31 July 2010

Weekly Wrap Up (3)

It's time for the weekly wrap up - Here's where you'll find some links to a few of the great posts my affiliates made this week. Head on over and take a look - Enjoy!

Confessions of a Bookaholic


Summer Lovin' Prize Pack #2 Contest
Interview with Kristie Cook - Author of Promise
Summer Lovin' Prize Pack #3 Contest
Guest Post - Kristie Cook - Author of Promise
10 Facts About Author Kristie Cook
Summer Lovin' Prize Pack #4 Contest
Summer Lovin' Prize Pack #5 Contest
 Review: Promise By: Kristie Cook
Info on Two books and some Contests!
  
 
Mindful Musings
 
Review: The Fiddler's Gun By: A.S. Peterson
Giveaway: The Fiddler's Gun By: A.S. Peterson
Review: Dark Lover By: J.R. Ward
Review: Being Jamie Baker By: Kelly Oram




Star Shadow





Some great stuff from each of my Affiliates! Be sure to stop by and check everything out. As for me... I still have two contests running - I'm giving away a finished copy of Linger and a copy of Greek:Double Date. Don't forget to enter :)

This next week, I not only have a couple reviews coming up but  I also have a contest with CSN stores, so keep an eye out for that. September just keeps getting bigger and bigger when it comes to all the contests and prizes I have ready to give away!!! If I make it to 500+ followers by then I'll add in another contest or two. Right now I'm looking at 12 or so contests JUST for September and would love to add in another one or two for everyone. So, lets all hope I make it to that 500+ magic number!

Other then that, it's been a great weekend. Trying to stay cool and getting ready to read. I hope your all having a great weekend too. Enjoy the rest of it :)))

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Title: Life, After
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 288 Pages (July 1st 2010)
From: the Publisher - Thank You!

Synopsis: Everything changes for Dani and her family when a truck loaded with explosives detonates outside the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing her beloved aunt and unborn cousin. Because of the ensuing political upheaval, economic hardship, and emotional toll, Dani's family moves to the U.S. It is a terrifying place--new school, new language, new hardships--and Dani's angry father is turning into a stranger, more so everyday. Just when Dani thinks she is about to lose it, she befriends Jessica, one of the girls who has been cruelly teasing her since she arrived.

It is the most unlikely of friendships. Jessica is wealthy, groomed, spoiled. But Jessica has a past that only Dani can understand. She lost her father in 9/11. It is a friendship that allows them both to heal in unexpected and surprising ways, and changes them and their families forever.

Review: 3 Stars - Life, After was a touching novel about a teenage girl named Dani and her family and the direct affects that terrorism, and “The Crisis” had on them and everyone living not only in Buenos Aires, but throughout Argentina.

Dani and her family are faced with more then hard times due to crisis after crisis including a terrorism bombing that more then hurt her family and so many others. With most of the country falling on hard times, many flee in search of a better life.

When things become apparent to her mother that the family is in more trouble than they can get out of and growing worse by the day, she goes against her husbands wishes and chooses to move to America in search of safety and a better life for Dani and her younger sister. Going against her fathers’ strong values, it takes some convincing, but he gives in and they move to the US.

The dramatic changes the whole family face when having to be uprooted from one country to another were stressful to say the least and Dani seemed to take on a lot when it came to her family. She had so many responsibilities and I felt she often missed out on much of what it means to be a teenager. At school she finds a few people who are nice to her and some that aren’t so nice. She ends up becoming friends with a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome and how she is with him were some of my favorite parts in the story.

Slow in spots and emotional in others - Dani took so much in stride – but what she has to go through to get there is what made this book all that it was. Readers will appreciate the vast relationships new and old to country to country and culture to culture – Life, After shows us just how different we all are and how we can relate to each other if we all take the time to listen.

FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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30 July 2010

Title: Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Kristie Cook
Ordering Information: Amazon, Barns and NobleHow to order signed copies

Synopsis: Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, ...more Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

And now I want to welcome Kristie and say how excited I am about the series and that I was able to take part in the Blog Tour!

Going Indie

Before entering the business side of writing fiction, I never paid much attention to publishers. Like most readers (I think), all I really cared about was the author (if they were familiar) or the title (if it was recommended). I might have noticed that the cover themes of a favorite author looked different because they changed publishers. I didn’t really care much who published the book, though, as long as it was good.

When I decided to go indie to publish my books, it was with this in mind. Do readers really care? Overall, no, as long as the book meets their standards and expectations. Unfortunately, there are self-published books that are very obviously self-pubbed – their covers scream amateur with just text on an ugly background and the writing needs serious editing help. But beyond that, if the book grabs attention and, especially, if it has been recommended, it doesn’t matter who the publishing company is.

My team and I have worked hard to ensure that the cover and printing meet professional standards and that the story is well polished. If you didn’t know it was self-published, you would probably never know the difference. We’ve taken steps to ensure you can buy it on any major retailer’s website (or you will in the near future, anyway) or walk into any brick-and-mortar and order it. Eventually, if it gets enough buzz and requests, the stores and libraries will stock it on their shelves.

The biggest and most unexpected challenge has been meeting the requests of buyers outside of the U.S. We’ve had so many inquiries that we’re frantically looking for solutions besides expensive international shipping. As a tiny publisher with only one title, however, it takes time to get listed with places such as The Book Depository. I underestimated the blogosphere and how far the reach of Promise’s buzz would go and didn’t think this would be an issue for some time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining at all. People from the U.K., Greece, Canada, Mexico and other countries have taken the time to email me because they can’t find my book and they really want to read it. How cool is that?!? Like chocolate-ice-cream-with-caramel-and-peanut-butter cool! So no complaints. We’re just learning what we can do and ask that people have patience with us.

So far, the road to publication has been a huge learning experience, sometimes challenging and sometimes a lot of work. But mostly it’s been fun. I’ve met so many people and learned so many new things. I look forward to the journey ahead.

I think you’ll be seeing more and more writers taking the same path. The six big publishers are feeling the effects of the economy, as well as the digitizing of books. They’re trying to avoid the fiasco the music industry faced with piracy and loss of sales, while dealing with old foes, such as television, newspapers, movies, video games, etc., as well as new competition for people’s attention, such as the Internet, social media, multimedia players, etc. They have little money to invest in new authors that mean even more risk than usual.

I think within the next five or so years, publishers will require debut authors to build their own audience through self-publishing. After all, it’s fairly easy and inexpensive these days. Writers can prove themselves to readers and when they have a solid fan-base, publishers will take the risk of investing in them. So readers will be the ones choosing what they want to read, with a plethora of possibilities they’ve never had before.

You’ll no longer be kept from something you might like because an agent or publisher already decided for you that you wouldn’t like it. You’ll no longer be told what’s good enough. You’ll have to figure it out for yourself, but you’ll also get to discover authors and stories that you otherwise would have never known…like Promise. Freedom to choose what you want to read? That’s pretty awesome for the reader and the author!


Thank you so much for stopping by Kristie! From reading the book, to this guest post for the blog tour, it's been a blast! Congraulations to you on the release of Promise!

For more intormation about the author and the series, please visit Kristie's Web Site
For more information about the book please visit I Have Promise


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Title: Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, LLC, 368 Pages (July 30th 2010)
From: the Author - Thank You Kristie!

Synopsis: Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Review: 5 Stars - Kristie Cook is destined to take the self publishing world by storm with her first novel in the brand new Soul Savers series – Promise. Thrilling, action packed, with rich and endearing characters, mystery and a love story unlike most others, this book has all the key ingredients and then some to quickly become the book everyone wants to read.

Alexis and her mother are on the move again. When everyone including yourself thinks you’re a freak because of your strange abilities and your mother doesn’t seem to age, you tend to move around a lot. With starting college it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and begin again. Moving to Florida would be perfect, just no one was expecting it to be life changing.

Alexis is a strong level headed character and when Tristan enters her life you just know they are destined. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow into something epic. What’s interesting is that this wasn’t a love at first sight type of love, it was a love that grew from friendship which was a breath of fresh air. Alexis has her guard up and has good reason to and Tristan has some secrets as well. That’s where the beauty of their relationship comes in. They took the time to sort through things and listen and learn about each other, to figure out that what they needed most might just be what the other is willing to give.

Tristan is fierce and loyal and has his own set of problems to deal with and he wants nothing more then to be a better person for not only himself but for Alexis and a whole race of people. He might have a lot of history to make up for, but wants nothing more than to do just that. The inner battles he faces are part of what makes him perfect to me. Knowing a character is flawed and watching their internal struggle to be better and overcome them is something that always draws me in.

With a war looming above Alexis, Tristan and everyone around them they must figure out a way to keep Alexis safe and keep their love secret from the evil forces at work. It’s a war between good and evil with little to no way to stop it.

The story flowed easily from one page to another with the descriptive writing, strong characters that were easy to cheer for and a love story to leave your heart tingling - Kristie’s Promise is a book bursting at the seams - with an ending that’ll leave you wanting more.

To help celebrate the release of Promise, I was lucky enough to take part in the Blog Tour. Check back for a Guest Post with Kristie later today!!

FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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29 July 2010

Book Blogger Hop + Follow Friday (4)

It looks like it's time for another Hop and Follow Friday!

If you'd like to join in - head on over to Crazy-For-Books! Thanks again for hosting it Jennifer!

Hello to everyone!!! Welcome and I hope you'll find some great content here. Looking forward to getting to know everyone more. :)

Also, to my new followers and followers who are just finding me via the Blog Hop - be sure when you comment to leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back! Happy Friday to everyone!

Today's Questions: Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year??

Wow! That's a tough  to pick just one. I'd have to say Jandy Nelson, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kristie Cook and Jennifer Echols... Stacey Kade... just to name a few.



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Some info to everyone, Followers new and old - I have some great Interviews, Guest Posts, Reviews, and Contests coming up in August and then in September to help celebrate my 1st Blogoversary!! (it was originally suppose to be for August, but I'm combining my Blogoversary, Birthday and reaching 400+ followers that I hope by that time will be a celebration of 500+ followers!!) TONS of contest, lots of winners - some GREAT stuff planned! I can't wait!

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Enjoy the weekend!

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Title: One Night That Changes Everything
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 288 Pages (July 6th 2010)
From: the Publisher - Thank You!

Synopsis: Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen—the one that lists everything she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend, Cooper.

Like it’s not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are blackmailing her. They’re giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or they’ll post her secrets online—including the ones that aren’t just about her.

Eliza’s sure of only one thing: she isn’t going down without a fight. Cooper may have what’s left of her dignity, but she’s not the only one with something to hide…


Review: 4 Stars - One Night That Changes Everything was a cute and entertaining story about overcoming your fears and second chances.

Our main character Eliza is faced with a huge problem. She’s misplaced her notebook and can’t seem to find it. That wouldn’t be a big deal, except the contents tell of every fear she has ever had – emotional, physical, the whole gambit of fears since she was younger. In comes a call from the one person she never wants to speak to again – her ex-boyfriend Cooper who tells her he’s got the notebook and just where to meet him to get it back.

Set over the course of a single night, it takes on a slight hint of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Play list as Eliza and her best friends travel all through the city to try to complete task after task in order to not only get Eliza’s notebook back, but to keep some of the secrets.. well, secret.

With flighty friends, Eliza finds herself stuck with the one person she didn’t want to be near and over the course of the night she has to fight through some scary and embarrassing challenges. Some I don’t think I’d ever want to face. Yet in the end it was nice to see that not only did Eliza learn a lot about herself and her fears, but she changed because of them.

All in all One Night was a quick and entertaining read with characters that could easily be real people. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Being that we all have fears of some sort I think that most would find this story easy to relate to and the lightness, humor and entertaining characters would make this a great summer read that many will be able to enjoy. I’m looking forward to reading more from Barnholdt in the future.

FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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28 July 2010


"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.



Three books this week. Sometimes it's hard just to choose one.


Title: John Belushi is Dead
Author: Kathy Charles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 320 Pages (August 24th 2010 - republished)
Preorder here: Amazon, Borders, Barns and Noble, The Book Depository

Synopsis: Pink-haired Hilda and endearing punk Benji, both seventeen, have an obsessive hobby—they haunt the places where Hollywood celebrities have died.

In rundown Echo Park, once the hub of the movie business, they find the squalid apartment where a second-rate silent movie star stabbed himself to death with nail scissors. Its current tenant is Hank, an old man with a mysterious past.

While Benji dives deeper into the cult of celebrity death, Hank and Hilda make an unlikely pair. Then Jake the screenwriter turns up. What’s his story?

Sounds like a quirky read, one that I'm looking forward to. What about you guys? Anyone else looking forward to this one or think this sounds like a good read?



Title: Girl Saves Boy
Author: Steph Bowe
Publisher: Text Publishing, 288 Pages (August 30th 2010)
Preorder here: Amazon, The Book Depository, Text Publishing

Synopsis: The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine? With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.


As soon as I read about this one, I knew I had to add it to my must read/wish list. I really can't wait to read it. Anyone else agree? What do you guys think?




Title: The Ivy
Author: Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 320 Pages (August 31st 2010)
Preorder here: Amazon, Borders, Barns and Noble, The Book Depository

Synopsis: When Callie arrives for her freshman year at Harvard, she encounters her three vastly different roommates, new friendships, steamy romance, and scandalous secrets.


Sounds interesting - I mean anything with steamy romance AND scandalous secrets? Anyone else ready to read this one?

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27 July 2010

Title: Being Jamie Baker
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields, 353 Pages (June 14th 2010)
Order Here: Amazon, The Book Depository

Synopsis: "Most superhero stories start with a meteor shower or a nasty insect bite, but mine actually starts with a kiss..."

An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities.

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat?

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

I'd heard about this book awhile back and thought it sounded like a pretty cute read. Not to mention the cover is different and pretty in pink! Then, while talking with my friend last night - Natalie from Mindful Musings... she told me she had just started reading the book and told me to check out the trailer for the book. I have to say that this is probably one of the cutest trailers I have ever seen!! I knew I had to share it with all of you. So, take a look and let me know what you think!



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26 July 2010

Title: Greek - Double Date
Author: By: Marsha Warner
Publisher: Harlequin, 208 Pages (May 1st 2010)

Synopsis: Two dates—same night!
 
Major oops. When Casey Cartwright's brother begs her to be nerdy Dale Kettlewell's date to the sure-to-be-boring Honors Engineering Awards, Casey says yes. Even though Dale is totally not her type… and might have a crush on her. Ugh. But it's a nice thing to do, and Casey's always been the "nice" girl.

But now, that night conflicts with the biggest event of the semester, the All-Greek formal. Casey already has a date lined up: hot transfer student Rob Howell. He's her plan to get over her sexy-slacker ex, Cappie. And even nice girls get to be bad sometimes, right?

What to do? With a little help from BFF Ashleigh, unwanted advice from frenemy Rebecca Logan and even a push from Cappie, what Casey does may surprise even herself….

So, who watches the show and who would like their chance to win the extra copy I was given??

Rules are easy......

To enter, please fill out for the form by following the link below. Comments are ALWAYS welcomed and loved, just no entries in comments please. This is for your benefit - it helps to keep spam away :)
You must be 13 years or older to enter.
Contest is open to US residents only - Sorry!
Contest ends on: August 15th, 2010

The winner will be picked using random.org. This book will be mailed out by a 3rd party, so the winner's name and mailing address will be passed on to them. If you have any questions please see my Contest Policy page or please feel free to email with any questions.

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!

ENTER HERE


For more info be sure to check out the Greek Website.

Thanks to everyone who enters and GOOD LUCK to you all!!! Also, September is a HUGE month for me and my blog. I'm working many contests that I'm pretty excited about. I hope you all will be too. Have a great week everyone... :)

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25 July 2010

Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 368 Pages (July 13th 2010)

Synopsis: In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

I'm a HUGE fan of both of Maggie's series - Mercy Falls and Books of Faerie and was more then excited to be able to do a interview with her. I hope you'll all enjoy this just as much as I did (and still am) if not more.

1. Can you tell us what a usual day in the life of Maggie Stiefvater is like?

One of the things I love about being a writer is that there is no usual day. Hmm, let me try to break it down roughly, though. I guess I bundle the kids off to school, make myself a giant steaming mug of tea with lots of sugar, and then check e-mails. That is pretty reliable. After that, though, I may have scenes to write, revisions to do, copy edits to tackle, interviews to answer, or trailers to create. If I’m drafting, I try to hit 2,000 words in a day -- that’s one solid scene, roundabout. But really the only rule is that there are no solid rules.

2. You are one of the most creative people/authors around, is there anything you have yet to master that you either want to try or have tired and just can’t get the hang of?

Thanks. *grin* I can’t make tortillas. I’m not very good at bowling. I can’t eat preservatives. Do those count? Mostly if I’m not good at something, I throw myself at getting better at it. I’m not really good about giving up, even if I’m not in love with doing something.

3. For your Mercy Falls series – what’s been the hardest part in writing such stunning characters and the world around them?

Remembering to keep the gestures small and intimate and problems personal and realistic. It’s really tempting to make every book BIGGER, BADDER, MORE EXPLOSIONS! than the last one, but I think Hollywood’s shown us that we don’t really need more, more, more in each sequel -- we just need character growth.

4. Without giving too much away do you have a favorite line or quote from Shiver and/or Linger you could share with us?

Hmmm. *gets book* I think I have to say “She was so interesting-looking and unpretty that she actually traveled through ugly to someplace on the other side that was almost as good as pretty” from Linger.

5. Is it, or will it be hard writing The Mercy Falls series in 3 books knowing how many of us have fallen utterly and completely in love with this series? Will it be hard to know when Forever is finished that the story of Sam and Grace is finished? Or will the door be left cracked for something else down the road to feature… well I know for me, one of my all time favorite couples?

I would be definitely lying if I said it wasn’t different writing for an audience of several hundred thousand instead of one. But the big challenge is reminding myself that ultimately, I have to pretend like you guys don’t exist while I’m drafting, and just write without being afraid of the consequences.

And I think FOREVER is truly the end. I never like to say never, because I said I’d never write about werewolves and look at me. But FOREVER answers the questions I have for the people I’ve invented. I hope readers feel the same way.

6. And lastly…. Could you ask Sam and Grace a question for all of us???

“Sam, Grace? Batman or Ironman?”

Sam: Batman.

Grace: Ironman

Thank you so much for taking the time out to answers these questions Maggie!!

Thank you so much for having me!

If you haven't already - be sure to check out the pretty amazing trailer for Linger!



You can find Maggie and more information about her books at the following links:

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Shiver Series Site
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Scholastic.com official Shiver page

CONTEST TIME!!

Looking to get your hands on a finished copy of Linger? Well, now's your chance to enter to win your own pretty, shiny copy! The amazing people Scholastic have offered a copy to one lucky winner.

Rules are, as always simple.

This contest is open to US residents only. Sorry!
You must be 13 years or older to enter.
Contest ends on - August 10th, 2010

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!!

 
Please enter using THIS FORM.

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Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 362 Pages (July 13th 2010)
From: Publisher, Thank You! (I have a finished copy as well)

Synopsis: In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past...and figuring out a way to survive into the future.

Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves...and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love--the light and the dark, the warm and the cold--in a way you will never forget.

Review: 5 Stars - Maggie Stiefvater’s Mercy Fall’s series quickly became one of my favorites within the first few pages of Shiver. I was eagerly awaiting the release of Linger and I have to say that I never thought I could fall in love further with a book or books then I did after reading the second in this Trilogy.

The lyrical majesty that Maggie created in Shiver flows right through to Linger making the characters richer, the woods fuller and the story even more magical. Sam and Grace are faced with obstacles big and small as they each try to figure out how they fit into their new lives. The emotion’s of each character leap off the page which made me feel as if I was sitting in the golden woods right with them.

In Linger we read from four different points of views – Sam, Grace, Isabel and new-comer Cole. Each of the four characters is going through something, growing with the changes that have happened over the fall and winter. Sam trying to find his place in his new life, Grace dealing an illness and inner turmoil, Isabel and her guilt and grief over her brother and new comer Cole and his… well Cole as a character is complex and has a lot going on, so I’ll just leave it at that. I loved hearing more from Isabel. Her sharp and sometimes harsh wit more then fit against new comer Cole’s cockyness. The moments between Sam and Grace are full, rich and often breathtaking.

From beginning to end I just couldn’t get enough, and boy, what an ending that was. I was in shock, I think I even gasped out loud as the events unfolded into an ending that I never saw coming.

All in all Maggie knows just how to pull at a person’s heart strings when it comes to the love and emotions of her characters. I have to admit that my heart was heavy throughout Linger for many reasons. I’m sure if you’ve read it you might know what I’m talking about. I just can’t seem to say enough about how amazing this series. I am on pins and needles waiting for the last in the series – Forever which is out next summer. I can say without a doubt that the beauty in Linger is something that I’ll continue to carry with me for a long time.

I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the blog tour for Linger, which I was so excited about. In addition to the review, I'll also be posting a interview with Maggie and a contest for you chance to win a copy of Linger! So keep checking back today for more fun and to help us continue to celebrate the release of Linger!!

Keep an eye out for a Interview with Maggie and a Contest for your chance to win a finished copy of Linger later today!!
FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review. However, I do have a finished copy that I did pay for.

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24 July 2010

Weekly Wrap Up (2)

It's time for the weekly wrap up - Here's where you'll find some links to a few of the great posts my affiliates made this week. Head on over and take a look - Enjoy!


Confessions of a Bookaholic


Review: Shadow Hills By: Anastasia Hopcus
Buy A Book - Win A Prize Giveaway!
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Review: Forget You By: Jennifer Echols
Interview with Emma Michaels




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Review: Beachcombers By: Nancy Thayer












That's everything from my Affiliates this week! Some great content from them. Post's everyone should check out.

Welcome and Hello to all my new followers and Hello to those who have been around for awhile. I <3 you all!!! As for news from me. I have a couple contests coming up tomorrow and this week. Some great stuff too. No hints sorry! Just keep checking back for more info! I'm also still working on my contest month for September to celebrate My 1st Blogoversary, My Birthday and 400+ followers!!! I'm inching closer to that 500 mark which will be amazing to me! Can I make it to 500 follower by September?? I know I'd like to think so.

I hope everyone's having a wonderful weekend and I hope your ALL reading something great!

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It's time for another week of In My Mailbox - here's a look at all the great books that arrived on my doorstep either by purchase, trade or for review. It's hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. As always, thanks so much for hosting it Kristi!

Purchased from Amazon (Preorder):

Linger By: Maggie Stiefvater
Take Me There By: Carolee Dean
Forget You By: Jennifer Echols

For Review:

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) By: Pittacus Lore
Promise By: Kristie Cook *signed!
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) By: Kiersten White
The Space Between Trees By: Katie Williams
(if you look really close to this cover, you can see it's pretty amazing! All the space between the branches is cut out!! It's so pretty! Oh and it's signed!)

HUGE thanks to Harper, Kristie and Chronicle Books!

Won:

The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer, #1) By: Amanda Howells
Thanks to Kelsy from The Book Scout for the contest! :)

Given as a gift:

The Secret Year By: Jennifer Hubbard

So, that's what I got this week. Some exciting stuff if you ask me!! What all did you guys get this week?

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22 July 2010

Book Blogger Hop + Follow Friday!! (3)

Hey guys! It's time for another Book Blogger Hop + Follow Friday!!!

If you'd like to join in - head on over to Crazy-For-Books! Thanks again for hosting it Jennifer!

And, I need to say a quick Hello to all my new and old followers - please be sure to comment and join in!

Also, to my new followers and followers who are just finding me via the Blog Hop - be sure when you comment to leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back! Happy Friday to everyone!


As for this week's question....

TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING!

* I'm currently reading 2 books. First - Infinite Days By: Rebecca Maizel, which is pretty amazing. I'm just pages away from finishing and will be eagerly awaiting the sequel! By the time this posts I'm sure I'll be finished, so keep an eye out for a review. Second - Promise By: Kristie Cook, which I just started last night but am really enjoying. I can't wait to see what happened next in this!! At this point I'd recommend them both! Also about Promise - it's not YA. It might appear that way, but it isn't. Still, worth picking up.


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To everyone new and old - A HUGE welcome and Thank You!!! I have some great Interviews, Guest Posts, Reviews, and Contests coming up and My Blogoversary/Birthday/400+ Follower Month of contests is going to be pretty big! That's all happening in September!!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Enjoy the weekend!

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Title: Other (Other, #1)
Author: Karen Kincy
Publisher: Flux, 336 Pages (July 1st 2010)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.

Review: 3 Stars - Other is a great new supernatural novel from debut author Karen Kincy. The world that she has created is one where everyone knows there are people out there who aren’t all that they seem. They are Other. For instance, take Gwen the main character; she’s half Pooka, half human. What’s a Pooka you ask? I didn’t know either and was more then excited to find out. Pooka is a Welsh shape shifting spirit who’s other form can be any animal, however they are drawn to the spirit of a horse. It’s really interesting to read a story about another type of paranormal creature out there, one that was very different from the usual Vampires and werewolves, etc.

With such an array of characters – Supernatural and human I couldn’t wait to read and to learn more about how humans would reacted to all who are Other out in the world. In the end it was the reaction of Other to Other and the stereotypes that were present that were stuck in my head long after reading.

Gwen was intriguing in more ways then one – mainly because she was a creature I’d never heard of. I’ll admit that sometimes she frustrated me in the choices she made yet other times she was strong and levelheaded. For me, without a doubt a shining light in the book was – Taivan. He totally had me from beginning to end with his honestly and let’s face it - his non cookie cutter hot boy-ness. I felt that the addition to this character was a pivotal part in Gwen’s growth. Another point that I enjoyed was that because humans knew about the supernatural beings out there, there was a chance seeing a centaur shopping for apples right next to you – which might be shocking, but was plausible in day to day life within Kincy’s world.

A little slow here and there, but never enough that I didn’t want to finish the book. Sometimes that happens when there’s a lot of back story to cover on human and non human characters and myths. Even more so when it’s the beginning of a brand new series – as this book turns out to be.

In the end I found Other full of mystery and suspense, never knowing just where the plot would twist and turn next - interlaced with myth and a love story; Kincy has created a new world with great writing, characters and creatures that I’m excited to learn more and see where she takes everyone within her world next. Enjoy!

FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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21 July 2010

Some pretty amazing ARC Contests!!!

Hey! I just found a couple GREAT ARC contests that I thought I'd share with everyone.

First up is Sara from Babble Flow Blog who is giving away 7 ARC's!! Head on over and please... if you enter be sure you mention that I sent you - Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

You can find out more about the contest and enter HERE

I mean who doesn't want to win any of these titles?

Clockwork Angel By: Cassandra Clare
Firelight By: Sophie Jordan
Halo By: Alexandra Adornetto
Paranormalcy By: Kiersten White
Personal Demons By: Lisa Desrochers
The Replacement By: Brenna Yovanoff
Torment By: Lauren Kate

Good luck to everyone and please don't forget to mention that you heard about this one from me!

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Next one is another ARC giveaway from Alexandra from Dark Fantasy Blog! She's also giving away some pretty amazing titles! Just to name a few....

Clockwork Angel By: Cassandra Clare
SAPPHIQUE (sequel to INCARCERON) by Catherine Fisher
A signed copy of WHITE CAT by Holly Black
An ARC of DRACULA IN LOVE by Karen Essex



Take a look, find out more and how to enter HERE

Good luck to you all with this one!! I know I'll have my fingers crossed :)

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Andddddd a third HUGE ARC contest to check out.... Carolina from Carol's Prints is having a contest too! She's got more amazing ARC's shes giving away!!! So exciting! If you to enter, please tell her that I sent you - Lisa (A Life Bound By Books) Thanks!!

Some titles up for grabs here are:

Signed ARC of Matched By: Ally Condie
Firelight By: Sophie Jordan
Torment By: Lauren Kate
Extraordinary By: Nancy Werlin
Personal Demons By: Lisa Desrochers
Halo By: Alexandra Adornetto
DUFF By: Kody Keplinger

Find out more info and enter HERE

Please don't forget to mention me on this one too! Would love all your help for the extra entries!

Good Luck to all who enter!

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Promise (Soul Savers, #1) By: Kristie Cook

Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.


When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.


Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.


I thought I was excited to read this book before seeing the trailer.... WOW, now I really can't wait! If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out!




For more infomation on the author, series and where to buy the book, be sure to check out this Website!

I have to say a HUGE thank to you Kristie for mailing out a copy for review. Can't wait to read it - soon! Also, just so everyone knows - there will be a guest post from Kristie on the 30th as part of the blog tour. So much to look forward to over the next few weeks if not months! Keep checking back for more info.

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.





Title: Girl Parts
Author: John M. Cusick
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 240 Pages, (August 10th, 2010)
Preorder here: Amazon, Borders, Barns and Noble, The Book Depository

Synopsis: "Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate…"

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot to encourage healthy bonds and treat "dissociative disorder," he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal "companion" is about to become her own best friend.

Here's another that sounds good. I looking forward to reading this and was lucky enough to get a review copy, so keep your eyes out for a review here soon. Anyone else think this is a must read?

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20 July 2010

Guest Post from Author - Siobhan Curham

Dear Dylan author Siobhan Curham was kind enough to write up a guest post. She choose an important topic that is found in many books, including her own - Dear Dylan. 

Synopsis: “I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well ...more “I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself?”

Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is consigned to six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtland, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close. And when Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help. But in the faceless world of email all is not as it seems…

Don’t Be Afraid to Dream

By Siobhan Curham

On the wall above my desk I have a dream board. On it I stick pictures and clippings to inspire me to keep chasing my dreams. And at the centre of the board is one of my all time favourite quotes, from the German philosopher Goethe:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it now…Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

With six books to my name and a successful career as an editor and writing coach it might not seem as if I need any encouragement in the pursuit of my dreams, but this would be very wide of the mark. Like many people, for a lot of my life I have been dogged by fear: fear that I am not good enough, fear of failure, fear of rejection.

When I was a young child and fear hadn’t yet taken control of my imagination I would lose myself in a world of books and dream of the day when I would finally write my own. But by the time I reached university something fundamentally shifted. I found myself surrounded by students from far wealthier backgrounds than mine and with that wealth seemed to come an unshakeable confidence and sense of entitlement – one that I didn’t share. Rather than feeling proud I had made it to Uni with none of the advantages of a private education I told myself I didn’t really deserve to be there and ended up feeling like a fraud. I dropped out of Uni after two years and went to work in a video store, shoving my writing dreams to the darkest recesses of my mind.

But the thing about dreams is that they are a fundamental part of who you are – the D in your DNA if you like. You can try and deny them but they will keep coming back like a persistent itch.

Throughout my twenties I had a series of uninspiring jobs but my love of writing kept clawing its way up to the surface. The best example of this is when I worked in the complaints department of a frozen food company. Rather than send irate customers the standard company letters, I would take my time over each of my replies, tailoring it specifically for the individual complaint, an example of which might go something like this:

“Dear Mrs Smith, Thank-you so much for sending me the dead cockroach you found in your ice-cream desert. Please accept our sincere apologies for any trauma caused. But judging by the look on his face you can certainly tell he died eating what he loved!”

Needless to say I never quite made it to the big time in the field of customer relations!

Throughout this period in my life I also kept notebooks, which I crammed full of ideas for characters and novels, but it wasn’t until I became pregnant with my son that I finally found the courage to drag my writing dreams from the back of my mind, dust them down and do something about them.

I started off sending articles and short stories to magazines and then one of the articles turned into a non-fiction book and that book actually got published. It was only then that I had the confidence to pursue my big dream and sit down and write a novel. The rest as they say, is history.

Now when I run workshops in high schools I try to use my story to encourage any students who might be tempted to let fear or lack of confidence hamper their own dreams. And this is a theme that comes out in my first novel for young adults, Dear Dylan. The protagonist, Georgie ends up overcoming massive obstacles and taking huge risks in order to pursue her dream of being an actress.

The Goethe quote on my dream board is right. Boldness definitely does have a magic to it. Every time I have turned my back on fear and chased my dream something amazing has happened. The most recent being Dear Dylan itself. A year ago, after a two-book deal for it fell through, I almost gave up. But then I decided to publish the book myself and have gone on to get my first nomination for a literary award - something I had never dared dream of previously.

If you don’t believe me try it for yourself. Make your own dream board, fill it with inspiring pictures, cuttings and quotes and see what happens. It might not turn out exactly as you planned but I can guarantee you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.


To find out more about Siobhan, please visit her website: HERE

Please be sure to check out my review of Dear Dylan: HERE

Siobhan, Thank you so much for sending the copy of Dear Dylan for review and thank you for writing the guest post. I really enjoyed everything!

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19 July 2010

Review: Dear Dylan By: Siobhan Curham

Title: Dear Dylan
Author: Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Authorhouse, 208 Pages (March 28th 2010)
From: the Author - Thank you so much Siobhan!!

Synopsis: “I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself?”

Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is consigned to six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtland, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close. And when Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help. But in the faceless world of email all is not as it seems…
 
Review: 3.5 Stars - When I first started reading Dear Dylan I wasn’t sure just what to think, it took quite a few pages to really get into. It’s written in alternating emails between a teenage girl and someone she believes is Dylan - a star from a well known TV show in England. She’s a teen with a lot of troubles at home and uses the emails to vent with someone – real and the character he played - who she felt she connected with and could understand just what she is going through.

Curham did a great job writing from a troubled a teen’s point of view. With how serious things were throughout each email there were times I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud at the great lines that each of the characters had.

The way Georgie was able to get help to deal with her home life and the problems she was facing with her friends was honest and caring. It was wonderful how someone who’s an outsider was able to view things from a distance and tell Georgie just the right thing at the right time. As a reader it was sweet watching the changes in Georgie and how she grew up over the course of a summer.

There’s a little bit of everything in this book and I commend Curham’s ability to write such strong and realistic characters that many people of all ages will be able to relate. Having done it the way she has in email format might be hard at first to get into, but in the end worked pretty well for me as a reader.

I just wanted to take a minute to say Thank You to Siobhan for taking the time to write up a guest post, which you'll all get a chance to read later today or tomorrow - so be sure to come back to check it out.
 
FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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Title: The Space Between Trees
Author: Katie Williams
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 256 Pages (June 16th 2010)
Order: Amazon, Borders, Barns and Noble, The Book Depository

Synopsis: Not your everyday coming-of-age novel.

This story was supposed to be about Evie how she hasn't made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself but it isn't. Because when her classmate Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe's murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes and Evie's life is never the same again.


Read the first chapter - HERE


I'm looking forward to reading this one and wanted to share the first chapter with you all. I'll be reading and reviewing this one soon, so keep an eye out for that. What do you guys think? How does this one sound to each of you?

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18 July 2010

Weekly Wrap Up (1)

This is my first Weekly Wrap Up. Each week I'll put together a post highlighting fun, exciting and important news and events posted by my Affiliates, and sometimes highlighing some of my own posts as well. I'm taking part of this idea from one of my Affiliates - Natalie of Mindful Musings. Thanks Natalie.








Release Party: Romantic Dramas By: Jennifer Echols
Interview with Anastasia Hopcus
Jennifer Echols Contest!! Signed Books up for grabs! US Contest & an International Contest - Ends 7/20

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400 Follower Giveaway
Review- Thirteenth Chime
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A quick note from me:


First off, I'd like to say a HUGE welcome and Hello to all my new followers, and Hello to those that have been with me for a while longer. I have just surpassed 400 followers and its exciting to have reached that mark. You guys are all the best!! As for me, this week I was busy with the Once Apon a Read-A-Thon, my first Read-A-Thon. I had a great time and was able to finish a few books and those reviews and more will be coming this week. Along with just reaching 400 followers my Blogoversary and Birthday are right around the corner. To help celebrate all three I'm working on a few contests that I can't wait to bring to you all. Have a book you'd like to win - leave me a comment and maybe your request will be added to one of the contests!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I know I will! Stay cool everyone.

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