Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 Challenge Update - Jan/Feb

2013 Challenges
January 1st, 2013 through to the present...

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Think has
read 1 book toward her goal of 60 books.
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2013 Dystopia Challenge - Goal Post
Recruit Level (1-6)

2013 January 
1. Jan. 8, 2013 - Nexus by Ramez Naam
2. Jan. 31, 2013 - Zed by Michel Gagne

2013 February
3. Feb. 6, 2013 - Fire Country by David Estes
4. Feb. 9, 2013 - Talisman of El by Alecia Stone


2013 TBR Challenge - Goal Post
Read at least 10 books published prior to 2012.

2013 January
1. Jan. 1, 2013 - Rape Girl by Alina Klein
2. Jan. 8, 2013 - Nexus by Ramez Naam
3, Jan 25, 2013 - Eve and Adam by Michael Grant
4. Jan. 31, 2013 - Zed by Michel Gagne

2013 February
5. Feb. 9, 2013 - Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
6. Feb. 9, 2013 - The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson
7. Feb 13, 2013 - The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson


2013 OutDo Yourself Challenge - Goal Post
I will read 60+ books in 2013.

2013 January
1. Jan. 1, 2013 - Rape Girl by Alina Klein
2. Jan. 8, 2013 - Nexus by Ramez Naam
3. Jan. 25, 2013 - Eve and Adam by Michael Grant
4. Jan. 31, 2013 - Zed by Michel Gagne

2013 February
5. Feb. 6, 2013 - Fire Country by David Estes
6. Feb. 9, 2013 - Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

7. Feb. 13, 2013 - The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson
8. Feb 13, 2013 - The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson



2013 E-Book Challenge - Goal Post
Start - Level CD - 10 ebooks

2013 January

1. Jan. 1, 2013 - Rape Girl by Alina Klein
2. Jan. 8, 2013 - Nexus by Ramez Naam
3. Jan. 31, 2013 - Zed by Michel Gagne

2013 February
4. Feb. 6, 2013 - Fire Country by David Estes
5. Feb. 9, 2013 - Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
6. Feb. 13, 2013 - The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson
7. Feb 13, 2013 - The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson



2013 Genre Variety - Goal Post
Start - Level "Careful" - 6 books

2013 January
1. Jan. 1, 2013 - Rape Girl by Alina Klein (Drama)
2. Jan. 8, 2013 - Nexus by Ramez Naam (Thriller)
3. Jan. 25, 2013 - Eve and Adam by Michael Grant (Suspense)
4. Jan. 31, 2013 - Zed by Michel Gagne (Graphic Novel)

2013 February
5. Feb. 6, 2013 - Fire Country by David Estes (Dystopia)
6. Feb. 9, 2013 - Talisman of El by Alecia Stone (Adventure)
7. Feb. 13, 2013 - The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson (Paranormal-Fantasy)
Feb. 7, 2013 - Upgraded to Level 2 - 12 books
8. Feb 13, 2013 - The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson (High-Fantasy)




2013 Sequel Challenge - Goal Post

2013 January - No sequels read

2013 February

1. Feb. 13, 2013 - The Stone of Darkness (Dragonslayer #3) by Resa Nelson
2. Feb 13, 2013 - The Dragon's Egg (Dragonslayer #4) by Resa Nelson



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #11: Persistence of Vision




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:


"This man stood well over six feet tall with 
tree trunks for legs and boulders for arms.
He could probably even kill Maggie
with his bear hands without even breathing hard."


What is your Teaser?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Think Out Loud #33: Regret

Welcome to Think Out Loud.
Basically, there are only about 3 people that participate
right now and I would really like to change that.
What do I need to do to INSPIRE people to
want to engage in Think Out Loud. 
Help Me Help You!



Right now I would say my favorite song is
Regret by Fiona Apple.
I am depressed. LoL. 


'Member when we argued on the concept of regret?
You were an expert even then but not me, not yet
Now all you gotta do's remind me that we met
And there you got me, that's how you got me, you taught me to regret

'Member how I asked you why are you so mean?
You didn't know how to react to bein' seen
I tried to be your friend, you made me shamed so I'm getting even
And there you got me, that's how you got me, you taught me to be mean

[Hook x2]
I ran out of white dove feathers
To soak up the hot piss that comes from your mouth
Every time you address me

Member when I was so sick and you didn't believe me?
Then you got sick too and guess who took care of you?
You hated that, didn't you? Didn't you?
Now when you look at me, you're condemned to see
The monster your mother made you to be
And there ya got me, that's how you got free, you got rid of me

[Hook x2]

I ran out of white dove feathers
To soak up the hot piss that comes from your mouth
Every time you address me


Alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone, leave me alone
Leave me alone, leave me alone
Alone



Friday, February 22, 2013

Feed My Reader #4: Beautiful Creatures


Feed My Reader Friday is hosted by 
Simply share ebooks you have 
added to your reader recently!

Here are mine for this week!


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So, what did you get this week?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Making Connections 1 Year Anniversary A-Z Hop!

Congratulations to Making Connections 
for celebrating their 1 Year anniversary!
I am lucky enough to participate in their
Each participating blog was assigned a letter
of the alphabet. The goal is to pick the word
you think best describes Making Connections.
The Word has to start with whatever
letter you were assigned.
My letter is T.
I choose the word...
It means
Holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough

Tana, Sheri, Midu and Alana are the moderators
of Making Connections and I consider them
TENACIOUS
about maintaining the group and keeping it active.
The members are pretty TENACIOUS, too!
Without members commenting and keeping the
group alive with information, it might have died
like so many other groups.
Fortunately, Making Connections is still here.
If you haven't checked out this group you should.

Making Connections A-Z Hop Schedule!
1 Sheri www.makingconnectionsgroup.blogspot.ca/
Tana www.tana-someofmyfavoritebooks.blogsp...
2 - A Eva Pohler http://www.evapohler.com
3 - B Sailon http://tometender.blogspot.com
4 - C Mari Arden www.mariarden.blogspot.com
5 - D Milda http://www.writergirlinla.com/
6 - E Mallory http://archiestandwoodsreviewsandwrit...
7 - F Natasha http://writesbymoonlight.wordpress.com
8 - G Midu www.passionatebookdivas.com/
9 - H Jonel Boyko http://purejonel.blogspot.ca/
10 - I Kit 0127 http://darkerpassions.net/
11 - J Flora http://fromthebootheelcottonpatch.blo...
12 - K Tmonique http://tmoniquestephens.com/
13 - L Wynne Channing http://wynnechanning.wordpress.com/
14 - M Meredith Bond http://meredithbond.com/blog/posts/
15 - N Donna www.donnagalanti.com 
16 - O Samantha http://bookloverscozycafe.blogspot.com
17 - P Stephanie Http://stephsbookretreat.wordpress.com
18 - Q Alana http://darkobsessionchronicles.blogsp...
19 - R Cody Kennedy www.CKennedyAuthor.blogspot.com
20 - S SantaFlash http://santaflash.wordpress.com/
21 - T Think Books http://thinksbooks.blogspot.com
22 - U Maghon http://magluvsya03.wordpress.com
23 - V Debbie http://amethysteyesauthor.blogspot.ca/
24 - W Pragya http://reviewingshelf.wordpress.com
25 - X Ellie http://elliewrites2.wordpress.com
26 - Y Terri Bruce http://www.terribruce.net
27 - Z J.A. Beard www.riftwatcher.blogspot.com
28 Tana www.tana-someofmyfavoritebooks.blogsp...
Sheri www.makingconnectionsgroup.blogspot.ca/

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dissolution Kickstarter: The Time Has Come

Hello all!
Do you know what today is?

Dissolution is a graphic novel brought
to life by Indi Martin.

Watch this video to learn more!


You can learn everything you need to know

Come on my fellow bloggers!
Let's help Indi realize a dream of hers.
$1.00 gets you a PDF copy of the Graphic Novel.
And the more you are willing to back the cooler stuff you get!!

Let's support independent authors!

OH, and the winner of the $10 Amazon GC is 

WWW Wednesdays #11: Persistence of Vision


W...W...W...Wednesdays
is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!

All you have to do is answer 3 questions.

1. What did you recently finish reading?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What are you reading next?


1. What did you recently finish reading?
Review HERE

2. What are you currently reading?
Essays by various authors like Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures)

3. What are you reading next?
Persistence of Vision by Liesel K Hill

So, what have you been reading?


Monday, February 18, 2013

Dissolution Kickstarter Launch!

DISSOLUTION: A GRAPHIC NOVEL
KICKSTARTER LAUNCH!!

Here is the KICKSTARTER LINK:

Please!! Go and support Indi. Even if it is just a $1.00!
This project is totally worth it!
Plus, you will get the satisfaction of making
someone's dream come true!

Go to my blog, Thinks Books, 
to sign up for a $10 Amazon GC.
You MUST sign up on the linky on my blog
in order to be able to be in the drawing for
the Gift Card.
And you must participate by posting
about Dissolution!
Thank you all so much!!

Think Out Loud #32: I'm With Stupid

Welcome to Think Out Loud.
A weekly meme to do whatever you want!
Official stuff HERE.

In this Think Out Loud,
I'm gonna get a little personal.
This is what I have felt like lately.
And my Valentine's Day sucked as usual.
So, yes. I am bitter. 

And this would be a good manual to have.


So, what is your Think Out Loud.
Hopefully, happier than mine!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant

Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Format: Hardcover, 291 pages
Source: Library
ISBN: 0312583516
Published: Oct 2, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

REVIEW:

Eve and Adam was a fun, quick read. It was an extremely interesting story. All of the conflictive relationships were a little confusing at time. Terra Vs. Evening; Terra Vs. Aislin; Evening Vs. Solo, and on and on.

I did love how the chapters were from multiple character POV's. Most of the time, the story traded off between Eve and Solo, this was a perfect way to feel the character's out and find a way to relate to them. It was done very well.

This book is set in present day but it has a very dystopian feel to it. So, if you enjoy Young Adult and Science Fiction and Dystopian, this book is for you.

Overall, a very nice book to pick up at the local library, but I don't think I will be buying it for my personal library. I thought about giving this book 5 stars, but there was just something missing for me. But, it was excellent, I am not saying you shouldn't read it!

4 stars for Eve and Adam. So close to perfect, but not quite.


P. S. - Please don't forget to Sign Up on the DISSOLUTION BLAST!
We really need numbers!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feed My Reader #3: Breathe & Crewel

Feed My Reader is hosted by 
Share the books you have added
to your e-reader lately!
2. Breathe (Breathe #1)  by Sarah Crossan
3. Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1) by Susan Kay Quinn
4. Feed by MT Anderson
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1. Lament (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stefvater
2. Mongoliad (Foreworld #1) by Neal Stephenson
3. Bound (Arelia La Rue #1)  by Kira Saito
4. Crewel (Crewel #1) by Gennifer Albin

Overall, I got some Kick-Ass Books!

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tour: The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson (Guest Post)

Welcome to my stop on the tour for
This is the fourth and final book of the Dragonslayer series.

This post is long but very well worth it!
Title: The Dragon's Egg (Dragonslayer #4)
Author: Resa Nelson
Publisher: Mundania
Published: Nov 13, 2012
ISBN: 1606593560
Source: Author
Format: E-book
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

In the fourth and final book of the Dragonslayer series, Mandulane's army is poised to attack the Northlands in the name of a powerful god, but in truth Mandulane is using the act of spreading this new faith as a way to disguise his own personal greed and hunger for power. Astrid has succeeded in warning her beloved country of imminent danger, and the Northlanders scramble to set up a clever defense, never realizing a spy in their midst is poised to take critical information directly to Mandulane. After sacrificing herself in order to set her brother Drageen free for the sake of protecting the Northlands, Astrid finds herself controlled by the stone of light. Although it forces her path of destiny, Astrid learns she must make one final choice about who she wants to be. Most important of all, her new sweetheart Trep encounters a dragon that entrusts him with the care of a dragon's egg. Trep embraces a dangerous journey and accepts the duty of protecting the unhatched dragon, knowing that its safety could impact the fate of the entire world.

REVIEW:

I really love the Dragonslayer series by Resa Nelson! I finished the final book of the series today and it was breathtaking. The Dragon's Egg is a brilliant wrap-up to the series. I love how everything just seemed to meld together and flow along so well. The story continues Astrid's journey in life, love and war. She struggles to do what is right at all times. Astrid is such a multi-faceted character. She is pretty high on my list of best heroines ever. 

Mandulane (the bad guy) cracked me up with his clotheshorse obsession. And the introduction of Killing Crow was a nice touch. It was also very interesting to have Dragreen come back into play. I just love all of the characters that Nelson has developed so well!

The ending was bitter sweet. I just did not want this series to end. It's just too good! But, the story took a natural course and everyone ended up where they needed to be. 

I highly recommend the Dragonslayer series. It will be unlike anything else you've read, but I bet you will love it like I did. Or I hope!

5 stars to The Dragon's Egg.


Resa Nelson doesn't just talk the talk, oh no,
this woman walks the walk too!
When she offered to do a Guest Post,
I immediately knew what it needed to be about!
Blacksmithing!
In the Dragonslayer books, Astrid makes her trade
at one point by being a blacksmith.
The writing was just so realistic.
I had read that Nelson herself was a blacksmith,
so I asked her to write about that.
It is super interesting!

GUEST POST

How I Learned Blacksmithing to Create a Female 
Blacksmith in my Dragonslayer World
by Resa Nelson

When I began writing my Dragonslayer series, I knew my main character Astrid would become a blacksmith.  But after reading books about blacksmithing tools and techniques, I needed more.  I always want to get inside the skin of my characters, so I found out where I could take a course in blacksmithing and signed up.

For 10 weeks, Tuesday became my blacksmithing day.  Late in the afternoon I’d drive 90 minutes, stop for a quick dinner, and then learn how to iron and steel for the next 3 hours.  Of course, all of my classmates were big, burly men.  At first I couldn’t keep up with them.  At the end of each class I had a half-finished project that was completely useless.  Even though my main goal was to learn basic blacksmithing techniques and get a feel for what it feels like to be a blacksmith, I still wanted to complete my assignments.

I asked my teacher and fellow students for advice and took it.  First, I found the smallest hammer that felt comfortable in my hand.  Next, I choked up on the handle the same way you choke up on a baseball bat.  Both of these decisions gave me better control of the hammer.  That made my blows more efficient, which meant I could hammer faster and get better results.  I also decided to become ambidextrous.  By switching the hammer back and forth from hand to hand every so often, it gave each of my arms time to rest and recover.  By doing all those things I was finally able to keep up with my male classmates!

During my blacksmithing course I’d sometimes come early to take notes on details like the way the smoke of a blacksmithing fire changes color while you build it.  The way it smells.  The way it clings to your skin.  Or the different colors the iron turns while being heated and what those colors mean.  But nothing beats my experience of being the only woman in a group of fledgling blacksmiths and having to learn how to keep up with them.

Some writers I’ve met turn their noses up at the idea of doing research, but I can’t imagine how I could have written my Dragonslayer series without the experience of taking a course in blacksmithing. 

You’re welcome to sample the Dragonslayer series by downloading a free ebook of two short stories I wrote that take place in that world.  There’s no information gathering or obligation—just a simple download at http://www.resanelson.com/files.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.  Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.  Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com.


If you would like to contact Resa Nelson, here is her info...

If you would like to buy a copy,
they are available through:
Mundania Press (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)



Farewell to Astrid the Dragonslayer!
I enjoyed following her along on her adventures.



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