Giveaway: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

To celebrate the paperback release of Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong, the final book of the Women of the Otherworld series (available August 6th), Plume has offered a copy for this blog’s readers.

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

The gripping, epic finale to the bestselling Otherworld series

A war is brewing and the first battle has already been waged. After rescuing her half brother from supernatural medical testing, Savannah Levine—a young witch of remarkable power and a dangerous pedigree—is battered, but still standing. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah is fighting to save her world as witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, half-demons, and all the forces of good and evil—including the genetically modified werewolves known as hell hounds—enter the fray. Uniting Savannah with Adam, Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other denizens of the Otherworld, Thirteen is a thrilling conclusion to this blockbuster series.

Enter here, easy peasy:

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  • This giveaway is for U.S./Canada only
  • Contest ends: Sunday, August 4th.
  • One entry per person please!

Giveaway: Shadow of Night (paperback edition)

To celebrate the publication of Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night in paperback on May 28th, the publisher Viking/Penguin has offered a copy of the book, along with some alchemical symbol buttons to give away to a reader of this blog.
shadow of night by deborah harkness

A Discovery of Witches introduced reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.       Harkness’s much-anticipated sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending. Diana and Matthew time-travel to Elizabethan London and are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana searches for a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.

To Enter
Just fill out this contact form with your name and email. Please make sure this is an email you check often; if I can’t reach you within a few days, I’ll have to choose a new winner. U.S. residents only.

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Congratulations to the winner: Angie


  • Sorry, this contest is just for U.S. addresses this time
  • One entry per person please
  • Contest ends Wednesday, May 22nd (midnight EST)

Giveaway: Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (out since November 12th) is an enjoyable, straight retelling of 50 fairytales. There will be a review from me soon. In the meantime, the publisher has kindly offered a copy for one of the readers of this blog.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Fill out this google form with your name and an email address (please make it one you check often)
  • Enter by Sunday, November 25th.
  • This giveaway is for U.S./Canada only

Cinder Audiobook Giveaway (U.S. only)

Thanks to the folks at Macmillan Audio I have a copy of the Cinder audiobook to give away to one lucky winner!

Sample of Cinder audiobook

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

To enter, click this link and enter the google form (I just need a name and an email)


  • Sorry, this contest is for U.S. addresses this time
  • One entry per person please
  • Contest ends Thursday the 26th (midnight EST)

The Magician King giveaway

I may have said I wasn’t planning more giveaways after the Relic Master one, but apparently I lied.

Courtesy of Penguin, I will be giving away one copy of the sequel to The Magicians, The Magician King, which will be released next week on August 9th.

I’m currently reading the first book, The Magicians, which has been quite an experience so far (the beginning blew my mind and I’m getting very invested in how things are going to turn out now I’m about 70 pages away from the end). I fully understand the fuss about it now.  The story is about a teen who discovers magic is real and that he has some talent and brains for it.  There’s a sense of wonder and discovery in this book but there’s also a very dark, human aspect to the story as well. There’s definitely a grim underbelly. A review is forthcoming.

I will be reading The Magician King next, and I expect it to be in the same vein as the first book. You can read more about it on its website here.

 Fill out this form to enter (just your name & email)

This giveaway is US and Canada only. Ends Saturday August 6th, midnight EST.

AND  – there’s a giveaway for the same book over at Fantasy Cafe. So there’s another place to try your luck!

Giveaway: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

just reviewed this book and I have ONE extra copy of an ARC copy of Shut Out to give away, thanks to BEA, so here it is –

To enter:
1. Email janicu[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject SHUT OUT GIVEAWAY, and say “please enter me” or something like that, and that should be it. No hoops, although if you found this blog via this giveaway, I’d be thrilled if you did subscribe.
2. One entry per person please
3. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. I’ll mail it anywhere that the USPS delivers to.
4. This contest ends midnight EST July 22nd

Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy Giveaway

I have TWO copies of this book to give away to two winners, offered up by a generous reader of my blog (Estara). She’s in Germany but is willing to ship it anywhere. Isn’t that incredibly nice?

Not all marriages last forever!

Suzanne Jefferson is broke, which is why she’s given up charity work for wedding planning. Fortunately, she has a high-profile client,and best of all, he’s paid in advance. There are just two teensy problems: The bride is a bona fide bridezilla, and Suzanne’s ex-husband is the best man. At least she thought he was her ex-husband!

But this one might…

Two years after their marriage fell apart, stock car race driver Ryder Jefferson still can’t stop thinking about Suzanne. Which is why he isn’t too upset that, due to a glitch, the two are still technically married. Now he’s imagining easing Suzanne’s woes by satisfying her needs in the bedroom. After all, that’s the one room they never argued in. Besides, with wedding bells ringing all around them, Ryder is wondering if,even though they’d quit the race a few laps too early,they can still come on strong with a big, romantic finish!

So the usual rules for entry:

1. Email janicu[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject HOT FINISH GIVEAWAY, and with “please enter me” or something like that, and that should be it.
2. One email per person please.
3. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
4. This contest ends midnight EST December 6th.

If you were to spread the word, that would be appreciated!

Hutch/Bookshelf review and giveaway from CSN Stores

This is what our bookshelves in the office look like. It holds all our read books (my TBRs are in the living room and under my bed). Yes, it is like an explosion. If you click it a supremely HUGE version of this picture is viewable for the curious.  Sorry about the bike.

For a while we’d been talking about putting in a shelf to go over the office desk.  When CSN Stores offered me a chance to review furniture, I decided to try a bookshelf because it was book-related and it would be a nice excuse to post pictures of books as well as finally get that shelf we’ve been talking about for probably a year now.

CSN gave me $60 towards the bookshelf, and I spent another ~$40 0n top of that to get the shelf we liked which was $99 (shipping was free on that item).  By the way, CSN Stores has over 200 websites for all kinds of furniture, not just bookshelves.  I’m going to be doing a giveaway for $65 (U.S. and Canada only this time, sorry) for their stores. Check the end of this post for details. You can buy anything from a modern chair, to a dog bed, to a briefcase! I like their modern cat furniture, except I’m pretty sure my cat will still go for our couches.

The bookshelf we decided to buy was the Belcarra Contemporary Hutch/Bookshelf in expresso.

It came in a long box about a week (probably 4 business days) after I placed the order, but it took us a couple of weeks to get to putting it together because we kept having to go somewhere during our weekends.

1. When we finally started to set it up, the cat promptly sat his ass on it.

2. When we opened the box, the cat explored it.

3. His highness, Prince Nosy-Bum inspected it from every angle.

4. “Helping” unpack.

I didn’t notice any chips in the laminate. It was packed pretty well. Eventually I think there was one nick that we colored in with a brown pen that came with the screws and other parts. I’m not sure if that was already there or we did it putting the shelf together.

5. Cats have no need for instructions. They sit on your instructions.

The instruction sheet that came with the shelf was a little brief on detail. It was a legal sheet length of paper with both sides covered in steps in both English and French, but you had to pay attention to not only the steps but the pictures too. And read between the lines. For instance the first step is  to “attach the top and bottom to center gables and sides using  Confirmat screws”. Well, you needed to notice in the picture that at the back of each center gable will be screwed into the rear stabilizer, and that there is a hole on the back of each gable for that. But only on one side. So it is easy to put them in upside down and then you have to take the whole thing apart and put it back together right. Which I did.

6. Almost done with step 1.

I swear I didn’t keep putting the cat on the shelf and box. He really is that nosy/annoying.

7. While I was putting the shelf together, The Mister looked for studs and made sure things were level.

8. Wall Stabilizer mounted on the wall. Computer screens protected from dust by cut up grocery bags.

9. The Hutch fits on top of the Wall Stabilizer.

We had a bit of trouble putting the hutch onto the wall stabilizer. It needed two people because it’s long and heavy, and at one point it kind of slipped, which was scary because we’re doing this over a desk full of flat screens (all not mine by the way, in case you were thinking to be jealous of me. Nope. Using a tiny little netbook at the moment). Although the instructions say when you mount the wall stabilizer, “position screws so that they do not line up with the hutch gables”, somehow the Mister managed to line up one screw with the hutch gable which meant the hutch did not fit QUITE right. The measurements on this thing are EXACT. EXACTTT. Which is good unless this sort of thing happens and then the hutch doesn’t fit into the wall stabilizer. The Mister said that he measured and thought he was good but turned out he was not. In the future it would be helpful if the wall stabilizer had lines where the gables would be so you DIDN’T put the screw there.

The finished product. One half of the shelf is mine, other half is The Mister’s. Guess which (click for humongous).

I decided to use the shelf for my favorite author’s with last names beginning with A. Yes, I know it looks rather sad right now, but think of the possibilities. Lots of room for more books no?

Giveaway Details:

It’s the usual, but this time since this is $65 bucks, which is nice, you get more points for being a follower (subscribed to RSS/friend on LJ):

1. Email janicu[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject CSN GIVEAWAY, and with

“please enter me” or something like that, and that should be it. Counts as one entry. But if you are a follower, please let me know, you get an extra entry.

2. One email per person please.
3. This giveaway is US and Canada only. Sorry, usually I do international giveaways but CSN only ships to North America.
4. This contest ends midnight EST September 10th.

Winner gets a $65 dollar gift certificate from CSN stores which will be emailed to them.

ETA – photobucket  resized the “humongous” picture to merely “big”. I reuploaded them but leaving the “big” size for people with slower connections. This is the old bookshelf (explosion), and this is the new bookshelf in “humongous” size.

Also, I’ve had questions about followers for the giveaway. I meant subscribed to my RSS feed. On wordpress you can do that here, and on livejournal you can do that here. These two blogging platforms just don’t allow javascript which the Google Friend Connect widget uses. I know that caused some confusion looking for it.

Following on twitter doesn’t count, sorry.

Giveaway – ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Time for another giveaway. This time it is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.. so shiny.

I reviewed it over here:

To enter:

1. Email janicu[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject CLOCKWORK ANGEL GIVEAWAY, and say “please enter me” or something like that, and that should be it. I try not to make there be too many hoops.
2. One entry per person please
3. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. I’ll mail it anywhere that the USPS delivers to.
4. This contest ends midnight EST August 24th

Giveaway: ARC of Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen

Here we go, another giveaway for an ARC from BEA. I haven’t read it yet but this one looks fun:

Meet David and Sarah, a couple on the verge of Divorce…
On their way to marriage counseling, they notice a few odd things: a missing guard, a lack of cars on the freeway, and their counselor ripping out the throut of her previous client. Now it’s up to David and Sarah to work together, save their marriage – and survive in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
Along the way, David and Sarah discover some great tips for every post-apocalyptic couple:

  • Balance the workload in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing all the zombies.
  • Put the small stuff into perspective. It’s better to be wrong and alive than right but eating brains.
  • Share in your activities and interests. If you’re going to kill zombies anyway, why not do it together?
  • Plan romantic getaways. Or just getaways.

Married with Zombies comes out September, 2010 from Orbit Books.

To enter:
1. Email janicu[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES
GIVEAWAY, and say “please enter me” or something like that, and that
should be it. I try not to make there be too many hoops.
2. One entry per person please
3. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. I’ll mail it anywhere that the USPS delivers to.
4. This contest ends midnight EST July 13th