Happy Holidays to everyone out there!
Judging More Than Just The Cover has been live for almost a year. I couldn't have done it without the support of my viewers, authors, and publishers! So, thank you all.
To show some appreciation and holiday spirit, I want to host a book giveaway! This is the largest one so far, but I hope to keep growing them bigger and bigger each year. So with the support of some amazing authors and publishers, I am excited to offer you the chance to win one of ten different books [one hardcover, six paperback, and three ebooks].
The contest runs from December 11-22, 2015. It is simple to enter, just follow this link: Book Giveaway!
You can earn extra entries by liking Facebook pages, Tweeting a message, commenting on blog posts, and more! Super easy, right?
Here are the amazing books that you will have a chance to win!
"For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.
Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future." -Amazon
"2015…All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.
1415… Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.
For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption." -Amazon
"The earth’s core overheats.
The sovereign leader vanishes.
A young girl is the survivors' only hope …
But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible?"
"Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. He’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When he’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he's about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe...if he’s willing to embrace a change in the weather." -Amazon
"Drowning her sorrows in drugs of all varieties never seemed to help Jen with the unending loneliness. Being a twin, she thought she’d always have someone there for her. Someone to look out for, and who would look out for her. Hunted, alone in the dark she yearns for that companionship. Welcome to The Mill, where all manner of creatures from the deepest reaches of hell seek to devour body and mind. Jen will have to cross space and time to return home, but will she come out unscathed? Will she ever see her brother again? Can she even survive the night?" -Amazon
"Should she or shouldn't she? A winning lottery ticket worth millions of pounds is burning a hole in Julie Jacobs' pocket. Problem is...the ticket is not hers.
This compelling, original drama by the British author Belinda Bennett examines issues surrounding online gambling – and how one woman’s seemingly innocent pastime goes on to ruin her life. Habitual gambler Julie Jacobs has secretly frittered away a small fortune playing online bingo. Now her husband has found out - and her days in Jackpot Gem's chat room, where she is known as Jackpot Julie, are over. She has racked up huge debts, which are revealed on the day her husband loses his job. Julie fears her addiction has killed her marriage. She is on a slow path to recovery when a chance to change her life presents itself - but it entails being dishonest.
A hard-hitting, compelling read, covering controversial subjects, with a touch of Belinda Bennett wit thrown into the mix. A story you will never forget." -Amazon
"The breathtaking scenery of La Costa del Balsamo masks terror for American tourist Charity Chalmers.
The best-selling novelist is in El Salvador to find inspiration for her next book. Cocooned in the luxury of the five star Plaza Hotel, she thinks she is in paradise.
But, in a country caught in the vice-like grip of gang crime, danger stalks her every move in this fast-paced journey from paradise to hell.
Where beauty cloaks evil, there is No Mercy... " -Amazon
"The girl who has everything, now has a price on her head.
Lolly Rosewood is 16 years old and she is on the run. She has arrived in London, penniless, alone and – worse still – she has lost her fearsome superpowers.
She is being hunted by the police and the Security Service, MI5. She has no friends and very few people who would want to help her.
Lolly needs money and a place to lie low, while she formulates a plan to rescue Sir Michael Rosewood, her father, who is being held prisoner by the British Government at a secret location.
There is one person who may just agree to help Lolly. An old friend of her father. However, time is running out because the Security Service are hot on her trail...
This is a short story in the Class Heroes series. Never read a Class Heroes book before? Doesn't matter. This is a self-contained short story about one of the principal characters, Lolly Rosewood. Lolly has special abilities. She has enhanced physical strength and the ability to control fire. Except, right now, she has nothing but a price on her head. How will she survive?" -Amazon
"When your life has always given you everything you wanted, it becomes really easy to lose it all.
Amber Stevens is an entertainment journalist for a prestigious magazine in New York City. She is passionate about movies, and she is one of those few lucky people who have the job they have dreamed of since they were little children. She also has a life with her beloved husband Michael that perfectly suits both of them.
When a phone call wakes her up in the middle of the night, Amber’s life is crushed: her whole world crumbles down in just one second, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Amber lets herself fade away in a pit of desperation: two weeks after that first fatal call, she still wakes up every night in the middle of the night, with the same ineradicable fear in her heart. What’s that noise? Is the phone ringing? But it’s just Amber’s mind playing tricks: the phone is now ringing only in her head.
Is there a way to go on?
Amber has to make a choice: keep sliding down until turning into a ghost, or find a way back to life. Pushed by the affection and determination of her best friend, Rachel, Amber will have to rediscover her true self in an unexpected journey through the eternal landscapes of Africa.
AFRICA is a very intimate quest to explore the truth about people: it places its main character in close contact with the world and its wonders, in an environment so completely different from Amber’s own that it will force her to look deeper inside her soul and face that diversity. Amber is constantly pushed and pulled between astonishing encounters and stabbing emotions, in a revealing travel across Southern Africa." -Amazon
"Who is really Sylvia Fischer? Psychoanalyst Alexander Williams will have to unveil the truths and the mysteries behind his patient’s disappearance. All patients have problems, and Doctor Alexander Williams knows it: that’s why they come back every week, they sit on a sofa in his psychoanalysis practice and they tell him their stories. But what is it about Sylvia Fischer that he has never been able to quite grasp? Maybe the way she never mentions her life before deciding to marry her husband: a boring, cheating, rich New York boy. Or the way she talks, with a deep voice and a British accent, even if she was born in Texas. Or maybe Dr. Williams can feel the pale halo of depression that surrounds her. One day, Sylvia Fischer tells Dr. Williams a new story: there’s a man she’s been in love with for many years, who now wants her to run away with him. And away she goes. Sylvia Fischer doesn’t simply leave, though, she disappears: no words are left for her husband, her two-year-old daughter, her parents. No one knows anything about that man from Sylvia’s past, but Alexander Williams wants to believe that she has found her happiness. Until everything collapses. New York is the host and the beating heart of this novel: the city will guide the reader through its streets, rivers and parks, inhabited by living souls and roaming ghosts of the past."