I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Monday, October 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (31)


In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, or they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started.

So I told myself I wasn't going to buy any more books until I make a dent in my huge TBR pile. So wish me luck with that.

From Library: 



Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett
Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
Boy2Girl  by Terence Blacker

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Jennifer Schmidt

Today I have a special guest author who has written a blog post just for us. Jennifer Schmidt author of the book Last Call.  Click the link for info about about Last Call. It’s a really good book if you haven’t read it you need to and here's your chance I will be giving away two eCopies of Last Call, more info at the bottom. Now take it away Jennifer. 


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“A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

A best friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.” - Elbert Hubbard

My two favourite quotes about friendship.

 I’m extremely lucky to have not one but two people in my life who I consider best friends and both do exactly that. Any sane, normal person would have cut me off years ago with some of the crap I’ve pulled and done. But, C, one of the two, is neither sane nor normal (sorry, sweetie, you know it’s true). She is the type to tell it like it is whether I want to hear it or not because in the end (usually) what she says is true and it just saves a lot of time and heartache -not to mention the I-told-you-so’s she loves to throw in my face-if I just listen to her from the start. C is my family, blood or no blood, because in the end no matter what we throw at each other we’ll always be there to hold each other up.

My other best friend is my rock. He’s the one that I want to run to for everything. Good or bad he’s there to either praise me or give me hell for something I’ve done…or not done and should do. Our friendship has always been the type that no matter how long it has been since we last spoke – days, weeks, months – we can always pick up right where we left off like no time at all has passed.
Friends are the key to making it out alive in this world. You might not make it out in one piece but good friends – great friends- will always be there to help you put those pieces together again.
That’s why I knew when writing Novalee’s best friend she would have to be someone strong, outspoken, and feisty and a little bit of a bitch.  

Cali is all of those things. She is everything Novalee isn’t…until she has to be. Even as a secondary character I feel as if she was the heart of the book. You can’t help but roll your eyes at some of the things that come out of her mouth, but others have you laughing or nodding in agreement when she’s giving Novalee a piece of her mind.

I love the bond these two have, but there were times I wanted to reach through my computer screen and shake one or both of them. While writing I had to stop a few times and just glare at the words, angry at Novalee for taking advantage of the friendship. There were times that Novalee came off as very selfish and really, while I admit I hated it in the beginning, I love that their relationship wasn’t perfect.

What I really wanted to portray though was the depth of their friendship.  Cali saved Novalee from a very tragic experience, and while Novalee gets to tell her side of that, it was never really talked about between the two and how Cali felt about it in my first draft of editing. When going back through for the millionth time, I decided Cali needed a little more depth and Novalee, finally taking her head out of her own ass, gets her to open up about the incident.
 It goes without saying that Cali is the one that teaches Novalee to be a stronger person. Through hand holding and eye rolling the women learn from one another, have each other’s backs and do sneaky things to ensure the other one is happy.

I hope everyone out there is as lucky as Novalee and Cali are and have someone that has your back and will always be there with a shoulder to cry on and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.


Jennifer Schmidt's contact info:
Twitter:  @jleeschmidt


The giveaway is simple all you have to do is fill out the form, and its open to anyone who has an email account. Easy. Good luck. The giveaway will last from now until Monday the 31th. 



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


NOT YOUR ORDINARY FAERIE TALE BY CHRISTINE WARREN
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
The Other Book 12
Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
November 1st 2011


From Goodreads:

After her two best friends marry a blood-sucking vampire and furry-faced werewolf, Corinne D’Alessandro is making a vow of her own: NO interspecies dating. But when her editor asks her to investigate “leprechaun” sightings, the sassy New York reporter finds herself on the trail of the hottest story of the year—and the sexiest man alive…

His  name is Luc, and he’s as gorgeous as any Prince Charming in any bedtime story. There’s just one problem: He’s not human, he’s fae. A captain of the Fae Queen’s Guard, Luc is on a dangerous mission—and he could use the help of a certain leprechaun-hunting reporter. But when their two worlds collide, the sparks begin to fly. If Corinne and Luc can’t control their lust—and focus on the villains in this story—their faerie-tale romance won’t end happily ever after…

To learn about Christine Warren and her books please visit her website




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (30)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 

Anyone can play along by doing the following. Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Please no spoilers (make sure what you shared doesn’t give away too much! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR list of they like your teaser!




“–And down there –do you see where I’m pointing?”
“Um” Percy said, “You don’t have any hands.”

Pg, 159 The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan



Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads. It’s a way to bounce from blog t blog and discover what other are listening to. If you want to be a part of this head on over to her page and link up.

This week and a couple of weeks after a few of us will be doing Tune in Tuesdays Favorite Soundtracks Edition.  It can be from a movie, tv show, or musical.  It does not necessarily have to be the theme song for that particular program either.  As long as it was featured in the movie, tv show, or musical then it's fair game! I LOVE this and it so hard for me to only pick a few. Since this is the last week I will be throwing anything into the mix, like always. 

Love is On The Way. from the movie The First Wives Club. (Love this movie.) I have two versions of the song one sung by Billy Porter and the other boy Celien Dion. 
Don't No Bad News. from the movie The Wiz.
Touch Me. two versions of the same song one by The Cast of Spring Awakening and the other by Lea Michele singing it alone. Both are really good. I love the way Lea Michele turned a song that was sung with a full cast into a solo. 
I'd Rather Go Blind and All I Could Do Was Cry. Both sung by Beyonce from the movie Cadillac Records.
Where Are You Christmas. by Faith Hill from the movie How To The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Scotty Doesn't Know. from the movie EuroTrip. So funny, if you haven't seen it, see it.
Other Father's Song. from the movie Coraline
Three Small Words. from the movie Josie and the Pussycats. Loved the cartoon growing up and enjoyed the movie. 


























Monday, October 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (30)


In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, or they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started.

So my birthday was a week ago so all of the books I’ve brought are birthday gifts to myself. 

Brought:
 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. So good. Finished.
The Mephisto Covenant (#1) by Trinity Faegen. Finished.

 Shifting by Bethany Wiggins. Finished.
Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld #1) by Curtis Jobling

 Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) by Tera Lynn Childs. Finished.
Lost In Time (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa de la Cruz
Rush of Pleasure (Primal Instincts #8) by Rhyannon Byrd
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles. Paperback. Finished
One Grave At A Time (Night Huntress #8) by Jeaniene Frost


For Review:
 Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross
Exiled (Connected #1) by RaShelle Workman. (sent by author along with stickers and rack cards.)
 The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison. (Won from author. Pdf)
My Little Secret  by Anna J. (Brought by a friend. Birthday gift.)
Eros, My Love by April Bostic. (for review)
The Guardian Duke (Forgotten Castle #1) by Jamie Carie. (from NetGalley)


Free From Amazon:

My Lunatic Life (Lunatic Life #1) by Sharon Sala
Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy #1) by Nicole Williams
Lure of the Night (Vampire Winter Saga #1) by Bethany Knok
Fairytale (Faeries of Rush #1) by Maggie Shayne

 Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1) by J.L. Bryan
Ascent (Party Series#1) by Amy Kinzer
One Last Bite by Heidi Betts
Shelter (Blood Haze #1) by Tara Shuler

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Tiger's Voyage



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


TIGER’S VOYAGE BY COLLEEN HOUCK
Hardcover, 560 pages
The Tiger Saga Book 3
Young Adult (Fantasy/ Romance)
November 1st 2011

From Goodreads:

In the third installment of the Tiger series, Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift—an object of power that will help break the curse that causes them to live part of their lives as tigers. 

They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. With Nilima, Mr. Kadam, Ren, and Kishan at her side, she soon learns that the task ahead will be even more difficult than the others. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to set her feet on a new path, she is yanked back with a jolt to the one she's determined to leave behind. 

The jarring tug-of-war that ensues for Kelsey's heart leaves her anxious and confused. Combined with the stress of almost being killed every other day, it would appear that saving the tigers is almost more than she can handle. Still, she presses on, knowing that a choice is looming on the horizon. One she cannot put off making for long. 

Tiger's Voyage is an irresistible romance with a barrage of action on the high seas, where a reader will find a treasure chest full of dragons, sea monsters, knights in shining armor, fabled weapons, and enduring love. The tropic waters of India create the backdrop for the latest installment in the tiger series. This novel, a multicultural take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, delves into the complex emotional turmoil and pressure associated with not only making the best choice for a nation but also the best choice for yourself.
 

To learn about Julie Kagwa and her books please visit her website

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (29)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along by doing the following. Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 



Please no spoilers (make sure what you shared doesn’t give away too much! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR list of they like your teaser!

“She looks like a horse” Leo said.
“Well, you love horses so you should find her quite appealing.”

Pg, 30 The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton


Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads. It’s a way to bounce from blog t blog and discover what other are listening to. If you want to be a part of this head on over to her page and link up.

This week and a couple of weeks after a few of us will be doing Tune in Tuesdays Favorite Soundtracks Edition.  It can be from a movie, tv show, or musical.  It does not necessarily have to be the theme song for that particular program either.  As long as it was featured in the movie, tv show, or musical then it's fair game! I LOVE this and it so hard for me to only pick a few. This week is my favorite songs are from a few different places. Movies, Musicals, even Commercials.  The Denim Song from the Target Commercial. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith from the movie Aemageddon. Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio from the movie Dangerous Minds. Will You Be There by Michael Jackson from the movie Free Willy. Seasons of Love from the movie Rent. True to Your Heart by 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder from the movie Mulan.