December 21, 2016

Welcome to this wonderful Giveaway Hop with well over a hundred Blogs participating, each offering their own prize!

Thank you, BookHounds for presenting this awesome Giveaway Hop!

I have THREE awesome physical BOOKS for One Lucky U.S./Can. Winner and TWO books for the International e-copy Winner!

This first book is for YA/Adult reading. It is a wonderful Historical fiction offered by an up-coming, talented new author, Ashtyn Newbold!

About the book:

When Annette Downing and her mischievous little brothers are sent to Kellaway Manor for the summer, she hopes for a relaxing escape. But Annette finds her closeted heart in jeopardy when reunited with the handsome Owen Kellaway, a childhood friend and respected gentlemen. When events come to light that question Owen’s character, Annette reaches the most difficult stalemate yet. After climbing so high, will she fall or take flight at last?

About the author:

Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by the propriety of regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. The first chapter of this manuscript won first place at a teen writing camp contest. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, and music. She hopes to obtain a degree in English and creative writing and dreams of traveling to England. She currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with her family. |Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Pinterest Follow Us on RSS

The next book is being offered by the author and

   The Salarian Desert Game (#2)  by J.A. McLachlan

Published April 12th 2016 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 232 pages

 What if someone you love gambled on her life?
Games are serious business on Salaria, and the stakes are high. When Kia’s older sister, in a desperate bid to erase their family debt, loses the game and forfeits her freedom, Kia is determined to rescue her.
Disguised as a Salarian, Kia becomes Idaro in order to move freely in this dangerous new culture. When she arrives on Sal What if someone you love gambled on her life?
Games are serious business on Salaria, and the stakes are high. When Kia’s older sister, in a desperate bid to erase their family debt, loses the game and forfeits her freedom, Kia is determined to rescue her.
Disguised as a Salarian, Kia becomes Idaro in order to move freely in this dangerous new culture. When she arrives on Salaria, she learns it’s a world where a few key players control the board, and the pawns are ready to revolt. Kia joins the conflict, risking everything to save her sister. As if she doesn’t already have enough to handle, Agatha, the maddeningly calm and unpredictable Select who lives life both by-the-book and off-the-cuff shows up to help, along with handsome Norio, a strong-willed desert girl with her own agenda, and a group of Salarian teens earning their rite of passage in the treacherous desert game.
What can an interpreter and former thief possibly do in the midst of all this to keep the people she loves alive?

Buzz About The Books:

“Tense, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading–I tore through this! Kia and Agatha are a fascinating pair, Kia so practical, down-to-earth, and willful; Agatha so mystical and driven. More, please!” – Tamora Pierce

“Strong, character-driven Science Fiction — McLachlan makes you both care and think. You can’t ask for more. I enjoyed both books in this series, and hope to see a third.”
— Tanya Huff, Aurora Award-winning author of The Silvered

“J.A. McLachlan’s second novel proves the success of her first was no accident: she’s a wonderfully talented writer, and her characters of Agatha and Kia are very appealing. Hop on board the McLachlan train; reading joy awaits.”
– Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

Other Books in the Series:

   Book 1 – The Occasional Diamond Thief


Born in Toronto and raised in Newmarket, Jane Ann currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband.

J. A. McLachlan is the author of a short story collection, CONNECTIONS (Pandora Press) and two College texts on Professional Ethics (Pearson-Prentice Hall). But science fiction is her first love, a genre she’s been reading all her life. Walls of Wind was her first published SF novel. She has two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief and The Salarian Desert Game (EDGE SF&F Publishing).

Website |
Twitter janeanmclachlan

The Third is a Children’s 3-D “Hands On” book and much more for ages up though Middle School. This one, however, is not open to the International Winner…Sorry!

Animal Adventures: Sharks ($21.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-487-0; Ages 5 and up) will take you beneath the ocean’s surface to meet the many sharks that lurk in the depths. Have fun while learning, encounter sharks— large and small, gentle and fierce— with colorful illustrations and fascinating facts, and then build a diorama. Everything you need to explore the ocean is right here. This unique set includes a book full of colorful illustrations and intriguing facts about sharks, plus 3-D animal models and a diorama with reusable stickers. Journey to all the world’s oceans to learn everything you need to know about these mysterious creatures. ?

Includes a 40-page guidebook, 7-piece diorama, 6 plastic animals, 54 reusable stickers, 4 3-D models, and 20 fact cards. 

Cynthia Stierle

Catherine Hapka has written more than 100 books for children and adults. She’s written for series as a ghostwriter and has also authored original titles. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Catherine Hapka has written more than 100 books for children and adults. She’s written for series as a ghostwriter and has also authored original titles. She lives in Pennsylvania.
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  • anne December 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Winter is a season which I do not enjoy since I cannot endure the cold, grey skies and ice and snow. having lived in a Northern Clime for most of my life and endured blizzards and harsh, lengthy winters we moved to an easier climate which is sunny and moderate with very little or no snow.

    • LAWonder10 December 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Anne, my mother was raised in Manila, Montana and Rock Springs Wyoming.
      As a young girl, she literally had to walk miles to school in snow
      sometimes past her waist. She was much happier when they moved to Salt
      Lake City. She raised us in Arizona and Las Vegas where it was very warm.
      Thank you for your continual support on my site.
      Lu Ann

  • John Smith December 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    My favorite part of winter is sitting around eating ice cream and reading books about sharks. My least favorite thing about winter is when I am thwarted and prevented from pursuing this activity.

    • LAWonder10 December 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Well this month’s hops fits right in with your love of Sharks!
      Thank you, John, for your support.
      Lu Ann

  • Megan Coppadge December 22, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I currently live in North Carolina so my least favorite part about winter is that we rarely get snow and when we do it either melts by noon or it’s here for a couple of days and then gone. My favorite part of winter would have to all of the lights and decorations that people put up. They make me happy and smile.

    • LAWonder10 December 22, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Megan, I LOVE lights and decorations! As for the snow, I lived in
      Mesa, AZ. and then Las Vegas most of my life so I can appreciate
      your comment.
      Thank you for your support on my site.
      Lu Ann

  • Mary Reiss December 22, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Well, I hate the cold…Like really hate it. But, I love to see snow falling and the feeling of family and friends around the holidays. Oh and the smells – cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, cookies. OK, now I am hungry.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Happy Holidays!

    • LAWonder10 December 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Snow is so beautiful when one is inside where it is warm!
      Thank you for your comments and entries on my site.
      Lu Ann

  • edye December 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I love the snow and hate the bitter cold.

  • Rita Wray December 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I love being under the blankets reading a good book. I do not like being out in the cold weather.

  • Judy Cox December 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t like the openness because of the leaves are off of all the trees. I enjoy cooler weather alot better than the hot sultry heat.

  • Jan Lee December 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I hate winter soooo, the only good thing I can think of is being warm inside my house and having alot of time to read . Things I hate, wearing tons of clothing and heavy boots, cleaning off the car and sidewalks, driving in horrible weather conditions.

  • Vicki Wurgler December 23, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t like anything about winter-the older I get the more I hate it. I guess I do like curling up in a blanket and reading

  • renee December 25, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I enjoy the family time and the holidays that occur in the winter. And my birthday–December 22! I hate the dreary, bleak, sunless days. So depressing. But, I love the fact that it is not hot. I live in the south so I welcome relief from the heat and humidity!

  • Jana Leah December 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I like the cooler weather of winter, however I don’t like when it is cold enough to snow.

  • Laurajj December 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Oh my favorite part of winter is the snow! Oh it is so beautiful! I do not like when the temps go below zero! Just too cold then.

  • Mary Margaret Devine December 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I am really ambivalent about winter. While I enjoy the beautiful snow. The peacefulness of a light snowfall, the intensity of a snowstorm or blizzard and the way the snow lays on the ground and the branches of trees like a fluffy blanket are all things I enjoy. I do however hate the cold and ice is the bane of my existence. So to put it simply, I love winter as long as I’m on the inside looking out at it. Thank you so much.

    • LAWonder10 December 28, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Mary, I feel many of us share your sentiments.
      Thank you.
      Lu Ann

  • Sandra Rodriquez December 30, 2016 at 7:16 am

    favorite is makin a fire and reading least favorite is freezing and having to go outside in frigid weather~

  • Julie Carpenter December 31, 2016 at 5:24 am

    This might sound funny but I love and hate the cold. I hate to feel cold, especially my feet. But I love when the cold comes because I get more snuggle time by a warm toasty fire, under a comfy blanket with a nummy cup of hot chocolate and a good book

    • LAWonder10 January 2, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Julie, it does not sound strange at all! Many of us feel that way.
      Thank you for your entries on my site.
      Lu Ann

  • Danielle D Jones December 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I like the beauty of winter…well it least I like the beauty of snow. I like to sit inside my warm house, drinking hot cocoa and reading a good book while glancing out the window. I don’t like winter when the snow is gone and we are left with mud every where.

    • LAWonder10 January 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Well said, Danielle!
      Thank you.
      Lu Ann

  • BookLady December 31, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I enjoy reading by the fire in winter, but I hate the bitter cold weather and driving on snow covered roads.

  • LeAnn Harbert January 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I like watching football with my boys.

  • Darlene Cruz January 1, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Funny though I like the snow but not the cold, however I’m not privy to experience that kind of weather only when I could get to it.