Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hop Hop Hoppin'!

Book blogger hop is hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Crazy For Books

Question of the Week: "How do you spread the word about your blog?(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"
Like a lot of other book bloggers when I started I had NO IDEA what the heck I was doing. I started my blog in January of 2010 and didn't really start getting followers until april/may. I started using Facebook posting a link to every review I would do, and I did the same with Twitter. Then I came across this site that seemed to me to be like a book bloggers heaven, 'Book Blogs Ning' I met TONS of great people on there and still continue to do so. I have discovered a lot of great blogs from there as well. I started receiving review copies from authors and publishers and then my blog really started to grow. I can't believe how far it has come in just a matter of a few months







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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall In Canada!

My favourite season has arrived! Time for...



 Hot Chocolate

Hoodies


 Crunchy Leaves

And Bonfires!

What is your favourite season? and what do you love about it?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Childrens Book Wednesday: Alphabet Woof!




About The Book: Moxy the dog eats some magic soup that makes wishes come true. His wish? to talk! This wish takes Moxy and his family on some crazy adventures.

My Thoughts: This was a wonderful children's book. I loved the writing style, most of it was done in rhyme. The storyline was very creative, I have never come across a children's book like this one. The character cast was great! I love Aunt Mabel and Moxy. The illustrations were well done, bold and bright. What child wouldn't love a magical adventure including a talking dog? I hope there are more adventures to come involving Moxy and his Aunt Mabel. This book should be on every child's bookshelf! 


Written By: Sherrie A. Madia
Illustrated By: Patrick Carlson
Ages: 4-8
Hardcover, 28 Pages
My Rating

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.

The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read

-Open to a random page

-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page


BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser

Roxanne wanted desperately to be able to go back. Back to the beginning. Back when things were fine. Back before the hatred. Back when there was only love.

As the water rocked back and forth, time began to rock back and forth as well, until Roxanne had no concept of time at all. And once again, she had no idea what was the past and what was the present….
Teasers From:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cover Reveal: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

  Shiver

 Linger
and...

Tada!!!
Forever

I love it!

He Blew Her a Kiss

Authors: Angie Pechak Printup and Kelley Stewart Dollar

Format: Paperback/188 Pages

Published: July 27, 2010

Published by: Outskirts Press, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-6092-2

About The Book: It comes as a brush of the shoulder, a breath, a familiar scent, or perhaps a gentle breeze when everything else is still. These remarkable sensations are all examples of our loved ones communicating to us after they are gone from this life—letting us know they are in a better place, and yet still with us.
He Blew Her a Kiss collects dozens of such stories of after-death communication, in which husbands, wives, children, grandparents, and others, gently let us know that their spirit lives on. This series of short, delightfully written vignettes—based on real-life stories from all over the country—describes:
•How a simple note tied to a balloon proves the incredible power of love to transcend all, following the death of a beloved wife.

•The voicemail message a sister receives after her brother has passed—and its incredible tidings of hope


•The uncanny revelation contained in a TV game show that supplies comfort to a family after the death of their patriarch


•The nightlight that flickers only when a granddaughter speaks of her late grandmother—and how it refuses to go out...and much more

Filled with touching accounts that will make you smile and cry at the same time, He Blew Her a Kiss is required reading for anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a loved one and needs a little help to carry on.

My Thoughts: As soon as I came across this book I was instantly intrigued. I have always been fascinated by things like this. The stories that are told in this book are very powerful, you can feel the emotions from the story tellers. There were many times that my arms were covered in goosebumps. I really enjoyed the authors introduction, it was great reading what inspired them to create this book. My family and I have experienced a few of our own experiences ourselves, especially my mother. What awaits us after death is unknown but 'He Blew Her a Kiss' gives you hope and comfort.The idea of this book and the collection of stories was a wonderful idea and I look forward to the second book that is to come in this series. This is a great read for anyone that enjoys stories about spirits and the afterlife.




If you have your own stories the authors are currently taking submissions for there second book and they are also collecting stories for their 9/11 version for those that have lost loved ones on that tragic day. You can submit your story at www.heblewherakiss.com

Author Interview-Teresa Joyce

'There's a Fine Line' is Teresa Joyces' debut book. I had the great opportunity to speak with her and ask her a few questions


1. Why did you decide to share your story with the world?

  This is a very good question and one I have asked myself many times over. The answer is not very black and white; it’s was a combination of many factories. In truth at first it was a way of trying to heal myself, if I could just revisit that dark place then maybe I could find some sort of closure. Seeing it down in print made me face my demons, there was no longer any choice. It became so very real and I was made to look into the face of hell - my hell. As my book progressed it was clear that it was becoming much more than that. It was also recognition of a life, and one that I stand in awe of every time I think of her. That someone enriched my life tenfold, I am proud to be able to call that person my mum. This story needed to be shared with the world for that reason alone. I was also hoping to be able to reach out to others, those which may need a hand to hold. Not unlike finding some form of camaraderie in numbers, cemented by the fact that others could and would understand. I am here to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel; you just need to reach for it. It was a message that I needed to get out there to share, that you can and will survive this with faith. To condense this all down by sharing a chapter in my life at its darkest point, maybe it could help others with their own.



2. For your memoir you decided to write it yourself instead of using a ghost writer, are you happy with that decision now that the book is complete?


I understand that this book/memoir is just a little different to most other memoirs, as you rightly say I was the one to right this, choosing not to use a Ghost writer. This is something I never even considered, to my mind I had to be the one to do this. I had to somehow try to express the feelings and emotions I felt within its pages, ultimately as no other person could. The best outcome being that you would take the journey with me, strongly believing that this time I would not be alone. I had to travel down that path no question, but it was a lonely road to walk. So the answer to your question is yes I am very happy with the decision I made, no other decision was even in the equation.



3. What message do you want your readers to grasp?


This question has to be answered two fold. Many things happen to us throughout our life time some good some bad. The good hopefully outweighs the bad, but for others that sadly is not the case. People looking in on us as we go through such a traumatic life changing experience, may find it's content hard to understand. There is a knee jerk reaction that tells them to turn away; if they don’t recognise it it’s simply not there. By sharing my experience, I am hoping to hold their attention just enough to dispel their fears. Secondly I am hoping to make anyone in a similar situation aware that there is help out there, that you can survive this because you are stronger then you think. There’s a place somewhere deep inside of all of us that has yet been untapped; if you have never had occasion to do so you are unaware of its strength. But at your darkest moment as long as you believe, hold on to life and love you will survive.



4. What advice would you give to someone that is in an abuse situation?


It has taken many years of my life to realize, that maybe I was not to blame for everything going on around me at that time, that feeling to be honest never really goes away. I could say that I am now at easy with my involvement, but that would be untrue. So where do you go from there? Forgiveness has to be the answer. Firstly you need to try and forgive yourself, to heal the child that’s inside of us all. The other side of the coin is so much harder, you have to try and make headway in forgiving your abuser. Holding on to all that pain is only creating a mountain of hate which has no real purpose, by holding on to that pain your abuser is still very much in control. I am not in the least saying this will be easy, how could I when I am still struggling to do just that myself. But we have to believe that it’s possible.



5. Are you working on anything right now?


At present I am still very much involved with my current books release, but somewhere in the back of my mind there is a continuation.



6. Was writing the book in some way therapeutic for you?


Was it therapeutic....... not an easy one to answer. The day I sat down to write I had never been so scared in my life could I really do this? Could I revisit that dark place and come out of it the other end? It was a long hard journey but one I knew I had to take. Sitting here now I know that it has helped me enormously. But while writing there were times that I could not face the next chapter sentence or even the next word. So yes it has been therapeutic, but at that time it was like looking into the fires of hell.



7. Was your decision to write 'There's a fine line' planned or was it a spontaneous decision?


I could not say that it was planned because in truth; it sort of crept up on me from behind getting closer as time passed. To me it seemed like the best way to deal with the demons lurking in the dark corners of my mind. I didn’t get up one day and think lets go write a book! It started as something much smaller - i.e. if I could just write everything down it would feel somewhat like unloading. I could not continue to carry around this amount of emotion/pain any longer without any release. Somewhere along the line it became a book, but at what point this changed I am unsure it just seemed to evolve. Maybe it was the need to help others to do just that, to unload their pain and to face their own demons. You see if my book only helps one person that recognises its content, then it will have been worth all the pain inflicted.



Now how about we throw some fun questions in the mix here:


8. If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would it be?


Scrooge


9. Who is your favourite author?


Martina Cole


10. What is your favourite book?


Hard girls – Martina Cole



The subject of my book covers more than one issue; it’s a true story that ranges over a period of many years. It covers the first married years of my mother’s life, and the abuse she received from my now deceased father. The hardship she found within her life in so many ways, no one should have ever had to go through, but sadly it just seemed to follow her around. Some years later she remarried, but unfortunately this union would tear her once more into tiny pieces. She would see everything slipping away from her. Was her husband really having an affair with her daughter? It seemed to her that was the case, why would he lie? It would see the breakdown of her complete family unit, scattered to the wind without care.




I would find myself in a situation that I had no control over, and in the grip of a complete madman. To follow there would be self mutilation, and the bartering of shot guns as if they were an everyday item. The threat to life was very real, my own included.



I would spend many years within the mental health care system; in fact I am still under their care umbrella. I would move from a heterosexual relationship and into a lesbian relationship. Totally at a loss of any understanding from anything controlled by anyone male.



After an accident I was ill health retired, and most of my days are now spend in considerable pain. This of course gave me a lot of me time, which if I am honest I never really wanted. I was made to stare into the face, of so many things I had tried so very hard to bury. But I guess that was a little naive of me, muck will always rise to the surface at some point. The lid on Pandora’s Box was opening an inch at a time, and no matter how hard I pushed, I was never able to close it again. People would be hurt both physically and mentally. No one was safe if they stood in the way of my stepfather and what he claimed was his.



Years later I would sit and watch my mum die, when if dealt with properly it should never have happened. They say the good die young, or that they were too good for this world. Well both proverbs to my mind sit well whenever I think of her. To this day I stand in awe of the person I was so proud to call my mum. It’s a story that needs to be told for that fact alone.



It’s a story that resembles hell and it was my life for many years, as such I am equipped with everything I need, to help you relate to the madness which ensued. Although this has been extremely difficult for me to write, my hope is that someone out there may take some strength from it, if finding themselves in a similar situation. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel; all we have to do is reach out for it.



I understand that this book/memoir is just a little different to most other memoirs i.e. most are written by ghost writers. This was something I never even considered. To my mind I had to be the one to write this. I hoped and needed to be able to express my feelings within the pages, as no other person could. With the best outcome being, that you would feel like you were taking this journey with me. Strangely I feel an amount of support, being able to think that you are out there. There is a fine line between sanity and insanity; I know this personally, through the experiences I have had to go through involving my stepfather. I also have a personal insight of my own, of a mind battling to stay on the right side of that line, because in truth, I came so very close to crossing over myself.
 
My review for There's a Fine Line
Teresa Joyce Crazy Bookworm guest post

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today's Answer

Today's Answer is hosted by the lovely Black Fingernailed Reviews. Every week you choose a favourite book and song. This Week's Favourite Book is: The Death and life of Charlie St. Cloud The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers' bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go My Review for this book This Week's Favourite Song: Just The Way You Are: Bruno Mars

Revamped the blog

Hi there my lovely friends and followers! I revamped my blog. I hope you like it, I would love comments and feedback on what you think. I choose this blog design because I LOVE Alice in Wonderland and I thought this design looked a little crazy. I found the blog design over at aeroangelslayouts.com, they are free and fabulous! If you wanted to give your blog a new look check that site out! I decided to keep my "Blog Button" the same old design because I love Marilyn Monroe so much and wanted to keep her in my blog. Anyways, I hope you like it and please feel free to let me know what you think. Happy Blogging friends!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hoppin' away to Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop

It's that time of the week again! Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Crazy for Books.

Book Blogger question of the week:

When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

I always take notes while I'm reading a book, I want jot down something as soon as it is fresh in my mind. By the time the book is done I usually have a least one full page packed with notes, and I use it to help form my review. So I guess the answer is yes, that I do review a book while I'm reading it.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mothers and Other Liars

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: August 3, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0312586584
About The Book: How far will a mother go to save her child? Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful community of friends and her boyfriend of three years. Life is good. Until the day Ruby reads a magazine article about parents searching for an infant kidnapped by car-jackers. Then Ruby faces a choice no mother should have to make. A choice that will change both her and Lark's lives forever. (Summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Mothers and Other Liars is one of those books that leave you saying 'Wow' after you finish that last page. I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. The character development was unbelievable, the entire cast of characters were so well written, each one was crafted with care by the author. Lark was delightful character, she was an old soul but still had the funny characteristics that a nine year old child would have. Lark will remain an unforgettable character to me. The writing style of this book is unique, at the beginning I found it a little difficult to follow, a little distracting but after the first few chapters I started to get used to it and then I started to enjoy the flow of it. Mothers and Other Liars will take on you an emotional ride, packed with twists and turns. At moments it is heart-wrenching and others heart-warming. Amy Bourret is being compared to author Jodi Picoult, I can see the similarities in the writing style and the unique story lines but each author has something different to bring to the table. Mothers and Other Liars provides a book full of hope, love, trust and forgiveness. I would definitely recommend this book.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

There's a Fine Line by Teresa Joyce

Genre: Memoir Published by: ChipmunkaPublishing
Pages: 125
About The Book: The subject of my book covers more than one issue; it’s a true story that ranges over a period of many years. It covers the first married years of my mother’s life, and the abuse she received from my now deceased father. The hardship she found within her life in so many ways, no one should have ever had to go through, but sadly it just seemed to follow her around. Some years later she remarried, but unfortunately this union would tear her once more into tiny pieces. She would see everything slipping away from her. Was her husband really having an affair with her daughter? It seemed to her that was the case, why would he lie? It would see the breakdown of her complete family unit, scattered to the wind without care.
My Thoughts: This book is a memoir, unfortunately what this woman had to endure is not a work of fiction. How do you review someones real life? The author of this book is brave, having to relive these horrific memories to tell us her story. The stories told in this book are unbelievable, to think that someone can be so heartless, so manipulative. 'Teresa' had to deal with the devil himself. 'There's a fine line' will take you down a dark road, a road that no one should ever have to travel. The author tells her story in so much detail and emotion that you feel as if you are standing right there with her. While reading the book I couldn't help but get emotional, I got sad, happy but most of all angry, I was angry because of the situation she was forced in and at her stepfather. A lot of people will take something from this book, even people that haven't been in a situation like this. It's hard to think that life can go on after a tragedy or a horrific crime or something else life changing/shattering, but it does and the author is proof of that. It's a giant Boldstep that a person has to make to move forward, everyone has their own methods that suit them best, the authors was this book. The rawness and vulnerability is etched into every word. The events that take place in this book are heavy, no doubt, but I think a person could take a great lesson from this book. I am glad I had the opportunity to read 'There's a Fine Line'.
**I choose to leave this book unrated because these are real events, a persons real life. I don't think it would be fair to rate the book because of that reason**
Check out Teresa Joyce's Crazy Bookwork guest post HERE

Sunday, September 19, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren I Bought: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. For Review: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer In a world where the most stressful thing seems to be winning a soccer game or what to wear in the morning, you take some really basic things for granted. Like the love of your parents. Or hanging with your friends. Or the beating of your heart. When you’re 16 years old, it never occurs to you that you might die. Emmi Miller’s got a fabulous life. She has tons of friends, does great in school and is an all-star soccer player who played in Europe last summer. It even looks like Sam Hunter, a totally cute baseball player, might be interested in her. And then she gets a virus. No biggy, right? Until the virus goes to her heart and weakens it so much that, without a transplant, Emmi will die. Will Emmi get a heart in time? Is Sam too good to be true? What about her new friend Abe, who has also had a transplant and guides her through these scary times — is he just being
supportive or is there more going on between them? And will Emmi realize it before it’s too
late? Heart Of Fire by Kristen Painter

Eager to find her place in the world and understand the frightening gifts she’s been born with, Jessalyne Brandborn aches to leave her sheltered life behind and take on the job that's been promised to her. Apprentice to the most powerful sorceress in Shaldar, the king’s magewoman. Even if traveling to Castle Ryght means keeping company with the deadliest man in the realm to get there. On the run, dark elf Ertemis Elta-naya doesn’t want to escort firemage Jessalyne any more than he wants the Legion to catch up with him. He just wants to vindicate his mother’s life before the price on his head results in a knife at his throat. Or in his back. Life as a mercenary has taught him to strike first and ask questions later. And yet, within them lies the hope of the dying elven race, the renewal of Shaldar's beleaguered kingdom and an incredible chance at love. If they don't kill each other first.

You Comma Idiot by Doug Harris

“You’re the kind of guy who falls in love after one date.” Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a low-rent hash-dealer with delusions of inadequacy. He’s content to while away the hours of his life drinking, smoking, hanging out, playing the occasional game of hockey, and generally ignoring the world outside his tiny neighbourhood. But Lee’s near-idyllic existence is about to grind into second gear. His friend Henry has been accused of kidnapping and Lee’s been cornered by the local media. Another friend has decided to shoehorn his way into Lee’s drug business. And he’s just made it with his best friend’s girlfriend. Clearly, Lee needs a Plan B — not easy for a guy who long ago decided that the correct plan of action is to have no plan at all. A hip, comedic novel, Doug Harris’s YOU comma Idiot is a dark, demented, deeply delightful excursion into youthful alienation and ennui.

He Blew Her a Kiss by Angie Pechak Printup and Kelly Stewart Dollar

It comes as a brush of the shoulder, a breath, a familiar scent, or perhaps a gentle breeze when everything else is still. These remarkable sensations are all examples of our loved ones communicating to us after they are gone from this life—letting us know they are in a better place, and yet still with us. He Blew Her a Kiss collects dozens of such stories of after-death communication, in which husbands, wives, children, grandparents, and others, gently let us know that their spirit lives on. This series of short, delightfully written vignettes—based on real-life stories from all over the country—describes: •How a simple note tied to a balloon proves the incredible power of love to transcend all, following the death of a beloved wife •The voicemail message a sister receives after her brother has passed—and its incredible tidings of hope •The uncanny revelation contained in a TV game show that supplies comfort to a family after the death of their patriarch •The nightlight that flickers only when a granddaughter speaks of her late grandmother—and how it refuses to go out...and much more Filled with touching accounts that will make you smile and cry at the same time, He Blew Her a Kiss is required reading for anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a loved one and needs a little help to carry on.

The Ravens Gift by Don Rearden

John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yupik Eskimo village on the windswept Alaskan tundra. Lured north in search of adventure, the idealistic couple hopes to immerse themselves in the ancient Arctic culture. Their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated tundra community descends into total chaos. When outside help fails to arrive, John's only hope lies in escaping the snow covered tundra and the hunger of the other survivors. His thousand-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness grows more improbable when he encounters a blind Eskimo girl and an elderly woman. The two need his protection from those who would harm them, and he needs their knowledge of the terrain and their companionship to survive. The harsh journey and constant danger push him beyond his limits as he discovers a new sense of hope and the possibility of loving again.

Author Guest Post: Leora Krygier

My Double Life Okay, you got me. I’m busted and here’s my signed confession. I’m a juvenile court judge who wrote a Y.A. novel. Why? Why did you do it, you ask? I thought I knew the answer to that question, but I was wrong.
A little back story is necessary here. I’ve been a juvenile court judge for awhile, (nope, I won’t tell you exactly how long) in fact it’s been my “career” (adult speak for the thing that pays your bills) I’m also an author, (three books and counting) but the two parts of my life never seemed to mesh. On the bench, I have to be quick, tough and sensible. I have to put on the robe and the stern face and apply legal norms and make non-nonsense decisions. It’s a don’t-show-any-vulnerability zone. When I write, on the other hand, I have to completely tip over my brain and re-commune with every sense I acquired as a child and teenager – seeing, smelling, touching, hearing and feeling. I have to stand in the shoes of someone else and understand their fragility. I kept these two worlds of mine apart, separated, a little like Clark Kent and Superman (minus any super powers) because they didn’t seem to connect. That is, until I wrote an adult novel (my second) about a young girl who finds her half-sister by dreaming her sister’s dreams. I was surprised (shocked, really) when the New York Public Library chose it as one of the Best Books for the Teen Age, but it planted a stubborn seed in my head that wouldn’t go away and I started writing another novel, this time purposefully for young adults. ZAP, POW, BAM, I said to myself. Everything made sense now – my writing world and my “other” world were moving towards each other at asteroid speed. Superman could finally admit to being mild-mannered Clark Kent. My head started spinning with brilliant conclusions. As a juvenile court judge, didn’t I have a unique perspective on the teen world? Wasn’t I imminently situated to cross the great divide between adults and teens? Wasn’t it great that THE UNIVERSE finally made sense? NOT.
Fast forward to a couple of years later (a little real life intervened) and I think I kind of figured it out. I’m not any more qualified to write Y.A. novels than the really nice auto mechanic at my local gas station. I didn’t write a Y.A. novel because THE UNIVERSE had worked out a neatly packaged outcome for me, but because there’s a part of me that absolutely refuses to grow up. It’s the part of me that’s not sensible or forceful or tough and certainly not all knowing. It’s the part of me that feels lost and sometimes alone, confused and outcast and remembers all my bad decisions (yep, I made my share) I wrote a novel with teen protagonists because, somewhere, inside that judge you see in the stiff, zipped-up black robe, there’s a sixteen-year-old who hasn’t come of age….and that, is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. J Leora is the author of When She Sleeps, and Juvenile Court: A Judge’s Guide for Young Adults and their Parents. A sneak peak at her Y.A. novel, TWINGE, can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw9S0tOwUD8 Leora blogs as TWINGE protagonist, Nikki, at www.starbuckled.blogspot.com and still can’t decide whether she has a bigger crush on Superman or Clark Kent. Leora Krygier http://www.leorakrygier.com/ http://www.starbuckled.blogspot.com/ For a sneak peek at my upcoming book, drop by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw9S0tOwUD8

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog of the Week Award

The award goes to...*Drumroll* BOOKINGLY YOURS
Jenai is a lover of all things books and movies. She loves sharing her newest book finds and reviews and puts a lot of great detail and effort into her posts.
Head on over to Bookingly Yours' blog now and say Hi!

Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Paperback: 228 pages Publisher: Eloquent Books Published: May 11, 2010 Genre: Paranormal ISBN-13: 978-1609116057 About The Book: Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?(From The Publisher) My Thoughts: This book had me hooked from the beginning. I love a good paranormal book but Elizabeth Kolodziej put a twist on things. This book not only had vampires but it had werewolves, witches, shape-shifters and more. The characters were so well written, I loved all of them including the secondary characters. Morgan was a personal favourite of mine, she was a powerful, older vampire but she had a soft, maternal nature to her. The storyline was so refreshing and original, I haven't come across a paranormal book quite like this, the author put a great spin on things. It was fascinating to learn about all the worlds that collided in this book, the gods, vampires, witches and werewolves. The author didn't hold back and she went into great detail with the history of everyone, it was very entertaining. I can only hope that this isn't the end, I would love to learn more about Faith and what is in store for her next. 'Vampyre Kisses' is a magical adventure that is packed with suspense, romance and thrill. I don't think it can get much better. Paranormal fans will love Vampyre Kisses, and for readers new to the genre this book will have you hooked. Check out Elizabeth Kolodziej's Crazy Bookworm Guest Post Here

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hop, Hop, Hoppin' Away/ Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Crazy For Books

In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, let's take time this week to honor our favorite book bloggers and why we love them!

I love every single blog I follow, every single one offers something different and unique. I love being a part of the Book Blogging Family.

Crazy For Books was one of the first book blogs I discovered when I first joined the blogging world. I instantly fell in love and I return almost daily just to see whats goin' on over there.

I have known Liz from Midnight Bloom Reads for a long while, we became friends over at The Chapters community. I was thrilled when I found out that she had started a book blog. Midnight Bloom Reads does not disappoint, she always has something great to look at or an awesome review to read. I always find myself adding to my toppling over 'TBR' pile whenever I visit her blog...which is a lot!
I discovered this blog just a short while ago but I LOVED what I saw, and she is a fellow Nicholas Sparks fan like myself. She always has something great going on.
Please take a look at my Blog Roll and the other blogs I follow. They are all wonderful in their own way and all offer something special that makes their blog their own. I appreciate and love ALL the blogs I follow!
Follow Friday is hosted by the awesome Parajunkee's View
To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1.Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://baileysbookreviews.blogspot.com/ 3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 8. If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
You know I love those comments, so keep em' coming. Leave your blog link to so I can come visit you back!
Happy Hoppin' friends!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Author Guest Post: Em Petrova

The Road to Runes by Em Petrova
When Cathy the Crazy Bookworm emailed me and requested to review my debut release, Runes, I was thrilled. After all, an author is dying for people to read her work, and Cathy’s personal note touched me.
The path to a finished, published book is a long and hard one. When I seriously took up the pen again in 2008, I dreamed that people would want to read my writings. After completing a manuscript, I struggled to even find a family member to read it, let alone give me feedback. Soon I realized I needed help, so I joined writers groups and chapters of the Romance Writers of America. I spent a solid year and a half taking up to six online writing classes a month. I critiqued others’ work, and I wrote. A lot. In the past two years, I have completed nine manuscripts ranging from 96K words to 3K words. Each time I type those two little words “the end,” I still feel the flutter of excitement.
A few white hairs and several rounds of edits later, my first erotic romance, Runes, is ready to be released to the world. Time to let my babies walk. The birds leave the nest. These characters will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope the heroine, Evangeline, is as good a friend to you as she is to me. And like me, I hope you’ll fall in love with the hero—both of them.
Please leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy of Runes. Drawing will be held October 1. Special thanks to Cathy for having me, and for being such a memorable fan. Read on to sample the opening scene of Runes, and please stop by my website at http://www.empetrova.com/.
Runes by Em Petrova blurb:
When immortals Will and Evangeline are thrown together by a phenomenon known as The Calling, they share their blood and bodies, entwining their minds and souls. But Evangeline has been yanked from the arms of her mortal love, Sean, and the echo of his touch never leaves her. Will and Sean make a pact to share the woman they love and find new desires arising in the arms of each other.
Excerpt rated Adult:
Evangeline rolled to her stomach, pressing her aching bare breasts into the mattress. Maybe her state of undress had spawned the dream, but she didn’t think so. Whatever drug she’d overdosed on had had adverse effects. She’d been hallucinating for a week. Whether sleeping or awake, it didn’t matter. Her sister’s auburn-haired ex-boyfriend had sidled into her brain via psychotropic meds.
She rocked her hips against the bedclothes as the memory of his long, tapered fingers filled her mind. His fingers had circled her waist, spanning it easily, his thumb flicking the thin gold hoop in her navel as his tongue sank between her lips. She could still taste him. Spearmint gum, the faint trace of cigarettes, and the most mind-blowing scent of male. This image, like all the others plaguing her, left her trembling with need of an addict. But she was no longer addicted to drugs, and didn’t need cocaine to escape her problems or her body. The hallucinations of her sister’s ex had driven her to new heights.
Hot and annoyed, she jumped to her feet, and strode across her bedroom to peer into the long mirror. Short, spiky hair, a wave of violet over one eye, a tiny silver stud in her nose, and two other concealed hoops, one in her nipple, the other in her navel.
The tattoo still shocked her. She couldn’t remember getting inked, not surprising since she’d stumbled home from the club, drunk and buzzed, and tossed back a bottle of Xanax in an attempt to stop the gnawing pain in her soul. Swallowing pill after pill with tap water, she’d wanted to stop the pain forever. But it hadn’t worked. She’d awakened hours later with a tattoo winding from her shoulder to her temple.
She touched the stars at the corner of her eye with a fingertip. She had to admit the rune lettering and spattering of stars suited her.
What would her lover Sean make of this? She shivered thinking of him. Too much time had passed since she’d set eyes—or hands—on his sexy, sculpted chest, or felt his searing kiss. They’d been sleeping together for six months, but she’d refused to let him draw her into his life. Staring now at her new clear-eyed reflection, she wondered if it was time to move toward a commitment.
Her fingers longed for the strings of her guitar, but it was deep night. She couldn’t risk waking her sister, Jessa, or worse, her father. So she settled for leaning against the headboard with the instrument, embracing its familiar weight.
The hallucinations did more than excite her libido. They inspired new music in her, and she’d been writing. Between her job at the bookstore, and being bombed out of her mind for days on end, she hadn’t had time to devote to her true passion—songwriting. Perhaps turning over a new leaf could further her goal of achieving her dream of becoming a songwriter.
As a particular bar of music flitted through her mind, a new vision of Will rose inside her. She slung an arm over her eyes and allowed it to consume her. The short, red hairs of his jaw bristled against the sensitive flesh of her stomach, blazing a trail of heat directly to her sex, which moistened and swelled for him. Then surging upward, his big hands cradled her face, caressing the star at the corner of her eye, and sending a shock straight to her core. Her head fell back, her body shuddering as if on the edge of orgasm. Her fingers fluttered over his muscled chest down to the edges of a tattoo that disappeared into the curling dark hairs cushioning his cock. A flood of emotion surged through her fingertips. A marrow-deep jolt hit her, followed by the taste of desire, and inexplicable tenderness.
Evangeline gently laid her guitar on the bed next to her, thrashing herself for entertaining such feelings for a guy she’d seen only once or twice in passing. Her sister’s ex, Will What’s-His-Name.

Fingers shaking, she lit a cigarette, then crossed to the mirror, leaning close again to study her reflection. This clear-eyed Evangeline was new to her, but she could learn to like her. Another flash of auburn hair crossed her vision, and she stared hard into her dark blue eyes. Thoughts of Sean plagued her.

“Oh Will,” she murmured ruefully, “I don’t even know you.”
Em Petrova is the author of Runes, Tattoo Dream, and Deux. Since a young age, Em has been lured by the world of paranormal and romance. She penned her first novel at the age of twelve, and after gaining an arts degree, has returned to her literary roots. She loves to dig deep into the souls of her unique characters and uncover their secret desires when she doesn’t have her nose in a great new read.

I want to give a special thanks Em Petrova for taking the time to do a guest post for the Crazy Bookworm.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cherry On Top Award

A huge thanks to Bookingly Yours for giving me this awesome award!

The Cherry On Top Award Rules are: 1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you, and what would it be?

Hmmm, That is a very good but hard question. I don't think there is anything I would change if I had the opportunity. Yes, there have been "Bumps in the road" but everything that has happened whether postive or negative had lead me to where I am now. I took everything as a learning experience and a lesson.

2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award

I Give this award to:

Me, My Book and The Couch

21 Pages

A Cup of Tea and a Cozy for Me

A Little Bookish

Addicted 2 Novels

Book Lovers Delight

Monday, September 13, 2010

Author Interview: Dawn Dyson

About The Author: Dawn Dyson lives with her husband on a farm in Nebraska and has degrees in both Animal Science and Education. She currently serves as the farm's office manager, but writing is her primary passion. She describes her writing as a God-given gift and strives to incorporate Christian themes throughout each of her works. She encourages others to find their passion in life, link it with God's and then share it with the world.

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

When novelist Sienna Emory receives a desperate call from an old college friend, she feels compelled to try and help her. The Cheney she remembers was a free-spirited song writer with an amazing ability to translate all of life's pain and joy into her work, but drugs and alcohol have made her a shell of her former self. When Sienna arrives at Cheney's house, she finds Cheney passed out in the driveway; what she doesn't expect to find is Jonathan Driscoll, a handsome single father living nearby, who has obviously been there before. Never able to have children of her own, Sienna is delighted to get to know Jonathan and his daughter Bella. However, Bella is not a typical five-year-old girl. She tells stories that she couldn't possibly know, and when she prays, she seems to communicate on a direct line to God. As Sienna and Jonathan's love grows, while dealing with their friend Cheney's issues, Sienna discovers more about God's plans for them. Will their faith be strong enough to protect them against evil?

What inspired you to write "Bella Maura"?
I wanted to do something light (as "light" as my writing gets, anyway). I wanted to spend time doing something restful, inspiring and full of love,or "positive energy". I'd finally reached a much earned, simpler time in my life and I wanted to see what that looked like on paper. Anyone who has read my previous work (Mercy Sky, 2005) knows I'm quite heavy in my story lines, but my life was so much more complicated then. As a writer, it is so interesting to see the stages of your own life reflected in your books. Writing is such a great teacher.
What does the cover of your book mean?
Justin Evans is the cover designer and gets all the credit. I think he did a brilliant job. Without giving too much of the story away, I can say that Bella is a girl who uses her mouth to pray and she changes history that way. But in order to know how to pray, one's mind must be renewed in a process much like caterpillar to butterfly. I call it Salvation. Once one's mind is transformed and made aware of spiritual things, the power of prayer is immense because one knows WHAT to pray - it's a man or a woman's heart lined up with God's will to formulate truth in the earth. How Justin made this image line up so amazingly with Bella, I'll never know, but God must have had a hand in it somewhere. Thank you, Justin.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
That's like picking a favorite child. Sorry, I love them all - even the twisted ones. But I can say, factually, my life represents Sienna's life,but my heart is a lot like Jonathan's and my soul is a lot like Bella's. Maybe that's strange, I don't know...
Which authors have been most influential to your own writing?
Saint Paul (especially when read in the Amplified translation) and George MacDonald. Joyce Meyer has helped me personally; she's helped me find the motivation and the correct perceptions I need to continue writing for the good.
If you could choose to have dinner with any book character in history who would it be and why?
Sherlock Holmes. One step back in time and I'd feel instantly smarter and classier, and I could guarantee he'd be well-dressed - and a carriage ride in the countryside to an English castle couldn't hurt. I'd love to solve a mystery with him. (Jeremy Brett, in my opinion, was ah-mazing as Holmes on video.)
Do you read reviews of your book? If so, do you let them influence your writing?
I do read reviews because I respect them (most of them). I don't let them influence my writing beyond a superficial degree however, because they are just opinions, not fact or, better, they are not the truth of who I am. I know my heart, and I know what I'm trying to do and persistence will override a negative opinion any day. And a little pain never hurt anyone,sometimes that's what spurs us on to something great. It's all good. And positive reviews are great encouragers.
Is there any part of your book that is based on your own real life experiences?
Bella Maura is very autobiographical, but I don't know that I'll ever share which part(s) for sure.
Is there any message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
I'd love for readers to walk away from Bella Maura with instant hope, with a lighter, easier feeling in their soul. It's when we are at rest that we can actually get more creative and start thinking we can do the big things God is calling us to do. I hope more people think about mentoring. Or adopting. And I hope more people understand God's gifting to the individual after reading this book - that they respect the God in one another. And, of course, if there are any young adults or ANY adults who have suffered (or are suffering) abuse, I sincerely hope that they will gain strength from Bella Maura. If that is you -- I know, I KNOW, you can rise above it.
What book are you reading now?
J.John's God's Priorities, The Lord's Prayer. It's very good. I'm also reading Sarah Palin's book, Going Rogue.
Are you currently working on anything? if so, can we have a little teaser?
I am currently putting the finishing touches on Bella Maura's sequel,Justice Quinn. Together the books will make the Beautiful Justice series.It should be released in 2011, depending on Bella's sales record, and an excerpt is at the back of Bella Maura. I can tell you that Justice Quinn is strong.., and Bella's all grown up. It's a very cool book, I think.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
God Bless you! Here's to you agreeing with what God made - YOU!
A special thanks to Dawn Dyson for taking the time to speak with me and answering my questions!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Today's Answer

Today's Answer is a weekly meme hosted by Black Fingernailed Reviews. Every Week you select a favourite book and song. This week my favourite book is:

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. I love this book, just re-read it again for the 3rd time. It offers everything Sparks' is known for, Love, Tragedy and Small town life, but it has a little spin on things with a lot of page turning suspense!

Blurb from Book:Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died – a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire . . . The Guardian contains all the qualities readers expect from Nicholas Sparks. But here, he adds a new electrifying intensity – and page after page of riveting suspense.

My Favourite Song this Week is: Set The Fire to the Third Bar

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog of The Week

And the award goes to...*Drumroll*...Mandy's Escape!
I always enjoy heading over Mandy's blog and reading her posts. She's got a great list of reviews coming up that I can't wait to read. Head on over and say Hi!

The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew by Lisa Eichlin

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Published: March 23, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1615665273
About The Book: Michael introduces us to the bravest boy he ever knew, Each page telling us why.
My Thoughts: This book is a must read. Every parent should read this book to their child. It teaches children not only about disabilities but it teaches them about friendship. Michael is so proud of his best friend because he admires how his disability doesn't change who he is, or how he does things, He doesn't let his disability disable him. The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew is a touching, heart-warming story that should be on bookshelves everywhere!
Get your copy of The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew Here. A Portion of proceeds go to The Familial Dysautonomia Foundation
 
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