Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Giveaway - Your Choice - 2 Winners

As a Thank you to our loyal followers we are giving away 2 book credits
to Paperbackswap
You get to pick the book want!
 
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Come Join us....

    I've been away for awhile for a much needed rest.

I've come back with a partner named Amanda and instead of having the two sites we will be focusing on only one site. Which will be re-opening on March 22.

All of our book reviews will be on Taking Time for Mommy so be sure to stop by and sign up for our feed so you can stay up to date and reviews and giveaways!
 
Mandie

Monday, July 26, 2010

Crashed!

I just wanted to let everyone know that my computer crashed. I'm not sure when I'll be back. If I have a book to review I'll try to get it up as soon as I can but please know that I'm sharing my thought s with our 65 member moms group, my book club, and everyone else I know.

All contest winners will be emailed when the contests end (thanks to my sweet friends)

I hope to be back soon.

Mandie

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Masked Anthology Tour & Review




WELCOME TO THE SECOND "GOLDEN AGE" OF SUPERHEROES AND HEROINES

Superheroes have come a long way since the "Man of Steel" was introduced in 1938. This brilliant new collection features original stories and novellas from some of today's most exciting voices in comics, science fiction, and fantasy. Each marvelously inventive tale shows us just how far our classic crusaders have evolved—and how the greatest of heroes are, much like ourselves, all too human.

In "Call Her Savage," MARJORIE M. LIU enters the dark heart of a fierce mythic heroine who is forced, by war, to live up to her own terrible legend.

In "A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too)," BILL WILLINGHAM presents a fully-realized vision of a universe where epic feats and tragic flaws have transformed the human race.

In "Vacuum Lad," STEPHEN BAXTER unveils the secret origins of the first true child of the space age—and disproves the theory that "nothing exists in a vacuum."

In "Head Cases," PETER DAVID and KATHLEEN DAVID blast through the blogosphere to expose the secret longings of a Lonely Superhero Wife.

In "The Non-Event," MIKE CAREY removes the gag order on a super-thief named Lockjaw . . . and pries out a confession of life-altering events.

Also includes stories by Mike Baron • Mark Chadbourn • Paul Cornell • Daryl Gregory • Joseph Mallozzi • James Maxey • Ian McDonald • Chris Roberson • Gail Simone • Matthew Sturges . . . and an introduction by Lou Anders, "one of the brightest and best of the new generation of science fiction editors" (Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year).

Browse Inside

My thoughts - Okay, I know what you're thinking. I review books for moms so why am I reviewing a book about super heroes? Well in my defense it's heroines too, but truthfully I'm a huge nerd. I love comics and super hero movies. It really disturbs my husband because he doesn't like these things. 

Any way, onto the review..... I love Anthologies, it opened me up to new authors and stories I didn't know existed. I LOVED it, great book for the comic book and super hero lover!

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Mandie Stevens is owner of Taking Time for Mommy , Mommy Reads too Much, 
Time4mommy Community for Moms.  She's a homeschooling mom of 2 girls and believes every mom should take a little time for herself.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tempted by a Warrior review & 5 Book Giveaway



Lady Fiona, wed in haste, has never known marital peace. When last she'd seen her cruel husband Will, he'd struck her - and she has no memory of what she did next - only that she woke later alone in her bedchamber. Will has gone missing, and Fiona fears that in her rage and terror she might somehow have killed him. When her husband's cousin Sir Richard comes to search for Will, Fiona is touched by his warm nature. A knight and warrior, Richard is drawn to Fiona's brave manner, quickly seeing in her an equal measure of inner courage. Confessing that she fears having killed Will, Fiona accepts Richard's offer to help her. Pursuing together the mystery of Will's disappearance, they fall in love. Meanwhile the English are reinforcing their garrison in the Scottish Borderlands, putting Fiona, Richard, and Scotland in peril....



My Thoughts - I really love historical Highland Romance as long as it's well written and this one was.. The author did a lot of research for this book. Fiona was a strong heroine and I loved that!
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Homecoming Review



On a perfect autumn night in the coastal village of Wicker Bay, a young couple was attacked and a life was forever changed. When teenager Nickel Warren awoke she learned her boyfriend, Eric, had mysteriously vanished. Seemingly the only person on Bishop's Island eager to find him, Nickel devoted her life to learning what happened to her first love on that tragic night. Though the years provided no clues or comfort, she never allowed herself to stop believing Eric was alive.

Now, after an eighteen year absence Eric Kade has resurfaced on Bishop's Island under circumstances as unsettling as his disappearance. Though reunited, Nickel's search for answers is sidelined by another horrific event more deeply connected to her childhood sweetheart than she can imagine. Living as a preacher, Eric has traveled the world for nearly two decades hunting demons in a sect named The Progeny. But a chilling prophecy has named him as a threat and turned his fellow hunters against him. With a sense of urgency, Eric has come back to the island not to rekindle the past but to protect the home he loves from an oncoming war. Relying on the help of a rare group of locals, he builds a network of his own to defend the unknowing against a world he has come to know too well. As he works to prepare a haven, Eric will strengthen his bond with Nickel and introduce her to a world of miraculous events and unholy terror.


Read an Excerpt Here

My Thoughts - I was a little surprised at the gruesome nature of the first chapter, this being a Christian book. I made myself press on and was glad I did. Jason is an excellent writer, he has amazing descriptions and it was quick paced. This was really good! I could see one being a movie.

Disclaimer - I received this book for my honest opinion, no other compensation was received.

Running with the Demon Freebie until 7/31



Send a copy of RUNNING WITH THE DEMON, the first book in Terry Brooks' "Word and Void" series, to one of your friends and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of the new Shannara hardcover BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF! (My sweet husband sent it to me :) )
HERE


Amazon.com Review
Terry Brooks's Running with the Demon is billed as "A Novel of Good and Evil," but he could've called it "A Novel of Here and Now." The fantasy master behind the Shannara series switches his focus from neo-Tolkien jungles to the woebegone steel town of Hopewell, Illinois. Though Illinois teenager Nest Freemark (where does he get these names?) looks like your average kid, she spends her free time in the woods asking her 6-inch pal Pick for advice in dodging the Demon and his creepy Feeders, spirits who gobble the souls of humans. Nest is also being tailed by John Ross, a shining Knight of the Word who wants to keep her from the Feeders' jaws.

Meanwhile, in the real world that dominates the novel, Nest Freemark is being stalked by a handsome, evil classmate who she has rejected, and a pack of surly, insurgent striking steelworkers plot a bombing at the company's Fourth of July picnic. The boy and the bombers are unaware that they're being subconsciously manipulated by the Demon. The book's matter-of-fact take on the uncanny is a bit like The X-Files. (And if you want to compare the two, check out Ted Edwards's X-Files Confidential: The Unauthorized X-Philes Compendium.)

Brooks's plot has more strands than a plate of pasta, yet his mind is logical to a fault--he used to be a lawyer. There's something for everyone: gory monster attacks, a dread family secret, magical mind-game duels, even a (rather flat) teen-romance subplot. The setting has real grit and the countdown to the Independence Day bombing peps up the tale. Brooks sometimes prosaically explains things a better literary stylist would dramatize, and his minatory visions of environmental apocalypse are more fun than the obvious, nagging, don't-be-a-litterbug message they exist to convey. Brooks will never be as deep as Tolkien, and many readers will find him less awesome as their adolescence recedes. Still, he's the genuine article, and with this book, he raises the stakes he's playing for.


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Mandie Stevens is owner of Taking Time for Mommy & Mommy Reads too Much. She's a homeschooling mom of 2 girls and believes every mom should take a little time for herself.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon Review




START INTERCEPT

Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe;there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.

INTERCEPT COMPLETE

Survivor,

Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture

the desperation—and the will to survive—as he joins forces with a handful of refugees to battle

soulless enemies both human and inhuman from inside an abandoned strategic missile facility.

But in the world of the undead, is mere survival enough?

Browse Inside
My thoughts - This was definitely different. Very different and a very quick read. I enjoyed the journal style writing and J.L Bourne is a really good writer. He has great humor in his writing. This is a great book for mommies who are looking for something a little different.
Disclaimer - I received this book for my honest opinion, no other compensation was received.

When a Woman Takes an Axe to the Wall Review & Giveaway



Warning!!!! Women in this book are not afraid. They’ll snatch off their sling-backs, shimmy out of their couture, slip into overalls and strap on tool belts in the making of their perfect space and, in that, the renovation of their state of mind. 
 
When A Woman Takes An Axe To A Wall explores the synergy between a woman and the four walls she calls her own. Through anecdotes and incidents, it shows us that a woman, or indeed all women who take on their own home repairs embark on more than just superficial fix-it-jobs, they dip into the renovation of their own spirits.

Read an Excerpt HERE

My Thoughts - This was a wonderful collection of stories from powerful women who could do anything once they set their mind to it. The take control of their situations and rebuild homes that no one else wanted.
 
I want to call this a feel good book but it really is  more than that. After reading this you feel you can accomplish anything!
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