Monday, December 31, 2012

Think Out Loud #25: 2013 is Here!



Welcome to Think Out Loud.
A weekly meme where you can do whatever you want!
A recipe, a rant, a nifty picture, just do it!
Full info on Think Out Loud HERE.

I really want this shirt!!
I was surfin the net and trying 
to get inspired for a 2013 graphic when I
saw this...

It is a T-Shirt on a site HERE.
I need to research them some more before I recommend them.
But, at least the shirt was clever!


And with that my friends,
we ring out 2012.
In with 2013!



Friday, December 28, 2012

Feed My Reader #1


This is a great idea for a meme!
It is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.
The point is to share what books you added to
your Reader lately.
I have a Kindle Fire that I absolutely am in love with.
I am always looking for new books,
even though there is probably no possible way I could
ever read them all! LoL

Ok, so here are the books I fed to my Kindle this week.
Be warned for there are many...

[Click image to go to Goodreads page]
1. Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1) by H.D. Gordon
2. Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #2) by H.D. Gordon
3. The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #3) by H.D. Gordon
4. Redemption (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #4) by H.D. Gordon

[Click image to go to Goodreads page]
4. The Time Weaver (The Time Weaver Chronicles #1) by Thomas A. Knight
5. Beguiled (Immortal Essence #2) by RaShelle Workman
6. Foreseen by Terri-Lynne Smiles
7. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu


[Click image to go to Goodreads page]
8. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

So, what did you feed YOUR Reader this week?

Check out the other blogs on the Feed Your Reader Hop!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Feature & Follow #2


Hello all.
Welcome to Feature and Follow.
It is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

RULES
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Happy Follow Friday! 

What book do you think everyone should read? 
If you could gift the entire population with just one book?
Whew! This one is hard. If I could only gift one book, I think it would be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Basically because no other book has made me cry and got to me as much as that one.
*Edit* The scene that made me bawl was when Harry is going into the Forbidden Forest to face Voldemort and when he talks to his mom about dying. Oh my god. I had to put the book down because I cried so hard I couldn't see.
Don't forget to go check out the other blogs on the hop!

Giveaway/Review/Interview - Protector by Vanna Smythe

Hello all!
This post is kinda long, but still awesome!
There is a GIVEAWAY for 
2 copies of Protector.
There is information about the book plus my review.
There is also an Interview with Vanna Smythe,
author of Protector!

Title: Protector
Series: Anniversary of the Veil #1
Author: Vanna Smythe
Format: E-book
Published: March 10, 2012
Publisher: Vanna Smythe
ISBN: 1477408398
(ISBN13 9781477408391)

ASIN: B007J6DN2A

Purchase:
Amazon
Smashwords

Synopsis:
Kiyarran just wanted to become a Protector of the Realm, a member of an elite order of fighters. Strange and powerful magical abilities awaken inside him once his wish comes true. The Priesthood that secretly controls the realm see his skill as a threat, and Kiyarran begins to learn that little about life as a Protector is what he thought it would be. To top it off, Kiyarran is falling in love with Princess Issiyanna, his friend of many years.

Issiyanna faces and arranged marriage, but she has been dreaming of another man, her one true love. Now her long gone mother is calling to her, promising she will return and take Issiyanna to meet the man from her dreams.

The world is split in half by a barrier called the Veil. A terrible sacrifice was made to put it in place and now, as the 1000th Anniversary of the Veil draws near, a second sacrifice is called for to keep it in place.

Both Kiyarran and Issiyanna are needed for the Anniversary. Even though they only just learned of the Veil and neither know the role they must play …
REVIEW:


I met Vanna Smythe on this magical internet thingy. She was asking if anyone wanted to review her book for a book tour. It was called Protector and had a kick-ass cover, so I contacted Vanna. She was kind enough to provide me with a review copy in return for an honest review. I love it when that happens!

I must admit, while reading the Prologue, I was thinking I was totally lost. There is tons of information and characters thrown at the reader. I just kept going though because the writing was excellent. I am so glad that I did!

The author, Vanna Smythe, has a wonderful way of weaving her words into a story. The imagery and world building were stellar. The characters were believable and I could relate to their emotions. Kae is such an amazing character. I really felt empathy for him as he went through his struggles. And Issa was such a contrast of vulnerability and strength.

Protector is a book that actually requires some skills to keep up with all of the characters. At times, it seems confusing, but just go with it because as miniscule as a character may seem, they will serve a purpose. I love it when that happens!

In my opinion, Vanna Smythe has proven she is an excellent writer. Protector is the proof of that. Now I just can't wait to read the 2nd in the series, Decision Maker!

4 stars to Protector.


INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
VANNA SMYTHE

1. Tell us why you chose to write fantasy fiction?

I've always been a huge fan of fantasy fiction, so when I decided to try my hand at writing a book it was a natural choice for me.

2. They say write what you know, which to authors, may be to read in the genre they write. Do you read fantasy? What other genres do you like to read?

I read a lot of fantasy, but I also like the classics, as well as modern mainstream fiction. I'm also very partial to spy thrillers.

3. How did you know you should become an author?

Since I can remember, I just knew that I was a good writer and that one day I would write a book. Eventually I did ;)

4. Apart from fantasy, are there any other elements in Protector?

Protector has a huge romantic element in it. The whole story basically revolves around Issa's (the main heroine) desire to be with the man she loves. This man is, however, not Kae (the main hero) who feels a deep and unrequited love for Issa.  Also, in the world of Protector the energy that is released when two people who are basically soul mates come together is used towards some practical end (righting a wrong, controlling the weather, …). So love is at the heart of the story, though not in the strict romance novel sort of way.

5. Who is your favorite character and why?

Kae is my favorite by far. In the first draft, he was supposed to be one of the side characters, but he just came to life as I wrote the book and finally became the main character. He's the one that grows the most as the story progresses, and he'll always be the first "real" character I created.

6. Who is your least favorite or hardest character to bring to life on the pages of Protector?

Oddly enough, I had the most problems with Issa. And she was supposed to be the main heroine ;) Though I think in book 2, I've finally managed to get her down on the page as she's supposed to be.

7. Do any of the characters in your book reflect your characteristics?

Yes, pretty much all of them to some degree. I don’t base my characters on any particular person, but rather mix and match characteristics to create whole new people.

8. What is the hardest lesson you’ve since being published?

That constant promotion is key. It is not enough to write a great book, you must also make sure people hear about it.

9. Do you have any upcoming appearances or contests you’d like readers to know about?

I will be releasing the second book in my series by the end of 2012. So the December/January period will be full of great giveaways. Please visit my blog for the contest info.

10. Where can readers find your books?

Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1) is available now form Amazon and Smashwords.

More about Vanna Smythe:

Website and blog: http://www.vannasmythe.com
Twitter: @Vanna_Smythe



And now, the GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away 2 copies of
Protector!
Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, December 24, 2012

Think Out Loud #24: Merry Christmas!


Welcome to Think Out Loud.
A weekly meme where you can do whatever you want!
A recipe, a rant, a nifty picture, just do it!
Full info on Think Out Loud HERE.

This week I made something special just for you.


Everyone be safe and have fun.

Hugs and best wishes from me!




Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wrap Up: Fall Into Reading 2012


Hello all!
I participated in the "Fall Into Reading 2012 Challenge" from September 22, 2012 to December 21, 2012. This challenge was hosted by Katrina @ Callapidder Days.
I didn't read everything on my original list, but I read a total of 15 books! This helped me to reach 200% for my reading goal this year! My goal was 25, and I reached 50! I am still working on 2 more books that I hope to get finished by the end of the year.
I feel like a freaking reading dynamo! I think that 50 is probably the most I have read in a year, like maybe ever. LoL.
Thanks Katrina for this wonderful challenge!

Here are the books I completed:
1. Son of Rage and Love by Thomas Raymond - REVIEW
2. Siren (Siren #1) by Joycelin Arnold - REVIEW
3. Everyday by David Levithan - REVIEW
4. The Moon Dwellers (Dwellers Saga #1) by David Estes - REVIEW
5. The Star Dwellers (Dwellers Saga #2) by David Estes - REVIEW
6. What Kills Me by Wynne Channing - REVIEW
7. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
8. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
9. Unwind (Unwind #1) by Neal Shusterman - REVIEW
10. The Universal Mirror (Artifacts of Empire #1) by Gwen Perkins
11. Underneath by Michael Cargill - REVIEW
12. The Sun Dwellers (Dwellers Saga #3) by David Estes - REVIEW
13. The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire #2) by Gwen Perkins - REVIEW
14. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane - REVIEW
15. Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1) by Alexia Purdy - REVIEW


Most of these books were amazing. It would be impossible to pick out a favorite! They are all so different that there is no way to start to compare them... I suggest you check out the reviews. You might find something new for your TBR! And I really enjoy interacting with ya'll, so please comment and let me know what you think.

Free: The Moon Dwellers & More...

Hello all!
I am so excited to share this with you!
David Estes is offering some of his work
 for FREE.
Here are the links and codes and stuff...
All books are available through Smashwords.

First up, is the 1st book in 
The Dwellers Saga,
The Moon Dwellers!!

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. 

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.


Where you can find The Moon Dwellers: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
Coupon Code: VU45B
Expiration: December 31, 2013

Here is my REVIEW.

Next up, is the first of the Evolution Trilogy,
Angel Evolution.

When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice.

Something about him scares her.

Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.



Where you can find Angel Evolution: 
Coupon Code: NX92B
Expiration: December 31, 2013
 
And finally, 
Nikki Powergloves #1 - A Hero is Born

Perfect for kids aged 7-10 or advanced younger readers aged 4-6!!

Nikki Nickerson hates her name and her boring life as a nine-year-old in the small town of Cragglyville. That is, until she finds a disappearing path into a forest that is rumored to be haunted. At the end of the trail, she and her dog, Mr. Miyagi, find a beautiful treasure chest, standing ready for her to claim. 

What does the chest contain? Gold? No. Diamonds? Nah. Money? Not even close. The chest contains twelve multi-colored gloves. Nikki’s disappointment quickly morphs into delight when she discovers that the gloves are much more than just a cheesy fashion accessory. You see, each pair of gloves gives her a different power, such as stopping time or super-strength. 

With a little help from her best friend, Spencer Quick, Nikki Nickerson is transformed into Nikki Powergloves, crime-fighting superhero. But every hero needs a villain and she soon finds hers in the form of Jimmy Powerboots, a smug and misguided youth who uncovers a similar treasure and chooses to use his newfound powers for evil. Nikki must find a way to de-boot her arch nemesis and stop his maniacal plans.

Where you can find Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
Coupon Code: GR34X
Expiration: December 31, 2013

AUTHOR: DAVID ESTES
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.




Friday, December 21, 2012

Redemption (Alexa Mongomery #4) by H.D. Gordon

Hello all!
I am excited to share a news of  
a very good deed in times of trouble.
H.D. Gordon is donating 100% of sales of her book
 JOE
to the families of the victims of the 
Connecticut Elementary School Shooting, Sandy Hook.
JOE is on Amazon for $4.99.

Just in time for last minute holiday shopping, H.D. Gordon would like to offer her readers a Holiday sale, from 12/21/12 to 12/23/12 midnight eastern time. *All her titles for be marked down to just $2.99.

*The two books excluded from this promotion will be Blood Warrior as it is priced at only $.99 and Joe will be sold for $4.99 and 100% of the profits from those sales of Joe will be donated to the families of the victims of the Connecticut Elementary School shooting, Sandy Hook.

Please pass this information along your network so we can raise as much money as possible.


In other news, today is the Release Date of 

Title: Redemption (Alexa Montgomery Saga #4)
Author: H.D. Gordon
Publisher: ShareARead
Published: Dec 21, 2012
Author Website: http://hdgordon.com

Author H.D. Gordon offers readers a unique and emotional tale about two sisters, one love, and their hopes and dreams. Redemption, the final installment of The Alexa Montgomery Saga, releases online today.
This is the ending of a story that shows us to live life more powerfully.

H.D. Gordon is one of the brightest stars among the authors we admire and love. In this final chapter, the craftsmanship is masterful and is among Gordon’s most ambitious work yet.

On Dec 21, 2012, in this thought-provoking series finale, Alexa will make decisions that may alter her life and the life of everyone around her. Join her for this epic journey.

Will she sacrifice herself for the sake of others? Can she stand by and see her sister sacrifice her life for the freedom of the weak and defenseless?

Redemption brings us all along for the saga’s twists and turns and offers a stunning conclusion that will leave readers holding their breath. Step into Alexa’s last battle, and bring a weapon. You’ll be glad you did.

AUTHOR: H.D. GORDON

H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa's tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

Connect with H.D. Gordon:
Amazon’s Author Central: www.amazon.com/H.-D.-Gordon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Feature & Follow #1


Hello all.
This is my first Feature and Follow.
It is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

RULES
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Happy Follow Friday! 


Q: What have you learned from book blogging
that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

Well, I knew absolutely nothing about the Publishing industry when I first started
blogging. I just thought it would be fun and a great way to meet people and share my reviews.
The only  real interaction I have had with Publishers is through Netgalley
and authors that self publish.
All I know is that I am really enjoying being a part of this fantastic community!

P.S. - I even won a freaking KINDLE FIRE by participating 
in the Pledged Book Tour!
Talk about almost passing out...
I never expected that.
Don't forget to check out the other features and blog!
Here they are!



Review: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloane
Format: Hardcover; 288 pages
Published: Oct 2, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374214913
Source: Library
Purchase Here:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

REVIEW:


Clay Jannon is down on his luck. Then he ventures into Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore looking for a job… and in it he finds more than he could ever have imagined. During his adventures, Jannon runs into some pretty extraordinary people. Luckily, Jannon is smart enough to recruit these unlikely players in solving an extraordinary puzzle. Of course, there is a secret society that doesn't necessarily want that to happen any time soon…

This book was reminiscent of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but for book nerds instead of gamers. There were many references to pop culture icons such as Google and the book had instances where you felt like you were "in on the joke." Sloan's writing made me feel like I was listening to a friend tell an amazing story. It really is a gem.

The characters in this world were engaging and I found myself really invested in finding out what happened to them. And I really didn't expect the places this book would go, but it was a wonderful surprise! Another awesome surprise? The cover of Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore GLOWS IN THE DARK!


The following is the first paragraph of
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore...

"Lost in the shadows of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder. I am exactly halfway up. The floor of the bookstore is far below me, the surface of the planet I've left behind. The tops of the shelves loom high above me, and it's dark up there - the books are packed in close, and they don't let any light through. The air might be thinner, too. I think I see a bat."

5 stars to Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore for taking me on a great adventure!


Don't forget to leave a comment!! They make me happy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #9: Protector


Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays!
A weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.

Just open a book to a random page
and share two sentences (no spoilers).
Be sure to include title/author info for
other interested readers.
Then put your link in the comments on Miz B's blog.
That  simple!

Currently reading:

by Vanna Smythe

Synopsis Of Book:
Kiyarran has trained to fight since the age of seven. Fourteen years later, he is finally deemed ready to become a Protector of the Realm, a member of an elite order of fighters, only to discover he possesses magical abilities that were kept secret from him his entire life. His powerful abilities are seen as a threat by the Priesthood, and Head Priest Rhaldan now seeks to control Kiyarran and his magic by any means. When Kiyarran's friend and charge, Princess Issiyanna is abducted, he must choose between following to save her, or submitting to the priests' control. Issiyanna's Life Force is needed to reinforce the Veil, a man-forged barrier that divides the world. The Anniversary of the Veil is here, and all will be judged. 

Magic, loyalty, friendship, greed and love all clash as Kiyarran is forced to make his decision.

The Teaser:

"The Head Priest had been speaking the whole time. "The duty of the Protectors of the Veil is twofold. Firstly, your duty is to the priests and what we stand for. As you have learned in your test, there is an ancient barrier that separates our world from another. A world so foul that should it be allowed to come into contact with ours, it would contaminate it, and we would never be able to get rid of the filth. This barrier is called the Veil. "

I have only read a quarter of this book, 
but I am really enjoying it. 
Look for review soon!
Buy at AMAZON

Don't forget to comment and leave your Teaser link below!

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