Saturday, May 30, 2015

#ArmchairBEA #Giveaway (US/CDN) & Book-To-Movie Adaptions

ArmchairBEA

Yesterday was about characters and blogging basics. I didn't really have much to put in other than a late Instagram post.
A photo posted by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on

This book was a life changer for me. Why? The characters. If you haven't read this or any Steinbeck novels, do so. Sooner, rather than later too.

Anywho... today is about books that become movies, or even tv shows. For me, I have told the world I want too see The Lunar Chronicles made into something visual and on-screen. It would seriously be the one thing I would pay money to go see. 
Because of my love of this series by Marissa Meyer, I have decided to offer up the first book that starts it all, Cinder, for giveaway.

HERE'S THE CATCH;

US readers vie for an ecopy.

CDN readers vie for print.

Both delivered straight from Amazon. YAY!

Sorry to my international readers and ABEA readers, them's the breaks when my wallet is only so deep. 

I hope whoever wins, loves this book, and series, as much as I do.
Good luck!



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 228!

We have a new way to participate! See below!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.



Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
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I clamped down on the curse building in my chest. She might be a servant, but she could easily kill me, too.


READ A SAMPLER FREE FOR KINDLE
ONLY FRIDAY 56 PARTICIPANTS MAY USE THE LINKY.

Book Beginnings leave your links in the comments if you didn't join in the Friday 56.
Book Beginnings
The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.










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#ArmchairBEA Visual Expressions & Social Media

ArmchairBEA

I'm all about the visual aspect of anything in life. You look at food and get hungry before you actually sit down to eat. You see a cover of a book before you read it. That cover should entice you. Make you want to look to the back for a synopsis or even flip through the pages. Visual Expressions are an everyday thing.
Today, thanks to a great interview at ArmchairBEA's headquarters, I learned about webcomics. I didn't really know they were a thing. Sad, but true. I read comics, am a huge fan actually, like, Archie & the Gang, Garfield... OMG he is hilarious, and I love the strip in Saturday's paper, Pickles. That old guy is jokes. Pickles is probably my favorite comic on the planet. The dynamic between him and his wife makes me think that's what Vinny and I will be like in a few years. :-)
This past year I have gotten into graphic novels. I didn't really steer from them, but thought maybe they were too immature for an almost 40 year old. (Yeah, I'm that old.) Turns out, you can get adult graphic novels. I read a Neil Gaiman one that was not for kids. Decided from then on, I wouldn't be so one-sighted. Even the ones geared for kids happen to be alright. Just like any other genre, it's hit or miss. 

Now, Social Media.

Blogging is social media. You put your thoughts out there and people read it. You get social. The more you write, the more people come, the more social you are.
Simple.
Yet, not so simple.
You have to be yourself, be creative, and not be offensive all at once. Seeing as how things on the world wide web can get lost in translation, it's not always an easy feat. Not everyone gets sarcasm. I have a hard time expressing it all in 140 characters or less.
Which brings me to Twitter.
Twitter is the biggest way to get word out. Provided you have a decent following already. Then you will see retweets and even some will favorite the tweets for later. You only have a small amount of characters you can use though. Still, with so many people on it, it is a fantastic way to advertise anything or just get word out. 
Facebook is another way. Creating a fan page is easy and painless. Word of mouth brings lots of new people in, and you can post any amount of messages you want. Facebook for me is not as fun anymore. You probably know the term, 'trolls'. They are real. They will bother you, but try not to let them.
Instagram is the newest thing I'm hooked on. You can follow friends, family, celebs, stores...  pretty much anything, even ArmchairBEA. :-)  People post photos with captions or hashtags. It's a great way to get the visual expression you look for.
Pinterest is the last one for me. Pinterest is a place where you can keep an organized hold on things you love or want to try out. It's a great place to get recipes, DIY ideas, fashion, books and more. Best part is visuals come with it in the form of photos. 
I do use more channels, but these are my top ones.
Social Media is the way of the future. If you're not part of it now, someday you probably won't have a choice. It is how everyone will be accessible. I'll leave you with my links. Stalk me all you want. No, seriously.. I'm lonely. :-)

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