Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year 2013!!!! :D


2012 has been an amazing year! I did lots of new things which were out of my comfort zone. I read and fell in love with lots of new books. Got into stuff, got out of stuff! ;) Busy, busy year! I figured I should put up some lists here... Here it goes....

My Top 15 books/series that I read in 2012 in no particular order (I’m just putting them down as I remember them :P )  I Love them all equally!! <3
  •   The Hunger Games
  •  Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • Oceans of Red Series by Willow Cross
  • The Citizens by L.M. Smith
  • The Gryphon Series by Stacey Rourke
  • Midnight Hunter Series by Bonnie Bernard
  • Painted Blind by Michelle A Hansen
  • Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo
  • Creatura by Nely Cab
  • The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin
  • Crossroads Saga by Mary Ting
  • John Hazard Series by JH Glaze
  •  Shadows and Voices by Jason Ellis
  • Dev Haskell Novels by Mike Faricy


The books I’m most looking forward to reading in 2013 (To be honest, I’d have read half of these in 2012 but my tab decided to mess with me... *Rolls eyes*) :
  • Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke (Its becoming one of my favorite series ever! <3 )
  • The Moon Coven Series by K.B. Miller
  •  Supernatural Society by K.B. Miller
  • The Dark Gifts (Series) by Willow Cross (I’d read anything she writes! <3 )
  • Send No Angel by JH Glaze
  • Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman (I shall get to it I promise!)
  • Divergent  by Veronica Roth (I know I know I still  haven’t read it)
  • Burning Bridges by Nad├Ęge Richards
  • Illumine by Alvia Anders
  • House of Night Series by PC and Kristen Cast (I look forward to finishing these :P )
  • Of  Darkness and Light by Lily Crussel
  • Crimson Shadow by Nathan Squires (I’ve read more than half of this one.. Stupid tab *grumbles*)


Hopefully my STML hasn’t caused me to forget anyone or anything... I’m thinking of maybe re-designing the blog and maybe getting some competition going for the start of the New Year! ;)
(I loved this image! From Vector Open Stock dot com )
May 2013 be amazing, bright, beautiful and exciting, and may it bring you the best for the future!

Till later!  Take Care! And Happy New Year!! :D
oxox

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Review for The Citizens by L.M. Smith!

God! I've been so lazy and so forgetful!! I haven't updated all my reviews here at all!!
I'll get to it like soon! :) One review at a time! ;)
For now here's my review of an AWESOME book that makes it to my list of favorite reads in 2012!



The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel) by LM Smith

Well here is a book like no other. The Citizens by LM Smith is one book which is just amazing! Five people who don’t know each other are thrown into a deserted town - Kolob in the middle of nowhere. They have no clue how they got there, where they are and what is going to happen. All five of them – Jazz, Beck, Piper, Kaori and Gordon - have nothing in common that would help them understand why they were taken. All they know is that they have to escape... But can they?
This very different story, a very different take on the fabled ‘end of the world’ – 12-21-12 is unlike any other novels I’ve ever read! Entertaining, Exciting, Unique and Fast Paced with something very different in every chapter; left me wanting to read more. Just when you think you have figured out what is going to happen there is another twist! I loved the writing style and it had me captivated in the first few chapters itself. The characters are well developed and believable. I really don’t want to say much here and give out spoilers. This one is now on my top best reads of 2012 list! And I think I’d definitely add it to the re-read pile!!
I can’t say enough about how good this book is, but it’s just too good!!! And the end!! I just hope the next one comes out soon!

You can grab your copy of this amazing book over at Amazon
And you can check out the author's page at Facebook

Till later!
oxox

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Review for The Sidekick Chronicles by Stacey Rourke


The Sidekick Chronicles by Stacey Rourke

Book Description:
Celeste isn't the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a...sidekick.

Sidekicks...ya can't live with 'em and you'd probably die horribly without 'em.

Review
Let me just say - Love, love, love! The Sidekick Chronicles is a short novella where Celeste takes a little time off the spotlight and Kendall, Gabe and Grams step in. This novella lets the readers get to know the ‘sidekicks’ a little more. It had me laughing right from the start and it just kept getting better. Although I adore all the characters and everything about the series, I’ll have to say so far Kendall’s swan scene was my absolute favorite!! You all just need to read this to find out!
Stalker Links! ;)

Grab Your Copy from Amazon
Till Later! Take Care!
oxox

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Wicked Blog Tour: Review for Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo


Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo

Blurb:
What if you lived in fear of yourself?
For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.
Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she’s more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.


Review:

"There’s not really a polite way to put it, but apparently, not being like everyone else is completely unacceptable. Who knew?"

Madge McPherson is unlike the others. Alone with only a grandpa that doesn't remember who she is, Madge has to take care of herself. But is she really alone?
At school Madge is a loner. No one talks to her no one even looks at her. When the new school year begins Madge hopes it would be different this year. She is about to get her wish fulfilled and then some. A new friend – Bernie who’s just so bubbly and full of life that it makes her give in and then comes the boy she has been crushing on since second grade – Adam – takes notice. Things definitely have changed for her this year.
Madge is different, she is special. She has always been special but she will find out just how special she is when she turns 16. That’s when her world will turn upside down and everything as it was will change again.
I absolutely loved Tabatha Vargo’s writing style. The book is very well written and made me feel like I was right there! I loved the titles and the quirky little graphics that were there along them (Yes I love weird little details, makes it more special!). And well how can I forget the cover! *-* This is one of those books that can be judged by the cover. The book made me smile and laugh and angry too... Just everything you can hope for in a good book. My favorite part would be the lines from her journal...

This one definitely goes in my re-read pile and my top 10 favorite books of the year! Before I start giving out spoilers and such – JUST GO GET THIS BOOK ALREADY!! Its that good!

Author Bio:
Tabatha has been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She is now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful Six year old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel in May of 2009.She is pursuing a Bachelors in English and hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.As a stay-at-home mom and full-time student, Tabatha enjoys the freedom of spending a good bit of her days doing what she loves the most…writing.

Stalker Links!

And you can get your copy of Wicked Fate over at Amazon
Till later! Take Care
oxox

Friday, 23 November 2012

Interview with Ellie James for Blog Tour! :D



I loved interviewing Author Ellie James for one of my pages that I admin at!! :D It was so much fun so I wanted to share it here too... Just incase anyone missed it! ;)
So here it is! The interview with Ellie James author of Midnight Dragonfly Series!!! :D 


1) Did you always know if you wanted to be an author?
Yes J I’ve been concocting stories as long as I can remember. I think I wrote my first fan-fic before I was five!  I would fall in love with characters and not want their stories to end, so I’d keep them going. It wasn’t just fan fic, though. I had my own creations, such as the saga of a family of monsters, followed by star-crossed cats.  Then came a girl named Jacquie and her terrifying flight through a sinister swamp, with a mysterious guy racing to help her. I had no choice but to write the stories down. It was the only way to get them to leave me alone. In middle school and high school I was always the girl writing little poems (and even songs!) for my friends, usually about something romantic, and something dangerous!  Being a Louisiana native, my stories always took on a mystical feel, featuring ghosts and danger and all sorts of things that couldn’t be explained, and always, always a healthy dose of star-crossed lovers.

2) What/who inspired you to write?
Growing up I was a big Nancy Drew buff, but the first book I remember touching me on a deeper level Island of the Blue Dolphins. Then came my love affair with Judy Blue (and the forbidden Rosemary Rogers novels I found between my mother’s mattresses!) After that there’s a huge gap before Stephen King and Michael Creighton took over. And with each genre I discovered, the place inside of me that was always spinning stories of my own grew stronger and more insistent. The more I read, the more I wrote.

When it was time to pick a major for college, I remember asking what I could major in that would involve writing. My mother suggested journalism, so journalism it was. Of course, writing obituaries for my news-ed class wasn’t quite the scintillating endeavor I had in mind, but everyone has to start somewhere, you know? 

More recently, I’m crazy inspired by JJ Abrams, creator of Alias, Lost, and Fringe. History + Mysteries + The Unexplained + Possibility + Boy/Girl = My Perfect Recipe.


3) For the ones who do not know about the Midnight Dragonfly series.. What is the series about?
The Midnight Dragonfly books are a series of romantic YA thrillers following the visions of teenage psychic Trinity Monsour in New Orleans. Glimpses. That’s all she sees. Shadowy premonitions flickering through her dreams. Some terrify: a girl screaming, a knife lifting, a body in the grass. But others--the dark, tortured eyes and the shattering kiss, the promise of forever--whisper to her soul. They come without warning. They come without detail. But they always mean the same thing: The clock is ticking, and only Trinity can stop it.
4) What was the inspiration for the story?
It was one of those bizarre, unplanned things. A few years ago I wasn’t getting much sleep and woke up one early one morning from one of the most incredibly detailed, vivid dreams I’d ever had. I’d more than just seen a group of teen sneak into an old abandoned mansion--I’d been with them.  I’d gazed into the darkness, and smelled the decay. I’d felt the fear, and the crazy blast of excitement at the prospect of a game of truth or dare.  My heart was still racing when I woke up. The images lingered. I kept thinking about what I’d seen, and from the questions came: What happened next? What if one of the teens was a psychic? What if she saw something…something bad? What if she had a premonition? What if what she saw actually happened?  What if no one believed her, or at least, no one but the last guy she should let herself begin to fall for?

As I answered those questions, the Midnight Dragonfly books were born!


5) Is there a story behind every book cover?
The main story behind the covers is the dragonfly necklace featured on each. Since the books reflect Trinity’s story, each cover contains an image of her (and I absolutely love how beautiful they are!) And since the stories are as much about her coming into her own as they are about solving mysteries, the decision was made to create covers that evoked a vibe of self-discovery, rather than the mystery plot aspect. As a side-note, my UK publisher has gone the other direction, emphasizing the mystery rather than the emotional journey. Check it out:



About the dragonfly… On the cover of each book is an amulet, a beautiful necklace with a dragonfly pendant. The dragonfly (and the pendant) plays a significant role in the story, which is why it’s featured so prominently on the covers. While writing the first book Shattered Dreams, I needed Trinity to receive a talisman that belonged to her mother, and the image of a dragonfly popped into my mind. I began researching dragonflies and was blown away at how mystical they are, in particular how they represented existing in two realms at the same time--and dreaming. For my teenage psychic, who communicates with The Universe through her dreams, this was PERFECT.  A lot of this is explored in the third book, Fragile Darkness, particularly a Native American legend about what dragonflies really are J


6) Did you ever have a writer's block while writing?
Um…yeah. Kinda. But I hate to call it writer’s block. It’s more like the absence of words or inability to make a decision. What will happen is I’ll reach a point in the story (more often, incidentally, the beginning than any other place), and suddenly, even though I KNOW the story, know it inside out, I can’t find the right words to get what I’m seeing and feeling in my mind onto paper.


7) What did you do to get over it?
Over the years, I’ve developed a couple of methods to get the words flowing again. First of all, I abandon my office and my laptop. That is CRITICAL. I get physical paper and a pencil with an eraser (not a pen) and I go downstairs to the sofa or maybe even outside. Sometimes I go for a walk (or, um, sweep!). Regardless, once I’ve changed the venue, I start asking questions. Of myself: What’s wrong? Why isn’t this working?  Of the characters: What’s going on? What are you thinking? What are you upset about? What would you change, if you could?  I literally write these questions down, and answer them. Usually, whatever is causing the block will emerge through this process. Sometimes it has to do with plot: I had the characters turn right instead of left, keep a secret, etc. Sometimes I have to go back and adjust a previous scene (or two or three or more!) before I can fully move forward. Other times, it’s more to do with a characters actions and reactions. 

As an example in Fragile Darkness, there is a scene where Trinity is meeting a mysterious new guy, Will, at a location that has incredible significance to Trinity. In the first draft, Trinity selected the meeting spot, but when I actually wrote the scene, it fell so much flatter than what I was envisioning/wanting. This is one of those “I went for a walk” situations, where I was about a mile from my house when I realized I constructed the scene wrong. Trinity wasn’t the one who selected the location, Will was. Suddenly, everything flew together, and all the drama and emotion and intensity I’d been aiming for materialized as Trinity arrived, unknowingly, at this very significant place to her.

Bottom line: change of venue, change of mode, paper, pencil, an eraser, and one pretty harsh interrogation of myself and my characters!


8) If the series were to be made into movie(s) Who would you like to play which character? Leighton Meester and Taylor Kitsch
This is something I’ve thought about (dreamed about?!?) from time to time. And it’s funny, but when I let my mind wander that direction, I always end up seeing a TV series, instead. The city of New Orleans, the two shops, one artistic and the other New Age, Trinity and Dylan and Victoria, the musicians Deuce and Trey, Aunt Sara and Julian…oiy. The possibilities are endless!  Anyone know a good producer????

As for casting, for me it comes down to the eyes. I know a character by their eyes…and after extensive searching, I’d have to recommend Leighton Meester as Trinity and Taylor Kitsch as Dylan.  Leighton has such a strong, tough vibe about her, and Taylor just oozes dangerous sensuality J


9) What is the best advice you've ever recieved?
Ah, great question!  I’d have to say the best advice I ever received is the advice I now most often give: Believe in yourself. Never give up. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. You are the captain of your own ship, the author of your own story, the star of your own life. You get to decide how your life is going to play, nobody else. If you have a dream, don’t follow it—chase it. A goal, you need to work toward it. On my desk is a plaque that reads, “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” and I try my best to live by those words. You have to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. It’s the only way they can come true.


10) What message would you give to your fans?
One of the most incredible aspects of writing the Midnight Dragonfly series is all the awesome people I’ve met along the way. The readers and bloggers have been incredible. I feel like I’ve stepped into a whole new world, where I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to share my stories. The biggest thing I’d like to say to my readers is…thank you. From the bottom of my heart and the horizons of my imagination…thank you for being so welcoming!


Flash Questions
1) Party or Read?      
Read!
2) Dogs or Cats?        
Cats!
3) Ice cream or Cookies?     
Brownies?
4) Superpowers or Plain Jane?       
Superpowers ;)
5) Crowded Cities or Laidback Countrysides?      
The beach!
6) Horror or Romance?      
Romance J
7)Tea or Coffee?                         
Coffee
8) Books or Movies?                         
Books
9) Would you rather Be a hero or the villan?   
Hero
10) Good Guys or Bad Guys? 
Depends upon what for J J J
11) Cool or Geeky?   
Sometimes geeky can be cool…



About Ellie James
Most people who know Ellie think she’s your nice, average wife and mom of two little kids. They see someone who does all that normal stuff, like grocery shopping, going to soccer games, and somehow always forgetting to get the house cleaned and laundry done.
What they don't know is that more often than not, this LSU J-School alum is somewhere far, far away, deeply embroiled in solving a riddle or puzzle or crime, testing the limits of possibility, exploring the unexplained, and holding her breath while two people fall in love.
Regardless of which world Ellie’s in, she loves rain and wind and thunder and lightning; the first warm kiss of spring and the first cool whisper of fall; family, friends, and animals; dreams and happy endings; Lost and Fringe; Arcade Fire and Dave Matthews, and last but not least…warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.


Her next book, FRAGILE DARKNESS, is available from Griffin Teen November 27, 2012. 

Ooh and there's a giveaway going on! Everyone who pre-orders Fragile Darkness and sends their reciept to Ellie will stand a chance to get a signed bookplate and a temporary tattoo!! :D Go go go enter!! :D


Till later! Take Care!
oxox

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Devada Trailer Reveal! :D

Here is the awesome trailer for Devada by Tich Brewster!!! :D

Book Blurb:


Angels and demons, God and Satan, heaven and hell…
What do you do when you find out that these things are not some made-up fantasy but they are real? And not only are they real but you were also created to fight in this warfare against the demons? Hannah’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that everything she thought was fictional is actually real.
Everyone she loves is in danger and to top it off, she learns that she is a Devada.
She was created to kill demons.
Will she be able to learn and master her Devada abilities before the demons find her






And now the trailer!!



Let us know what you think of it in the comments! :D

Till later! Take Care!
oxox

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin - Review and Post!


The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

"A book isn’t going to form some opinion about me that could wreck my life. I learn about so many new and great hings from reading. I keep to myself with a good book and a shot of whiskey and I’m right with the world.”


The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a book that I think everyone must read. Through its beautiful words and thought provoking story it imparts valuable lessons. How a piece of news regarding someone else that challenges the people's thinking and their ideals, how it affects the people all over, even in small towns is described here. It beautifully shows how our mentality is and how we make rash judgments, weather we mean to or not, How our harsh words and comments hurt people, How people need to change and how an act of kindness affects others.
With this book I took my time reading because I didn't want to rush it. I wanted to think through and apply what I know. This book has been the most thought provoking book that I’ve ever read so far. I would constantly ask myself while reading the book – Do I do this? Do I behave like this? Undoubtedly my favorite character has to be Gus. I found his way of thinking intriguing and I could just hope to be a little bit like him. A little bit like Mildred too, kindness is often overlooked but one always remembers the person who has been kind to them. This book has inspired me to be a better person than I am today and honestly I am in a lack for words to describe how much this book has affected me.

All the profits that the author gets from the sale of this book goes to the first and the only no-kill shelter in Ventura County! Santa Paula 
Animal Rescue Center. You can check out their website here: http://www.santapaulaarc.org/
I think its a wonderful cause and I think its incredibly cool for the author to give away the profits to the shelter!! All the more reason to get this book.....

You can get your copy of this book over at Amazon
And there is an event on 30th November on Facebook where you can win a copy of the book! :D Join the event and tell them we sent you! ;)
Facebook Event Link

Till Later! Take Care!
oxox

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Wicked Fate Cover Reveal!! :D

Are you all ready to see the wicked cover of "Wicked Fate" by Tabatha Vargo?? :D
Here it is!!!!



Book Blurb:
For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.

Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she's more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.


The book comes out on 30th November! Be sure to grab a copy! :)
And comment what you think about the cover! :D

Till later. Take Care!

oxox

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Afterlife by Willow Cross' Blog Tour!! Review + Giveaway


Afterlife Blog Tour by Willow Cross

Book Blurb:
When a recently deceased ghost teams up with a vampire who has remained 17 for nearly 200 years, hilarity and chaos ensues.
The day William met Angie, encountering the girl of his dreams was the last thing on his mind. But after a chance meeting in the woods, she seemed to be the only thing he thought about. If he'd known in the beginning that her beauty masked a darker secret and a penchant for finding trouble that was second to none, he might have chosen a different path in the Afterlife.

Review:
Afterlife is the story companion to The Dark Gifts series.  Well I dunno what to write without giving away a whole lot! :P What I'll say is I love Willow Cross' style of writing and this is yet another book I adored. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard while reading a book in a while. Afterlife just grabs your attention from the first page itself and keeps you hooked. Its interesting so very interesting to see how a Vampire and a Ghost become friends! I can’t wait to read Birthright now!! :D


Author Bio:
Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

Willow Cross fun facts:
Favorite food~The kind you eat. LOL
Favorite drink~Coffee/Sweet Tea
Favorite color~Pink
Favorite dessert~Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite book~The Hobbit
Favorite movie~Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  (No I’m not kidding.  I love to watch it with my grandchildren.)
Favorite tv show~Supernatural
Favorite band/singer~Evanescence
One place you would like to visit~Ireland!!!
One place you don't ever want to visit~Hell. LOL
What are you working on now?
I’m on a writing hiatus right now, so I’m not working on anything at the moment.  We are about to move to a different house/town so I’ve been pretty busy with that.  I don’t foresee any new working being released until possibly December or January at the earliest.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I try to spend my free time with my family and friends.  However, the concept of ‘free’ time, isn’t one I’m accustomed to having. LOL!!!!

You can get your own copy of Afterlife over at:

Here’s some stalker links for you all:
website: http://willowcrossbooks.weebly.com/index.html
Twitter: @willowcross

And finally the giveaway!! :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Review for Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman


Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman


“You’ve got one life, one shot, and all the power to make it happen. Get ready to dream big and live big. It’s all up to you. And it starts now.”


No its not about devious plans to rule the world! LOL :P Well not in that sense anyway...
Total Blueprint for World Domination (I LOVED the title itself!) is a self-help book unlike any that I have read (Okay attempted to read). This book does not drone on and on about how it is supposed to be and why its not as it is supposed to be. Instead it makes you think how you can make it to be so? I loved the way it was written – upfront and honest. Unlike the other books that I’ve tried to read and miserably failed just because of sheer boredom, this one made me laugh and smile and made me think. Ms. Stockman gives it to you in such simple terms you’d think – why didn’t I think of this before? I feel that we just need that extra little push to make it, to make it to our dream, our world as we want it. I think no matter how many times we have told ourselves the same thing, once you read it, it becomes much more believable and achievable. Its like a confirmation for what I thought was possible. It actually is and it is ever changing. This book had me nodding and thinking – yes, maybe I’ll do it, maybe I’ll actually be able to do it.
For everyone who needs a kick to get into gear and dominate their world, I’d suggest them to get this book and get working towards that dream. It need not be just one, it can be a zillion or maybe just one thing that you haven’t done enough of lately.

You can get your copy of Total Blueprint for World Domination over at Amazon

PS: Secret hush hush stuff – I actually got back to writing, well short poems and such.. I had just stopped doing that a while back and hey I wanted to dominate my world! ;)
Till later! Take Care!
oxox

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Pack Retribution by LM Preston's Blog Tour Guest Post

So excited to be a part of LM Preston's Blog Tour! :D
Here is an awesome guest post for you all!!
Also.. Hello! How awesome is the cover?! *-*

Guest Post: I BUILD MY CHARACTERS FROM REAL HEROES
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE A SUPER HERO? How would you become one in real life?
Alright, I admit it; I want to be a super hero. Never mind the fact that I am a grown woman with kids. I have always wanted to be one. From the first time I saw Wonder Woman, I wanted to be like her. I wanted to be beautiful, alluring, and strong enough to do any sized opponent some real damage.
I’ll even admit that at my five feet stature, I feel like a super hero inside. I believe that because of this desire, this fantasy, I started to make this a real possibility for me in my life.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A SUPER HERO IN REAL LIFE?
There are lots of ways we humanoids can become super heroes in real life.
I have become one by being what today’s society deems as a ‘Super Woman’. I work full time and part-time while being a mom, a wife and kicking out a novel in four months in which I live my super hero fantasies out on paper. My friends tell me that I am not normal, however doing all of these things seem completely normal to me. It is who I have conditioned myself to be.
My husband became a ‘Super Man’ when he was driving home one night and saw an accident up ahead of him. He actually jumped down a hill and over a guard rail, to turn over a three hundred pound man to give him CPR. Although he didn’t save the man’s life, he was instrumental in doing so because he tried too.
My cousin Armor (yes that is his real name) became a ‘Super Boy’ when he and his brother were playing with friends in the woods behind their home. One of the boys put a fire cracker into a gas can. Well my younger cousin Aaron went to check on the impending explosion and it blew up in his face. My cousin Armor, although typically not a strong kid, picked up his brother and ran him all the way home. His parents weren’t home at the time, so he called 911, and put his screaming brother under cool running water until the ambulance got there.
Anyone can become a ‘Super Hero’ you just have to find your gift, your strength and realize that you too can make a difference, save a life, and enrich yours at the same time.
By: LM Preston, YA Author, www.lmpreston.com
RaffleCopter Grand Prize: Tshirt, $20 Amazon Gift Card, 1 Ink Pen, The Pack Series (Book 1 & 2 in print), Flutter Of Luv ebook copy


BLOG TOUR LIST:
9/23/2012 – The Paperback Princesses-www.allaboutyabooks.blogspot.com
9/23/2012 – Black Words White Pages - http://blackwords-whitepages.blogspot.com/
9/24/2012 – Eva’s Sanctuary - http://vampirekiss1967.blogspot.com/
9/24/2012 – My Home Away From Home -http://www.officialmhafh.blogspot.com
9/25/2012 – Writer’s Ally - http://writersally.blogspot.com/
9/25/2012 – Mpax Author – http://mpaxauthor.blogspot.com
9/25/2012 – My Four Monkeys - www.MyFourMonkeys.com
9/25/2012 – Insatiable Readers - http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com
9/25/2012 – The Magic Reads – www.themagicatticreads.com
9/25/2012 – The Curiosity Key - http://www.curiositykey.blogspot.com/
9/26/2012 – PanDragon Dan -http://www.pandragondan.co.uk/apps/blog/submitting-books-to-pandragon-reviews
9/26/2012 – Reviewer Rachel - http://www.rachelsbookreviews.com/
9/26/2012 – Escape Through The Pages -http://thekams.wordpress.com/
9/27/2012 – I Want to Read That - http://www.iwanttoreadthat.com/
9/28/2012 – YA Book Central – www.yabookscentral.com
9/29/2012 – Comfort Books - http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/
9/29/2012 – A Little Bit Of Reviews – www.alittlebitofrnrreviews.com
TWITTER PARTY: Friday, 9/28 at 7pm-9pm EST, use the hashtag #ThePackRetributionParty and @LM_Preston prizes include $10 Amazon Gift cards for 3 winners & books, swag prizes
FACEBOOK PARTY:https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/337549946331607/
Starring eight other authors and blog hosts, tons of prizes and fun.


Stalker Links for you all! ;)
LM Preston,YA SciFi Author
www.lmpreston.com
Blog: http://lmpreston.blogspot.com/
Tweet Me: http://twitter.com/LM_Preston
Facebook:http://tinyurl.com/2fev6qc


Finally the giveaway!!! :D

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Till later! Take care!
oxox

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Updates! :)

Well hello there!


First off I just want to say that Whoa! I cannot believe that the blog has been viewed over a 1000 times!! :D I'm absolutely blown away and I love you all for taking the time out to read it.. Muah!


About me being MIA for a bit.. Well this year I tired coming out of my comfort zone and participated in presentation competitions and wrote my first Research Paper!! The Research Paper thing was the first time I had ever been on stage and gave a presentation, it was scary and I was shaking like a leaf and thought after seeing all the mindblowing presentations of other participants that there wasn't any chance that my team would win.. But we did!!! :D We got the first place along with another person (who has been doing presentations and winning every single one - I think that's a compliment to be tied with them! :P ) The next presentation which was this week, I had like literally one and a half days to prepare and present it on an inter-collegiate level! (We changed everything at the last minute, were unprepared for the question and answer session and still got 3rd place!!)
So what I'm trying to say is - You don't need to be professional or perfect to try something out of your comfort zone. You just need to give a 100% effort and hope for the best! That's all you can do. And from my experiences - your best effort never goes unnoticed. I could go on and on about this but I will not bore you all with my stories.. Hehe :P

Now for the update on the blog and Facebook Page
I need your views and opinions here.. What would you all like to see?

I just realized that I don't include ratings here. Do you all want me to? Like in every review post I would include ratings.

Next thing would be recommendations. I usually post about the amazing Authors' books and other posts like that over the Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/curiositykey) Would you like to see a post here as well? Like once a month or once a week??

What about the background for the blog.. I'm thinking one of my pictures.. We could hold a contest for this too?? Hmmm.....

And lastly.. Hellow!! 1000+ blog views calls for a giveaway!! I want to plan something super amazing for you all if it works out (I really hope it does) it would be fun! I'll have more details about it after my exams which will end sometime around 17th Oct. *Sob Sob* Which means less reading time! :(
But I'll be back sooner or later! ;)

I'll try to have some reviews on here in between if I can.
Till then could you all pretty please let me know what changes you would like to see? And let me know about the questions too?? Comment, shoot me a message - here or FB. I try to answer all the comments and I always reply to the messages! :)


And of course if you need anything feel free to shoot me a message or post on the Facebook Page or whatever you'd like! :)
Till later! Take Care!
oxox

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Review of Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes

Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes

" "Hey, look at that,” Lacey whispered, staring into the woods. Haley and Taylor followed her gaze and saw on the edge of the forest, the unicorn stallion. Surrounded by deep green hemlock trees and illuminated by a misty shaft of golden sunlight, he shimmered and glowed in the most magical scene ever. At that moment, the unicorn lifted his muzzle, caught a look at the kids and disappeared, dissolving in a thick curtain of glitter. As the sparkles faded in the sunshine, the three exchanged wide-eyed looks. "


Being warned by the fortune teller about having the most exciting and dangerous summer of their life, twins Hayley and Lacey head to their grandmother’s for the summer. Looking forward to romance and adventure, not knowing that’s exactly what they’ll get and then some! Rift Healer was exciting, fun and it never really had a dull moment in it. Beautiful imagery made me want to actually visit the forest. The concept is so unique and different that its special to me just for that! This one had me in the start itself when I read that map... I love it when the author takes the book a step further and puts in maps and other imagery to help it just makes me appreciate the book a whole lot more...
This book has it all, all of my favorite things – Magic, Unicorns, Dragons, Water Sprites, Faries, Good Plot – which never gets boring, Fast paced, Action packed and the best part its an escape! The imagery and the way its described is so simple that you just get carried away to this beautiful place... But I will have to say my favorite scene was the unicorn one.. I loved it! :D
Amazing read for all fantasy lovers out there!! :D

PS: The little passage above I quoted is not the unicorn scene I was talking about! You'll have to read to find out!! ;)

You can get your copy of Rift Healer over at Amazon
And you can connect with the author on her Facebook Page


PPS: I'm so sorry to have been MIA all this while! I'll tell you all about it in some other post... :)
Till Later! Take Care all!
oxox

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Pheonix Rising Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!!

I'm so glad to be a part of the Pheonix Rising Blog Tour!! And check out the cover! *-* So pretty!

Book Blurb:
Maggie has lived the last ten years with a woman who isn't her mother and carrying the label "Daughter of John Henning", a man sentenced to live out his days at Sunnyview Psychiatric Hospital after his conviction of fire bombing a church...

and killing the 8 people inside.
What Maggie learns will change her life.
She is the last of a race of creatures known as "The Phoenix", a race of supernatural beings with the ability to wield and control fire.
And she will need that power now...
Revenants- walking, living, skeletal creatures who have waged a war against an unseen, parallel world known simply as The Realm- need Maggie's blood to bring them to a full power...a power that will give them an unbeatable edge and offer the deciding weapon in this war.
Maggie is not alone as she learns not only what she really is, but what it is her destiny to become...



Review:
"Don’t get me wrong, I love school. What sixteen-year old isn't thrilled to rise before the sun to begin a day of pursuits in higher education? Of course there are some who frown upon the waking—the guys, the girls, kids who are breathing…"


First let me just say - WOW!!
This is Lisa Morgan's first book and its just such an amazing one! This one had me in the first few pages itself. Its witty, well thought out and well has my favorite two things - Sarcasm and Fantasy! ;)
Pheonix Rising centers around Maggie who is in for the shock of her life. She is not who she thought she was. Everyone she knows, all that she knows the world to be is going to be thrown out of the window. She has to embrace the new world she comes to know exists and what she is...
This was the first book that I read based on the Pheonix and I must say it blew my mind. The characters are just so believable and you can see them grow. I loved her writing style. The words seemed to flow effortlessly and kept me up till wee hours reading... Don't get me wrong I love my sleep but this book was just that good!
I only wish I could read the book Liam recorded - A Record of the days of The Realm... *Hint Hint*

If you like fantasy, great characters, and good writing.. Just get this book! I for one can't wait to read the next book! :D

Author Bio:

Lisa C. Morgan lives in rural Upstate NY with her husband, three children, a degu, a precocious Siberian Husky, and a half Pom/Half Chi spoiled baby named Salacious B. Dustbunny.
            A lover of books and words, it has always been her desire to tell stories that the people near her could listen and read, escaping the world around them by way of the page.
            Always having a new story idea popping into her head, (sometimes at the least appropriate of times,) Lisa can always be found with a notebook and writing utensil somewhere within reach, just as her 8th grade teacher made her promise to do.Lisa has two short stories previously published in anthologies. A Romantic short titled Nothing’s Terminal (A Home for the Holidays; December, 2011) and  a zombie themed short titled Antidote (The Thorn of Death; March 2012). Her debut novel- Phoenix Rising is the first in a new YA series Maggie Henning & The Realm and will be released July 2012. Upcoming will be the continuation in the series- Phoenix Burning, Phoenix Shadow, and Phoenix Ashes.
            When she isn't writing or taxing kids, Lisa enjoys reading, football, softball, cooking, singing & dancing, tattoos, and spending time with family and friends.


Here's some Stalker Links for you all! ;)
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-C-Morgan-Author/322116171151749
goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LisaCMorgan
twitter: @iluvvikingvamps
getglue: http://getglue.com/iluvvikingvamps


And now for the Giveaway!!

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

RM Gilmore's Birthday Bash Blog Tour!

I'm so glad to be a part of an awesome Tour by RM Gilmore!

Here's the Guest Post that she wrote... (I loved this one! Give it a looksie! ;) )





5 Random Thoughts

At a loss as to a topic for this guest post, I, along with the votes of some awesome folks, decided I'd comment on the top 5 random thoughts I've had today. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Cheez-Its stink, but they taste so good

During lunch today, I opened a ziploc bag full of white cheddar Cheez-Its I had so lovingly placed in there this morning. I was instantly hit with the sickening smell of cheese. My stomach churned at the stench, but my mind knew the truth. Those little cheesy squares are flavor packed shapes of deliciousness! From afar one could reasonably assume the little orange ( or white) crackers were a mishmash of Parmesan cheese and feet. But they would be wrong. Oh, so, wrong. They are wonderful four-sided bundles of cheesiness! And at the center, the hole. A pocket for holding extra flavor! Cheez-Its, a wonderfully stinky snack that will knock your socks off.  

2. Guys with flat hair - The Cesar cut

Anyone who has stepped outside at all since 1993 knows what I'm talking about. Young men choose to lather on the hair gel and slick their hair forward, creating teeny tiny mini-bangs that curl strangely on the forehead. When the coif dries to maximum strength a thick crunchy helmet is created allowing the style to withstand the elements for hours on end. One of the more popular styles of this 'do is the bleached out to the max version rocked by Eminem call the Slim Shady. It's mashed down, gelled out, mini-bangs for boys. Before the Bowl cut, the Faux Hawk, and Emo bangs, boys rocked the Cesar. I should mention, I HATE this! 

3. B-movies on Chiller - Free fun at a huge cost.

Biggest waste of time you will ever find in your life, but will leave you with so many witty remarks it'll have your head spinning. If you are the type of person who enjoys laughing at the expense of others (Like me) you are the type of person who could benefit, psychologically, from the hour and a half of the idiocy a really bad B-Movie can provide. You will laugh, you will yell, you will release all of that pent up aggression you've been holding onto all week. Everyday, all day, unless they are playing reruns of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (in which case you have already won) the Chiller channel airs "horror" movies. This is not a movie channel, you don't have to pay for this, it's just there, always. Anytime, day or night, you can flip it over to Chiller and catch your daily dose of hilarious ridiculousness. Then, the best part I think, you can tell your friends how awesome the movie was and laugh at the fact they will be forced to endure an hour an a half a crappy dialogue, horrible story lines, and hilarious special effects at your recommendation. The movies may be free, but the fun will cost you your sanity. All in the name of cruelty. 

4. Butt Dimples.

Probably the sexiest thing I've seen in my life. A man, or woman, who was blessed with these adorable little dimples are blessed indeed. These two little divots sit just above the cheeks and just below the back. Can be seen when naked or rocking a pair of low rise jeans. On occasion you may be exposed to butt dimples because the man sporting them is also revealing his butt cleavage. This is NOT the prime view zone. Wait until you have de-clothed this man and look again. (Best viewed when standing.)

5. Come get me later. I'll be right here. 

There comes a point in ones day, whether it be a fun day shopping with friends or a night out with the boy, you are in all ways finished. Your feet burn and ache from walking all day (or night), your eyes are nearly closing with little regard to your feelings or thoughts on the matter, and to make matters worse your body has decided you are too old and fat to move anymore. At all. It is at this time you are forced to make a choice. Man up and stick it out or find a nice gutter to lie down it. If you stick it out you run the risk of getting trapped into further excursions, but you could find your second wind. If you find a nice place to hang until it's time to go home there is always a chance someone might mistake your half limp body for a dehydrated homeless person and drag you to the shelter against your will, or you could get the rest you need and find your second wind. I say, pull up a piece of curb and have a sit down. "Come get me later. I'll be right here." 


No one, ever, should be exposed to the thoughts in my head. Because of this I am considering offering counseling to those affected by this post. Of course, I will be providing this service myself so you might reconsider before requesting provided counseling. 

X's 

~R



Here are some stalker links for you all!
www.RMGilmoreAuthor.com
@RMGilmoreAuthor




And if you want to check out her amazing books!
Published Works:
Dylan Hart's Odyssey of The Occult:   Endless Night (Late 2012)
Here's the whole Birthday Bash Blog Tour Schedule so that you can catch up on the ones you missed and follow the next ones! ;)

The Line Up
August 18th  Novel d'Tales 
August 19th Bex 'n' Books
August 20th Sassy Book Lovers 
August 22nd Paranormal Reads
August 23rd The Curiosity Key 
August 25th Totally Bookalicious 

And now the GIVEAWAY!!! :D
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Till later! Take Care all!
oxox

PS - Wish RM a Happy Birthday!! ;)