Monday, June 4, 2012

Giveaway Winner & My Picks of the Week! (June 5th)

Good Monday, my Muses!

The first order of business is announcing the winner for my "200 Follower Giveaway: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda ARC Paperback Copy" which ended on Saturday, June 2nd. And the winner is....


Congrats! I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway. And if you entered the giveaway and also have a blog, I am still making my rounds to everyone's blog to follow you as well! I think for my next one I will be looking into using something like "rafflecopter". Now that I am getting more people entering my giveaways, I rather use a program that picks a person by random then me have to go through and pick someone. I hate having to do it myself because I always feel bad about the others who took time to enter! I wish I had a copy to give away to everyone! Then again, that would defeat the purpose, right?

Okay, now to "My Picks of the Week". If you haven't already noticed, June 5th is a HUGE date for releases. In Adult Books, there are many sequels and continuations to series being released, such as All That Falls (Etherlin, #2) by Kimberly Frost, Chaos Burning (Bound by Magick, #2) by Lauren Dane, and Messenger's Angel (Lost Angels, #2) by Heather Killough-Walden.

In Young Adult Books, I started the list with the few novels that had a release date of June 1st. One June 1st release that looks interesting is Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough. I also am looking forward to reading Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne and Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson.

There are some really good movies coming out tomorrow. If you like action movies, then you will probably want to check out Act of Valor which starred real Navy Seals and Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. If you are looking for something to keep the kids entertained then Journey 2 starring "The Rock" and Disney's John Carter will probably do the trick.

The movies this week that come in blu-ray/dvd combo packs are: Act of Valor, Journey 2, John Carter, Machine Gun Preacher, and Safe House.

If you are a fan of shows, then you will be in TV Series Heaven this week! Pretty Little Liars: Season 2, Breaking Bad: Season 4, Falling Skies: Season 1, and White Collar: Season 3 are just a few of the many being released tomorrow.

Enjoy all the great new releases this week!

BOOKS (JUNE 1st-5th)


All That Falls (Etherlin, #2)
by: Kimberly Frost

She should never have touched his blood...

The Etherlin muses have long served as a source of divine inspiration.
Now th
eir world stands between the forces of Heaven and Hell.

As his muse, Cerise propelled her musician boyfriend to the heights of fame, but when he died under mysterious circumstances her powers vanished. Now she’s plagued by disturbing half-formed memories of his final night…until she meets Lysander who seems to hold the key to restoring her memories and abilities.

Fallen archangel Lysander is consumed by his quest for redemption until it leads him to the captivating Cerise. Now his thirst for revenge is rivaled only by his passion for the woman he can’t resist.

Bound by blood and stalked by a deadly enemy, will they pay the ultimate price for succumbing to their passion?

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Chaos Burning (Bound by Magick, #2)
by: Lauren Dane

The life of Lark Jaansen, hunter in Clan Gennessee, has been shaped by violence and unrest—and it defines her future. Well-trained and resilient, she’s met her militaristic match in Simon Leviathan, a warrior not of this world. Locked in mutual admiration, and a desire so hot it burns, Lark and Simon have something else in common: they love the dark, and as a shadow is cast over their world, they’re each coming into their own.

A mysterious war has been waged among the Others. As witches and humans turn against each other, as faes retreat in fear, and as vampires rise, Lark and Simon discover that an unseen force is behind it. A single, hungry entity older than recorded history has returned to gorge on the magick of his victims. It is the Magister, nothing less than the end of time. Finding it is Lark and Simon’s first hope. Surviving it is their last.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Come Unto These Yellow Sands
by: Josh Lanyon

Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.

When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin—only to find out that the boy’s father is dead and the police are suspicious. In an instant, the stable life Swift has built for himself hangs on finding the boy and convincing him to give himself up before Max figures out Swift’s involvement in the case.

Max enjoys splitting an infinitive or two with his favorite nutty professor, but he’s not much for sonnets or Shakespeare. He likes being lied to even less. Yet his instincts—and his heart—tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet’s society.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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(Xtreme Adventures)

by: Vivian Arend

In extreme conditions, keep your friends close. Real close… An Xtreme Adventures book. Falling… Along with her two best friends, Dara’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. Both Kane and Jack are ready to settle down, preferably with Dara. Except neither man is willing to bring their easygoing trio to an end. Dara is torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions. Rising… Ready to conquer her fears after a horrific climbing accident, Melanie takes the first, terrifying step—to tackle the wall at the local climbing center. Derrick, watching her retune rusty skills, would like to partner with her—on and off the ropes. Now to convince her the scars on her body are no match for the heat rising between them. Then another man arrives on the scene with a proposal that will bring her out of her sensual shell and onto a precarious sexual ledge. Where trust is crucial…and too easily shattered. Warning: This book may cause heart-pounding, body-shaking adrenaline attacks—and that’s before they leave the climbing gym. Contains blindfolds, bondage, spanking, healthy doses of exhibitionism and voyeurism, and unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Fury of Ice (Dragonfury, #2)
by: Coreene Callahan

Homicide detective Angela Keen thrives on the city’s rough streets. But when she becomes the prize of all prizes in the dragon-shifter world due to her “high-energy” status, she gets more than she bargained for. Kidnapped by Lothair of the Razorback clan, Angela barely survives captivity before managing to escape. Hurt and alone with nowhere to hide, she faces certain death when Lothair uses the trace energy she leaves in her wake to hunt her down. But before he can reach her, a mystery dragon-shifter intervenes and saves Angela’s life.

Now a guest of the Nightfury clan, Angela regains her strength as her rescuer, Rikar, the last living frost dragon, gradually breaks down her mistrust. Surrendering to her desire for Rikar, but still uncertain of her feelings, Angela goes against his wishes and agrees to be used as bait to lure Lothair into the open. As the battle commences, the true struggle comes from within: Will Angela return home to the life she loves, or forsake it all to be with Rikar?

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Ghost Soldiers (The Nightfall Syndicate, #2)
by: Keith Melton

Vampire hit man Karl Vance has a new target: a rogue, charismatic sorcerer building an army of paranormal creatures in Eastern Europe. The stakes have never been higher, nor the odds so long, but he’s in too deep to turn back. If Karl fails to kill, the powerful Order of the Thorn will hunt down Maria Ricardi, the vampire he loves, and destroy everything he’s fighting for.

When K
arl is cut off in enemy badlands, he’s reduced to survival mode, doing the kinds of things he’d sworn would never be part of his vampire existence. Things that will forever color his relationship with Maria...if he survives to see her again.

In Boston, Maria is haunted by disturbing dreams of Karl as she struggles to keep control of her mafia syndicate against a growing tide of threats—traitors, FBI agents, hostile crime families, and the fear that power will turn her into a creature like her hated Master, Delgado. Then she discovers Karl is walking straight into a deadly trap…and there may be nothing she can do to stop it in time.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Jacked Up (Fast Track, #6)
by: Eric McCarthy

She’s holding tight. He’s hanging loose.

Eve Mo
nroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first—until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of her race-car brother’s jack-man, Nolan Ford. The video’s become an internet sensation, and it’s Eve’s job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure. It may be purely a public relations job, but now that Eve’s seen what’s under Nolan’s crew suit, it’s gotten a little personal—and after a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she’d learn to relax and enjoy it…

And they both have the same drive.

Nolan’s sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he’s throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. It does more than that. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, Eve and Nolan wake up hitched, thanks to a post-sex-high detour to a Vegas chapel. A hangover marriage to a virtual stranger isn’t good for anyone’s image, so Eve plans to play the happy wife long enough to satisfy the press, and then quietly part ways. Now all she has to do is convince her new personal jack-man. But Nolan has plans of his own…

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Messenger's Angel (Lost Angels, #2)
by: Heather Killough-Walden

Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love.

When fou
r female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia…

For hundreds of years, Gabriel has passed himself off as a common Scottish villager. Few know he is the Messenger, a powerful archangel who has secretly scoured the world for the only woman wh
o can complete him. Now, he’s shocked to discover the object of his desire in his own backyard.

Researching her Ph.D. in the Outer Hebrides, Juliette Anderson has always been the rational type—until she looks across a quaint pub into the silver eyes of a stranger. He’s handsome. He’s intense. And he claims her with a searing kiss on the spot.

Every instinct tells her to run. But when a dark force rises, and the truth of her identity is revealed, she must put her faith in the mysterious man who enflames her.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Mine To Hold (Wicked Lovers, #6)
by: Shayla Black

A friend’s duty.

Tyler Mur
phy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While he supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to cry on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.

A lover’s desire.

After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a killer determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the stalker, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney — body and soul — Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her..

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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My Wicked Gladiators

by: Lauren Hawkeye

Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.

As an up
per-class plebeian woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband Lucius, the owner of aprestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands, or finding herself on the street.

Forced t
o lay with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover pleasure in being powerless. Only in the forbidden arms of Caius and Marcus does she find comfort, however temporary it may be.

But with Lucius’ demands looming and the threat of death for her gladiators ever-present, will Alba’s fleeting pleasures be enough? Or will Alba finally grab hold of her happily ever after, no matter the consequences?

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Devine Intervention
by: Martha Brockenbrough

There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.

This is not that story.

Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.

Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly.

Release Date: 1 June 2012
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by: Anna Waggener

A fantastic debut from the winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards novel contest.

When Erika wakes up after a horrific car crash, she finds herself somewhere between earth and heaven, between life and death. She doesn't want to accept help from Jeremiah, who she's not sure she can trust, even as she finds herself drawn to him, following him into a grim city of souls. She's not sure who wants to help her and who wants to hurt her. And she's desperate to get back to her children.

Shawn's never thought about having to shoulder the responsibility of caring for his young sister Megan and his reckless older sister. And he never imagined that the three of them would find themselves in a haunted wood, sometimes chased, sometimes assisted, never sure where they're headed.

With Grim, t
he terrifically talented Anna Waggener delves into the place where myth becomes reality, where family can distort you as easily as it cares for you, where death and eternity meet.

Release Date: 1 June 2012
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The Glimpse
by: Claire Merle

Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is
from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Release Date: 1 June 2012
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All These Lives
by: Sarah Wylie

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Arise (Hereafter, #2)
by: Tara Hudson

Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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by: Elizabeth Scott

Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author of The Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved...

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Monument 14

by: Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Seize the Storm
by: Michael Cadnum

Sailing from California to Hawaii, Susannah, her family, and a crewman are driven by a vicious storm into the path of a drifting powerboat. The ghostly boat carries the bodies of two drug runners and a huge stash of money. For the sailors, stealing the sordid treasure changes everything, causing dissent and division, compromising each of them, and putting their futures at risk. Because now they are being pursued by the worst enemies imaginable, including a drug lord’s son eager to prove himself and a cold-blooded teenage hit man with murder on his mind.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha, #1)

by: Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Shadows Cast By Stars
by: Catherine Knutsson

Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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by: Rhiannon Held

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Surrender (Possession, #2)
by: Elana Johnson

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque..

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Tempest Unleashed
(Tempest, #2)

by: Tracy Deebs

Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother’s clan within the ocean’s depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side—which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest’s old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest’s two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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by: C.J. Omololu

When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
As their f
eelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
Full of dan
ger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Act of Valor
Directed by: Mike McCoy

Starring: n/a

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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John Carter
Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter-a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Directed by: Brad Peyton

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Machine Gun Preacher
Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael Shannon

Based on a true story...When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed-in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives-and eventually his own.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Private Romeo
Directed by: Alan Brown

Starring: Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle

Based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos, and lip-synced indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Safe House
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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The Pretty Boys
Directed by: Everett Lewis

Starring: Dale Dymkoski, Bryce Blais

Sex. Drugs. Rock and Roll. The way it was. Los Angeles, 1973. The
Pretty Boys--a glam rock band on the verge of finishing their long
drawn out new album. One song left to record but the whole scene s gone haywire the lead guitar s strung out on heroin, the singer s new boyfriend is the kid supplying drugs from the record company and the rest of the band s quit, disgusted.

Ripped from stories about that time. Shot in lurid locations
frequented back in the day by bands like the Doors, Love, The Seeds. From Everett Lewis (Lucky Bastard, Luster). In his new film hot boys, heavy drugs and orgiastic sex show how creative
collaboration can crash along the jagged road of creation and destruction.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Arn, the Knight's Templar: Complete Series

Starring: Joakim Nattergvist, Sofia Helin

In a time of brave knights, powerful queens and treacherous kings, Arn, a skilled swordsman, is sent to war as a Knight Templar, while Cecilia, the love of his life, is imprisoned in a convent.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Babar, the Classic Series:
Season 1

Starring: n/a

When Babar grows up, he's crowned king of the elephants, marries Celeste and has kids. One of the greatest lessons he learns is that despite life's challenges, great things are always possible. Beloved series filled with learning lessons, based on Jean de Brunhoff's book series.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Breaking Bad:
Season 4

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

The phenomenon continues as Breaking Bad hits a stunning new high with its most suspenseful season yet! In his multiple Emmy® Award-winning role, Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a one-time mild-mannered chemistry teacher whose transformation into a deadly criminal kicks into overdrive in the explosive fourth season. As his young accomplice Jesse (Aaron Paul in his Emmy® Award-winning role) turns increasingly distant and hostile, Walt must deal with his estranged wife (Anna Gunn), his relentless DEA Agent brother-in-law (Dean Norris), and the ruthless kingpin manipulating the entire operation (Giancarlo Esposito) - culminating in a bombshell season finale that will leave you speechless. Breaking Bad is executive produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Burn Notice: Season 5

Starring: Jeffery Donovan, Bruce Campbell

A new day breaks for Michael Westen when he's reinstated by the CIA, but his good fortune is impossibly short-lived. Framed for murder and blackmailed by a diabolical foe, Michael and his team must do whatever it takes to clear his name and catch a killer. As the danger builds, Michael finally comes face-to-face with the man who burned him, leading to an explosive finale, after which nothing will ever be the same. Featuring an exclusive extended episode, deleted scenes, and so much more, Burn Notice Season Five will reveal more shocking secrets than ever before!

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Curb Your Enthusiasm:
Season 8

Starring: Larry David, Cheryl Hines

Candid, unsparing and self-deprecating, Curb Your Enthusiasm is driven by the off-kilter comic vision of Larry David, co-creator and co-executive producer of another lauded comedy series, Seinfeld. David’s HBO series blurs the lines between reality and fiction, as he and a cast of real and fictional characters are followed by a ubiquitous camera that chronicles the private, often banal world of a (relatively) public man. The series proves how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life – a trip to the grocery store, a remark at a dinner party, a fender-bender – can precipitate a “Murphy’s Law” chain of misfortune to hilarious effect. To keep the narrative spontaneous, Curb is shot without a script; cast members are given scene outlines and often improvise lines as they go.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Fairly Legal: Season 1

Starring: Sarah Shahi, Ryan Johnson

Newly-minted mediator Kate Reed's (Sarah Shahi, The L Word) innate understanding of human behavior, thorough legal knowledge and wry sense of humor make her a natural when it comes to conflict resolution. Except when it comes to her own life. Kate's skills are really put to the test as she solves unconventional cases while balancing her complicated relationships with her stepmother (Virginia Williams, How I Met Your Mother), who also happens to be her boss, and the Assistant District Attorney (Michael Trucco, Battlestar Galactica), who is also her soon-to-be ex-husband.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Falling Skies: Season 1

Starring: Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood

Falling Skies opens in the aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. The few remaining survivors have banded together. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people while engaging in a campaign against the occupying alien force, whose purpose remains a mystery. Starring Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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In Plain Sight:
Season 4

Starring: Mary McCormack, Fred Weller

Mary McCormack stars as tough, smart and sexy U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon who works for the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC). Putting her life on the line as she relocates and protects both innocent people and ruthless criminals, Mary struggles to find a balance between work and her personal life. Riveting and refreshingly unique, In Plain Sight also stars Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor and Nichole Hiltz, and features phenomenal guest stars including Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Joshua Malina (The West Wing) and Lesley Ann Warren (Desperate Housewives). Experience the excitement in this three-disc set containing all 13 episodes of the critically acclaimed series' fourth season. Hiding in plain sight was never so much fun.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Necessary Roughness: Season 1

Starring: Callie Thorne, Scott Cohen

Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne, Rescue Me) seems to have it all figured out: she's got a beautiful home, a successful husband, two great kids, and a satisfying career as a psychotherapist. But when she catches her husband cheating, Dani's perfect world begins to unravel, and she is forced to find a way to keep her family, her finances and her sanity intact. Luckily, a chance encounter leads to an offer with the local pro football team and a chance to show off her counseling skills. Before she can say "Hail Mary," Dani becomes the most sought-after therapist on Long Island. The series also stars Marc Blucas (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) and Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls). Tackling issues has never been so entertaining as it is here with all twelve Season One episodes presented uninterrupted on three discs.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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Pretty Little Liars: Season 2

Starring: Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale

Based on the best-selling book series, Pretty Little Liars returns for another suspenseful season. In season one, as four 16-year-old girlfriends -- Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily -- dealt with the aftermath of their best friend Alison's mysterious death, they believed their secrets were safe forever. Yet they began to receive threatening messages from someone named "A" who seemed to know their most private details - threatening everything they held dear in their picturesque suburban community. The drama continues as season two begins moments after the explosive season one finale. The girls are the talk of the town -- and not in a good way. Whoever said that change is good has never visited Rosewood, PA... or come across four pretty little liars.

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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White Collar: Season 3

Starring: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

Matt Bomer is back for another thrilling season of high-class capers and criminal intrigue on TV's slickest, sexiest show, White Collar! Bomer returns as suave con man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey, racing to stay one step ahead of the feds even as he helps his partner, Agent Peter Burke, bring down some of the world's most clever criminals. The stakes are at an all-time high as Neal struggles to come to terms with his own checkered past, but will his greatest con cost him everything? Featuring DVD-exclusive extras, the white hot Season Three of White Collar is a whole new bag of tricks!

Release Date: 5 June 2012
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1 comment:

  1. Hello Mia!

    Wow!! So many intriguing books! And DVDs, too!! Way too many goodies to choose from!! I'll probably start with John Carter. I meant to see it while it was at the theaters, but never got around to it.

    I've heard good things about Rafflecopter, so I hope you're able to give that a try for your next give-away.

    Hope you're having a fabulous week, Mia!

    Best Always,