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Dark Nights Giveaway – Winners!! April 26, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out and entered my Dark Nights Giveaway! I’d also like to thank the wonderful folks who contributed to Dark Nights Week! You guys are awesome!!

Winners were selected using Random.org. Emails have been sent to the winners and will have 48 hours to email me back to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

And the winners are…

Winners of the digital copies of The Watcher by John Brinling:

* Trekker

* Melissa

* Alycia

* Michele T.

* K. Ann

Winners of the digital copies of A Whale of A Myth by John Brinling:

* Audrey

* Angelene

* Sara H.

* Tristan

* Hunter

Winner of a digital copy of The Diary of Dakota Hammell by Kody Boye:

* Michelle C.

Winner of a paperback copy of Married with Zombies and a paperback copy of Flip This Zombie by Jesse Petersen:

* xxsquigglesxx

Winners of digital copies of A Soul Worth Taking by Rye James:

* Adonna

* Pavarti

* Lora

Winner of the I…SEE…BRAINS!! bookmark:

* Ashley

Winner of the Pink Skull tote bag:

* Juana

Congrats to all of the winners! Remember to email me back within 48 hours to claim your prizes. Thanks again for entering!

Jaidis

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Books from the Book Bloggers & Publishers Conference! April 25, 2011

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There is almost nothing I love more than finding packages that contain books in my mailbox! It gives me something to look forward too since I hardly get any mail that I actually want…lol. So today when the mailman delivered a box of books, I had to break out my ‘Happy Dance.’ The following books were received as part of attending the Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference…Yay!

Books include:

* A Little Death in Dixie by Lisa Turner – Published by Bell Bridge Books

* Thunder and Ashes by Z.A. Recht – Published by Galley Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

* Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth – Published by Galley Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

* Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne – Published by Galley Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

* Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn – Published by Viking, Penguin Group

* Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey – Published by Galley Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

* Just Shy of Paradise by Carole Thayne Warburton – Published by Walnut Springs Press

* Rock Hard – ARC – by Olivia Cunning – Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca

* Deep Kiss of Winter by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole – Published by Pocket Star Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

* Virgin: Book 7 of The Cat Star Chronicles – ARC – by Cheryl Brooks – Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca

I learned so much from attending this years Book Bloggers and Publishers Conference and I really believe that my blog will be better off because of it :)

I do plan on reviewing all of the books above but I am currently working on books that were submitted for review. I can’t wait to read these great books and share my thoughts about them with you!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Vote for Tonia! April 24, 2011

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As some of you may have already heard there is a HUGE contest going on right now to select a person to have a special speaking role in the upcoming special anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods audiobook. The contest began on April 13 and will be open for voting until May 2nd. A very special friend of mine, author Tonia Brown, has submitted her amazing voice to the contest in hopes of winning the grand prize.

Here is what Tonia has to say in her Facebook event created just for this special occasion:

“Okay guys! In the past I have supported independent authors by reading for the Library of The Living Dead podcast and for some authors on an individual basis. Now I have entered a contest to appear on the anniversary audio recording of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and I need votes desperately!

If I win I get to go to NY to record the parts and meet Mr. Gaiman. I’m not just entering this because I want to meet the man, no, I am entering it because I freaking LOVE this book and would die to be a part of its history.

Please go to the link below and vote for me if you like my recording. Thanks! And if you can please spread the word. I am WAY behind on votes because I just found out about it today.

http://neilgaiman.bookperk.com/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=29933&s=7938723

You can vote once a day! So come back every day and drop a vote if you can. :)

You can register through your facebook account or through the website. (The facebook is easiest!)”

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So there you have it! Please if you have a spare moment, and it really does only take a moment if you log in via Facebook, to sign in and vote for Tonia! She is always willing to help out others and lend a hand when asked. I know this personally because she has not only been a huge inspiration to me and my writing but she has always been there to help out when I need it. It would mean a lot to me, and even more so to Tonia, if you would cast your vote for her. There are a lot of votes standing between her and the grand prize since she is about a week and a half behind everyone else, but I think if we all pitch in by voting and spreading the word, she could jump up the voting charts quickly.

Please remember that you can cast your vote daily so be sure to vote each day if possible until the May 2nd deadline!

Once again, the link to go cast your vote is HERE

Even if you can’t cast a vote, please consider at least sharing this post with your friends so that they may vote.

THANK YOU!

Jaidis

Book Review: Dead of Winter April 23, 2011

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Winter arrives, and with it the Storm. Snow piles up, turning the landscape into a white prison. The survivors of Wrathchild’s plague struggle to survive. With loneliness and doubt creeping in, they must choose: stay in isolation with their dwindling resources, or journey south, taking a chance in a realm where the undead walk.

This is the terror facing the characters in Dead of Winter, the sequel to The Fall by Robert J. Duperre. With darkness all around them and the mystery of humanity’s unraveling growing deeper each day, they must delve deep into their reservoir of strength to move forward.

The coast of Florida lies hundreds of miles away, and with it the possibility of salvation.

My Review:

Dead of Winter: The Rift Book Two by Robert J. Duperre is the chilling second installment in Mr. Duperre’s apocalyptic zombies series. All odds are against the few and scattered survivors, tearing away what little hope they’ve been able to hold onto. Not only are they fighting for their lives against the flesh craving Wraths, but the harsh Winter has set in, making any and all of their efforts near impossible! The book picks up soon after where The Fall left off. Closely following the main characters the reader has become familiar with, while introducing new key players in this frightening journey to save humanity.

Eduardo Pereira, a Spanish boat captain and his adoring wife and son. A man whose visions of the Holy Mother were helping to guide he and his family to safer shores.

William Mathis, a wise professor whose analytical and logical ways of thinking were constantly being tested by the other worldly happenings around him.

Corky, a larger than life man and his brood of friends who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

These men have come together to fight and protect, and have found that their meeting was anything but chance. In fact, all of the survivors have been guided by fate, a path chosen for them, a path they’re not always willing or wanting to accept.

Robert J. Duperre is able to thrust the reader into the book with his realistically horrifying stories, and fantastic writing! As with The Fall, I was unable to put Dead of Winter down! I cannot wait until late 2011 for the third installment to be released, it will be a must read!!

Dead of Winter does contain graphic violence and sexual themes. Recommended for mature adult audiences only.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

~ Hazel O’Shea

The MPire: In Search of the Lost – Winners!! April 23, 2011

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Thank you to all who came out and entered the giveaway for author TL James book tour!

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I used random.org to select the winners. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or new winners will be selected. And the winners are….

Winner of the Paperback copy of The MPire: In Search of the Lost is……

* Debbie

Winners of the 3 digital copies are…..

* Alycia

* Cindi

* Melissasmeanderings

Emails have been sent to the winners!

Also, I’d like to thank author TL James for stopping by Juniper Grove on her book tour and of course Nurture Your Books for putting it all together!

Until Next Time,

Happy Reading!

Jaidis

Guest Post by Author Rye James April 22, 2011

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First of all I’d like to thank Jaidis and Juniper Grove for having me during Dark Nights Week! My newest book is called A Soul Worth Taking, which will be the first book in a four book series called The Evil Series. It’s a paranormal book that also has some horror elements in it. I’ll try to give a slimmed down version of the book without giving too much away or any spoilers. The main character is a man named Mike Moore, who goes through a terrible tragedy. He’s in a vulnerable state of mind, which creates a bit of a pull over his soul between Heaven and Hell. The devil sees an opportunity to acquire another soul while he’s in a weakened state, before he pulls out of it, trying different tactics to entice him to seek revenge and further pull him into Hell. At the same time Heaven sends an angel to guide him through these dark times to prevent him from succumbing to evil.

The idea for the series actually came to me when I read an article about shadow creatures. I read a little more about them and thought of how I could use that in a book. I thought it’d be a pretty cool idea to have a series of books about how evil tries to seduce someone to the dark side, and in each book taking a different form to accomplish that task. So I outlined the first three books of the series and came up with A Soul Worth Taking, The Woods (book 2 – tentative title), and Shadow Man (book 3). I’m still in the process of outlining book four.

For those who are unfamiliar with me, this is the darkest book I have written. I’ve got five other books out, four are Westerns and the other a Suspense/Thriller. This is a book, and a series, that I’m extremely excited about and I think it has great potential. Each book will be a stand alone title and have a start and finish. There are no cliffhangers, though each book will offer a lead-in to the next story. Though I think it’s a good story, obviously readers will determine how good it is. I’m hopeful that they’ll enjoy it.

Thanks for the opportunity to visit! Happy Dark Nights!

Rye James

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If you are interested in learning more about Mr. James, check out his Blog

Be sure to check out my Dark Nights Giveaway to enter for your chance to win a digital copy of A Soul Worth Taking!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

The Glass Case by Kody Boye April 21, 2011

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The Glass Case

By

Kody Boye

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There’s a girl sitting at a piano playing Mozart. There’s nothing really intricate about it—other than her actual playing, which some would say rivals that of the masters—but there’s something about it that makes it magical. Be it the way her fingers flush or her head sways, there’s something that makes everyone want to watch.

They say that making yourself a public spectacle is begging for attention.

For others, it’s an act of passage that is always meant to be fulfilled.

The crowd stands silently as the lights above flicker, then dim. Cast from an array of fixtures that resembles the shape of a star, the lights first rotate, positioning themselves on the pianist, then expand, creating the shape of a star. That night, some would have begged to question whether or not the six-pointed star was meant to resemble David instead of its traditional, five-pointed sister, a geometrical symbol lacking two triangles. However, it soon didn’t matter, as when the lights dimmed above and those surrounding the floor came on, everyone’s thoughts ceased to exist and their whispers drowned to silence.

Seated at the foot of the piano, the pianist raised her head.

A bloodied bandage covered her eyes.

Normally, one would have expected the audience to gasp, for it is in human nature to be compassionate toward another. Tonight, though, no one spoke a word, nor thought a bit of ill will toward the organizers of this event. It was all the same.

It was all the same.

Raising her hands, the pianist spread her fingers, each flushing accordingly as though pulled by the drawstrings of some greater being. Then she began to play.

Each point in the David’s Star brightened.

The pianist came fully into view.

No one said a word as she continued to play.

Every night for the past forty years, people would flock to the stadium to see the girl play. She was never let out, she was never set free, nor was she ever given the chance to speak—her mouth had been sewn shut ages before, when they first learned she was something more than just a woman. About this time, they removed her eyes and affixed her to a bench, the very one she sat upon now. Along with this, they stripped her of her false femininity and garbed her in a dress of bandages. Always she bled, because they said she was something more than human, but never once did she cry of scream.

Her mouth was sewn shut.

Her eyes were no longer there.

Trapped inside the shell of herself, she could do nothing more than play.

As she progressed halfway through the score, the air chilling and the sky darkening past its usual tone of white, the audience lost their breath and soon began to drown. As happened every night, men in black suits and oxygen masks came forward and allowed each patron a mask of their own. Once adorned, they continued to watch, eyes weeping and lips pursed.

A child bit her lip.

A woman trembled.

A baby stopped breathing and was forever lost to the world.

Raising her head, the pianist stopped playing.

Frozen, her joints popped and the veins in her pale body pulsed, but not once did she tremble past that.

Shortly thereafter, she began to play as though her very life depended on it. Her fingers thrashed, her shoulders lunged forward, her back arched and her neck snapped up and down as though repeatedly hit with a hammer. Her hips rocked to the tune of her body’s frantic movements, but her legs did not move—they simply dangled there, swaying in a wind that didn’t exist.

Someone in the audience gasped. His hands lashed forward and wrapped around his neck and began to squeeze as hard as he could. Meanwhile, his mouth dropped open and his oxygen mask fogged with breath. Throughout all this, he continued to watch, his eyes remaining open until he choked himself to death.

The pianist began to slow.

Hands trembling, elbows falling, she bowed her head.

She hit three more keys.

Do, Re, Mi.

The lights dimmed.

A curtain fell from the ceiling.

The audience began to clap as a glass case was briefly illuminated before disappearing behind a dark veil.

One by one, they began to file out.

Those unfortunate remained behind, forever lost to the girl inside the glass case.

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Kody Boye is a full-time freelance formatting artist and writer currently living in the live music capital of the world: Austin, Texas. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things as well as the self-published novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell. Hailed as a ‘writer beyond his years’ (Bitten by Books), his work has been described as ‘beautiful, haunting and harrowing.’ (Fantastic Horror) You can visit him online at KodyBoye.com.

Happy Dark Nights,

Jaidis

Let’s Get Ready To Ruuuuummmmble!! April 20, 2011

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Every day this week authors have been going head to head in the ultimate battle! The number of unique comments left on each author’s blog that day determines the winner!  Today’s match features two awesome authors that are battling for your comments! Do you have to pick just one author to vote for? Of course not! The whole point of the Blog Tour de Force is to support all of the authors involved. In fact, you want to comment on BOTH author’s websites because not only will your comment get you a Free ebook copy of the author’s book, but each comment gets you an entry to win a Kindle!!! Each author is also giving away various gift baskets so it’s a Win Win for everyone!

Today I am sponsoring author Suzanne Adair and her book Paper Woman! So head on over to Suzanne’s Website and comment on her post to win a free copy of Paper Woman. Remember that each comment gets you an entry to win a brand new Kindle that is loaded with all of the participating author’s books!

Be sure to check out my review of Paper Woman HERE

On Suzanne’s website you will find a very special phrase. Post that phrase on my book review of Paper Woman and your entered to win a special prize from Suzanne!

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Going up against Suzanne today is author A.M. Harte and her book Hungry For You! Remember the idea behind this event is to support each author, so be sure to head on over to A.M. Harte’s Website and leave a comment for her in order to get your Free copy of Hungry For You!

If you want to show your support for these amazing authors, please help spread the word about this event with your friends, your neighbors, even the mail man who still hasn’t delivered the books I am *cough* I mean that you’re expecting :)

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Paper Woman April 20, 2011

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Description (Courtesy of Amazon):

She expected the redcoats to solve her father’s murder. The redcoats and her father had other plans.

In early June 1780, the village of Alton, Georgia, is rocked by the triple murder of the town printer and one of his associates, both outspoken patriots, and a Spanish assassin. Alton’s redcoats are in no hurry to seek justice for the murdered men. The printer and his buddies have stirred up trouble for the garrison. But the printer’s widowed daughter, Sophie Barton, wants justice for her father. Under suspicion from the redcoats, Sophie sets out on a harrowing journey to find the truth about her father — a journey that plunges her into a hornet’s nest of terror, treachery, and international espionage.

My Review:

Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair isn’t your average, every day novel about the Revolutionary War. Instead, Ms. Adair has created a captivating world and characters that readers can easily visualize and relate too. The novel’s title is derived from the heroine in the story, Sophie Barton, whose nickname is Paper Woman. She has gained this title after helping her father run his printing press. To make matters more intriguing, Sophie is being courted by a British Major who offers her the chance to leave the little town of Alton and live in luxury as his mistress. Although financial security is an amazing offer for women in 1780, Sophie is torn between what she wants and the duty she feels towards her family.

When Sophie is called upon to identify her father’s corpse, she makes the decision to leave Alton and try to solve her father’s murder. Since traveling is dangerous for women of that time, she enlists the help of her brother David, an ex-lover Mathias, and Mathias’s Uncle and Creek cousins.

There is adventure and action around every corner with the British, southern Rebels, Spanish assassins and Creek people thrown into the mix. Ms. Adair does a wonderful job of giving straight facts as to the conditions of that time instead of glamorizing it for readers. I would highly recommend Paper Woman to anyone who loves historical fiction with romance, mystery, suspense and action all wrapped into one.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Tattered Rags by Jodi Cain April 20, 2011

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Dark Nights Week is in full swing and today I have a special treat! We all enjoy books that are very descriptive, pulling us in and allowing us to catch a glimpse of the world that has been created. I believe this appeal is what makes movies so tempting, especially those made based on books. We are able to literally see our favorite book characters come to life on the screen! But what about other forms of visual arts? Today I have invited artist Jodi Cain to visit Juniper Grove and she graciously accepted! Jodi crafts some of the creepiest, dark themed dolls I have had the pleasure to see and I am excited to be able to tell you more about her artwork.

Since this is a book blog, I asked Jodi a few questions about her dolls in regards to books so let’s jump in!

Have you received any custom orders for dolls that are inspired by books?

I have gotten orders for some characters that appear in both books and movies such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, American McGee’s Alice, Little Bo Peep, Cinderella, Coralline and Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Are there any characters from books that you are looking forward to creating?

I have often thought of making a Pipi Long Stockings doll

I know you put yourself into every doll you make but is there a doll that you especially enjoyed creating?

This is a tough question as I enjoy making all of them. When it comes to custom ordered dolls, I really enjoy the challenge of bringing other people’s ideas to life so to speak. And I always enjoy making Zombie dolls…there is something sort of therapeutic to be said about making a doll in a beautiful dress and then cutting her up and making her a bloody mess hehe!

Have you ever had any trouble coming up with a doll for a custom order?

Thankfully I haven’t! I’m a very creative person and I am easily inspired by everything around me. I just love the challenge of being given a basic idea and the freedom to run with it.

It’s obvious that people love your dolls because you have sold over 1000 dolls! Have you received any negative feedback due to the controversial nature of some of your dolls?

I have! Most of the feedback I receive is very positive but I have gotten the occasional email or comment from someone stating their dislike of a particular doll. It seems rather silly to me that anyone would go out of their way to comment on something that’s not appealing to them but I am all about freedom of expression so I welcome all feedback good or bad :)

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Please take out a moment and check out Jodi’s website Tattered Rags!

To learn more about Jodi’s inspiration for making her dolls, check out her interview at Oddities Magazine

If you are interested in acquiring one of Jodi’s creations, you can purchase her dolls through her website or her Etsy store!

It was difficult for me to choose which photos to display with this post because all of Jodi’s dolls are amazing in their own way! The four dolls I did choose I believe are my favorites though :) What about you? What are your thoughts on Jodi’s creations?

Until Next Time,

Jaidis