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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Amador Lockdown by Coral Russell

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Amador Lockdown
Coral Russell
Release date: October 6th, 2011
by Alchemy of Scrawl

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Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector’s son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

 *A copy was provided by Coral Russell for review purposes*
A really quick read; Amador Lockdown reminds me a bit of the TV series Ghost Hunters. In this book we’ve also got a group of ghost hunters that are called to the Amador Hotel to check out some strange occurrences. As a fairly short book, it works to give you a few chills, but nothing too momentous.

As I truly enjoy ghost stories, I was really curious about Amador Lockdown as soon as I read its brief, but eerie synopsis. We are right away introduced to four ghost hunter friends who call themselves the Paranormal Posse. Yes, very cheesy name, but they are an interesting dynamic group. Since the novel is short, there isn’t an incredible amount of character development. It’s more focused on the plot itself which is actually quite engaging. The writing format gives the book a really creepy vibe: While introducing the hauntings, it’s told in interview style with the people who have witnessed unexplained events in this hotel. It’s also intriguing that we get a few parts written in the ghosts’ perspective. It’s all very ominous. As having heard many haunting stories, the twists aren’t incredibly unexpected, but they’re entertaining nonetheless.

If you enjoy ghost stories, Amador Lockdown is an eerie tale that you can easily read in one sitting. It’s not especially deep or complex; it’s a simple fun, mindless read.

3 Hot Espressos

Coral has offered one ebook copy of Amador Lockdown to one winner.
Open internationally.

Ends on January 23rd, 2012

Use the form below to enter

*Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

WINNER IS: Pauline Darnell 

Project Tell Taylor

Posted by on 01/18/2012 • 6 Comments

With a couple of other blogs, Xpresso Reads is co-hosting a fun, creative event to help Michelle Madow get her book noticed by none other than the lovely Taylor Swift.

Remembrance by Michelle Madow was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. (How? Click here to find out.) You can also click here to read the letter Michelle wrote to Taylor about her book back in August. Michelle really wants Taylorto know  how inspiring she and her music have been to her, but since Taylor Swift is an international superstar, she’s a little hard to reach. This is where YOUR help comes into play! Michelle is giving away the biggest prize pack she’s offered yet, and the ways to enter to win are by telling Taylor Swift…

Still Waters Tour Stop

Posted by on 01/09/2012 • 22 Comments

As part of the Still Waters Tour, I have Emma Carlson Berne stopping by the blog today to answer some fun questions regarding her book, Still Waters. And because you all were nice enough to come take a look, you may have a chance to win!What is Still Waters about?

Still Waters Emma Carlson BerneRelease date: December 20th, 2011by Simon Pulse

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Hannah can’t wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit…off. They can’t find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone’s…

Giveaway: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Posted by on 01/04/2012 • 31 Comments

SwitchedAmanda HockingRelease date: January 3rd, 2012by St. Martin’s Griffin

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When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Click here for my review!          

Switched book trailer

Giveaway details St. Martin’s Press has generously offered a SIGNED copy of Switched to one of my readers. Open to US/CAN residents. Ends on January 14th, 2012 Use the form below to enter *Winner will be contacted by email and…

Giveaway: On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

Posted by on 12/31/2011 • 5 Comments

On A Dark WingJordan DaneRelease date: December 27th, 2011by Harlequin Teen

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The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her “lucky” break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she’s the target of Death’s ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.And…

Happy New Year Giveaway hop

Posted by on 12/30/2011 • 40 Comments

Xpresso Reads is starting the new year with a bang! I’m taking part in the Happy New Year giveaway hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Babs Book Bistro with over 200 other blogs participating. Which means, you have tons of chances to walk away with some winnings!

What’s up for grabs? Your book of choice at The Book Depository up to a value of 10$.  Open Internationally as long as TBD ships to you (Is your country on the list? Click here) Giveaway ends on January 3rd, 2012 Use the form below to enter.

Make sure to hop on over to the other blogs for more chances of winning!Click here for links to all participating blogs This giveaway was made possible by…

Hushed Tour Stop

Posted by on 12/29/2011 • 26 Comments

I have the pleasure of welcoming Kelley York as she stops by Xpresso Reads for an interview today as part of the Hushed Blog Tour, which is a book that I really enjoyed. Also, there is a chance to win a copy.

Before we get started with the interview, let’s take a look at the book and what people have to say about it.

Hushed Kelley YorkRelease date: December 6th, 2011by Entangled Publishing

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He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to…

Obsidian Tour Stop

Posted by on 12/22/2011 • 25 Comments

On this lovely day, I am happy to have the Obsidian blog tour stop by. I’ve got a great interview with Jennifer to show you and then you will all have a chance to win a copy of this fantastic book!

ObsidianJennifer L. ArmentroutRelease date: December 6th, 2011by Entangled Publishing

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Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon…