Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - Road Trip!

Tune In Tuesday Road Trip Edition
I more or less forgot about this. One of the many problems of cutting yourself off from the internet, after a while you really don't miss it.
But I really want to join in this week, especially since it's the last road trip edition.

For this week's I've decided to share songs I've listened to while on road trips, that now remind me of those trips.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [9]

I went to the book fair last week so I did get some new books signed.
Not to mentioned sunburned, and a sore shoulder.

Who Done It?Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) Mind Games (Mind Games, #1) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dark Persuasion - Book Tour

Charlotte Gray couldn't believe that anyone in high society would care to introduce her to potential suitors. After all, a cruel accident left her blind at the age of eight. However, Lady and Lord Rochester, her aristocratic neighbors, have taken a peculiar interest in her welfare and offer to hold a debutante ball in her honor.

Inexperienced in the ways of men and vulnerable to a fault, Charlotte begins to traverse the unfamiliar world of courtship. To her surprise, two brothers become rivals for her affections. One she favors because of his gregarious and flattering ways. The other she spurns due to his unappealing demeanor and desperate attempt to win her heart.

Pressured by her family and brokenhearted over the risqué conduct of her first choice, Charlotte is persuaded to accept Patrick Rochester's proposal of marriage instead. Her surrender introduces her into the world of passion at the artful hands of a mysterious man. When the dark and alluring husband finally conquers her heart, a shocking secret about his true identity unfolds. As a result, Charlotte learns that love can be blind for everyone-even her.

Hour 14

Mid-Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
At the moment I feel like I could go all night. That being said my eyes do feel a bit tired.

2) What have you finished reading?
Romeo & Juliet & Vampires, Retro Demonology, Tomorrow is Today, and a couple of short stories by Meg Cabot.

3) What is your favorite read so far?
Since most have been short stories nothing has really stood out, escept my current read The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, but until I get to the end of that I'd say Tomorrow is Today.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Hummus and pita chips.

Hour 8

Slow morning. I doubt I've barely made it 100 pages.
Nook (fondly known as Linky) is currently charging so for the next couple of hours I'm back to actual books. Finishing up Romeo and Juliet and Vampires, and then maybe starting Size 12 and Ready to Rock, which I've been saying I'd get to for way to long.
(And yes I have seen the cover and title for the next book in that series.)

Best and Worst Cover
look up one of the books you're reading for the read-a-thon on Goodreads or Amazon, pick out two or three covers and describe which one you like the best, which one you like the least and why.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

It's my fourth time joining this read-a-thon and so far no complaints. Since it's still early I probably shouldn't even say that since I'll most likely end up jinxing it.

My plan for today is pretty much to follow my plan from the first time I participated and that is to start off with short stories (get more accomplished) and try to end with some longer books.

I have a few prequels that I've been wanting to get to:
Tomorrow Is Today: A Tempest Series Bonus Short Story Retro Demonology (The Demon Trappers, #0.5) The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5) My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5)

Besides that it's really a go with the flow kind of day.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Imaginable - Review

Imaginable (Intangible, #2)Imaginable by J. Meyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published April 16th 2013

Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Blood Flows Deep in the Empire - Book Tour + Giveaway



Two years ago at 6:17 PM my first post went up!
Sadly no fanfare this year.

When I first started I said it was a work in progress and I wasn't sure when I would feel like It was done.
Well I think I'm done.
More or less.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last Day To Enter

Last day of the Little Miss Drama Queen Blogoversery giveaway.

Enter to win TWO Going Vintage bookmarks SIGNED by author Lindsay Leavitt. Plus a few surprises.

Enter Here. 
2 Winners
Announced tomorrow.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Giveaway Winner + Not Too Gone

While I didn't announce it on here I did pick, and email, a winner for the Blooming Love Spring Blog Hop. But three days later I still haven't heard from them, since I didn't give a timeframe to respond I'm going to give her one more day and announce a new winner tomorrow (Saturday).

So summer seay, check your email!

In other giveaway news, I'm still giving away two Going Vintage bookmarks.

Top Ten Reviewed Books

I'd still love to explain what goes through my mind when I decide to accept books to review and then what I'm thinking as I write the review, but my mind is a very hard place to get in to.

So instead I've decided to share my favorite books that have been given to be for review.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Looking Back

Looking back on my two years, of course my top moment was and will most likely always be, my part in the Meg-a-Readers. [cough cough sign ups still open.] That's probably a story I'll continue to share for a while. But really what would top it? Especially since I do have a tendency to go on about Meg.

Of course it isn't just her books I could, and have, gone on about.
And it's not just books but their characters. Of course it's not always with love that I think of them.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Re-Introducing Me + Something New

Two years late and I've gone from a "Snarky Blogger" to a "Link Blogger"  now I am a "Life Blogger."
Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And you make it as entertaining as possible.
You may be guilty of over-sharing a bit on your blog, but you can't help it.
Your life is truly an open book. Or in this case, an open blog!
I'll admit those results keep getting better.
When I started this blog I was just giving up my career as a film editor, last year I took up design. Other than that major change I think I'm the same person. Same likes, same hobbies.
And thanks to that major change I can finally bring you this:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blogoversery Tune In

Since it's my blogoversery week I can't just do one Tune In Tuesday.

A few of my favorite Tune In post from this past year.

First off let's start with today's, featuring the Beach Boys!
You can learn a lot about a person by the music they like. Alright I'm not sure if I believe that since my music likes range pretty wide.
You can still learn something about me from my post since I usually share a story with my song picks.
Like since October to the end of last month we learned I like musicals.

Tune In Tuesday - Beach Boys

Tune In Tuesday Road Trip EditionTune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at 
GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. 

I can't say I've ever listened to The Beach Boys on a road trip, but the next one I go on (whenever that maybe) I definitely will.
In case you didn't know I love music from the '60s and before.

Monday, April 15, 2013

2 Year Blogoversery Week!

It's been two years since I started! And I have I felt them?
Not at all!

As I've said before I'm still growing. I'll probably be saying that at the five year mark too.

I do sometimes wonder if I'll make it that far. Then again I never thought this blog would make it past September.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Snapshot [9]

For more Saturday Snapshots see Alyce’s blog At Home With Books

Continuing with my "tour" through Italy.

The Roman Coliseum.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Untimed - Review

UntimedUntimed by Andy Gavin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published December 17th 2012 by Mascherato

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.
As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.
Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.
When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.
And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Florence & Luminaire - Reviews (Reposts)

Enter to win both Florence and Luminaire!

FlorenceFlorence by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Brand New Ending - Book Tour + Giveaway

Phoenix Harper never imagined her life would come to this: A life not worth living anymore.

After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psy
chiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own
haunting past.

Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Cleopatra's DaughterCleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I forgot how much I loved history; this story was so good while reading I actually forgot where I was and where I was supposed to be. Selene is such an amazing character it's hard not to love her.

Monday, April 8, 2013

It's Monday. What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Sadly I haven't gotten a lot of reading done since my last post.

I did try to start Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but couldn't really get into it.

Audiobook Challenge Update

This year I joined 3 reading challenges (not counting the one on Goodreads), and so far this is the only one I've made progress on.

Audiobooks listened to so far 13, which is two away from the goal. So yeah I think I've done a little more than "made progress."

Friday, April 5, 2013

First Days Always the Hard Ones

My first week in which I attempt to give up technology (mainly the internet), wasn't that bad once I got past the withdrawals. After a while it actually felt pretty natural to be away from it all.

The first days are always the hardest, I came home from work on Saturday and really wanted to check my email.
So I did. But I didn't read any of them, I just checked it, none were opened.
Then later that day I was handed an ipad and started using it with out even realizing what I was doing. Didn't even realize I did until about two days later... when I saw my toothbrush, the one with the batteries.

Author Interview - Ciye Cho

As a part of the Blooming Love Blog Hop today we have an interview with the author of our giveaway books Ciye Cho.

How many more stories will there be about Florence?
I'd like to write at least one more book in the series.

Do you have a favorite character that you've either written or read? My favorite literary character? That changes all the time. Right now it's probably Karou from Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone." As for one that I've written, I like Yolee a lot.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Coney Island to see the legendary Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Do you have anything specific that inspires you, or makes you think something would make a good story?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quotable Quotes

I had some spare time and started working with quotes.

I Know What You Read - Review

I Know What You ReadI Know What You Read by Keara Kevay
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published January 24th 2013

Ever wonder what some people might think if they knew what you read? Do you tuck that naughty novel inside a plain-Jane cover, or keep your e-reader turned at an angle so no one can see the dirty words? Jade always errs on the side of caution when it comes to sex. She’s never been risqué, but when she learns the thrill of reading erotica at work, things quickly change. She finds a note that says: I know what you read. Now she’s in trouble; someone has discovered her secret—and he wants to watch. It’s a blackmail scheme the likes of which she would have never imagined. Erotic stories are found on her desk with notes that say if she doesn’t sit there and read them, they will pop-up somewhere else in the office—with her name on them. She thinks she knows who is tormenting her; now all she has to do is get him to say, “I know what you read.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tune in Tuesday - Mamma Mia

Tune In Tuesday Road Trip Edition
Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

This is my last musical post! Not my last musical, but the last I'll be posting. I might consider sharing the other few later on though.
It's also the start of the Road Trip Edition of Tune In Tuesday.
I haven't been on a good road trip since 2008. Good meaning I haven't blocked it out of my mind. Plus I know there are pictures somewhere, unlike the other two trips, which never happened so why would there be pictures?
It's that block out that also makes me believe that I haven't been to Las Vegas since I was 18. Because I haven't, and I haven't gone now that I can actually do something there. I was invited to go this week but my response was "To shop?" I'm too outdoorsy for that city.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Blooming Love Spring Blog Hop

I don't know about you but I always looks at the brighter side of Spring.
Not that it has another side, I don't think anyone ever looks out and gets upset by the perfect Spring day.

For me I feel like it's a new beginning, and sometimes I end the season as a somewhat new person. Simply said: the cold weather makes me cranky. I think it's also because I start caring about what I wear again.

Speaking of warmer weather last year I read the book Florence and said that "[It] is not only a great summer read, but a great read for anytime."
I was proven right by the sequel Luminaire.
Great to read anytime, and now you have a chance to find out!