Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year! and giveaway winners!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.

I just got back home after a relaxing and fun filled time on the east coast. We had snow for Christmas! A very white Christmas indeed!

Congrats to our recent Christmas Giveaway winners!

They are:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Five Days of Christmas Giveaway! (#5!) International!

To your left, that is my dear bunny Edgar. That year, that bunny attacked our Christmas tree like no one's business. He chewed it, tried to dig under it (our tree skirt and carpet suffered so) and hid beneath it.
He's sadly no longer with us, but I'm sure that wherever he is, he wishes you a Happy Holidays.

And here we are....
The last one.
The good one.
The best one.


Thank you to all my readers all year round. Words cannot describe how thankful I am that you bother to come here, read my reviews and leave comments. Really. I'm very grateful and happily surprised I have you as followers.
Thank you so much!

And here is the last giveaway for the year.
And probably my last post for the year as well. We'll see. Depends on how much eggnog I drink....

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Five Days of Christmas Giveaway! (#4)

Hello!
The last week of work is over and I'm very excited about winter break starting! I look forward to hot chocolate and lots and lots of reading.
To celebrate the holiday season, and a full week off work!!, this is an extra special giveaway for all of my YA readers out there.

EXTRA SPECIAL.
For real.

Are you ready??

Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

Title: The Marriage Mistake

Author: Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three

Friday, December 21, 2012

Five Days of Christmas Giveaway! (#3)

Happy Holidays and welcome to another small little giveaway by The Windy Pages.
Hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday season!  Is your holiday in full swing already? Are you gearing up towards Christmas? Traveling somewhere cold or exotic? Everyone is so busy during the holidays.
A special thank YOU for stopping by my little blog and saying hi!

Today's giveaway comes courtesy of my friends T and K. They generously donated a copy of...


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Title: Ironskin

Author: Tina Connolly

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: October 2012

Genre: Adult Fantasy/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Five Days of Christmas Giveaway! (#2)

Surprise!

Another giveaway!

This is the second giveaway in my five days of Christmas Giveaway run! I'm so glad you decided to stop by The Windy Pages today.

I have a fun one for all my adult readers out there. Characters to fall in love with, danger, spies, and humans with very special abilities!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: The Space Between Us by Megan Hart

Title: The Space Between Us

Author: Megan Hart

Publisher: Harlequinn MIRA

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Adult Erotica/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Sunday, December 16, 2012

TBR Reading Challenge! 2013

This is it! This is the year I'm going to make a serious dent in my physical books!
No, for real. I'm not lying at all.
Not even just a little bit.

Thank you to Bookish who is hosting this challenge! And to all the other awesome bloggers who are hosting the monthly challenges and roundups!

eBook Challenge! 2013

In another effort to see my ever growing digital tbr pile shrink, I've signed up again for the eBook Challenge! 

Hosted by Workadayreads.

I'm really hoping to get through a good number of ebooks this year, even more than last year. Even though they're not physical books, I really want 2013 to be a catch up year, both for digital and physical books. 

Debut Author Challenge 2013!

Here it is!

I am participating in the Debut Author Challenge 2013!

I had a really great time in 2012 and look forward to another year of wonderful new authors!

Thanks to Hobbitsies for hosting this challenge!
There's still time! You can sign up too. Just click the link above.


Happy Reading!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Five Days of Christmas Giveaway! (#1)

Hi Everyone!

During the holidays, I carefully research all of my friends and family, covert operations style, and try to come up with some nice gifts for them! (See my post on holiday buying gift guide for some ideas for that special book lover in your life!)

That said, I rarely find time to shop for myself during this period. I try really hard to not buy items for myself when I'm shopping for others. This is more or less successful given the store and mood I'm in. (Barnes and Nobles on a rainy day and I'm a sucker.)

So, I'm doing a slew of giveaways on my blog during this holiday season (five actually) for all of you out there who have to buy Christmas presents and don't have any money left over to treat yourselves!

The giveaways will pop up anytime from now until December 25th and will all end on December 25th! So check back often because one giveaway may only be for 24 hours! (just saying) Please note that the books will not be sent out until after the holiday season.
US residents only please.

And on the first day of giveaway, blogger friend sent to me...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Buying Guide is here!

Tis the season! 

And with the holidays approaching fast, my friend A over at Read Now Sleep Later created some posts about the best gifts to buy this season for that certain book lover in your life. 

My list is below, some of it already posted on RNSL, and for more ideas, be sure to check out Read Now Sleep Later this week!

Cover Reveal! The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


Cover Reveal!

You ready for the bright, fun cover of

The Summer I Became A Nerd?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Title: Point of Retreat

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: February 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Realistic Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

Title: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

Author: Nikki Loftin

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Title: Slammed

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: January 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Realistic Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Title: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father

Author: Jessica Brody

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Monday, November 26, 2012

Dreaming of Summer blog hop!

November has certainly flown by! I feel like it was just yesterday I was at the beach, laying on the sand with a book.

Thank you to Me, My Shelf, and I and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting!

Thank goodness for this hop! It reminds me of summer and the book I'm choosing to giveaway will hopefully do the same to you!

You can win:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Prince

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Mira Books

Publication Date: November 2012


Genre: Adult Erotica/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three


Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

Title: Rogue Rider

Author: Larissa Ione

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: November 2012

Genre: Adult Romance/Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Four

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful of Books blog hop!



Thank you to I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Tristi Pinkston for hosting this awesome hop.

I'm trying really hard to focus on autumn things like leaves changing, pumpkin pie and turkey! But it's hard to do that when Southern California is still experiencing 90 degree days! Oy- me thinks it's too hot out here!

We're staying in with the air conditioning on, (yes, you heard that right!) hoping the cooler weather comes back to stay.

So while we're inside reading, take a peek at what you can win in this hop!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: My Dead Friend Sarah by Peter Rosch

Title: My Dead Friend Sarah

Author: Peter Rosch

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: April 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction/Thriller

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Title: The House of Silk

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Publication Date: November 2011

Genre: Adult Mystery

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Dystopian Giveaway Hop is here!

Hello! And welcome to the Dystopian hop Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and My Shelf Confessions!

I love well done dystopian novels. And lately, there have been a lot to choose from!

Today, I have a special giveaway for you!

a little breath of fresh air & Happy Halloween!

And so ends the crazy happiness of October. Don't get me wrong. November continues my love of autumn with pumpkins, turkey and stuffing! But after all the reviews, giveaways and fun stuff in October, I'm ready to take a little break this month.

I'm tired! (see photo of self on left)

I envision a November full of hot tea, gingerbread, maybe some pumpkin loaf, and a book. Or five.

I'd love to know what you are doing this month. Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Have you tried To-furkey?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blog Tour and Review! A Thunderous Whisper by

Title: A Thunderous Whisper

Author: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: October 2012

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Title: Mockingbird

Author: Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Author Sightings!

Happy October! (see pumpkin in latte on left)
A weekend of signings!

Last weekend was packed for me. I went to two, yes TWO!, awesome book signings in the Los Angeles area.

Full of excitement, hopped up on some sugar, I got a full tank of gas and went to party!

First up?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway!

Thank you I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm for hosting this Giveaway!

I do love October, so this giveaway is extra awesome because I've been saving these books for the very end.

I'm giving away an awesome SIGNED YA arc, and two Hardcover YA books. All in the spooky category!

Now come take a peak...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy October Giveaway #3!

Welcome to another Happy October Giveaway!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful October. Halloween is just around the corner. I haven't decorated yet, but things have been a little crazy around here so I'm hoping to decorate this weekend for all the little Trick-or-Treaters!
Today is an adult hardcover new release!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

Title: Bad Taste In Boys

Author: Carrie Harris

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: July 2011

Genre: Young Adult Horror/Comedy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Thunderous Whisper Blog Tour & Giveaway! (Int)

I'm so excited to be a stop on A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez blog tour!! 

Thank you to Alethea from Read Now Sleep Later for hosting and organizing this blog tour!


And we're doing something AWESOME!
Alethea and I are giving away a copy of this beautiful book!  Check it out and enter the giveaway!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Haunting Violet

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Walker Publishing

Publication Date: June 2011

Genre: Young Adult Ghost Story

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Title: Graveminder

Author: Melissa Marr

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: May 2011

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy October Giveaway #2!

We are into the second week of October and all is well and spooky!
Check it out!
As we get closer and closer to Halloween, I've been reading more and more zombie/vampire/ghost stories. I love this time of year so be on the look out for some pretty scary book reviews!

Now onto the giveaway!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This Is Not A Test

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Publication Date: June 2012

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Blink Once by Cylin Busby

Title: Blink Once

Author: Cylin Busby

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: October 2009

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy October! The beginning of the Happy October Giveaways!

Welcome and Happy October everyone!

October is maybe my favorite month. Halloween, autumn leaves and pumpkins make it special but what also makes it special is it's my anniversary month with my hubby. I won't say how many years because it is frightening!

To celebrate, I'm going to be doing some great giveaways this month! At least once a week so check back often.

This week-

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bloggiesta! post & Giveaway!: Top 10 Favorite Books Read in 2012 so far!

This is another mini-challenge for Bloggiesta! This is a challenge set up by Girlxoxo! You have great ideas and I'm looking forward to doing more posts like this in the future.

A list of my top ten favorite books read in 2012, so far! It was hard coming up with this list, and there were a few close calls. 
If I did a review, they are linked up to the titles.

Ten things you don't know about me....

Hello!

This is for the mini challenge- Write a post about YOU!
I already have a small About page, so here is a little extra info. in case you were wondering.
Read on... if you dare!

Friday, September 28, 2012

**Romance Report**: The Angel by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Angel

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Harlequin Mira

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bloggiesta!

Thanks to There's A Book and It's All About Books for hosting! You can follow the link to sign up and read about the Bloggiesta!

Well friends, I have been playing around with the idea of participating in Bloggiesta all week, but finally decided to give in once I realized this weekend in Los Angeles is Carmegeddon 2. Yes, that's right. We call it Carmegeddon. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's when the 405 freeway is closed between the 101 and the 10. 
If you haven't watched the Saturday Night Live skit, "The Californians", you should.
What this means is that there are only a couple ways for people in the San Fernando Valley to get over the hill to the west side. The beach side.
Carmegeddon 1 was done last year, same closure, and the roads were beautifully empty. Most people stayed home. I did too, and read a lot!

With that in mind, I hope to have some free time this weekend, staying away from the beach and the major highways and do some blog upkeep and some fun stuff with my readers!
So stop by and check out some fun stuff!


9/30
Update:
So it's Sunday night and I'll be honest, I'm pretty tired. I think I'll get some reading done before bed, but otherwise, I think my list of bloggiesta activities is done. For now!
That doesn't mean I won't be doing numbers 1 and 6 sometime this week, so look out for a super fun post.
And reviews are on their way!

So thanks for joining me during my first Bloggiesta! 
Have a wonderful week!

Book Review & Giveaway!: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Title: The Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here
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Monday, September 24, 2012

**Romance Report** Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett

Title: Ruined by Rumor

Author: Alyssa Everett

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: May 2012

Genre: Adult Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review Copy Wipeout! - hosted by The Book Monsters



Thanks to The Book Monsters for hosting this cleanup!

I'll be trying to read as many review copies as I can. Most will be from NetGalley, which I'm super excited about. Click on the pic to the left in order to sign up at The Book Monsters!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review: Alchemy by K.J. Wignall

Title: Alchemy

Author: K.J. Wignall

Publisher: Edgmont

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

Title: Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Vintage/Knopf

Publication Date: May 2009

Genre: Non Fiction


Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Thursday, September 13, 2012

**Romance Report**: Forever And A Day by Jill Shalvis

Title: Forever And A Day

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Adult Romance

Series or Stand Alone
: Series, Book Six

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: You Came Back by Christopher Coake

Title: You Came Back

Author: Christopher Coake

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date
: June 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/YA

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Exploring the Bookshelf! (5)

Hello Friends! Welcome to another edition of Exploring the Bookshelf. I'm your crazy book girl, Kimberly, and this week we are going to be visiting my friend Carrie!

You'll remember, Carrie did a guest post review on The Sounding by Carrie Salo. (Not the same person. Seriously.)

And today, Carrie took some pictures of her awesome book collection.

Thanks for letting us into your home Carrie!


Monday, September 3, 2012

**Romance Report**: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Siren

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: HarlequinMira

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One