Monday, December 26, 2011

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop (INT)

Would like to thank I'm a Reader, Not a Writer

for hosting this giveaway. 
The giveaway will run from Dec 27th to Dec 31st!  
Your choice is one of the top 10 books I've read this years, and your choices are:
Meet Miranda Grey-music and magic are in her blood.
Overwhelmed by her uncanny ability to manipulate people's emotions through her music, Miranda Grey comes to the attention of vampire lord David Solomon. Believing he can help bring her magic under control, David discovers that Miranda's powers may affect the vampire world too...
In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.
The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.

(Sabina Kane, book 2 in series)
Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back

 (Alex Craft, book 2 in series)
 Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.

The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own.
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. 

 A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.


(Charlie Madigan, book 3 in the series) 
To save her sister, she must stop a silent killer. . . .
Protecting Atlanta from the off-world criminals of Underground is tough enough, but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank, learn that the addicts of the offworld drug ash have begun taking their own lives. Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, and something or someone is leading them to their deaths. Charlie is desperate to save her addicted sister, Bryn, from a similar fate. As New Year’s Eve approaches and time runs out, Charlie makes a deadly bargain with an ancient race of beings and embarks on a dangerous journey into hellish Charbydon with Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before it’s too late. Only, for one of them, coming home means facing a fate worse than death. . . 
 (October Daye, book 5 of the series)
October "Toby" Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She's actually dating again, and she's taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it's time for things to take a turn for the worse.
Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. Toby's search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days' time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. But someone is determined to stop her-and whoever it is isn't playing by Oberon's Laws... 

There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.
Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies
A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

There will be (2) winners, each will pick (1) book each from my top 10 reads of 2011. 
**If you are interested in a book that is not the first in the series, but would like the first book in the series please put that in the comments** Example: If you think The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells sounds good, but haven't read the first book, Red-Head Stepchild you can win the first book in the series instead! 
This giveaway is international, books will be shipped through the Book Depository or if you're in the US by   
MUST be a follower of this blog. Please leave your book choice, GFC name, and e-mail in the comments section. 
Winner(s) will be drawn via and notified by e-mail. 
Extra Entires 
+1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on facebook (right-hand side of the blog) 
+1 tweet giveaway  (leave link in comments)  
Please add up entries in the comments.

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  1. I would love The Native Star.
    GFC - rickimc

  2. I follow your blog, and I would love Discovery of Witches!!


  3. I would love Discovery of Witches!!
    GFC: izlight
    mizzykhayla (at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks so much!

  4. I would love A Discovery Of Witches.

    GFC Heather Schrock


  5. Would love to read "First grave on the right".

    GFC: Cean
    Liked on FB: Cean Lim at gmail dot com

    2 entries :D

  6. I would like A discovery of witches


  7. I'd love Kindling the Moon :) I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485.

    kate1485 at

  8. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    I would choose A Discovery of Witches if I won.

    I follow via GFC - buddyt

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  9. Thanks for great contest!
    I'd like to win The Shadow Reader
    GFC follower as Sofija Kapranova

  10. If I win I'd like Queen of Shadows By Dianne Sylvan
    GFC Follower: Jewel
    jewel4jay at hotmail dot com

  11. I'd like to win Kindling the Moon :)

  12. Thanks you for this great giveaway, these choices are so great it's difficult to choose.

    A discovery of witches would be my first choice

    gfc: isabelle frisch or miki

  13. GFC: DreamyWeirdoo
    email: alexandra_alboiu(at)yahoo(dot)com

    "The Mage in Black" is my choice.

  14. Thanks so much!

    I'd love first grave on the right!

    GFC reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  15. I'd love First Grave on the Right

    GFC Christina Kit.

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

    liked on facebook Christina Rita Condomaros

    3 total


  16. discovery of witches

  17. I would pick The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells.

    GFC follower: vadeluna07


    +1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on facebook

    +1 tweet giveaway!/vadeluna07/status/151678595637579776

    Total: 3 entries

  18. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Id love The Discovery Of Witches.

    GFC nat cleary

    +1 Tweeted!/natcleary/status/151688051037442048

    +1 Like Facebook as Natalie Cleary

    total = 3


  19. I'd like to win One Salt Sea.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower Library Lady
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  20. THe Native Star looks awesome! Idk if its a series though.
    GFC Samantha D

  21. Choice: The Shadow Reader
    GFC: Veronica W.

    +1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on Facebook

  22. I would choose : The shadow reader.
    GFC: Krisz

    + 1 like Short & Sweet reviews on Facebook on name Krisz Cristina

  23. I'd choose The Mage in Black.

    GFC Anne38
    FB "liker" Anne M.

  24. I like the look of the Alex Craft series! But I haven't read the first book yet, so I'd pick that one.

    GFC: Rea
    FB: Becca Hobbs


  25. Thank you for the giveaway, and I would choose "The Native Star"!

    GFC: KaylaBeck

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. GFC - Lindsay Galloway
    ltgalloway (at) gmail (dot) com
    Without a doubt, I would have to pick First Grave on the Right.
    +1 "like" on Facebook

    Total 2 entries

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I would pick A Discovery of Witches.

    GFC (hhollyhal)
    hhollyhal at gmail dot com

  28. I would like the First Grave on the right. Thank you


  29. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win The Mage in Black
    GFC Follower: sarah_sal90
    sarah_sal90 At yahoo DoT com
    SarahS. @ WondrousReadings

  30. I would like the chance to win 'A Discovery of Witches' please ;o)
    Big Thanks in participating and hosting this giveaway!! It's so hard to believe that 2011 flew by so fast! I'm still in awe about it and that it's about to be 2012 *_* lol
    I hope you have a safe and rewarding New Year!!

    +1 'LIKED' Facebook Page: SpadesHigh Reads
    +1 Tweeted:!/SpadesHigh/status/151871481880645634

    TOTAL -- 3

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

  31. thank you for this giveaway!!!
    i'm a GFC follower: cyn209
    FB fan: cyn209
    book of choice: A Discovery of Witches


  32. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win Kindling the Moon.

    GFC Stephanie

    thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com

  33. Thanks alot! I would love to win Discovery of Witches!
    I follow you on GFC (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

  34. I like you on facebook (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

  35. I tweeted:!/zaira_faith/status/151905618280722432

    megnate at telus dot net

  36. Thank you for the giveaway; if I were to win, I'd want to get Queen of the Shadows.
    I am a GFC follower as melora brock
    I am a FB follower as anme burgess
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  37. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I think I would like to win either The Mage in Black or The salt sea.

    GFC Follower - Clarissa (Bookadicea)


  38. I would like to win :A Discovery of Witches

    +1 GFC:TheDaydreamer3
    rallu.93 (@)
    +1 FB like:Raluca Maria

    Total:3 entries:)

  39. thanks for the giveaway ^^ i would like to win A Discovery of Witches.

    gfc yto
    fb name elena vogel
    total: 3 entries

    witchvela at web dot de

  40. I would love to win the Native Star.
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! :D

    GFC follower: Giada M.
    +1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on facebook
    (Giada Mariani)

    Total: 2

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. +1 GFC name: MidniteEcho75

    +1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on facebook : Midi Nightwind

    +1 tweet giveaway:!/MidniteEcho75/status/152040104012169218

    = 3 entries

    If I were lucky enough to win, I would like the first book in the Alex Craft series. If that's not available, then the first in the Sabina Kane series. Thanks!

  43. I follow on GFC.
    gfc = littleangel_mw
    littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com

    Choice : First Grave on the Right

    +1 : Tweeted :!/DippelMichelle/status/152058658711277571

    +1 : I follow you on FACEBOOK.
    fb = Michelle Dippel

    (mandatory entry plus 2 extra entries)

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  45. I'd choose A discovery of Witches. Thanks!

    GFC follower (Dovile)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  46. I would like a Discovery of Witches. I keep hearing about how great this book is.
    follower via gfc - Carole M cjmalt at gmail dot com

  47. Thank you for the excellent giveaway. I would like Grave Witch as that is the first one in the series and I haven't read it.

    GFC as seriousreader

    +1 Facebook as Linda Henderson
    +1 Tweet!/BookOwner/status/152163165373870080
    2 extra entries

    seriousreader at live dot com

  48. Am a follower via GFC


    would like A Discovery of Witches

    +1 tweeted -!/FWhispers/status/152197117157457920


  49. GFC Carrie Ardoin

    I would choose "A Discovery of Witches."

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  50. GFC: Rachel King

    I would like The Native Star.

    hopester777 at gmail dot com

  51. great giveaway!
    GFC: christiecote12
    facebook follower christie cote!/Christiewriting/status/152236297963061248

    I would like to win redheaded step-child because it sounds good and I haven't read this series yet!

  52. thanks for the book hop
    adore your wall paper
    - follow by gfc - dayle b

    I would choose "A Discovery of Witches."
    - vinci777 DAYLE
    Short & Sweet Reviews: Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop (INT)
    7 minutes ago Favorite Reply
    like your blog on facebook as Dayle Butler
    dayle b at telus dot net
    4 total I think.

  53. Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity. You have chosen some great reads. If I were to win, I would like 'First Grave on the Right' or 'Queen of Shadows'

    GFC: Sophia Rose
    +1: FB as Sally Michele Shaw

  54. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I.would like to read First Grave On The Right.
    GFC- Sarika Patkotwar

  55. I would love to win Queen of Shadows.
    wingedpersephone at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway

  56. Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international! I would pick A Discovery of Witches.
    GFC: Marti
    +1 "liked" your blog on FB: Martina Koleva
    +1 tweeted:!/MartiKoleva/status/152341419783233536

    Total: 3

  57. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I would choose A Discovery of Witches.

    GFC Nedraw

  58. GFC: Marrria
    email: maria_will_irma(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I'd love to win "The Mage in Black"

  59. GFC: Nylez
    Thank you very much for this giveaway!!!
    I'll probably pick Queen of Shadows!


  60. thank you for the great giveaway!!!
    If I won I probably would pick Queen of Shadows!

    GFC: red_tigergirl2
    email: red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail DOT COM

  61. I would love to win Kindling the Moon.

    GFC: Syki

    +1 Like on FB: Petra Sýkorová
    +1 Tweet:!/Syki/status/152467087707750400

    Total: 3

  62. ohh those are some tough choice.. i would love either Darynda Jones or Kalayna Price! thank you!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca
    GFC - alainala

  63. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

    I would love to win One Salt Sea ♥

    GFC follower: Bookish Sarah
    EMAIL: sarahbookish(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  64. i would love to win discovery of witches

    thanks for the giveaway!

    gfc- Katie


  65. I would like to win Discovery of Witches!

    GFC: Alivia

    booksarelove92 (AT) gmail (DOT) com


  66. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I'm a GFC follower (Dinda_SI). I woul love ti win A Discovery of Witches.


  67. I would like The Hour of Dust and Ashes.

    GFC follower
    like on FB
    tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/152674242893332481

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  68. I'm not sure which book I'd like, but I may take you up on that offer of the first one in the Jaye Wells series. Thanks!

    GFC - JessS

  69. I would like Native Star sounds like the sort of book I would really love.

    GFC: Kelly Jones
    FB: Kelly Geeves Jones

    3 entries :)

  70. GFC: Princess

    I like Queen of Shadow

    Have a good day

  71. GFC areeths
    areeths at new dot rr dot com

    Discovery of Witches!!!!

    Have a great new year!

  72. I would love queen of shadows
    liked fb page
    helldog3 at

  73. I would choose Discovery Of Witches.

    GFC: Spav
    +1 Tweet:

    Total: 2 entries


  74. Hi thanks for this GA :)
    i'd choose A discovery of Witches

    GFC: I love books
    email: ilovebooksblog(at)gmail(dot)com
    fb: Fra E Fede

  75. GFC= Meghan Page

    meghan_L_P at hotmail dot com

    FB is same as GFC, I liked you! +1

    I think I would choose discovery of witches!

  76. book choice: Alex Craft, book 1, please!
    GFC name: jen7waters
    e-mail: jen7waters at gmail dot com
    +1 "like" Short & Sweet reviews on facebook: did it! (carla costa)

    total: 2 entries

    thank you!

  77. Twitter hates me I'll try it again:

    I'd love to win First grave on the right.

    GFC- Cayce
    +1 tweeted:!/Cayce_23/status/152882183298748416

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

    Total: 2 entries

  78. I would like to read A Discovery of Witches.


  79. If I won I'd like to read A Native Star.

    GFC: Dani

    BTW, thanks for hosting this!

  80. Reading your review makes me really want to read: A discovery of Witches, so I'll choose that. :D

    GFC: Pinkclover
    e-mail: vagabrio(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Facebook: Christina Prasetya
    Tweet link:!/Vagabrio/status/152936679966113793

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway of such interesting books! :D

  81. I'd love to win Native Star.
    GFC- Krysta Banco
    Like on FB- Krysta Banco

    3 entries

  82. I'd love to win Native Star
    GFC: Leigh Ann


  83. I would love a Discovery of Witches if I am lucky enough to win!

    GFC Unabridged Bookshelf

  84. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!
    GFC: Raine
    email: ossiriand10(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Book: Discovery of Witches

  85. Book: Im stuck in between Queen shadows or the mage in black. Which would you recommend? lol
    GFC: Melina Love
    email: Melinalove101 at gmail dot com

  86. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win A Discovery of Witches.

    GFC - layen
    lincalc at gmail dot com

  87. Great Top 10 List! I'd love to read A Discovery of Witches.

    Thanks for the giveaway & have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  88. GFC: blackwolf
    + like on FB: blackwolf

  89. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    GFC: Jeanne

  90. GFC Krystal Larson
    fb Lindsay Ann
    edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you!

  91. GFC gsummers

    I would really love A Discovery of Witches - it looks fab!

  92. Grave Dance sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Years!
    GFC: ladyVampire2u
    +1 Facebook: Aprille Shadowspeak

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  93. I'd love to win Book 1 in the Alex Craft series.

    GFC Darlene
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    +1 FB follower - Darlene's Book Nook

    +1 My tweet:!/DarleneBookNook/status/153292921297317888

  94. WOW! All of these are on my wishlist how do I choose LOL I think perhaps First Grave on the Right, but then again . . .
    GFC and FB -Denise Zaky
    Tweeted =!/ZDz59001/status/153296332457656320


  95. Thanks for this great giveaway:)

    GFC follower: IdentitySeeker
    Book Choice: First Grave on the Right OR A Discovery of Witches (not sure)

    +1 Facebook: Sarah Bibi Setar
    +1 Tweet:!/SweetNSensible/status/153304907372433410

    Total: 3


  96. I pick Grave Dance. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC follower Marlene Breakfield
    fb Marlene Breakfield

  97. I would like Grave Dance, but would prefer the first book in the series

    GFC follower
    like on facebook-Jolene Allcock


  98. +1 GFC- Lisa Richards
    +1 FB- Lisa Ann Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  99. I would love to win first grave on the right .
    GFC - Gwen Ee
    +1 like FB page (Gwen Lim Ce)
    Thanks ! :D