Monday, September 22, 2008

Bunnies & Books

Okay, I know bunnies don't have crap to do with books but I'm so pleased with myself right now that I had to share. One of my book covers has a super adorable bunny print on gorgeous Japanese paper. I managed to grab a Treasury (sort of a mini gallery) on Etsy to display my love of bunnies along with the great bunny stuff from other sellers. They're so hard to get as many people are vying for the few spots available. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Read "A Season For the Dead" for Free

It seems that more and more publishers are offering free ebooks as part of their marketing strategy. It certainly works on me as I've gotten free ebooks from Harlequin and subsequently purchased others. This week's freebie is A Season For the Dead by David Hewson. Bantam-Dell is offering a free pdf dowload of the book on Scribd through October 15th, 2008.

A Season For the Dead introduces Detective Nic Costa. In the heat of a Roman summer, Nic Costa, a young, optimistic detective is faced with a crime that reaches deep into the heart of the Vatican.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fat is the New Black or I Love You Jen Lancaster

My sister sent me a book recommendation recently for Jen Lancaster's Bright Lights Big Ass. I'm paraphrasing slightly but the jist of her email was "this bitch is hilarious, you have to read her". I was immediately suckered in by her awesome book titles which have to be the longest on earth:

Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?

Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass LookBig, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer

I just finished Such a Pretty Fat and it's the first book in a long time that I've laughed out loud frequently and annoyed my husband with "you gotta hear this...". Jen is an overweight writer who *loves* herself the way she is. While trying to write her third book she decides to make it another memoir and write about her quest to lose weight and become healthy. Her life in Chicago with her husband Fletch and their pack of dogs and cats is funny and entertaining. Jen's charm comes from laying everything out there on the line; nothing seems to embarrass her which is something I could really learn from. If you want a laugh out loud funny read check out one of these books. I'm off to Amazon to get the other two!

If you want a little taste of Jen's humor check out her blog Jennsylvania.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gifts For Booklovers, or Just Yourself!

Here's my latest awesome finds from Etsy. Perfect for your book lover friends or a little treat for yourself.

Copper Book Pendant - $45

Book Ring, you choose the cover - $4

Dictionary Necklace - $10

Book Vampire Bookmark - $6.50

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Free E-Books from Harlequin

I'm so happy with my new iPhone as an e-book reader and even more so after downloading Fictionwise's eReader. It's an free application you can download for the iPhone that allows you to read e-books and to download them easily from Fictionwise. To celebrate their version 1.2 release of the software, Harlequin is offering three free e-books through the site. You need to create an account or already have a credit card on file to get the free download. The offer expires 9/12/08. The three free books are: Risque Business by Tawny Weber, The Tycoon's Very Personal Assistant by Heidi Rice and His Expectant Ex by Catherine Mann.