Saturday, December 31, 2011

December Monthly News

Welcome to the Jesus & I both have birthdays edition of monthly news!
My birthday comes before Jesus, lucky for me, and it was also my 35th! That is quite an accomplishment in itself, since my mother said I wouldn't live to see 21. Yes, I'm "The Brat". And I got spoiled by the hubby this year, with jewelry and a KINDLE!
Jesus has a birthday and some of us call it CHRISTmas. I celebrate it every year waiting for Jesus to show up... I mean it is his birthday after all, but the only celebrity that makes the rounds is Santa Claus. I'm not complaining though.... he leaves me awesome gifts!


BOOKS:
1. The Mirror of N'de - L.K. Malone (recommend)
2. Cleaving - Julie Powell
3. Fallen - Lauren Kate (HIGHLY recommend)
4. Earth Angel - E. Van Lowe (recommend)
5. Ashes - Scott Nicholson
6. Blood Oath - Belinda Boring (recommend)
7. Laugh out Loud Jokes for Kids - Rob Elliot (recommend)
8. Finish this Book - Keri Smith
9. Space Junque - L.K. Rigel
10. Torment - Lauren Kate (recommend)
11. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You (recommend)
12. Veiled Freedom - Jeanette Windle
13. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne - Kady Cross (recommend)
14. The One Year Book of Devotionals for Couples - Teresa Ferguson & David Ferguson
15. Daily Guideposts 2011 - Andrew Attaway


PRODUCTS:
1. 18+ Candies Bullet
2. Oral-B Pulsonic


YEARLY TOTAL: 174 Books, 1 Magazine, 2 Services, 27 Products, 1 Tv Show, 2 CDS and 1 Movie



FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):
1. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
2. Fallen
3. Earth Angel
4. Torment
5. Blood Oath


BOOK OF THE MONTH:




FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR:





AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:
1. With Larissa Hinton
2. With Dan O'Brien
3. With Vik Rubenfeld


SPONSORED GIVEAWAYS:
1. Loveswept Holiday Hop


SPONSORED POSTS:
1. Help Scholastic Give Books to Kids in Need This Holiday Season
2. Cover Reveal: Sleepers - Megg Jensen
3. Affordable holiday Gifts 2011


CHALLENGES NOT COMPLETED:
1. A To Z Challenge 2011
2. iChallenge 2011
3. ARC Challenge 2011

#174: Daily Guideposts 2011 - Andrew Attaway


America's favorite devotional, now in its 35th year with more than 20 million copies sold, Daily Guideposts is a trusted companion, helping readers to live and grow their faith every day. Every year since 1977, Guideposts has published Daily Guideposts, a devotional guide containing short inspirational pieces to be read each day of the year. They are designed to bring readers closer to God and their faith by helping them to live fuller, richer lives. Each piece offers a personal perspective on faith, love, inspiration, and understanding. With this year's theme of 'Growing in Love,' Daily Guideposts is tapping into a subject that is a key to spiritual growth. Each Daily Guideposts devotional includes: a short Scripture verse for reflection; a true, first-person anecdote that shares the ways God speaks through ordinary life events; a brief prayer to put the day's message to work in each reader's life. By taking a few minutes each day for reflection, Daily Guideposts readers will become more aware of the spiritual richness in their lives.

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Guideposts; 32 Anv edition (October 1, 2010)
ISBN: 9780824948092

Author Bio:
Andrew Attaway is a senior editor at Guideposts Books. This is his 14th year as the editor of Daily Guideposts. He and his wife, Julia, live with their five children in New York City.


My Opinion:
This Christian devotional was a page a day, with a passage from the bible, then a story from someone that relates to the teaching in the passage, then finished off with a quote. I had a nice experience with this devotional, but don't feel I learned anything from it. It was just another book to add to my daily morning reading routine, where I read my bible, the Qu'ran and whatever devotionals I have for that year. While I appreciated all the content, it is just not one I would rush out to buy. Most people who enjoy devotionals may feel differently and that's okay with me.


3/5


Recommend? Not this one, but try the current year for yourself.


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#173: The One Year Book of Devotions for Couples - Teresa Ferguson & David Ferguson


The 365 meditations in this couples' devotional are arranged around 52 themes one theme for each week of the year such as affection, compassion, forgiveness, honor, leadership, mercy, respect, security, trust, and understanding. Scripture passages, real-life stories, prayers, and daily challenge questions give couples a dose of truth, encouragement, and direction to strengthen their marriages. Husbands and wives will learn to give and receive love in a whole new way.

Kindle Edition: 1143 KB
Publisher: Tyndale House Pub (October 25, 2004)
ASIN: B000SEZPX0

My Opinion:
This devotional was great for me. I am always looking for Christian ways to improve myself, my life and my relationships. This book was others stories and real life accounts, that made you look at your life and how you live according to whatever moral code is instilled in you. I don't know how much of a change it has made in my life, but it did make me think a lot. My relationships have improved, though it could also be just aging and maturity. Hard to say. I still believe a good devotional never hurt anyone.


4/5


Recommend? Yes, but an updated one for the new year.


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Friday, December 30, 2011

#172: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne - Kady Cross


Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

Kindle Edition: 251 KB
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (May 1, 2011)
ASIN: B004WEKR1W


My Opinion:
Finley is my new hero! She's unexpectedly one of the coolest characters I have had the pleasure of reading. And all this after thinking I wouldn't be crazy about the story when I first read the date setting. I'm not a huge historical fan, but the era didn't matter. The substance of the book took over at all costs and I absorbed it quickly. Though I still haven't figured Finley out yet, but I like that too. Keeps a sense of suspense there.
Can't wait to get a copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset.


5/5


Recommend? Yes, it will definitely leave you wanting more!


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Thursday, December 29, 2011

#171: Veiled Freedom - Jeanette Windle


Amy Mallory is a young and naive Christian relief worker who arrives in Afghanistan ready to take on the world and share her faith. Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson helped drive the Taliban from Kabul, but he’s since signed on with the private security firm tasked with protecting key members of the Afghani government. In Afghanistan, Jamil’s family was once wealthy and respected, but greed and enmity have destroyed Jamil’s hopes of a future; he lives day-to-day and is grateful for any small blessing. Windle builds on her own experience as a missionary in South America, and her sterling reputation for creating thrilling Christian evangelical fiction in her newest novel of international intrigue. Readers familiar with the demands and expectations of life in an Islamic country may find Amy’s behavior unrealistic, but Windle’s vivid descriptions and complex, high-stakes plot make for a fast-paced, intensely political drama that succeeds in bringing a fascinating culture to life.

Kindle Edition: 2437 KB
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (April 9, 2009)
ASIN: B0056J4EPW


My Opinion:

You hear about stories like this one all the time, especially in my end of the world. Over here, we're pretty lucky not having wars and religious laws, while in other parts of the world those things are very much real.
This story touches on a sensitive subject for most of us in the world. Humanity. This story is not for the lighthearted and you should be prepared for an emotional journey while reading. It did invoke many emotions in me.
Not going to be a story for everyone, it's too sensitive a subject matter, but I enjoyed it.


3/5


Recommend? To those with keen interest, yes.


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#170: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You


No one likes to diet, but the personal stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You will encourage and inspire readers with its positive, practical, and purposeful tales of dieting and fitness. This is a great book for anyone embarking on a healthier lifestyle.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (December 28, 2010)
ISBN: 9781935096573


My Opinion:
Okay, so maybe I don't need to lose weight, but having Type 2 Diabetes I do need to keep in shape. These stories are great motivational tools to stay fit and healthy. Regardless of whether you need to lose actual pounds.
I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Each book is fascinating in its' own way, and there is always a story you can connect with on some level.
Another gem for the collection!


5/5


Recommend? I recommend ALL the Chicken Soup for the Soul books!


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

#169: Torment - Lauren Kate


Hell on earth.
That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; (September 28, 2010)
ISBN: 9780385739146



My Review of Fallen, Book 1 is HERE


My Opinion:
This book had more action than book one, but that didn't make it better. What made it better was a better understanding of each character and their role in Luce's life.
The endless love story still captures my heart too. The hopeless romantic in me finds it all too sweet.
Can't wait to get a copy of Passion and continue on the story.


5/5


Recommend? Yes, but read Fallen first.


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Get to Know Author Vik Rubenfeld

Top of the day to you readers!
I hope you had a terrific Christmas break, those who celebrate.
Today we have a treat for you, author Vik Rubenfeld is here for a Q & A, and is also offering up a paperback copy of his book, Conquest, to one lucky American reader!


Want to know what it feels like to be a rock star?
Reid Taylor started out with nothing and became part of one of the biggest bands in the world. Now he wants to tell you about the hard struggle every step of the way, fame, the craziness of being on the road, the groupies, and how he found real love that meant more to him than all the groupies in the world. And he wants to tell you about the conflict he had with one of the members of his own band, that threatened everything the band ever hoped to achieve.

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 1, 2011)
ISBN: 9781468012149


Who or what inspires your writing?
For this novel, I was inspired quite a bit by real events. The characters are fictional, but most of the events in the book are inspired by true stories that actually happened to one band or another. Fans of rock history will have fun spotting all the references. As just one example, there's a very famous event in rock history that took place at Nellcôte, in France, where the Rolling Stones recorded "Exile on Main Street". Interest in it is high enough that the Stones released a DVD about it. They had many, many friends and family living there or nearby while they were making the album. It was very special little social scene for everyone there. Almost everyone who has heard about it has wondered what it would have felt like to have been there. So, a sequence in my novel is inspired by that.
I've always been drawn to the world of entertainment. That's part of how I came to create EARLY EDITION, the hit TV show with Kyle Chandler, about the guy who gets tomorrow's news today. It ran for four years in prime time on CBS and has been in 73 countries around the world.
I've wanted to write something set in world of entertainment for a long time. I was particularly drawn to what happens when you are on stage. I acted in and directed plays in high school so I had some limited experience with that, and it meant a lot to me. I wanted to communicate what that felt like.
When a group of guys form a band and set out to try to make it a success, they are on an epic journey, and it happens in real life all the time. The epic journey part of it, and the "men on a mission" thing, appealed to me quite a bit.
And then there were the groupies. For some reason I wanted to write a lot of pages about groupies. :)
And one more thing - having lived that entertainment biz thing of trying to do something that seems impossible, and then getting it to happen - getting EARLY EDITION on the air - I wanted to write about what that felt like. I just put it into the life of a rock star.

When did you know you would be a writer?
In college, I met a teacher, Mrs. Bettina Olivier. She taught me what a work of art is, and she believed I could write one myself. I immediately felt that writing would be one of my top goals.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Six years. I would stop writing for weeks or months while I did research or decided how a particular turn of events should go.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

This is a great question. The hardest part for me is picking the emotional subject I'm going to write about. For example, in "A Tale of Two Cities", I think that Dickens is writing, at least in part, about how lacking he feels the world is compared to what it could be. In "War and Peace", I think Tolstoy, at least in part, is writing about how lacking he feels human nature itself is. In "Huckleberry Finn", Mark Twain seems to be writing at least in part about discovering your world for yourself. (This is not to compare myself to these writers; they are masters and I am but a grasshopper. :) )

Do you have any writing rituals?
I believe that a lot of writing is done by your subconscious. I try to embrace that. I try to find one very specific question about what I want to do next in the novel. Then I can go away and surf the internet, watch TV, do other work - almost anything - and in the meantime my subconscious will be looking for the answer.

Have you written any thing else?
I have a number of short stories that I'll probably publish.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
I'd say, look into finding out what an "emotional insight" is. I blog about this at vikrubenfeld.com. Here's a famous example:
Romeo: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
That is pretty easy to get with. Feel every word of that with your whole heart. Does it fill you with emotion and meaning? That meaning is the meaning of Shakespeare’s emotion.
It's interesting to me that you can't restate it in information-only terms, and still keep the beauty of it. For example, if you try to restate the information of it, you get something like, "Juliet radiates light, turns night into day, etc." All the beauty is lost. The beauty of Shakespeare's words is a beauty of emotion, and, it seems to me, can't be restated in information-only terms.
Here's another one. It's from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Huck Finn is escaping from his father, who has held him prisoner for several months. (http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=Twa2Huc.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=7&division=div1)
I took a good gap and a stretch, and was just going to unhitch and start when I heard a sound away over the water. I listened. Pretty soon I made it out. It was that dull kind of a regular sound that comes from oars working in rowlocks when it’s a still night. I peeped out through the willow branches, and there it was — a skiff, away across the water. I couldn’t tell how many was in it. It kept a-coming, and when it was abreast of me I see there warn’t but one man in it. Think’s I, maybe it’s pap, though I warn’t expecting him. He dropped below me with the current, and by and by he came a-swinging up shore in the easy water, and he went by so close I could a reached out the gun and touched him. Well, it was pap, sure enough — and sober, too, by the way he laid his oars.
I didn’t lose no time. The next minute I was a-spinning down stream soft but quick in the shade of the bank. I made two mile and a half, and then struck out a quarter of a mile or more towards the middle of the river, because pretty soon I would be passing the ferry landing, and people might see me and hail me. I got out amongst the driftwood, and then laid down in the bottom of the canoe and let her float. I laid there, and had a good rest and a smoke out of my pipe, looking away into the sky; not a cloud in it. The sky looks ever so deep when you lay down on your back in the moonshine; I never knowed it before. And how far a body can hear on the water such nights! I heard people talking at the ferry landing. I heard what they said, too — every word of it.
Do you feel that? The stillness, the mystery that Huck is experiencing as he makes his escape? If you feel it, then you are witnessing emotional insight. That's all there is to it. :)

Who are your favorite Authors?
There are too many to mention, but a few that come to mind today are Anthony Trollope, Herman Melville, P.G. Wodehouse (hilariously funny!), George Elliot, Mark Twain, and many many others.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
Somehow the John Ciardi translation of Dante's "The Inferno" and "The Purgatorio" had a huge effect on me.

What are you currently reading?
Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn"
Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

How do readers find out more about you?
Connect with me on:
Twitter @vikrubenfeld
Author Blog: vikrubenfeld.com


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

SHOULD BE READING


Stephen opened the door before Luce even knocked. His gray shirt was a bit wrinkled and his black knit tie was loosened at the neck.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

2012 ARC Reading Challenge (2)

SO MANY PRECIOUS BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME


I didn't get last year's completed.... and I read a lot of new books, just not as many ARC's.

I'm going with Bronze level, which is 12 books. If I read more I can up the level.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Affordable Holiday Gifts 2011

Affordable Holiday Gifts 2011

Guest Post: This post was written by Couponing.com’s James Lander. The site offers couponing techniques and coupons for top retailers.

It’s that time of year again. The holidays, the season of gift giving: a period that can drain the psyche and the wallet. Finding the perfect gift can be quite a hassle, especially if you’re a neurotic procrastinator like the majority of the population. Luckily, the Internet, combined with a little personal creativity, can be a powerful ally in this taxing annual endeavor. It’s coming down to the wire - here are some great, affordable, last minute holiday gift ideas, some specific and some more general:

For the film buff: Netflix Gift Subscription (available from Netflix.com, $7.99 for one month) – If you know someone who loves movies and lacks a Netflix subscription, this gift will revolutionarily change their life for the better.

For the indie film buff: Film Festival in a Box Game (available from urbanoutfitters.com, $9.99) – Support the arts and give the gift of laughter AT THE SAME TIME!

For the gourmand: Restaurant.com Gift Certificate (available from restaurant.com, increments starting at $15) – Save someone you love awesome amounts of money on delicious cuisine! Special deals are available for the holiday season, and you can instantly send a gift certificate via email!

For the literate: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (available from amazon.com, $18.75, Hardcover only) – Get a friend hooked on the popular A Song of Ice and Fire series and give him a chance to indulge his inner nerd. Alternately, get started with a more affordable paperback copy of the first book of the series, A Game of Thrones.

For the pet: Special dog treats (like PetHolidayTM Rawhide Dog Treats, available from petsmart.com, $5.00) – Pick some up from your local pet store and see the tangible joy of the canine recipient as he chows down!

For the clothes-wearer: Cool graphic T-shirt (available from urbanoutfitters.com, from $19.99) – Everybody can use more T-shirts. Pick a design you think they’ll like, and who knows? Maybe this will become that one T-shirt that everybody keeps forever until it’s full of holes because they love it so much.

For the wine drinker: Wine! (Available at any grocery store, $15+) – A bottle of wine makes a great, easy, last minute gift for almost anyone. Spend $20-$30 for a reasonably nice, gift-worthy variety.

For the music lover: Good ol’-fashioned CD (available from amazon.com or your local music store, $10+) – These pieces of ancient technology are still pretty cool—you can easily convert the music into MP3s, and the cover art and fiddly little inserts make a CD a more special and tangible gift than an iTunes gift card (though the latter can be a good choice too, especially if you don’t exactly know the recipient’s taste).

For the artist: Nice colored pencils (like Premier Colored Pencils Set of 12, available from utrechtart.com, $10.99) – People who love to draw can always use more colored pencils!

  • Or grab some colored pencils for yourself and make some art of your own, like in grade school! A hand drawing, sculpture, collage, etc. can make a truly meaningful gift for a special someone (plus it isn’t too hard on the wallet!).

For the socialite: Disposable camera (available from any drug store, $3+) – A super cheap, super easy gift option for your favorite wild child. Challenge them to record their New Year’s experiences—waterproof models are available!

For anybody: Wool socks (available from rei.com, from $7.50) – Warm and wonderful, perfect for the season, and affordable. Everybody loves these cozy foot-holders—get creative and find a pair with a fun design!

Remember, gifts don’t have to be over-the-top to mean a lot to the person; happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

#168: Space Junque - L.K. Rigel


The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both.
On the brink of a world-wide ecological cataclysm set off by the Oil Spill of 2010 and the Great Sea Level Rise of 2070, hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark has become a recluse. Her fiance was killed by a terrorist bomb, and her twin sister Sky has gone underground to protect a top secret energy project. Warned about an impending eco-terrorist attack, Char tries to get off planet, but the Defenders of Gaia strike while she's at the airport. Shuttle pilot Jake Ardri might offer her only hope.
When the DOGs' onslaught goes global and the material world threatens to implode, the ancient gods reemerge to take control over humanity. Now Char has to juggle two men, a world on fire, and a goddess with an agenda for a new world order.

Kindle Edition: 376 KB
ASIN: B0041T59IY


My Opinion:
Sometimes I felt the writing was scattered in parts, but in the end, the story came together beautifully.
I thought it would be a little hotter in the romance department, but ws also fascinated by the sci-fi aspect of the book too.
Can't wait to read book 2!


3/5


Recommend? Yes, to sci-fi/romance fans.


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Get to Know Author Dan O'Brien

Good afternoon readers!
Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas, but today I have a gift for you....
An interview with the author of The Ocean and the Hourglass, Dan O'Brien, and he has graciously offered up 2 copies, (1 hard copy and 1 kindle), to some lucky readers!


Dreams are not for the faint of heart, they are for the brave to follow. A Book, an Hourglass. Nicholas had always dreamt of faraway places, distant lands beyond imagination. Wandering into the library on a cold day, he finds an adventure that he had not been looking for. Transported to a distant world, Nicholas finds himself involved in sweeping adventures of a broken and lost kingdom. Filled with sea giants and ancient cities, the young man soon finds that the adventure was greater than he could have ever imagined.


When did you know you would be a writer?
The moment I first picked up a book, I knew that writing was the only thing that could sustain me for all of my days. The strength and depth that is afforded a writer is intoxicating. Building worlds, and living as someone else as you move through environments as a figment of your imagination, would seem the part of madness in anyone other than a writer.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first novel was a learning experience. I wrote it for an English composition class in 11th grade in the late nineties. I remember printing each word of the novel on lined paper in notebook after notebook – this was the pre-computer days for me. It took me an entire semester to fill two notebooks. I remember very clearly the teacher telling me that I would never be a writer; it was an important moment in my life.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I find that allocating the time I want, versus the time I have to spend, on writing is the hardest part. I would write every second of the day if life and graduate school were not interfering, in the best possible way of course

Do you have any writing rituals?
I always pick the name of my novel first. I can’t even begin to think about the story until I know what I am going to call it. Next, I have to write the ending. From there, I work from the beginning, creating chapter-by-chapter analyses of how I think each of the sections will come together. The final piece is writing it, which is the best part, in my opinion.

Have you written anything else?
I have written 4 other complete novels, as well as finishing up an additional four. Three of the four novels are part of a series I released many years ago, which then subsequently went out of print. The other book is the first in a high fantasy series. I update my website, www.thedanobrienproject.com, with updates about what is coming, as well as my blog, http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
Write because you love writing. If you are hoping to make lots of money, I hope you do, but that is not the reality of writing. The creation of vast stories built and predicated upon the characters created from the ether of the mind is rewarding enough. Getting paid to do it is just icing on the cake. Pick a genre you love and read everything you can get your hands on. Get a feel for what the pulse of the writing community is and find your place in it. Just write.

Who are your favorite Authors?
That is a long list, but it would certainly include: Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemmingway, John Steinbeck, H.P Lovecraft, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy.

What are you currently reading?
A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin

How do readers find out more about you?

They can visit my blog, head over to my website, or find me on Facebook.


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Teaser Tuesday

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Char had always found children obnoxious and demanding or meek and depressing. This attitude was a flaw in her character, and she always felt vaguely guilty in their presence.

Monday, December 19, 2011

#167: Finish This Book - Keri Smith


Dear Reader,
One dark and stormy night, author Keri Smith found some strange scattered pages abandoned in a park. She collected and assembled them, trying to solve the mystery of this unexpected discovery, and now, she's passing the task on to you, her readers.
I collected and assembled them, trying to solve the mystery of this unexpected discovery, and am now passing the task on to you.
Your mission is to become the new author of this work. You will continue the research and provide the content. In order to complete the task, you will have to undergo some secret intelligence training, which is included in this volume. Since no one knows what lies ahead, please proceed with caution, but know...this book does not exist without you.
Yours truly,
Keri Smith

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
ISBN: 9780399536892

Author Bio:
Keri Smith is the author of Mess, Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, and This is Not a Book, among others.


My Opinion:
What a fun book, and creative on so many levels.
You literally go through the book doing tasks to help "finish the book". At first I wondered where it would all lead, but all good things must come to an end. And it did.
It took a while to get there, and some serious work on my part, but it was worth it. I learned a lot about exploration and collecting and did some ponderous thinking throughout the book. I really love books that challenge you or your mind.
I don't think everyone will have the patience to actually go through the book and do every task, some do seem tedious, but they are there for a reason.


3/5


Recommend? To creative minds, yes.


~I received a copy from Penguin. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Cover Reveal: Sleepers - Megg Jensen


An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

Kindle Edition: 348 KB
Print Length: 162 pages
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing (July 20, 2011)
ASIN: B005DTRYNO

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Love is the Drug Giveaway Blitz

THIS HAS ADULT CONTENT, 18+ ONLY!

What's a guy to do when he meets the woman of his dreams, but she turns out to be the sister of his most despised enemy?
Fall in love, of course!
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This is the story of Jason Jörgensen, an excitement-loving bad boy and Julie Del Mar, the quiet, romantic dreamer who breaches his devil-may-care façade and helps heal the frightened boy inside.

Author Bio:
K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She is a member of the West Houston Chapter of Romance Writer's of America and is a devoted subscriber to the Romance Divas online forum. She has two cats, a 24-year-old cockatiel, a funny, supportive husband, and a garden that's been fried by the drought this past summer. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write funny, sexy romances.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

#166: Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids - Rob Elliot


What happens to race car drivers when they eat too much? They get indy-gestion. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids provides children ages 7-10 many hours of fun and laughter. Young readers will have a blast sharing this collection of hundreds of one-liners, knock knock jokes, tongue twisters, and more with their friends and family! This brand new book will have children rolling on the floor with laughter and is sure to be a great gift idea for any child.

Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (August 1, 2010)
ISBN: 9780800788032

Author Bio:
Rob Elliott has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years and lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and four children.


My Opinion:

I really did "laugh out loud".
A highly entertaining and funny read, and the best part is, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
I didn't care for the knock knock jokes but here are some of my faves from the rest;
Q: What do you get when you cross a tiger and a snowman?
A: Frostbite
Q: Why did the sparrow go to the library?
A: It was looking for bookworms.
Or this funny tongue twister;
Goofy Gorillas Gobble Grapefruits
Cute, right?


5/5


Recommend? Yes, ages 7 and up.


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#165: Blood Oath - Belinda Boring (Book 3: Mystic Wolves)


Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Plans are made, but when the enemy strikes another painful blow by entering into the heart of pack property and kidnapping Darcy, Mason declares war. There’s nothing he won’t do to keep his future mate and pack safe.
Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason’s commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she’ll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength – once given, a blood oath is unbreakable … even if it means risking it all.

Kindle Edition: 207 KB
Publisher: Moonstruck Media (November 18, 2011)
ASIN: B006ACIG76

AUTHOR BIO:
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self-proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob. With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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Bookish Snob Blog
Twitter
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My Review of Book 1: Without Mercy

My Review of Book 2: Cherished

My Opinion:
I could feel the action building up right from the beginning, and it lured my senses right in harder than before.
Mason and Darcy are more grown in this story and it shows. I really like that.
But the intensity of the stuff going on around them is more exciting this time than the actual romance. Doesn't make the romance insignificant at all, quite the contrary. It shows the maturity of the writer to allows us to know the love is still strong but let's focus on other things too.
This is my favorite of the series, but I can't wait to find out what happens next!


5/5


Recommend? YES!!!! Read the whole series!!


~I received a copy from The Bookish Snob Promotions. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



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Friday, December 16, 2011

#164: Ashes - Scott Nicholson


A collection of six supernatural stories by bestselling Kindle author Scott Nicholson, including "Homecoming," "The Three-Dollar Corpse" and "She Climbs a Winding Stair."

Kindle Edition: 386 KB
Print Length: 88 pages
Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (February 3, 2010)
ASIN: B0037263Y0


My Opinion:
This is a fun set of short stories. The first, Homecoming, is a sad story with a happy ending. (3/5) Next, Haunted, was an awesome ghost story! I loved the twist, but I got to say, too much Elvis will not make anybody deaf! (4.5/5) Then, The Christening, I thought this would turn out a lot different than it did, and I'm pleasantly surprised. (5/5) Next, She Climbs A Winding Stair, had me until the very end, then I was left going, "huh?" (3/5) Then, Must See to Appreciate, was weird. That's how I'm left feeling. Lastly, The Three-Dollar Corpse, when I finished my thought was, "hmmm." It just wasn't my cup of tea. (1/5)


3/5


Recommend? If you like short stories, this set would be perfect at Halloween time.


~I acquired a copy for Kindle. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 56 with me!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It's that simple.



That's when it came out, built itself from the bricks and mortar of nightmare.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Giveaway: Boyfriend from Hell & Earth Angel - E. Van Lowe


Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.


Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome Guy Matson doesn't mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn't realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, one sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. They will do ANYTHING to get it.
In E. Van Lowe's dramatic and humorous sequel to "Boyfriend From Hell," Megan winds up in a gripping life-or-death battle to save herself, the angel she loves, and all of mankind from unspeakable evil.


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#163: Earth Angel - E. Van Lowe (With Giveaway)


Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome Guy Matson doesn't mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn't realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, one sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. They will do ANYTHING to get it.
In E. Van Lowe's dramatic and humorous sequel to "Boyfriend From Hell," Megan winds up in a gripping life-or-death battle to save herself, the angel she loves, and all of mankind from unspeakable evil.

Kindle Edition: 287 KB
Publisher: White Whisker Books (December 5, 2011)
ASIN: B006IHGOEK


My Opinion:
Read my review of Book 1, Boyfriend From Hell, HERE.
I just finished the last sentence and I'm left stung that I have to wait for the final book to come out. I can't wait!
I loved the first book, and was so excited by a story of a girl battling Satan. I mean, how cool is that? Then she comes back in this book, and though a different story surrounds her, it is just as exciting, if not just a tad more.
I reiterate, I can't wait to gobble up the final book and bring it all together. That in itself is exciting!
Well, that's a whole heck of a lot of excitement going on..... can you handle it???
YES YOU CAN, and please do. You won't regret it!


5/5


Recommend? Um, YEAH,but you HAVE to read it in order. So make sure you have read Boyfriend from Hell first.


~I received a copy from Bewitching Book Tours. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


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The Author, E. Van Lowe is giving away 2 signed sets of Boyfriend from Hell and Earth Angel to 2 lucky winners tour wide.

Open to US Only!



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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

#162: Fallen - Lauren Kate


There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 8, 2009)
ISBN: 9780385738934




My Opinion:

Crazy, awesome, sexy and imaginative!
This book had me from the beginning with it's dark and lovely complex layers.
You have mad suspense as "the girl" struggles to find herself. You got the intensity of the plot that ever thickens, and you have "the boy" who drives her wild. What more could you ask for, really?
I can't wait to read Torment!


5/5


Recommend? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

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My Opinion:
I love this toothbrush!
I have to admit, I have very sensitive teeth, so I was nervous using a vibrating toothbrush. My fears were quickly cast aside after the first time. I used the second setting which is specifically for sensitive teeth, and once I got past the initial tickle it was gravy!
My teeth had slight stains from drinking so much coffee, and now they are brilliant white again!
I can't say enough good things about this product, even that I want one for each member of my household. Who knows what Santa will bring.


5/5


Recommend? Definitely, for the whole family!


~I received a sample from ChickAdvisor. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Monday, December 12, 2011

Teaser

SHOULD BE READING


The atmosphere was definitely lighter as we emerged from the house. The gravity of the rite was tenderly placed aside for a more casual appearance, tables set out where the chairs had once been.

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Scholastic Launches “One Million Bookprints for One Million Books” Campaign to Donate New Books to Children in Need



For Every Person who Creates a “Bookprint” at the Online Community, youarewhatyouread.com, a New Children’s Book will be Donated to Reach Out and Read



New York – December 12, 2011 – A new campaign, ONE MILLION BOOKPRINTS FOR ONE MILLION BOOKS, kicks off today, inviting readers of all ages to create a “Bookprint” at the online community, youarewhatyouread.com. For every Bookprint created, Scholastic Book Clubs will donate a new book to a child in need (up to one million books). Books will be distributed through the national school readiness initiative Reach Out and Read.



What’s a “Bookprint”? The five books that most impact someone’s life comprise their Bookprint. They can be children’s or adult books and Bookprints can change over time. On the “You Are What You Read” website, more than 200 “Names You Know” from entertainers to authors to journalists and even two U.S. presidents have shared their Bookprints. The donation launches with 20,000 books – one book for each of the 20,000 Bookprints created by users already on youarewhatyouread.com.



The One Million Bookprints for One Million Books campaign is part of Scholastic Book Clubs annual ClassroomsCare program which helps teachers engage their students around the importance of reading and giving.



“Creating a Bookprint is a great way for adults and children to talk about the importance of books in our lives and how books introduce us to heroes and role models or take us on exciting journeys to new places,” said Judy Newman, President, Scholastic Book Clubs, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. “Through Scholastic Book Clubs ClassroomsCare initiative, students and teachers can also participate in the Bookprints for Books campaign and help put books into the hands of the children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to own their own books and experience the profound impact books can have on someone’s life.”



The One Million Bookprints for One Million Books Campaign comes at a critical time for children’s literacy organizations such as Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental. Recent government funding cuts are straining these organizations that provide books to the neediest children and critical advice to parents on how to develop their children’s early literacy skills at home.



“It is crucial for reading to begin at a young age and for all children to have books in their home,” says Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read. “The recent loss of government funding has impacted the ability of literacy organizations to continue to get books into the hands of children in need, so we thank everyone who creates a Bookprint in support of this campaign.”



In addition to making a donation of a book to a child, by creating a Bookprint at www.youarewhatyouread.com, participants will:



· Join 205+ famous reading role models, including: Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Gates, Paulo Coelho, Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Suzanne Collins, Tony Hawk, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, President William Jefferson Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, and many others

· Connect with book lovers, similar readers from 140 countries and discover new reads based on books in other Bookprints

· Enter a safe social network all about books with two separate communities – one for adults, the other for children under 13 years old

· Find a book at a local library





Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.



Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 3.9 million children served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and they enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.



Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses distribute more than 6.4 million books to children at 4,779 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics, and health centers in all 50 states, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.



For more information on the Read Every Day campaign, visit http://www.scholastic.com/readeveryday.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Loveswept - Holiday Hop!



Happy Holidays to everyone - Romance At Random is celebrating their Loveswept line with a random e-book Giveaway to 25 winners plus an opportunity to win one Grand Prize from www.romanceatrandom.com. Enter here to be included in the FREE random e-book drawing (25 winners will pick up their FREE book from Net Galley) and then stop on by www.romanceatrandom.com and comment to enter the drawing to be the ''ONE” Grand Prize winner, to win a selection of great books! Good Luck & Happy Holidays to all!
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18+ Candies Bullet (ADULT CONTENT)

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store
EdenFantasys.com invites you to learn from others, share your experiences and re-discover sex. We offer online shopping you can trust, a welcoming community and a wealth of inspiring resources.
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My Opinion:

I don't have a lot of experience with toys, but I am an adventurous woman in the bedroom so I always wanted to try toys.
I have my own preferences as to what I like, just like every other girl, but we all all different too. I've never been a big clitoral stimulation girl, it was always the G Spot for me. I wanted to try a toy that would help me enjoy that area more, so I went with the Candies Bullet. I got the Purple one.... it was so cute when I opened it up!
I'll be honest with you, I have a need found appreciation of my clitoris thanks to this little baby. It has various speeds, and all I can say about how it felt.... AH-mazing!
If you new to the game, like me, this is a great way to start. If you're not new, you probably know what I mean. They're a great product!


5/5


Recommend? Definitely, get wild!


~This product was provided to me free of charge by Eden Fantasys in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.~

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 55 with me!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It's that simple.


Until that moment, Luce had thought she had a chance at standing up and just shaking off the incident--literally.



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get to Know Author Larissa Hinton

Morning readers!
Today we have author Larissa Hinton joining us to tell speak about her book, Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology. Most of you know I love poetry, so this is a treat!


A collection of short stories and poetry that explore the three stages of a flower that correlates to the human different stages of life but with a paranormal and fantasy twist. Here's more information about it in the blurb:
An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes.
The author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

Kindle Edition: 157 KB
ASIN: B005H5GKIY

Who or what inspires your writing?
Everything and anything is the broad and truthful answer. Since I'm a college student at Hampton University I walk to class a lot. Instead of plugging my ears with music (I don't want to draw attention to my hideous dance moves, lol), I think alot about my books and what I can do to fix them. Practically everyday I do this and even though it doesn't sound inspiring, I always come up with a new idea for a short idea or a way to fix a problem in my book. Sometimes thinking about my personal life helps and sometimes just walking in somewhat pure silence with nature brings me ideas. It just depends.


When did you know you would be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer after I was done with my first book. I remember like it was yesterday. I danced around the living room while it was printing on that old HP printer of mine. And when it was done printing I clutched it like it was my life saver. And in a way, it was. I never felt that happy in my life and right then I knew I wanted to keep writing for the rest of my life.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I want to say a semester, but I'm not entirely sure. I was 12 years old, which was a full decade ago, so some things are blurred. I remember writing it down first, then typing it up so of course that took a long time. It had to be at least six months to a full year to finish it. But I loved every minute of it!

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part about writing is putting your idea on paper and making it come across right. Especially for a novel. It's a long journey from the first page until the last and to make sure it's projecting the idea from cover to cover from word to word is the most difficult part. As a writer, you have to be consistent, persistent, and have excellent time management to be able to complete a novel with style, grace and be sane. Seriously. Ask some writers if they haven't pulled their hair out over a story that just wouldn't translate from their brain onto the paper right. Ah, the makings of a novel.

Do you have any writing rituals?
Absolutely! I wake up every morning at 6am, edit for an hour on Iwishacana/Acanawishi, then during the day, I carry my little notebook for short stories and write in every spare second I have to write stories in it. Additionally, while I'm watching television, I start editing Iwishacana/Acanawishi 2.

Have you written any thing else?
Absolutely, as I mentioned in the previous question, I'm currently editing Iwishacana/Acanawishi. Here's the book cover and the blurb:
Where rules are meant to be broken.
Anissa is constantly on the run from the police and can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Secrets are meant to be kept.
Until Anissa hides Florence in her bedroom and her mother finds out. There's only one thing left to do: Send her to Juvenile Cop Camp to erase all of her crimes on her record.

And everything is not what it seems.
There's only one problem: Anissa is innocent.

Welcome to Iwishacana.

I'm hoping to have this book released before Christmas. So be on the look for it! You can check out my blog for constant updates.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
I have plenty of advice for budding writers! They can check out these links on my blog:
Considering Self Publishing
Tips & Tricks How Not to Request A Book Review
Truth About Traditional Publishing
Why is Editing So Expensive?
Quick Tip of the Day: Blurbs
Hot Topic Tuesday: Best of Best or Nothing at All
Tips & Tricks Friday: Editing
Tips & Tricks: Time
Anthology: A Writer's Shortcut
Cover Tips
But overall, I'd say keep writing and keep reading. Do your research. Do not limit yourself with traditional publishing or self publishing. It is possible to do both.

Who are your favorite Authors?
Meg Cabot, Andrea Cremer, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Dia Reeves, Bruce Coville . . . I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop there. Those are pretty much the top five, even though I've had some issues with some of their works, I love their work and will continue to support them.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
I have to say the most recent impact a book has had on me was Watchmen by Alan Moore. As an English Education major, we are told what the classics are in literature therefore, we have a predetermined view of what literature can and cannot be. When I read Watchmen by Alan Moore, it literally blew my mind. It changed everything I thought about what graphic novels and comics book were. They could be literary, deep and interesting to the fullest. And ever since then, I have read graphic novels and manga and anything else related with a new-found respect and with excitement. I am now fully hooked on graphic novels, manga and comic books. :)

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading my ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Amanda Hocking's book, Switched! Yes, I'm excited and I'm bragging a little bit. I can't help it. Anyway, I'm enjoying the book so far and I can see why she has sold millions of book. This girl can write!

How do readers find out more about you?
The easiest way to find out more about me is to check out my blog.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

#161: Cleaving - Julie Powell


Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do--until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, CLEAVING.
Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.
The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world--from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
ISBN: 9780316003360

My review for Julie & Julia

My Opinion:
I really loved Julie Powell's debut novel and thought this would be a delight also. Have to be honest, I was a little disappointed.
It had the same, great storytelling, but it lacked some magic that made you want to keep reading. I found myself having a hard time finishing it. I love meat, but wasn't really interested in the graphic nature of what was in this book. I should have expected it, by the title, but wasn't prepared for how candid Julie gets with the butchering process.
There are some recipes in there too, though I have yet to try any.
Fans of hers may enjoy this, if they can get over the graphic nature of the meat business. Others clearly will not. You really have to decide for yourself with this one.


2.5/5


Recommend? No, sadly.


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Monday, December 5, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

SHOULD BE READING


I love all the gifts I've been given today, but the best one came hours ago.

#160: The Mirror of N'de - L.K. Malone (With Giveaway)

In the mythical city of N'de lives thirteen-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash. Scorned and abused by the unloving and absent Emperor, the Ramash are poor people, placed second to the ruling class of the Oresed. Young but bold, Hadlay rages against the injustice in her city. When she is chosen for the honor of serving the Prince in the Tower, she hopes to find a way to right the wrong . . . but soon discovers that things are worse than she believed.

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 28, 2011)
ISBN: 9780825426674
Purchase at Amazon




AUTHOR BIO:
As a child, L.K. Malone liked to make up episodes of her favorite TV shows when she was supposed to be napping. Her favorite pastimes include reading, writing, and enjoying time with her large extended family, which includes a handsome menagerie of pets and two lovely young women she met through Denver Kids.


My Opinion:
This, by far, was an interesting story. It had so many wonderful elements going on, though for some maybe too many.
I had thought to myself at one point while reading this book, that it's a mash up of Harry Potter starring a girl instead, mixed with Roman and Greek Mythology and a dash of paranormal.
Then I wondered if it was too much, and decided not for me! I loved it!
A lot of great lessons learned throughout the story for Hadlay, and they resonate into the reader also.
Great storytelling and one I am surely to recommend.


4/5


Recommend? YES!


~ I received a copy from LitFuse. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


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