Welcome to my blog, Brandy'z Books. Please feel free to look around and make sure to check out the contest list at the botton of the blog for awesome contests at other sites. Enjoy!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

I have a new Face Book Page "Free Ebooks for All"

HI everyone, 

I decided to start a new facebook page to list all the "Free Ebooks" that I come acrost.  I will list ebooks for Kindle, Nook and other online Publishers. It is called Free Ebooks For All. Here is the link:

Free Ebooks for All
http://www.facebook.com/groups/222321634511965/

and I still have my other page for contests "Book Contest- Win Free Books".  Here is the link for that page:

Book Contest-Win Free Books
http://www.facebook.com/groups/222321634511965/#!/groups/116958684997453/

Anyone can join the groups and feel free to share them with friends :)

~Brandy
Twitter @brandlwyne

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gayle Wilson Contest is Looking for Judges

Hello, I thought that you all might be interested or know someone that would be...  The Gayle Wilson contest is looking for more book judges.  It is simple you read the book and either email or mail them the number you would give it off a sheet of paper that comes with the books.  You can pick the genre that you want its great for all. You end up helping them and you get free books.  

Please contact me for the info and feel free to forward it on!!!

Merry Christmas,

~Brandy
Twitter @brandlwyne

Monday, December 5, 2011

Review Beauty dates the Beast by Jessica Sims ***5 Stars***

I thought this book was amazing. It was hot and romantic at the same time. It is fast paced and keeps you wanting more. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Bathsheba is a human female working in a paranormal dating service. Her boss is a Siren and a *****. Her sister is a werewolf in hiding, who shifts at the slightest sign of something going wrong. Did I mention that Bath is a virgin, yep and that is just the start of this awesome adventure.

Beau Russell is a were-cougar. Head of the local Alliance and the go to man for all the loners in the para world. Beau has a problem, the only female were-cougar in the territory is going into heat and so is he, but she is his cousing and he needs a girl for a week long trist bad!!!

Beau's luck goes down hill and his "date" from the dating service cancels on him and he needs a replacement fast. Bathsheba is the office manager and when a problem comes up its up to her to fix it. When Beau's date falls through, Bath finally agrees to go on 1 date with Beau with NO SEX. And the rest is hot romantic history.

I look forward to the next installment in this series!!!


Purchase

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Contests for Mahalia Levey Today!!!

Author Mahalia Levey is over at Goddess Fish Party Pavilion today talking about her new book "The Price of Defiance."  Mahalia is giving away a FREE ebook to one lucky commentor. 

Then from 6-9pm tonight she is going to be chatting at Joyfully Reviewed Chatters where she is giving away another copy of her book and there will be lots of other prizes.  I will post the links at the end of this post incase clicking on the name doesn't work (above).  I hope you all enjoy Mahalia's work as much as I do.


Goddess Fish Party Pavilion  http://goddessfishparty.blogspot.com/2011/11/good-morning-im-mahalia-levey.html?zx=12da1e048f86357d

Joyfully Revewied Chatters   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chatting_with_Joyfully_Reviewed/

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ten Tips for Promoting Your Books on Twitter w/ Kayelle Allen ***GIVEAWAY***

Ten Tips for Promoting Your Books on Twitter

You have a Twitter account, and you know the basics. You can reply, retweet messages, include a link, and you know how to mention tweeps (Twitter peeps). So what else is there? Here are ten simple things you can do to promote your writing and your books on Twitter.

Bonus tip: Use your writing name as your twitter handle. Mine is @kayelleallen.

  1. Keep in mind that Twitter is a source. Use it as a tool to find new friends, learn new tricks, and in doing so, spread your name before the masses.
  2. On your Twitter home page, click the @yourname link to see a list of mentions and followers. Send out a "Welcome new followers" message and list your new tweeps. Be sure to include the @ symbol with their handles, so others can find them. People love to be mentioned.
  3. Follow other authors in your genre, and involve them in your tweets.
  4. Retweet their book announcements. What goes around comes around.
  5. When you read an article about books, marketing, or writing, copy the URL and paste it into Twitter to share with tweeps. Be a resource.
  6. Thank people for retweeting your tweets. To do this, highlight the message, copy it, then click reply, and paste it into the blank message. In front write "Thanks for the RT". If you're short on space, you can put TY 4 RT. This sends out your message again, and both mentions and thanks the other person. And yes, this is appropriate to do. You can also reply, and just say Thanks for the RT.
  7. For every one thing you say about your books, find ten things to say about others. If you do this consistently, when you post info about a book trailer, a new release, or a blog you've posted, your tweeps will retweet it.
  8. Use #hashtags that others are using. Click them, and they'll conduct an immediate search for everywhere the tag is being used, showing you some useful information. Some helpful ones: #authors #ebooks, #books, #amwriting, #askeditor, #nanowrimo, #pubtip, #writertips, #marketing... You get the drift. Here's a list for more ideas. http://is.gd/HmZiPI On the right side of your home page, you'll see Trending Topics. Click a few of these and read for a bit. Retweet ones that amuse or touch you. You might find a new follower or someone to follow as well.
  9. Click the Who To Follow link, and check out some new people. One of Twitter's best features is it lets you meet and follow people you'd have never met otherwise.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kayelle Allen's motto is "romance lives forever." She enjoys hiking, movies, reading, and SciFi conventions. A multipublished, award winning author with character-driven, plot-heavy SciFi Romances, her worldbuilding skills include alien languages and 10k years of future history. Kayelle is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, unforgettable passion. Find Kayelle Allen at these fine bookstores:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Fictionwise, or wherever good ebooks are sold.


You can find Kayelle Allen by using following links :






***CONTEST***
Everyone who leaves a post is welcome to email me for a free set of pumpkin stencils for Halloween. Send an email to kayelle.allen@yahoo.com and put BrandyzBooks in the subject. I'll email you a zip file of the stencils in pdf format, complete with directions on how to use them to create a special pumpkin. Then, I'll draw one name on Saturday, make sure to post by Noon (12:00 CT)  for a download of the ebook of your choice from my backlist. http://kayelleallen.com/Books.html  My privacy policy: if you email me for a contest, I won't use your email for any other purpose without your permission.

Here's the question to answer on the blog: What's a favorite hashtag you use on Twitter?

Good Luck everyone!!!  I would like to thank Kayelle for coming on my blog and I hope you all enjoy the post.  I know I did :)

~Brandy

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kristal McKerrington joins us and has a ***GIVEAWAY***

Hello The Wonderful Readers of Brandzy's books,

Today I have some of the most exciting blog posts for you all. I have a CONTEST, where you can win a copy of Burning From Within: Inside Kristal McKerrington. All you have to do is make the best comment on the blog to win. Not only am I sharing this book with you. I'm also sharing sneak peeks of the double book release I have come in the shape of A Different Life's fourth and fifth books. A Different Life: I Just Want To Be Loved and A Different Life: My Sacrifice.

A series that has had many debates held within the XoXo Publishing Staff as we grow closer to the final A Different Life book. The 10th book will be out next year. We are just halfway through releasing the series and the readers of this great series is half and half on which character is there favourite.

However, let me talk to you about my Autobiography, 'Burning From Within: Inside Kristal McKerrington'. A book that doesn't just talk about my raise into the Publishing world from a world of doubt. It also helps me to help the Arthritic Association and the Dyslexia Association.

By buying this Autobiography, which has graced the Bestsellers list on Amazon. In the US it entered in at number #75 in the Top Paid 100, Collections, Memoirs and Biographies. It stayed there several weeks before crashing out of the charts. In the UK it is also been and has remained on the Best Sellers list in this category. It entered at #67 and is hanging in there at #76.

You can check it out, the link to both its best sellers position is at the bottom and its buy link on the Amazon, encase you want to buy the book. I want to know share the blurb for the book with you along with the blurbs of my upcoming double A Different Life releases that has seen many staff members of my Publishing House debating, who Layla should chose. Who would you chose?



Burning From Within:Inside Kristal McKerrington's Blurb:

Kristal McKerrington, a young twenty-two year old author opens up her heart and her life for her readers in hope to inspire and give hope for Rheumatoid Arthritic and Dyslexia sufferers out there. To show them that there is such a thing of getting your dream. She hopes that by writing this book that she can help raise awareness to all of the sufferers out there and help to show them that determination along with dreaming is all you need sometimes. Learn about this woman, who's over come the odds to become a full time, multi time published author.



A Different Life: I Just Want To Be Loved's Blurb:

'Layla's world is crumbling around her ears when Cameron leaves her. Edward and Will desperately try to put her back together when she finds out she is pregnant. Who is the father? Being moved to the truck can Layla come to a decision on, who she is going to be with?  With the idea that sacrifices are apart of life, what is she planning and will she survive a cruel twist of fate?'



Last, but never least A Different Life: My Sacarifice's Blurb:
'Layla's world is crumbling around her ears when Cameron leaves her. Edward and Will desperately try to put her back together when she finds out she is pregnant. Who is the father? Being moved to the truck can Layla come to a decision on, who she is going to be with?  With the idea that sacrifices are apart of life, what is she planning and will she survive a cruel twist of fate?'

I want to thank you all for coming out today and I hope that you will check out Burning From Within: Inside Kristal McKerrington. If you don't win it today then please go and buy it on Amazon in order to help the Associations that work with research companies to make life better for both set of sufferers. If your hooked on the A Different Life, then A Different Life: Three Lane Highway (Book 1 and 2) along with Book 3 A Different Life: A Valentines Day Save is all ready out on Amazon and on XoXo Publishing's Site. All the buy links are below. Thank you Brandy for having me and I hope that she will have me back for the releases of the double A Different Life Books.

Bestsellers UK Amazon Link:

Burning From Within: Inside Kristal McKerrington's Buy Link: 

A Different Life: Three Lane Highway's Buy Link:

A Different Life: A Valentines Day Save's Buy Link:

Kristal McKerrington

***Kristal I would like to thank you for coming on my blog.  One lucky commentor will win a copy of Kristal's amazing book, all you have to do is leave a comment to win.  ~Brandy***

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Write What You Feel by Venus Cahill ***CONTEST***

I'm a big believer in the old adage write what you know.
Or rather what I should say is write what you feel. I cannot talk for all writers but for me there is always a piece of myself in everything I write, the need to relate to one of my characters, which is why I prefer my heroines to be curvy girls. I hated the fact that all the girls and later the women who resembled me were either the best-friend, the third-wheel or the comedic relief. I didn't want to be the side-kick, I wanted to be me and get my sexy man.

Even as a child when I would spin tales of fairies and princesses they always looked like me, after all I couldn't rely on picture books or television where all of the pretty girls were always blond, thin and beautiful. I'm beautiful too so why can't I have my very own fairy tale?
Now don't get me wrong I still want the fantasy of the typical romance novel but I want to be able to close my eyes and easily picture myself in the heroine's shoes. Shoes in most cases I would not be caught dead in, really if you knew what a klutz I am you would understand the horror the thought of spiked high-heels instills in me.Just because I write my women on the curvy side does not mean everything I write about is autobiographical. To my knowledge, I have never met a werewolf or a vampire; I have never had sex with a stranger in a darkened photography development lab and I've never murdered a co-worker. Yet every piece I write is a piece of me, full of my feelings and emotions, the imaginings of my soul.
I write because I have to, it is a something I have to do, something that makes me happy. It is my passion and in so doing I feel I must stay true to myself and that is why I write curvy women. I am a different kind of heroine and I chose to believe that there are others out their like me.

My name is Venus and I write stories where the curvy girl gets her man.
http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com 


http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?Id=723880586


You can blame my parents for my love of reading and my personality! My first vivid memory is of my mother sitting me down on the potty with a book in my hands. Ever since then I will read anything available including extremely outdated magazines and shampoo bottles (rinse and repeat).
As far as my personality, when you are named for an amatory Roman Goddess you can’t help but start reading Harlequin novels when your classmates are still reading Judy Blume.
When I was a teen my father used to yell at me to get outside in the fresh air and I would have to sneak a book down my pant-leg, which was no easy task seeing as I was (and still am) a supreme klutz who trips over her own feet at least twice a day.
I usually have a minimum of four books on the go at the same time. I read fiction and non-fiction anything I can get my hands on; I love kilted hotties, demons with hearts of gold, and shape shifting Alpha males. My favorite heroines are curvy gals, after all I find them easy to relate to. However my favorites are happily-ever-after romances.

Venus

*** Venus has a new book out Cupdakes For My Birthday.   She is going to give away an ebook to a lucky commentor so make sure to leave your email addy.  You do not have to GFC my page but it would be appreciated.  I hope you enjoy Venus' books as much as I do.  Venus, thank you again for visiting us!!!*** 


Cupcakes For My Birthday by Venus Cahill
$1.99
ISBN: 978-1-927027-53-0

Karen is a curvy girl who leads a rather staid life that is until she decides to get a tattoo on her birthday. Now she finds herself experiencing more excitement than she has ever had in her entire life. Hunter has been fantasizing about his new neighbour for months but he can’t tell if she’s just too shy or not interested. When she walks into his tattoo parlour he decides that it’s finally time to find out and to make his move. Can two people from different worlds come together and find true love?

www.xoxopublishing.com/shop-online/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=200&adultshowcat=0&adultshowcat_randhash=ee98bbb49cdd9ceb2c2cdf762d8fb4b9


Moonlight Tales by Venus Cahill & Ashley Marie Lucas
$2.99

When the bodies of beautiful blond women start showing up in Silver Wolf territory Alpha Jason Likos contacts the Blue Moon pack to help him solve the murders. Detective Phoebe Azure and pack Beta Alex Yarrow are sent to help solve the crimes but as soon as they arrive in town they are get a very unwelcome surprise.
Phoebe’s Wolf by Ashley Marie Lucas
Used to relying on her detective skills and her were abilities Phoebe Azure is beyond frustrated to find herself in serious trouble. The only man who can rescue her is Silver Wolf Alpha Jason Likos but can he save her in time to catch a murderer and find Phoebe’s missing friend?

Yarrow’s Vampire by Venus Cahill
Honoria, ruthless mistress to the Haven Coven is used to defending herself from those who wish to over throw her and gain control but she has never had to defend her heart before. Can a strong man of action like Beta Alex Yarrow be content to let his woman fight her own battles?

Buy Link
Amazon

XOXO Publishing


Christmas Anthology Vol. II (Sweet)
$3.85
978-1-897521-72-4

http://xoxopublishing.com/shop-online/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101&products_id=112



Love Tells All - Valentine's Day Anthology
$2.95
978-1-897521-88-5

A collection of romantic stories set around Valentine's Day.

http://xoxopublishing.com/shop-online/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101&products_id=134


A Mother's Day Anthology - A Mothers Love is always Abundant
$2.95
978-1-927027-01-1


A collection of stories, memoirs and recipes that celebrate a mother's love. Give a copy to your mom today!
Amazon

http://xoxopublishing.com/shop-online/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101&products_id=137


**Review** Whatnots and Doodads by Stacey Kennedy 5 STARS

Bryanna is an earth witch whose magic never quite works the ways she wants. She has been living a life of sorrow. Her parents wrote her off when she turned 18 and her "ex" boyfriend, Layton, lied to her and was only after her money. Bryanna decides its better to just leave and start over someplace new. But when that starts in disaster Zeke comes to her rescue.

Zeke is a demon, a "good" demon. He gave up his old life, taking souls for Satan, because he wanted to save souls instead. Zeke takes Bryanna back to Strange Hollow, a community tha is made up of supernatural creatures who don't fit in anywhere else. It's perfect for a good demon and a witch whose powers go wonky.

When Zeke meets Bryanna, its lust at first site. He feels the need to protect her from getting hurt, even from himself. Zeke has been trying to make up for his early life as a soul taker. Neither are looking for love but they don't deny their attraction to each other.


When Layton shows up to get Bryanna back things get crazy.  Will she finally see him for the liar he is or will she leave with him and go back to a life full of lies and dissapproval???

Whatnots and Doodads is the perfect short story. It has just enough action, romance and background info to awnser all your questions. It has the perfect balance and does not overstress one area of the story and leave the rest lacking with tons of questions like other short stories and some full length novels do.

The characters are well thought out and come together to make this story one of the best I have ever read. It really pulls you in from the beginning of the story and leaves you wanting more at the end. I do not usually read short stories because they always leave unawnsered questions or the balance is wrong but I am THRILLED to say that isn't the case with Whatnots and Doodads. I truly hope to hear more from Bryanna and Zeke and the small community of Strange Hallow.


You can buy Whatnots and Doodads at

Amazon
All Romance
Liquid Silver Books

You can find Stacey Kennedy at

http://www.staceykennedy.com/

I hope you enjoyed this review :)

~Brandy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

***Review*** Elfin Blood by Gracen Miller 4 out of 5 Stars

Julija is an elf, part Ivory and Wood Elf. She has grown up being shunned by other elves because she wasn't pure, only being recognized when her skills are needed. She is known as a theif by her people. The Ivory King, Alberic, makes sure to use that to his advantage when the "Ivory Elfin Book of Lore" is stolen by the Crimson Elf (Vampire),Landau Jamieson.

Landau Jamieson is a Crimson Elf who lives among humans and walks in the daylight, thanks to the "Ivory Elfin Book of Lore". He is also shunned and looked down at because he was turned into a vampire. He escaped with his life when the Ivory Elves' decided to irradicate his kind. Landau has been a vampire for thousands of years and he has built a new life for himself, with one small problem he can't have sex...

When Julija first meets Landau, face to face, sparks fly and Landau feels passion for the 1st time since his Ivory Elf days. Julija feels the pull but is discusted that she would feel anything for this vampire and tries to concentrate on staying out of Landau's reach, getting the book back and keeping King Alberic from abusing her further.

Will Julija be able to get back the book before she loses more than her pride... like her heart and can Landau learn to trust someone again after the betrayal of his people.

This is a very Erotic book. If you like a mixture of Fairies, Vamps and magic then this is the book for you. It has unexpected twists and turns that keep you wanting more. Its a great read for a cold dark night :)

Gracen Miller has written another awesome book. If you like this review please check out her other books Pandora's Box and Fairy Casanova. You won't be disappointed!!!


Links to purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick or Treat Spooktacular Giveaways @ A Book Lovers Review

A Book Lovers Review is hosting an awesome Halloween contest Oct 13th-31st, Trick or Treat Spooktacular Giveaways.  Follow this link to the 1st entry and follow the directions...

 http://www.abook-loversreview.com/2011/10/trick-or-treat-day-1-spooktacular.html

Its simple and has AWESOME prizes!!! Good Luck :)

~Brandy

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Dad's a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters by Rebekah Purdy , 5 Stars *****Review*****

I think that this was an amazing book.  I love YA books aswell as adult books and I like to read most YA's before I let me daughters read them and this book would be perfect for any child ages 12+.  It was well written and I love the main theme of the book.

Ima Blue Berry is the child of a paranormal investigator who has his own TV show Berry PI.  Ima is loves the paranormal as much as her father but when the TV season ends they move to Alaska to look for more places to investigate in the off season.  Ima soon discovers that there is more to Alaska than just ghosts... boys.  She also has to decide who to trust and if blood is thicker than water.

The end of the book leaves a few unawnsered questions that I would have loved to know the awnsers to but it is a great opportunity for Ms Purdy to write a sequel, HINT HINT :) I hope that you will all check out this book and even if you don't normally read YAs this is a book that doesn't disappoint even for those of us that prefer more adult genres.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Pandora's Box by Gracen Miller" ***Review*** 5 STARS

Pandora's Box by Gracen Miller



"I want MORE!!!" was the first thing I thought when I finished this book.  Gracen Miller's book leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat and keeps you asking for more more more!!!  It is non-stop action from beginning to end and has very surprising twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
The main heroine and hero, Madison and Pheonix, are the perfect characters.  They are funny, snarky and sexy.  They come from two different worlds but then their worlds collide in some very interesting ways. You can really feel what the characters are feeling and its like you are in the book with them, seeing what they are seeing and  experiencing what they are experiencing.  You can't help but want more.
I love paranormal books and it is very hard to find a good paranormal author. In my opinion Ms. Miller's book, Pandora's Box, has covered all the bases in a good suspenseful, action packed, romantic paranormal book.  I am definatly looking forward to book two in this series and I can only hope that Gracen has many many many more stories to come in this series.

Here is the blurb from Pandora's Box:

Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...
 
For more info on where to buy Pandora's Box...

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=326&osCsid=75841eccbacf17b2e82b51468e8e86aa
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Pandoras-Box/Gracen-Miller/e/2940011467097/
also available at Smashwords
 
To find more info on Gracen Miller go to
 

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did :)

~Brandy
 


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HRSZRG/ref=cm_cr_thx_view 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Congrats... Kitty!!!



CONGRATS...  Kitty you won Gracen's awesome skull pendant!!!  I would like to thank everyone who stopped by and a HUGE "Thank You" to Gracen for coming to my blog and telling us about her awesome new book and Hellhounds :) 

In case anyone missed it Gracen will be having a few more contests this week and here are the details

 On August 19th, visit Gracen's blog for a chance to win:
http://madisonroadtohell.blogspot.com/
On August 19th, Gracen will be giving one away on Clu's All Night Preview: http://clusallnightpreview.blogspot.com/
And she is holding an ongoing contest for one at Live to Read:
 http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/
Congratulations again to Kitty and remember Pandora's Box comes out August 19th so be sure to get your copy.

~Brandy

Monday, August 15, 2011

HELLHOUNDS ON MY TAIL w/ Gracen Miller **CONTEST**

HELLHOUNDS ON MY TAIL

By: Gracen Miller


Howdy, folks! A super big thank you to Brandy for allowing me to join you to promote my new release—out this Friday!—Pandora’s Box, book one Road to Hell series! I won’t bore you with trivialities, but I’ll just get straight to my topic… Hellhounds!

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a group where everyone is welcome and fits in? Well, you can! I have an awesome group of fans/readers (many have become great friends—like Brandy!) that call themselves my Hellhounds!

Are you familiar with the supernatural creature? Hellhounds are commonly thought of as paranormal dogs that have vigor and speed. Maybe they have red or yellow glowing eyes and stink like the Hell they might have leapt from. In some literature and movies, the mystical canines are invisible, and are either the cause of a person’s death or an omen of death.

The Welsh Hellhound is called Cŵn Annwn, and even though it is considered a friendly creature, it remains an omen of death. A death omen seems to be a common lore. Cerberus from Greek Mythology is a well-known Hellhound, which is a multi-headed dog that guards the Underworld. Not an omen of death, but still deals with death.

There are a bunch of myths on the internet about Hellhounds, so if you’re interested in learning more, visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellhound.

When I created my Road to Hell series Facebook fan page, I got tired of calling all the new likers “members”. It felt like they needed to have a name, something fun, but something they approved of. I held a vote asking the members of the page to suggest names they wanted to be called.  “Hellhounds” won the vote. My Hellhounds aren’t as ominous as the various mythical creatures, and they’re not omens of death. The Road to Hell series Hellhounds are better described in a bunch of different ways. Some are chatty, funny, and sweet. Others are naughty, wicked, but supportive and always eager to help promote. Or they’re a combination of all the traits. They’re just regular folks—like you and me!—but they are the most awesome group of fans/friends a gal could have. I am proud to have all of their support and friendship. I’ve enjoyed getting to know all of them and I’m always eager to meet more.

This day is about honoring my Hellhounds! I invite all of them to come tell you a little about themselves in the comment section. Or tell others why they should be a Hellhound, what’s so special about being one? Come on Hellhounds, everyone needs to see how awesome you are! We want Brandy’s readers to crave being a part of this amazing group…make them run and trip over their fingers to become a part of our saucy little piece of real estate on Facebook. ;-)

Becoming a Hellhound is a rigorous process. Not many folks make it…are you ready to hear what you must do? You must show your nimbleness by clicking the “like” button on my Road to Hell series Facebook fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Road-to-Hell-series/112564408814796

 
That’s all it takes to become a Hellhound! Not rigorous at all, but easy-peasy!

And if you want to become my friend on my personal Facebook page, please click here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/gracen.miller

The first chapter of Pandora’s Box can be read on my website at http://www.gracenmiller.com/.  Or if you want a teaser excerpt, scroll down. Pandora’s Box will release FRIDAY (8-19-11) at Decadent Publishing (http://www.decadentpublishing.com/) and at your online bookstores (Amazon, Smashwords, etc.)!


Hellhounds and NON-Hellhounds, leave a comment or ask a question for a chance to win a skull cameo pendant, but PLEASE leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner!!! 

Here is a picture of what you will win



 
Thanks for having me with you today, Brandy!

Hellhounds and NON-Hellhounds…you’re up next! Start leaving those comments!  =D

Huggles,
Gracen


Where you can stalk me—not really!—but I would love to meet and interact with you:


Pandora’s Box Blurb:

Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...
Pandora’s Box Excerpt:

She nodded and watched as he doused gauze with antiseptic. “Dr. Nix at your service,” he said with a grin, two adorable dimples charming her where words failed.

Madison rolled her eyes, and tipped her head to the side to give him better access. He brushed her hair off her neck, back behind her shoulder. Such a simple gesture, yet it felt terribly personal. The air grew thick and sticky with her awareness of him. She shifted in her seat and crossed her legs.

Madison stared into his eyes. Green, she thought, his eyes were green, gorgeous and intense, with ridiculously long eyelashes women would fantasize about. If they didn’t, they should. A flicker of compassion, concern, and something else she couldn’t identify flashed in his eyes.

“Ready?” he asked.

The husky tenor of his voice forced her gaze to shift to his mouth. Nice, sexy lips, designed for kissing. She gave a mental shake but couldn’t resist wondering how his mouth would feel on hers.

“Madison?” Humor deepened his voice, a touch of a smile tilted the edges of the lips she’d been fantasizing about, and she realized she still stared at them. “You ready?” he asked again, and her eyes widened in embarrassment over her foolish stupor.

She swallowed hard. “Yeah.” She whispered past the lump in her throat and forced her vision to lock on the wall over his shoulder. Good God, what was wrong with her? Her pulse throbbed like crazy, and she felt woozy. Loss of blood! Must be why she reacted that way. No other explanation made sense.

Even though the antiseptic stung like hell, the gentle touch coming from such a gruff man surprised her. “It’s not bad,” he said, dabbing the blood away. “Just a nick.”

Well, she could nix the blood loss theory. Exhaustion and stress were the only other excuses she could come up with. “I’ve suffered worse.” Her voice sounded off, kind of hoarse. She tried to clear her throat delicately, but he must have noticed her unease, because his perceptive eyes met hers. Again, she thought she caught the edge of concern reflected in their green depths.

“This isn’t the first time he’s attacked you?”

“No. It’s the first time he’s tried to seriously kill me, though.” She sighed as she closed her eyes, ready to give up fighting, the sudden tears threatening to fall. Okay, woozy and acting strange because of strain…not because of him. Seriously, as far as first impressions went, she wasn’t impressed.

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I would like to thank Gracen for coming on my blog.  I hope you all enjoyed her blurb and exerpt as much as I did.  Don't forget to leave a comment and please feel free to spread the word for every friend that tells us you refered them you get an extra point for the contest :) 

Gracen Miller will be here w/ a contest tomarrow!!!

Hi everyone. 

Author Gracen Miller will be with us tommarrow to talk about her new book "Pandora's Box" which will be released August 19th with Decadent Publishing.


   She will also be holding a contest on my blog for this amazing prize


A Skull Cameo Pendant 

I will be listing more info on the contest, so be sure to check back tomarrow and please feel free to pass the word along to a friend.  You just might get something special if they leave a comment and your name.

Thanks everyone, talk to you soon!!!

~Brandy

Friday, July 22, 2011

Top 100 Most Treasured Books???

Hi Everyone.  I saw this post and I thought I would share.  I have seen this list floating around of classic books that everyone should read.  I love to read and had always thought I was an accomplished reader but by this I am soooo behind.  I think that there are a few books that have been left off like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dante's Inferno, Swiss Family Robinson, some Edgar Allen Poe or the Iliad and the Odyssey.  I have read 18 of these and 2 that I am still working on, one I won't finish (not much of a Shakespeare fan).   I think there are some that shouldn't be on here.

I've completed my list below. Please let me know how many you have read and if you think that they have left some books off :)  Also tell me if you post the list, lol

People who list it on their blogs are supposed to bold-type the books they've actually read and italicize the books they started and never finished. Those they've never read at all are left in the original type.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


So what did you think?
~Brandy