Well i have good news and bad news! Bad news is that i will no longer be posting to this blog. Good news is that i am on a different blog alove4lit.blogspot.com This blogger is on an old google acct that i no longer use. It's really hard to constantly sign in and out of two accts when trying to blog, email, etc. So i made a blog on my main google acct. Oh and FYI, i just posted info on Indie Author Month 2013.
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Welcome to the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop November 8th to 13th Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Tristi Pinkston.
Mystery Shoebox of Books! This shoebox will have approximately 4 to 5 mystery books in it! They will all be YA and will be an assortment romance/paranormal/comtemp. Good luck!!!
Everyone will get two entries into this giveaway!
Entry One: Free entry. Just comment with your email or a way to contact you.
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Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer & The Diary of a Bookworm!
For my giveaway, I am offering 2 books from the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill: Firespell and Hexbound! It's not a choice, winner will get both books!
New Girl. New School. Old Evil. Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.
They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet...
Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers...
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Book 1: The Emerald Talisman
Book 2: The Sapphire Talisman
Book 3: The Onyx Talisman
The Emerald Talisman
So, i know you are wondering what the audiobook sounds like... well i have a longish sample for you posted by the author. Check it out here! I have already gotten this book and let me tell you that it's amazing! The narrator, Mary Morgan has a great voice and great alternate voices! Take a listen and let me know what you think.Also, the author is having a $100 giveaway... WHOA right?
posted by SweetSwan on Freebie Special
Welcome to my freebies post! In this post, I will be listing a bunch of Kindle Ebook freebies! Before the freebies though, a lot of people ask me "Why Kindle?" Well initially, I was torn whether I wanted to be with "Nook" or "Kindle", but in the end I chose Kindle for a few reason: (1) better hardware(9.8in HD) (2) More features in the reading software(xray for books) (3) Personal Docs in the Kindle cloud (you can email books you already own to your kindle) (4) Movies, TV and other things besides just reading. Not too mention, I noticed that has soooo many indie books and those are my fave! I think kindle just has a better selection and more promotional prices (sales).
Ok, so now the freebies:
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|Description: Ally is a girl with a magical secret. On Homecoming night, she finds herself in a situation where she is between life and death. Can her special gifts save her?|
The Good: Well, one good thing i picked up on was the awesome friendship. I really liked Ally and Courtney's relationship. It's a sweet friendship. Another thing i like was the fact that it took place in AZ (the most beautiful place ever) although the writing doesn't really meet any of my five senses. I like that its short, but i think there seems to be too much put in it for it being so small. There seems too much structure writing and not enough descriptive writing. It was very matter of factly. I do love the cover though!
The Dream Series
Book 1: Ally
Book 2: Unknown
Overall, I give Ally 2/5 stars! There are some good things in this book but altogether I'm just not sure they are enough. I'd recommend this book to an older reader that just wants a short (about 30 pages) book to preoccupy themselves but I wouldn't however recommend it for a very young reader or a reader who wants a very immersive story. I'll probably read book 2 because i'd like to see if she grows up.
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This is where it all begins. . . . The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander. As she gets to know him, and their spark intensifies, Raven finds herself in some unanticipated situations. Can Alexander make her lifelong dream come true? But love always has its complications--especially when it can only be awakened at nightfall. The first three books in Ellen Schreiber's bestselling Vampire Kisses series capture the thrill of a most unusual romance.
|Description: After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets... Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly. After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is. Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.|
The Good: I loved the setting! It starts in London then moves to Canada! The author does a great job make the reader feel "on location". Which is great because i probably have no hope of traveling to either place any time soon.
I also really liked protag Lilly. She seems a little naive (esp. with the hair cut and dyeing)in the beginning but I grew to like her throughout the book. I also liked Rose and her Grand dad. The love interest in this book (while maybe a bit rushed) seems pretty genuine, esp for a character of her age. She's like 13/14..not like 16/17, so i could see her quickly falling for a older guy. (It does seem a bit odd though how all the females in this book are in love with guys much older...but maybe that's just me!)
Book 1: Raven
Book 2: December Moon
Book 3: The Lost Soul
Second thing is the family aspect. I understand that this book is probably written for readers that are younger (therefore, needing to have a strong family bond)but im just not a heavy family person. lol wow, i know that probably sounds weird, but it's true... I had a colorful childhood and don't really have a family to rely on. So for me, it was hard to relate with Lilly in that respect. Like when "something" happens, the whole family rushing over to help and show concern... That just seems sort of weird to me. It's totally not the book/authors fault though, because I'm sure that's how a family is "supposed" to act!
Overall, I give Raven a 4/5 stars! Its a great book, esp. for younger reads! I will be continuing with the series and do recommend the book.
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Hey guys! My friend is re-reading Harry Potter... those books are huge!! How can anyone reach a goal of 50 books in a year when a bunch of books on your tbr list is 700+ pages? Well, we decided to do a "Pages Per Year" Challenge instead!
Since its already the end of September, were just doing half a year... from this Monday, Sept. 24 to Dec. 31.
Lovely Lit's Goals: 5,000 pages
A Place for Book's Goals: 5,000 pages
If you wanna join, just leave a comment below! I can make a widget for your sidebar and add you to the list!!
-All pages count...even unfinished books!
-For ebooks, use math to determine your page count! (ex. A book with 100 pages in paperback = 1 page per % completed -- A book with 250 pages in paperback = 2.5 pages per % complete)
Top Ten Bookish People You Want To MeetWell, i think this is supposed to be real people...but i wonder if i could get by with listing a few characters? Maybe no one will notice! :D
- Alice Cullen (from Twilight)
- Nara (from The Brightest Kind of Darkness)
- Julia (from The Emerald Talisman)
- Abbey (from The Hollows)
- Arelia (from Bound)
- Grace (from Shiver)
- Ana (from Awakening)
- Lark (from Larkstorm)
- Ashton (from Haven)
- Brazil (from Safe Landing)
|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday a topic/question will be chosen and all participating bloggers will have the opportunity to make a top ten list of answers!|
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Children International allows you to sponsor an under privileged child from many countries. Once you choose a child you have many options to interact with your child, including emails, letters, visiting and presents! Having my child in Ecuador has really meant the world to me! I've been sponsoring her for almost 3 years! Her name is Daniela Alejandra Chicaiza Charry. She is 15 years old now!
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Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death. Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life. Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his. As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.Wow!!! , its beautiful, don't you think? I love the blue eyes and peacock feathers! Also the synopsis sounds great! I happen to know that Raine Thomas is a great writer, so ln sure this book and new serious will be awesome! Can't wait to read it!
Series: Travelers Series, Book #1
Author: Claudia Lefeve
First Line" Like any orphan, I wished that someday my real family would come for me."
Author: Jessie Harrell
Theme: Greek Mythology, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
DescriptionWhen Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.
As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.
What I ThoughtAmazing!! This is the first ever book I've read about Greek mythology! I've seen other books around like The Goddess Test, but I think Mythology in general never really interested me. My Kindle recommended this book to me because of all the other Indie Books i'd been buying at that time. I just bought it without even reading the synopsis...then i just started reading! After about 2 pages, I figured out the theme real quick, but i didn't shy away and I'm so glad i didn't!
This book was actually beyond amazing! It really blew me away especially considering my lack of passion for the subject matter. The story really struck a cord with my emotions! At times, i was sad, happy amused, dewildered, annoyed and even jealous! The characters that you are supposed to hate, I hated and the ones you are supposed to love, I loved them! The character's overall are were great and well developed. The one thing I really learned in this book is to never under estimate a scorn woman's wrath! HEHE... You should really read it!
Favorite ScenePysche's first moments exploring her new home!
Favorite Quote"Good Heavens, Psyche! How'd a pigeon get in here?" - What can i say...it was funny! lol!
Read more about Jessie Harrell.
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Series: The Arelia LaRue Series, Book #2
Author: Kira Saito
DescrpitionPunished is the follow-up novel to Bound and is the second book in the Arelia LaRue Series! Down in New Orleans, Arelia Larue’s once ordinary life has quickly transformed into something truly extraordinary. As her ability to communicate and work with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood’s secretive owner Lucus LaPlante. However, Arelia soon discovers that Darkwood’s shiny and seemingly extravagant exterior holds secrets that may put her very soul at risk. In the intoxicating world of New Orleans voodoo/hoodoo, expect the unexpected.
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Title: The Awakening
Series: The Watchers Trilogy, Book #1
Author: Karice Bolton
DescriptionAlone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream.
On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub... The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him.
Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins to resurface. As thrilling as the revelations appear at first, she fights against the chilling information that Athen is from the underworld. Soon she begins to struggle as her own supernatural gifts are slowly unveiled, and she realizes that the nightmares she’s been having might be premonitions and not dreams at all.
It is up to Ana to decipher between fact and fiction before it is too late, and her new love, Athen, follows in her same fate - one that is lost between two worlds.
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Description:For three teens going back to the past is the only way to save the future.After years of recession a new political party is ascending to power. To control the United States they must offer leaders people will vote for. The Party has chosen a select group of teens to attend the Institute for Youth Development (IYD) for training to become the nation’s next leaders. But no one has a perfect past and in a world where every moment is captured on film it has become increasingly difficult to find future politicians. Everyone has something from their past they wish they could change.Matt wants to go back and change the night he drove drunk and ended the life of his girlfriend and best friend; Farrah-Kate, the daughter of America’s most tragic actress, wants to save her movie star mother; and Rick is ordered to go back and change the night he hacked the governments computers.Marvin Winn, a casino billionaire and Party founder has funded a device that will take the chosen back in time to alter their past. But not everyone is attending the Institute because they want to join The Party. And while everyone returns to their past, one person will choose not to come back, putting everything The Party seeks to achieve at risk.
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Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine for Comtempory
Bridger by Megan Curd for Romance
Ethereal by Addison Moore for Paranormal
Coexist by Julia Crane for Mystery
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn for Dystopia
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Congrats to all these AWESOME BOOKS!! I wish i had a trophy to give these authors! I really really recommend all these books though!!! :D Check them out today!