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The International Giveaways Café (106)

Happy Saturday all and welcome back to the place where we love to share bookish giveaways open worldwide. The weather has taken a sharp turn in my part of the world this week, giving us a sign of things to come…like snow (boo!) and Christmas (yay!) What that means for the café is surely a higher volume of traffic for yummy lattes and, of course, loads of additions to the giveaways list, so remember to stop by each week for a quick visit! Have a fantastic rest of the weekend 🙂

And, please let us know if you’ve won anything recently; the Book Lovers would love to hear! As book lovers, we’re happy to spread the word…and the love 😉 Good luck to everyone!

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Bookish PSA: Books Kill

Today is Friday the 13th. An inglorious and dangerous day. Prone to rampant murderous rampages, and all manner of unspeakable tragedies.

It is my rather sad duty to inform you all that by the time you are reading this, I shall most certainly be dead.

My untimely demise was foreseen by Chuck Wendig at WorldCon. Whilst chatting with him about the utter perfection of Blackbirds (Someone explain to me how he failed to win the not-Hugo?), he was overcome with a premonition of death. Specifically, mine. Which was inscribed in the book for posterity:

“You will die when this book literally burrows into your brain.”

How could I possibly infer today as The Day? Well what OTHER date of the year would one expect books to become self-aware and begin acting upon their primary themes?

(Note: Angry Robot is clearly in on this. The next …

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Review: Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Format read: Paperback
Series: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction, dystopia
Release Date: February 5, 2004
Number of pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Abacus
Formats available: ebook, paperback, audio, hardcover
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Site, Book Depository, IndieBound.

Book Blurb:

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It’s a brave new corporate world, but you don’t want to be caught without a platinum credit card–as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she’s allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale–and everything must go.

A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the …

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Review: The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton

Format read: ebook copy provided by the publisher for review
Release Date: 20 May 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Number of pages: 200 pages
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Read an excerpt

Blurb:

Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since. The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn’t even recognize her. She’s not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by …

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Review: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris

Format read: e-book
Series: Love and Games, #1
Release Date: 8 July 2013
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Length: 191 pages
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & NobleAuthor’s Site

Book Description:

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached …

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Review: Medium Well by Meg Benjamin

Format read: ebook purchased from Amazon
Series: Ramos Family/Medium Trilogy, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Feb. 2nd, 2013
Number of pages: 296 pages
Publisher: Berkley InterMix
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Publisher’s Website

Real estate agent Danny Ramos has always had a knack for selling homes, but when his boss saddles him with a neglected carriage house, Danny discovers that his abilities are more than simple intuition…

On his first visit to the house, Danny is confronted with visions of a violent murder. His assistant, Biddy Gunter, doesn’t seem affected, and Danny starts to think he’s going crazy—until he gets a visit from his mother, who suggests that Danny’s uncanny talent to sell old houses may stem from his family inheritance: psychic empathy.

When Biddy reveals to Danny her own strange dream about the carriage house …

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Review: The Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards

Format read: ebook provided by NetGalley
Series: Dr. Charlotte Stone, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Number of pages: 333 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Formats available: ebook, hardcover, paperback, audiobook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK) | Publisher’s Website

Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside …

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Sunday Cravings

Greetings, fair friends! Have a great first-week of September? The weather’s slowly cooling bit by bit, and white pants are once again being considered  faux-pax by many. In terms of book releases, last was chock full of bookish goodies. This week’s new release group produced fewer titles overall (especially long-awaited ones), but the Book Lovers have a few items we can’t wait to get our hands on…

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Alisha: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow …

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Review: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Format read: e-book
Series: Brothers Sinister, #1.5
Release Date: 18 December 2012
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Length: 121 pages
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & NobleAuthor’s Site, Kobo, Smashwords

Book Description:

Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can’t forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He’s been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he’s determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager …

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Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Format Read: ebook borrowed from the Library
Number of Pages: 302 pages
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, audiobook
Purchasing Info: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK) | Author’s website | Publisher’s website | Goodreads

Book Blurb:

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes …

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