Summer Book Giveaway

Harper Collins has a summer book giveaway for you! It’s an entire package of beach reads.

The books are: The Badass Life by Christmas Abbott; Beach House: Coming Home by Georgia Bockoven; The Cafe by the Seaby Jenny Colgan; My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood; Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank; Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson; The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan; The Light in Summer by Mary McNear; The Beach at Painter’s Cove by Shelley Noble; The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry; It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson; Map of the Heartby Susan Wiggs; Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams; and The Force by Don Winslow.

Troll or Derby by Red Tash

Title: Troll or Derby
Author: Red Tash
Source: Heroines with Heart Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review

In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and this magical new realm, forever?

Troll or Derby Book CoverThe story begins with a prophecy and a troll’s wish to thwart it. However, some prophecies are bound to come true, even if it takes over a decade to happen.

Each chapter is told from either Deb’s or Harlow’s (the mysterious troll) point of view. It worked for me. Deb has common sense which she usually uses to her advantage. She’s a little off her game when she realizes the rules are different than what she’s used to. Harlow serves as her guide and companion for most of the book.

The fairies in Troll or Derby are not like the fae I’ve read in other young adult-ish novels. It was refreshing. They are henchmen for the current Troll king, mean, bloodthirsty and sometimes high on faeth. That’s right, the fae have their own version of meth in the fae world. And if they aren’t involved with the king, they’re just looking to stay alive.

Tash’s world feels timeless. She makes classic pop culture references which won’t date the story in another few years but helps you connect with Deb and Harlow. Overall it was solid writing and storytelling.


About Red Tash

Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce hand-canned from her mama’s recipes await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y’all come, anytime. Also, visit her at
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Giveaway of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

Wow! It doesn’t look like I’ve held a giveaway since October 2010. Guess I’m overdue for one!

In a few more weeks summer will officially start. Would you enjoy a new beach read which will make you forget the time? The Crown Publishing Group has sent me a hardcover copy of Nichole Bernier’s debut novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. to giveaway to my blog readers. I’m a third of the way through my personal copy of the book. It’s a thought provoking book about friendship and marriage. Below is a cover image and the synopsis:

The Unfinished Works of Elizabeth D. by Nichole

Before there were blogs, there were journals. And in them we’d write as we really were, not as we wanted to appear. But there comes a day when journals outlive us. And with them, our secrets.

Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who’d lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth’s journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew.

The complicated portrait of Elizabeth—her troubled upbringing, and her route to marriage and motherhood—makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage.

The more Kate reads, the more she learns the complicated truth of who Elizabeth really was, and rethinks her own choices as a wife, mother, and professional, and the legacy she herself would want to leave behind. When an unfamiliar man’s name appears in the pages, Kate realizes the extent of what she didn’t know about her friend, including where she was really going on the day she died.

Set in the anxious summer after the September 11th attacks, this story of two women—their friendship, their marriages, private ambitions and fears—considers the aspects of ourselves we show and those we conceal, and the repercussions of our choices.

You can receive an entry for the giveaway by leaving a comment naming your favorite vacation spot (or where you’d like to go on vacation) until 8pm Eastern on Monday June 11th.  Contest is open to US and Canada.  The randomizer at will pick a winner at 11pm Eastern on 6/11/2012.

Good luck!

Regal Literary Giveaway for National Bookmobile Day

I received this notice about the giveaway and thought it very appropriate for National Bookmobile Day.

April 11th is the American Library Association’s National Bookmobile Day. To celebrate all the bookmobiles zooming across our nation and the wonderfully dedicated librarians who keep them running, Regal Literary is giving away 14 signed hardcovers of Audrey Niffenegger’s graphic novel THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE. In The Night Bookmobile, a wistful young woman encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels late at night, only to find the book collection to be more… personal… than she had expected. As a bonus, they’re also giving away 15 signed paperbacks of Audrey’s acclaimed second novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY.

For more information on National Bookmobile Day, visit

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Regal Literary Giveaway

WERegal Literary has resolved to give away more books than ever in 2012 so they’re giving away a copy of Josh Bazell’s forthcoming WILD THING, his sequel to 2009’s BEAT THE REAPER. (As a bonus, they’re also giving away a few copies of BEAT THE REAPER, in case you missed out on how it all began!) The giveaway is open until February 8th on their site at

Dr. Pietro Brnwa is on the run from the mob he used to kill for. With a new name and a new job that’s tolerable only because it keeps him alive, he’s looking for a way to hurt the mob so badly that it will leave him alone forever.

Dr. Violet Hurst is a sexy and self-destructive paleontologist in the employ of a reclusive billionaire whose obsession with an urban legend living in the woods of Minnesota can’t possibly be justified. Or can it?

The offer of a job protecting Violet could be just the opportunity Pietro’s been looking for. It could also be a hellish morass of murder, corruption, insanity, and international drug smuggling, not to mention the occasional lake monster. But what are the odds of that?

Things are about to get wild.

“It’s so rare that you see a really brilliant writer who is committed, 100%, in every sentence, to giving you a good time. Bazell is, and he does.” – Lev Grossman, Time

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Regal Literary YA Summer Giveaway

Regal Literary Inc. is holding a giveaway. The May giveaway of Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard is over but it’s not too late to register for the other two books.

They’re Possession by Elana Johnson and A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone. Stop on by – you may find something good to read by the campfire.