Contact email: mesreads AT
###Winner Announcement Posts are linked here.###

GIVEAWAYS ARE NOW LOCATED ON THEIR OWN PAGE - CLICK ON TAB ABOVE; Giveaways also linked on right sidebar.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fool For Books Giveaway Hop - April 1 and April 2

My Giveaway prize this time is Three Thousand....
Pennies!! [APRIL FOOLS! Sorry - I just couldn't resist.*G*]
This is a 2 day hop taking place on Friday, April 1st & Saturday, April 2nd. I am number 115 of over 200 stops!

Thanks to I Am A Reader , Not a Writer and The Bookish Snob for hosting this giveaway.

This is a quick Hop for two days only and I am keeping it simple.
There will be TWO winners here:

#1 WINNER gets to pick two books up to $20.00 value from Book Depository or Amazon.  No restriction on titles this time.
#2 WINNER will get a gift certificate at PayPal or Amazon for $10.00.

YOU MUST FOLLOW Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf in some venue: Google Friend Connect (GFC), Twitter, or email subscription. Enter by using THIS ENTRY FORM

** ALERT - Keep watch this month as I am planning a Big Giveaway in April to celebrate as I get close to 1000 GFC followers. I have several authors participating too.

Now hurry along to enter all of these giveaways!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Merely Magic by Patricia Rice

Can a man of science appreciate a woman with a spirit of magic?
Merely Magic (Magic (Sourcebooks Casablanca)) by Patricia Rice
    Merely Magic (Magic (Sourcebooks Casablanca))
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402251939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402251931
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
Product Description
"Patricia Rice is a master storyteller."
-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Never Less than a Lady
Magic is her birthright...
The daughter of one of the strongest magical lineages, Ninian Malcom Siddons is a powerful witch. Determined to only use her magic for good, she lives a simple, solitary life as a healer in her village, where she meets Drogo.
A man of science doesn't believe in anything he can't see...
Lord Drogo Ives believes only logic and science can explain the wonders of the universe and doesn't believe the local folklore about Malcolm witches and Ives men, until he meets Ninian.
Despite the odds against them and their (many) differences, the bond between Drogo and Ninian grows stronger each moment they are together... until the chaos and danger surrounding them forces each to decide: their love... or their lives...
Review: She may not have true magical skills but her spirit is one of magic.

Ninian is a Malcolm daughter descended from a long heritage of witches who only give birth to daughters.  Ninian is a gifted herbalist and healer in a small village. She is always on the outside of the crowd as the people are a bit afraid of the rumors of the Malcolm witches. Ninian doesn’t expect to ever have a family of her own because of her solitary life.

The large manor home near the village, is owned by Lord Ives but it has been vacant for many years. The Ives men only have sons and seemed doomed to have unhappy marriages.  There is a history of an old Malcolm and Ives marriage that brought disaster to the house and village. Lord Drogo is a man of logic, math and science. Drogo is the head of the family and since he was a young teen he has been responsible for the  family finances and the corralling of the rambunctious boys, legitimate and otherwise.  He was never coddled as a boy and is not prone to express, or even allow himself to feel, much emotion. He thought he had escaped to the manor house to study stars and to get a break from the family duties.

When Ninian and Drogo meet it is like trying to put the earth and stars together but the draw between them is instant and overpowering.  Drogo is used to controlling everyone in his family. Ninian is self sufficient and doesn’t need someone to control her. She needs someone to accept and love her.  But Drogo doesn’t believe in love or witches or magic. Can they learn to accept and trust each other?

I thought this portion succinctly presents their problem (and it sounded so familiar as in my DH and myself!) “He’d given up any hope of logic from her months ago.  She had a brain. She just didn’t use it as he did.” p 267.

This book flows smoothly and beautifully. Ninian is such a giving and warm character and she draws the cool, unemotional Drogo into her joy.  I love the magical feeling that this author weaves into her stories. I have read one of the other books in the “Magic” series of Malcolms and Ives and I have several more on my TBR shelf as this is an author worth collecting.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for this book to read and review.

1. Visit the author's website and tell me something of interest you found there.  (I had to wonder: what is with all the naked chests on her covers? *G*)
Please leave your e-mail!

2. For an extra entry, become a follower or tell me if you are already a follower.

3. For two extra entries, blog, facebook, tweet (any of those networks!) about this giveaway and tell me where you did.

(Four total entries possible.)
It is not necessary to use separate entries unless you want them in different chronological order.

* This contest is open to US and Canada only.
* No P.O. Boxes Please - for shipping reasons.
* This contest will close 10:00 PM (Central) on April 15, 2011.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.

Monday, March 28, 2011

It's Monday! What are you Reading March 28, 2011?

This meme starts at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books!
What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Last week was slower reading. I Am The Chosen King took until Tuesday but I didn't get far on any books the rest of the week. First I was late each night getting ready to go away. Then I let my almost 7 year old grandson read Alice in Wonderland on my Kindle for most of the ride to Orlando. Saturday I helped watch the young'uns by the pool and Sunday we spent the day at Disney and Old Town so little reading. There was almost no computer time as the internet was bogged when I tried to go on it at 10-11 each night.

So I only finished two books. I did the three reviews that got posted; two with Giveaways; an author Guest Post; an Author Q&A Interview and some winner posts.

I visited some blogs early in the week but nothing after Wednesday as I was focused on cleaning off my desk.  *Sigh*

These were last week's posts plus Winner posts not listed.
  • Sunday Words of Encouragement  - missed since I was with family, grandkids and was given no time for computer. 
Finished Reading:
Print and Kindle: 
I Am the Chosen King
I Am the Chosen King

by Helen Hollick
An excellent historical fiction.  
Review with author Q&A Interview linked above.

by Maria V. Snyder
I pretty much zipped through this. 
Outside In (Harlequin Teen)Another winner from this author.
Rating 4.75 - 
I hope to do up a review this week 
and post when I can.

Line Edits/Releases:
None finished this week.

Currently reading:
Merely MagicMerely Magic by Patricia Rice
I am really enjoying this even though I am only 60% through. I have read Patricia Rice before and she has a certain magic that pulls you in.
Product Description
"Patricia Rice is a master storyteller."
-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Never Less than a Lady
Magic is her birthright...
The daughter of one of the strongest magical lineages, Ninian Malcom Siddons is a powerful witch. Determined to only use her magic for good, she lives a simple, solitary life as a healer in her village, where she meets Drogo.
A man of science doesn't believe in anything he can't see...
Lord Drogo Ives believes only logic and science can explain the wonders of the universe and doesn't believe the local folklore about Malcolm witches and Ives men, until he meets Ninian.
Despite the odds against them and their (many) differences, the bond between Drogo and Ninian grows stronger each moment they are together... until the chaos and danger surrounding them forces each to decide: their love... or their lives...
LegacyPrint and Kindle:
Legacy by Jeanett Baker
I am enjoying this one too. 
I am at 20% but stopped 
so I wouldn't confuse the characters 
in this with Merely Magic.
Product Description
"Tantalizing...Ms. Baker kept me intrigued and enthralled...
a thought-provoking novel not to be missed."
The last of the Murrays...
Christina Murray is elated to inherit her family's ancestral home in Scotland. But upon her arrival she is confronted by her breathtakingly handsome new neighbor, Ian Douglas...and an ancient family curse that comes with the castle.
A violent legacy of passion...
Seduced by Ian's easy Scottish charm by day, Christina dreams at night of three raven-haired beauties, ancestors who fell victim to the curse one generation after another: Katrine, the fiery Jacobite supporter who lost her heart to an Englishman; Jeanne, an accused witch; and Mairi, who shared a forbidden passion with the King of England.
Now it's Christina's turn to lie in that cursed bed... and loving Ian might just cost her life.
byJulie Kagawa
I started this and finding it very entertaining.
Product Description
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Maeve Binchy Value Collection: The Copper Beach, Circle of Friends, The Glass Lake
These are quite engaging.
I am half way done The Glass Lake.
Superb storytelling.
Guess I may wait till I finish the third one to post the reviews.

I am listening to The Listener's Bible NIV 
read by Max McLean. I am at Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 23 and Matthew 6.

Line Edits: Now focused on finalizing formats on Soylent Red by Jamieson Wolf. Also working on final edits and formatting of Silicon Self by Kirtimaya Varma.

Review books Scheduled for March:

Unscheduled for March:
One review book left for March - not sure I can finish before the end of the week though:
The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue by Alexander Loyd - Grand Central Station (Hachette)

I only have a four set review books in April but I plan to add several books that I have won. I will probably do a Help Me Pick list post this week.

Enquiring Minds - Meme Week 30 PLUS Comment Giveaway + Winner

Last week we had fun sharing about our nationalities and about St. Patrick customs. Winnie & Jane - I'll have my son give me something this week in Chinese to share with you. You mean they celebrate St. Patrick's Day in China? Doesn't that seem odd? Then again it is a "small world after all" and Mystica is right that most of us are mixed decent and we might live anywhere. Jennifer was the natural born Irish lass.

The Winner from Enquiring Minds Week #29 is: tooncesmom. tooncesmom- please pick a book from the Love Books List for Giveaway or remainging Christmas Giveaway Books and let me know your choice, your address and a choice of bookmarks if desired. Or let me know what credit you want or book you want from Book Depository if international.

This meme is hosted by Dollycas Thoughts for Thursdays - which are hard for me to make.  The goal is to get to know our fellow bloggers and visitors better. Each week Dolly asks some questions for us to answer and then link up. I am late doing the post but I am trying to to participate as I would like to learn more about blogger and follower friends.

If you live outside of the United States replace your home country for the United States in these questions.
1. Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
Yes - I wish I had some of my Europe pictures from 2005. We flew into London and then took the train to Antwerp to take a 15 day Viking River Rhine cruise that was WONDERFUL!  But here are pictures from our  transatlantic cruise from Spain to Florida in 2008.

Above - amazing food markets in Cadiz.

Left  - Interesting  sights in Casablanca and right beautiful Madeira port entrance.
We also have been to the Bahamas several times, Los Cabos,  Mexico and I have been to Canada - Prince Edward Island, Montreal and Toronto on different occasions.

2.  If you could pack up today on a vacation and money was no issue where would you go?
Hard decision as I want to go to Israel, would love to do a Mediterranean cruise and would like to visit China.  But I think I would choose Wales with side trips to Scotland and Ireland.
3. Is there somewhere in the United States that you have never been that you would like to visit?
Yes - I want to visit Alaska - preferably on a cruise. (Do you get the picture we LOVE cruises!)

Your turn to share: Have you visited outside your own country? Where would you like to visit most outside and inside your own country?
Enquire Comment Winners can choose a selection from  Valentine and "Love" books or the remaining Christmas Giveaway Books
Rules: a) Must be a follower; b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the three questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, April 1 at 10PM central. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Winners for House Divided and Taste Me

Thank you to everyone who entered.
to the winner of
by Raul Ramos y Sanchez

House Divided


to the Winner of
Taste Me
by Tamara Hogan
 Taste Me


I will email the winners for mailing info in a bit. I have to help kids get ready for my Dad's party.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick March 25, 2011

Happy Friday! It's hard to believe we are nearly at the end of March! My posts may be a bit spotty this next week. We travel to Orlando over the weekend to celebrate my father's 87th birthday.  We will return Monday for one day and then head out to Texas for our son's graduation from his Air Force program. We will bring him back with us for a visit before he goes to his assigned base.

Here is another tree bookshelf for March
I did get to set up a new group of books:
Group #19

Pair- Lisa Jackson
Pair - James Patterson
Primary Colors - audio tapes
Note of Peril (black strip on cover)

2/19/11 Book Group #18- Pairs!
Not all of these are two from a series but several are.  Each pick gets two books.
Robert Parker:
Rough Weather (Spenser Mysteries)
Sudden Mischief (Spenser)

Patricia Cornwell:
Cruel and Unusual
At Risk (Win Garano)
John Grisham
The Last Juror
Jack Higgins
Touch the Devil (1983 Signet Edition)
Thunder Point (Sean Dillon)
Judith McNaught
Something Wonderful (note this is an older 1988 Pocket Romance edition; torn binding and mark across front) - but wonderful romance
Almost Heaven (also an older 1990 edition with one mark across front)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Match Me If You Can
This Heart of Mine
Sandra Brown
Words of Silk
Fat Tuesday (torn cover at binding)
Fern Michaels
Final Justice: Sisterhood Series #5
The Jury: Sisterhood Series #4 (Revenge of the Sisterhood)

I have finally updated the intro and Entry paragraphs here:

If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books!  And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

So far I have posted 18 groups of 16 books to find new homes!

I am continuing to include the full list updated with chosen books crossed off until I get around to deleting the crossed off books.  You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!  I am happy to say that so far about 151 books have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the correct number sent out.

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.
I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $5.00 and $6.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00.  If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy. :o)


Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.   
CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY  NIGHTS AT 10:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up past midnight to do the winner post!
I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings before the next Pick post. 
WINNERS PLEASE CHECK THE WIN POST ON FRIDAYS AND E-MAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS at  I will confirm receipt of the addresses.  If I have the winners e-mail I will send a reminder in a week or so.... 

Thanks for helping these books find new homes!!

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

1/14/11 New List 

Scavenger by David Morrell
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
Wicked Prey by John Sandford
Moonfire by Judith Redman Robbins
In Silence by Erica Spindler
Night Sins: A Novel by Tami Hoag
Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, No. 4) by Janet Evanovich
No Ordinary Man by Suzanne Simmons
1022 Evergreen Place (Cedar Cove) by Debbie Macomber
Time to Run (Navy SEALs, Book 3) by Marliss Melton
Malice Domestic: An Anthology of Original Traditional Mystery Stories
Taboo by Susan Johnson
Turbulent Sea (Drake Sisters, Book 6) by Christine Feehan
Saving Faith by David Baldacci
Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith

12/3/10  Book Set:

Adam by Ted Dekker
Best Of Enemies by Taylor Smith
The Proposition by Judith Ivory
Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart
Veils of Silk by Mary Jo Putney
Sleep Softly by Gwen Hunter
Comanche Woman by Joan Johnston (part of a great series!)
Barefoot: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
Sleight of Hand by Robin Hathaway
Blueberry Hill by Marcia Evanick (small tear on cover)
Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 2) by Cleo Coyle
Forever, Ashley  by Lori Copeland
She Loves Me Not by Wendy Corsi Staub
Cornered Tigress  by Jade Lee
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Uneasy Alliance (Famous Firsts) Jayne Ann Krentz (slightly worn)

List #15
Wicked Widow  by Amanda Quick
A Little Magic by Nora Roberts
Imitation in Death by J. D. Robb
A Heart Speaks by LaVyrle Spencer
Almost Forever (Sarah) by Linda Howard
Silver Falls by Anne Stuart
Deadly Gamble by Linda Lael Miller

List #14

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston
Proof of Intent: A Charley Sloan Courtroom Thriller by William Coughlin, Walter Sorrels
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
The Color of Law: A Novel by Mark Gimenez
Atlantis by David Gibbins
Depraved Indifference by Joseph Teller
Lines of Defense by Barry Siegel
Must the Maiden Die (Seneca Falls Historical Myster) by Miriam Grace Monfredo
Gospel Truths by J.G. Sandom
The Summons by John Grisham - Audio CDs

Here is set #13 of Used books!

Flamingo Diner by Sherryl Woods
Death Cruise (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by Don Davis
The Angel by Carla Neggers
Anansi Boys by Neil Gairman
The Hellion by LaVyrle Spencer
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Pearl Beyond Price by Claire Delacroix
The Outside Man by Richard North Patterson

This is a group of books I have had for several years but not gotten to read.  Since it doesn't look like I will get to read them for another year (or more!) I am passing them on. Although as I type them part of me still says "But you may want to read that some day!"  Yes, yes; along with the other 700 books I am housing! Must Let goooooo.....
Group #12
The Ripple Effect by Lynn Erickson
First King of Shannara (Shannara Trilogy, Prequel)  by Terry Brooks
Seal Team Oneby Dick Couch
Motion to Suppress by Perri O'Saughnessy
Presumption of Death by Perri O'Saughnessy
Pandemic by Daniel Kalla
Lethal Practice by Peter Clement
The Undertaker's Widow by Phillip M. Margolin
The Burning Man by Phillip M. Margollin
Double Jeopardy by William Bernhardt
The Genesis Code: A Thriller by John Case
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King

Group #11
Cat's Eyewitness by Rita Mae Brown
Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods - CD Audio
Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester
Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher
Looking Back by Belva Plain
The Ring on Her Finger by Elizabeth Bevarly
Rainmaker by John Grisham - Audio Tapes

List #1 Circle of Stars by Anna Lee Waldo
Almost Single by Advaita Kala

Pick #2
Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockmann
The Crush by Sandra Brown
The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross

Pick #3
One Eye Closed by Karen Whiddon
Isle of Palms by Dorothea Benton Frank

Pick #4
Talking God by Tony Kellerman
Everything to Gain by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Sixth Sense
The Shadow by Shelley Munro (PA)
The Forgotten by Faye Kellerman
Swear by the Moon by Shirley Busbee
Montana Bride by Barbara Clark (A)

Pick #5
See Jane Lead by Lois P. Frankel
Jake's Return by Liana Laverentz (A)
The Jester by James Patterson - Audio Tapes
The Daddy Spell by Patti Ann Cole
Misfortune by Nancy Geary
False Prophet by Faye Kellerman
Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein - Audio Tapes
A Kiss of Fate by Mary Jo Putney (SC)

Pick #6
Tin Man by Dale Brown
The Marshall Takes a Bride by Renee Ryan *PA*
On Bear Mountain by Deborah Smith
The Edge of Town by Dorothy Garlock
The Healer by Dee Henderson - Audio Tapes
Elusive Love by Catherine Lanigan
Mistletoe and Mischief by Patricia Wynn

Pick #7
In Her Defense by Stephen Horn - Audio Tape
A Perfect Gentleman by Barbara Metzger (slightly creased)
Scarred by William Heffernan (spine creased)
Prey by Michael Crichton - Audio Tape
The Path to Her Heart by Linda Ford (Personally Autographed)
X-Men 2
Hunted by William W. Johnstone (spine frayed at top)
Man of My Dreams by Johanna Lindsey (spine frayed a bit at bottom)
Princess Charming by Jane Heller (slightly creased)

Pick #8
(sc) = slightly creased on binding otherwise all in good shape
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
The Jury by Steve Martini - Audio Tapes
Stormy Weather by Carl Haasen - Audio Tapes
Midnight Come Again by Dana Stabenow (sc)
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland - Audio Tapes (box creased but tapes good)
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson - Audio Tapes
Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber (sc)

Pick #9
Spyder Web by Tom Grace - Audio Tapes
The Closers by Michael Connelly
Three Weddings and a Kiss - Anthology
Final Appeal by Lisa Scottoline (spine creased)
The Lost World by Michael Crichton - Audio Tapes
Evil Whispers by Owl Goingback
On Treacherous Ground by Earl Murray
Darkfall by Stephen Laws
Runaway Heart by Stephen J. Cannell
Guardian by Dee Henderson - Audio Tapes
Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter - Audio Tapes

Pick #10
The Third Twin by Ken Follett (spine creased)
Double Blind by Ken Goodard
Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief by Dorothy Gilman - Audio Tapes
The Trouble with Mary by Millie Criswell
Dreams Gather by Kathryn Collins (sc)


Related Posts with Thumbnails