Giveaway!!! The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

An exciting new giveaway has been offered to the readers of this site. I've not read this book; however, it is currently sitting in my to-read pile on my nightstand. 

Below is from Penguin on the press release: 

"Spanning the forests and villages of 14th-century Ireland, the lavish courts of France and England, the Vatican’s inner chambers and present-day mysteries, THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC , which is now available in paperback, blends historical, fictional, and mythical events to create a richly imagined world and an exhilarating story of adventure and enchantment. Ireland is the last magical outpost on Earth, its Middle Kingdom—home to faeries and otherworldly beings—still strong in the face of the Vatican’s ever-expanding influence, its armies, exorcists and mercenaries.  But when an ancient treaty between the Celts and faeries is broken, leaving them vulnerable to the machinations of the power-hungry Roman Church, the very existence of magic in the world is threatened. 

In Ireland, the reincarnated Morrígna twins are goddesses in human form and the chosen rulers charged with keeping the uneasy peace between the human Celts and Ireland’s faeries, the Sidhe. When one twin is assassinated in an act of defiance by a sect of tree faeries, her sister Aisling, is left weakened and alone, struggling with human desires and a goddess’s destiny.

The Vatican, meanwhile, is plotting the eradication of all magic from Europe takes the opportunity to strike. Jordan is a Vatican commander tapped for the invasion, but he’s plagued with doubts of his own. With budding magical abilities and a growing attachment to the enchantress Najia, he’s torn between desire and duty. As the Celts, Sidhe, and Vatican forces prepare for the battle ahead, Jordan must decide who he stands with—a decision that will have repercussions centuries later, when a graduate student named Sara Hill stumbles unknowingly into the thick of the mystery."

The first comment below will receive the book and the gorgeous deck of tarot cards (which I'm very jealous of). 


How to Choose an E-Book Subscription Service - Guest Post by Cassie from Culture Coverage

Without a doubt, e-books are more convenient for the majority of readers, allowing them to read through several novels without any additional shelf space in their homes. Though you may not be able to find every book available in the e-book format, there’s no harm in searching for digital copies of some of the titles previously reviewed by iamjanesheart.com, as well as any of your favorites you already have in mind. Doing so on an e-book subscription service definitely beats paying for each title individually too!


For the avid reader, e-book subscription services are an excellent choice. Some allow you to access over 1 million titles for a low monthly fee, making it a cost-effective alternative to purchasing each e-book individually. Though you won’t get to enjoy that new book smell when you’re reading an e-book, you will be able to save some space and money when choosing e-books over physical copies.

With e-book subscription services, there are a variety of ways to enjoy the e-books and surprisingly, an e-reader isn’t necessary. Instead, you can use apps if you choose to and read on your smartphone or tablet. No matter which gadget you decide to use, here’s how to choose the best e-book subscription service for your needs.

Keep Your Interests in Mind

Though many of these services have a good variety of titles in different genres, certain ones are tailored to particular interests. There are a couple of subscription services that are more suitable for comic book lovers, for example, such as Marvel Unlimited. Thankfully, most e-book subscription services do offer free trials so you can browse through their selection before committing to the monthly fee.

It's generally a good idea to keep your interests in mind when choosing an e-book subscription service, so you don't find yourself missing out on a selection better suited to your taste. Browsing through each library of titles can help you decide on the best one, so you get your money's worth.

Check Compatibility

Most e-book subscription services can be accessed on your smartphone or tablet, but if you prefer to use an e-reader such as Amazon's Kindle, you might end up paying for a service you can't use. Unfortunately, not all e-book subscription services are compatible with the Kindle, but not to worry—Amazon has their subscription service that should suffice, offering over 1 million titles for unlimited reading (and for only $9.99 per month).

Scribd offers as much variety as Amazon does too, making it a great choice for avid readers, but unfortunately, it won’t support every Kindle device. It may be a good option for those using the Nook HD though, as not every e-book subscription service is compatible with Nook devices.

Be sure to check compatibility before signing up for any subscription service, as you may not be able to use the service on your preferred device.

Choose Wisely

Many e-book subscription services cost around the same per month (under $15) and offer a vast library of titles, so they really aren't too different from one another. Choosing one is likely to be dependent on your particular interests and what device you prefer to use. Some subscription services offer specific titles you may not be able to find elsewhere, but due to the low monthly cost, it may be worthwhile signing up for more than one, at least if they offer an unlimited plan.

Perhaps most importantly, when you're searching for a good e-book subscription service, watch out for fake websites and use common sense when downloading any e-books online. Sometimes downloads can contain malware, and using public networks to download anything can also be risky. Keep yourself protected with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to ensure that you don’t leave yourself open to cyberattacks while browsing the web for a good read.

Have you given any e-book subscription services a try yet or do you have any tips for choosing one? Let us know in the comments section below.

About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment blogger and internet security expert who enjoys a great book in her spare time. If you enjoy reading, check out some of her other posts on Culture Coverage.

Bookish Stuff

BBC has just announced the adaptation of His Dark Materials into a series. 

Not only is this exciting because BBC does TV well and that His Dark Materials is one of my trilogies, but also because of the huge disappointment from the 2006 Golden Compass movie. 

There hasn't been a release date yet, but damn its exciting. 

Blog Tour and eBook Giveaway: If Jack Had by Steven Rappaport

Hi all! The fine folks at Black Rose Writing are offering an eBook giveaway of the new book If Jack Had. First comment wins the book, contest ends on Friday June 26 at 11:59pm. 

 "What's the difference between a serial killer and an assassin? A pay check."

Jack is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist with a secret second job. Since he was a smart-ass grad student slinking around New York’s Upper West Side and Brighton Beach, he’s been working as an assassin for the Russian mob.

Beginning at the end – that is, with an aged, incontinent, and at last truly alone Jack, his mind made up that tomorrow will be the first day he kills someone he loves: himself – If Jack Had [Black Rose Writing, June 4 2015] tells his story in rearview, providing an all-access-pass into the enviable, high-flying life he clear-cut for himself against all odds…and the (literal) trail of dead he left along the way.

The debut novel from sixty-eight-year-old Manhattan author Steve Rappaport, If Jack Had is, much like its protagonist, more than meets the eye. A caper comedy featuring sex and drugs, blasphemy and blood, far-flung exotic locales and all the other stuff that makes for good, not-so-clean fun, If Jack Had also happens to have a big, beating heart. Beneath the surface, it’s a meditation on family, fatherhood, the indignities of aging, the inevitability of loneliness, and the preciousness of life itself.

About the Author:

Steven Rappaport, age 68, has been a stock trader, pot dealer, itinerant hippie peddler, cab driver, retailer, and is currently a successful commercial real estate salesperson in Manhattan. He offers a simple rationale for his first novel: “My eldest son, Jack, died at forty from a progressively debilitating, unknown neurological disorder. This brilliant boy, a Vassar grad, never got to live the life he deserved. I’ve infused him with one.”

If Jack Had [Black Rose Writing] is available as of June 4, 2015.

Find If Jack Had on Goodreads and at http://ifjackhad.com

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FREE STUFFS: Re Jane by Patricia Park

The fine folks at Viking Books have offered to host a giveaway on iamjanesheart! 

How to win: 

The first comment that tells me about their favorite classical retelling will win. Viking can only ship to the US only. 

Here is the info on the book: 

RE JANE is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean-American debut novel that takes its heroine Jane Re on a journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul—and back.

For Jane, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, she toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops, and nineteenth-century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.

Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her. Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Ozeki, Chang-rae Lee, Allegra Goodman, and—of course—Charlotte Brontë, RE JANE is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self.



“Park’s debut is a cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre, interwoven with touching meditations on Korean-American identity…. Park’s clever one-liners make the story memorable, and her riffs on cultural identity will resonate with any reader who’s felt out of place.”

Publishers Weekly

“A sweet and savvy bildungsroman…. Park is a fine writer with an eye for the effects of class and ethnic identity, a sense of humor, and a compassionate view of human weakness who nevertheless doesn't make the rookie error of letting her characters off easy. An enjoyable book offering a portrait of a young woman struggling to come into her own in the increasingly complicated opening years of a new century.”

Kirkus Reviews

Re Jane swerves away from the original in really interesting ways, becoming an examination of family, prejudice, immigrant culture, youth, and individualism. This is both a must-read for Jane Eyre-ites and a wholly new, original thing that stands firmly on its own story-telling legs.”

Book Riot

Re Jane is a rich and engaging novel.  Besides being a love story, it is infused with contemporary subject matter, such as longing versus belonging, the immigrant experience.  Patricia Park writes with earnestness, honesty, and exuberance, which make the novel thoroughly enjoyable.”

Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of War Trash and Waiting

"The Korean Americans of Queens find a daring new voice in Patricia Park’s debut novel, as she takes a story we know and makes it into a story we’ve not seen before—a novel for the country we are still becoming.”

Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night 

 “Some nerve, to take Jane Eyre, reconfigure it, make the heroine an orphaned half-white Korean girl, all the while mixing new-fangled Jello shots, hipsterisms, and spicy fish stew with old-fashioned romance. Some nerve to bring it off with such energy, color, and emotional insight! Reader, you'll love it.”

Daniel Menaker, author of My Mistake

 “Patricia Park's Re Jane is packed with authenticity, poignancy and humor. I was enchanted by this modern retelling of Jane Eyre as the tough yet vulnerable narrator captured my heart.”

Jean Kwok, bestselling author of Girl In Translation and Mambo in Chinatown

 “Even with its appealing echoes of Jane Eyre, Patricia Park’s first novel is a true original—a smart, fresh, story of cultural complications that hasn’t yet been told in quite this way. The funny and shrewdly observant narrator won me over on the very first page.”

—Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection

“This is a richly imagined and engrossing novel, and also an important work that marks what it means to be American now.  Park’s writing is remarkable for its tenderness and honesty.”

—Sabina Murray, author of Tales from the New World and The Caprices

FREE STUFFS: Deborah Harkness All Souls Trilogy - FREE STUFFS CLAIMED!

We are in the final countdown to the conclusion of Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy. The final installment, The Book of Life, is set for release on July 15th. I don't know about you, but I've had mine pre-ordered since February. I cannot wait. 

The fine folks over at Viking have offered a giveaway for my readers. They have offered a set of holographic Book of Life pins AND Diana's commonplace book from Shadow of Night. This is Diana’s commonplace booklet as seen in Shadow of Night, containing new and original content by Deborah Harkness. It features spells, astrology, recipes, poetry, and drawings that Diana wrote down in her commonplace book, and also has plenty of room for its new owner to write notes or journal in.

In order to win, in the comments below, tell me which mythological creature (from the series) you would want to be. Vampire, witch, or daemon and let me know why you chose the creature that you did. The first to comment will win the swag and I will follow-up with that person for their mailing address. 

For all others, here is the link to the first chapter of The Book of Life.

Good luck! 




The awesome people from Viking/Penguin have sent me an advanced copy of paperback version ofThe Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. They're only request is that I offer it as a giveaway on my site. 

Ok, so the first person to tell me their favorite book from Penguin will get this copy sent to you by yours truly. The paperback is gorgeous, a very handsome addition to your library. 

How I Saved $600 this Year; Or, Why I use the Library ... 2013

This year, I read a total of 77 books. Forty of which were checked out from my local library. I pulled prices from Amazon, though, I purchase books at independent stores. 

Dare Me by Megan Abbott        $12.08

The Help (Audiobook) by Kathryn Stockett        $34.15

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo        $12.70

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple   $9.22

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry  $8.09

The Giver by Lois Lowry           $7.38

Horns by Joe Hill          $12.18

Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist        $13.20

Messenger by Lois Lowry        $6.14

Son by Lois Lowry       $14.21

100 Months by Johnny Hicklenton       $10.49

Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel   $11.97

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli    $25.93

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver          $18.96

Fables, Vol 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willmingham    $16.11

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel    $11.39

Locke and Key, Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft  by Joe Hill            $16.97

Locke and Key, Vol 2: Head Games by Joe Hill $15.78

Locke and Key, Vol 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill   $13.94

Locke and Key, Vol 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill $10.95

Locke and Key, Vol 5: Clockworks  by Joe Hill   $18.29

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf      $13.56

Raven Girl by Audry Niffenegger            $15.83

Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaugh and Fiona Staples         $7.99

Saga Vol 2 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples       $12.18

Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel      $18.29

Sweet Tooth, Vol 1: Out of the Deep Woods by Jeff Lemire       $10.47

Sweet Tooth, Vol 2: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire $11.14

Sweet Tooth, Vol 3: Animal Armies by Jeff Lemire         $11.87

Unterzakhn by Leela Corman    $17.18

Wanted by Mark Millar  $2.99

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 1)            $17.04

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 2)            $22.56

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 3)            $22.49

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 4)            $21.82

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 5)            $23.51

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 6)            $14.00

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 7)            $14.00

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 8)            $14.00

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan (Book 9)            $14.00

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (Audio) by Jenny Lawson   $13.75

Total Savings: $598.80

This is why I love my library. This is why I donate my money and volunteer my time.