Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Month in Review: February 2012

What did I do?
  • I had some pretty awesome people on the blog this month. Check out the author and blogger interviews!
  •  This week I'm hosting Future Savior week to celebrate the release of Evacuation by Jennifer Hartz. Here are the first, second, and third posts.
  • The Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop started today. You can go here to enter my giveaway.
  • This month my gfc follower number skyrocketed. I'm almost at 400! I have to say thanks again to you all. You really are the best :)
Author Interviews...
Blogger Interviews...
I Read...
  • The Sound of Red Returning - Sue Duffy*
  • A Darkly Hidden Truth - Donna Fletcher Crow
  • Not in the Heart - Chris Fabry
*Favorite book this month
I Reviewed...(title, author, rating)
Awards Received...



From Juliet over at The Attic -- Thank you!







Giveaway Winners...
  • Kayla M., she won my ARC copy of Alienation by Jon S. Lewis
  • Lauren and Yiling, they won the book of their choice from the Book Depository. 
That's my Month in Review. How was your February?

FS Week Day 3: Evacuation Excerpt

Hi everyone! Wow, it's already day 3 of FS week. Jennifer and I hope you're enjoying it so far. I know I am :) So since tomorrow is the release of Evacuation, we're getting a last sneak peek of it today! The waiting is almost over.. Eeep!! Enjoy :D                
      
Excerpt from Future Savior Three: Evacuation 

        We readied ourselves for the ensuing battle. The odds were horribly stacked against us, but I felt confident in my powers and in the abilities of my brave friends. Using the fallen rubble from the wall as a bridge across the newly created ravine, the enemy charged us. I stepped in front of my friends. I had no clue if the plan slowly forming in my mind would work, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to try.
        Forcing all the power I could muster into my telekinesis, I wrenched dozens of the huge grey rocks and boulders previously a part of the wall out of the ground and into the air. Even though my powers had grown immensely, trying to move this large amount of weight certainly zapped my strength. I concentrated as hard as I could and threw the humongous rocks at the front lines charging toward us. The rocks wiped out the first wave of advancing troops and our enemies behind them looked utterly stunned at my display of power.
        "That was incredible!" Markella exclaimed.
        "Too bad I don't think I can do it again. It was way too heavy." I dropped to one knee to try and recollect my strength. Shaw knelt down beside me and placed a strong arm around my shoulder.
        "Are you all right?"
        "I'll be fine. Let's just get ready." I smiled at him. Then I looked up as the stunned humans and Leviathans recommenced their charge.
        "Well, let's giddy up and go!" Drexton hollered, gripping his whip and readying himself for the battle.
        Within seconds we were all enveloped in combat. Sword clangs and spear clashes rang out through the plains around us like thunder. Looking at the vast numbers continually flowing from the city, I was immediately concerned for my friends. Sure they were all trained fighters, but our numbers were so lacking. That's when my mind landed on Charis. Through everything I had endured here in Meric, I had never seen her in a battle. As far as I knew she didn't even have a sword. All she ever carried was a white staff.
        I used my powers to throw a particularly large Leviathan back into his comrades. He knocked them down like bowling pins. During the slight hiatus after my Leviathan toss, I looked around for Charis. Worry instantly overtook me when I couldn't find her anywhere. I edged my way over to Shaw who was fighting right beside me. He was doing exceptionally well, as usual.
        "Where's Charis," I asked him. I wrenched my slender rapier sword out of the belly of an exceptionally tall man. It was really difficult for me not to focus on the fact that during this battle I would be killing humans. The only way I could possibly fight them without excessive amounts of guilt was by realizing they were trying to kill me and my friends. A feeble attempt at easing my conscience, but it was all I could do to keep my mind focused on the battle.
        "I have no idea," he replied and he looked around the fighting to see if he could see our silver haired friend, but she was gone.
        Just past Shaw I saw Markella cutting a line through the human fighters. I always loved Markella's fighting style. She used two lightweight swords with such elegance and grace her fighting looked more like a dance than the deadly onslaught it actually was.
       The sun would be setting soon. We had maybe an hour of full daylight left. As soon as darkness fell, the Nitehawks would join the fray. Not only would that increase the number of our enemies, but they would be attacking us from the air. The last time I encountered the Nitehawks I still was unaware of my levitation abilities. Should I try to fight these monsters in the air?

*sigh* I'm so happy right now! Thank you so much for stopping by. Tomorrow we're gonna have a character interview with Christina and Shaw =D I just might scream! So make sure you come over for that.

Reminder: The Giveaway ends on Friday, March 2nd. Up for grabs are 3 ebook copies of Conception and 3 signed post cards! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop


Welcome to my stop in the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop! This hop runs from Feb. 29th - March 5th and is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Jinky Is Reading. All participating blogs are giving away something a reader, blogger, or author would enjoy. Wanna know what I'm giving away?!


Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Yeah! A copy of The Hunger Games movie tie-in edition. I'm so freakin' excited about the movie coming out in less than 25 days so I thought, why not give the book away? The Hunger Games is definitely a book you wanna leap into if you haven't already. I dove, no, more like belly flopped into it and thought it was amaaazing.. So, hurry up and enter already!

Giveaway open to anywhere the Book Depository ships. Make sure your country is on the list

FS Week Day 2: Author Interview & Giveaway!


Welcome to day 2 of FS Week! Today we have an interview with Jennifer Hartz!  With this being the first ever author interview I've done, I was excited and nervous at the same time. Especially because it's with one of my favorite authors =D I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for being here today, Jennifer! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet…

Oh wait, that's Dr. Evil's background. Okay, here's the stuff you need to know about me: I live in North Carolina, but if you call me a Southerner I'll have to kill you. I'm actually from Pittsburgh. I'm married and I've got the cutest little boy ever.

I love all things speculative. Sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, etc. I also love Jesus and the Bible. Many people think that these two loves would be at odds, but they're not. Read the Bible, the coolest parts are supernatural. I believe writing Speculative Christian Fiction is my calling. It's a passion and I love to do it.

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Hmm… I am ridiculously competitive. You do not want to play any sort of game against me. Not only will the smack-talk fly, but I will win. Oh yes, I WILL win!

Evacuation will be your 3rd published book. Can you tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?
Honestly, the best example is Future Savior Week here on your blog! Having someone contact me and tell me how much they enjoyed Future Savior is freakin' awesome. I have fans! How crazy is that!

What was your favorite scene to write in Evacuation?
Definitely Shaw's history! You will learn all about Shaw in Book 3… I can't wait to hear what people think of him

What character in the Future Savior series do you connect with the most?
You know, if you would have asked me this question back during Book 1, I would have said Christina because she was loosely based on me. But she has morphed so much as the story progressed that she has become her own person. Currently, I'd have to say Drexton. He's had a pretty hard life, but holds strong to his faith. He hardly ever takes anything too seriously which is exactly like me. And he is passionate about the people he loves. Drexton has really become one of my favorites.

What appeals to you most about writing fiction?
I LOVE to write fiction… and not just regular fiction, but speculative fiction. This is also the genre I read and watch. I want to write, read, or watch things that do not happen in real life. I want to be transported to a galaxy far, far away, or lost somewhere in the woods of District Twelve, or riding on the Hogwarts Express, or making my way to the land of Mordor. Why would I want to write about stuff that happens in everyday life - BORING! Give me the fantastical!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I had writer's block pretty bad this summer. It wasn't that I didn't know what to write, I just couldn't get myself motivated to do it. Of course it didn't help that I was going through some pretty tough stuff personally, but once I got to the other side of it I was able to channel it into writing. I think it helped me reach some emotional pinnacles in writing.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
Awesome question! I've always been a big fan of Rogue from X-men. Being able to "borrow" any power would be ideal… then I could try them ALL… yeah, that's the competitive side coming out

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I've always dreamed of living in Ireland. It just looks so beautiful there and so mystical. I really hope I can at least go on a nice vacation there someday.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to most this year??
THE HUNGER GAMES!!! I am a huge fan of these books and I cannot wait to see the movie. Goodness gracious, there's less than a month to go until it comes out… I'm so excited I just might pee my pants!!!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 
Hanging out with my son or going out on the very rare date with my husband. I wish we could go out more, but we've got jobs and a three year old so the dates are rare.

What’s next for you?
I've got soooo many book ideas that I can hardly keep them all in my head. They all seem to be falling into the YA speculative/spiritual category. The one I'm currently working on involves six high school freshmen who discover that the demonic legend of the history of their school is actually true. I hope to finish writing that one within the next month or so. Keep your fingers crossed that I find a publisher!

Fingers crossed! Anything else you’d like to add? Where on the web can readers find you?
BECOME A PART OF THE STORY!!! I'd like to share an awesome prize I'm giving away in the very near future. If you buy a copy of Future Savior Three: Evacuation, you could win a chance at actually becoming a character in Future Savior Four: Desecration. Please visit my blog for details: http://jenniferhartz.com/blog

Here's some places to find me on the web:
Website: http://jenniferhartz.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000624983529
Twitter: @JenniferLHartz

Thank you so much for the fun interview! 

Giveaway
Jennifer has offered to give away 3 ebook copies of Future Savior One: Conception and 3 autographed Conception post cards! Enter through the form below :) Giveaway open internationally.

Also, Jennifer will be hanging out around here all week, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask in a comment!

Monday, February 27, 2012

FS Week - Day 1

Ok guys, it's day one of Future Savior week. I'm so thrilled you stopped by and I hope you continue coming by every day this week and enjoy the posts Jennifer and I prepared for you all.

First I want to ask.. have you heard of the Future Savior series? Have u read any of the books? If you have, aren't they awesome?! If you haven't, you really do need to pick up a copy of book one to see what I'm talking about. Especially if you love to read fantasy.

I can't even tell you how excited I am about Book Three: Evacuation. That's why we're doing FS week! To celebrate the release on Thursday, March 1st. I think Jennifer's series deserves so much more attention than it's getting right now because it's fantastic!

Like I said yesterday, this week we'll be having a couple interviews, a guest post by Jennifer, a special giveaway, and a sneak peek of Evacuation. It's gonna be fun!

Here are the book blurbs for Conception and Resurrection...

"I do not think it is a question of where, but when." were the words that Charis left my mother with thirty years ago when I disappeared from Meric…before I was born.

Shortly after being sent back I've been attacked by man-eating Vaipes. I've learned that my father was a power wielding Guardian. I've discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing me my entire life belong to my Watcher, Shaw who is without a doubt the most handsome man I have ever seen. And somehow I need to stop a war mongering tyrant who can manipulate people's thoughts.

So my question isn't where or when. It is how? How can I help the people of Meric when I can't stop myself from falling in love?


Time matters very little when you're dead. I discovered this intriguing fact after being tortured and stabbed to a tree in the strange land of Meric, a place where I discovered my unbelievable powers and experienced an adventure far more amazing than I could have ever imagined.

Now that I'm dead, I find myself stuck in my past, 1991 to be exact… or am I actually dead? Perhaps my adventure to Meric had just been a dream. My unbelievable destiny, all of the friends I made, and even Shaw, the man I fell in love with… just a dream?

My Reviews

And now, the book blurb for Future Savior Three: Evacuation!! Eeep!!


Faith… it seems to be revolving around everything I do and it is a hard lesson to learn. I have to have faith that I can save my brother. I have to have faith that my friends scattered all over Meric will survive. I have to have faith that all of Shaw's secrets are coming to an end. I even have to have faith in my own abilities.

The evil tyrant Leticia has sent out her dark priest Neamiah to persuade the people of Meric that she is god. The people must take her mark or die. My greatest test of faith lies ahead… I have to prove to the people of Meric that Leticia's claim to lordship is false and that the Creator is the real God.

So, today's post was basically just an intro.. Stop by tomorrow for an interview with Jennifer Hartz. She'll be announcing an amazing giveaway she's gonna have on her site soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Future Savior Week


Wondering what Future Savior Week is? Well, to help Jennifer Hartz celebrate the release of Evacuation, Book 3 in her Future Savior series, I'm hosting a week long event right here! We're going to have interviews, a guest post, a sneak peek of Evacuation, and a special giveaway!

I should have posted this sometime last week or even before that, I know! But I'm hoping you'll join us this week for the fun :) You can check out the Amazon page for Future Savior Book 1: Conception and Future Savior Book 2: Resurrection to read a little more about this fantastic series

Friday, February 24, 2012

Kregel Tour: A Darkly Hidden Truth

A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders 2)
by Donna Fletcher Crow
Monarch Books (December 2011)
Source: From Kregel to review for blog tour
Amazon | Goodreads

Felicity has decided to become a nun. She departs to visit convents in spite of her mother's imminent arrival and Fr. Anselm's request that she and Fr. Antony recover a missing priceless Russian icon before the Patriarch of Moscow arrives at the community for Holy Week.

Felicity's discernment journey takes her to Rempstone, Norwich, London, and Walsingham, but her discovery of a friend's murdered body in a shallow grave, the disappearance of more icons, the shooting of a London art expert just after she visits him, the disappearance of Antony, and finally the abduction of Felicity and her mother teach her far more about motherhood, life, and love than she could learn in any convent retreat. Breathtaking chase scenes, mystical worship services, dashes through remote water-logged landscapes, the wisdom of ancient holy women, and the arcane rites of The Knights of St. John of Malta keep the pages turning. And will Felicity choose the veil--or Antony?



A Darkly Hidden Truth is the second installment in The Monastery Murders series. Without having read book 1, A Very Private Grave, I was still able to follow along with the story just fine.

The story begins with Felicity deciding to take a discernment retreat and visit several convents. She's struggling with whether or not becoming a nun is her calling. But before she can even leave, she discovers someone has stolen a sacred icon. That discovery is the beginning of an adventure she and Fr. Antony didn't expect to go on. Soon it isn't just a thief they're trying to find, but a murderer too.

A Darkly Hidden Truth was jam packed with Catholic history. I almost set the book down for good a few times because there was so much historical detail and information about the Catholic church, sacred icons, monasteries, etc. It was just too much for me at times and it made the story drag, so I ended up skimming most of those parts.

I felt no connection with any of the characters either. I became a little irritated with the way Felicity pushed her mother away every time she would try and spend time with her. I understand she was still hurting and angry that she wasn't there for her practically her whole life, but I wished she moved on sooner than she did.

I thought the mystery was done very well. I was glad to see that the ending had some suspense and even a bit of action that kept me at the edge of my seat. Because of that, I was interested again in the story and what happened with these characters. I wouldn't say this is a favorite of mine, but it was still okay.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Frantic by Mike Dellosso (FIRST Tour)

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

Realms (February 7, 2012)

***Special thanks to Jon Wooten of Charisma House for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mike Dellosso is the author of numerous novels of suspense, including Darkness Follows, Darlington Woods, and Scream. He is an adjunct professor of writing at Lancaster Bible College and frequent contributor to Christian websites and newsletters. Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers association, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer’s Network, and FaithWriters, and he plans to join International Thriller Writers. He earned his BA degree from Messiah College and his MBS from Master’s International School of Divinity. He lives in Hanover, PA, with his wife and daughters. Hometown: Hanover, PA


Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:



Gas station attendant Marny Toogood thinks it’s just another ordinary day on the job until an urgent message from a young girl in the backseat of a car draws him into a daring rescue attempt. Now he is on the run with Esther and William Rose from their insane “uncle” who thinks it is his mission from God to protect William, a boy with incredible faith that gives him supernatural powers.

As they face kidnapping, underground cults, and other evils, can Marny trust the simple faith of a child and stand his ground against a power so twisted?


Product Details:
List Price: $13.99

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616384808
ISBN-13: 978-1616384807


AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


The night Marny Toogood was born it rained axheads and hammer handles.
  His grandfather made a prediction, said it was an omen of some sort, that it meant Marny’s life would be stormy, full of rain clouds and lightning strikes. Wanting to prove her father wrong, Janie Toogood named her son Marnin, which means “one who brings joy,” instead of the Mitchell she and her husband had agreed on.
 But in spite of Janie’s good intentions, and regardless of what his birth certificate said, Marny’s grandfather was right.
 At the exact time Marny was delivered into this world and his grandfather was portending a dark future, Marny’s father was en route to the hospital from his job at Winden’s Furniture Factory where he was stuck working the graveyard shift. He’d gotten the phone call that Janie was in labor, dropped his hammer, and run out of the plant. Fifteen minutes from the hospital his pickup hit standing water, hydroplaned, and tumbled down a steep embank- ment, landing in a stand of eastern white pines. The coroner said he experienced a quick death; he did not suffer.
 One week after Marny’s birth his grandfather died of a heart attack. He didn’t suffer either.
 Twenty-six years and a couple of lifetimes of hurt later, Marny found himself working at Condon’s Gas ’n Go and living above the garage in a small studio apartment George Condon rented to
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him for two hundred bucks a month. It was nothing special, but it was a place to lay his head at night and dream about the dark cloud that stalked him.
 But his mother had told him every day until the moment she died that behind every rain cloud is the sun, just waiting to shine its light and dry the earth’s tears.
 Marny  held  on  to  that  promise  and  thought  about  it  every night before he succumbed to sleep and entered a world that was as unfriendly and frightening as any fairy tale forest, the place of his dreams, the only place more dark and foreboding than his life.
  On the day reality collided with the world of Marny’s night- mares, it was hotter than blazes, strange for a June day in Maine. The sun sat high in the sky, and waves of heat rolled over the asphalt lot at the Gas ’n Go. The weather kept everyone indoors, which meant business was slow for a Saturday. Marny sat in the garage bay waiting for Mr. Condon to take his turn in checkers and wiped the sweat from his brow.
    Man, it’s hot.”
    Mr. Condon didn’t look up from the checkerboard. “Ayuh.
Wicked hot. Newsman said it could hit ninety.”
    “So it’ll probably get up to ninety-five.”
    Mr. Condon rubbed at his white stubble. “Ayuh.”
He was sixty-two and looked it. His leather-tough skin was
creased with deep wrinkles. Lots of smile lines. Marny had worked
for him for two years but had known the old mechanic his whole
life.
    Mr. Condon made his move then squinted at Marny. Behind
him Ed Ricker’s Dodge truck rested on the lift. The transmis-
sion had blown, and Mr. Condon should have been working
on it instead of playing checkers. But old Condon kept his own
schedule. His customers never complained. George Condon was
the best, and cheapest, mechanic around. He’d been getting cars
and trucks through one more Maine winter for forty years.
    Marny studied the checkerboard, feeling the weight of Mr.
Condon’s dark eyes on him, and was about to make his move
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when the bell chimed, signaling someone had pulled up to the pump island. Condon’s was the only full-service station left in the Down East, maybe in the whole state of Maine.
 Despite the heat, Mr. Condon didn’t have one droplet of sweat on his face. “Cah’s waitin’, son.”  Marny glanced outside at the tendrils of heat wriggling above the lot, then at the checkerboard. “No cheating.”
    His opponent winked. “No promises.”
Pushing back his chair, Marny stood and wiped more sweat
from his brow, then headed outside.
The car at the pump was a 1990s model Ford Taurus, faded blue
with a few rust spots around the wheel wells. The windows were
rolled down, which probably meant the air-conditioning had quit
working. This was normally not a big deal in Maine, but on a rare
day like this, the driver had to be longing for cool air.
Marny had never seen the vehicle before. The driver was a large
man, thick and broad. He had close-cropped hair and a smooth,
round face. Marny had never seen him before either.
    He approached the car and did his best to be friendly. “Mornin’.
Hot one, isn’t it?”
    The driver neither smiled nor looked at him. “Fill it up. Regular.”
Marny headed to the rear of the car and noticed a girl in the
backseat. A woman, really, looked to be in her early twenties. She
sat with her hands in her lap, head slightly bowed. As he passed
the rear window she glanced at him, and there was something in
her eyes that spoke of sorrow and doom. Marny recognized the
look because he saw it in his own eyes every night in the mirror.
He smiled, but she quickly diverted her gaze.
As he pumped the gas, Marny watched the girl, studied the
back of her head. She was attractive in a plain way, a natural pret-
tiness that didn’t need any help from cosmetics. Her hair was rich
brown and hung loosely around her shoulders. But it was her eyes
that had captivated him. They were as blue as the summer sky, but
so sad and empty. Marny wondered what the story was between
the man and girl. He was certainly old enough to be her father. He
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looked stern and callous, maybe even cruel. Marny felt for her, for her unhappiness, her life.
  He caught the man watching him in the side mirror and looked at the pump’s gauge. A second later the nozzle clicked off, and he returned it to the pump. He walked back to the driver’s window. “That’ll be forty-two.”
 While the man fished around in his back pocket for his wallet, Marny glanced at the girl again, but she kept her eyes down on her hands.
 You folks local?” Marny said, trying to get the man to open up a little.
The driver handed Marny three twenties but said nothing. Marny counted off eighteen dollars in change. “You new in the area? I don’t think I’ve seen you around here before. Lately, seems more people have been moving out than in.”
  Still nothing. The man took the money and started the car. Before pulling out he nodded at Marny. There was something in the way he moved his head, the way his eyes sat in their sockets, the way his forehead wrinkled ever so slightly, that made Marny shiver despite the heat.
 The car rolled away from the pump, asphalt sticking to the tires, and exited the lot. Marny watched until it was nearly out of sight, then turned to head back to the garage and Mr. Condon and the game of checkers. But a crumpled piece of paper on the ground where the Taurus had been parked caught his attention. He picked it up and unfurled it. Written in all capital letters was a message:
    HE’S GOING TO KILL ME
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My review will be posted soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We have some winners!

Time to announce the winners of my 200 follower giveaway! Thanks to all who entered and to all my new followers. I HEART you! I will be having lots more giveaways like that in the future. I hope you keep stopping by :)

Since I reached 300 followers(WHAT?!) There are now 3 winners! Congrats to...

Mrs. Julie D. Lutz(juliebillyl01@..)

Lauren(ljberma01@..) 

Yil(yilingni@..)

Yay! I will be emailing you three shortly to confirm the mailing address you submitted. If you see this before I message you, feel free to send me an email with your choice of book(up to $10 worth from TBD) and your address.

(Winners have 48 hrs to claim their prize. If I don't get a response by then, I will have to choose someone else.)


Monday, February 20, 2012

Blogger Interview ~ Page by Paige

Getting to know the blogger behind the reviews!

Hey all you lovely readers! I have another interview for you with one of my favorite people in the blogosphere, Paige from Page by Paige!

PagebyPaige
Tell us a little bit about your blog.
Well now let me think.....Page by Paige was created to be a fun way to tell others about great books, entwining the most important thing in a Christians life, God! I review some great books, have some great authors come on over and chat, and throw in some great giveaways! I review Romantic Christian fiction, anywhere from Fantasy (I'm a speculative Christian nerd) to historical to Jenny B. Jones and whatever genre it is she writes...

How long have you been blogging?
I started Page by Paige last April, and thank God everyday for the opportunity! Especially that I've gotten to meet some great people, like Crystal here!

Aww *blush* thank you! What got you started in blogging your book reviews?
Books have been a huge part of my life, and I love to tell others about my literary loves. One day I woke up and thought "Humm, wonder if I could write my reviews on the net?", and there you have my very prestigious blogging back ground! :p

Lol! What genre is your favorite and why?Ohh goodness *bites nails* I would hafta go between historical romance and romantic speculative fiction... So have I ever mentioned I'm a romantic at heart? ;)

What is/are your favorite book(s) of all time?Eek! Besides the Bible (that's a given) C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Kiss of Adventure (formerly The Treasure of Timbucktu)by Catherine Palmer, added recently have been The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren, Future Savior series by Jennifer Hartz and Halflings by Heather Burch. And yes, in every single book I'm in love with a fictional guy! ;p

Who are your 3 favorite authors?
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! I have a list of a bout a billion after that!


If you had to pick one, what's the best book you've read in the past year?
*dear in headlights look*...one book?! One book?!!!!! I don't think I can do it...


If you had the chance to invite some book characters over for dinner, who would you choose?
All the lost boys from Heather Burch's Halflings, Lord Greco from River of Time, Peter from the Chronicles of Narnia, and so many more that I can't really think of!

What are you reading at the moment?
I just finished The Secret of the Love Letters by K. Dawn Byrd, and just started The Gardian Duke by Jamie Carie!
How do you like it so far? Anything by K. Dawn Byrd is going to be great, and she didn't disappoint with the first book in her new series Zoe Mack Mystery series! The Gaurdian Duke is pretty amazing so far, with plenty of intrigue to keep me hooked to its pages! :)

Ooh! Those sound like interesting reads. I'll have look them up once we're done here :) How many books do you read in a month - roughly?Hum roughly about 8! I usually read about 2 books a week, sometimes more (Ok so maybe I read 4 this week) and sometimes less! :)

Which do you prefer, Ebook or Print?
Honestly, I love my print books. The smell of paper and ink, the rustle o pages! I probably like them too much, as is obvious by my room that's overtaken with books! But I also enjoy the speed an convenience of my Nook Color! It's pretty cool I can get a book the day it comes out, without having to get out of bed! The backlight also comes in super handy!


What do you like to do when you aren't blogging?
Read! Attend my amazing little school in a little Texan town, hang out with my awesome friends and my family, swim, have fun, work on writing and art, along with guitar! And I continually strive to praise Jesus for everything thing he's done for me, all he's yet to do! Yep, I think that's about it!


What advice would you give new book bloggers?Stay with it! My life got really crazy after I started my blog, and while I didn't slack of my reading, I did slack of my writing. It would have been so much better if I had stuck with it and gotten more posts in! Also, don't let anyone get you down about it! If its what you love to do, do it! And don't let others control your decision.

That's great advice! If there was something you’d want your readers to take away from reading your blog, what would it be?
Joy! I think joy is a hugenormas part of our lives! I love seeing people happy, and being able to bring a smile to there face gives me a lot of happiness! I want you to leave with a book in your hand, a smile on your face, and a spring in your step! But the most important, I want to share the great love God has for me, you, and everybody!!!

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I can assure you I always leave your blog with those things. Thank you for the fantastic interview... and the laughs! It was great having you here, Paige!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

The Hunger Games!!


I know I haven't mentioned it that much on here, but I LOVE The Hunger Games!!! I read the books sometime in 2010 and it was instant love for me.. an unputdownable series that will be a favorite of mine forever.

When I found out last March that a Hunger Games movie was in the works... AHHHHHHH!!!! I was crazy excited! And I remember saying after I read them,"These books would make AMAAAZING movies!" I still can't believe we're only 34 days away from the premiere. Eeeep!!!

And the cast.. I'm so happy with the people they chose. Prim(Willow Shields) and Rue(Amandla Stenberg) are probably the closest to what I imagined them looking like in the books. They're so cute! President Snow(Donald Sutherland) is pretty darn close too!

I'm sure Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth have done a fantastic job playing Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. From what we get to see in the trailers, it looks like they're gonna be great.

I would post the trailer, but all the ones I found have embedding disabled. BOO!!! If you're a fan of these books, I'm sure you've already watched the videos like 100 times anyway =p



It's so cool the world premiere is gonna be at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. That's about 10 miles from me!!! AHHH!! I would love to go and see the cast! And of course it'd be nice to watch the movie a week before everyone else does =D

Anyway, I just wanted to post a little something about The Hunger
Games before it comes out in theaters. Sorry for my overuse of exclamation points.. I'm just so happy!

So, how excited are you about the movie?!?! Are you planning on going to the midnight showing? Let me know in a comment :)

Oh and I LOVE this song and music video. It makes me wanna cry :( What scene do you think it'll be played in? I'm thinking maybe the cave scene..
Can't see the video? Click here to watch

Friday, February 10, 2012

Giveaway winner

Hey guys, I completely forgot to announce the winner of my last From my shelf to yours giveaway. Sorry it took me so long to do this! The winner is...

Kayla M.
She won my ARC copy of Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

Congrats to the winner, I'll be emailing you in a bit! Thanks to all who entered, you'll have another chance to win next week!
                                                                                                                                                                  

For those of you who don't know...

There are 5 days left to enter my 200 follower giveaway. 3 people will win the book of their choice from The Book Depository (up to $10)! Go check it out if you haven't entered :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Musing Mondays #3

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. This week's musing asks...

Did you do any reading in lieu of watching the football game, yesterday, or were you foregoing reading to watch the game? If you read a book (or books) what did you choose? 

I only watched about an hour of the game. I'm not really into football so I didn't care too much about what was going on. I was more excited about watching the puppy bowl. SO CUTE!!

As for reading, I would have liked to do a lot more than I was able to. I only read a few chapters of A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow. It's pretty good so far. I also started reading The Pawn by Steven James. The beginning was a bit creepy, but I'm liking it!

Blogger Interview ~ My Favorite Pastime

Getting to know the blogger behind the reviews!

I have another great interview for you all. Joining us today is Julie from My Favorite Pastime!

My Favorite Pastime”= Tell us a little bit about your blog.
My blog is: http://myfavoritepastime.blogspot.com
It used to be My Only Vice but I was contacted by a company that asked me to rename my blog because their adult business was also named My Only Vice and they thought our same name would be detrimental to all parties. I heartily agreed! I review books on my blog. I review all genres. I have also done a couple of author interviews, guest posts, and featured books. I mainly focus on reviewing though. I try to keep my blog simple and uncluttered because that is the way I like my life. So when you visit my blog I feel that it reflects my personality very well.  

How long have you been blogging?
Approximately 3 years. I started reviewing in December of 2009. Before that I had a blog that I just kept track of my reading record.  

What got you started in blogging your book reviews?
I worked in a middle school library and my friend Karin(Karin’s Book Nook) was the librarian. She was always doing things on the computer and asked me if I would like to start a book review blog. Like I said before, I started out in 2008 by just keeping track of the books I read. Then in 2009 I branched out to do reviews. I felt extremely unqualified, and still do! But I have fun meeting authors and visiting other bloggers.  

What genre is your favorite and why?
Romantic Suspense is my favorite. I love romance, but I also love a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat…combining the two is icing on the cake!  

What is/are your favorite book(s) of all time?
Oh wow! So hard…My favorite classic is Pride and Prejudice. I’m a series fan and have several that are favorites: The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson The Californian series by Lori Wick The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren  

Who are your 3 favorite authors?
Lori Wick(I don’t think she is writing anymore, but I think I own everything she ever wrote) Agatha Christie-I never picked up a book of hers that I didn’t like How bout I just stick with 2? There are so many others that I love love love!

If you had to pick one, what's the best book you've read in the past year?
This is cheating, but like I said I am a series fanatic so my favorite series was The River of Time series. They captured me from the moment I opened the first book.  

The River of Time series is my fav. too! I can't get enough of it. If you had the chance to invite some book characters over for dinner, who would you choose?
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth of course! Hercule Poirot(he and his gray cells are a must for any dinner party!). And just to mix it up I would love to have Marcello, Luca, Gabi, Lia and of course Lord Greco to round the party all out.

Lord Greco is a must on the invite list! Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?
I always prefer the book version best. You can’t do a book justice in a 2 hour movie. I think the best adaptation that I have seen of a book is the Pride and Prejudice series with Colin Ferth as Mr. Darcy. 

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
YES! Gone With The Wind…I hate the ending of that book! Rhett and Scarlet are destined to be together and Margaret Mitchell should have made it that way. Even though another author years later wrote Scarlet it just wasn’t the same as if Margaret Mitchell would have. And then of course any book that doesn’t end with the Happily Ever After that I absolutely crave. I want closure and I want happy!

Favorite book character?
Elizabeth Bennett-she is full of sass and not afraid to speak her mind in a very proper British kind of way.

A character you love to hate?
Jacob Black from the Twilight series! He’s the fly in the ointment, yet I feel sorry for him and want all the best for him.  

How many books do you read in a month - roughly?
Between 8-12

Which do you prefer, Ebook or Print?
Print. I love covers and love being able to freely page through a book to find what I’m looking for. I do love my Kindle also, but more for the convenience of taking it when I travel rather than a bag full of books.

What do you like to do when you aren't blogging?
I crochet. I also love to go visit my grandchildren. I love the little boogers!  

What advice would you give new book bloggers?
I’m not particularly a fountain of advice as I am kind of still learning the ropes myself. One thing I have learned is that I can say no to authors and publishers. A person can get overwhelmed with the requests. Since I am an eclectic reader I have had to make it quite clear to people requesting me to read their books that I refuse to read anything sexual in nature or offensive in language. Stand by your beliefs, there are other bloggers out there that don’t mind reading what you may not like.  

If there was something you’d want your readers to take away from reading your blog, what would it be?
I hadn’t ever thought of this before, but when the adult fetish company contacted me to change my blog name they stated in their letter that they “notice that I have strong Christian beliefs” So I guess what I would like for readers to take away from my blog is that sense of who I am in Christ. I don’t want to shame Him in any way and that includes the books I read.

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Oh wow, I love that. I hope the same for myself and my blog, too. Thanks so much for the interview Julie! 

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Litfuse Tour: The Sound of Red Returning

The Sound of Red Returning
Red Returning Trilogy #1
by Sue Duffy
Kregel Publications (January 2012)
Source: From Litfuse Publicity for review
Amazon | Goodreads

Her only way out is to follow the music. 

It's been fifteen years since famed pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Harvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resurgence of Soviet power.

 As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the code before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist from the tidal creeks and secret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God.

 In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own.


Reading the synopsis, I knew I was going to like this book. It sounded like a great story with an interesting mystery and lots of suspense! I love these kinds of stories that are fast-paced and keep you on edge. I'm very happy to say that The Sound of Red Returning did not disappoint!

I loved how we're thrust into the action right from the start. I was flipping through the pages of this book as fast as I could read. Especially when I got to the middle, I was literally unable to set it down. There were times when I could just feel the tension oozing through it's pages.

When we first meet Leisl she seems like such a strong, confident woman. It's not long before we see how broken and alone she really is underneath it all. She's experienced so much loss and heartache, it was hard not to feel for her. I liked her more and more as the story progressed and we got to see the walls she had put up between herself and others slowly being broken down.

The other characters were also likeable, realistic, and just a great bunch of people to go on this thrilling journey with. The humorous banter between Cade and his grandfather Ian were some of my favorite parts in the book. These two grew on me almost instantly and I loved each time they'd come up in the story.

The Sound of Red Returning was inspiring, suspenseful, and had a nice touch of romance. Overall, it was a great story that I really enjoyed. I can't wait for the next in the series to be released. Until then, I'll be looking out for more by Sue Duffy.




{About the author}
Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

Find out more at www.sueduffybooks.com.

  
{A Giveaway}
Win a Kindle Fire from @SueDuffy2 and @KregelBooks in the "Red Returning" Giveaway! Sue Duffy and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are celebrating the release of The Sound of Red Returning by giving away a Kindle Fire prize package worth over $200 to one lucky winner!!!! (1/23-2/11)


Enter the Sue Duffy’s Giveaway today and you could win:

* A brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
* The Sound of Red Returning (Book One in the Red Returning series) by Sue Duffy

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