Monday, July 28, 2008

Hi everybody!

Here's a chance to enter to win over $450.00 in prizes this week at Bitten by Books! You are all eligible to participate AND please spread the word!

Here's a direct link to the Blog Carnival.

You may want to also check out our sister site that has $1000.00 in prizes up for grabs as well!

This is going to be INSANELY fun! So, join in to win some great gift certificates and other prizes!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Together In Darkness by Sloan McBride

My newest review has been posted on BittenByBooks. To read it click on the link below.

Together In Darkness by Sloan McBride

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Are you ready to play?

Here’s the initial line up of FREE Gift Certificates and Books you could win right HERE at Bitten by Books at the carnival. Carnival runs from Monday July 28th through August 1st. You have all week to try for these prizes and HUNDREDS of others that other sites will be offering. Last carnival had over 900 participating blogs. Rules for entering the contest will be posted on Monday the 28th. You cannot enter to win until then, so, just get out your drool bibs and check out these awesome retailers who have contributed all these amazing prizes! Tell them you saw them here! Oh, and be SURE to tell your friends!

Remember to stop by our sister site Weird Stuff In My Desk for a whole OTHER list of over $900.00 in amazing prizes during the carnival.

A BIG thank you to our fabulous contributors!!

Sloan McBride - $20.00 Paypal Gift Certificate Romance

AuthorAllie Boniface - $20.00 Gift Card Author of Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction ~ “Because everybody needs a great love story…”

Eternal Press 3 free e-books to 1 each to 3 different winners Press: Excellence in ebook entertainment with paperback versions coming soon.

Mundania Press - 2 $10.00 Gift Certificates books by talented authors

Ann Tracy Marr - $15.00 Gift Card Author

Lyrical Press - 5 -$10.00 Gift Certificates full service publishing house, Lyrical Press has a little something for every reader’s tastes.

Awe-Struck E-Books - 4 Sets of EbooksSet One: Love’s Reflection by Carol North, Fiery Falls by Mary Anconetani, Let them Eat Cake by Kathy PrattSet Two: The Hungry Heart, The Hero’s Best Friend, The Princess and the Promise all three by Elise Dee BeraruSet Three: Thwarting Magic by Ann Tracy Marr, Temporary Governess by Blaise Kilgallen, In the Running by Dee Lloyd—-two of these three books in this ‘bundle’ are RegenciesSet Four: Tomorrow’s Promise, Brothers by Blood, Ghost Dancers, all by DL Rogers (a western historical trilogy) E-Books publishes ebooks in Romance, SF, SF Romance, Regency, Western Romance, New Age, Inspirational, Teen Fiction, and Historical, And we are unique to the reading world with our Ennoble titles that feature heroes with disabilities. All our ebooks are available in HTML, PDF, Palm, Pocket PC, Rocket; and some titles are also available for the Sony Reader.

Changeling Press, LLC - $10 Gift Certificate and a $5.00 Gift Certificate Erotic Adventures Designed with your PDA in Mind!**Erotic Books- ADULT Content **

Bitten By Books - $50.00 Gift Card
eXcessica - $25.00 in FREE Books**Erotic Books- ADULT Content **

Reader’s Eden E-Bookstore - $15 Gift Certificate 300 electronic books in almost all genres.

Christmas In July

HO HO HO!!Welcome to the Christmas in July event! Bitten by Books will be offering a $30.00 Gift Card to one lucky participant. TODAY JULY 26th 12:00 am EST ONLY!!

Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do one or all of these things, and each one will give an additional entry and thus MORE chances to win.

1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter on the right hand side of the site. You MUST verify your subscription via the email the site will send you. Unverified subscribers will not be entered into the contest.

2. Post links to the contest here today at another blog, group or website and you will be given additional entries to win. You MUST post those links in one response here in this thread. The more places you post the event, the more entries you get, so spread the word! Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry

3. Visit each of the sites who are participating in the Christmas in July event here: pick a favorite item from each store and come post the link to that item here in this post. You can do one or all of the sites, you get an entry for every one you post here. Try to combine all of your items into one big post.

4. Make a purchase today from ANY or all of the retailers participating and send us a copy of the receipt for your purchase to: racoo.smith @ (no spaces) for an additional entry. You get entries for every purchase you make. Be SURE to put BBB Contest Entry in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost in our spam filter.

5. Read through the Bitten by Books blog here today and find your favorite post and come here and post the link to it.

We will be awarding the prizes and posting the winners to the website later this weekend or Monday. Be sure you leave a valid email and your name when posting here so we can contact you if you are the winner.

AND our sister site Weird Stuff In My Desk will be offering up a $30.00 Gift Certificate to Pampertini to one lucky participant. So go here: do the same thing you did here to win! The directions for entry are set up there as well! Have fun and happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Guest Blogger Author Yasmine Galenorn

Hi everybody!

Here is a direct link to the Guest Blogging session today featuring author Yasmine Galenorn.

Stop by ANY time today or this evening, to say hi and ask questions. One lucky winner will win a set of her first THREE books in her Otherworld Sisters of the Moon series.

See you there!

Hunger by Rob Preece

Come on over to Bitten By Books and check out my latest review. Just click on the link below.

Hunger by Rob Preece

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Monday, July 21, 2008

It just gets better and better

This last Friday the dealership calls me and asks what they are supposed to be doing with my car. My answer? "Are you freaking kidding me?" Dealership dork, "Um, it's just sitting here and I was wondering what we were supposed to do with it." So let me get this straight. It has a HOLE in the windshield and he doesn’t know what to do with it. I have a couple of suggestions but it won’t get it fixed.

I call my insurance agent Charlie, because that would be his job to fix this situation, right? WRONG! He suggests that it was my fault for confusing them when I had the car towed to the dealer ship. How could that have happened? I called the dealership to let them know that the car was coming for REPAIRS. When the tow guy came and picked it up I called them to let them know it would be there soon. The tow guy called them and let them know he was on his way too. I called again that afternoon and talked to a guy about the car. So between Monday and Friday they seemed to have forgotten all of the conversations.

My insurance guy suggests that I call the 800 number and have them fix the problem. So I am thinking what good is he? Isn't this his job and isn't this why he is being paid the BIG bucks?? I guess I was wrong. Once again assuming got me no where.
I call the 800 number and talked to a very nice woman named Amber. I explain the situation and she tells me to hold on a second. By this time I am fuming. My son is sitting next to me with big eyes and I can't seem to calm down any. My daughter is playing and completely oblivious to the situation. Thank goodness. Amber comes back on the line and tells me that it is all taken care of. That took what, 5 minutes at the most? So I am thinking that the extra appendage that the agent here in town has takes away from his brain.

BTW, Saturday my husband was fixing the brakes on his car. He spent all day working on it with his friend Bill and thought they had everything done. Come to find out they needed calipers (Sp?) and put those on. The brakes worked so well that the hoses broke. They fixed those and the brakes wouldn't work. They looked under the car and the long hose that goes from front to back for the brakes was leaking all over. So now we are down to 0 cars. My husband had to borrow a truck to drive to and from work.
So in other words, my husband is not allowed near any cars for a while.

Interview and Contest with Author Nancy Haddock

Interview and Contest with Author Nancy Haddock

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Contest Winners AND Two HUGE Events Coming Your Way

We have several contest winners from the last few weeks to announce. But FIRST, you need to know about a couple of huge events happening at Bitten by Books this month. This coming Friday will be a special Christmas in July event where you will have a chance to win a $30.00 Gift Card here at our site, and another chance to win a $30.00 Gift Certificate to Pampertini on our sister site Weird Stuff in My Desk.

Plus several other retailers will be offering HUGE discounts, door prizes and more. The details will go up at midnight on how you can win. If you haven’t done so already be sure to pop over to right now and sign up for the newsletter there too.

Then on July 28th the Carnival is coming to town, well blog town that is, and it stops here with hundreds of dollars in prizes! Hang on to your hats, because this is going to be a wild ride and a chance to win big! More info on this closer to the date, so STAY signed up on our newsletter!!

Speaking of prizes here’s who won the last few weeks:

From the Linda Wisdom Author Spotlight Event

CrystalGB - A signed copy of 50 Ways to Hex your Lover from Linda Wisdom

Sarah- A signed copy of 50 Ways to Hex your Lover from Linda Wisdom

Ann M. - a $20.00 Gift Card from Bitten by Books!

From the Earl Staggs Guest Blogging Event

Vampire Lady - Free autographed copy of Memory of a Murder

From the Ann Cory Guest Blogging Event

Bram - a $20.00 Gift Card from Ann Cory

All winners have been notified by email.

There are LOTS of ways to win more goodies this week starting tomorrow morning with our Author Spotlight with Nancy Haddock! Remember Yasmine Galenorn will be here Guest Blogging Wednesday morning too!

Brothers At Arms - The Chariot Card by Desirée Lee

This is my latest review. Click on the link below to take a look.

Brothers At Arms - The Chariot Card by Desirée Lee

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ann Cory is Guest Blogging at Bitten By Books

Hi everybody, Join the fabulous Ann Cory who is Guest Blogging about werewolves and other shapeshifters today 7/16/08 at

Participate in the fun and be entered to win a FREE $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Visit this link now and find out how!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July News and Events from!

There are LOTS of great events happening this month at Bitten by Books! Each event has some kind of giveaway/contest as well as lots of interesting conversation. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter on the right hand side of the website to keep up to date with current reviews and events. There is also a new Events Calendar on the website on the left side, you can click the highlighted date and see what is happening and when.

While you are there take a look at my review for the book The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack:

In other news, be sure to check out our new Vampire Wire News Feed onthe right hand side of the website, Bitten by Books has teamed up with author Marta Acosta to bring you the latest news about paranormal books, movies and TV from her Vampire Wire blog.

Wednesday July 16th author Ann Cory will be Guest Blogging about Werewolves You can read reviews of Ann Cory's work here:

Monday July 21st author Nancy Haddock will be in the Author Spotlight for an interview and Q&A session all day! You can read the 5 Tombstone review we did of her book La Vida Vampire here:

Wednesday July 23rd author Yasmine Galenorn will be Guest Blogging. Join national bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn as she talks about why she loves writing the sisters so much--what she likes about their characters, why they have the flaws they do, and how she sees them evolving. She will be giving away a set of the first three books in the Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld series: Witchling, Changeling, andDarkling.

Wednesday July 30th author Faith Bicknell-Brown will be Guest Blogging Ebooks vs. Print - The economy is frightening everyone, but what about writers? Will it have a bearing on publishing? Perhaps ebooks will see a spike in sales. Faith Bicknell-Brown discusses the economy vs publishing, ebooks, a fabulous new e-reader hitting the market, and her recent releases of her fiction--including all her pen names--plus, her Avoid Writers' Hell series for writers!

Join Bitten by Books on Myspace and Facebook! We would love to haveyour friendship on these two great groups!

We look forward to seeing you at all of the events this month!!

The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack

This would have to be one of those books that stays with you long after finishing it. I highly encourage you to read it. Click on the link below to read my review.

The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack

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Sunday was craptastic!

On a sad note, my husband was driving home on Sunday night when a tree branch fell and went through the windshield. We had been having storms with 15 mph winds, hail and heavy rain. So now there is a BIG hole in the windshield, wires sticking out from the inside, the plastic cover for the inside right window is hanging down, the hood has dents a scrapes, and the right side of the car has dents or scrapes or both. There is tree embedded everywhere in the car.

That night I called and started the claim going and talked to a person that I could hardly understand.

I spent the whole entire day yesterday on the phone with our insurance company doing the claim thing again. It is considered a comprehensive accident since another car wasn't involved. I found out that we don't have towing covered or rental coverage. Check your policy people!

Since the windshield was caving in I had to call a tow truck to come get it and take it to the dealership for repairs. I than had to call the dealership to let them know the car was coming and ended up talking to a guy who had to be dumber than a box of hair.

I had been on the phone so much that my cordless battery died and I ended up on the cell phone. I got another call from the insurance company again to ask the same questions again. She also told me that I had duplicate claim. We got that straightened out and she asked me a few new questions. Since he got hit in the head, (he isn’t hurt cuz he has a hard head, lol). Now they have to do a medical claim. Did I mention he is out of town on business and I am doing this all by myself?

So now we sit and wait for the insurance guy to look at my car, (which I was told could take a few days) and wait for the estimate to come back. Once that is finished they can start the repair on my car.

Please check your insurance policies to make sure that you are covered as you should be and not find out the hard way like I did.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Check out this web site!


A few nights ago I was chatting away on a Yahoo chat group that I had just joined when a message came across for a cool web site. Being a big fan of books in general I was excited to see that they reviewed books on the paranormal/horror/urban fantasy. They have both adult and young adult books. As Julia Roberts once said, “Color me happy!”

So while I was checking out the site I also noticed that they have not just reviews but also, author interviews, guest blog spots and some really neat contests.

They not only review paperbacks but also eBooks. As a recent eBook convert, that is so cool! Going through I noticed a few authors that I didn’t even know about. My To Be Read pile is getting way out of hand.

After checking the site for a while and reading the reviews I decided to join. So now I get to review books for Bitten By Books. How freakin cool is that??

Come on over and take a look for yourself.