Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme from Jill at Breaking the Spine. To join in, share the book or books that you are currently drooling over as you await their release and report back to Breaking the Spine with the link to your post. The gorgeous badge above is brought to us by Lindsay at The Violet Hour!

Friends, friends....This week's WoW pick is from one of my favorite authors. Her characters are alive in my mind and I honestly wait for the day that Ash comes to take me far, far away. *Sigh* That being said, I am of course talking about the awesomeness that is Julie Kagawa. My heart shuddered and soared in The Iron Fey series and now Kagawa is going unleash a new world for me to dive into. This one appears to be quite a change of gears. The cover alone emits a promise of a dark adventure. For the fans of The Iron Fey series, be sure to catch that little line at the bottom of the cover! We'll also be getting glimpse into its spin-off series with Ethan, Meghan's brother, that is supposedly scheduled to be released next year as well. I am truly hoping for cameos of, ahem, previous Iron Fey cast members. (Ok, at least one in particular... ) This book should prove to be an amazing 2-for-1 deal for readers!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

From Goodreads:
You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED Collector's First Edition copy of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Prince in my 25 Days of Jubilation Giveaway!

Friday, December 23, 2011

25 Days of Jubilation - A Cassandra Clare Christmas Giveaway!

Hello, friends! The holidays are here! Welcome to 24th day of the 25 Days of Jubilation event! There's been a post and giveaway every day this month and a HUGE giveaway from our hosts. (Think along the lines of KINDLE!) Be sure to check the list of other posts and giveaways at our wonderful hosts' blogs, Cyndi at Dog-Eared & Bookmarked, Jacinda at The Reading Housewives, and Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader.

With the holidays comes all the fun and, of course, that *loving* frustration of dealing with family, friends, and everyone's roller-coaster schedules. There are many different traditions that families carry out each year and ours is no different. We'll be spending Christmas Eve with my husband's family and then be headed to the home of the matriarch of my family, A.K.A. "Mammaw", on Christmas Day.

I'm sure most of you are out and about with your families the next couple of days as well. Whether you are having everyone at your house or en-route to another location for the festivities, here are some things that help me pass the time and put me in the holiday mood: Christmas music!

Some of my favorites that are my absolute "go-to's" are:

This one is usually my ringtone for about a month or so. LOL

After that, I usually have a continuous rotation of Charlotte Church running in the background. Growing up in choir and loving music in general, the combination of her amazing voice and the London Orchestra and Choir are perfect to my ears!

Oh, yeah, before you go I have a little something that could be yours!

Here's Wishing You a Cassandra Clare Christmas!

Feast your eyes on the "precious"......

This is a SIGNED Collector's First Edition of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. It is the second installment of the Infernal Devices series and debuted on December 6, 2011. Find out more on Goodreads about this amazing book and series.

I had the privilege of meeting her in Nashville, TN when she stopped by. She's hilarious and gracious enough to sign any amount of books you bring with you. So, for you readers, I asked her to sign this one with just her signature so it could fit on anyone's shelves!

Hurry up and enter, the giveaway only goes till 12:01am January 6, 2012 and is open to U.S. followers only. (Sorry guys, grad student budget here. :/) Please observe the conditions listed at the bottom of the widget and I hope to talk to you soon!

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