Jun 21, 2011

Come Celebrate the Release of "WATCHED" with Us

And you could win lots of awesome prizes
                 and learn about              
        the hottest new teen novel,
       while making new friends.
Each of the following blogs is offering a different awesome prize!
(That's 14 prizes!)
And the grand prize is a $25 dollar gift card to Amazon.
                  Quick, Fast Entry
Pick a blog, any blog to get started
(just click on the underlined name)
Better hurry! There's only 4 days to enter -Tues., June 21st-Friday, June 24th
 **(Need more details? More complete entry details at the bottom of the page)

1.   Follow Rachelle Writes and leave a comment.   Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Rachelle's blog. (If you do both you get 1 entry into Rachelle's contest and one into the Grand Prize contest-You Must do both to enter either)

2.   Follow A Writer's Reality and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Melissa's blog.

3.   Follow Day Dreamer and leave a comment.(SEE MY PRIZE BELOW)  Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Christine's blog.

4.  Follow The Queen of the Clan and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Danyelle's blog.

5.   Follow Jordan McCollum and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Jordan's blog.

6.  Follow The Crazy Daze of Motherhood and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Jane's blog.

7.  Follow I am a Pistachio and leave a comment.
Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Rebecca's blog.

8.   Follow Chasing Dreams and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Tamara's blog.

9.   Follow Ramblings of a Random Writer and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Betsy's blog.

10. Follow Matthew Tandy-The Working Writera nd leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Matthew's blog.

11 Follow Weaving a Tale or Two and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Donna's blog.

12. Follow Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M. Hogan and leave a comment about Tristi's blog.

13. Follow My Yellow Sandbox and leave a comment. Then follow  Cindy M Hogan and leave a comment about Abby's blog.

14. Follow Watched and leave a comment. Then follow Cindy M Hogan and leave a comment about that blog.

13. Enter all 14 contests and you get an extra 5 entries into the Grand Prize Giveaway. (19 entries)

14. That's not all! Get 6 extra entries by buying Watched here (print book) or here (e-book) and sending her a copy of your confirmation cindymhogan at yahoo dot com. Easy peasy.   Wow! That's 25 entries!
Have fun and good luck!

**More Details on how to enter
  • Click on the blog name
  • Follow that blog
  • Leave a comment that you were there 
  • Jump over to Cindy's blog
  • Leave a comment about what you liked about the other blog. 
Congrats! You've entered that blog's contest and earned one entry into the Grand Prize Drawing!
Enter one. Enter two or how ever many you like, but...
If you enter all the blogs' contests you get a bonus 5 entries into the Grand Prize Drawing.
That gives you a total of 19 entries to win the
Grand Prize- A $25 gift card to Amazon.
And don't forget to get your copy of Watched for a bonus 6 entries.
(25 total)
Remember- you only have 4 days to enter.
(Tues, June 21st-Friday, June 24th at midnight)  
and you must comment on both blogs for entry into each contest.
Individual blogs will award prizes on June 25th
The Grand Prize will be awarded on June 28th on Cindy's blog.
Check back to see if you won! You have 2 days to claim your prize.
A big thanks to my awesome friends for joining in on the fun.

Here's what you can win from me!

Be sure you comment on my blog and on Cindy's. I will be drawing from those who do for this St. Marten's tote. It's so cool. When sunlight hits the flowers on the front, they burst into color. You'll love it, I promise.


 My Book Review of "WATCHED"

by Cindy M Hogan

Genre: Young Adult Suspense
Pages: 348
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Content: Some graphic elements and violence

It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen year old, Christy’s life. It takes murder. A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator’s aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys. She quickly discovers that if she can’t help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives.

Author Bio:
Cindy M Hogan graduated from BYU with a B.A. in education. She is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

My Review:

The first thing you need to know about me is that I bore easily. I've lost count of how many books I've put down because by chapters 4 or 5 I'd lost interest. I tell you this because you need to know how hard I am to entertain when it comes to reading.


So when I tell you how hooked I was after reading the first chapter of Watched, by Cindy M. Hogan, you'll know that means something. Each and every chapter led me further and further into the life of a fifteen-year-old, unpopular geek-of-a-girl, Christy, who not only wants to change her life and the way people see her, but craves adventure. She has no idea what adventure is until she witnesses the murder of a Senator's aide. She finds herself, and the group of kids she's touring Washington, DC with, in the thick of an FBI investigation and political terrorism. Throw in two hot boys who compete for her attention, and you've got a great plot with lots of action (the deadly kind and the romantic kind).

Watched is a fast paced suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. The characters are well fleshed out with realistic emotions and feelings. Hogan does a beautiful job of describing the scenes and making you feel like you're right there, touring DC with the kids. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I occasionally receive books from publishers and authors for review at no cost to me. This in no way influences my review.


  1. I'm a new follower! Beautiful blog!

  2. I am a new follower. This book sounds great. I'm thinking I am going to have to get it. Great blog by the way.

  3. Following and leaving a comment! Yay! Amie

  4. This is an exciting blog hop! I want to read your book soon.

  5. Newest follower :) Excited for this book!

  6. I'm a new follower from My Yellow Sandbox!

  7. I'm your newest follower for Ramblings of a Random Writer! Cute, cute blog!

  8. Following your blog! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag!

  9. Love the blog. Keep on inspiring.

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  11. I'm a new follower sent over here by My Yellow Sandbox! :)

  12. I'm a new follower from My Yellow Sandbox :) Cara

  13. I have heard so much about this book! Thanks for the great review Christine!

  14. Yeah, my comment worked! Thanks for switching to a pop-up comment setting. I'm a follower and want to enter the contest. Thanks for your great book review. Sounds like a great read.

  15. Hey I'm a new follower and found out about you by Myyellowsandbox.
    I just started a zoo review blog with my fiance and I. Its going to take a while to build it up, but check it out for fun if you want.


  16. Hi, I'm a new follower jumping over from your facebook page.

  17. Hi Chris, Thought I would check out your blog. Wow, looks like lots of fun.

  18. i'm now a new follower of your blog from myyellowsandbox!

  19. I've never heard of a blog party...how fun! I'm a follower!

  20. I'm a new follower coming from My Yellow Sandbox. Thank you for your book insights! :D

  21. Hi Christine! I'm following you now! Thanks for doing this to promote Cindy's book - she's such an awesome person!
    I loved your review of her book - fantastic! Thanks!

  22. Brand new follower here. I love dragonflies and flowers. Thank you for the review of Cindy's book. I look forward to getting it for my daughter.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  23. Of course I would do this for you. How many times have you helped me???? zillions! Hope you win Cindy's contest! muah!

  24. Oh I forgot to tell you for the contest that I'm following you! :)

  25. Great review Christine! Thanks for sharing. I'm sure my daughter would love this book. I'll have to surprise her with it.

    Also, I really like the look of your blog and website!