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Christmas Giveaway Week – DAY ONE!

TIM TAMS & PINEAPPLE LUMPS!

It’s really no secret that we are a bunch of foodies here at Once Upon a Book Blog, so we are always keeping a well trained eye on any situation where food is mentioned…or even hinted at. Over the years we have seen MANY people raving about Tim Tams. That sweet, chocolatey goodness hits the spot every time. ESPECIALLY if you dunk them. Tim Tams are made to be dunked. So, when we were discussing prizes for this epic week of giveaways, Tim Tams were top of the list. Very closely followed by the lesser known ‘Pineapple Lumps’. Pineapple lumps are hard to describe but know this – they are a national treasure. Everyone loves a good Pineapple Lump. So to start our giveaway off with a BANG we are going to send one lucky winner these amazing New Zealand treats. They can be sent anywhere in the world (mostly) so get entering! Enjoy!!!

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OUR VERY OWN VERY FIRST VERY AMAZING BLOG CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!

Tis the season to be jolly! And jolly we are here at OUaBB, as it’s our very first Christmas as a blog! All three of us are big Christmas season fans, so we really wanted to try and bring a lot of Christmas cheer to all of our lovely readers… Which means it’s giveaway time!

We couldn’t settle on just one giveaway. Oh no… We each wanted to play Santa Claus and hand out a BUNCH of pressies. So for the next week we are going to have a new competition every day with a ton of fun prizes! We’re talking E-books, paperback books, delicious (New Zealand) food related items and Amazon vouchers. We’re talking something for everyone.

Just call it our Christmas Giveaway Week!

And because it’s Christmas we’re going to make entering as easy as possible for you guys. So keep an eye out on our blog & social media sites and make sure you enter! We would love nothing more than to give you a gift for Christmas!

You may enter as many competitions as you like. We’ll post the winners as we go, as well as a full and final list of these lucky people at the end of the 7 days. Every day will have a new competition that will run for 24 hours. These competitions are run by Once Upon a Book Blog alone and this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon or any other businesses or individuals mentioned in the course of our Christmas Giveaway Week. We will use Rafflecopter to run and draw our prizes so each winner is selected randomly. Once the Christmas Giveaway Week is completed and the final list of winners is up we will give you 48 hours to contact us about your prize. Please note if you win a physical prize, due to postage times you may not receive this until the new year (Two of us live in New Zealand and international post over the holidays moves at a snails pace!) If you have any questions or comments please contact us on admin@onceuponabookblog.com

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GIVEAWAY TIME! You guys have rocked our social media so we are returning the love…

You guys!!! We can’t believe that we’ve been blogging it up for 6 months now… We have loved every single minute of it, even though at the start, we really had no idea what we were doing/getting ourselves into so we kind of just did applied our life motto (Just Wing It) and went for it! Along the way we have had the pleasure of discussing everything from books to beyond with many of you and we have to say you are all sweethearts. We both love that we have bookish buddies from all over the world to share our passion with.

Now if all of that amazingness isn’t enough, we’ve hit 1000 followers on our Twitter (OMG!) AND 500 on our Facebook (OMGx2!) So what better time than now to show you all how much we LOOOOOVE you guys! We have 3 prizes to give away; 2 of our favourite reads so far this year, plus a voucher thrown in for good measure… So, without further ado… Here is our giveaway

Love,

Kris & Charm x

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* Giveaway ends September 22nd 12am EST. Digital copies and voucher will be distributed in the preferred format. Winners will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter.com and be notified by email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook, Twitter, Penny Reid and Mia Sheridan are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Once Upon a Book Blog alone.  We will not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!

AND THE WINNER IS….

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Congratulations to Tanya Jayne Phillips!!! Please email us at admin@onceuponabookblog.com so we can get your e-book to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered, keep an eye out for more giveaways coming up soon. We know you love free stuff just as much as we do!!!

THANKS TO THE PAGE GIRLS IT’S COMPETITION TIME!!!

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You guys know how we’re helping the awesome blog The Page Girls celebrate their Blogoversary?!! Well to make this celebration even more awesome (WHAT!?! AMAZING!!!) They’ve given us an E-book to give away to our readers! That’s right! More giveaway goodness!


Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

So who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.


So All we want you to do is hop over to our Facebook page, make sure you ‘like’ our page and either ‘like’ or comment on this competition post. That’s it! That’s all you have to do. We’re running this comp for 48 hours from the time of the post. HOW FREAKING EASY IS THAT! After you’ve entered you might as well pop over to The Page Girls and check out the rest of the giveaways and celebrating that they’re doing too. Good luck!

 

We’d like to thank The Page Girls for providing the E-book for this giveaway. This giveaway is sponsored by The Page Girls and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Giveaway is only open for 48 hours from time of competition post. One winner will be selected at random and will be announced in another post.

BLOG TOUR!!! Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

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Neanderthal Marries Human
by Penny Reid
Knitting in the City #3
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Humor, Humorous, Romance
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Tour: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Synopsis: There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

 

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Review:

Sooooo you all knew after I read Neanderthal Seeks Human a few weeks back that I was DYING of anticipation to read Neanderthal Marries Human. And I had high hopes. High, high hopes! And I am happy to report this book was EVERYTHING I hoped it was going to be and more. This book is another slam dunk for Penny Reid and her writing genius and I just want to issue a disclaimer now: After reading these two books I can honestly say I will now read ANYTHING Penny Reid writes, literally anything. I am officially obsessed and I can’t hold it in. Sorry.

Ok so as the blurb says, Janie and Quinn are getting married. (Eeeep! Happy dance!) This timeline follows on pretty much directly from where we left them in NSH. Which is perfect really because I reeeeeally wanted to continue on the Janie/Quinn storyline and I didn’t want to miss a thing. And we don’t miss anything. Not a single thing. Thanks to NSH giving us a lot of background story it really felt like we could sit back and just focus on Janie and Quinn’s relationship.

Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.

I really loved how in this book it we got to read from both Janie AND Quinn’s point of views. It was mostly Janie but the odd chapters where we got to hear the story from Quinn really made sure that this book was focussed on both characters. I LOVE when you get to get into the mind of multiple characters and in this book the split between the two telling the story is just right. I definitely still wanted mostly Janie because I just love her to bits and it is after all, her story that I started to follow so I didn’t want to share her page space too much. I love that she was still essentially the Janie we knew at the end of the last book, just this time we scratched beneath the surface even further. And Quinn, his voice was just spot on. He was so essentially Quinn-ish in his chapters it really bought variety and a certain edge that the story really benefited from. I also loved how between them they both didn’t just keep rehashing the story, each of them kept the pace going and the parts of the story that were assigned to Quinn to tell were perfectly selected. Only he could’ve narrated that Vegas scene (well ok, doubly so since I don’t think Janie was in any state to speak but still!)

Oh and I haven’t forgotten the other characters! I love that they are all back for this instalment and are just as awesome as ever. There were some very poignant family related developments on both sides and as far as the knitting girls go, the scene in Vegas at the beauticians has to be one of the best ‘girl talk’ moments in the book. Who knew there were so many creative terminologies for waxing ones lady garden? Also Dan was another favourite of mine and I’m so glad we got to see a bit more of him in this book

Some people say, “I can’t – I can’t even…” Some people say, “bitch, you crazy.” Some people say, “I have no words.” Dan just glances at the ceiling and takes a deep breath.

As you probably can tell from my above ramblings, this story was very character focussed. That doesn’t mean that there was little/no storyline because there definitely was. But I really feel that this book did exactly what it needed to do, it continued with the story of Janie and Quinn. After all I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that after NSH I desperately wanted more about these two characters and this book certainly delivered that. Both NSH and NMH have now been allocated to my ‘Best Books Ever’ list and I am DEFINITELY going to read them again because I know they won’t lose any of their charm no matter how well acquainted I become with them. Now please excuse me… I’m just off to add all of the other books in this series onto my wish list…

RELEASE BLITZ!!! 53 Letters for my Lover by Leylah Attar

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53 Letters For My Lover

By Leylah Attar

Adult Women’s Fiction/Romance
 
This is not your typical love story. It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed. Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad. Bad becomes very, very good.
Shayda Hijazi—the perfect daughter, the perfect wife, the perfect mother. For thirty-three years she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams, and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing her heart has always been denied: love.
Troy Heathgate—untamed, exhilarating, dangerous—a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.
Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again. Now Shayda is flying free and Troy has found the one thing that centers his soul, but even as they beat the odds, a cancer diagnosis puts Shayda in a painful dilemma. On the one hand is the man who makes her feel gloriously alive and on the other, her children, and a husband ravaged by the past.
 
Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human yearning for hope, happiness and redemption.

AUTHOR WARNING: This book is a blend of women’s fiction and romance. It involves infidelity and an attempted rape. If you are not comfortable with these subjects, this may not be the best book for you.

 

 

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Troy Heathgate has it all – brains, brawn and the kind of smile that just begs a ribbon. Everything but the woman he loves. But now he’s back and determined to possess her. There’s just one catch – she’s married to another man.
This short teaser story (9,500 words, 38 pages) is a re-telling of select scenes from ‘ 53 Letters For My Lover’. It is narrated from the male point of view – raw and uncut.

***This is a companion to the full length novel. Although you can read it on its own, the recommended order is after the full length novel, as an extra glimpse into the hero’s perspective.****

About the Author:
Leylah Attar writes stories about love—shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.

Author’s Social Media Links
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EXCERPT

The doorbell rings. Repeatedly. Followed by loud thumping on the door.
“Coming, coming! Now what did you what forget?” I swing the door open.
My heart screeches to a slamming halt. “Troy.” I turn pale. “You…you shouldn’t be here.”
“No?” He storms past me into the house. “Where should I be, Shayda? Waiting by the phone? Staking out your office? Checking my email? Where the fuck, Shayda?” His fist slams into the console table, so ‘fuck’ is an obscure, jarring thud, like some censored song on the radio.
“I changed my mind.”
“You changed your mind. Just like that?” He starts pacing the hallway. “And when were you were planning to tell me exactly? When, Shayda?”
“I made a mistake.” My voice quivers. “I got caught up in the moment. We were alone, we were away. It was…it was all an illusion.”
“An illusion?” He pulls me hard against him. Our bodies collide, knocking the breath out of me. “Is this an illusion?”
His lips assault mine.
“And this?” His hand slides under my dress, claiming my thigh.
“What about this, Shayda?” He pushes my panties aside and slides two fingers inside.
“Tell me, Shayda. Tell me this is all in my head.” He shoves me against the door and deepens his strokes. “Tell me this is nothing.” He rubs his fingers on my neck, leaving the unmistakable trail of my reaction.
“This is you, Shayda.” His finger slips inside my mouth. “Your taste, your smell, your skin, your touch.” He grabs me by the hair and pulls my head back. “Tell me you’re not real, Shayda. Tell me!”
I feel the gathump gathump of his heart. Our breath comes in short, shallow gasps. His eyes darken, black holes pushing sky blue irises to the edges of raw emotion. Hunger. Anger. Love. Pain.

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MOONRISE BOOK BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!!

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Our friends over at Moonrise Book Blog are celebrating their ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! It’s a super exciting time for them and to mark the occasion they have a ton of exciting things going on. Head on over and check out their character interviews and giveaways that they will be having during the week! Happy Anniversary Moonrise Book Blog!!!

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