Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Snowfang Bride

I’m excited to be participating in this book blitz for Merry Ravenell’s new release! I haven’t read any of her other work, but I have a soft spot for werewolf stories and this just sounds like fun. It’s available in paperback and also for e-readers. Amazon and Barnes and Noble both have the electronic version for 99 cents at the time of this writing. I bought a copy and hope to write an actual review in a few weeks! Sounds like it’s a good one to curl up with as the weather gets colder. Take a minute to enter the giveaway at the bottom, after you read the short, slightly steamy excerpt. 😉



The SnowFang Bride
Merry Ravenell
(Snowfang #1)
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

Centuries of political games killed most of the female werewolves. Now only a few survive, and the Elders work to change the old ways of thinking.

Winter, the only daughter of the SilverPaw Alpha, finally meets the soul Gaia has chosen for her: Sterling, the cold, demanding, and entirely-too-human Alpha of the tiny SnowFang pack.

Thrust into a world of human wealth for which she was never prepared, Winter must become Sterling’s flawless wife and Luna from the moment she arrives. The city is full of threats, both werewolf and human, and Sterling’s past is full of secrets best left undisturbed.

When they are betrayed by those closest to them, Winter and Sterling embark on a dangerous game of brinkmanship that will change their lives, and the future of the werewolves, forever.

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EXCERPT:

Sterling had been prepared to be resentful and distrustful of me, certain I was playing along with some ploy to part him from a large chunk of his wealth, or ruin him in some way. Knowing that wasn’t the case after all had to have been the final insult. Him thinking he had been bullied and played, just to find out he wasn’t even worth toying with.

Sadly, for both of us, this wasn’t as simple as me being my father’s pawn.

It would have been a hell of a lot more straightforward if I was bait, and Sterling the nice woolly sheep being led in for fleecing.

Him sleeping apart from me wouldn’t make things any better between us, or easier on the pack. It’d make things worse.

Sterling’s lips compressed a little tighter.

“I won’t make off with your virtue,” I told him.

A glint in his hazel eyes, like a knife twitching in and out of direct light. He leaned forward, his voice like a hand through my fur, “Whatever virtue I had was made off with long ago.”

A little color crept to my cheeks, my insides squirmed, but not from fear. What would those hands feel like on my skin? Rough like the scrapes and callouses on them, or gentler? Angry, perhaps. His fingers pulling through my hair, perhaps just a little too rough.

One thing at a time. Maybe I should find out how his hands got that scraped up before I let him touch me with them.

Sterling kept watching me, observing, learning my every nuance and tick, as mates—especially Alphas—will do. He came to the conclusion my body wasn’t actually on offer just yet. “You trust me to not lay a paw upon you.”

“Should I not?” I asked.

He leaned closer, his breath on my cheek, his lips very close to mine. “When I shake off the shock, Winter, I would not trust me.”

His words were like a rough caress, sending fire over my skin and a single shock through me. Desire overrode the haze of rattled anger and insult. I think I might have whispered something monosyllabic, and certainly imbecilic. It didn’t matter. He closed the final breath of distance between us, his strong body pressed mine against the wall, and kissed me.

I had never been kissed like that. Hard. Rough. Hungry.

My fingers found his shirt and jawline, one set twisting into the fabric, the other raking fingernails along his flesh, enjoying the painful bristle of his unshaven skin.

He grabbed a handful of my thigh, lifted me against him, his touch rough and everything I had never known I needed. No, not rough enough, not nearly enough. He felt so strong, so solid, so rough under those tailored human clothes.

I gathered myself and pried him back a few degrees. “Not tonight,” I breathed. “Gaia may have chosen you for me, but I want to see why.”

 

Author Bio:

Merry leads a heavily caffeinated lifestyle offset by the occasional 5K or 10K. She lives in the North Bay area of CA with her husband and fellow author, David, plus their two cats.

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Giveaway Winner!

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I am super excited to announce the winner of my BotM: The Woman in Cabin 10 giveaway! Jen from Portland, you’re the winner by your entry of following @BentBookworm on Twitter! As always, the winner has 48 hours to reply (I’ve already messaged) and if there isn’t a reply I’ll draw another.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered, and to Book of the Month for allowing me to keep the “oops” box and give it away! Stay tuned for another giveaway in a few weeks – the next one will be international. 🙂

Giveaway – BotM: The Woman in Cabin 10

Happy Monday, everyone!! Mondays are not my thing at all (are they anyone’s?), but today I’m super excited because I finally got my shit together and am ready to post another giveaway! I love giveaways. Winning them is great, of course, but I love being able to give stuff away and put some surprise happiness in another bookworm’s life.

I got a Book of the Month subscription box for August, and somehow their system goofed and sent me TWO identical boxes! When I contacted them about the error, they said to keep it or give it away. Since obviously I don’t need TWO of everything (except maybe 50 million copies of Outlander, but that’s besides the point) and wanted to pass the love along to my lovely blog readers. I appreciate every one of you that takes time to read, like, and comment – it truly makes my day! 🙂

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The box includes not only a hardcover edition of The Woman in Cabin 10 – yours will be wrapped, I substituted my copy for this pic so you could see the cover – but also a very sturdy, roomy canvas tote and a hilarious wine coozy thing. Due to outrageous international shipping costs, I’m sorry to have to make this giveaway US only. I’ll try to have another international one soon! It’s open from now until next Tuesday at midnight (Seoul time). Enter using the Rafflecopter linked below and share, share, share! Good luck!

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Happy October!

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I am so in love with the shelf by @bookishsteph1 on Instagram. Go check out her feed, now. NOW. 

Ah, yes! It’s finally here! The month at least, even if the air here doesn’t QUITE have the autumnal nip to it I’m hoping for. It’s coming though…autumn is coming. *deadpan*

Anyway, it actually kind of snuck up on me…I’ve been randomly making a list of spooky-atmospheric-but-not-horror books for October, and I guess it’s finished now because it’s time to post it and get started! So I’ll put that up along with my progress for September and goals for October tomorrow.

BIG NEWS: I’ve finally reached the coveted 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley! So excited about that. Maybe at some point I will qualify for cool ARCs. Hehe.

Oh, and, teaser…I’m putting up a giveaway for this Book of the Month Club box later this week! Make sure you follow so you don’t miss it! The book is The Woman in Cabin 10.

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All the Hugs and Warm Kittens!

Because I don’t know how else to express my thanks to everyone for entering/supporting the A Court of Thorns and Roses giveaway – naturally hugs and warm kittens are some of the best things in life, so I think you should all get those. My goal was to get 100 entries in the Rafflecopter and when it closed last night there were 118! Thank you guys so much. Very happy little book blogger over here. I’ve contacted the winner and the package will be going out this week!

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I’m really excited to have more people to share all my favorite (and a few not-so-favorite) books with!! Thanks to everyone who has followed either here, on Twitter, by e-mail, or on Bloglovin! I loooooove hearing from people and trading thoughts (i.e., squeals and fangirling, or THE RAGE) with other readers. I love comments and try to every single one – if I miss any, it’s completely unintentional and I’m sorry. Have another kitten? Comment again and DEMAND why I didn’t respond? Haha. But really, I love interacting with other book lovers and book community in general so much. I feel like the obsessive love I had for books and writing as a child is returning. I never LOST my love for books, but it definitely took a back seat to life, the universe, and everything there for awhile.

So while I’m rambling on: is there anything I can improve on? Different types of post you’d like to see? What are your favorites types of posts (aside from giveaways, I know EVERYONE loves those, haha)?

And, as promised, warm kittens. Or warm cat. The result – cuteness, snuggles, and a warm lap – is the same. 😀 😉

Sir Tristan says that obviously, his comfort is more important than my ability to read my book. 😼

 

 

Looking Forwards and Back #1 – July/August

Everyone seems to be doing a monthly recap and projection type deal, so here is mine! I keep my lists in my traveler’s notebook bullet journal. It goes with me everywhere. I love using stamps for it as I think my print handwriting looks horrible.

The arrows are titles I moved to August.

Here is what July looked like at month’s end! Now I did read I think 2 books that aren’t on that list…it felt like cheating to add them on at the end, so I didn’t. Haha. I’m anal retentive, what can I say. Below is the list in picture form! Each cover is linked to my review on GoodReads, and the titles are linked to Book Depository. Which brings me to this small announcement: I’ve become a Book Depository affiliate! This just means that if you use a link from my site to buy a book, I’ll receive a small commission. I’d really like to switch my servers but that costs money! So I’m hoping to offset the cost a little…but even if it doesn’t, I’ll probably switch soon anyway…just because I love writing about this stuff and want my site to be a little more user friendly.

Oh! And before you get entirely bored reading my list – remember to enter the A Court of Thorns and Roses giveaway I have running right now! Have I mentioned how much I love this series yet? Yes? Let me reiterate. If you have even a shred of interest in fantasy, you need to go read them now. And don’t let some of the eye-rolling moments or unlikeable characters in the first one throw you off. It gets better. MUCH better. The second one gets an unreserved 5 stars from me. Anywho.

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You can enter by commenting, following me on Twitter, Bloglovin, or WordPress, and by sharing the giveaway via Twitter. Just make sure to submit your entries via the Rafflecopter!

 

 

 

 

 

July Books Read and Reviewed – I’m kind of impressed that I managed 14 books this month! That’s a lot for me. A few of them didn’t get reviews, but that’s ok. Not every book is meant to be reviewed! 😀

Wild
A Killing in the Hills
The Falconer
The Graces
Jackaby
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Cuckoo’s Calling
My Lady Jane
Vinegar Girl
When You Reach Me
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter


Aaaaaaand – August! This is my projected list for this month. I think I’m probably attempting to overextend myself again (as it’s now August 4 and I have yet to finish a book), but oh well. If I didn’t have to sleep, this would be my list. We’ll see what falls off in the course of the month. All covers link to GoodReads.

So far I have started (yes, my monogamous book-reading ways seem to have fallen by the wayside this summer):

I am most excited about these right at the moment:

These are older, backlist books that have been recommended by different friends that I managed to find at my library:

I have ARCs of (I’m so excited about these! I haven’t had too many early review copies yet so even Netgalley copies are all still shiny and new to me):

The few that aren’t pictured are series continuations that I’ve slowly been working my way through. Also I’m tired of linking. 😛 So many books, so little time! I’ve really enjoyed seeing what the book blogging community has been up to and is looking forward to – hope you enjoyed my rundown!

Giveaway: A Court of Thorns and Roses

I am super excited to be hosting my first giveaway here on The Bent Bookworm! I’ve fallen so much in love with the ACOTAR series that I had to share it around. 😀 This is for a hardcover copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas. I’m also including a little coloring booklet full of YA book covers, that was included in July’s OwlCrate! It’s adorable but I have lots of coloring books and not enough time for them as it is! You can enter by leaving a blog comment (make sure to add all your entries to the Rafflecopter), following me on Twitter, and a few other things.

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Entries are open starting now until midnight, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (Seoul time, which is about 13 hours ahead of EST). Winners will be contacted within 48 hours and if I don’t receive a response within 48 hours of attempting to contact, I’ll pick someone else. Have fun!! Click below for the Rafflecopter and let me know if there are any issues! 🙂 🙂

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Custard Protocol Giveaway!

As you may be aware, Gail Carriger’s new novella, Poison or Protect, is coming out in ebook format on Tuesday (June 21). If you subscribe to her lovely monthly newsletter there was a little bit in there about being entered to win a giveaway if you pre-order. So if you missed it in your Chirrup, go back and look and make sure you pre-order, and then enter the giveaway. A big, beautiful, chock-full of goodies Prudence-themed giveaway. Insert heart-eyes smiley here.

I’m always so excited to read anything new Gail comes out with, I’m almost counting the hours for this one. Of course, I’m also dizzy with anticipation for Imprudence, releasing on July 19. I love the Tarabotti/Maccon family and always go into withdrawal after finishing a book!

Giveaway Surprise

I never win anything. I think it’s because I don’t generate a high enough improbability field. If I did probably lots of other, less desirable things would happen as well, so it’s ok.

But! On Monday I woke up to a very pleasant surprise. Sitting in my email inbox was a note from Hunter Hammersen of Violently Domestic, telling me I had won the giveaway on her blog for a skein of Malabrigo Arroyo. I think I squealed. At least I did in my head. It arrived yesterday, and it’s so squishy and soft. The color reminds me of a summer bonfire (because autumn and winter bonfires look considerably different, you know).

No idea yet what I’ll do with it. Any suggestions? It’s not a color I could wear next to my face, and I think probably too soft for socks (or at least the way I treat my socks). I do have a couple family members who look lively in these shades though, so scarfy things are not completely eliminated.