Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Under the Never Sky (Audiobook)

Source:  eLibrary

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Flagler
Author's Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Buy it: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depo

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Introducing Edit Ink Media Solutions!

Let's be clear, this isn't me or about me.  This isn't a request nor am I affiliated.  Edit Ink Media Solutions is simply an all-in-one media service that I've personally used and HAD to share with everyone.  Edit Ink Media Solutions is run by Maria Parker Hopkins and offers a variety of services from web and print, to editorial services.

You know how you find something great and want to shout to the rooftops?  Well this is me shouting :)

I know Ms. Hopkins worked for almost 20 years for Time, Inc. (the largest magazine publisher in the US, think People, InStyle, + CookingLight) in a number of editing positions--most recently as copy editor for CookingLight Magazine.  I also know that she is/has worked as an adjunct English professor at a local college.  But I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share all that (*wink* *wink*). Be sure to check out her and Edit Ink Media Solutions.  I've personally worked with her on a few personal projects (non-book blog related) and have been amazed at both the quality and how quickly she works.  I feel lucky to have found this service.


So I've got two things for my readers:

FIRST, I've got a giveaway (sponsored by me) celebrating this wonderful service.
SECOND, even though I'm no longer accepting review requests, I WILL accept any review request edited by Edit Ink Media.  P.S.  I get no referral fees or anything like that.

Even if you find that this isn't for you, enter the giveaway just for the heck of it :)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Updates + New Beginnings

Some of you may have noticed things look a little different around here.  Whoot!  Whoot!  This new look has been a long time coming.  Seriously, clean and simple never took so much work.  Who would have thought?

Thank you to April from Creative Girl Media for her visionary expertise.  She spiffied up my header, created the drop-down menu (the evil thing), and inspired the vision.  Certainly all of my work on the back end was so much easier because of her.  Thanks so much!
I've got bookmarks!!


I've got a giveaway to celebrate the new look and to unveil the new Facebook page (Why am I just now creating this page?!).

Rules are simple:

  1. Rafflecopter
  2. Prize - Book of your choice $15 or under from either Amazon or Book Depository (as long as can be shipped to you).
  3. Ends July 1st (because that's a nice round date).

There are a few more surprises to unveil...  I'm expanding my services + introducing a wonderful editing/media service... but there's time for all that.  Stay tuned! For now, fill out the rafflecopter to enter the giveaway!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Carnival of Souls (Audiobook)

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches, Demons
Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
Narrator: James Marsters
Source: eLibrary
Author's Website | Blog | Twitter
Buy it: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depo

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable.While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Never Tell

Never Tell by Alafair Burke
Series: Ellie Hatcher #4
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Suspense
Pages: 368 (Hardback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Buy it: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depo

Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan town house, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life.

But Julia's enviable world was more complicated than it seemed. The pressure to excel at Casden was enormous. Abuse of prescription antidepressants and ADHD medication ran rampant among students; an unlabeled bottle of pills in Julia's purse suggests she had succumbed to the trend. And a search of Julia's computer reveals that in the days leading up to her death she was engaged in a dangerous game of cyberbullying against an unlikely victim.

NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced the case is a suicide, but she knows from personal experience that a loving family can be the last to accept the truth. When the Whitmires use their power to force a criminal investigation, Ellie's resistance causes trouble for her both at work and in her personal life. As she is pressured to pursue a case she doesn't believe in, she is pulled into Julia's inner circle--an eclectic mix of overly precocious teenagers from Manhattan's most privileged families as well as street kids from Greenwich Village. But when the target of Julia's harassment continues to receive death threats, Ellie is forced to acknowledge that Julia may have learned the hard way that some secrets should never be told.
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

More Book Closets

Remember the other book closet?  This one gives the other one a run for its money.  They just changed the door.  If only there were 5 closets in a room.  Le Sigh.

Don't remember the other book closet?  Here's a reminder.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I Feel Guilty For Not Loving This Book

Which books do you feel that you should love/like but don't.  Be honest.  I won't judge.  Well... unless you say Gone with the Wind.  And if you say Gone with the Wind, it'll be okay.  Really.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: To Katie with Love

To Katie with Love by Erica Lucke Dean
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit
Pages: 225 (ebook)
Source:  Red Adept Publishing
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Buy it: Kindle | B&N

Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell. Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom! Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems. Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: The Roots of the Olive Tree

The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
Genre: Women's Fiction
Pages: 306 (paperback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Buy it: Amazon | Kindle ($1.99 right now)| B&N | Book Depo

Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove int he Sacramento Valley of Northern California.  Anna, the family matriarch, is 112 and determined to become the oldest person in the world.  Strong in mind and firm in body, she rules Hill House, the family home she shares with her daughter Bets, granddaughter Callie, great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great-granddaughter Erin.
While the Keller women are bound by blood, living together has not always been asy.  And it is about to become more complicated now that Erin, the youngest, is back, alone and pregnant, after two years abroad with an opera company.  Her return and the arrival of a geneticist who has come to study the family's unusual longevity ignites explosive emotions that these women have kept buried and uncovers revelations that will shake them all to their roots.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Not a Book

Source: via Hannah on Pinterest

This is not a book but I just wanted to say that this is one of the best movies ever! That is all.
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