Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Never Too Late by Robyn Carr Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Never Too Late
Robyn Carr

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr examines the lives of three sisters as they step beyond the roles of wife, mother, daughter and discover the importance of being a woman first

Clare Wilson is starting over. She's had it with her marriage to a charming serial cheater. Even her own son thinks she's given his father too many chances. With the support of her sisters, Maggie and Sarah, she's ready to move on. Facing her fortieth birthday, Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom.

But when a near-fatal car accident lands Clare in the hospital, her life takes another detour. While recovering, Clare realizes she has the power to choose her life's path. The wonderful younger police officer who witnessed her crash is over the moon for her. A man from her past stirs up long-buried feelings. Even her ex is pining for her. With enthusiasm and a little envy, her sisters watch her bloom.

Together, the sisters encourage each other to seek what they need to be happy. Along the way they all learn that it's never too late to begin again.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one finished copy of Never Too Late—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is:
Tell me about a person you'd like to reconnect with. Whether the two of you had a fight, lost touch, or just drifted apart, how was this person meaningful to you and why would you like to begin again?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Robyn and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Little Bird Publicity!
Giveaway ends April 14th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Dog Who Saved Me
Susan Wilson

Boston police officer Cooper Harrison never thought he’d go back to his hometown, Harmony Farms. But when his faithful K-9 partner Argos is killed in the line of duty, Cooper, caught in a spiral of trauma and grief, has nowhere else to turn. Jobless and on the verge of divorce, he accepts a offer for the position of dog officer in Harmony Farms, leaving the life he spent twenty years building behind.

And so he finds himself back where he started. Where his father was once known as the town drunk and his brother outgrew juvenile delinquency to become a drug dealer. Where he grew up as ‘one of those’ Harrisons. Cooper does his job with deliberate detachment, refusing to get emotionally invested in another dog the way he had with Argos—until he finds himself rescuing a wounded and gun-shy yellow lab gone feral.

Cooper never thought he’d find himself going back in order to move forward, and yet Harmony Farms is the one place where Cooper must learn to forgive and, only then, heal. All with the help of a yellow dog.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one finished copy of The Dog Who Saved Me—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be? Did you fulfill that dream?
I wanted to be a ballerina/chef/veterinarian all throughout elementary school. Unfortunately, I didn't carry any of those dreams out!

Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Susan and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends April 7th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Interview with Katy Evans, Author of Manwhore + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome the lovely Katy Evans, to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Manwhore from Gallery Books, the first of a hot new series!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Katy! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning...

It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves tomorrow:

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played? The New York Times bestselling author of Real brings you the first in a sexy new series.

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.
Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books-a-Million | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | Publisher

Describe Manwhore in six words (or less!).

Passionate. Intense. Exhilarating. Steamy. Modern.

How did you arrive at writing romance? Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at, or any you want to stay away from?

I started out as a voracious reader, reading everything I could get my hands on, and ultimately finding my true love in romance. It's the genre I read most, but not the only one. I love thrillers too, and women's fiction and young adult. I'd definitely write anything along the lines of what I like to read! They do say you should write what you love and I think the only way you can truly sit hours on end, writing, is when you're writing something you're truly passionate about.

Although my favorite genre to write in is currently contemporary, I would probably try any genre as long as there was a central romance in the story. I love challenging myself and trying out new things so I definitely see myself testing another genre in the future.


What was the inspiration for the book?

I went to a signing in Chicago, and there, I saw this picture on TV about a very handsome playboy. I didn't catch his name but I was so intrigued I couldn't stop wondering about him, who he was, if he was really such a player, and that's where Malcolm Saint began.

As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of Manwhore. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?
I walked into Helen’s office this morning certain she was going to fire me.
Here we have my heroine, Rachel, walking into her boss's office expecting the worst. Her magazine is in dire straights and the cuts have been brutal. But instead of being fired, she gets an assignment. HIM. Malcolm Saint. The most notorious playboy billionaire in Chicago. And that's where things get very, very interesting. And steamy. :)

So intriguing! Tell us about your road to publication, such as how you first queried, unexpected challenges, and things you picked up along the way.

I've written books all my life. I queried, entered contests, wrote for pleasure and for publication, always with my eyes on the "line" I wanted to write for and the rules which seemed inherent to a romance being published by that line. It wasn't until self-publishing took off that I opened my eyes to the possibilities of sharing my work without limits, rules, anything at all. So with that in mind, Real (my debut in 2013) came to full fruition. With the guidance of my friend Monica Murphy—who walked me through the steps of self-publishing (getting an editor, a cover, etc.)—I finally took that step into the world of self-publishing, a step that has ultimately led me here.

Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life? How much else of your actual life gets written into your fiction?

My characters are fiction, but my books are a blend of both fact and fiction. Though I find my characters in my imagination, they generally come to life out of an inspiration that happens in real life, or a song that touches a chord. They give life to real longings, desires, fears, things that I myself or friends of mine have encountered.

Which character from Manwhore was most difficult to write?

They were all a blast, but Malcolm Saint, the hero, is very elusive—deliciously so—and therefore he was hard to peg down. I just let him unfold as he wanted and I'm glad I didn't force him into a box because he turned out to be so much more than I, or Rachel his heroine, expected!

What do you consider your biggest strengths and weaknesses as an author?

I am not a plotter and sometimes, this gets me into trouble. I start letting the story get away from me sometimes and it takes a lot of time to rein it back to where I want or need it to be.

As for strengths, I seem to have a NEED to write truly powerful connections between the main characters—the kind of connection you wait your whole life for. The kind of love that sweeps you away and marks you deeply. I LOVE reading about these soulmate connections so it's only natural these are the kind of love stories I want to write. Intense and unapologetic, kind of an all-or-nothing kind of love.

Name the top five novels that have made the biggest impact on your life or on your writing.

Oh! I love so many, but let me limit myself to 5:
Tryst by Elswyth Thane
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?

That I'm still learning and don't know it all. :)

How do you react to a negative or harsh review to your books?

Oh it hurts! We all want to share things that we love and want them to be loved back. In the beginning, when I debuted, negative reviews hurt so much I couldn't write for days. But now I've grown wiser. After several books, you take whatever helps in a review (the good and the bad ones) and release whatever is hurtful and keeping you from getting back to doing what you love—which is writing. No book is for everyone. Not everyone will connect to the same things. The themes I liked and explored in my story which gave me so much may not do the same for someone else, and that's all right. I'm still grateful to be read.

Such a great outlook! Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Katy's random favorites, what makes her book stand out from every other romance written, as well as the most interesting comment she's received about her books. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Manwhore, so you don't want to miss that either!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach Giveaway! (US only)

Heartbreak Hotel
Deborah Moggach

In her effortlessly winning novels Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach charmed readers and critics alike with her generous prose and hilarious dialogue. With Heartbreak Hotel, Moggach has triumphed once again.

When retired actor Buffy decides to leave London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.

In possession of a run-down bed and breakfast that leans more toward the shabby than the chic and is, quite literally, miles from nowhere, Buffy realizes that he needs to fill the beds—and fast. Otherwise, his vision of the pastoral countryside will go up in smoke.

Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) nebbishy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle. But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers finds that they have more in common than perhaps they first thought.

A charming romantic comedy that will captivate even the most determined urbanite, Heartbreak Hotel is a supreme entertainment.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one print copy of Heartbreak Hotel—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is:
Tell me about a recent pleasant encounter you've had with a stranger. It can be anything, big or small! The ability to connect with strangers is in a way one of the most powerful things you'll ever experience, especially if they end up becoming your friend. Remember, we were all strangers to one another once!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Deborah and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at The Overlook Press!
Giveaway ends April 2nd at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop 2015!

The 5th annual Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Cindy Thomas, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop is scheduled from March 17th at 12.01 AM until March 29th at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes


One lucky follower will win a $15 Amazon gift card!


For international readers, I'll substitute with the winner's choice of book from The Book Depository of equal value so that everyone can participate!

What would you choose if you won?

And yes, we'll have ANOTHER winner for this amazing set of eBooks:

That's two winners total! Woohoo!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater Tour Giveaway (Open internationally!)

Dead Spots
Rhiannon Frater

In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.

The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer... and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive...

As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.
Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books-a-Million | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | Publisher

About the Author


Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.

During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010. The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012.

She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her latest novel for Tor, Dead Spots, was released in 2014.

Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.

She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Follow the Tour!

Giveaway!


As part of the BookNerd blog tour, we are giving away
 seven print copies of Dead Spots—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher and tour publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at TOR Books and Jean BookNerd!
Books à la Mode is not in charge of this giveaway; I am only hosting as part of the tour. Any questions or concerns regarding the contest should be directed to Jean BookNerd. Neither party, nor the publisher is responsible for lost or damaged mail.
Giveaway ends March 15th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally, woohoo! That means anyone in the world can enter; no location restrictions :)
Void where prohibited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe Giveaway! (US/Can only)

A Fireproof Home for the Bride
Amy Scheibe

Emmaline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it's 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960's, Emmy doesn't see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy's fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act—falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life. Not only moving to town and breaking free from her engagement but getting a job on the local newspaper begins to open Emmy's eyes. She discovers that the KKK is not only active in the Midwest but that her family is involved, and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under—and their effect—changes completely.

Amy Scheibe's A Fireproof Home for the Bride has the charm of detail that will drop readers into its time and place: the home economics class lecture on cuts of meat, the group date to the diner, the small-town movie theater popcorn for a penny. It also has a love story—the wrong love giving way to the right—and most of all the pull of a great main character whose self-discovery sweeps the plot forward.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one print copy of A Fireproof Home for the Bride—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What are your thoughts on arranged marriages? Do they belong strictly in the 19th century, or do you think they still have merit?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Amy and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends March 25th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canadian residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!