My Little Pocketbooks: October 2012   

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Operation TBR Reduction: October's Report

Operation TBR Reduction Button
Just in case you haven't heard of this amazing Challenge.  It is only for book hoarders.  Which I know I am the only one here that is.  Right?  Right!  
Operation TBR Reduction was created and is hosted by Stephanie at Once Upon a Chapter to reduce the number of books current in her/my/our houses.  
Whatever comes in...more has to go out!

Happy Halloween

May your Halloween be
scary, fun full of a few tricks and tons of treats!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #25

 
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, October 29, 2012

Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Hardcover: 400 pages
Series:  Book 3 (The Hunger Games)

Source: I won it from Alexis @Reflections of a Bookaholic
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Best # 24

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, October 26, 2012

Scary Cover Love

It's Halloween time.  
I love like Halloween just as much as I love Christmas and Thanksgiving but for completely different reasons.  I think I like the scare of Halloween along with the dress up...of course.  Wait!  I love the dress up way more than the scare.  Anyways, I thought I would feature a few book covers that scream SCARRY!!   
 To me the best covers have little to them but say a lot.  What do you think of these book covers?  Do they bring on the scare?  Click on the covers to go to the Amazon store. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book in the Spotlight & Giveaway: Against My Will

Against My Will by Benjamin BerkleyAgainst My Will
Author:  Benjamin Berkley  
Publisher: Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc.,
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Abuse, Romance, Holocaust, Suspense 
Book Description:

AGAINST MY WILL is the life changing novel about Danielle, a victim of marital abuse, who finds the strength to leave her husband and pursue a career in law.
Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can’t feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like the perfect catch is a perfect nightmare at home. Jacob tries to control her career, her daily routine, and even what she eats. He ignores her desires and belittles her every chance he gets. Soon, Danielle doesn’t recognize her husband or herself, and she struggles to find a way out.
Danielle tries to talk to her father but he dismisses her marital problems.  But she can confide in her Nana Rose, a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family at the hands of the Nazis. Rose helped raise Danielle and her brother when their mother died when Danielle was only three.  Having faced death, Rose is Danielle’s source of security.  But while Danielle holds on to the fragile belief that her father’s prince charming will change, she is raped by her husband on the night of their one year wedding anniversary.
Now, Danielle has to escape.  And with the help of her beloved Nana, Danielle moves across the country and starts to rebuild her life. But will she be able to escape her past? And when one of her clients finds herself in the same terrible situation, will Danielle have the strength to help her?
As we follow Danielle on her journey of terror and recovery, we see her story intersect with the diary entries of her Nana as a young girl held captive in a concentration camp.  The entries begin with Rose waking up in a hospital after the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.    Graphically she recounts the train ride to the camp and the emotional separation of her from her family upon arrival.    And the full weight of the family’s secrets becomes clear. This is a story of survival, self-discovery, justice, and ultimately, it’s about love.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #24

 
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.

Book Blast & Giveaway: The Emerald Talisman

The Emerald Talisman Audio Book by Brenda Pandos  

Read by Mary Morgan
You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide.  If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.
When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it'll require Nicholas' life. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague
Author: Jeff Hirsch
Genre: Dystopia, Teen, Science Fiction
Publisher:  Scholastic Audio
Release Date:  September 1, 2011
Audiobook: 7 hours and 3 minutes
Narrator: Dan Bittner

Source:  Free from Audiobooksync.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Best #23

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, October 19, 2012

Pocketbooks for Your Costume

Etsy $62.00
I love Halloween for all the wrong reasons.  Dress up is number one!  I would dress up in a fun (sometimes sexy) costume everyday if I could afford it and get away with it at work.  I mean there are so many creative, fun, (extremely) weird costumes out there that it is so hard to just pick one a year.  My next, favorite reason for loving Halloween is CANDY!  I have a serious sweet tooth and this is the time of the year for it!  But this is not the blog!  
We all need a purses for keys, ID, money, makeup, gum, phone, etc....  You get the picture.  So here are a few helpful ideas about your costumes ladies, for that night out on All Hallow's Eve.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book in the Spotlight: The Betrayal


The Betrayal 
Author: Sheila Hendrix
Release Date:  December 24, 2011
Buy the Book: (Amazon)
Book Description
When Zachariah and Matthew McCannon were young, their parents abandoned them, leaving Zack to take care of his little brother, Matt. Though they lived with their grandmother, she was always sick, so Zack was forced to raise him. This was not an easy task.
Zack had his hands full because of Matt’s unusual powers. He has visions and dreams that come true, and when he gets angry or upset, he can move things with his mind. Because of this, evil seeks him, keeping Zack on his toes as his protector.
As the brothers grew older, they became hunters, pursuing evil supernatural forces. After Matthew has a dream, it sends them on a hunt for cave, not knowing why, but realizing it is necessary. When they arrive, Matt finds the vision was a trap.
A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. The Darkness is named, Alanya, which means, The Destroyer.
Alanya hates the brothers. In the past, every time he tried to apprehend Matt, Zack would thwart him by protecting his brother. Alanya is incensed that a mere human boy can beat him, for demons are not to be defied.
When Alanya asks Zack, “How far will you go to save your brother?” Zack answers, “As far as I have to.”
Now, the brothers are faced with a deadly force they never had to deal with before. This demon is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear. If the McCannon’s are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #23

 
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, October 15, 2012

Review: The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements
Author:  Don Miguel Ruiz
Genre:  Self Help
Publisher:  Amber-Allen Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2001
Hardcover:  152 pages

Source:  Borrowed from a friend about 2 years ago.
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Best #22

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, October 13, 2012

What I Am Reading...

A Discovery of Witches

Dewey's Read A Thon

Hey everyone!  It's currently hour 4 and I am sad to say that I am not going to be reading with you all this time.  I love Dewey's Read A Thon and I get a lot of reading done.  But this time there are way to many things I HAVE to do today.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book in the Spotlight: Shallow

Shallow
Author: Georgia Cates
Release Date:  September 21, 2012
Buy the Book: (Amazon)
Book description
Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.
Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the "The Strip" in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down...fast cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.
Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it...at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren't what scares Payton the most...it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book in the Spotlight: Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam
Author: Melissa Groeling
Release Date:
Buy the Book: (Amazon)
Book Description
When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #22

  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, October 8, 2012

Review: Hellbent

Author:  Cherie Priest
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Audiobook: 10 hours and 35 minutes
Narrator: Natalie Ross

Source: Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon

Friday, October 5, 2012

Book in the Spotlight: Going Under

Going Under
Author: Georgia Cates
Publish Date: March 10, 2012
Buy the Book (Amazon)
Book Description

Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book in the Spotlight & Giveaway: My Boyfriend Merlin

My Boyfriend Merlin 
Author:  Priya Ardis  
Paperback: 306 pages 
Published: April 2, 2012
Buy the Book (Amazon)
Book Description
He was a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons...
-My Boyfriend Merlin, Book 1, My Merlin Series. Second Edition. Re-edited.
-My Merlin Awakening, Book 2, My Merlin Series. 
In this modern day teen Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she's been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlinthe Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he's woken for a purpose. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
Explore myth and modern day and travel the world through the character's eyes in the unique locations of the My Merlin Series.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stacking The Shelves #21

  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.

Fangs, Fur, and Fey Giveaway Hop

Fangs, Fur, and Fey O My!  It's scarry book time!
 
This giveaway hop is hosted by I Am Not A Reader and Reading Lark.
It has taken me a few to come up with a prize for this giveaway.  I mean as far as books goes there are a ton of good and scary books featuring fangs, fur and of course fey.  So...after much deliberation and last minute putting this together.  I have decided to let you buy a book off of your wish list.  Yep!  The prize this time is a $5.00 gift card to Amazon.com

We all love pretty book covers, right?  So here are a few books with great Fangs, Fur and Fey right on the covers.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bloggiesta Wrap Up!

So here is my Bloggiesta Wrap! 

September's Winners!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!
  It's the last day of the month and here at My Little Pocketbooks that means it's time to announce the winners of all the giveaways.  With all the giveaways starting and stopping it's soo much easier to just do one winner post a month.  Just saving a few step.  Let me first  say a big THANK YOU to all you for stopping by, commenting, following and entering the giveaways!  
So now on to the September winners.  There were a total of 5 giveaways this month and 27 winners.  Congratulations goes out to a ton of people... 

This Blog is Cleaning House #3

Say it with me..."I will not be a Hoarder!  I will not be a Hoarder!!"  (I need to put that to some music)  You know the chant by now.  At least until I get the Christmas tree space cleaned out before it's time to put up the tree.  2 more months!! 
Clean house is going to go on every single month from now on to whenever at My Little Pocketbooks.  Every month I will be picking two winners who will be able to pick three (3) books from the list below.  Why am I doing this?  Basically, I'm really trying not to be on the next episode of "Hoarders" or "Buried Alive".  My bookshelf is not so over the top and now I need to let go.  Especially of the books I have not read and I have no plans on reading this year.

Review: An Open Weave

An Open Weave
Author: Devorah Major
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Berkley
Release Date: February 1, 1997
Paperback: 256 pages

Source:  Purchased from Esowon Bookstore years ago.
Buy the Book:  Amazon