and being an Ayn Rand fan I am intrigued to see this film. They have made Atlas Shrugged into two parts of a film, what do you think?

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