Monday, December 31, 2012

My 2013 Reading/Blogging Resolutions

The Crazy Bookworm's 2013 Goals

With 2013 only hours away, the world is swirling with goals and resolutions. Weight loss, quitting smoking, travelling more, doing something adventurous..The list goes on! Us bloggers all have something in common, we have goals of our own! Goals to make blogging and reading in 2013 bigger and better than 2012!

*Read more classics: This was on last years list as well. How many classics did I read? None(sadly!) I own lots and have been dying to read so many of them. I would like to read at least one classic a month. That seems easy enough...right?

*Knock some non-review books off my TBR: My To Read pile was MASSIVE in 2012, and the majority of them were all books from authors or publishers that I needed to read and review for the blog. This year, I would like to read more of my personal library. Some titles I want to knock off:
  • Twenty Boy Summer
  • The Book Thief
  • Before I Fall
  • The Summer I turned Pretty Series
  • The Mockingbirds Series
  • The Hate List
  • A few Jodi Picoult titles
  • Anna Dressed in Blood
And as always, the list goes on!

*Kick off my Crazy Bookworm Promotions: I have finally decided to offer promotion packages for authors, and I am hoping in the New Year to have that up and running! Click here to learn more about Crazy Bookworm Promotions.

*Attend Book Events: I live just a stone's throw away from Toronto, where lots of lovely book events take place, but I never mange to get to one. I vow a change for 2013! I have missed some of my favourite authors, and I will not let that happen again. Count on seeing me at some Book Events this year!

Random Goals

*More discussion posts: I have been getting better at this over the last few months, so I hope to keep it consistant
*Wrap up posts: I used to include a wrap up in my Stacking The Shelves post but for some reason stopped...I love reading other bloggers weekly wrap ups, so I will bring back my weekly wrap ups to my mailbox posts.
*Read 'Banned' Books: I came across this lovely post on Pinterest listing all of the banned books. Some I have read already and can't believe they are even on the list! Some have been on my TBR for a while, so I hope to cross this one off the list!
*Audiobooks: I go to the gym 4-6 times a week, and always bring a book with me. The downside to that is I can only read my book on certain equipment. It's tough to jog on the treadmill while trying to keep a paperback open! I do have the Kindle App on my phone, but sometimes it's hard to concentrate on that as well. So I would like to invest in some audiobooks to listen to while getting my sweat on!
*Participate in NaNoWrimo: I participated in this in 2011 and had a blast! I didn't have time to take part in 2012 but no matter how busy my schedule this year, I will make time for NaNoWrimo!
*Finish my Zombie Fiction Novel: I have already completed my Young Adult novel and will be sending it out to an author friend for editing soon(which is both scary and exciting!) but I have a Zombie novel that I have just loved writing but thanks to life getting in the way, haven't had much time to devote to it. I will set aside at least 2-3 hours a week to work on it!

Those are my goals this year! I hope I can do a recap post at the end of 2013 showing all of these crossed off! What are your blogging and/or reading resolutions?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions


The name says it all, Book Blogger Confessions. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I am always left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

Want to join in? Feel free to comment below, post on my The Crazy Bookworm's Facebook or Tweet me @Cat_B87 or use the hashtag #bloggerconfessions

New Year's Blogging Goals

We all have 'em! I have a list sitting right beside me with my blogging calender of what all I hope to accomplish in the New Year. I had a list similar to this last year. But, like always, we vow to make this year different! 

Some items on my list contain:

1. More discussion posts
2. More features
3. Create(and stick to!) a reading/reviewing schedule
and on and on and on...

I really do want to make this year my year in doing everything I have planned for my blog. Right now, I feel energized and that I will be able to do it all!

but then life decides to take over. Work gets in the way, extracurricular things start up, family wants to get together, and when you finally have that moment of free time, that moment when you can get all your blogging posts done and scheduled, something entirely different happens.

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How do you balance blogging and every day life?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Follow Friday!


Q: WHAT BOOK DO YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ? IF YOU COULD GIFT THE ENTIRE POPULATION WITH ONE BOOK?


A: Ahh. I am going to repeat myself because I recommend this book on my blog any chance I get!


Revolution

This book is almost impossible to put into words. It's lyrical writing style, heartbreaking yet beautiful storyline  and powerful character cast made this book my all-time favourite read!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Camp-Cover Reveal!


Release Date: To be determined

 Emma has always strove for perfection in her almost eighteen years of existence, but it has never been good enough. As she finds herself counting the days until she’s officially free from her parents’ reins, her stepfather hands her a plane ticket explaining that she must attend the Re-Boot Camp in the wilds of Alaska.

Once she lands in the middle of nowhere, she realizes the camp is nothing like she imagined, and she wants out immediately. That is until she meets Liam.

The camp is full of teens with dark pasts, but she finds herself drawn to Liam’s ability to see who she really is and who she wants to become. While Emma and Liam begin adjusting to a place neither want to be, frightening events begin to unfold. When people begin disappearing, it becomes apparent they can only trust one another as they fight for survival.

About the Author


Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!


Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print. Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Crazy Bookworm sporting a new look!

Hello, Crazy readers!

How many of you are like me right now and nursing a Turkey hangover? Wayyyy to much food! However, I am burning most of it off thanks to some Boxing Day shopping!

With the Christmas holidays behind us, I was removing my Christmas theme today and was still in the mood for something different. So, I put up a new template. It won't permanently replace my regular one, but I just wanted something fresh, clean and simple for the moment. A temporary makeover! So here it is!

I hope you like it! If not, you won't have to tolerate it for that long! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Follow Friday


Q: What have you learned from Book Blogging that you didn't know before about the Publishing Industry.

A: Firstly, the ARCs and Galleys. When I started blogging I had no idea you could receive books for review. That just blew my mind! Secondly, the hard work put into blog tours and promotion for authors. I had no idea the planning that went into it. Being a blogger and participating in tours, you definitely get a raw, inside look at the hard work that publishers and/or authors go through for promotion!

The Crazy Bookworms wants to ask YOU
 with Christmas right around the corner, what books are on your wishlist?

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Why Steampunk, Why Now?

The Friday Society Book Launch

I am pleased to welcome author, Adrienne Kress. She penned the sensational new novel The Friday Society that is getting great response all over the blogosphere! 


Why Steampunk, why now?

Adrienne Kress


It’s interesting to observe Steampunk gaining . . . uh . . .steam. This time last year we had a Justin Bieber Steampunk music video, and Barney’s had a Steampunk Holiday window theme. And yet that wasn’t even the apex. This year we have more books than ever coming out in both the adult and YA markets. As well as several TV shows and movies, either wholly Steampunk or with delightful Steampunk flavouring. And the fashion industry has happily taken it onboard – heck Tyra Banks did a Steampunk photoshoot with her top model candidates this past cycle.


But why Steampunk now?


Sometimes things just gain momentum and that’s all there is to it. But I do believe that, in the case of Steampunk, its current popularity reflects the current state of our society. The popularity of the oldy-timey Steampunk actually is a very modern thing.


Here are some of my thoughts on why:


1. We live in an age of magic. Most of us don’t actually understand how the tools we use work. I have this flat rectangular box that allows me to call people, take pictures, communicate by typing, play games and music, watch videos, etc., and so forth. It’s a magic box. How does it work? I have no idea. I really don’t. And most of us don’t. We live in a magical world, not quite understanding why things happen the way they do, but we are grateful for it nonetheless.


Still, the not knowing can also be frustrating. Steampunk technology, on the other hand, is human-sized. Where modern technology in some cases needs magnifying glasses or even a microscope to interact with it, Steampunk tech consists of gears, levers, etc. Basically it’s a world of Rube Goldberg-y devices, one thing affecting another. We can see it happen. Further we can understand how it happens, which means we can make it ourselves. You can look at it and think . . . that makes sense. Things that make sense are enjoyable.



2. Making stuff has become a popular trend. I think this also stems from living in a magical world. Since everything is pre-packaged, pre-made, just press a button and the food is hot, people are starting to rebel slightly. Twenty-somethings, considered first adopters of any new technology, now are also getting into cooking, and knitting, and crafts. It’s like we’re going through another Arts and Crafts movement. This is what also draws people to Steampunk: making your own clothes, props, inventions.



3. Whatever you think of the Hipster dogma (the “it’s only cool if no one else knows about it” thing), you can’t deny its influence on fashion. Steampunk fashion has a great deal of crossover with it. Suspenders, button down shirts, hats and moustaches. It’s hard to know which came first, Steampunk or the Hipster (the Hipsters would say they did, of course), but each has contributed to the popularity of the other.



4. There is something of the slower pace of the past that people also enjoy in the present. It’s nothing new to say we live in a fast-paced world. If I don’t answer an email the day of, the sender worries something’s wrong. If I don’t answer a text almost instantly, I’m ignoring my friend. Obviously the Victorian/Edwardian period was much slower. Steampunk societies go for group outings that usually consist of walks. Steampunk creators take their time working on their projects. It’s a different tempo.



5. Manners. Whether or not we are less mannered now is a matter of opinion. Surely in some ways, definitely, but then again, I don’t think the lower classes from the Victorian period were necessarily all polite speech. Nor do I always see manners as being all positive. Sometimes the habit of tradition can get in the way of logic and progress. That being said, it’s nice to have a bit of formality. It’s nice for people to speak with some flare and a careful choice of words. It’s nice to be polite.



6. Cosplay. This is something specifically geeky, and not about society at large. Cosplay is a form of geekdom where fans will dress up as their favourite character, etc., at a convention. While you’ve always had people dressing up in Star Trek uniforms, cosplay has really exploded in the last decade – thanks in no small part to women attending conventions in higher numbers (not saying that men don’t enjoy it too, but you definitely see a correlation). It is fantastic to see the skill and effort put into making these costumes, and more and more people are getting into it. Steampunk has become a staple of conventions, and there are cosplayers who, having never considered doing Steampunk before, think, “Oh, that’s neat!” I know a group of people who first were introduced to Steampunk when someone suggested they do a Steampunk Xmen.


7. Tea. Everyone loves tea. And high tea, with little sandwiches and cakes . . . so good.



So these are some of my theories, and I’m sure others can add their own, so please do below! Ultimately, whatever the reason that Steampunk is so popular at this moment, I’m just happy that it is :)

About the Author


Adrienne Kress

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

She is the author of two children's novels: Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Scholastic) and is a theatre graduate of the Univeristy of Toronto and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. Published around the world, Alex was featured in the New York Post as a "Post Potter Pick," as well as on the CBS early show. It won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in the UK and was nominated for the Red Cedar. The sequel, Timothy, was nominated for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was recently optioned for film. She's also contributed to two anthologies in 2011: Corsets & Clockwork (YA Steampunk Romance short story anthology, Running Press Kids), and The Girl Who Was On Fire (an essay anthology analysing the Hunger Games series - Smart Pop).

Her debut YA, The Friday Society (Dial), releases Dec 6th, 2012

She is also one of the founding members of the geektastic website hardcorenerdity.com




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions


The name says it all, Book Blogger Confessions. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I always am left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

Want to join in? Feel free to comment below, post on my The Crazy Bookworm's Facebook or Tweet me @Cat_B87 or use the hashtag #bloggerconfessions

When a Series Comes to an End

You've fallen in love..with fictional characters. You have been by their side for 3, 4 or more books. You have cried with them, laughed with them, battled with them and more. They are your friends! You've had a long relationship with them. YEAR'S even! You finish one book than have to wait a year or so to be re-visted by them with a new adventure.  Then that's it, the author rips the carpet out from under you, announcing that that last book will be the very end.

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 There will be no more Edward and Bella, Harry Potter and Hogwarts, Katniss and Peeta, the list goes on. 

So, you anxiously await the release of that last book. It's bittersweet. You can't wait to devour it and be with your fictional BFF's but knowing that this will be your final goodbye. You shall share no more late nights together, and trips to faraway lands. 

No matter how that last book comes to a close, you are sad. You may be happy for the characters(or in some cases, extremely sad, mad, furious) but that's it. There is now an empty space inside you. And there is no way to fix it...Well, ice cream helps!


And then you repeat this whole process with another series. Sheesh! Why do we torture ourselves?! The woes of a bookworm!

Where is Midnight Sun, Mrs. Stephenie Meyers..Where?!



How do you feel when your favourite series comes to an end?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 End of the Year Survey

best books read in 2012
This great survey was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

If asked this question last week, it would have been a very tough one to answer! But I just finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman..And that was the best book I read this year!

If I was allowed to name more, I would definitely add in Pushing the Limits and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Hmm... It's a toss up between Velveteen and Dead to You. I couldn't wait to devour both, but unfortunately, the left me underwhelmed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It was my first John Green novel(I know!) and I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Boy, was I wrong! That book hit me on all kinds of different levels!

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

*The Fault in our Stars-It's on my staff picks at work whenever it comes in! 

*The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Couldn't pick just one!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins..I know right! Again, I was late getting into this one. I finally gave into reading it because I knew I wanted to see the movie, and I LOVED it!

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

*John Green-The Fault in Our Stars started it all!
*Stephen Chbosky- The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Read the book before I saw the movie...Both were epic!
*Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games
*Katie McGarry- Pushing the Limits...Amazing!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress. It's a Steampunk novel. I never thought I would enjoy that genre but she proved me wrong!

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I'm sorry, I can't do it! I can't pick just one! I will have to narrow it down to 3..Sorry for breaking the rules!

*The Fault in Our Stars. Trying not to repeat myself, but yes, this one has to be on the list!
*Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. 
*Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I have never been held captive by a book like that before in my life. This book is just...indescribable! 

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I can't believe I waited so long to read this one. I've already re-read it twice, so I know I will re-read it again in 2013!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I bought the Paperback version of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Stunning!

Between Shades of Gray

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Allyson/Lulu-Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Noah Hutchins-Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Bobby- Undead by Kirsty McKay(A Zombie butt-kicking heroine..Yes!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Wow! Do I keep repeating myself?!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I also have to mention Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin. It's based on True Events so a little  more emotional, but the writing was just beautiful.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 

Just One Day. The novel is so much about self growth and discovery, that it had me thinking about where I am in life. It had me thinking about things that I still want to do. And in many ways I am a lot like Allyson. Just a simple girl who stays in the same place. There is a whole world out there, and since reading Just One Day I am even more eager to discover it!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

Hmm..A toss up between The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games. I think I'll go with The Hunger Games considering how much hype that book got but I just meh about it. It didn't sound like something I would like..But yes, I was proven so very wrong!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”  The Fault in our Stars

“There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

If you’re scared, tell me. If you need to cry and scream, then do it. And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me. Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side. If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand. If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too. I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.” Noah-Pushing the Limits

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Longest- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Shortest- The Perks of Being A Wallflower

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Ohh! This is so hard!! I'm going to have to repeat myself..Again! Just One Day. That ending!! Hurry up with the release day because we need to talk about that ending!!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Allyson and Willem- Just One Day
Echo and Noah- Pushing the Limits
Hazel and Augustus- The Fault in our Stars

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Gayle Forman. Loved her If I Stay novels, so I knew I was going to love Just One Day!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?


3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

I hope to finally read The Harry Potter Series..I know, I know! As for blogging, I have a lot of plans for my blog in 2013. I will be starting Blog Tours, and I have a few features I want to start up(Shh, they are a secret)



Monday, December 17, 2012

The Boys of Summer Cover Reveal!

BB Book Tours


The Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan

Published: 12/17/2013 

It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison. 

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins. 
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets. 
How did she let her friends talk her into working? 

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos. 

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember. 

Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language. 

About The Author
C.J. Duggan

C.J is an up and coming Australian Author. Her debut novel, a YA Romance 'The Boys of Summer’ is a coming of age love story set in a mythical small Australian Town in the mid 90's. 
Whether juggling the pressures of a stressful day job, or be it the many realms of mundane reality? C.J has earned a name for her ballistic imagination and witty banter in her blog. Offering an honest, refreshing account with her daily rants of the world and her personal journey in being an Aspiring Author.

To find out more about C.J Duggan and her debut YA Romance
“The Boys of Summer” visit http://can-duu.blogspot.com/

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: Penguin | Dutton Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 368 Pages
Series: Just One Day #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.


"It's always about the accidents"
Thank you again, Gayle Forman, for penning such a beautiful piece of work!
Ever since I finished Where She Went I couldn't wait to get my hands on Gayle Forman's next novel, even though at that time I had no idea what it would be about. Forman has proved to be an epic story teller. She will whisk you away and hold you captive(willingly!) until you turn the last page. Isn't it wonderful when a book kidnaps you?

Adolescence, self discovery, love, and growth was what filled the pages of this novel. We get the privilege to witness an amazing character transformation. I believe that Allyson(Lulu) and Willem will stay in your hearts long after you close the book. You can't help but fall in love with them, care for them, laugh and cry with them! After the first 20 pages, that's it! They are no longer characters in a novel. Willem, Allyson AND Lulu will become dear friends of yours. You will embark on this wonderful day with them. Gayle Forman took the beautiful streets of Paris, the dazzling architecture and sweet smells from the patisserie's and placed them all in my living room. I could taste, smell and feel everything. Just One Day was so visually stunning!

One thing that I loved most, and it was just a minor thing was the author's portrayal of Willem. He wasn't this brooding tall, dark and handsome type(well, he was tall). She gave him flaws, and quirks that made him real. Which was so much more swoon worthy than any chiseled, dark knight in shining armour.

A beautiful novel that will transport you to the side of two of the most lovely characters I have come across. I loved every second of this novel..Like I didn't think I would! Gayle Forman is just a mastermind when it comes to writing and I look forward to her future work!

The only thing I'm not happy about is the year long wait for Just One Year. Now that is going to be a tough one!
Sum it Up With a Song

The song I would use to best describe this book, or the feelings I had while reading it is:
  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Foul Magic: What Makes A Story Have Just the Right Amount of Magic



I am honoured to welcome Leanna Renee Hieber, author of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart. 


 Foul Magic: In DARKER STILL, Natalie steps through a painting and discovers that magic and demons exist in 1880 New York City. Find out what makes a story have just the right amount of magic, mystery and suspense as Leanna lets us in on key elements that make her stories so thrilling.

My love of historical fiction was always entwined with my fascination with fantasy and the paranormal. The Victorian era is a perfect time to entwine spirits, ghost stories, magic and more because the time period was so fascinated with those topics. So I’m tapping in to a part of the Victorian psyche just by infusing my tales with fantastical themes. The trick is always balance. One aspect of the novel can’t entirely dominate over the other; my world-building on the magical sense can’t outweigh the development of characters, suspense aspects can’t get in the way of growth for a character, characters have to grow within their circumstances and I have to find the most tension-filled way to do so while still making it “believable”. If the magic, suspense and mystery can all work together to flesh out the historical world, to reveal character and to keep the plot humming along then I’ve created a finely-tuned novel. All the elements of a book have to take turns and pass the relay torch of the journey smoothly and equally.

A lot of help comes in the editorial department, and my editor was key in really helping me trim off the extra fat that didn’t further the plot or tension. A good book requires a few good exterior eyes that can see to the meat of the novel and bring it forward. I’m very good at taking direction and I think that makes me not only a better writer but also someone an editor wants to work with. Also, knowing your characters intimately; what makes them tick and also what makes them scared, it helps draw the reader along in suspense when the character dynamic is viscerally strong. I think the way Natalie’s nightmares play into the Magic Most Foul saga gives the reader a very intimate view into private fears and horrors, and that helps ratchet up the tension from one chapter to the next. My favourite genres as a reader are Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, and I’m not invested in the story if there isn’t a romance somewhere within the plot. I merely have blended all my favourite genres together into one series, and because I want to give each genre equal play, it ends up balancing out.


Learn more about Leanna Renee Hieber and her novel The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart on her Website.

Want to gift someone a copy of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart for the Holiday season? 
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About the Author

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Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era from Miami University. She began her theatrical career with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and began adapting works of 19th Century literature for the stage. Her one-act plays such asFavorite Lady have been published, awarded and produced around the country. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in the genre of Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance. 
Her debut novelThe Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful series, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, was named a favourite of 2009 by 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book), the 2010 Orange County Book Buyer's Best Award (Young Adult category) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production with Broadway talent on board. The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess, the prequel in the series, won the 2012 Prism Award (Best Fantasy). 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Guide for the YA lover in Your Family

With Christmas quickly approaching and the year wrapping up, I am here to share some of my favourite reads of 2012 that are definitely gift worthy!

Top 5 Books to Gift your YA Lovers

The Fault in Our Stars
This character driven, emotional yet hilarious novel was one of my most loved books of all time. John Green has yet to disappoint!


Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)
It's a zombie infested, character swooning adventure!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
In my opinion, this book needs to explaination. If you need to by a YA book for a YA fan, than THIS is the book you need to get!

Goodreads | Amazon

Undead
Fast paced, hilarious and bloody! This book is perfect for the YA eclectic reader!

Goodreads | Amazon

Wake (Watersong, #1)
See why everyone is so in love with Hocking by gifting her newest trilogy; Wake book #1 in the Watersong Series.

Goodreads | Amazon

What books are on your Christmas wishlist?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions



The name says it all, Confessions of a Book Blogger. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I always am left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me(feel free to do your own!) where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest!

Want to join in? Feel free to comment below, post on my The Crazy Bookworm's Facebook or Tweet me @Cat_B87 or use the hashtag #bloggerconfessions

Getting that book for Christmas

Okay, I am 25 years old and I will proudly admit that you are never, I repeat NEVER to old to be excited about a Christmas gift. Especially if it's that one thing you've been dying to get, or in our case, read.

Every year, my mom will ask me to write her up a Christmas list so she can have ideas on what to get my Fiance and I for Christmas...You are never to old for Christmas lists, either! Of course, mine will always sport a couple of books. But there is always that one book that you desperately want. That instead of just grabbing it yourself, you are hopping that your mom is a mind reader and will know that that one thing is the one thing you want most out of all the things!

You casually gather around Christmas morning/day to exchange gifts and you start unwrapping yours, but can't help eyeing the book shaped present that still lies under the tree. FINALLY you get your hands on that last book-shaped gift. You slowly unwrap it, trying to look calm and cool but really jumping out of your skin. And then TADA!


It's the very book that you wanted! 

You can't help yourself but jump up and do you happy dance!

omg i got asked to the holly ball im so excited!



 
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