Monday, February 11, 2013

Romance is in the Air Blog Hop

A couple of years ago, I started following the blog I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.


She does A LOT of giveaways and I entered a few and actually won a couple of them. I was so excited to win some free books! She does Blog Hops, which work like this: You can click here to go to her current giveaway, which is a copy of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (movie is coming out on Valentine's Day) and a $25 VISA gift card. Then, after you've entered her giveaway, there are 148 additional blogs you can visit and enter those giveaways as well! Okay, I know visiting 148 blogs would be a full-time job and too overwhelming to actually do, but my suggestion would be to pick a few blog titles that sound interesting to you and visit them to see if their giveaway is one you would be interested in. Usually you'll need to follow a blog, like a Facebook page or follow someone on Twitter so I've picked a couple of blogs, done those things and then follow them so their giveaways are easier to enter in the future. 


I recently entered a giveaway for a signed ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Splintered by A.G. Howard and won it! There were over 800 entries so I was very excited. I got it in the mail Friday and look forward to reading it. It also came with a key necklace as shown on the front cover--my daughter has taken that over for now. 

The description on Amazon is: "This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own."

It sounds like it might be a little creepy and not normally the kind of book I read, but I'm excited to give it a try. And, isn't that cover amazing?

Here's some info on the author:

Author A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.


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