>Week In Review (Plus Winners!!)

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Happy Sunday and welcome to the Week in Review! Before we get down to the business of going over this past week at Paperback Dolls, we have some contest winners!

We’d like thank everyone who entered for participating in our contests for Carolyn Crane’s Mind Games, the slow cooker brought to you by CSNStores.com and the ROCK & Bones cuff brought to you by Janet Cadsawan Jewelry + Design. Winners are chosen by List Randomizer and Number Randomizer.

The winner of the signed copy of Carolyn Crane’s Mind Games is:

debbie

Who said: “I loved the interview. My son loves going to Chicago. I grew up in a very small town in the middle of michigan. I never even saw a mcdonalds until we moved when I was 14. The nice thing was that everyone knew you, the bad thing was everyone knew you. If you did anything, it was the talk of the town.”

The winner of the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker in Stainless Steel from CSNStores.com is:

Rebecca Graham

Who said: “I found a Le Creuset skinny grill in cobalt blue on CSN.”

The winner of the ROCK & Bones cuff from Janet Cadsawan Jewelry + Design is:

Bamafever

Because Bamafever had over 100 entries out of 500, she had a lot of limericks. So we’ll only share a few:
“I can’t wait for Eternal Kiss of Darkness.
Mencheres will win his lady even through his starkness.
With just a thought he can make you crawl.
But Kira don’t bawl.
With him all your thoughts will stall.”
One more:
“A Doll made a cuff
IN honor of Bones, who makes us all huff
OY is so mad
Cause Bones loves ME real bad
I’m gonna win, cause I’m so tuff”

Congratulations to all of our winners!! Please contact paperbackdolls [AT] gmail [DOT] com. We’d also like to thank Carolyn Crane, Janet Cadsawan Jewelry, and CSNStores.com for visiting us here at Paperback Dolls and for the lovely prizes!!

This past week at Paperback Dolls:
On Monday, KittNLuv reviewed Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas.
He is everything she wants to avoid…

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters – a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response – and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.

She is not at all what she seems…

Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever – unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

Read Kitt’s review Here.

Then we issued our Moning Maniacs Challenge:


You can find out more information about this challenge and sign up Here.

Later that same day, Mona reviewed an ARC of The Unclaimed Duchess by Jenna Petersen(Jess Micheals).
After a lifetime of unrequited love with her arranged fiancé, Anne Danvers has finally become the Duchess of Waverly. But just a few days into her marriage, her husband vanishes. Rhys Carlisle, Duke of Waverly has spent his life knowing he was better than everyone else because of his impeccable bloodline.

But when he finds out everything he was told was a lie and he is in actually a bastard son of the late Duke of Billingham, his world is destroyed. He never expects his new wife to chase after him or demand she not be written out of his life. Nor does he expect the passion he feels for her to transform into love. But even as the two grow closer, Rhys’s dark secret looms in the distance, along with a blackmailer who could destroy any future Rhys and Anne have dared to dream.

See Mona’s review Here.

Tuesday, Raised by Wolves author Jennifer Lynn Barnes was here.
See Swinka’s review of Raised by Wolves Here. You can see Jennifer’s interview Here.

Wednesday, Lisa was back with a guest review of Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill.
Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat   training   sessions   to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.
See Lisa’s review Here.

Later Wednesday, Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite author Chloe Neill will was here on her Twice Bitten blog tour.
See Chloe’s interview and enter the contest for a signed copy of Twice Bitten Here.

Thursday, Elvie reviewed This Scepter’d Isle by Mercedes Lackey.

The FarSeers among the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon have seen two visions of the future. In one, an evil queen will take the throne and welcome the Inquisition in, debauching the nation and threatening even the elf strongholds throughout the land. In another, a red-haired child will grow up to take the throne and usher in a golden age of literature, music, and art. The evil Unseleighe Sidhe, who draw power from pain and misery, welcome the coming of a ruler of humans who will increase their strength, and are determined to prevent the red-haired child from coming to the throne. Unless the good Sidhe can find the child and protect her from the evils and dangers of both the human and elven worlds, she will never grow up to become Elizabeth, Queen of England in the Sixteenth Century.

See Elvie’s review Here.
Then Day reviewed Last Writes by Sheila Lowe.

Claudia’s friend Kelly learns that she’s an aunt when her estranged half-sister Erin shows up in desperate need of help. Erin and her husband have been living as member of The Temple of Brighter Light in an isolated compound. Now Erin’s husband and child have disappeared, leaving behind a cryptic note. Using her skills as a forensic handwriting expert, Claudia gains entry to the compound. She has only days to uncover the truth about Kelly’s missing niece before a child’s life is written off for good…

Read Day’s review Here.

Friday, our lovely tween reviewer Desilula and our newest Doll Elvie introduced themselves and took the Paperback Proust.

See Desi’s interview Here.

See Elvie’s interview Here.

Saturday, Desilula reviewed Kelley Armstrong’s The Reckoning and the Darkest Powers trilogy.
My name is Chloe Saunders. I’m fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I’m not.

For one thing, I’m having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I’m leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I’m a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

See Desi’s review Here.

~*~*~*~*~*Next Week at Paperback Dolls*~*~*~*~*~

On Monday, resident tween Desilula will review an ARC of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love — the light and the dark, the warm and the cold — in a way you will never forget.

See Desi’s review of Shiver Here.

Then, Maggie Stiefvater will be here at PBD.

Tuesday, Mona Leigh will review Dragonborn by Jade Lee.
ONE PROTECTOR

When dragon power flows through your veins, when dragon thoughts burn in your mind, you can accomplish anything. Natiya knows, for she carries one of the last eggs in the land disguised as a jewel in her navel. Day by day the Unhatched grows, and when at last it births they will be joined in a sacred and eternal bond. Gone will be the barmaid forced to dance for pennies; born will be Dag Natiya, revered Queen. Take her body or her soul, nothing will stop them.

ONE SLAYER

When dragon power flows through your veins, when dragon emotions trample your soul, you become a monster. So knows Kiril, for one destroyed his cousin. No matter how kind or joyful, all beings must succumb to the power of the wyrm. That is why Kiril vowed to destroy dragonkind–and he has almost succeeded. Only one egg remains. But there is an obstacle he did not foresee: love.

Then she will review an ARC of Waking the Witch by Kelly Armstrong.
The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town as a favour to one of the agency’s associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She’s run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker, and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she’s ever had to learn.

Wednesday, KittNLuv will review Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied…

Then she will review an ARC of A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James.
Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancÉe, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

Thursday, we have a friend of PBD, Teresa, guest posting. You can visit her at Wicked Cool Flight.

Friday, Noa will review The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.
A Most Shocking Lady, Indeed!

Vibrant, irrepressible Sophy Stanton-Lacy was no stranger to managing delicate situations. After all, she’d been keeping opportunistic females away from her widowed father for years. But staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet.

Lovely cousin Cecelia was smitten with an utterly unsuitable suitor; cousin Herbert was in dire financial straits; and the ruthlessly handsome Charles Rivenhall was bent on marrying a horribly prosy bluestocking. Using her signature unorthodox methods, Sophy set out to solve all of their problems — never anticipating romantic entanglements of her own!

Could it be that the Grand Sophy had finally met her match . .?

Then, she will review Kingdom of Dreams by Judith Mcnaught.
From sweeping passion to taut suspense, Judith McNaught has entertained millions with a stunning array of emotions in nine dazzling bestsellers. In this beloved classic, “one of the best ever” (Rendezvous), two defiant hearts clash in a furious battle of wills — in a glorious age of chivalry.

Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf,” his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, this handsome rogue who taunts her with his blazing arrogance. Boldly she challenges his will…until the night he takes her in his powerful embrace, awakening in her an irresistible hunger. And suddenly Jennifer finds herself ensnared in a bewildering web…a seductive, dangerous trap of pride, passion, loyalty, and overwhelming love.

Then on Saturday, Desilula will review Zombie Blondes by Brian James.
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.

A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.

The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.

But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .
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5 responses to “>Week In Review (Plus Winners!!)

  1. >Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you ladies for the great reviews. xo Deborah

  2. >WOW! Congratulations to all the winners!Debbie- I adore Carolyn Crane and think you are going to love "Mind Games"!Rebeca- enjoy the slow cooker…I'm jealous;-)Bama- girl…you better hide-OY is gonna get you;-) LOL! I'm so happy for you!Big thanks to Kitt for a fabulous week in review post!xoxo

  3. >Congratulations to EVERYONE!!!!And Bama!!!! OMG … I'm so happy you won. Yippee!!

  4. >Congratulations winners!!!!What a week! And what a week we have in store!

  5. >OMG I'm so excited to have won! I have no Swinka Trinka's and now my first one will be in honor of one of my fav's. WOO HOOCongrats to all of the other winners. The Dolls rock!!!!!!!

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