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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop

Celebrate Leap Day by entering 200 Great Giveaways 
with the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop 
February 29, 2012 - March 5, 2012 midnight. 

Rules to Enter:
1) Must be a follower of my blog
All other entries on the Rafflecopter form are optional.
If you decide to Tweet about the giveaway. You DO NOT have to paste and copy the url back into the Rafflecopter. It's not necessary, I will get a notification that you tweeted it if you decide to Tweet.

The Giveaway:
I'm giving away a $25Amazon Gift Card or up to $25 in purchases from the Book Depository.

Who can enter?
Giveaway is open to U.S. and International participants.

Don't forget to enter all the other giveaways on the hop. Click here for a list of the other blog participating. There are over 200 blogs!!! That's a lot of chances to win. Good luck!
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P.S. Don't forget to follow @Olliemarie on Twitter for her tweets about free eBooks every Friday. She always has a great recommendations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 2/22/12

This photo makes a great writing prompt.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carl Weber: The Family Business

I recently went to a book signing for Carl Weber and Eric Pete for their book collaboration, The Family Business. It was a great event. Carl Weber is an excellent speaker. He spoke about his journey to publication and the inspiration behind each book. Carl Weber said that his books derive from personal experience either directly or indirectly. Which I suspect is how most writers get their inspiration. It was a nice turnout considering it was Superbowl Sunday. Overall, it was a great event and I look forward to reading my copy of The Family Business.

By day, the Duncans are an upstanding family who run a thriving car dealership in Queens. By night, they live a dangerous secret life! Carl Weber and Eric Pete deliver a thrilling underworld drama in The Family Business.L.C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, is at the age when he’s starting to think about retirement in sunny Florida. But the recession is taking a bite out of the business and, worrying more, he has to decide which of his children should take over. When his workaholic son Orlando gets the nod, Orlando’s siblings—including the favorite son Vegas, conniving daughter London, glamorous party girl Paris and flamboyant nightclub owner Rio—are up in arms. But so are the Zunigas, a rival family whose fragile business alliance with the Duncans may explode at any moment.When Vegas suddenly breaks away from the family, London’s lawyer husband, Harris, makes a play for the company and all hell breaks loose. Selling cars, it turns out, is only a small part of the Duncans’ family business. Each member of the family has a secret expertise to reveal. And now, under siege from the Mafia, Mexican drug cartels and the Zunigas, the Duncans will have to stick together—or die separately!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Books With Love Giveaway

This hop is where we share all and any books that have to do with LOVE. The giveaways in this hop will have a theme of romance or love or they may be gift cards or books from The Book Depository. 

This hop will run from February 14th until February 19th. Winners should be announced on the 20th. Giveaway is opened to U.S and International participants.

  • The winner will receive a $20 gift card from or up to $20 in purchases from The Book Depository. 
  • To enter, just sign up for my newsletter. All other entries on the Rafflecopter are optional. If you decide to Tweet about the giveaway. You DO NOT have to paste and copy the url back into the Rafflecopter. It's not necessary and it's more of a hassle in my opinion. I will get a notification that you tweeted it if you decide to Tweet.
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Don't forget to stop by and visit the other blogs participating in the hop. There are some great prizes to be won. 
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Ollie, Ollie, Books Free! 2/10/12

Abducted by T.R. Ragen
Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she's going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with Jared Shayne, her boyfriend of two years. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.

Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the "one who got away." When she's not searching for runaway teenagers, working on insurance scams, or talking to her therapist, she's at the local high school teaching young girls to defend themselves. But her world is turned upside down for the second time after she receives a call from Jared Shayne. He's an FBI special agent now and he needs her help. Lizzy has no plans to get involved. Not until Jared tells her the kidnapper left her a personalized note. Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare...but it was only the beginning. Not available on Nook.

Chosen by Denise Grover Swank 
Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will. 

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it's too late. Available at B&N paperback $12.81

Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
Discover more abundance, encouragement, and simplicity in your life. Be present, see the divine at work in all circumstances, and experience ordinary life as sacred. Learn to practice the art of abundance as a form of spiritual awareness based in gratitude. Quotes, meditations, prayers, and instant inspiration to remind you that life can be good, no matter what challenges you may be facing right now. The Heart of Abundance offers selections from the Artful Living series and other books by Candy Paull. Also Free on Nook.

Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
Thomas and Leta Howard are, on the surface, typical new homesteaders in the Dakota Territory in 1863—a young couple with a baby, just starting out in the world. That surface hides a deeper secret. Leta is half black, her mother a former slave, and her marriage to Thomas is illegal. The Civil War is raging, but hundreds of miles away. Leta and Thomas think they're safe to raise their son in peace and isolation. But when neighboring landowners discover their secret, their safety is revealed as an illusion. Thomas dies to the bullets of a posse, and Leta and her son John are badly wounded. All Leta has left is her life and her son—and vengeance. With the help of a Sioux man outcast from his own tribe, she will hunt down the posse, one by one. She will kill every one of them, or lose her life trying.
Available at B&N for $4.99

Free on Kindle (A Savings of $14.99)
Product Description: Publishers Weekly
Set in the Ireland of the Troubles, before the recent d├ętente, this fraught debut captures the backdrop of tension and choosing sides that overlays even the smallest act. The lingering effects of the Kesh and Malone prisons are gut-wrenchingly convincing. Less developed are the magical elements. Former prisoner Liam's ignorance of his fae side makes sense, as his mother, Kathleen, and mentor, Father Murray, seek to protect him, but Leicht only introduces one full-fledged fae, Liam's father, and his offstage war with the Redcap is more told than shown. Liam's marriage to Mary Kate is a believable complex of love, lust, pride, anger and forgiveness, but the really pivotal relationship is with Father Murray, a member of an arm of the church that kills the fae in the belief that they are Fallen. Perhaps later books will expand the intriguing premise. Available on Nook for $8.19

Free on Kindle
Product Description: Publishers Weekly
When she isn't getting into trouble with her oddball companions—a vicious pair of bunny slippers and a frustrated ghost who haunts her sports car—hot-tempered witch Jazz Tremaine earns money lifting hexes and driving limos for Southern California's All Creatures Limo Service. When the vampire cop she's loved and hated for centuries, Nikolai Gregorivich, seeks her help in catching a serial vampire slayer, Jazz fends him off to focus on her own problems (the sleazeball limo service owner; a client who generates supernaturally disgusting odors). She can't resist her sexy vamp lover for long, though, especially as clues in the killings point to an evil figure from her past. With clever writing, a high sensuality factor and an unfettered imagination, Wisdom makes a sparkling entry into lite urban paranormals. Available Free on Nook.

Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
Even though Gina cancels her wedding mere days before the ceremony, she’s determined to keep her reservation for a famous honeymoon suite in Dallas. Enter Race, a Texas cowboy who cleans up rather well, and who declares himself her substitute groom for the week.Thinking her best friend hired Race, Gina goes along with the fun – at first. But is Race really who he seems? Why is Gina’s ex-fiance staying at the same hotel? And just how far is Gina prepared to go with Race and that model-worthy face of his on their "honeymoon"? Not available on Nook.

Free on Kindle
Product Description: Amazon
While talking to his friend, Jeff, on the phone Mark Stone hears a cacophony of otherworldly screams. Seconds later, Jeff is tragically killed in an accident. Mark experiences the screams several more times and each time they are followed by an untimely death. Battling his own failure as a husband and struggling with a damaged faith, Mark embarks on a mission to find the meaning behind the screams and hopefully stop death from calling on its next victim. Meanwhile, a maniac obsessed with a demented sense of justice is on the loose, abducting women and trapping them in an abandoned barn. When Mark’s estranged wife, Cheryl, is abducted the two stories collide. Unaware that his wife has been abducted, Mark calls her cell phone. Cheryl tells Mark about the abductions but has no idea where the barn is located. During the call, Mark hears the eerie screams signifying Cheryl’s imminent doom, her appointment with death. And thus begins a frantic search to find her before it’s too late. Also available for FREE on NOOK.

Thanks to Ollie for helping with the Free list. She is doing a great job. Thanks Ollie! 

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Disclaimer: These books are free and offered by Amazon for Kindle, Nook Book or various forms of digital download. I have not read most if any of these books. But they are free, and everyone likes something free. These books were offered at no cost (free) at the time I posted them, but make sure and confirm that the offer is still available before downloading. Enjoy and if you read any of the books on this list, please stop by and tell us what you thought about it. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Follower Love Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Follower Love Giveaway Hop. This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and author Rachael Renee Anderson. Over 300 blogs are hosting a giveaway as part of this hop which runs from February 7th to 14th midnight. So that's a lot of prizes at stake.

  • Must join my newsletter.
All other options on the Rafflecopter are optional

What am I Giving Away?
  • I am giving away (1) $20 Amazon gift card.
  • And one Kindle or Nook Copy of If I Had My Way by Lena Sledge
  • There is only one winner. Winner receives both prizes.

Open to U.S. and International Participants. If the winner is an international resident, participant may choose to receive purchase up to $20 from the Book Depository. If I Had My Way will be sent as a gift by Email from Amazon or BN.

That's it. Have fun and have a truly blessed day. And don't forget to hop by the other 300 blogs and enter their giveaways. Click here for the list of other blogs.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Ollie, Ollie, Books Free 2/3/12

Substitute by Lena Sledge
Free on Kindle (Today only)
Substitute tells the story of two brothers who have drifted apart. One brother, Washington, has become dependent on the assistance of their mother, while the other brother is set on finding the perfect woman and starting a family. But when their mother dies, Washington's fate falls into the hands of his brother who has no desire to take care of an obese grown man. Substitute is a thought provoking story that shows the journey from resistance to acceptance.

Substitute is a short story from the collection of ten short stories from If I Had My Way. You can purchase If I Had My Way for all ten short stories or purchase each story individually. Not available on Nook.

Jigsaw Words: A Word Game         
Free on Kindle
Jigsaw Words is a word game that challenges you to combine groups of letters into words that match the clues given. In each Jigsaw Words puzzle, you start with a set of 10 clues. You also have a set of randomly arranged puzzle pieces with letters on them. Your goal is to solve the clue. 

Beastly Week  by Phoebe Matthews
Free on Kindle
Last week ghosts attacked my cousin, a sidewalk attacked me, a wild bear moved into the back yard, my boyfriend's ex moved into our house, and a funeral ended in murder. Last week was easy compared to this week. Not available on Nook.

Uprising (The Fall of Haven) by Justin Kemppainen
Free on Kindle 
This book, formerly titled Haven, has received new cover-art and titling to prepare for the release of it's sequel. The two books together are now known as The Fall of Haven, books one and two called Uprising and Exodus, respectively. More editing has been done to alleviate complaints. B & N/Nook $Free 

Beauty Touched the Beast by Skye Warren
Free on Kindle
Erin cleans Mr. Morris’s house twice a week, soaking up every moment with the reclusive ex-soldier she secretly loves. Blake Morris knows he’s scarred both inside and out and is no good for the beautiful young woman who cleans his house to pay for college. But when Erin walks in on Blake touching himself and moaning her name, all bets are off.  B & N/Nook $0.99 

A Previous Engagement by Stephanie Hadddad
Free on Kindle
Tessa Monroe knows how to do exactly two things: climb her way up the corporate ladder and cheer up her best friend Christian Douglas, the main man in her life since paste was a snack. With the exception of a Ring Pop proposal and a pool-side kiss in college, not much has changed between them in.  B & N/Nook $0.99 

The Way They Were by Mary Campisi
Free on Kindle
He hasn’t spoken her name in fourteen years. She keeps a journal hidden in the back of her closet and permits herself to write about him once a year—on the anniversary of the first and only time they made love. They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. 
B & N/Nook $0.99 

Things Mother Used to Make by Lydia Maria Gurney
Free on Kindle 
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. B &N/Nook $2.99 

The Accidental Hero by Joshua Graham
Free on Kindle 
A ruthless hitman confronts his destiny in a startling tale of redemption. B & N/ Nook $Free 

Night of the Assassin by Russell Blake
Free on Kindle 
Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, Night of the Assassin charts the early years of El Rey - the King of Swords - a super-assassin responsible for some of the world's most spectacular and daring executions. B & N/Nook $Free 

My True Essence by Shawneda Marks
Free on Kindle
Rebecca has everything she ever prayed for and more, and is living like she doesn't care if she loses it all. Dani's business is thriving and her faith is strong. Her diagnosis will expose her own insecurities and life's truth. Jenessa epitomizes the definition of a strong woman. A routine doctor's visit forces her to confront the genetic cloud that has hovered over her since childhood. B & N/Nook $1.49 

Beautiful (Beautiful Mess Series) by Kiexiza Rodriguez 
Synopsis of Beautiful What do you do when the one person who loved you for you is taken away without warning? When everything in life seems to go to hell after that? Well Tierra turned her tragedy into fuel to move up and on. She graduated HS left home went to college and NEVER looked back. 
B & N/Nook price $Free

The list of free books is provided by Ollie. Please give her a thanks for compiling the list for us this week. :-)
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Disclaimer: These books are free and offered by Amazon for Kindle, Nook Book or various forms of digital download. I have not read most if any of these books. But they are free, and everyone likes something free. These books were offered at no cost (free) at the time I posted them, but make sure and confirm that the offer is still available before downloading. Enjoy and if you read any of the books on this list, please stop by and tell us what you thought about it. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If I Had My Way by Lena Sledge

Today is the day! It's the day of the official release of my book, If I Had My Way, a collection of short stories. I'm elated and so excited to share it with you all. It is available on Kindle and Nook for $2.99. Or you can purchase each individual story separately for .99 cents. Go to my author's page (Lena Sledge) to find all ten titles. I want to thank everyone for their support and assistance. If you do purchase a copy, please leave a review for me on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And if you do a review of my book or short story on any site or blog, please let me know so I can thank you personally. I also sent out the newsletter this morning containing the free short story, Tandrin Drive. So please be on the look out for it and check your email.

I hope you enjoy my book, and I pray each and every follower and reader continues to stay with me on my literary journey.

I also have a Youtube Channel with the book trailers for my short stories. Please stop by to subscribe or view any of my videos. You can leave a comment or share my Youtube videos on your Facebook page. The more exposure I can get, the better. So I graciously ask for your help in spreading the word. Please post a review on Goodreads, Shelfari, or any other virtual reading site if you can.

Here is my book trailer for If I Had My Way.

Have a blessed day! And thank you ALL!

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