Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winner- The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday. I am sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of The Christmas Journey, but I have just returned home from being at my parents, who have no internet.  I had a lovely Christmas with the family and our newest little addition. She survived the travel and visiting of family pretty well. 
The Christmas Journey
Anyway, the reason I am here, the winner of this lovely book is... Joy. Conratulations! Please email me your mailing address to marireadsATyahooDOTcom. 

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway- The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas JourneyThe Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

I love the design of this small book. It is filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations  and a beautiful story. VanLiere has written a realistic view of Mary and Joseph's  arduous journey to Bethlehem. You get a better understanding of what it must have been like and makes them feel much more real. 

I really mean small book, by the way. It only took about half an hour to read but will definitely be reread again and again each Christmas. It has definitely gotten me into the spirit of the holiday and I believe, sometimes, it is good to remind ourselves what Christmas is all about. 


Source: Thanks Anna for providing book for review.

Thanks to Anne Staszalek I have one copy of the book to give away.  To enter to win The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight PST Friday, December 24th.   The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 26, 2010. 


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mailbox Monday

And the books keep coming. Yay.
I won a book from Library Thing's Early Reviewers November batch.

Friday Mornings at NineMarilyn Brant's Friday Mornings at Nine.

Excited to read this one. I really enjoyed her first novel According to Jane.

The Mailbox Monday Blog Tour can be found at Let Them Read Books this month.

My copy of Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot, which I shared in last week's Mailbox Monday, is up for giveaway. Go here and sign up to win my copy.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Giveaway- Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot

Dark Moon of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)

The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde's cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan's strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot's hands.
Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for a battle that will test the strength of their will and their love.
Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age.

As mentioned before, my bookshelves can't hold any more books and our SF apartment is too small for more bookshelves so I am giving away my gently used copy of Dark Moon of Avalon. Find my review here.

To enter, leave a comment on this post and an email address where you can be contacted. You have until midnight PST on Tuesday, December 14th. Giveaway is open internationally.

Extended to Dec 17th.

Book Review-Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott

Dark Moon of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott

I am a big fan of English Historical Fiction, so I was very excited to get a copy Dark Moon of Avalon. This was not a book I had heard of before but it sounded like a book I would enjoy. 

"The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain."

My only knowledge of Trystan and Isolde comes from listening to the music by Wagner and the movie with James Franco, so I really enjoyed reading and learning about them in Anne Elliot's book. The story is captivating, filled with the legend of King Arthur and the love between Trystan and Isolde carry it along.

The Prologue, and the way it is written, had me a bit worried. Written in the first person and stylized to sound poetic perhaps. It would have been hard to read the whole book this way. Thankfully, I didn't have to. 

Dark Moon of Avalon, which was released in September, is the second book in the trilogy. The first book is Twilight of Avalon and the last book, Sunrise of Avalon, will be available September 2011.

I do wish I had read the first in the series but it did not ruin my enjoyment of Dark Moon. This most definitely can be read as a stand alone book.  I look forward to reading the first in the series and getting the last in the trilogy.


About the author:

The daughter of two English literature Ph.D.s, Anna Elliott grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, in a house filled with books. She is a longtime devotee of historical fiction and fell especially in love with Arthurian legend and Celtic history while at university.

Anna was expecting her first child when she woke up from a vivid dream in which she had told her mother that her next book project would be about Modred's daughter, Isolde. She was very grateful to her daughter for being an excellent sleeper even as a newborn and allowing her the time to turn her dream into a finished trilogy. The trilogy comprises Twilight of Avalon, Dark Moon of Avalon, and the upcoming Sunrise of Avalon.

She now lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro area with her husband and two daughters.

Source: Stephanie of BookSparks for Book Tour

Giveaway: If you would like my gently used copy of Dark Moon of Avalon enter here.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

TSS: Holiday Movies

Happy Holidays!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, isn't it? I have the Christmas decorations up and have wrapped some gifts already. There is also a ton of Christmas programs on TV.  So many favorites. What is your favorite holiday movie? I am still waiting for A Christmas Story to come on.

Here are some others you might want to check out:

Donna VanLiere’s Christmas Movies will be airing on Lifetime TV and we have the schedule:
There is also a contest to win all of Donna’s Christmas books, including an autographed copy of A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY that ends on December 14th:

My review of Donna VanLiere's The Christmas Journey will be posted on Dec 15th. There will also be a giveaway open to US and Canada residents. Be sure to stop by to enter.

I reviewed The Christmas Secret last year. You can find my review here.