Thursday, January 31, 2013

Printed Books Giveaway Hop

Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for organizing another blog hop.  

It's for printed books only...and I will say, I SO love my kindle fire, but there's nothing like holding an actual book in your hand.  My personal library is my most prized possession that I have.

So on to the giveaway.  This is international for up to $15 to the Book Depository.  Pick a good book, curl up on your favorite spot, and enjoy the read.  Go ahead and sniff the book, we won't tell!!!

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NOW, continue to hop to all the other giveaways!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cover Reveal- Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Book Description:
In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

Tag Line:
Sometimes you have to be your own hero.

Release Date:
Nov 19, 2013

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

From the author:
Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah's strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.

Available For Pre-Order on:
Amazon (hardcover): (well, it says you can get an email when avail)

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Young Adult Giveaway Hop

BIG thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer  and BookLove 101 for organizing this blog hop!

For my giveaway, I am offering you $20 to the Book Depository to order whatever Young Adult book you would like!  If you shop right, you might just be able to get 2 books!!  And of course, this is International!!

Please fill out the rafflecopter, and please follow by GFC.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Facebook Finds- Madison Daniel

One of my favorite Authors is at the Arizona Comic Con!!  Madison Daniel is the author of the Ember series!

Check out the Ember Series on Facebook HERE

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rouge Hunter-Inquest Review

Title: Rouge Hunter: Inquest

 Author: Kevis Hendrickson

Publish Date: Published November 1st 2012

Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy. Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.

Zyra needs to find Skringler so she can turn him into the InterGalactic Alliance for the bounty to get herself out of some deep trouble. However, Zyra’s plans turn into chaos when Skringler escapes her. With the universe against her, she fights to make things right.

 Rouge Hunter is a very fast-paced read for all sci-fi lovers. Zyra is hard-core, however, throughout the story; you discover how she desperately wants to live a normal life. However, can she ever achieve that with the revenge for her father, the enemies she has made, and the constant devastation that follows her? The Universe is not very vast when it comes to Zyra.

 I loved all the characters in this story and the twist in the plot was devilish. It just shows how quick an alliance can change. I was able to picture the scenes in my mind easily and my heart ached for Zyra’s dream of normalcy in her life. I love sci-fi novels because the imagination can be endless. Rouge Hunter has plenty of surprises and I look forward to Zyra’s journey.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Provex City Blog Tour

Title: Provex City

 Author: Michael Pierce

Publish Date: Published March 5th 2012

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him. Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls? Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.
Provex City enables you to believe that anything is possible.

 Oliver Grain and his family move into a new home. Later, they will discover that a teenage boy committed suicide in one of the bedrooms. That bedroom just happens to be the one that Oliver has chosen.

 Oliver decides to stay in the room because he doesn’t want to be picked on by his older brother. Oliver experiences some unexplained events in his room, which makes him believe the distraught boy is still hanging around. As Oliver is trying to deal with this and sharing the experiences with his friends, he is also dealing with bullies at school that continuously make his life miserable.

 One of Oliver’s teachers, Mr. Gordon, realizes Oliver’s turmoil, and reaches out to help. This begins Oliver’s training.

 I was pleasantly surprised how in depth Provex City was. The training sessions with Mr. Gordon really made you think. A person only uses 20% of their brain which makes you wonder what the other 80% can do. I really felt this story was unique. The plots really kept you on your toes. And I do say plots because there were several going on at once: ghosts, bullies, training…and they all seemed to weave together. Oliver receives help from an unexpected source. His new friends were loyal and fun. Provex City is a remarkable place to visit. It was definitely a fun read and was refreshing to work your mind a bit. I have to admit, I had to read through the training sessions a few times to totally grasp the depth of consciousness…and that’s a good thing!!
My Over All Rating: 

About the Author

Michael Pierce lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and two ultra-protective Chiweenies. Provex City is his debut novel and the first book in the young adult fantasy Lorne Family Vault Series.

Book Trailer:


  Three winners will receive a paperback of Provex City and a $15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
  Five additional winners will win paperback copies of Provex City. (INT)

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The Tour Schedule

1/3 Candace's Book Blog ~ Tour Kick Off with Interview
1/4 The Bookie Nook ~ Review
1/4 ReaWrite ~ Interview

1/7 Nazish Reads ~ Review & Giveaway
1/7 Becky's Barmy Book Blog ~ Top Ten or Guest Post
1/8 A Diary of a Book Addict ~ Review
1/9 I Am a Reader, Not a Writer ~ Interview
1/10 Pages of Forbidden Love ~ Review 
1/10 Tabitha's Book Blog ~ Excerpt
1/11 Donnie Darko Girl ~ Review 
1/11 Ivy Book Bindings ~ Excerpt

1/14 Lizzy's Dark Fiction ~ Review
1/14 Mr. Book Wonder ~ Guest Post
1/15 Mr. Book Wonder ~ Review
1/15 Get Lost in Fiction ~ Guest Post
1/16 Oh, the Book You'll Read! ~ Review
1/17 Book Labyrinth ~ Excerpt  
1/17 Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile ~ Review
1/18 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia ~ Review
1/19 Reader Girls ~ Review & Top Ten 
1/20 Jean BookNerd ~ Review & Interview

1/21 Forever 17 Books ~ Review
1/21 Vy's Blog ~ Top Ten
1/22 Howling Turtle ~ Cover Reveal!
1/22 Supernatural Snark ~ Interview
1/23 Literary Rambles ~ Interview
1/23 Amethyst Daydreams ~ Review
1/24 Escaping... One Book at a Time ~ Review 
1/24 Anatea's Bookshelf ~ Review
1/25 My Guilty Obsession ~ Review
1/25 Insane About Books ~ Review

Sunday, January 20, 2013

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox this week I received from Publisher Simon and Schuster:

Heroes Proved by Oliver North

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

CRASH by Lisa McMann

All three are Audible Books

Thanks you Simon and Schuster

Monday, January 14, 2013

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that was started by Kristi at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. It features books or book-related things that have been bought, borrowed, won, or received in the mail. Be sure to check out The Story Siren for a list of all the other blogs participating!

Last week, this is what I received:


Echos of Titanic  by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark

Darkness & Light by J.A. Belfield

Polar Shift by Clive Cussler

Here's hoping for another good book Haul this week!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lords of Shifters Blog Tour

Title: Loramendi’s Story

 Author: Angela Carlie

Publish Date: Published August 7th 2011 by Createspace


Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.

Lora lives with her godmother. Her mother has been missing for years and no father in the picture either. However, she lives a nice life with her godmother, and has her best friend Jess in her life. Its break from school and Lora has been waiting for Jess to come back from visiting relatives. 

 There is not much to do in the small town except hike and watch the surfers as they come and go during the tourist season. However, one catches Lora’s eye, and she cannot seem to stop thinking about him. 

 Chance has the looks of a super model. When Chance approaches Lora, she is thrilled of the interest he shows her. She even thinks she hears him inside her head….crazy!! 

 When Chance leaves town for a week, Lora and her friends, jess and Johnnie, go on a hike. A bear attacks Lora, and Johnnie saves the day by shooting at it. However, Lora is distraught, and exhaustion seems to take over her life. Is it the shock? Or something more? 

 Lora soon finds out about what is happening to her, and the truth of her family history. This takes Lora and Chance, who are destined to be together, on an adventure Lora could only imagine in fairy tales. 

 LOVED Loramendi’s Story. I must say, its stories like this that provokes me to read even more than my already HUGE obsession. I adored all the characters in this story. Chance is yet another fictional character that is totally “SWOON” worthy and I would love to have him say “my Sweet” to me!! The magical world of the shifters heightens my imagination to visually see the dimension it dwells in. Lora transitions into her new roll beautifully. My only downfall to this story is that it ended WAY before I was ready for it to!! The ending definitely left me wanting more answers to the chaos Lora and Chance have yet to endure. Loramendi’s story is fast paced, easy to read and very difficult to put down….(note: don’t read on your lunch break at work!) I truly loved this story and highly recommend it!

My Over All Rating:

Loramendi's Story:
Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.

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Here is a little look into the other stories in the Lords of the Shifters Series

Spider Wars:
What happens when a species is tired of being stomped on?

Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back? 

Dark Horse:
Amethea thought she was the last of her kind, a creature from mythical stories, from light, peace, and magic. But, Amethea isn't a myth, and she doesn't hold any peace in her heart. She watched as her family was murdered for the magic of their horns. She'd give anything to avenge their deaths. She just hasn't figured out how yet.

When she meets another, Cerus, everything changes. Together, they harness more power than Amethea ever dreamed. But is it enough to take down the Lords of Shifters?

We all have demons hidden deep in the crevices of history. Johnnie's have busted out, exposed for all to see. But he doesn't care that everyone knows. Just Jess. She's got a front row seat to the Johnnie's demon show, and Johnnie's about to find out that he hasn't met all of them yet.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway

I have an awesome cover reveal today....It's for.....

One Tiny Secret
by C.A. Kunz

Book Blurb:

Just one tiny secret…has the potential to ruin everything.

Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater between social circles at school, and up until now this has kept her out of trouble, but that’s all about to change.
After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled as a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. Not to mention the resurfacing of an old flame, in the form of her ex-best friend’s swoon-worthy older brother, only makes matters more complicated.
Then an elusive person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets if she doesn't cooperate. When she refuses to play along, the person’s actions take a violent turn, and the quaint town of Holden Ridge completely loses its false sense of security.
Who can Dani turn to? Who can she really trust when anyone around her could be a suspect? One thing’s for certain though…never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.

Other Details:

One Tiny Secret is set to release this Spring!

Like the cover for One Tiny Secret? Well then head over to Okay Creations on Facebook and peruse Sarah Hansen’s amazing collection of works. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! And who knows, you may even find a book already released that catches your eye.

Carol and Adam Kunz make up the mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz. They thoroughly enjoy writing about things that go bump in the night, thrilling teen mysteries, and action-packed dystopian romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. This author pair currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida. To find out more about this duo and their books visit their blog, or find them on Facebook and Twitter!

One Tiny Secret is Adam's First solo novel.

Can't wait to find out the imagination behind those baby blue eyes!!


Head on over to Books Complete Me for a chance to enter this AWESOME Rafflecopter giveaway:
A foamcore mounted poster of the cover for One Tiny Secret
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A framed print of the hand-drawn (by Adam himself) original mock-up for the One Tiny Secret cover.
Winner’s choice of either a $25.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!!

20 Amazing Authors plus more than 100 of the Best Bloggers have joined together to bring you 1 Amazing Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Awesome Authors:

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)Alaina Claiborne (British Agent Novel #1)Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped OutUncontrollable (#2, Nature of Grace series)Hunted (The Guardian Legacy, #3)Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book 1)I Was Here—Before You CameEverlostBlood OathReaper's Novice (Soul Collector  #1)BulletproofLancaster HouseTwo HalvesMurder on Potrero Hill (A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, #1)Bellyache: A Delicious TaleKill ShotSkid Out (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #0.5)Between (Crossroads Saga, #2)Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga (Dragon Stone Saga, #1)Rapunzel Untangled

The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock
Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out by Pandora Poikilos
Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes
Hunted by Ednah Walters
Cliffhanger by Amy Saunders
I Was Here - Before You Came by Camelia Miron Skiba
Everlost by Brenda Pandos
Blood Oath by T.L. Clarke
Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert
Bulletproof by Jeff LaFerney
Lancaster House by Taylor Dean
Two Halves by Marta Szemik
Murder on Potrero Hill by M.L. Hamilton
Bellyache by Crystal Marcos
Kill Shot by Anne Patrick
Skid Out by Ann Marie Frohoff
Between by Mary Ting
Dragon Stones Saga by Kristian Alva
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 1/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

What's New at Insane About Books

So, my goal this year is to blog more.  I tend to read more than I review, however, I ALWAYS do reviews on requests from Authors, Blog Tours, and such.  SO, to help me out a little, I am going to do a few things to help me blog more.

I am a mother of three, working a full time job, so sometimes life gets the best of me.  With supper, helping with homework, sometimes at night, all I want to do is sit and read to relax!  Therefor, not much blogging.

But FIRST, I would like to thank Trajce from ILOVETEENBOOKS for helping me with some graphics.  Trajce is a teenager from Macedonia and he is an amazingly bright young man whom I have been honored to meet thru blogging.  THANK YOU TRAJCE!

SO this is my graphic for mini reviews.  I will always write a full review for requests from authors.  Other books I read for my own enjoyment, I will just post a mini review.

I am going to also try and do In My Mailbox more often started by the Story Siren.

This is for Cover reveals

This is something I just thought of.  I follow so many bloggers and Authors, and see LOTS of cool stuff on Facebook...I don't know if anyone else does this, but I thought if I found something interesting, I would share it through my Facebook Finds.  It could be a free ebook, a cover reveal, a giveaway, a quote from an author...the list can be endless.  I will always give credit to the Blogger, Author, or friend where I found it from.  And provide a link to the facebook page, blog or author.  I never want to upset anyone, but I feel that if it's on a social networking site, it's up to share.

If you like this idea, feel free to use it!!

I also want to be involved in more Book Tours...and I plan on signing up to do more Book Blasts for I am a Reader, Not a Writer and CBB.

So, there you go....this is my plan for the new year.  I sure hope I can stick to it!!