Thursday, March 31, 2011

Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop (13)

It's my thirteenth post of these two memes! Omg! Thirteen is actually my lucky number, so I hope this week will be lucky! More followers, more UPS men showing up at the door... :)


It's Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Parajunkee and Crazy for Books (respectively)! Please comment and link your blog! I'd love to check it out!


This week's question is: 
What is the book that you really don't want to admit to loving??
To the blogging world, or any bibliophile, there really is no book that I won't admit to loving! I mean, yes you are what you eat, but aren't you also kind of what you read? If you're ashamed of admitting you like a certain book... then I don't get why you like it. lol. The case is a little different, however, with my real life friends. They're not avid readers like me. Most just don't get why I read so much, or why I read "potato chip" books, and not classics.

This week's question is:
"Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"
Um. How about none of the above? I don't do pranks, and nobody's ever really pulled one on me. I prefer to keep it that way. Thanks. :) (NO PRANKS!)

Author Interviews:

Guest Posts:

Current Giveaways:
The Mermaid Princess by Kris Rivers
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Solid by Shelley Workinger

Weekly Memes:
Teaser Tuesday: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Waiting on Wednesday: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Other:

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!
P.S. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Goodreads! And check out my Facebook page! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at 
Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

So I kind of cheated. I actually wrote this post the week before it got posted. I wrote this last Wednesday (which is actually today right now). I was just doing some book browsing, and one special book caught my eye, announcing its release date. And I was so excited I wanted to make a WoW post! But then I realized I already made one. So, I'm making it now so I won't forget next Wednesday (which is today by the time you're reading this post). Confusing, huh? Anyways, without further ado, this week I am waiting on...
Inheritance (Inheritance, #4)
The Inheritance Cycle (formerly Trilogy), #4
By Christopher Paolini
Publication Date: November 8, 2011

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaƫsia? And if so, at what cost?

Can you SQUEEEE? I have been waiting for this book for FOREVER. Seriously, Chrissy. When did Brisingr come out? 2008?!? Oh, Lord. That's three years. I first read this series in like third grade, and dude, I LOVED IT. So, yeah. A little fangirl-ing here. SQUEEEEE. I do have a couple issues, and that is with the cover, and the title. Lol. That's almost all of what we know about the book right now. But I loved the cover of Brisingr. Black and gold? Awesome color combination. Now this one is back to plain old green (no offense, green lovers). Kind of a disappointment. Also, the title. I don't know. It's just... boring. But hey, it's better than some hopefully "in-progress" ones, such as what is currently on Goodreads as The End of Maximum Ride, aka Maximum Ride #8. I'm sorry, but James Patterson, you REALLY could do better than that. 

Anyways. Sorry for a little ranting. Later, you guys.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Shelley Workinger


Please welcome Shelley Workinger, author of Solid!

Hi, I’m Shelley  – nice to *meet* all of you! I grew up in Maine, spent many years in New Orleans, am now living in Jersey and I ♥ them all. I am also a lifetime lover of food and books, which I get to bring to life through my YA series Solid, and my new blog, But What Are They Eating?

3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models?
It was really this particular idea that inspired me to write; I’ve had thousands of possible books wander through my mind, but this is the first one that camped out and wouldn’t leave. Combined with my concern that, in the early teen years, required reading becomes so overwhelming, kids are in danger of losing the love for reading for fun entirely, Solid had a purpose for me.

3LB: Do you have anything that you need to have around you when you write, such as a specific playlist or radio station in the background?
I have an online station on Jango (it’s called “Solid” if you want to check it out) that I have set to a style of music that I like, but I try to remove songs that I know and love because they make me stop writing and start singing J

3LB: Do you write with a detailed outline, or just with a general idea?
I started the whole series with one scene; the rest sort of spider-webbed out from there. Before I started Settling (book 2 of the series) and Sound (book 3), I had a general sense of where the storyline was going, and I had a clear plan for some of the characters, but others have seemed to take on a life of their own.

3LB: Describe Solid in 5 words.
Fast fun for reluctant readers.

3LB: Who decided on the title for your novel?
Me. It seemed obvious for many reasons: the basis for the camp (the “solidity” of the kids’ bodies), the developing relationship, and the fact that these life-long transients were now grounded in one place. Solidly.

3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
Next up is book 2 of the series (Settling) in July, then book 3 (Sound) in 2012. I’d originally planned to end it there, but I’m think I might not be able to, so there could be more – wait and see!

3LB: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Mind never stops.

3LB: Do you have a favorite book or author?
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

3LB: What are you reading now?
Forgive My Fins, by Tera Lynn Childs

3LB: If you had to recommend just one book to me, which would you recommend?
THE GIFT OF FEAR, by Gavin de Becker (also Protecting the Gift)

3LB: Favorite book as a child?
All of them. My mom remembers me sitting in front of bookshelf when I was 3, crying because I couldn’t read them by myself. She says she doesn’t know if I used Sesame Street or what, but that I taught myself to read shortly after that meltdown.

3LB: Biggest pet peeves?
Self-centered people – whether they think they’re better than everyone else, or they’re just oblivious to the world around them. One person told me her unique way of dealing with them: she said that when someone pushes past her on the sidewalk, or cuts her off driving, she pretends they have a sick child in the hospital; it makes her feel better to have an excuse for rudeness, even if it’s made up.

3LB: Name one guilty pleasure you have.
The Vampire Diaries

3LB: Tell us 5 interesting things about yourself.
  1. I do embarrassing things all the time; I somehow caught my bread basket on fire at a friend’s wedding reception.
  2. I have an avocado and grape Hawaiian punch pretty much every day.
  3. People constantly underestimate how strong I am, since I’m not that big.
  4. When I’m writing, I sleep so little that my friends ask if I’m a vampire.
  5. I love costumes – my personal favorite was the Mardi Gras I put together seaweed and a ball gown and dressed my boyfriend as a man in a tuxedo pretending to be a woman with a  life preserver; I’d gone down with the Titanic and drowned, and he’d stolen my seat. Yeah, nobody got it.

3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just that I know we all have dozens of books on our TBR lists and I am so appreciative for every reader who takes a look at mine.

Thank you, Shelley! For more information about Shelley, visit:
***Read my review on Shelley's book, Solid!

Links to buy Solid:
***This giveaway has now ended.***
And now... FOR THE GIVEAWAY.
Shelley has generously offered a copy of Solid to one lucky commenter!

To enter, you must:
  • Be a GFC follower.
  • Leave a thoughtful comment with your name and email address.
The deets: 
  • One winner will recceive an eBook copy of Solid.
  • All regular contest rules apply.
  • Contest open internationally. Yay!
  • This contest ends April 30.
  • Minimum number of entries is one, maximum is six.
  • Leave ONE COMMENT PER ENTRY. Please don't forget your name and email for each! I'd rather not have to hunt you down. Speaking of hunting you down, I will not do so to tell you that you've put all your entries into one comment. Please put separate comments, or else you will only get one entry!
Extra entries:
  • Follow 3LB on Twitter
  • Follow 3LB on Facebook
  • Follow Shelley's new blog But What Are They Eating?
  • Spread the word about the contest (please provide link). Tweet, Facebook, sidebar link, anything! (You can do this TWO different ways.)

Teaser Tuesday (12)

It's Tuesday!! This week's teaser comes from a book that was just released today! I met the author because she visited my school and had the privilege of interviewing her in person. I was so nervous on my first one! But not as hard as I thought. Hopefully I'll get it posted soon! :)
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser:

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

"A blast of cold air shot past as if something had flown by. But nothing was there. Then Della made a low guttural growl.
Kylie looked up. The girl's eyes were glowing, and a lime green color beamed from her face, making her look anything but human. Fear took up residence in Kylie's chest, crowding out her heart and lungs.
The whisk of wind passed again. Kylie looked back over her shoulder, and when she looked back around, she saw him. He stood far too close - taking up half her personal space.
His surreal stare focused on Della. 'Hey, Cuz. ... I see you brought us a snack.'"

~Pages 94-95 of Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your two ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Winners of Portal and Trylle Trilogy

Two giveaways ended yesterday, one from an interview with Imogen Rose and one from an interview with Amanda Hocking

The winner of a signed copy of PORTAL is...
WANDA F!!

The winner of signed copies of the TRYLLE TRILOGY is...
JUDY!!

Congrats to Wanda and Judy, and thanks to everyone else for entering!

**The winners were chosen by random.org and have been notified. They will have 72 hours to reply.

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a meme designed by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie to promote blogger interaction and put new books on the radar.


Thanks to...
I Read Banned Books for the Memento Nora bookmark
My Bookish Ways for The Cold Kiss of Death
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for Icarus Rising

Books Mentioned:
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Inevitable by Jason Letts and Amanda Hocking
Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
The Cold Kiss of Death by Suzanne McLeod
Icarus Rising by David N. Pauly
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Guest Post: Dave and Lillian Brummet

Please welcome authors Lillian and Dave Brummet!


Dave and Lillian Brummet have been writing professionally as a team since 1999, starting out as free lance writers – which they continue to do today. To date, they have written 3 published books, as well as drum lesson and music CD’s. The Brummets are also the hosts of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. They supplement these activities with a daily blog and a bi-weekly newsletter in an effort to provide ample information to their audience. The main focus of their work is to inspire hope in individuals, helping them realize the value of their efforts and encouraging them to become more positive, proactive in life.



For more information about Dave and Lillian, visit their blog! 


We all love books, don't we? Why else would you be reading this? Many of us love books so much, that our bookshelves tend to overflow a little and we just don't know what to do about them! Lillian has written a great article about "Ways to Extend the Life of Books and Magazines" for the blog right here!
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Promote reading in your community, reduce clutter around your home and your contribution of waste to the landfill, save a buck and benefit a charity while you are at it. Just how are you supposed to do all this? Well, it is actually quite simple. Go through your closets and bookshelves and look for all the used books and magazines that you no longer read.

Families that have moved repeatedly know the curse of hoarding is best avoided if at all possible. Moving literally hundreds of pounds of them certainly prompted us to systematically read our books once each and then decide whether it was a “keeper” or not.

Management of used books and magazines is a very environmental and community conscious thing for people to participate in. Extending the life of books and magazines is easily accomplished by taping the binding and edges of the covers. This repairs any damages, prevents wear and tear, and increases the value because it is nicer looking.

There are many options for you to consider for used books and magazines:
§  Donating to any library is a good idea. Even well read publications are appreciated. If they do not make it to the library bookshelf, they will be sold in their annual fundraising book sale. There are many kinds of libraries to consider aside from public ones - including church libraries, retirement home libraries, coffee shops and mobile libraries.

§  Consider participating in Book Crossing - a charming way to encourage reading and create a
      connection with the community. This program requests that people register their used book, place an informative label on it and leave it at a common destination place (i.e. bus stop). Individuals that pick up the book visit the website and describe where they found it and where they decided to leave it for the next person to read. It can be quite interesting to see how far the book travels!

§  Operation Paperback accepts donated reading material for the military.
-         Trading in at the used bookstore is one of our favorite past-times. It feels good to support a local store that focuses on 'reuse'. The trouble is our shelf is filled once again when we return with bundles of 'new' books to read!

§  Get involved in exchange loops with friends, family or co-workers. By doing this, we have found ourselves exposed to all sorts of subjects and writing styles that we may not have picked up ourselves.

§  Using the Key Words “Book Swap” in a search engine reveals many places online where one can trade used books, including:

§  Leave a box of books near your door for guests to riffle through and have their pick. This way you don’t have to remember to trot out the box when people are visiting.

§  Donate to any fund raising event held by schools, churches or non-profit groups.

§  Sell, or give away in a garage sale. We always offer free stuff when we have a garage sale. One day we set out a box of magazines, thinking we would be lucky to see half of them off. One of the first bargain hunters happily scooped up the entire box. She couldn’t believe her luck.

§  Many waiting rooms (doctor, lawyer, accountant and banking offices) and staff lunchrooms accept donated reading materials.

§  Consider hospitals - their patients have to do something healthier than staring at a TV.

§  A Local Literacy program.

§  Coffee shops are another great place to try.

§  Shelters for the poor or disadvantaged, Women's shelters and missions are other places to consider for your donations. There are a number of less-privileged areas (i.e. Africa) that are hungry for our used school and university books in particular. In keeping with this topic, using the key words ‘book donation’ in a search engine turns up pages of places to donate to. Here are a few of the sites:
- www.ala.org – lists contact information for organizations that distribute used books.
-  www.nationalbook.org/bookdonations.html – lists places that accept book donations

~ Lillian Brummet: Award winning author, book marketing guru, owner of the award winning Brummet’s Conscious Blog, and both the host and executive producer of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. (www.brummet.ca)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop (12)

It's Friday, Friday, gettin' down on Friday! Oh, goodness. 


It's Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Parajunkee and Crazy for Books (respectively)! Please comment and link your blog! I'd love to check it out!


This week's question is:
Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100FACTSABOUTME, GIVE US FIVE BOOK RELATED SILLY FACTS ABOUT YOU.
1. I have to keep my books clean. Don't touch them without clean hands, don't eat while reading them, and DO NOT dog-ear!
2. Libraries actually make me nervous. Too quiet.
3. My Kindle TBR list is huge because I went crazy after I received it on Christmas. Does it stop me from buying? Nope.
4. I don't physically do anything to my books, but while reading I do mentally scream and slap and kick characters like a mad woman if they're being stupid. Or mean.
5. I actually don't care much about whether I have an entire series in paperback or hardcover (unlike some obsessed people). Come on. I'm Asian. Saving money comes first! I just want the entire series. :D


This week's question is:
"If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?"
The Chronicles of Narnia!!! Heck, yes. They're my favorite books of all time. Who doesn't want to go to a magical world full of satyrs, unicorns, and magic? If it looks anything like the movie sets, it has to be gorgeous.

This Week in Review (Haha, see what I did there?)
Angel by James Patterson
Magician's Muse by Linda Joy Singleton
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Author Interviews:

Current Giveaways:
Signed paperback of PORTAL by Imogen Rose (Ends tomorrow!!)
Signed paperbacks of TRYLLE TRILOGY by Amanda Hocking (Ends tomorrow!!)
Five copies of THE MERMAID PRINCESS by Kris Rivers
Signed hardcover of NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer
Signed hardcover of HUNTRESS by Malinda Lo

Weekly Memes:
Teaser Tuesday: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Waiting on Wednesday: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Other:
A Touch Mortal giveaway at Leah Clifford's blog!

Have a great weekend! Happy reading! Oh and Happy Spring!! :D
What a delicious looking bunny. I mean, cotton candy.
P.S. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Goodreads! And check out my Facebook page! :)

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