Tabulations are in and the grand prize winners chosen from all of your entries are as follows:
And we can't wait for book 2 Captive Heart. Thank you Cynthia and I look forward to reading the next in the series!
LOL=Lots Of Love
"Lina’s trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can’t help but think she’s found the answer to her problem – even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business. Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld. Before all this, Lina’s problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind – like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams… "
"Home alone on the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, U.S. Air Force sergeant Christine Canady yearned for something to cure her loneliness. After drinking too much champagne, she recited a divine invocation to revive her humdrum life. But how was she to know the spell would actually work? When her plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s life changes forever. She awakens, bewildered, to find herself in a legendary time and place ruled by magic – and in the body of the mythical mermaid Undine. But danger lurks in the water, ready to swallow CC whole. Taking pity on her, the goddess Gaea turns CC into a damsel so that she might seek shelter on land. When a dashing knight comes to CC’s rescue, instead of falling for this dream come true, she aches for the sea and the darkly sexy merman who’s stolen her heart… "
"Does God hate fangs? Is Sam still Sam when he turns into a collie? Is coming out of the coffin the same as coming out of the closet? Are all vampires created evil?
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, telepaths -- True Blood has it all. In a world where supernatural creatures coexist with human beings, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton wrestle with powerful desires while facing complex issues concerning sex, romance, bigotry, violence, death, and immortality. Now True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history's great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on this thought-provoking series. From the metaphysics of mind reading to Maryann Forrester's cult of Dionysus, from vampire politics to the nature of personal identity, and from contemporary feminism to the rights of nonhuman species, True Blood and Philosophy mines the thinking of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and John Rawls to enlighten us on the intriguing themes that surround this supernatural world. You'll find no shortage of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into!"
What a mind blowing read! Yes I figured even before starting this book that they would compare "coming out of the coffin" with "coming out of the closet"! But has anyone ever noticed the "God Hates Fangs" at the beginning credits is a direct throwback to the Fred Phelpsian slogan that bashed Gay rights activists. I sure didn't and was amazed at how many other philosophical and historical reference points the producers of True Blood draw upon. This book really brings to light (haha didn't actually mean the pun) some questions the fans of True Blood are dying to have answered! And I always enjoy a book that makes you go "hmmmmmm?" There are so many eye openers in this book that after reading I went and re-read The Sookie Stackhouse Series, then re-watched Season 1 & 2, and then finally re-read this book! And I was honestly startled at how obvious the hidden meanings are once they have been revealed in the book! If your a fan of either True Blood or the Charlaine Harris books I seriously suggest you read True Blood and Philosophy! Not only is it fun to have that "ahh-hah" moment of finally figuring something out but even after reading your left with some things to ponder! And last but not least since this only covers the first two seasons I'm sure will be seeing more in-depth looks into this phenomenal books and show!
" Virginia Donato has always had an indefinable quality that sets her apart from anyone else Ivy Morell has ever known. But when this childhood friend and neighbor confides in her, confessing that she has been visited by an angel and asked to do something "momentous," Ivy begins to think Virginia has lost her mind. As Ivy struggles to make sense of her friends bizarre claim, she notices other strange happenings in the Donato household. Determined to find out more, Ivy discovers that Virginia's older brother Paul may have a shocking secret of his own, one that could have dangerous consequences. Can it be connected to Virginia? Should Ivy tell? And is there anyone she can turn too before it's too late?"
"Already known as a knight of uncommon skill and honor, William Marshal has earned the friendship of King Richard and the love of a wealthy heiress. But when the Lionheart dies, leaving his treacherous brother John on the throne, William and Isabelle need all of their strength and courage to face a shattered world. Their sons held hostage, their integrity at stake, the two must choose between obeying their king or honoring their hearts."
"When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames…. Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world. In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.
Three girls… playing with fire… if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned."
Love, Love, Love this series! My only complaint is I can't get enough, oh, and that all The House Of Night books end with cliffhangers! Which really isn't a complaint considering the fact that it leads me to intrigue and suspense. But to be honest P.C. Cast has done it again! Her books are like a magical symphony you just can't help but sway to! Every note is perfectly balanced! And what really captures you is her characters they're soo real! Which I think a lot of that credit goes to Kristin Cast for keeping the teen drama realistic. I have been pulled into every one of these two ladies books so far and this was no exception. And I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about the House Of Night series but however much people despise the books they keep reading them. And that says something!
This volume particularly caught my attention because it was rooted in Scotland for the most part. And being of Scottish decent I loved the old Folklore, symbolism, and setting. This series is a combination of so much mythology but at the same time there is complete harmony throughout the books. I love the storyline, characters, settings and references and I don't think I really can say much more besides this is a must-read series (in fact most of the Cast books are)! So I will be on pins and needles waiting until the next installment (Awakened) comes to a store shelf near me!
"Griffin Penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes. This box of labeled pennies comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their wishes granted.... In fact, the opposite of what they've wished for will happen. Griffin must find a way to return these stolen wishes and undo the curse if her own wishes are to come true. But how can Griffin return wishes to strangers who might not even be alive? Her journey leads her to ancient alchemists, Macbeth's witches, and a chance to help people in ways she never imagined, but the temptation of the Wish Stealers' dark and compelling power is growing stronger. Can Griffin reverse the curse in time to save herself and the people she loves?"