Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD - 2013

 

The rules of the Liebster Blog Award are as follows:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions

for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs have 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.


Woo hoo! First off, I need to thank my awesome new on-line friend, Stacy from the fabulous Literary Mania Reviews for nominating me for this blog award. I'm a novice blogger and still learning the ropes but am hopeful that this will be a place where people can find some good books to read!
 
11 QUESTIONS FROM MY NOMINATORS: (Literary Mania Reviews)


1. What is your absolute Top Favorite book above all others?
Fifty Shades of Grey. I don't know what it is about that book, but it's like a drug to me (does that line sound familiar?)!



2. What was the book that began your reading obsession?
It's actually a toss-up between Twilight & Fifty Shades of Grey.  I was an avid reader as a young child and teen but then real life got in the way. Then Twilight happened. But it didn't happen right away. Actually, my very 1st blog post tells all about it so I won't go into it here. Long story short, everyone on a Twi blog I follow was talking about this Master of the Universe fan fic. When I discovered that it was published as 50 Shades, I read the blurb on Amazon. As the saying goes, the rest is history! So yeah, it's a toss-up. We'll just call it a tie. And a grey tie at that! (I couldn't help myself. Sorry.)



3. What is your favorite thing to do besides read?
Besides spending time with my family & friends, one of my other favorite hobbies is scrapbooking. I began a scrapbooking blog a while back which was my first blog but I haven't done much with it in quite some time. (Shame on me.) Once I organize myself, I'm hoping to get back to blogging on there again. I also like to play Mah Jongg.



4. Who are your favorite authors?
Gosh, there are so many.  But I absolutely adore E.L. James, Colleen Hoover, Alice Clayton, Tara Sivec, Tina Reber, K.A. Linde & Sylvain Reynard!



5. What social networks do you use?
FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google +



6. Which of those social networks is your favorite?
I'd have to say FB since that's where I spend most of my time.



7. What is your favorite holiday?
I don't know that I have a favorite holiday. When I was working, any holiday I had off was my favorite. LOL! I guess if I had to pick one, I'd say Thanksgiving because no gifts are involved & I get to spend time with family while eating lots of good food!



8. Who is your favorite BBF?
Without a doubt, my favorite BBF is Christian Grey. He was my very 1st BBF & will always remain my favorite since he is the reason for my present book addiction.



9. Who would you cast as that BBF?
Okay, I know I will get a lot of flack for this but my casting choice is Robert Pattinson. I know, I know, don't scream at me. I can hear you! But after all, Fifty Shades was originally a Twilight fan fiction & Christian was based on Edward. So really, I mean, have you seen pictures from any of Rob's magazine photo shoots? He's got some incredible red room of pain looks, let me tell ya! If you don't believe me, check out my Pinterest board (Trust Me? My 50 Wish List!)! Ian Somerhalder comes in at a close 2nd place.



10. What authors have you met & gotten books signed by?
The only author I've actually met thus far is Jodi Picoult. A bunch of friends & I went to a book signing being held for her book Sing You Home which was sponsored by a local bookstore.  She signed our book & we took a group picture with her.  I also won a few contests so I have copies of Slammed & Point of Retreat signed by Colleen Hoover as well as I Love You to Death signed by Natalie Ward. A friend of mine went to a luncheon for E.L. James & got her to sign the first 50 book for me. Those are all my treasures!



11. What made you decide that you wanted to start a Bookblog?
My book blog actually began as a Twilight blog back in 2011. I was having a moment & wanted to put my Twilight thoughts on paper so to speak. But then I did nothing with it for quite some time.  Once this reading addiction took over my life & I began posting my reviews on Goodreads, I figured, why not? I'm not completely consistent with it but I'm trying to be more disciplined & hope to eventually get into blogging everyday.
11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I was a literature major as an undergrad because I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I loved to read so that's how I chose my major.
  2. This summer my husband & I will celebrate our 20th anniversary.
  3. I stalked my husband in a dance club for 9 months before we actually met.
  4. I have 2 beautiful daughters, one of whom is coming off the emotional roller coaster & 1 of whom is just beginning the ride. (Wish me luck!)
  5. I'm an avid scrapbooker!
  6. I'm pretty quiet & somewhat shy until I become comfortable with new people.
  7. I'm a special education teacher & work with children ages birth-5 in early intervention.
  8. I'm also an adjunct lecturer at a local private college.
  9. But I'm not working right now! Which gives me more time to read what I want to read instead of reading textbooks.
  10. I have my first beta reading assignment about which I'm super excited!
  11. I have been watching GH for a very loooong time!
 MY NOMINATIONS:
MY QUESTIONS: 
  1. What other hobbies do you enjoy besides reading?
  2. Do you have someone you credit for your love of reading?
  3. What is the first book you remember ever reading?
  4. What is your all-time favorite book?
  5. What is your favorite genre?
  6. Who is your #1 book boyfriend?
  7. What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
  8. How long have you been blogging & what was the 1st book you reviewed?
  9. Do you make play lists to remind you of your favorite books, either from music mentioned in the book or songs that you think fit perfectly with the characters & storyline?
  10. What books have made you cry?
  11. What books have made you feel like throwing your reading device or actual book against the wall or across the room?
WOW! This took me all night, but it was lots of fun. Hope everyone enjoys reading it. When you get a chance, hop on over to check out all of the fabulous blogs I nominated.

HAPPY READING!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Love Me Some Rock Stars

 Rock the Band by Michelle Valentine is live on Amazon, only .99!

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-the-Band-ebook/dp/B00B39FRA0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358647325&sr=1-2&keywords=rock+the+band+michelle+valentine

But you need to read Rock the Heart first, which is also only .99!

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-the-Heart-ebook/dp/B00A86JP4S/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358647412&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=rock+the+heartmichelle+valentine

Bargain Mindf*cks, Hell Yeah!

Consequences by Aleatha Romig is only .99 on Amazon today. Haven't read it yet but I hear it's a real mind f*ck, if you like that sort of thing. And yeah, I do like that sorta thing so it's on my top-shelf TBR. Won't you join me?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009VPQW7K/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=angsdrerea-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=B009VPQW7K&=digital-text&qid=1358609838&sr=1-1&keywords=consequences

Author/Writer Facebook Appreciation Day

It's the first annual author appreciation day on Facebook today. Give a shout out to your favorite authors, tell them you love them & why you love them, vote for your favorite book boyfriends, or just discover a new author.

https://www.facebook.com/events/186988438113876/

Friday, January 18, 2013

The End!

Samantha Towle recently posted on Facebook that she typed those two little words which means we are that much closer to the release of Wethering the Storm.The lucky ladies over at Totally Booked were treated to a small teaser so go take a peek. It's short but oh so damn sweet! They've also included a link to The Mighty Storm playlist for your listening pleasure.

http://totallybookedblog.com/2013/01/18/teaser-for-wethering-the-storm-by-samantha-towle/#comment-14170

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fairview, Texas Anyone?

Three NY Times bestselling authors Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover will be under one roof at A Real Bookstore (yes, that's the name of the store) in Fairview, TX this Sunday, January 20.  If you happen to be in the area, this fabulous trio will be doing a book signing as well as a Q&A so get your booty over there quickly. Lucky ducks! Me, I have to wait for the Boston event.
 

https://www.facebook.com/events/258312227631365/?fref=ts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Let's Talk Upcoming Release: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Title: The Forgotten Ones

Author: Laura Howard

Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Expected release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 




Book Description:

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.







Share on Facebook and/or Twitter and you could win a $50 Amazon (or B&N) Gift card!



Friday, January 11, 2013

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

It's here, it's here! Did you hear me? It's here! What, you may ask? Why, it's The Proposal of course, by none other than the fabulous Katie Ashley. I've been waiting for this! And it's early. YAY!!! More yummylicious Aiden, yes please!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZQFO3C?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oh My! Yes, Please!



Oh my! It's true! It's really, really true! I'm so excited. Can you tell? The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will be published in hardcover and available just in time for Valentine's Day! He doesn’t know it yet, but I know what I'm getting from the hubby! These books are going to look so pretty sitting on my shelf among all of my favorites! Maybe I'll even dedicate one whole shelf for them. They deserve it. Don't you think? After all, they are responsible for my present reading addiction and all the new friends I’ve made because of my present reading addiction. Not to mention all of the fabulous indie authors I've discovered through all of my new friends. So yeah, they deserve one whole shelf to themselves! Because they were the first. And firsts deserve the best and that includes their very own shelf. And a pretty shelf it will be. And I will save a special spot right next to the books for the DVD/Blu-Ray. Because you know I will absolutely, without a doubt NEED to have that too!



http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/01/09/eljames-fifty-shades-of-grey-now-out-in-hardcover/1820465/

Do You Play Nookie, Oops, I Mean Do You Have a Nook?

In honor of selling 100,000 copies (so I'm told), Abbi Glines has lowered the price of Fallen Too Far on Barnes & Noble. It's a cheap .99 for the next 48 hours! I haven't read this yet but it's on my TBR & I hear it's HOT & STEAMY! Woo hoo! My kinda book! It's my "F" book for 2013.

Oh & if you don't have a Nook, you can always download the free app for your favorite device, be it your smart phone, laptop, desktop, iPad, etc. I've made it easy for you. Link below!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fallen-too-far-abbi-glines/1113981837

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Do What Colleen Says, Not What She Does!

Colleen Hoover says to go buy, read & devour Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  Here's the link. Hurry! Go. Now.

http://www.amazon.com/Reason-Breathe-Breathing-Series-ebook/dp/B00505AZRS/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1357777573&sr=1-1

Let's Talk Contest Announcement

Gotta LOVE a GREAT SALE!

Holy Moly! Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle is available for pre-order on Amazon at the phenomenal price of $2.99! DON'T HESITATE! GO. NOW. Who knows how long this will last?  Read my 5-star review of The Mighty Storm after the link.

http://www.amazon.com/Wethering-the-Storm-ebook/dp/B00AQM870C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1357746323&sr=1-1&keywords=wethering+the+storm

I love music!  I love reading!  I love bad boy rock stars!  So, what do you get when you combine all three?  The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle! 

“God, he’s such a cocky, arrogant bastard at times.
And I totally fancy him.
No I don’t.
Yes, I do.
No. I. Don’t.
Ah f*#k.”
YES, I DO, I DO!  I totally do fancy him!  I am officially in Rock Star Heaven & Jake is my almighty bad boy Rock God!  This book has it all, the hot, sexy, arrogant rock star; the beautiful girl next door; & a swoon-worthy, oh my God, who do I want to win love-triangle (well, truthfully, I knew who I wanted to win the girl but it still broke my heart).

I felt the emotions dripping from Jake, Tru, & Will.  They cried, I cried; they laughed, I laughed.  I need to feel a book (& no, I don’t mean physically touching the book with my hand) & I definitely felt this book right down to my very core.  Samantha Towle’s easy writing style, witty banter, & charming romantic touches truly made this a book well worth loving!  And guess what?  There’s a sequel!!!  More Jake! Yes please!  I. Can’t. Wait.
So, what are you waiting for? Click on the above link and pre-order the sequel! NOW!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let's Talk Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is at it again! Could she be any more generous?

http://colleenhoover.com/2013/01/08/paperbacks-and-a-really-really-huge-kindle/

DUH!

Well, DUH! I should HOPE so!!!

http://www.etonline.com/movies/128932_50_Shades_of_Grey_Will_Be_NC17_Says_Screenwriter_Kelly_Marcel/index.html?fb1813

Let's Talk 2012 BBFs


These are the boys that captured my heart in 2012. They clawed their way into my body, soul and mind, sometimes shredding me in two, but always leaving me breathless. They made me toss and turn at night, rendering me restless and sleepless. I walked, talked, worked, shopped, and cared for my family while thinking about them. Throughout my day, they always managed to make an appearance. I couldn't purge them from my head.

They were the bad boys of rock. They were actors. They were professors. They were successful, mega-millionaire CEOs. They were high school or college jocks. They were lost boys. They were players. They were Bastards with a capital B but yet possessed a heart of gold.  They are my 2012 book boyfriends and I am in love with all of them! Thank goodness anything goes in this fictional world that I live in because I could never possibly choose between them!  Who are your 2012 BBFs? Talk to me!

Favorite BBFs of 2012