Thursday, August 13, 2009


THE TIME HAS COME SHANKS! One of my favorite all time books, "The Maze Runner".....We have a new, shiny ARC (as you can see in the picture) just waiting to be read by 1 lucky as heck winner! The book comes out on October 6th, 2009 and wouldn't it be cool if you didn't have to wait that long to read it?? Well, we thought that what we would do here is have the contest end on September 6th, exactly 1 month before this book hits the shelves. It will be open to anyone and everyone.

**BY THE WAY, We just want to announce that coming soon will be yet another hot new ARC giveaway by Kristin Cashore of "Fire", the prequel to her best selling hit "Graceling"...keep your eyes open for further details and other books we have to give away. Back to business...the winner will be picked by a site that picks the winner randomly by us entering all of your entries (I still think thats such a cool thing!)


WHEN: Contest ends on Sunday, September 6th, 2009 at exactly 11:59 p.m. EST The winner will be notified by email (so make sure you include your email address) and posted on the site on Monday, September 7th. Heres is what ya gotta do....

HOW TO ENTER: there are a number of ways to gain entries to the contest. Whether you choose to just enter once, or have multiple entries, for this contest, the more entries the better your shot as I have a feeling there will be many entries to compete with....but, it's all up to is how to get your entries:

+1 for posting in the blog (about a great book you recently read or a favorite book of yours as we love suggestions) and leave your email address in the first post please.

+2 for following us (current followers start with +3 with their post)

+1 for linking our site (this contest) to yours (include link)

+1 for posting about our site (this contest) on another site, no max, the more you post, the more chances you have to win! (include links)

+1 for every person that sees your post elsewhere and mentions your name in their post

+2 for going and checking out the review AND interview posts about the other contest I am currently holding for a signed copy of "ALVOR" by Laura Bingham, as well as entering to win her your entry for ALVOR, post the name of Erin's dragon friend so we know you read the posts :O) Trust us, it's definitely worth it, and if you don't trust us, trust Mr. Dashner himself, who posted how much he enjoyed Laura's book ON IT'S BACK COVER! The coolest thing is that the main characters are given a magical brooch that they wear and it can be changed into anything they want it to be! Boy do I wish I had one of those!! Imagine what you could do with that!! If and when the posts hit 200, we will start a second post to continue the contest.

Seems like a lot of work, but it doesn't have to be. You can simply just enter once to win, after all, it only takes a post and a dream! Obviously the more you do, the more of a chance you have to win. GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING IN OUR JOYS OF READING!!

The Lateiner Gang


  1. +3 your 2nd folwer ever
    +1 posting
    +1 I have your blog address in a post on my blog
    +2 for checking out our other contest
    ask at my blog for my email...
    Try the book Pendragon

  2. He he. As most people know, I already won an ARC of Maze Runner (and loved it!), so I'll leave someone else to win this one. ^,~ Good luck!

  3. Hi, im already following, im posting...and i read the interview, review and entered the contest for Alvor...her friends name i believe is Pulsar. I guess a great book i read lately was the hunger games by suzanne collins. I am excited as her new book comes out soon i think. Another mom had suggested I read it and it was sad to see all those children put into that psition, but still, a very well written story.
    Da Book Mom

  4. i put a link to your contest on the actual authors blog, james dashner! he is also giving away a copy of the maze runner. thank you and add me another point please thanks
    da book mom

  5. sorry, my email address is and my name is maria.
    thanks and sorry i forgot

  6. I did read the review for Alvor, and I want to win that too!!! I have no blog to link to. To be perfectly honest we're just entering the 21st century and got cell phones a few months ago. What's a blog again? Haha, just kidding. My email address is twoboysnagirl (at) hotmail (dot) com.

    Hm, a prequel to Graceling. I will have to check that out.

    Erin's dragon friend is Pulsar.

    As far as good books, I love the Percy Jackson series, Fablehaven series, Leven Thumps series and am seriously liking anything by Suzanne Collins. And of course, James Dashner! Off the beaten track a bit but I loved Carry On, Mr. Bowditch and A Girl Named Zippy. I also have read Electronic Echoes of the Mind a few too many times - so funny.

  7. And for grown-ups girls I love Austenland. For your daughters Ella Enchanted is one of my favorites of all time. I have all boys so most of our reading is focused on boy stuff, but Percy Jackson and the Gregor series by Suzanne Collins have great, strong female characters.

  8. I've already got an ARC, and Magenta has beaten me to all the blogs we read, so I'll just say hey, best to all of you :-)

  9. I'd love to play! I would really really love to read The Maze Runner because I am so intrigued by its jacket blurb!

    I'm a follower.


  10. Please enter me!
    A great book I read recently has to be The Forest of Hands and Teeth. :)

    I am now following your blog.

    And I also posted a link to your contest on my blog. It's right here:


  11. +1 I absolutely love The Hunger Games. It was by far one of the best YA books that I've read in a long time.

    +2 I became a follower!

    Thanks for the fun contest

  12. Okay, I will definitely post a link to my blog.

    A favorite book I recently read is Whisper My Name to the Grass by Doris Platt. It's the story of a Utah housewife who took her twin daughters on a trip to the Republic of Georgia when it was still part of the Soviet Union. She saw such a huge need for humanitarian aid that she devoted nearly twenty years of her life going back and forth between Utah and Georgia, helping the people of that country. She was there during that country's civil war. She even became a special advisor the the President of Georgia. It just goes to show what a huge difference one person can make. It's a fascinating read. All true.

    The name of the dragon is Pulsar.

    I would love, love, love to win a copy of The Maze Runner.

  13. Thank you all for entering so far. WE LOVE THE BOOK IDEAS and hope you do too from each other! Remember, you can get more entries by going to other sites and posting a link to the contest and have them mention your name for even more entries. Just to let you all know, we received the copy of "FIRE" by Kristin Cashore today and we will be giving it away soon (3 contests at the same time is way too much!) If it comes out soon, then it doesn't matter, you still get an ARC of the book, but we will try to get it up before that. It is the prequel to "Graceling" which like we said, was just an awesome book! Thanks much and talk to you all soon! Keep up the good work!

    The Lateiner Gang

  14. Ah! Too...complicated...for my blonde head! I'll just wait I guess...never been good at these things anyway.

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  16. Great contest. I just read The Magicians by Lev Grossman.. It was excellent!

    atrue at iname dot com

  17. +1 tried to become a follower, but followers was down or something--subscribed to your feed instead so I'll remember to come back and follow when it's working.

    +2 Mentioned your contest and blog on my blog Random Stuff for Random-ish.

    +3 Linked to you. =)

    Enter me to win! To contact me, email writenichole at gmail dot com.

  18. Okay. I am now following. I love James Dashner so I hope I can win this book.

    A suggestion for a good read is Fablehaven Book Four: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary. It is a fantastic book and I absolutely love it! Right now, it is my favorite. (Sorry James, maybe Maze Runner will soon be my favorite though.)


  19. GOOOOD MORNING ALL! Pretty cool, our site picked up 10 new followers yesterday, in our first full day of the contest ( I think...or maybe second, but either way, NICE JOB!) Some of you amaze me! You entered for this contest, and ALLLL you have to do is scroll down 1 more post and enter to win "ALVOR", which is a really, really cool book. IF you read my review you'd know that. I know I would enter. So if you have entered for Maze and you stop back to check in on things, enter for Alvor also, will ya??

    I might be repeating myself again, but forgive me, I had a hard time falling asleep last night and am tired, but the kiddies want to go to the beach today so I had to get up early. SO, if I already said this, it is worth saying again.....I received an ARC copy of "Fire" by Kristin Cashore, which is the new prequel to her super hit book "Graceling", another one of my favorites. Look for the contest right around when these 2 are done. IF you have never read "Graceling", you do not know what you are missing! If you can, go grab a copy down at the local bookstore, or if you are that lazy, there is a link on the bottom of my page here to Barnes and Noble and have it shipped right to your door. "Fire" is another HOT one (OUCH! burned my fingers picking it up! well not really, and I know that was corny, but I am working on only a few hours sleep) coming out i believe right around the same time as "Maze".
    Read it and I guarantee you will be asking me to post the contest about 3 seconds after these end.

    I find the pattern of my posting here to be books/authors that are all the ones I love. Im toying with the idea of only posting about the books that I really like to Love only, and leaving out the ones I don't. At first, I thought that this would not be fair to all those lovely books that I feel like the author should have rather not quit their day jobs, but then on the other hand, if I don't post about the ones I don't like a lot or Love, then you'd know as they would never show up here....My mind is going in circles......I really want to just do the best thing I can to grow our site and trying to figure out how to do that. Believe it or not, we have been open for a little over a month now (actively) and have picked up 17 followers, 1 interview, a few reviews, and 2 contests. Not a bad start, considering there are 3 more interviews lined up, a countless # of reviews (which we are working on as we speak) and probably 5 or 6 signed ARC's or well, non-ARC's waiting in the wings to be given away. Our idea is to try and alway have at least 1 contest going for something.

    Lastly, after those of you who haven't entered for both yet, go enter for "Alvor" as I promise you will not be disappointed if you are the winner. And another thing...don't forget, if you happen to be browsing around the net reading posts on other book blog sites or entering other contests, while you are there, throw up a link to our site and just keep the entries piling up. I work with numbers as a day job (not accountant, too boring for me and anyway, when I hear accountant, I think of the funny as heck guy from "Scrubs" whose name i forgot and i've seen almost every episode) and I know its "just a numbers game". So enter away! We hope to have a few more reviews up very soon so keep those little eyes open!

    (DaD of T.L.G.B.R.S.)

    Oh yeah, and keep the book recommendations coming, thats OUR favorite part!

  20. I'm following privately (can't figure out how to change my name on my email account). My favorite book right now is "Little Sister". It's very good.

    wannabkenobi at gmail dot com

  21. I am just finishing a great book (review already on my site) called The Kindling of GreenFyr. Like I said on my review, it is a refreshment to the YA Fantasy Genre and I'm glad I signed up for it! Though, just to put it out there, my favorite novel of all time is The Host by Stephenie Meyer, lol.
    +3 hopefully I'm considered a current follower
    +1 linked to contest on my sidebar:
    +1 Tweeted about contest:

  22. Awesome contest! I wanna read this book so bad!

    +1 I recently read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and I absolutely love it! My e-mail:
    +2 I am now a follower
    +1 I added the contest on my blog sidebar here -
    +1 I twitted about it here:
    +2 The dragon's name is Pulsar - I loved your review and also will enter for Alvor as well, the book sounds awesome and the author interview was cool too!


  23. +1 I also posted about the contest on my sidebar here:

  24. Thanks so much guys, the turnout so far has been HUGE. Also, this was just from a few postings and has begun to spiderweb into something else!!! You are also doing a great job. Keep it up! The more interest you guys show, the more contests we will have, and we have access to 3-4 different publishing houses to help get us ARC's so far...


  25. I just read Forest Born by Shannon Hale last night and it was really good. I haven't read any of the other books in the books of Bayern but as soon as I get a chance I'm going to buy all her books so I can read them.

    +2 following you

    +1 added on my sidebar

    +1 on Twitter

  26. I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and quite liked it.
    I read your review and interview of Alvor. The name of Erin's dragon is Pulsar.
    I also blogged about the contest here
    My email id is

  27. I just signed up to follow. I read the book review and interview and am excited about "Alvor". I picked up the his name is Pulsar. I'm looking forward to Maze Runner and I just finished reading the Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray. I loved the realms she created. My email is

  28. I'm going to have to bookmark this blog, as I love reading reviews of books, almost as much as I love reading the books themselves. I especially love winning free books!

    My email address is kh (dot) goldmund [at] kabelmail (dot) de

    I've just been reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and found it very satisfying. And Crown Duel, by Sherwood Smith, a completely different adventure, but also very satisfying. And Princess of the Midnight Ball -- oh, sorry. Don't want to overwhelm you with suggestions. :-)

  29. Dave--

    If you're looking for more recommendations, try Airman, Supernaturalist and The Wish List by Eoin Colfer. He's a fantastic author.

  30. Graham, reading Supernaturalist now, have Airman on shelf sitting next ti the Wish List... also coming in or just arrived over the last few days , and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO READ IN WHAT ORDER: (and yes, I PROMISE these are all coming this week. I left out about 5, and this isn't including a few ARC's that are in the mail....(I think I'm addicted to books...I wonder if they hold BA meetings locally!)

    Invention of Hugo Cabret
    All 3 of the Inheritance Cyce Eragon/Eldest/Brisingr
    House of Many Ways
    Groosham Grange #1
    Tales of Beetle the Bard
    The twin pack with Hogwarts School and Quidditch
    Disney After Dark
    The Tomorrow COde
    Dream Hunter
    Dream Quake
    100 cupboards (books 1 and 2)
    Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel
    The Magicianas
    Flash Forward
    The Ultimate Gift (books 1 and 2)
    Ranger's Apprentice Series books 1-3
    Arthur and the Minimoys
    Arthur and the Forbiden City

  31. I recently read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and would suggest reading it. I also really enjoyed the Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carie Ryan, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Jimmy Fincher Saga by James Dashner, Cathy's Book, The Intruders by E.E. Richardson, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen, and Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix, to name just a few. My email is smashmouth(dot)girl7(at)gmail(dot)com.

  32. O just read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picault and the Sixth Lamentation. Generally a bit behind in books as we gt them very late in this part of the world (Sri Lanka).

    Please count me in. Thanks for your generosity



  33. I forgot to mention the name of the dragon in my post for the Alvor contest -- can I do that here? It's Pulsar.

    Also, I've just finished reading Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R. L. LaFevers, which is such a delightful book for both boys and girls from ages about ten and up! I just had to run over here to recommend it. Even for me as an adult it was suspenseful and funny and completely compelling.

  34. I recently read a book by Diana Wynne Jones called Howl's Moving Castle. I had heard a lot of good things about it, and I had been curious for awhile anyway, so I finally ordered it and read it. WOW!

    It's about a young girl named Sophie Hatter that is the daughter of a deceased hat maker. Unknowingly, she is a gifted witch that can breath life into inanimate objects by talking to them. She attracts the attention of the infamous Witch of the Waste, who curses her, so that she turns into a very old woman! And she can't tell anybody about the curse. She decides to leave the hat shop, where she works for her stepmother, and heads into the mountains, where Howl's castle is constantly on the move. Though she was terrified of Howl because of his reputation of eating the hearts of young girls, she goes to his castle anyway, figuring he isn't going to eat the heart of an old lady like her, and enlists the help of his fire 'demon' Calcifer, a fascinating character that was once a star and uses his magic to make the castle move. Sophie becomes Howl's new cleaning lady. The book is completely hilarious. You'll fall in love with Howl, Sophie, Calcifer, Michael, and various other characters. I was reading the last chapter anxiously, and I was like, "How can she possibly tie this up in just a few pages?" but she did it beautifully. Read it! You're sure to love it.

  35. I'd like to enter, James is awesome! Nichole over at told me about this contest.
    I wanted to tell you about an awesome book I just read and reviewed, Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena for another entry in the contest. Thanks!

  36. My email addy is superfelt AT

  37. Just finished the Midnighter's Series by Scott Westerfeld. I loved the concept and the story, but there was some language. The Hungar Games is fantastic too!

  38. Nice job you guys! I am going to add you to my giveaway tab. I follow you and am thrilled about all the people you have already signed up here! You have to be having so much fun!

  39. Hi Dave - here is the link with my name to the post of the giveaway. :)

    (I must be tired... that sounds funny and looks funny)

  40. +1 I've read lots of great books lately but Lament and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater have been my favorites.
    +2 new follower


  41. Just finished Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey and thought it was really good! I'd recommend that one, as well as my all-time favorite Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

    Great contest!

  42. I've really been enjoying Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books. The series is a little slow to get started, but once I hit book three (Grave Peril), I've been really enjoying the books.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

  43. My all time favourite is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini !! I think everyone should read this book atleast once.

  44. Im following u =)

  45. 2nd entry for following u :)

  46. Post

    Try The Twilight Reign series by Tom Lloyd, its an epic fantasy novel series. the 4th book is due out next year, read the first and went out n got the second and third straight away!

  47. I like the Dark Hunter series from Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Carpathian series from Christine Feehan!
    believedreamcourage (at)

  48. A great series I read was The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.. urban fantasy is always a great read, I suggest this!


  49. you guys are such a cute family. im put down and out of work right now due to well....working too hard. wish i had a great looking book like maze runner to keep me occupied! have a great one everybody~!
    Aimee White

  50. live2luv29....we are sorry to hear you are out of work...we hope everything turns out ok... Unfortunately the contest ended at 11:59pm and we have had 6 emails to our email address asking if it is too late. We wish you would have entered earlier, BUT since we feel horrible you are home from work sick, and we are willing to bet that you are a kind person who would do anything to help someone else, email us and maybe we can send another of our books your way to keep you busy while out of work...We hope its not too long before you return to work! Whatever it is you do, we are sure that there definitely are people there who depend on you and the quicker you get better, the happier everyone will be!! Email us and we will see what we can do!

    The Lateiner Gang
    the shorter email is it is short for our site's name
    Sorry and Thanks!

  51. Sunshine by Robin McKinley is great.

    +2 old follower

  52. I read the Maze Runner over the summer I was skeptical of it at first and almost abandoned it in the beginning, but in the middle I sure was glad I didn't. In the Maze Runner there is a group of people who live in "The Glade" which is a peaceful area surrounded by a seemingly unsolvable maze. For many years the "Gladers" have been trapped in this Glade trying to find a way out of the maze. Every week they receive supplies and every other week they receive a new teenage boy to help them solve the maze from the mysterious people who sent these teenagers to the Glade.