Friday, December 7, 2007

Best of the Best CONTEST!

Remember last year when we did our Best of the Best of 2006? Dee and I (the other dee) each picked our Top Three Books of the Year. The only requirements were that the books had to be published in 2006, and we had to have reviewed them. That was it.

And, of course we did a contest. You do remember that, don't you? If you don't, just follow the links to refresh your memories. We asked you to tell us YOUR Top Three of the Year, and then we picked a winner. The winner, Joan B., got signed copies of all six of our books, plus a bonus book.

So naturally, we're doing that again this year.

Starting today, you can enter this contest to win at least six books, and they might even be signed by the authors (if we can get in touch with them to do this. Cross your fingers!). There's even a chance for you to earn extra points, and you can just ask RACHAEL (the Big Winner from our last contest) how good those extra points are.

If you're interested...

- Leave us a comment on THIS POST. Tell us the name of your Top Three Picks of the Year, the author of each book, and WHY it is your favorite. Missing or incomplete entries will not count.

That's it.

For extra points, post something on your own blog, favorite loop or group, about this contest and link it back to THIS post. That will earn you three extra entries in this contest. Each time you mention us out there, let us know, and we'll give you credit. You MUST mention the contest AND our web address ( to earn the extra points.

So come on... tell us your faves!

And we promise to tell you ours very soon.

Contest ends Friday, 12/21/07. Have your entries in by the end of that day. That gives you TWO WEEKS to figure out your favorites, tell us, and spread the word.

Good luck!!

Keep Turning Those Pages!!


Ann M. said...

I just posted the information about the contest on three of my favorite yahoogroups...

Deidre Knight
Suzanne Forster
Robyn Carr

I'll be sending my top three picks to you in another post.

RachaelfromNJ said...

My favorite books this year that I read:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
This was a very dark book and the suspense was intense. I loved every page of the story.

20 Times a Lady By Karyn Bosnak
This book is HILARIOUS and it's just such a fun book. Loved it!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This is a YA Fantasy book. It's really thick and long but it's an awesome story. It really takes you away and you lose track of time while reading it. Loved it!

RachaelfromNJ said...

I also talked about the contest on my blog and linked back to it.

RachaelfromNJ said...

I also link to your site in my Favorite Sites listed on my blog.

Ann M. said...

Oh.. only three for this year?

Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann. I loved the heroine, Annie. I keep saying I want to be her when I grow up. She is a kick @ss heroine who won't say no and doesn't want to be coddled.

Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr. The third book in the Virgin River series. Robyn created a wonderful community of characters that makes one want to go there and interact with them. Brie and Mike's journey is a wonderful story of healing.

Atlantis Awakening by Alyssa Day
The next book in the Warriors of Poseidon series. This is a wonderful world that Alyssa created. Ven and Erin's story had me laughing, smiling and tearing up. Has me waiting for more.

Kimberly L said...

My fave three are:
The River Trilogy by Robyn Carr.
She's a fantastik writer.

Riding the Thunder by Deborah MacGillivray. A great paranormal book.

Spirited Away by Cindy Miles.

T.C. said...

My three would have to be:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling
- I'm a huge HP fan, and this book very eloquently rounded out a fantastic series that I wish hadn't ended.

Interred with Their Bones - Jennifer Lee Carrell
- I loved the suspense, action, adventure, mind games...everything about it was fantastic.

Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
- I'm a big fan of this series, and I really loved the advancements Meyer made in the story. :)

me said...

Only three? Ok...

Agnes and the Hitman by Jenny Crusie and Bob Mayer. You know why.

All About Evie by Beth Ciotta. Fun, fast-paced, suspensful, HOT, and I can't wait for part 2!

Lost Girls by Bob Mayer. Yes I know I already mentioned him above, but this book nailed it.

Marg said...

My three are

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon. I am slowly coming around to the Lord John books!

Barbed Wire and Roses by Peter Yeldham - an Australian view of WWI, and the lasting effects that it had on the men who fought.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - amazing book!

angelaandconnor at said...

Seeing as I review children's books most of the books I read are for kids.. but here are my favorites in order

1. Handbag Friends - Sally Lloyd Jones - its a sugar induced silly story (it sounds like something a 5 year old hyper little girl would come up with) but its HILARIOUS.. it left me snorting with laughter.
2. The Bark of the Bog Owl by jonathan rogers - part of the wilderking trilogy - its no harry potter but its fun, engaging, and unlike all the other teen fantasies Ive read lately. I'm defently looking forward to the other two.
3. How to be a baby by me the big sister - another children's book by sally lloyd jones - It makes me wish my little guy had a big sister.. its fun, really unique, and there are tons of hilarious captions and pictures to keep you occupied. Nothing is worst to me than reading boring baby books that have very little plot or story.. this one has a story and tons of fun extras. Sally is defently my new hero of children's books.

:) This is my first time participating in your giveaways so hopefully thats what you were looking for :)

Nathalie said...
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Nathalie said...

My favorites:

A. Untouched - Anna Campbell
I am a great fan of historical romances and this one is quite fresh. It has a different story and feels like older gothics... wich I used to love!

b. Sleepless at Midnight - Jacquie d'Alessandro
Again a great historical. I liked it because it reminded me of Amanda Quick style, but different. There was a hint of mystery and the characters were really great :)
And I loved the cover... what do we need more!!

C. Big Boned - Meg Cabot
It is alsways refreshing to have a book where the heroine is not a size 2!! and the humor is always great in Meg Cabot's books :)

Lis said...

Took me awhile to think of my faves:

1. Revenge of The Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale - One of the first Young Adult books I read this year. Aspen's a fun character and I loved her getting to know Rand.

2. Adios To My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer - another YA. This one focuses around an American Idol style show. Very fun read. Lots of memorable scenes.

3. Hunting Demon Island by Jaci Burton - An all around great book. Hot hero. Lots of action. Great read!

Lori B said...

Only three? How can I pick only three? OK, I'll try.
1. Agnes and the Hitman, Jenny Crusie. Such a great book, funny and layered. It is in my keep forever pile.
2. The Fortune Quilt, Lanie Diane Rich. I laughed and cried. Great read.
And I am NOT sucking up here, just because I won it...
3. Catch of the Day, Kristin Higgins. Yes, it really was that FABulous.


RachaelfromNJ said...

Hi Dee! Just posting to let you know I mentioned your contest again on my blog in a new entry. I linked back to your site too.

I see three people here from my blog! Yay the word has spread!

blackroze37 said...

harvery and eck erin obrien

the uninvitied amanda barrone

hoidays are hell anth

dee said...

You people have some excellent choices for your BEST BOOKS! And if I'm not mistaken, a few of them are showing up on OUR lists as well.
Stay tuned to find out which ones!!

Keep Turning Those Pages!

Cathy said...

My 3 favs:

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb-auto buy this series and love Eve and Roarke

The Harlequin by LKH-The Anita Blake series continues to be a winner for me. Love Anita and her men.

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison-always a great suspense storyline and love disappearing into Rachel's world.

Anonymous said...

This was really hard, but I have them.

1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

It was very similar to Practical Magic. I loved the family relationships and the idea that you can screw up, but still find your happiness.

2. Veil Of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

I loved the how the main character viewed America and how she slowly evolved, while still remaining true to her Iranian heritage.

3. Mystery series by Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly

All of the mysteries are fun and a light read. Whether I am in the mood for the coffeehouse or the bookstore, she makes the mysteries and characters fun and like someone that I want to interact with.

I also mentioned it in my blog.

Marg said...

I've mentioned this on my blog as well.

traveler said...

Books that I enjoyed this year were

The Sense of Paper by taylor Holden
Dragonflies and Dinosaurs by kate Austin
Francesca's Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli

Keziah Fenton said...

Three is entirely too short.

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning - I love everything by this author but the growth and arc she's got Mac on makes me weep.

The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. I begged Lani to create a hero for me. I liked Christopher a lot. I hope he gets a book of his own.

True Evil by Greg Iles. It's creepy. It's hard to read, as in creepy. Not gory but omibob people are horrible to each other when money is involved. I wasn't convinced he would let the hero live. I stayed up all night to read it.

And I know it's fourth, but I had to echo Me's comment about Lost Girls. Bob Mayer nailed it on that one. Brilliant book. I didn't pick it because True Evil had more possibility of romance.

Maureen said...

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. I liked the heroine. She had a tough time but was still a loving and caring person.
Not Quite a Lady by Loretta Chase. This was an historical that didn't have the virtuous virgin or the slutty widow.
If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman. I love the way this hero fell in love.

RachaelfromNJ said...

Keziah I LOVED True Evil by Greg Iles too!! Such a fantastic book!

Dee I am just posting to let you know I posted about the contest AGAIN on my blog in another new post and linked back to here. :)

Lily said...

My favorite books:

1. Loretta Chase - Not Quite a Lady... a fresh heroine and I have to say I love Loretta Chase's books!

2. Debbie Macomber - Christmas Wishes... I love christmas books and Debbie Macomber is a master of the great homy books.

3. Jacquie d'Alessandro - Sleepless at Midnight... I read it in one night and liked the bit of intrigue :)

diane said...

Best for this year:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Collection by Gioia Diliberto
All the Numbers by Judy Merrill Larsen

jenna said...

So many wonderful novels that i enjoyed and remember.
First is Tied to the Tracks by Rosina Lippi, Francesca's Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli, and Secret Society girl by Diana Peterfreund

Wendy said...

My Top Three Picks for this year are:

Kresley Cole - Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - I absolutely love this book! the chemistry between Bowen and Mari is fantastic.

Jenna Black - The Devil Inside - One word: Awesome, there's nothing about this book that I didn't like, Morgan is a kickass heroine.

Lara Adrian - Midnight Awakening - what can I say? Tegan's my favorite warrior and this book was awesome too.

Wendy said...

Oh! and I wrote about your contest on my blog. :)

RachaelfromNJ said...

Wendy I am so glad to hear The Devil Inside is awesome!!! I have it in my TBR pile!! :)

RachaelfromNJ said...

Can I name more books that I loved? I really fogot about a few!

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin

They're both part of a new series by this new author. They are urban fantasy with tons of non stop action. I just absolutely loved them so much!!

Chari-Dee said...

Rachael - I'm digging those titles, I think I'll have to look into those books and the author. Sounds like it's something I'd enjoy.

I'm loving the picks everyone. Only naming three is HARD!

RachaelfromNJ said...

Hi Chari-Dee. Jennifer Rardin's books are AWESOME! You will love them! The best part is the series is FIVE books coming out, with two out so far. I think it's awesome what Orbit is doing with her, with releasing SO many books one after another.

I just posted about the contest AGAIN on my blog in a ANOTHER new post AND I linked back to this site also! :)

Gini said...

I've been mostly reading fantasy/Sci-fi/paranormal romance this year so my top three books published in 2007 all fall in these categories. All three books have the following in common. They are all intelligently written, the world building is superb, non of those awful information dumps that either introduce far too many new words and ideas straight away and by page 6 you're exhausted with trying to keep up, nor those diabolically contrived conversations between characters that impart important world building or back story information, that are completely unrealistic or out of character and make you want to throw the book against the wall. (The worst example I've read this year of heinous information dumps was at the beginning of Gideon by Jacquelyn Frank, it was so ghastly it was shivery.)
The characters are all well developed and interesting and their personalities seem unique, not some sort of formulaic blandness that you often encounter in romance novels. The characters have flaws but nonetheless are engaging (hallelujah!) and you really want them to succeed. The books are all well paced and wonderfully plotted so that the story and characters remain in your mind long after the book is finished.

1.Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs.
This is the second book in the Mercy Thompson Series. Mercy is a coyote shapeshifter, born as one and not bitten into shapeshifting. She was brought up by a pack of werewolves which was far from ideal for her. She is a mechanic and is trying to remain independent in a hostile paranormal world. Her version of earth is populated by werewolves, vampires, fae and witches along with humans. She gets unwittingly dragged into all sorts of scrapes and power struggles being fought by the rest of the paranormal society. Mercy is an immensely likable character, her story and character is revealed in various tidbits as the story progresses and it done with such a delicate touch that you can't help but be charmed by her and the other characters in the story.
The plot is exciting without being frenetic and is a perfect blend of character building and action.
Mercy has two romantic interests, both werewolves, both interesting and likable and Mercy's reasons for avoiding entanglements with either of them are extremely plausible (now isn't that a refreshing change?) Who do you want Mercy to end up with? Well, apparently in Book 3 Ironkissed, out in January, circumstances in the plot force Mercy to choose one of them, ooooh, can't wait! If you enjoy Sookie Stackhouse's adventures, you'll love this series.

2.Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole
This is book 3 in The Immortals after Dark series. Each book is a stand alone self contained romance, and this is the long awaited story of Bowen a werewolf (Lykae) and Mariketa a witch. This world also contains all sorts of fascinating paranormal creatures most notably Valkyrie, Demons and Vampires. Now if you've read books 1 and 2 ('A hunger like no other' and 'No rest for the Wicked') then you'll already be aware that Bowen has got to be one of the most unlucky Lykae romantically speaking, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong and boy has he suffered for it, shame on you Ms Cole for being such a meany to him :-) !!
However this is a self contained stand alone book, once again intelligent storytelling and fantastic plot and Bowen finally gets a break and has a HEA!
I love these stories!

3. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
This is Book 3 in the Psy/Changeling Series. Each book is a stand alone self contained romance. This is a world made up of Psy humans who have developed their mental abilities to such an extent they are a race on their own who seem to be totally dependant on the collective Psy Net to which they are all mentally linked. They have dominated the commercial world and are the most successful society on earth and have seemingly successfully eradicated any kind of emotion from their people. Yikes, a scary bunch. The changeling species which comprise various groups of animal shapeshifters ranging from Deer to Leopards. (The humans are at the bottom of the social heap.) The natures of the Psy race (no emotions) and the changeling groups (based on emotion) seem to be mutually exclusive so any romances between the two races are fraught with difficulties and dangerous and therefore make gripping and fascinating stories of course! Previous novels dealt with emotional male changelings mating with Psy females. Strength and emotional forcefulness from the alpha males helped them win their Psy women, a theme that the romance reader is familiar with. However, this is the story of Judd who is a rogue Psy who has escaped from the Psy net and a wolf changeling called Brenna. So how will a female changeling win over an unemotional alpha Psy male from a society where there are no emotional family bonds let alone marriages based on affection? Another fascinating and fabulous story.

Merry Christmas ladies!

dodo said...

My three favorite books of 2007, the authors, and why:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling:

I have been reading the Harry Potter series since I was a little girl. Reading the final book was like saying goodbye to my childhood and to Harry and the gang. It was bittersweet, but I enjoyed it.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

I can't explain why I liked this book so much. Everything about it was so great, from the plot to the characters to the setting. I highly recommend it, along with Hosseini's first book, "The Kite Runner."

3. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

I love watching The Colbert Report on TV. He's so funny. I was very sad when it went off the air due to the Writer's Guild Strike. :(

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