Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Bookhounds and I Am A Reader for hosting this blog hop! When I signed up for this hop, I started thinking about what book(s) I would talk about, I realized that it would be almost impossible to pick a favorite. So instead I'm going to tell you a few books I read and loved this year and why. I'm giving the winner a copy of any one of the books I mention below, or you can choose from any of my books (listed to the left) up to $10 (if a single book is more than $10 that's fine or if the price of, say, your third choice pushes it a bit over $10 that's also fine).

These aren't in any specific order, by the way.

Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan: The final book in her Fractured Light series did not disappoint, and in fact was completely unpredictable which I love in a book. Read my review here. Since we're on the subject of Rachel's books, I'd also have to add Unleashed, her take on the Jekyll/Hyde story. I love most that her books are always so surprising and unique. This I reviewed on Amazon but not my blog. You can read that here.

Resisting Atlantis by Jamie Canosa: Jamie is at her best when writing snarky, sarcastic, tough chicks, and her heroine in this book fits the bill to my utter delight. Such a great story, too. Read my review here. As anyone who knows me knows, I'm a huge fan of Jamie's so I also suggest you don't miss Falling to Pieces and Angel which will break your heart. Read my reviews here and here.

A group of authors wrote a series called The Gates of Atlantis, which are MG and so not books I'd usually read, but I read 2 of them: Battle for Acropolis by Mikey Brooks and Secrets of the Mine by Juli Caldwell and I seriously loved them. Mikey's book is meant to be read last as it ties all of the other books together, but still even reading first Juli's and then his, I had enough of an idea of what was going on to thoroughly enjoy them both. Even if, like me, you're not-so-young, you'll enjoy. Read my reviews here and here.

The Only Boy by Jordan Locke: I waffled a bit on this book just because of some of the inconsistencies in it, but since it was un-put-downable once I really got into it I couldn't leave it off this list. Read my review here.

Under Zenith by Shannen Crane Camp: Another author I'm a fan of, both as a writer and as a person. This book was cool because it's SO different from anything else I've read. I can't even really explain it in a few short words, but this is a great read for anyone. Read my review here.

Unbearable by Sherry Gammon: This book is nearly unbearable to read--in a good way. So many feels and emotions I can't begin to describe. It's the last of her Port Fare series, but honestly you can read any of them in any order. This one requires a box of tissues. Read my review here.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: I read this book entirely with the voice of Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) as the narrator because that's exactly who he sounds like. It was amusing and touching all at the same time.

I debated about adding these, because these are books we've published through Creative Prose Publishing, which I co-own, and therefore have a definite vested interest in. However, one of the great things about owning a company that publishes books is that I get to choose the stories I love for publication (trust me, we turn down plenty). So how could I not include them on a list of my favorites? If I didn't love them, I would not have agreed to accept them for publication. I didn't review any of them on my blog or Amazon so I'll give you a mini-review here.

Raine by M.M. Roethig: Seriously love this book. M.M. is a great writer and has created these characters that get under your skin. I can hardly wait to see where this story is going next.

Shadow of a Life by Tifani Clark: Ghosts, but not in a scary way, are what make this such a unique book--and a main character who can not only see them but who is tasked to save their souls. Great! The sequel, Haven Waiting, will be out January 12, 2015.

A Soul's Kiss by Debra Chapoton: Debra answers the question of what would you do if you could inhabit someone elses body for a time? And what would you choose between staying in you own completely altered life or moving on?

Elise's Choice by Rachel M. Stiber: Back in the day I read historical romances almost exclusively. I haven't read one in quite a while, so I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of this medieval story of choices and their consequences.

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