Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 54


STSmall_thumb[2] I was SORT of better this week. least on not taking too many review books.  I have a bunch of points of swap sites so I got requested a bunch of goodies this month and a lot came in this week.  But I will get to those later.

To start won some awesome books!

A signed copy of The Winners Curse!!!

I won this from Sarah @ Words with Sarah 
I had to share this first.  I am so excited about it!
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

For Review
Blood Crown  Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them.

But it wasn't always so.

Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space.

But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead.

Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight.

When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence.

Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.
Edge of EndJonathan wakes up in a desert, his past wiped from his head. He’s alone having no clue who and what he is, where he has come from and where he should go. There is only one way – forward when he spots a little town in the distance.

Empty streets, old houses, the town seems abandoned. There’s no one to ask for help, there’s nowhere to go. Jonathan wanders the town in search of any sign of life trying to bring his lost memories back, but odd visions haunt him from time to time. Soon Jonathan comes to the realization that he’s moments from death as absolutely evil dwells in the town seeking fresh souls to suck up. The seemingly dead town is only outwardly empty.

Grey skies, no sun, no days and no nights. The town is stuck in time. With only one entrance and one exit, but the way leading to the exit is filled with creations that Jonathan has never envisioned, even in his worst nightmares.

Who is he? Who brought him here? With a female resident – Elizabeth, Jonathan has to work his way through the horrendous town, figure out his past and find the exit.

Ebook Nabs
*Most of these were Amazon Freebies!*
The Strange Case of Susanna: a horror mysteryWhen Clara decides to become a foster carer, she has her own doubts about her capabilities. Susanna-an eleven year old girl, who has lost her entire family to a suspicious fire, comes into her care.

After a shaky start, just when Clara thinks that things are going well with Susanna- strange things start taking place. Susanna has severe mood swings and starts talking to an invisible entity. A shocking incident sends Clara into a devastating downward spiral, threatening her own existence. As Clara desperately tries to claw back her life, her only hope lies in uncovering the terrifying truth about Susanna. 

The Journal of James Halldon (Diary of the Displaced, #1)There is a place where nightmares come true.

A dark and terrifying place that is hidden from the world we know by borders that only the most unfortunate of souls will ever cross.

James Halldon woke up in the dark, alone, without any food or water, and without a clue where he was.

And it only got stranger.

"Of all the places I had to end up, it had to be here."

The Journal of James Halldon is a Horror Fantasy novel, giving a detailed account of his struggle to survive, whilst trying to understand the strange, dark, terrifying world in which he is trapped.

If it's dark when you wake up, and you can hear growling, then close your eyes and maybe it will go away.

But maybe it won't.


Her Mad Hatter:

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

This is not erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.

Gerard's Beauty:

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 41k words of the actual story. Included in the Amazon page count are teasers from future books, thank you!

This is not an erotica, but it is a good old fashioned romance.

Red and Her Wolf:

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened...

The Marriage Bargain (Billionaire Games, #1)Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track--until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades.

Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad.

France's mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille's boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife?

When Camille refuses to accept Julian's proposal--and secretly write a juicy tell-all about the de Laurent family--she's fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian's proposal for real.

But what'll happen at the end of the contract period, after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?
  So I got a bunch of Piers Anthony's Xanth Novels.  Sorry, I am not copying and pasting summaries for  all these. 

General Xanth info:
Enter the world of Xanth, where every citizen has their own unique Talent—or magical ability—and centaurs, demons and dragons abound. 


Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.

Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.

Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up...again.

And Another the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.


What the Night Knows In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

X-Rated Bloodsuckers Felix has survived Operation Iraqi Freedom, being turned into a vampire, and a ravenous horde of nymphomaniacs. Now he faces his toughest task ever—navigating the corrupt world of Los Angeles politics to solve the murder of a distinguished young surgeon turned porn star. But both human and vampire alike have reasons to want the secret to stay buried. . .


Othermoon Everyone has secrets. I had no idea mine would lead me into shadow. Dez has found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin. With Caleb. Or so she thought. As the barriers between our world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend.

And maybe something more.

Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation.




So thats it!  There is my haul of the week!  Have you read any of these?  Any look interesting?  Did you get any books you are extra excited about?


Also, last chance to enter some giveaways! 

July New Release Giveaway Hop- Ends July 31
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop- 2 Holiday Books- Ends July 31

 And a bunch more!  See the top right column for the complete list!



  1. Great haul, Jay! I hope you'll enjoy all your new books - I had to smile at the blurb for Winner's Curse... you do realize you wanted to win that book, right? ;)
    Happy reading, and have a great weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I haven't read any of these books. They look really good though! Lots of different genres to get stuck into.

  3. Congratulations on your book win! I won, too. AG Howard's signed Splintered XD Lucky us!

    ~ Dre @ Sporadic Reads

  4. Great haul!! The Journal of James Halldon sounds really interesting!! I hope you enjoy all your books.. I liked Her Mad Hatter..yet to get to the other two you have listed. :)


  5. Great haul :)
    I also 1-clicked The Kingdom series and so far I read the 1st 2 books, and I really enjoyed them, they're are fun to read.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend and Happy Readings,
    Jo @ A Bookworm Confessions

  6. Wow! Great haul! Lots of new to me reads there! Congrats on the win too!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. Congrats on your win! Edge of End looks really spooky.. I have not read any of these books yet but a couple of them seem really great! Happy reading :)

  8. I never really got into the Xanth novels, but I like some of Koontz's work, and X-Rated Bloodsuckers was fun.

    Here's how I'm Stacking the Shelves this week.

  9. Great haul this week! You have got a lot of great books to keep you busy. I LOVED The Winner's Curse, so I am slightly jealous of your gorgeous signed copy! I hope you enjoy all your reads this week :) Here's my STS.

  10. Looks like a really good haul! I keep hearing about The Winner's Curse, I should look up more about it. Hope you enjoy all these!

    My StS.

  11. othermoon is interesting but i haven't read it yet
    i'm glad you won a book you wanted so much ( i will wait to see what you think of it)

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE The Winner's Curse! It's so awesome that you won a signed copy!!

    Happy Reading!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  13. The Winner's Curse is beautiful and Blood Crown looks really interesting, I like the synopsis of it. So many great books in your haul! :)

  14. A signed copy! That's so awesome! I absolutely love The Winner's Curse. If you haven't read it yet you must do so ASAP.

  15. Lucky you got a signed copy!! I haven't read the book yet, but it seems really really interesting. I might get myself one soon - if I have the time :) Loved your haul!

    My Stacking the Shelves post

  16. Whoa, lots of books! I LOVE the Kingdom Series from Marie Hall. Enjoy them!

  17. What a one to have signed, LOVED The Winners Curse! So congrats on the awesome win! :) Happy reading.

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  18. I've heard of Winner's Curse, but I'll have to look into it more.

  19. Wow! You have lots of goodies, Jay! And I am envious of your signed copy of The Winner's Curse. I've already read it though. I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected but I hope that you'll have fun reading it. Weee!


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