Monthly Archives:: July 2013

Jul 31
Postscript: July 2013

Postscript: July 2013

Where did July go? August is a busy month and I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll do especially in the next two weeks because I’m scheduled for jury duty (which might be extended). I do have some posts written and hopefully will get those scheduled, but I’ll be around in the late evenings. Feel free to drop me a tweet. 🙂 The big event for Lit, etc is Free eRead-a-thon and it’s a week long event where you get to read those free ebooks you’ve downloaded. Anyone can participate including non-bloggers and there are prizes too! Sign-up here. A reminder that all giveaway winners are announced on the FB page usually accompanied by the image of the prize. You can always check the Giveaway page and under the policy,… Read more »

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Jul 30
Ten Favorite Book Beginnings / Endings

Ten Favorite Book Beginnings / Endings

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: top ten favorite beginnings or endings in a book. I’ve included 5 favorites of both and I don’t consider the ending spoilers since you have to read the book to understand what the quote is. What are some of your favorite book beginnings or endings? 01. Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick “Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment. There is a dull bloom of warmth in his spine, his vision blurs, and then he knows that Gretchen Lowell is the killer.” 02. Eloisa James’ This Duchess of Mine “No one dressed to please a husband. At least, not in the Duchess of Beaumont’s circle of acquaintances. One dressed—to be frank—to dazzle and amaze one’s female friends. Or,… Read more »

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Jul 29
Blog Tour: Review-Parker Paige’s Whitley & Austin

Blog Tour: Review-Parker Paige’s Whitley & Austin

Charlie Weiss is a hardworking legal secretary who longs to reinvent herself. She’s always admired her old sister, Sandy, but when Charlie is left without a family, she finds herself alone with a drinking problem and her psychologist seems to offer zero support. Suddenly Charlie has an idea and decides to change her personality and emulate her sister. She dyes her hair red and begins to sport a new expensive wardrobe. No one at work is comfortable with the new Charlie and when a work nemesis begins to taunt her, Charlie seeks to teach her a lesson only to find herself a suspect in a high profile murder. Character development is a little weak regarding the supporting characters. As for our main character, Charlie, I didn’t quite connect with her…. Read more »

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Jul 26
Film Friday: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Film Friday: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen! It stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas. It’s based on the Paul Torday novel (2007) which bears the same name. I actually found the film to be sweet and afterwards made me feel like anything was possible. I have to admit, Kristen Scott Thomas steals the show as the Prime Minister’s press secretary. She also delivers the ONE of the BEST lines in the film, “Don’t you suck your teeth at me young man, I’m not one of yo’ bitches from the Baltimore Low… Read more »

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Jul 25

Free eRead-a-thon Sign-Ups!

(Hosted by Consuming Worlds & Literary, etc) It’s here! Sign-ups for the first ever Free eRead-a-thon are NOW open! It’s a very low pressure event that begins on Sunday, August 11th and ends on Saturday, August 17th in your location. The best part? No money involved! The goal of Free eRead-a-thon is to tackle those free downloads we all have on our Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, etc. The schedule includes a few challenges, a Twitter chat or two and throughout the read-a-thon there will be prizes awarded. Anyone can join in on the fun even if you don’t have a blog. If you are participating through Facebook or Goodreads just put a direct link to your post with your intentions. (Not a link to your profile, just a link to the… Read more »

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Jul 25
Book Review: Joanne Fluke’s Cinnamon Roll Murder

Book Review: Joanne Fluke’s Cinnamon Roll Murder

I’ve heard great things about Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swenson series. When the opportunity came to review Cinnamon Roll Murder, I was excited and ready to dive in. In the end, I make the mistake of not reading the other books that precede Cinnamon Roll Murder since it picks up where Devils Food Cake Murder ends. I do feel in order to better appreciate Cinnamon Roll Murder, one has to read the previous books in the series. I really wanted to like Fluke’s Cinnamon Roll Murder, but it just falls flat. As I stated, it is part of a series and by the time you get to the fifteenth book there’s only so much you can do regarding character development. For a new reader it’s easy to get lost… Read more »

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Jul 23
Book Review: C.J. Daugherty’s Night School

Book Review: C.J. Daugherty’s Night School

Let me start off by saying, looking at the cover of C.J. Daugherty’s Night School, what are your first initial thoughts? It looks spooky with paranormal undertones. Even the synopsis hints at something dark and mysterious but there’s nothing paranormal about the book. I don’t consider this a spoiler, but others might. I apologize in advance if you think it is one. Sixteen year old Allie Sheridan has been on a road of destruction since her brother, Christopher disappeared. She’s constantly getting into trouble and failing her classes. Her latest exploit involves breaking into her current school and when she gets arrested, her parents have had enough and arrange to send her to Cimmeria Academy. Allie has never heard of the school and wonders what type of institution would accept… Read more »

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Jul 22
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away

Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away is the highly anticipated second book in the Wildflower series. If you haven’t read the first book, Wildflower, you can read Fly Away; however, I do recommend reading the first only because it sets up the reincarnation lives of Laney, Joshua, and Jordan and I believe you might be lost otherwise. Fly Away picks up a few months after Wildflower ended and I really appreciated that because it gives us the ability to see exactly what happened during the months after Laney and Joshua ran away. Laney is very much your typical high school student but she’s also a member of the Wampanoag tribe where one day she will be Shaman. In the 17th century she was a member of the tribe and was named… Read more »

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Jul 21

Sample Post: Free eRead-a-thon!

(Hosted by Consuming Worlds & Literary, etc) It’s here! Sign-ups for the first ever Free eRead-a-thon! It’s a very low pressure event that begins on Sunday, August 11th and ends on Saturday, August 17th in your location. The best part? No money involved! The goal of Free eRead-a-thon is to tackle those free downloads we all have on our Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, etc. The schedule includes a few challenges, a Twitter chat or two and throughout the read-a-thon there will be prizes awarded. Anyone can join in on the fun even if you don’t have a blog.

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Jul 21

Mark Your Calendars: Free eRead-a-thon is coming!

I’m happy to announce the read-athon details that Danielle @ Consuming Worlds and I have been organizing. Danielle and author Nikki Jefford were talking one evening and Nikki mentioned the idea. With Nikki’s blessing, Danielle began to put together the event and I came on board to assist. Basically, this is a no pressure read-a-thon. Read at your own pace and the best part? No money involved! Our goal is to read those freebies we’ve all downloaded but we’ve put aside. Now’s the time to clean up the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc and hopefully you’ll find a few gems among those freebies. If you don’t have any free ebooks, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Danielle has posted a few titles here and if you check Literary, etc’s FB page… Read more »

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Jul 20
What the Tumblr: How and Why to Use Tumblr

What the Tumblr: How and Why to Use Tumblr

A few bloggers have been wondering about Tumblr and if they should get an account. Before I go into detail as to how to utilize Tumblr I’m going to explain why I use it. Note: Feel free to click on the images if you need to see a larger version. First of all, I use to blog extensively on Livejournal but a lot of people I followed and interacted with moved to Tumblr and eventually I gave in and got an account. Secondly, I know a few graphic designers or those who like to make digital fan art on Tumblr and it’s a great community to get creative ideas and to find resources such as textures or stock photos (that are royalty free). Posts from Lit, etc are auto-posted there… Read more »

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Jul 17
The Round Table: Falling Out of Love With a Book

The Round Table: Falling Out of Love With a Book

Have you ever loved a book or a series so very much and thought it was perfect only to change your mind a year after you read it? I find myself contemplating the fate of a once beloved book. What makes us change our minds? Does it have to do with our emotions at the time of reading or is it due to a moment in our lives? The series in question won’t be mentioned here, although a few close friends have listened to my frustration. Part of the reason why I’m disenchanted is because of the author’s fans. Let’s call this author V. There are two types; the first is the casual reader and the second is rabid. By rabid I mean they treat V like they are some… Read more »

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