Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bargain Books!

I honestly don't know if this has been done by anyone else before, so if you know someone that has let me know so that I can give them credit. With the tough economy and our growing love for books, sometimes we need to shift through the bargain racks to see what we can find on sale. Every week I will list a few books that I have found that are good deals & good reads! 

               Soulless by Christopher Golden
Times Square, New York City: The first ever mass séance is broadcasting live on the Sunrise morning show. If it works, the spirits of the departed on the other side will have a brief window -- just a few minutes -- to send a final message to their grieving loved ones... full description here. This is an intriguing Young Adult horror, the book has been described as "truly horrifying" and "devours you in one sitting" and you can get it for only $3.98 on Amazon!  
The Luxe by Anna Godberson The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The narrative then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to the somber assembly. This tangled web includes not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter servant girl; and oodles of money, all set in a Edith Wharton via Hollywood vision of Old New York. Find it at Amazon for only $3.48.
Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot Katie Ellison is a big-time liar: she is running for the title of Quahog Princess, but she can't stand the clams her town is famous for, and she juggles two boyfriends. But the lie that weighs on her soul the most is the big secret that she is keeping about her former best friend, Tommy. To complicate matters, Tommy suddenly returns to town after a four-year absence that began after he spilled the beans about local football players who cheated on their SATs. Katie sorts through her attraction to multiple guys, including Tommy, who became all grown up and gorgeous while he was away. Lightweight and predictable, this is still an enjoyable read that's sure to be popular with Cabot's many fans. A Bargain on Amazon for only $2.24!!!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Follow Friday

If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would

 it be and what role would you play in that book?

I would probably write myself into a book like The Iron Fey series.  I would want to play one of the mythical creatures that make up the Summer Court because I find them whimsical and fun! I would be one of the fae that seduce people and make them lose control of their senses. I think that would be interesting! 

If you are new to my blog, leave a comment and I'll follow you! :) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly feature/meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week she has given us the liberty to choose any Top Ten list that we want to create. I have chosen to do:


1. A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) by Beth Revis - I am lucky to have been able to get my hands on an ARC copy of this book. I will be receiving it sometime in October. Comes out in January 2012!

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This book is currently available for pre-order. John Green is signing every single copy that is pre-ordered out for release in January 2012! Sooo excited! NERDFIGHTER FOR LIFE!

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Debut novel for 2011, comes out in November, I follow the author on Twitter and read her blog. She is brilliant and makes me happy. 

4. Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson - 2012 debut, the cover is so beautiful and haunting. It is a dystopian. I am in love with dystopians recently! 

5. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - This is the first in a series of books about reincarnation. Definitely interesting! It comes out January 2012. Gosh, I am tired of waiting for these awesome books!

6. Fever by Lauren DeStefano - If you haven't read Wither, the first book in this series, YOU NEED TO! Fever doesn't come out until January 2012, like everything else. 

7. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - Not sure when it's coming out, but I love Victoria Schwab. Her writing is so poetic, enchanting, beautiful. It is a must read just because she wrote it, and the plot seems VERY interesting. 

8. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey - The cover is so beautiful. Again, doesn't come out until January! It involves fairies, dragons, and humans all at war with one another. 

9. Glimmer by Phoenbe Kitanidis - Two people lose their memory and fall in love?! Mystery and romance. 

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Oh my gosh, look at this cover. It is gorgeous. It's about a cyborg named Cinder. CYBORG? Yes!

Alright, so there are tons and tons more, but this list can't go on forever! I hope I introduced you to some new books that have yet to come out. All of these come out in January 2012 and they all look amazing. What is your Top Ten Tuesday? :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

On Writing a Novel

Sometimes writing a novel is like getting lost in Wonderland. You are not sure which turn to take, what characters to trust, or what scene will result in the outcome that you envision. Sometimes you don't even know the outcome. Maybe you know the outcome, but you're not sure how you are going to get there. Perhaps the world you have created in your mind does not come out right, the words do not seem powerful enough, or you can't string them together in the right way to make it flow like the images flow in your mind. You procrastinate out of fear more than anything, despite blaming it on the internet, books, family members, or work, because nothing is more scary than facing yourself; your toughest critic. 

Sometimes you find yourself falling into a road block, a point where you look at your 150 pages of hard work and wonder if its even worth it to continue, so you drag your feet along the path that you've created and hope that when it comes to an end, there will be something soft to catch you. 

 You wonder if anyone understands what you are going through, the madness, the stress, the guilt, the feeling of possibly not being good enough, the thought that your idea is possibly the worst idea to ever be put into words.

You cry a lot.

But then something amazing happens. You meet people who know what its like, who understand, who have their own crazy world inside their head that they are trying so desperately to get into words.

You talk about your ideas together, your stories, your dreams, your hopes, your wishes. You keep writing; you are inspired. That road block doesn't seem so hard to get past anymore. Wonderland is wonderful again.

The writing community through blogs, Twitter, and YouTube have been so helpful, supportive, and kind. Thanks to all of you! I consider you all my friends. 

        and any other CampNaNoWriMos that have been there along the way.. I LOVE YOU!  )

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
Release Date: January 11th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
GoodReads: 3.88 out of 5
Pages: 398
Buy It: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

See that face up there? That is the face I made while reading this book. I originally read it with Chapters Book Club (click to see!) which is a collab channel I am part of where we read books with the subscribers. Across the Universe had tons and tons of votes! There were so many people who were excited to read the book and for good reason!

 It was amazing! I love that it is a Young Adult book but it delves into sci-fi and murder/mystery. Beth Revis did a phenomenal job of showing us what the space ship was like, so much so that I was extremely claustrophobic while reading it! I fell immediately in love with the book at the first chapter. It is so heartfelt and sad! I seriously cried! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the world in which Amy found herself in and was intrigued by the history of the ship. 

The story kept me guessing. I was never really sure where Beth was going to take me next. It was truly mysterious and on-the-edge of your seat type action! If you are not a sci-fi lover, don't worry! Give it a try, because the science is not overwhelming. It is more character and story based than compound measurements and chemical reactions. This is a must read!

I can not wait to read A Million Suns, the next book in the series. Love ya Beth Revis!

Ash2Nash Tour! Beth Revis, Julie Kagawa, Myra McEntire, Victoria Schwab & More!

Hello there lovelies! I had the great pleasure of attending the Ash2Nash Tour which featured some of my favorite authors!

Julie Kagawa - The Iron Fey Series
Beth Revis - Across the Universe & A Million Suns
Myra McEntire - Hourglass
Victoria Schwab - The Near Witch
Ruta Sepetys - Between Shades of Grey
Rachel Hawkins - Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spellbound

Unfortunately my seat wasn't very good for picture taking, but this is a picture of Julie Kagawa. I think person that she was talking to was the guy taking pictures while the authors were answering questions! 

On the left, Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series) and on the right Myra McEntire (Hourglass).

Julie was very sweet and I learned a lot of things about her and her writing career that I was not aware of. She is a big fantasy fan like myself! I loved her dragon shirt! Yay dragons! A woman after my own heart! Myra McEntire was witty and I was surprised to learn that she is from Tennessee! As is Victoria Schwab! One of the questions Myra was asked was what inspired her to base her book setting in the south. Her answer was something like, "I wanted to show that in the south we have TEETH and SHOES." I loved that she was from the area and proved through her writing that the south is not what some people portray it to be. (Not exactly like that but you can see 30 minutes of video footage here that I recorded) She was so funny! And I loved her accent! 

Victoria was genuinely kind and her story to publication was truly inspirational. 

This is a picture of Ruta Sepetys who wrote Between the Shades of Gray, which I have heard such good things about but have not got around to buying it (lack of money atm so I unfortunately was not able to purchase any books.) Her story is incredible and to imagine how much we take for granted in the U.S.

Julie signing my copy of The Iron Queen. She signed all three of her books for me! :D Beth Revis also signed my copy of Across the Universe but I was unable to get a picture of her signing it, but here is a picture of what she wrote! 

Beth was absolutely hilarious! I loved her story about how she would run into the closet trying to get into Narnia. So hilarious! And her story to publication was also very inspirational. She had written many books before Across the Universe and was unable to get published, but she kept trying! She didn't give up! Across the Universe was her 11th attempt, but she had the strength to keep going and I am so very glad that she did!

Rachel Hawkins was also quite hilarious! "Bodice ripping" forever! ;) She was very down to earth and well, just watch the video I took! She was so funny. :D

I am sad that I was unable to get copies of Hourglass, The Near Witch, Hex Hall, Demonglass, and Between the Shades of Grey signed but I was just too broke to buy all of those books, but someday I hope to meet these wonderful, talented women again! Today at 5PM in my hometown, Victoria Schwab will be having her launch party for The Near Witch so I am going to try and purchase it then and also get her to sign it. :D :D 

Here are the videos I took of the authors @ the event! Check them out! 

Since I was unable to get many good pictures, I took some from here to repost to you guys!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lorcan by Chloe Wendell

Lorcán by Chloe Wendell
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
GoodReads: 4.67 out of 5
Pages: 66
Buy It: Lorcan

There was a lot of action packed into this novella! I went into the story thinking that I had a bit of a grip on what it would be about based upon the description/back cover, but it completely surprised me which is a wonderful thing! The story and characters are both unique and I found that to be very refreshing. I get tired of reading about plots and characters that were picked out of a cookie cutter list of available outcomes. 

Scout was kickass! I absolutely loved how despite her background she is very strong and even when forced to be dependent, she is very independent. She is a strong female character that I can't wait to see more of.

Lorcán, now he is quite unpredictable! I don't want to give away spoilers, but he goes from being a bit closed off and reserved to being very interesting!

I enjoyed watching how these two characters end up in each other's lives and I can't wait for the full novel to see what happens. As far as the writing, I enjoyed the author's style and loved how the Irish theme played through out the story. The four-leaf clovers printed on the pages throughout the book ended up being something more meaningful - great symbolism there!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Music Findings!

2010 debut album from the new sweetheart of British Pop. With her unique blend of Folk influences and Electronica she is already a firm favorite amongst tastemakers and bloggers alike. Lights features 10 tracks, including the singles "Under The Sheets" and "Starry Eyed".
So I am completely late when it comes to Ellie Goulding, but I discovered her randomly on YouTube one day while trying to take a stab at my word count on my latest novel. I find her music refreshing, positive, and enchanting. I love the electronic music with her unique voice blending together to create tracks that make me listen to them on repeat. She has sort of a folk music sound to her voice, very soulful. Check her out!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CampNaNoWriMo & Ash to Nash Tour!

So! I am currently participating in CampNaNoWriMo. Want to follow the craziness!? Follow me on Twitter @ bookge3k and I will follow back! I love chatting with fellow bloggers/writers/vloggers on there! I used to hate Twitter, but I have met some really awesome people. 

Things I have learned during CampNaNoWriMo:

1. I waste a lot of time doing unncessary things such as checking social networking sites, watching YouTube videos (sometimes even the same ones over again), and stalking the forums on the NaNoWriMo page.

2. I really can write a lot and come up with good scenes when I am told by someone else a set amount of time and a specific time in which to write. This goes to show I work well under pressure.

3. I really hate having a day job and all I want to do is write. 

4. There are so many amazing people in the NaNoWriMo community, I hope to stay in contact with them after this is all over!


I am so excited because Ash to Nash is going to be in Nashville, TN! I just found out! On Monday the 8th, Beth Revis, Julie Kagawa, and others are going to be @ Barnes and Nobel in my area. I will take footage/pics and get 10,000 things signed. :D