Friday, May 31, 2013

May Monthly News

Welcome to the May edition of monthly news!





PRODUCTS:
1. Office Chair (Staples Big Chair Event) (recommend)
2. Star Trek costume (recommend)


MOVIES:
1. Movie 43


MUSIC:
1. Michael Bublé - To Be Loved (recommend)
2. Rod Stewart - Time (recommend)


Yearly Total: 54 Books, 10 Products, 11 Movies, 4 CD's


BOOK OF THE MONTH:


BOOK OF THE YEAR:


GENRE COUNT:
Non-Fiction 14         Fiction 38              Novella 2              Young Adult 11      Fantasy 3
Children 4                Short-Stories 3     Inspirational 2     Romance 5            Erotica 1
Picture Book 4         Paranormal 6       Mystery 6              Dystopian 3            Devotional 2
Religious 3              Historical 2            Sci-Fi 2                 Humor 1                 Cozy 2
Educational 2          Art 2                        Self-Help 2           Contemporary 1    Cookbook 2
Parenting 1              Middle Grade 1    Suspense 1         Thriller 1                  Christian Fiction 2
Audiobook 1            Memoir 1               Amish 1




SPECIAL POSTS:
1. Blasting About: The Newstead Project (With Giveaway)
2. Blasting About: Trail of Bones (With Giveaway)
3. Walmart for Mothers Day!
4. The Classics with Reebok
5. McHappy Day is Back on May 8th
6. Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Working It Out
7. Spotlight's On: The Idiot of Funkyville (With Excerpts)
8. Blasting About: The Tale of Mally Biddle (With Giveaway)
9. May Kindle Fire Giveaway
10. Romwe Instagram Leggings Contest
11. Blasting About: Meg the Egg (With Giveaway)
12. Sports Memorabilia As An Investment
13. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec
14. Romwe Mothers Day Accessories Flash Sale (4 Hours Left)
15. Promo Stop: Fish Out Of Water
16. Romwe Leggings Flash Sale
17. Blasting About: The Enemy (With Giveaway)
18. PDP's Signed ARC Giveaway
19. Romwe's $9.99 Sale!!
20. Pin It To Win It With Romwe ($150 Giveaway)
21. The Wizards Return: Alex VS Alex on DVD June 25
22. Romwe 72 Hour Sale
23. Become A Stella & Dot Stylist!
24. Blasting About: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen (With Giveaway)
25. Trail Of Bones (With Excerpt & Giveaway)
26. #romwemay Leggings Contest on Instagram
27. Three Survival Tips for Single Moms
28. Stella & Dot Memorial Day Sale
29. Romwe Memorial Day Sale
30. Romwe Leggings Flash Sale (May 28 - May 30)
31. Picking Tricia Goyer's Brain
32. Romwe Mid Season Sale
33. Author Interview with Kyra Davis


ALPHABE THURSDAYS (Get To Know Freda):
A Is For Animals
B Is For Books


ARMCHAIR BEA:
1. Introduction
2. Genre: Classic Literature (Classics)
3. Blogger Development
4. Genre: Fiction
5. Giveaway
6. Literary Reads
7. Ethics


MOTHER OF PEARL SERIES POSTS:
Day One: Sue Edwards
Day Two: Christy Fitzwater
Day Three: Margaret McSweeney
Day Four: Cynthia Ruchti
Day Five: Lesli A. Westfall
Day Six: Tricia Goyer
Day Seven: Beth Vogt
Day Eight: Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Day Nine: Melody Murray


Armchair BEA: Ethics



Read my introduction post.

Read my classics post.

Read my development post.

Read my fiction post.

Read my giveaway post.

Read my literary reads post.


Okay, I'm not one to consider myself a person to know anything about ethics besides using common sense. I have even placed myself in an "unethical" category before, of course not on purpose though. It has happened through the trial and error of blogging.

An example. I had used a url service where you make a hundredth of a cent per click. I thought I would give it a try as I saw another blogger using it. A few days later, after using the shortener for as many links as I needed to, and not always my own, I see a conversation being held all about how unethical a certain blogger is for using the service. Well, I'm not a rocket scientist, but it didn't take long to figure out I was the "certain blogger" they so fondly referred to. I quickly quit being "unethical" and no longer use the service at all. I would not consciously do something inappropriate or unethical on my blog or anywhere for that matter. What bothered me, is they lynched me behind my back in a group setting. Not one of those people contacted me and asked if I knew I was being a bad blogger. Just talk about me in third person like I don't exist.....
Any way, I know I won't hold it against myself... it was innocent. Hopefully people will see it laid in inexperience and forgive me too.

So there ya have it. Probably the first post today on ethics by using yourself as the example.  

Here's the point: I do this to show I had nothing to hide or be ashamed of, and that doing your research or asking other bloggers about a service before you use it might be a better idea. Get advice and recommendations before you take the plunge! 


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The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 128!



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






 In many respects, the war brought Martin things both good and bad. He found a deep love and respect for his comrades over the years.They learned to follow and look up at him. He would ease their pain at night in the wet jungle, describing works of art from across the globe and reciting poems from memory. Moe Carter would send books to Martin, and Martin would carry them around like a literary crutch. One good phrase from a story by D.H. Lawrence or Tolstoy or maybe a poem by E.E. Cummings--it didn't matter; it was enough to bring a ray of light into those dark nights. It still is.
 The war also brought Martin much pain.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA: Literary Reads



Read my introduction post.

Read my classics post.

Read my development post.

Read my fiction post.

Read my giveaway post.


When I think of literary fiction, I think of the books that resonate through me. Maybe even still today. They are the books that you always remember and fondly talk about from time to time.
Now that's not the dictionary term, but it's what the term means to me.

Here are some of the books I consider to be literary fiction. Keep in mind all of these have been reviewed on the blog. So my list comes from that group.



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Now those are the ones I have read since I started blogging. Not my whole life. And not the ones I didn't appreciate... only the literary greats from me.

And here is another cool thing for you all..... a FREE literary read! Yup, I said FREE!
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Armchair BEA: Giveaway: With an Author Interview Too!



Read my introduction post.

Read my classics post.

Read my development post.

Read my fiction post.



In this erotic trilogy from critically acclaimed and  New York Times bestselling author Kyra Davis, a buttoned-up businesswoman finds herself under the power of a mysterious and intensely sexy man, both in the boardroom and in bed.

Their one wild night in a Vegas hotel changed everything for Kasie. Sleeping with a powerful, sexy stranger made her rethink her impending marriage, and a whole lot more. But as her affair threatens her job and the sexy billionaire Robert Dade becomes more controlling, Kasie has to figure out if her passion is leading her down a path she really wants. She’s seduced by his gifts of power, success, and adventure, she’s overwhelmed by what he can make her feel with a single touch, the way he can make her ache for him with just a look. But is the cost of absolute power and pleasure a price Kasie can afford? And does she truly know this man who says he can give her everything…or is he still a stranger after all?

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Kyra Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the the JUST ONE NIGHT trilogy, SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDING and the Sophie Katz mysteries. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently living in Southern California with her son and his charming, albeit moody leopard gecko. You can learn more about Kyra Davis and her books by visiting her website or Facebook.







1. What inspired you to write romance?
I didn't exactly choose it. An editor at Simon & Schuster asked if I was interested in writing erotic fiction and I said yes because I thought maybe I could do something a little different with the genre. I wanted to create a story about a woman (Kasie) who has to discover who she is and find the courage to be that person without abandoning her professional ambitions. In the JUST ONE NIGHT series Kasie loses more and more of her inhibitions every time she gives into her desire for Robert Dade. The experience makes her delve deep inside her own psyche. She starts questioning the rules she's been playing by all these years. And then there's the fact that Kasie is a Harvard educated, highly skilled and accomplished woman who isn't granted power in the workplace, power she's arguably earned, until her lover gives it to her...which raises the question, is she entitled to it? And lastly you have a sort of GAME OF THRONES/TUDORS dynamic where everyone is trying to claim dominance. Self-discovery, power games, sexual politics in the workplace, these are subjects I really enjoy exploring and the fact that there's this hot dynamic between Kasie and Robert Dade...well, that's just intensifies everything and raises the stakes. Their passion is tied into these corporate power games which makes their story fun to write.

2. Do you place a piece of yourself in your characters?
 Although Kasie and I are very different people the reality is that all of these characters came out of my head and therefore reflect bits and pieces of me, at the very least they reflect my thoughts and musings. In the end I'm the composite character. 

3. Did you know this would be a series when you started?
Simon & Schuster asked that I break the book up into three novellas and I was happy to do so. In the end I like the way it worked out. eBook novellas allow readers to try an author's work for a low price and then if they like it they can get the rest of the trilogy and if they don't they only lost $1.99. Less than they would have spent on a cup of coffee at Starbucks. 

4. What is your favorite book, or which book impacted you the most?
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow probably influenced this particularly trilogy more than any other book. I loved the way Barlow combined, suspense, poetry, quick pacing, philosophy and sharp characterizations. Ironically I learned about the book from a guy who I had a misguided crush on years ago. The guy ended up being a hot-mess but the book was great! 

5. When you can't write, what do you do?
Hang out and talk with my truly wonderful son, workout, read, spend quality time with my fiancé/love-of-my-life...oh, and every once in a while I have to do laundry. 

Thanks for stopping by today Kyra. It was nice having you here during Armchair BEA!

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY
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B Is For Books


Brown and Black bears are all over the northern region of Ontario that I live in, but since I live in the city, the only bear I see is on the Big Bear sign from the convenience store.

That's not the B I have in place to discuss, no, with BEA (Book Expo America) going on, all I can think about is books. It doesn't help as I sit in my home office writing this I am surrounded by them. I mean, they consume me!! See for yourself!






This is the bookshelf filled with my faves. My personal collection.











                       




These books I still need to read.

A.K.A
My TBR pile








And this is my closet shelf.
It has all my signed copies and audiobooks.
FYI: I consider my signed copies to be so valuable that they get put away from eyes who may ask to borrow them. It would kill me to lend one out and not get it back. Sad, but true.

So now you know what a book junkie I am, and how bad my addiction is, what would you prescribe??


ALPHABE THURSDAY/JENNY MATLOCK



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Armchair BEA: Genre: Fiction



Read my introduction post.

Read my classics post.

Read my development post.


Look, if it wasn't for fiction, I would have nothing to let my imagination run loose in. No stories to unfold, magic to uphold, characters to adore. No, life would be bland, routine and boring. 

I have always loved reading, fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter. I do prefer fiction though. Fantasy novels seem to be what I lean to most when I need a pick-me-up, in the literary sense. To let your imagination go wild with stories of goblins, faeries, witches, kings and queens and paranormal peeps, who could resist get lost?!

As long as it's books like Stephen Kings' to Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, I will forever have something to immerse myself in.


My favorite fiction book read in May is, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. But for the year so far, it's Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Romwe Mid Season Sale

Over 1000 styles with up to 70% off, you can’t image how many amazing products in this sale!!
Only the products you can imagine, not the products you can’t buy!! 
Valid date: 06/01/2013~06/07/2013
What are you waiting for ??


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Armchair BEA: Blogger Development



Read my introduction post.

Read my classics post.


I've come a long way in almost 4 years of blogging, besides the fact I went from "Book Blogger" to "Lifestyle Blogger"

When I first started blogging back in 2009, my posts were premature to me. My reviews felt like the ones you did in school. Very to the point and that's it, no personalization of any kind. Now I add myself to each post. Or at least, I try. It's tough telling the world about yourself sometimes, by connecting yourself to whatever you're writing about via personal experience. It all makes sense to do it though....
So someone please tell the 2009 Freda that!
She was too afraid to open up. What if you guys didn't like her? What if you only want basic book info and opinion? What if?!
Then I went to a conference last October, She's Connected Toronto. I not only met an incredible group of people, and networked with amazing brands and companies, but I learned a ton about being a better blogger. Maybe I'm still utilizing the mass of information I learned, and believe me when I say I still am, but it has changed my look at blogging entirely. I highly recommend all bloggers attend at least one blogger conference in their lifetime. Whatever you choose, I am positive it will guide you further, as it has with me.


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#54: Impostor - Susanne Winnacker

CAN TESSA POSE AS MADISON . . . AND STOP A KILLER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI.
When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep.
Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.



  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (May 28 2013)
  • ISBN: 9781595146540
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Author Bio:
Susanne Winnacker lives with her husband, a dog, and four rabbits in Ruhrgebiet, Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling, and animals. Check out her website at http://susannewinnacker.com


Review:
The ending left so much open for the next book, that you are sure to be eager to keep reading.
This was one cool story too, unlike other shape-shifter stories I have read previously. I also enjoyed all the suspenseful moments. There were even a couple of scary moments where I ended up screaming at the book. You know, it was like watching a horror film, and the girl goes to investigate the noise while you're yelling at the tv, "don't go, run!" Yeah, I yelled at Tessa through the book pages a few times. Got some strange looks from the hubby for it too.
Paranormal fans are gonna love and devour this book just like I did.


4/5


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA: Genre: Classic Literature (Classics)



Read my introduction post.


The very first classic literature book that I remember reading, even though it was mandatory school reading, was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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An epic adventure, this story came alive for me. It lit a fire as well, and from that time on I have loved books. I do believe it even changed how I view books, stories, in general, and broadened my imagination.
Best part is all the events could be so real. It could have been a stamp in time. It is fiction though, and a book everyone should read. No wonder it was mandatory in my school is all I can think.

And then in the summer of 2010, I was given an opportunity to read another classic. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as it was in its' 50th anniversary. 

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Boy, am I ever glad I read that book. The story still resonates through me and I feel the message can still be heard today. Even though we, as a world, have come a long way from the days of prejudice and hate, we still harbor some as well. We're getting there, and will be there one day wherever there is, but the song remains the same. Don't judge a book by its' cover, and don't judge a person by the color of their skin. 

So that's what I got this time around. I love more like Austen, Steinbeck and Wells, but if I went on about each then we'd be here all day.


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Armchair BEA: Introduction



  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
  3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 
  4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
  5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 
  6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s). 
  7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? 
  8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
  9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
  10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 
  11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

Hi, Freda here. I am the one behind all the stuff here at Freda's Voice. Pardon the photo, it is currently the only shot of myself I have on my new pc. I'm not really a Vulcan, I am human and hail from Ontario, Canada. I have been blogging for over 3 years, actually closer to 4, and I initially started blogging for books. Yup, I said it. I'm a book junkie and have been addicted for some time now. Rehab is not an option.

This is where I live. Home of CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats. If I liked football it would give me options, but I don't care for anything other than hockey, so books it is!

This is not my first year on the Armchair BEA side of things. I participated last year too. I was drawn into the event after watching it unfold in 2011. I saw how much fun it was to hangout on the sidelines and entered the next year and again this year. It really is a great way to connect with bloggers, authors and books. 



I'm currently reading this in print. I love reading books by Canadian authors. 
This book is a bit of an emotional read, and I'm about halfway through. Watch for a review and giveaway coming soon.















This is what I'm reading digitally. I am preparing to tour the book in July. So be sure to come back and check out the review then. It is book 2 in a series, that I really do enjoy.














I've recently discovered sushi, and it has quickly become one of my favorite things. Best one for me is the Spicy California Sushi Roll. MMM MMM Good!
Hard to believe it has only been less than a year that I have had sushi in my life. Can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't try it sooner. It is DA BOMB!

A couple of blogs I love are Simply Stacie, Guiltless Reading and VVB32 Reads. Each for different reasons. Simply Stacie is one of the first blogs I ever read. There is always great reviews on products, services and more, plus great giveaways. She is my mentor and doesn't even know it... well, maybe she will now... :-)  
Guiltless Reading is a great blog for book and book related things. Aloi has a classic nature to her blog and I love her Bookmark Mondays post.
Lastly, VVB32 Reads blog. This is a gem of a blog written by a gem of a lady! She has the coolest events from Jane Austen to Zombies!! I really love all the cool and fun things to do there!
Of course those are not the only blogs I love, they're just to show the variance of taste I like. I could list awesome blogs all day long, but then the other questions would go to waste. Just know, if I visit you, I love you. It's really that simple.

I can't say I have a favorite post, but have loved working with Staples this past year. I have done two posts for them now. One was a Tassimo T55 Home Brewing Machine and the other post was for the Big Chair Event. I really enjoy working with Staples and love the products they carry. With the convenience of their location in my city, they are a store suited to me. I know it's not book-related but they are my favorite posts overall. My favorite book-related post would definitely be my review for Always Watching by Chevy Stevens. She is definitely my favorite Canadian author. I have read all of her books and plan to keep it that way. She is awesome! Totes.

If I could dine with, and pick the brain of anyone it would be Maya Angelou. OMG how I love her. I read her books, and I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, has always stuck with me. When you learn of her story, and how those poems came to be, well, a woman like me will always be sold. I shared a background similar to hers, and will always feel connected to that book. If given the opportunity I have a whole list of questions I'd ask, from one woman to another.

I'd most like to visit the Anne of Green Gables site in P.E.I. Hard to believe I have been to P.E.I, geez, I even lived in Nova Scotia for almost 3 years, and haven't seen it. It was one of the series I read as a kid, that always stuck with me. Oh, how I love spunky Anne Shirley. And yet, did not make the trip to see where it all happened, so-to-speak.  

My favorite part of the book-blogging community is all the resources. Whether you're looking for a review on a certain book, a highlight of something new, a giveaway, an interview, whatever it is you are looking for, the best resource is in blogland. Real people with real opinions. That's how you learn what might interest you, and what might not. Maybe you discover a new author, or one from your hometown. That's what book-blogging is to me. A sharing community for something we love. Books. What can be better than that??

In the future, I hope people will be more laid back on their blogs. Personalize it to you, don't just try to fit in for the sake of it. I also hope people will lay up on the "lynchings". Seems we've had too much drama over the internet in blogland. This person says this or does this and the whole world pounces. Maybe leave things between the two parties involved, step back and zip it. if I've learned anything over the years blogging it is that it only takes one comment to be misinterpreted and start a war. So if you have nothing nice to say, don't comment at all. Better for everyone. Your comments are visible and may hurt you later on. You just never know who sees what you had to say.

With that said, I look forward to Armchair BEA. I can live vicariously through the lucky bloggers that are attending, and still feel part of it from my nice new comfy Staples office chair.  :-)

Happy BEA everyone! Play safe and happy reading!


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