Monday, April 30, 2012

Last chance to enter!

Today is the last day to enter to win your very own copy of 
The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen!


To give you an idea of what you can expect, here's a sample of his poetry:

To the Printer
Why all this white space?
Are these poems such little dears,
Are they so, so precious
That they can't be expected to share a page?
They need
A kick in the ass is what they need.
Then,
Believe me,
They'd sit on whatever page they were told.


Getting Old
Getting old
It really sucks
First goes figure
Then go f****
Then your wits
Decide they're done
Yeah gettin old
She ain't no fun.


Nonplussed
Who is this newborn,
Time will tell;
The old man dying
We know well.
For who departs we
Fit goodbyes;
How greet, however,
Who arrives?




*Poetry by Ethan Coen

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Looking for IMM Alternatives...



Due to the recent scandal in the book blogging community, I find myself in need of a new way to showcase new titles. I like giving them a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review a book.  Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. There is no intent to brag, but rather an attempt to share new titles and discover them in return. Luckily, I didn't receive or buy anything this week, so I have a little breathing room...

Here are some of the options I've discovered so far:


Grace at Books of Love has a new meme called Goodie Bag Saturdays. As Grace explains: can show off other things than books, DVDS, movies, swag, so on. If you didn't get books you can talk about other books that are on your shelves that others might find interesting or books you will be showcasing... 


The ladies at The Book Vixen have started a new meme called My Bookish Wants & Gots. I like that it's a combination of what you received and the things on your wishlist. And ya' gotta love the title!


Anna's Book Blog has a new Book Haul meme, where you can link whatever type of mailbox post you like. It's another good option to consider!


Lily at Moirae (the Fates) Book Reviews started a weekly meme called Ma semaine dans les livres (My week in books) that will be posted on Fridays. I love the whole Parisian theme! 


Then there is the popular Mailbox Monday meme, started by Marcia but unique in that it has a new host every month. Since everyone seems to use their own picture, I used the one from April's host, Cindy's Love of Books. As stated on the website: Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wishlists.


So there are the options I've found so far. Anyone know of any others out there? I enjoy seeing what everyone received each week and have discovered some great new reads this way, so don't want to give it up entirely. I'll still visit and comment on my blogger buddie's IMM posts if they chose to participate, I just want an alternative.

Think this is going to be a tough decision!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review: Hidden by Kelley Armstrong

by Kelley Armstrong

Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with - just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park.

My Thoughts:
Clay and Elena are one of my favorite couples in urban fantasy, so was very excited to read this one! And I'm happy to report that it doesn't disappoint!

Elena has always wanted a family Christmas, and Clay is determined to give it to her. I'm thrilled that having children hasn't ruined their relationship, as they make a great couple! Unlike most urban fantasy couples, Clay and Elena butt heads more often than not, but you know that they really love each other. The twins just add to their relationship, and I love seeing them as parents!

Was a little surprised that they haven't told the twins that their family and friends are all werewolves, but can understand why Elena wants to wait. Pretty sure the kids know something is up, so curious to see how the parents handle it.

The main plot was okay, but I found myself more interested in the family dynamics. And I don't remember the younger weres from previous books, but it's been awhile. Really liked them, and hope to learn more about them in the next book!

This was a fast, enjoyable read and should tide you over until the next book. Kelley is an extremely talented writer and has yet to disappoint! Gave it a 4/5 as I really enjoyed seeing Clay and Elena again!

eBook from my personal nook library


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Plagiarism - My 2 Cents


Well, the book blogosphere has had another scandal. Was going to keep my mouth shut and wait for it to blow over but, for whatever reason, decided that I wanted to add my two cents. Maybe because it deals with plagiarism? Or maybe because it involves one of the bigger fish in the book blogger pond? Or just maybe because the backlash is getting so ugly?

I first got the whiff of scandal when I saw some strange posts in my Google Reader. Several of the blogs I follow mentioned that The Story Siren was accused of plagiarism, so I followed the trail to see what all the fuss was about. One of the most interesting posts was from Smart Bitches Trashy Books, which led me to the posts by the victims, Beautifully Invisible and Grit & Glamour.

Wow....

The evidence presented by the victims seemed pretty damning, but I wanted to wait and see what Kristi had to say before making up my mind. Have to admit that I found her original explanation and apology a little....lame. The clarification she posted this morning is a little better, but I found it to be too little, too late.

It's a shame that this happened, because Kristi seems like a nice woman who is passionate about YA books and just wants to share her love of reading. Did she make a mistake? In my opinion, yes. A huge mistake. And that's why I wanted to see how she responded to these accusations before making up my mind.

So now the Story Siren fans are circling their wagons and attacking anyone who wants her to stand up and take responsibility for her actions. One of the victims posted a response to Kristi's apology. Accusations of bullying are being flung by both sides. It's turning ugly...

This is an extremely serious issue and I feel that there should be zero tolerance for it. This is why, after researching the facts and reviewing all of my options, I decided that I could no longer follow The Story Siren's blog. I will no longer participate in her In My Mailbox meme either, which is a shame because it's a great meme. But zero tolerance is zero tolerance.

There's a much better post at Ten Cent Notes about why we shouldn't ignore this issue just because Kristi is so popular, that I feel is worth reading.

Deciding that I could no longer follow The Story Siren is my personal decision. Everyone should make up their own mind after reviewing the facts. And in my opinion, the facts are pretty damaging.

I feel for Kristi. I really do. But she is an adult who made a choice, and is now paying for her actions. I think that she might even gain some new followers because of this.

I hope that the scandal blows over soon and the ugliness stops. In the meantime, I appreciate that some serious discussions are taking place about the problem of plagiarism and I've learned a thing or two about how to protect content. The book blogging community is a wonderful, marvelous entity. It's a shame that it's sheen has been tarnished....

Book Review: Icarus the Kindred

Icarus the Kindred by J.S. Chancellor

Don't get me wrong; immortality does have its perks. Take dieting for example kind of hard to do when you've only got two choices: fresh blood and slightly less fresh blood. The media makes it all out to be glamorous. Romantic, even. But the books, movies and witty television shows have it wrong....


My Thoughts:
Really enjoyed this story and was sucked in on the very first page! Love it when that happens! Think I've found a new favorite female character in Jessica Slate, as she's snarky and tough, but not a superhero and can actually get hurt. I get really tired of the heroes who are invulnerable and never get so much as a scratch, no matter how intense the battle.

Jessica is a Covenant-level assassin whose latest assignment was a little out of the ordinary. Instead of taking someone out, she actually had to bring them in alive. Strange assignment for an assassin and her target behaved strangely enough to give Jessica pause, but she's good at following orders and brought him in alive. Barely, but still alive.

But that's only the beginning. Jessica is kidnapped by the strangest group of kidnappers around. They keep spouting cryptic statements just like her recent target, and claim that her mentor/sorta boyfriend Trinity is actually a bad guy. Head kidnapper bears an uncanny resemblance to the man haunting her dreams and would give Christian Bale a run for the money, but that's beside the point...or is it?

Jessica, being made of awesome, escapes and contacts Trinity. Despite the automatic death sentence for having her Icarus dosing disc removed (by said kidnappers), Trinity protects her. But things don't add up and Jessica needs to figure everything out, and figure it out fast!

Loved this book! Jessica is a great character! And the secondary characters were good as well. Loved the unexpected twists, and the dialog was spot on. Sounded like real people having real conversations! And did I mention Jessica's snark appeal? Loved it!

Gave this one a 4/5 as I loved the characters, it had great writing, and an awesome plot! If you've read this one, I'd love to know what you thought!


Free eBook provided by Rhemalda Publishers in honor of the upcoming launch of their new bookstore

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Day the World Ends (Closed)

The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.


My Thoughts:
This book was pitched to me as the weirdest book of poems from the weirdest half of the weirdest sibling director duo ever. Now honestly....how is anyone supposed to resist that awesome pitch? I know that I couldn't, so looked forward to seeing what strange delights awaited me!

I like poetry. Never thought much about it, but have been known to dabble every now and again. And Ethan certainly lives up to the promised "sharp, strange, and sneaky-good" reviews! Have to warn you though that these are definitely for adults only, as there is adult language in several of the poems!

I don't know that I've ever read a book of poetry before (does Dr. Seuss count?), so wasn't sure what to expect. I couldn't read it in one sitting, but found that I enjoyed the poems more if I digested them in small bites. I'd pick it up throughout the day and read a poem or two. Some I enjoyed more than others, but the majority of them were amusing, thought-provoking, or just plain head-scratching. What does come through loud and clear is that Ethan is a very creative (and weird) man.

My favorites included "Therapy", about going to see a therapist about his depression over growing older. Loved that her answer was basically what do you want me to do about it? You just know that therapists have thought that during sessions, and this one actually had the nerve to say it! Also liked "Getting Old" that begins "Getting old/It really sucks". My kind of poetry!

In honor of April being National Poetry Month (who knew?), the publisher is kindly offering one copy of The Day the World Ends to one of my lucky readers!




US shipping addresses only
Must be 18 or older to enter
Winners will be chosen by Random.org
Giveaway will close April 30, 2012 at 11:59PM EST

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (111)

In My Mailbox (111)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
I've been trying to stay away from NetGalley lately, as I can't resist the lure of awesome new titles. I made the mistake of opening one of their emails and couldn't resist requesting this one. So excited when I was approved, as it sounds like a great read!

Department of Magic by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.
by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.

It’s hate at first sight. Jasmine Farah and Rocco di Angelo are competing for the same job in a dusty office in a secret Federal agency run by the mysterious, menacing Jefferson Davis Crawley - “Creepy” Crawley, as he’s known. When Crawley is murdered in front of them after their first day on the job, Jasmine and Rocco are left to figure out who killed their new boss, and exactly what a job in the so-called Department of Magic entails. And magic, it seems, is nothing like it seems in children’s books; it’s dark and bloody and sexual.

***
This was pitched to me as the weirdest book of poems from the weirdest half of the weirdest sibling director duo ever. Now honestly...how am I supposed to resist that?

The Day the World Ends

Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.

***
Werewolves as pets? Couldn't resist this offer from Rhemalda Publishing!

Tamed by Douglas R. Brown
Tamed by Douglas R. Brown

Werewolves are real.And they make excellent pets.Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters? 

***
This one was a free eBook offer from the publisher. If there's one thing I can't resist, it's a bargain! Plus, it sounds snarky. I love snarky!

Icarus the Kindred by J.S. Chancellor
Icarus the Kindred by J.S. Chancellor

Don t get me wrong; immortality does have its perks. Take dieting for example kind of hard to do when you ve only got two choices: fresh blood and slightly less fresh blood...

***
Another free title from Rhemalda Publishing!
Spur of the Moment by Candace Bowen Early
Spur of the Moment by Candace Bowen Early

Best-selling author Bronwyn Chase never quite fit in with the 21st century. On a publicity trip to New York City, a mysterious woman claiming to be a mystic from Bronwyn’s past gives her a silver knights spur. Asked to save Euric, a man she never knew existed, Bronwyn finds herself transported to 12th-century Cornwall. 


What did you receive in your mailbox this week?
Leave me a link and I'll stop by to check out your new books!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Excerpt reveal: Taste by Kate Evangelista

I usually don't post excerpts as they're so long, but this one sounded intriguing! 
So here, for your reading pleasure, is the world premier excerpt reveal of Taste!


I mentally stomped on the intimidation their perfection brought into my mind and said, “Excuse me.”
The group froze, startled by my words. The girls had their brows raised and the boys stopped mid-speech, mouths agape. They stared at me with eyes the shade of onyx stones.
I smiled and gave them a little wave.
The boy a step ahead of the rest recovered first. His stunning features went from shocked surprise to intense interest. He reminded me of a hawk eyeing its prey. I gulped.
“A Day Student,” he said, his eyes insolent and excited.
Something about the way he said “Day Student” made my stomach flip. “Excuse me?”
They snickered. The boys looked at each other while the girls continued to stare, muffling their laughter by delicate hands. I seemed to be the butt of some joke.
“You broke the rule.” The boy’s grin turned predatory.
The students formed a loose semi-circle in front of me. My gaze darted from face to face. Hunger filled their eyes. The image of lions about to chase down a gazelle came to mind. I mentally shook my head. I was in the mountains not the Serengeti for crying out loud.
I took a small step back and cleared my throat. “Can any of you give me a ride back to the dorms?”
The boy wagged his forefinger like a metronome. “Ah, that’s unfortunate for you.”
One of the girls pinched the bridge of her nose. “Eli, you can’t possibly—”
“It’s forbidden, Eli,” another boy interrupted, pronouncing the word “forbidden” like a curse.
The nervous murmur at the pit of my stomach grew louder. Six against one. Not good odds. Instinct told me to cut my losses and run. Bad enough I faced expulsion, now it seemed like weird, beautiful people who’d suddenly appeared on campus wanted to beat me up. No, scratch that. Judging from the way they studied me, beating me up wouldn’t satisfy them. Something more primal prowled behind their looks.
I definitely wasn’t going down without a fight. Years of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes had me prepared. While other children from rich and important families got bodyguards, I got defense training. But I think my father meant for my skills to go up against potential kidnappers, not against other students who may or may not be crazy. Oh God! Maybe I stepped into a parallel universe or something when I reentered Barinkoff.
“None of the students are supposed to be on campus,” I said. Then, realizing my mistake, I added, “Okay, I know I’m not supposed to be here either. If one of you gives me a ride back to the dorms, I won’t say anything about all this. Let’s pretend this never happened. I didn’t see you, you didn’t see me.”
“We’re not ordinary students,” Eli answered. “We’re the Night Students.”
He’d said “Night Students” like the words were capitalized. I didn’t know Barinkoff held classes at night. What was going on here?
Eli smiled with just one side of his mouth and said to the group, “She’s right, no one will have to know. We’re the only ones here. And it’s been so long, don’t you agree?”
The rest of them nodded reluctantly.
“What’s been so long?” I challenged. I fisted my hands, ready to put them up if any of them so much as twitched my way.
“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me then laughed when I cringed.
“Flesh.” Yep, parallel universe.
“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”
Someone grabbed my shoulders from behind and yanked me back before I could wrap my mind around the meaning behind Eli’s words. In a blink, I found myself behind someone tall. Someone really tall. And quite broad. And very male.
I realized he wore the same clothes Eli and the other boys did. Not good. He was one of them. Although… I cocked my head, raking my gaze over him. He seemed born to wear the uniform, like he was the pattern everyone else was cut from. My eyes wandered to long, layered, blue-black hair tied at the nape by a silk ribbon. Even in dim light, his hair possessed a sheen akin to mercury.
I looked down. The boy’s long fingers were wrapped around my wrist like a cuff. His fevered touch felt hotter than human standards, hot enough to make me sweat like I was standing beside a radiator but not hot enough to burn.
“I must be mistaken, Eli,” the boy who held my arm said in a monotone. “Correct me. Did I hear you say you wanted to taste the flesh of this girl?”
A hush descended on us. It had the hairs at the back of my neck rising. How was it possible for the atmosphere to switch from threatening to dangerous? Unable to help myself, I peeked around the new guy’s bulk. Eli and his friends bowed. They all had their right hands on their chests.
“Demitri, I’m sure you misheard me,” Eli said.
So the guy standing between me and the person who said he’d wanted to taste me was named Demitri. I like the sound of his name. Demitri. So strong, yet rolls off the tongue. Definite yum factor.
“So, you imply I made a mistake?” Demitri demanded.
“No!” Eli lifted his gaze. “I did no such thing. I simply wanted to show the girl the consequences of breaking curfew.”
“Hey!” I yelled. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!”
Demitri ignored my protest and continued to address Eli. “So, you threatened to taste her flesh.” His fingers tightened their grip around my wrist. “In the interest of investigating this matter further, I invoke the Silence.”
All six students gasped, passing surprised glances at one another.
Before I could ask about what was going on, Demitri yanked me down the hall toward the library. But why there? Oh, maybe we were getting my things. No, wait, he couldn’t have known about that. Everything was too confusing now.
Eli and the others didn’t try to stop us when we passed them. Demitri’s cold command must have carried power. Handsome and powerful, never a bad combination on a guy.
We reached the heavy double doors in seconds. He jerked one open effortlessly. I’d needed all my strength just to squeeze through that same door earlier. To him, the thick wood might as well have been cardboard. I raised an eyebrow and mentally listed the benefits of going to gym class.
“Why are we here?” I asked after my curiosity overpowered my worry. I’d almost forgotten how frightened I’d been right before Demitri showed up. I wasn’t above accepting help from strangers. Especially from gorgeous dark-haired strangers with hot hands and wide shoulders.
Demitri kept going, tugging me along, snaking his way deeper into the library. I had to take two steps for every stride his legs made. I tried to stay directly behind him, praying we didn’t slam into anything.
He stopped suddenly and I collided with him. It felt like slamming into a wall.
“Hey,” I said, momentarily stunned. “A little warning would be nice!”
He faced me, and I gasped. His eyes resembled a starless night, deep and endless. Their intensity drilled through me without pity, seeming to expose all my secrets. I felt naked and flustered beneath his gaze.
“You could have died back there,” he warned.
A lump of panic rebuilt itself in my throat.



Author Bio:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Author Website: www.kateevangelista.com
Twitter: @KateEvangelista
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Evangelista/165693410143202
Find Taste on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484226-taste
Crescent Moon Press page for Taste: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Taste.html

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Perfect Storm Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring - and continue avenging his own tragic past - the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Excerpt:
Stepping over and around the mess on his floor, he went into the hallway, then figured, what the hell, and went on into the living room.

He dumped her on the couch.

She bounded right back off again.

Another scuffle, and damn it, it was too early and he was too tired to put up with it.

“Arizona!” He locked her in close in a now familiar hold - at least with her - keeping her back to his chest, her arms pinned down. He squeezed her tight enough to steal her breath. “Knock it off already, will you?”

Her head dropped back against his chest so she could glare at him.



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Be sure to check out the next stop on the blog tour at 2readornot2read.com


ARC provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. in exchange for participation in scavenger hunt blog tour 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: SEAL of My Dreams

SEAL of my Dreams anthology

Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these novellas by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of men every woman wants to love. They’ll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They’ll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they’ll risk everything.

All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams go to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research.


My Thoughts:
Let's take a moment to drool over admire contemplate the gorgeousness that is this book's cover. The model's face isn't shown, making him the perfect man to suit your fantasy tastes. I don't know if the tattoo is real or not, but there's something incredibly sexy about a man with ink! And look at those muscles! Slim, toned, sleek and totally Alpha Male. *sigh*

Sadly, the cover and profit donation statement are my favorite parts of the book. It's a shame too, as I really love anthologies.

The stories gave me a sense of deja vu, as the hero was either returning home wounded or rescuing a damsel in distress. I get that these are short stories about SEALs, but I couldn't read them in one sitting as there was too much "been there, done that" to them.

One of the stories actually made me angry. It was about a SEAL returning home who visits his ex-girlfriend before heading out again. They were childhood sweethearts who broke up because she was anti-war and he became a soldier. They fall back into each other's arms and she apologizes for not understanding! Excuse me? Why can't she be against war? Why should she have to apologize for her beliefs? I have nothing but admiration for anyone who chooses to enlist and support soldiers 100%, but I am against warfare. This really, really annoyed me!

But there were a few stories that I did enjoy, especially the ones with dogs. Loved the story with the wounded dog soldier who had lost his handler! That one really tugged at the old heart strings!

This isn't a bad collection, just so many of them sounded too similar. Gave it a 3/5 as I did enjoy this anthology, but it didn't blow me away.

eBook from my personal library

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In My Mailbox (110)

In My Mailbox (110)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the book. Only one this week, but I'm doing my best to get my TBR piles down to manageable levels!

For Review:
I like Alyson Noel, so excited that she has a new series coming out!


Fated by Alyson Noel
by Alyson Noel

The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.



What did you receive in your mailbox this week?
Leave me a link, and I'll swing by to check it out!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Short Story Review: Supreme Reflections

Supreme Reflections
by Joe Pfeffer

A young writer travels to Mexico for inspiration, where he meets an elderly American couple with a colorful history. He has no idea how colorful until the wife excuses herself and her husband tells the writer a shocking secret about his wife. But is it true? Supreme Reflections is a short story of how people replace the real world with fantasy, then spend their lives trying to make their fantasies real.

My Thoughts:
This is a very short story, at only eight pages on my nook. Short stories aren't easy to write, as you have to pull the reader into your world without the benefit of creating a backstory or having the luxury of slowly introducing your characters. I have nothing but admiration for writers, especially those who write short stories! 

This story takes place over breakfast. A man joins an older couple at their table in the crowded restaurant and the woman regales him with stories from her colorful past. Her companion doesn't say much, but it sounds like she led a very interesting life!

When she excuses herself to go to the bathroom, her companion finally says something to the younger man. Which totally came out of left field and left me wondering why he brought it up in the first place? Both the reader and the young man are left confused by this revelation, which the woman does nothing to dispel when she returns and they leave.

Have to admit that this story left me scratching my head. Was anything the woman said true? Why would her partner say such a thing after she left the table? And was his declaration true? If nothing else, the story certainly got my attention while leaving me puzzled.


eBook received from Untreed Reads in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

BEA Buzz Panels!

Very excited that BEA has announced the featured books for this year's Editor's Buzz Panels! These are the titles that book editors get excited about, so you know they have to be good! I've linked all available titles to Goodreads, but some of them don't even have posted covers yet. No matter, as I'm going to add them to my wishlist anyway!


ADULT EDITOR BUZZ



YOUNG ADULT BUZZ

  •  Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  •  Skinny by Donna Cooner (Scholastic)
  •  Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Penguin Young Readers Group)
  •  What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (HarperCollins Children’s Book)
  •  Skylark by Meagan Spooner (Lerner Publishing Group)


MIDDLE GRADE BUZZ

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My new About Me Page!


Ran a poll last month asking if I should create an About Me page. The results are in, and 100% of you voted YES! (the one 'no' vote was mine, so doesn't count)

Wasn't sure what to include, so just winged it. Please let me know what you think, and if there's anything in particular you think I should add.

Thanks!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Bloggiesta 2012

Hard to believe that Bloggiesta is over already! I tried to keep my to-do list manageable, but kept getting new ideas as I visited other participants. Think I'm going to keep that list on the side and keep working on my blog, as I had so many great "oh, I want to do that!" moments!

So without any further ado, here's my original list of goals:

  1. Update my reviews on Amazon, BN.com, and Goodreads (done)
  2. Clean up my sidebars (done)
    *got rid of old links
    *removed stat counters I no longer use
    *updated my blog roll
  3. Change my blog design (taking longer than expected)
  4. Get my non-book blog up and running (done)
  5. Participate in mini-challenges (done)
    *Sheila's Comment Challenge
    *Joy's Pinterest Challenge
    *Danielle's Comment Challenge
    *Charlotte's Page Challenge
    *Janicu's Goodreads Challenge
    *The Book Butcher's Mister Linky Challenge
    *Lisa's Social Media Icons Challenge
  6. Catch up on my reviews (done)
New goals (aka, stuff I forgot):
  1. Update my Review page 
  2. Work on Bloggiversary posts (only finished one)
  3. Visit and cheer on my fellow Bloggiesta-ners!
  4. Write and schedule posts for the next two weeks (only did one!)
So how did you do with Bloggiesta this year? Did you enjoy it? Learn lots of new things? I came away with lots of great ideas, and lots of new blogs to follow! Thanks again to Suey and Danielle for hosting this! I had a blast!

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge #5 - Mister Linky (done)


I've seen several blogs using Mister Linky, but was happy with Google docs so didn't pay much attention. But thanks to Bloggiesta and The Book Butcher, I can learn all about it via the Mister Linky Challenge!

So I've followed the instructions, signed up for a Mister Linky account, and hopefully it worked! If it did actually work, please leave a link to your blog and I'll stop by to say thanks! 




Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge #4 - Goodreads (done)


Time for another Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge!

Janicu over at Janicu's Book Blog is hosting a Goodreads Mini-Challenge, for both new and old users. I've been on Goodreads since 2009, so was surprised to learn so many new things! Who knew that you could include hidden spoilers in your reviews? Or that there was a general update option? And how cool that you can add a fourth reading option for those books you've put on pause or could not finish! 

Thanks Janicu!

In My Mailbox (109)

In My Mailbox (109)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
Enjoyed the Signs of the Zodiac series by Vicki, and this new series sounds awesome! Couldn't resist requesting it from Amazon Vine, and very happy when it showed up in my mailbox!

The Taken by Vicki Pettersson
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds.

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Saw this one offered in a Shelf Awareness newsletter and it sounded intriguing...

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.


Purchased:
Saw this one around the blogosphere and had to download a copy of my very own! I'm a sucker for anthologies, plus all proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams go to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research. Awesome book for a great cause!

SEAL of my Dreams anthology

Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these novellas by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of men every woman wants to love.




Get anything interesting in your mailbox this week?