My Little Pocketbooks: June 2012   

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: The Concubine Saga


The Concubine Saga
Author:  Llyod Lofthouse
Genre:  Historical Romance
Publisher:   Three Clover Press
Release Date:  June 20, 2011
Source: Provided by the author through Virtual Authors Book Tour
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Happy Birthday to Me and You!

Ice Cream and Cake and Cake!  Ice Cream and Cake and Cake!  Do the Ice Cream and Cake! 
Sorry, I just wanted to set the mood.  Today is my 40th Birthday!  Whoot! Whoot!  And I am going to post my favorite birthday songs. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Audiobook Week: Listen Up!

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  Listen Up!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Group Tour July 6: $100 Amazon GC



Another Giveaway coming soon!  And this one is great!
On July 6th Promotional Book Tours is having a 10 Book Group Giveaway!
They’re giving away a $100 Amazon Giftcard and a $50 Amazon GC plus a
$25 Amazon GC to the blogger that refers the most sign ups for this event!!
Here are the awesome books that are sponsoring this event!
July 6 – 20
Unbound
Living Sensitive (Book 1 of the Delia Rhodes Series)
Living Soul
Hunter Moon
Broken Wings (Soul Searches Book 1)
All the Blue Eyed Angels
Storm of Desire
Cheyenne, A Timeless Series Novel
Promises, a Timeless Series Novel
Finding Alice
You know this giveaway will be a great way to get more followers.  Sign up and be sure to say that My Little Pocketbooks referred you!
Fill out the form below to sign up!

Audiobook Week: What Makes a Good Narrator?

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  What makes a Good Narrator?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Audiobook Week: Mid-Week Meme

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  Mid-Week Meme

Why I Love Wendesday #20

Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday. Hop on over to Alexis' blog and join in the fun.
This weeks topic...Bookish Websites

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Week One: Designer Handbag Giveaway

Welcome to Week 1 of...
 
Win This Bag
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hosted by Sidetracked Mom’s Blog 
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Thanks to HipSwap, you have the opportunity to win the exact bag that may have been on the arm of a famous celebrity!

Audiobook Week: So You Want to Review Audiobooks…

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  So You Want to Review Audiobooks

Stacking the Shelves #7

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This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Audiobook Week: 2011-2012 Audiobook Year

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  2011-2012, Your Audiobook Year

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Best #7

This is a great new weekly linky started by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Winners! Winners! Winners!

I bet you were wondering if I completely forgot about announcing the winners of the several giveaways on this site.  Nope!  I just wanted to wait and get a few announcements on one post.  Just saving a few step.  Let me say a big THANK YOU to all you for stopping by, commenting and entering the giveaways!  
Congratulations goes out to...

Friday, June 22, 2012

TGIF #23 ~Author's Are Rock Stars~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!
 This Friday's Question
Authors Are Our Celebrities: Have you ever contacted an author you admired? How did that experience go?  If not, which author would you love to have a chat with?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #6

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This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: Forever

Forever
Genre: YA (Werewolf)
Series:  The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Book 3)
Publisher:  Scholastic Audio
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Audio book: 12 hours and 16 minutes
Source: Purchased at Audible.com 
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Best #6

This is a great new weekly linky started by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.
My Favorite Blog Post This Week:

Friday, June 15, 2012

TGIF #22 ~Most Valuable Book~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!
 This Friday's Question
Most Valuable Book: From your personal collection of books, which ones hold the most value to you - is it signed by the author? or maybe it's your favorite story of all time? Share it with us.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Clean Your Shelves Giveaway Hop

Thank you Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this giveaway!
I love this giveaway idea and I think this should be monthly.  You know that saying "If you bring 2 _________ in the house then 2 most leave."  My blank is books and I never seem to see any of them leave.  At all!  Never!  I am soo afraid of being on an episode of "Hoarders" or "My Crazy Addiction" that I am going to let one luck winner pick not one, not two but FOUR books from the titles below.
(All of them are lovingly used)  When you are done here stop over at Jean Book Nerd Blog to enter to get more great books.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guess What?

Hi there everyone!  
I was browsing the backroom of my blog where all the magic happens today.  As I was about to log off, I noticed that I have hit 10,000+ hits!  
Yes, in the 6 months My Little Pocketbooks has been living in the blogsphere we have had more than 10,000 hits.  
Thank you all!  
That is incredible.  
Whoot!  Whoot!  


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5

  Hosted & created by Tynga's Reviews
This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Kevin's Point of View


Author: Del Shannon
Genre:  YA Adventure
Publisher:  Flatiron View Books
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Hardcover: 402 pages
Source: From the Author Del Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Best #5

This is a great new weekly linky started by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

Friday, June 8, 2012

TGIF #21 ~Cast Your Own Story~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guest Post ~Lloyd Lofthouse~

As you know I am a stop in the virtual book tour for The Concubine Saga by Llyod Lofthouse.  When I asked him about doing a guest post on my blog, he sent information on a book.  Why?  Mr. Lofthouse wants my readers and others to know more about it.  So with out further adieu...I would like to introduce to you...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA Networking

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads
Welcome to  Day 3 at Armchair BEA.  Since I couldn't make it to New York this year I am going to try to participate in as many Armchair BEA activities as much as possible.  

Stacking the Shelves #4

  Hosted & created by Tynga's Reviews
This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA Giveaway

This is Day Two of Armchair BEA and everyone is posting a giveaway of their favorite read from this year 2012.  There are so many great ones out there and I have to say that I will be trying my best to enter them all!  
As for me, this year I read a book that everyone and their mama read last year and the year before.  And of course everyone loved it.  So, if you are like me and a little late to jump on the band wagon...here is your chance to win...

The Concubine Saga E-Book Giveaway

I have another great giveaway!  For all my e-reading friends and family, author Lloyd Lofthouse has agreed to give one lucky winner an e-book version of The Concubine Saga.  
Book Description
No Westerner has ever achieved Robert Hart’s status and level of power in China. Driven by a passion for his adopted country, Hart became the “godfather of China’s modernism”, inspector general of China’s Customs Service, and the builder of China’s railroads, postal and telegraph systems and schools.
However, his first real love is Ayaou, a young concubine. Sterling Seagrave, in Dragon Lady, calls her Hart’s sleep-in dictionary and says she was wise beyond her years.
Soon after arriving in China in 1854, Hart falls in love with Ayaou, but his feelings for her sister go against the teachings of his Christian upbringing and almost break him emotionally. To survive he must learn how to live and think like the Chinese. He also finds himself thrust into the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion, the bloodiest rebellion in human history, where he makes enemies of men such as the American soldier of fortune known as the Devil Soldier.
During his early years in China, Robert experiences a range of emotion from bliss to despair. Like Damascus steel, he learns to be both hard and flexible, which forges his character into the great man he becomes.
In time, an ancient empire will rely on him to survive, and he will become the only foreigner the Emperor of China trusts.
Full of humanity, passion, and moral honesty, The Concubine Saga is the deeply intimate story of Hart’s loyalty and love for his adopted land and the woman who captured his heart.
“My Splendid Concubine” was the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
In the sequel, “Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine”, he was the only foreigner the Emperor of China trusted.  Both novels have come together as one in “The Concubine Saga”.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below along with your name and email address.  One lucky winner will be selected by Random.org.  The winner must be 18 years old or older.  This is open internationally!  Whoot! Whoot!  
Giveaway ends 6/13/2012.

Interview & Giveaway: The Concubine Saga

Welcome Author Lloyd Lofthouse


Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart [combined in this single volume], which earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival, 2009 San Francisco Book Festival, 2009 Hollywood Book Festival, 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival, 2009 Nashville Book Festival and was a finalist in historical fiction for the National Best Books 2010 Awards. Lloyd Lofthouse grew up in Southern California, served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine and lives near San Francisco with his wife and family with a second home in Shanghai, China.
Author's Website



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Armchair BEA ~Introductions~

It is currently 9:43pm and I have to be in bed by 10:00pm because my alarm is going to go off at 4:30am for another work day.  And what am I doing?  Signing up to join Armchair BEA.  Yep!  You know I wanted to be there soooo bad.  I just could not get a hotel room for under $300.00 a night.  Yes!  $300.00.  With a round trip ticket from LA and the 3 night stay I was planning to do.  I just could not do it on the rent check.  (If you know what I mean.)  So I am going to Armchair it instead.  Sorry if there are no proper sentences and links below.  I am trying to get to bed on time.  :)

Sunday Best #4

This is a great new weekly linky started by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

Friday, June 1, 2012

40th Birthday Giveaway

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YES!!  I am going to be the BIG 4 0 this month.  June 30th is the official day but I will be celebrating all month long.  Honestly, I don't look or feel a day over 30 .  LOL!  This year now that I am a blogger and because I have way to many books in my house.  (New and old)  I am going to host a Birthday Giveaway and you are going to get the presents. Since there are so many prize packs I will list them each under the video.  (By the way, this is my first attempt at a Vlog!) *nervous*

TGIF #20 ~Issue Books~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!
 This Friday's Question
Issue Books: Which books have you found to be very rewarding when it comes to tackling tougher issues?