Monday, 29 May 2017

LLC Swag Giveaway

I gathered swag at the Love Letter Convention and you can win some of it!

Pictured here are two tote bags, cards, a notepad, bookmarks, sunglasses, a button and bath salts.

The bookmarks and button were kindly provided by Ann Aguirre, the other items are swag items from LLC.

To sweeten this giveaway, the winner can also pick a book from one of the following authors:
Ann Aguirre, Jay Crownover, Cora Carmack, Kelsey Sutton, Margaret Mallory

The rules:
- You should be legally allowed to enter this giveaway.
- The book should be available on bookdepository, cost no more than 12 euro and you have to live in a country where bookdepository ships to.
- Leave a comment and a way to contact you before June 4, 2017
- I will contact the winner soon after
- Pearls Cast Before a McPig is not responsible for packages getting lost in the mail.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Love Letter Convention - Day 2

On Sunday, May 21 we rushed through breakfast so we would be in time to have a good spot at the first event of the day

A reading by Ann Aguirre.

She read from Honor Among Thieves, the book she wrote together with Rachel Caine and which will release next year. After the reading I was even more excited about the book than I already was, and I pre-ordered it immediately.

Next Ann Aguirre, Samantha Young, Kelsey Sutton, and Cora Carmack talked about YA: First Love. They talked about why lots of people love Young Adult books, their own favorite YA books and their own first love.

Then we went to the Q&A with Kelsey Sutton and Cora Carmack.
They answered lots of questions and told stories about all kinds of things.

I was already looking forward to Roar by Cora Carmack, but I might try one of her New Adult books as well. And I love the books I read by Kelsey Sutton ,so I'm keeping an eye on her new releases as well.

There was another English panel after that, but I was a bit tired, so I went outside and enjoyed the warm weather. And at lunch I got to eat a pretzel!

The afternoon there weren't a lot of English events so we stayed in the garden and chatted with other book lovers.

We chatted with Cora Carmack for a bit and she posed with me for this awesome picture.

We also talked with Ann Aguirre and her husband some more and I got another signed book from Ann and bookmarks and buttons.

Then the big signing started, but we already managed to get all our books signed, so we stayed in the garden and chatted with other book lovers some more.

Finally we found a restaurant and I got to order this time.

It was a very yummy pizza.

After dinner we said goodbye to the others and went in search of our comfy bed. It had been a lovely convention.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Love Letter Convention - Day 1

On Saturday, May 20 we got up really early and had breakfast before we took the subway to get where we needed to go.

In this school was the Love Letter Convention.
It's a convention with lots of romance authors.

After getting our badge we got a goodie bag which we decided to check out later, because it was time for the first panel.

Samantha Young, Cora Carmack, Jay Crownover, Monica Murphy, Annie Stone, and Mona Kasten talked about New Adult books. They told about their own books, which books they loved, and why they wrote New Adult stories. It was a fun panel and it made me curious about their books.

The hour after that there were only panels and such in German, so we enjoyed the nice weather, and scoped out the sales room. Unfortunately they only had books in German.

At 11:00 there was a Q&A with the author I really wanted to meet: Ann Aguirre! She was joined by Margaret Mallory, an author who writes Historical Romance.

Ann Aguirre recognized me! So cool. My owner asked about Ann's upcoming project with Rachel Caine and it sounds amazing. Ann was giving books to the people with the best questions, and guess what?

We won!
Yes! That's an ARC of Vanguard, a companion novel to the Razorland Saga. And it's signed to me!!

Next we went to a presentation by Cara Connelly.
She talked about the locations in her books and showed slides to accompany her story.

We had lunch after that and chatted with other book lovers.

After lunch I got to meet Kelsey Sutton.
She was kind enough to pose with me and to sign the books I brought.

There were very yummy McPig sized snacks from the LYX tea party.

On our way to the next panel we met Ann Aguirre again and she signed Enclave and Stone Maiden for me.

Next Martina Gercke, Jay Crownover, Samantha Young, Monica Murphy, and Ann Aguirre talked about Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends. Yet again it was a fun discussion.

On to the next event: Blind Date.
Here you get to talk with authors without knowing which ones. The only thing we knew was that they would speak English.

The first author we got to talk to was Margaret Mallory.
She is super sweet, and I'm going to order one of her books for Voodoo Bride.

Next we chatted with Annie Stone.
One of her books will soon be translated in English. We will keep an eye out.

This is Cara Connelly.
She writes romances that take place at weddings. Might be something for Voodoo Bride as well.

Last Blind Date author was Jay Crownover.
She was very fun to talk to and I might get one of her Bad Boy romances for Voodoo Bride.

Cora Carmack came by during our talk with Jay Crownover and I got to hug Roar. Sadly enough it was not for sale and they only had the German version at the convention, so I'll have to wait until next month to get my trotters on a copy of my own.

After the Blind Dates we took part in a quiz.
We got help from Margaret Mallory.

Me and Voodoo Bride clearly do not read enough Contemporary Romance.
All these books and authors sounded unfamiliar to me. Our team lost the quiz...
But we had lots fun.

The quiz was the last event for the day.

We had drinks with Ann Aguirre and her husband after the quiz. I might have bugged Ann's husband to write more Apparatus Infernum books with Ann.

It was a fun and cool first day.

We then went in search of food together with other some of the other book lovers.
Hmm... A comic book?

It was a menu!

I got to try a brand of cola I never heard of before.

My owner ordered an evil pancake!

After dinner we said goodbye to the others and went back to our hotel.

Here's my loot!

Coming next: LLC Day 2

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Vanguard

"So they tell me. Our elders told us the above world was all poison and death. We thought being exiled was the same as an execution."

Vanguard by Ann Aguirre, page 43 (ARC)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Why there's no review today

I had two lovely days at the Love Letter Convention in Berlin and didn't have time to schedule any reviews.

I'll be in Berlin a few days more so I won't post any reviews this week.

I might post a teaser of my current read tomorrow, it's an ARC of a book I've been eager to read!

Friday, 19 May 2017

With a Prince - Upcoming Release Alert

The first book in the Missed Connections series was delicious, so you bet Voodoo Bride happily read an ARC of With a Prince. And the hero in this one is even hotter than the hero in the previous book. With a Prince is releasing May 30, so Voodoo Bride will be reviewing it closer to the release. and you bet she'll reread it in the meantime to make sure the story is fresh in her mind (She's totally not rereading because she wants to drool over Damien some more *cough*).

With a Prince (Missed Connections #2)
by Jeffe Kennedy

The guy on the train is just Marcia’s type. A face like an angel, a scent like raw honey, treats her like he has a white horse and suit of armor stowed in his messenger bag. Perfect.

Too perfect. No guy like that would be interested in prim, awkward Marcia, notorious goody-goody and a twentysomething still clutching her v-card. She’s been following rules her whole life—but somewhere, the game changed. And left her behind.

So when she meets Damien, with his rumbling motorbike, gleaming piercings, and wicked imagination, she doesn’t care that he’s the exact opposite of “her type.” Her type would never dare her into such shocking, fiendishly inventive adventures—and she can’t wait to say yes.

Yes to whiskey in the middle of a workday. Yes to letting her hands roam over his body from the back of his bike. Yes to a fling full of wild abandon and absolutely no long-term potential. Except Damien’s not just the straightforward bad boy she imagined. And as they burn through Chicago’s nights, Marcia can’t shake the fear that this happiness is just another fairy tale…

pre-order link will be on Jeffe Kennedy's website once available

Thursday, 18 May 2017

More Than Fashion - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

More Than Fashion (Chasing the Dream #3)
by Elizabeth Briggs

What is it about:
They’re enemies who will do anything to win...including each other.

When Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can't decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I've been very much enjoying the first books in this series, so I eagerly picked this one up.

And it's such a fun and yummy read!

Hector from More Than Comics is still my favorite hero so far, but Gavin is a really close second. I loved the interaction and chemistry between Julie and Gavin. Their romance is hot and full of delicious tension.

I loved the reality show set up in the first book, but wasn't a fan of the hero. Here I got the reality show set up again, this time with a hero I really rooted for. I was hooked from the start and only put the book down when I absolutely had to.

The story is really fun with all the fashion challenges, and there were some cool contestants as well. I like how Briggs doesn't make things an easy stroll for the hero and heroine in her books. I really was wondering how the show would end and how Julie and Gavin would get their Happy End with them competing.

Of course this is a romance so things do turn out well, but the journey to their HEA was a treat to read. I'm already looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Why should you read it:
It's a delicious Contemporary Romance

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