FANtastic Fiesta! Andalucian Nights Trilogy Giveaway From Author Hannah Fielding

Andalucian Nights trilogy

The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.

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Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.

About Hannah Fielding

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

Hannah is a multi-award- winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

You can find Hannah online at:

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Hannah’s Giveaway!

Hannah Fielding is hosting a giveaway on her blog in which she is giving away 6 prizes; a copy of each of the books in the Andalusian Nights in paperback, and 3 gorgeous Spanish fans that correspond to each of the books.

I have read and reviewed Legacy, one of the books in the Andalusian Nights Trilogy, and though I, personally, loved this book, it is much more romantic than I usually promote and therefore encourage caution when looking into this book for yourself. If you want more details, please read my review here.

Interested in the giveaway? Go visit Hannah! 

Giant the Lion; The Lion Who Could Swim by Artemisa Gutierrez Laurence

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A touching tale of a lion cub named Giant who wants nothing more than to swim. With light-hearted dialogue and colorful illustrations, Giant the Lion is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness. Giant is going to learn to swim, and he is a little nervous. Good thing he as has good friends to cheer him on including Flighty Mighty the bird, Hara the Hippo, Mother Duck, Sally the Giraffe, Betty the Butterfly and Al the Alligator. Giant wades in with both paws and soon is kicking and paddling and swimming circles with the rest of the his friends. With the encouragement of his friends and a lot of practice, Giant becomes the fastest swimmer, good enough to compete in an upcoming swim competition on the lake. Whether water-shy or raring to go, young readers will find much to relate to as Giant experiences a childhood first, and what it means to never give up.

Review:

Author is Artemisa Gutierrez Laurence.

Illustrated by Izzy Bean.

Giant the Lion inspires kids to work hard for their dreams and how to appreciate the special people they have backing them in their lives.

The pictures are absolutely adorable and capture the mood of the book perfectly. The words are easy to read, though a little advanced for a beginning reader but would make a great read aloud. The kids learn the basics of swimming along with Giant the Lion as his team of coaches cover the breathing techniques and different swim strokes.

The story is sweet, encouraging and children 5-10 will enjoy reading about Giant and his friends. There is also some swim safety covered towards the end of the book, causing me to give Giant the Lion; The Lion Who Could Swim a full 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend it especially as a summer read!

Rated: * * * * *

 

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

I received this book from the author/publisher via Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Review:

Melanie Dickerson is a master of the fairy tales and her retellings are both unique and engaging. With her books we can go back to our childhood favorite fairy tales and enjoy them all over again with new twists to enjoy.

The Beautiful Pretender, I don’t believe, is a retelling of any sorts, if it is then I am not familiar with it’s original story and therefore could not recognize it. However, this book definitely feels like the warm and cozy fairy tales that we all love.

It has a decent amount of suspense and action, but not overly graphic and the romance is clean and far from cheesy. The only thing that readers may have a small problem with is that the plot line is slightly predicable, but this is to be expected from this specific type of book.

Overall, The Beautiful Pretender is a great book for teens and adults alike and would make a perfect book to through in your beach bag for your summer vacation. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Book Lamp Review and Giveaway

I usually don’t accept products other than books for review because I want this site to remain an only book reviewing site, however every reader needs a good book lamp, and today I am reviewing and giving away two awesome book lamps!

First and foremost, I received both of these products free for the purpose of this review and was not required to write a positive review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The giveaway instructions are after the reviews of the lamps.

Color Spectrum LED Desk Lamp with USB

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Description:

The Color Spectrum LED Desk Lamp with USB is the next step in our color changing family. The sleek, streamlined base glows in the color of your choice. Select whatever color you’d prefer to see on the base by using the touch activated controls. Or if you’re in the mood, have the color cycle through the 256-color spectrum! The 7” shade and flexible rubberized neck provides OttLite Natural Daylight LED Illumination exactly where you need it. With 3 brightness settings, super bright white OttLite LEDs rated to last up to 40,000 hours, and a 5V, 2.1A USB port to fully charge your smartphone and tablet, the Color Spectrum LED Desk Lamp with USB is perfect for any room. With OttLite Natural Daylight LED Illumination, you can see details clearly and reduce glare & eyestrain so you can do what you love, longer.

Review: 

While this lamp was not designed for the purpose of a book light, it definitely gets the job done and does it while looking super awesome in the process. I’ve had this lamp for almost a week and it has very quickly become one of my favorite lamps because of the flexible neck, multi-brightness settings and the colored base.

The lowest brightness setting is the one I recommend for book reading at night, especially if you have a roommate that would prefer to sleep while you read 🙂  The USB plug-in comes in handy so you can charge your phone/tablet and I also had my speaker charging on it. Though it doesn’t charge quite as fast as it would if plugged into the wall, it was nice to just plug into the lamp.

The light that this lamp provides is a crisp, clear light that does indeed reduce strain from the eyes. It’s very bright but it doesn’t cause the paper to glare, even at night, and its efficient for any type of detail work. My sister used it while she was working on her latest sketching project as well as while she was making jewelry and she loved the lamp both times! Overall, I give this lamp a full 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it!

Rated: * * * * *

LED Book Light

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Description: 

The OttLite LED Book Light features 6 super bright LEDs to brighten your books and magazines. With a strong yet flexible neck, the LED Book Light holds position wherever you need light. A sturdy, no-slip clip holds tight to reading materials and the light also has a base to stand on a tabletop. Use the LED Book Light with 3 AAA batteries or plug it directly into your computer using the USB cord (included). Its multiple uses make the LED Book Light perfect for the home, office, computer work or traveling. With OttLite you can see details clearly and reduce glare & eyestrain so you can do what you love, longer.

Review: 

This book light is the ideal little light to brighten your pages. With the clip attached firmly, it is not easily broken and the neck rotates in almost any direction desired. Just like the Color Spectrum Lamp, the light is clear and crisp and doesn’t cause any glare whatsoever. It provides just enough light to keep you from squinting at whatever you’re reading (or writing) but is also reduced enough to keep it from distracting others who may be in the room.

The only thing that slightly disappointed me about this light is that with the clip, one might want to clip it directly to their book and read that way, however the base of the light is so heavy that it pulls the paper backwards, making reading almost impossible to do unless the light is clipped to a hardback. But the clip is firm when attached to a table or any other hard surface, and it does stand very well on its own so it does its job well enough.

Overall, I give the Ottlite book light 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy reading at tables.

Rated: * * * *

Giveaway Instructions!

Giveaway Starts: 5/16/16

Giveaway Ends: 5/30/16

Winner Announced: 5/31/16

Two names will be drawn; the 1st name drawn wins the 1st prize. 2nd name drawn wins the 2nd prize. 

1st PRIZE: Brand new Color Spectrum LED Desk Lamp with USB; identical to one featured in the first review. (Worth $70) Link to product.

2nd PRIZE:  LED Book Light; identical to one featured in the second review. (Worth $15) Link to product.

Before entering this giveaway, please know that I am not holding the prizes and I will not be shipping them to you. I will need to give your information to the manufacturer in order to have it shipped from their storehouses, so please make sure that if you are under 18 that you have permission to enter from your parents.

1 ENTREE: Like this post.

2 ENTREES: Follow Accelerate The Jesus Movement.

3 ENTREES: Follow Literature Approved.

4 ENTREES: Share this post on your own blog.

 

*In order to claim any and all entrees, you must leave a comment on this post telling me which entrees you expect to claim. If you already follow Literature Approved or Accelerate The Jesus Movement and wish to claim those as entrees, leave a comment. If you share this giveaway on your own blog, leave a direct link to that post in the comments, if I cannot find the post, you will not get those entrees!

I have a way to keep track of all the entrees and I will have a name randomly drawn and announced on May 31st. Good luck to all the participates and thank you for reading!