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Aug 11

Free eRead-a-thon Challenge: Literary Cuisine

Welcome to the first Free eRead-a-thon challenge! You have to be a participant and signed up in order to participate, but if you haven’t signed up there’s still time! Food often appears in some format in the books we read and therefore we have a recipe challenge! There will be two options. Option 1: Post a recipe from the book of your free eread that you’ve come across. Let’s say a character bakes a batch of chocolate chip bacon cookies. You can post a recipe for it. Option 2: This option allows you to create a recipe or pair one with the book you’ve read or are reading. Reading a cheesy love story? Maybe macaroni cheese might be the thing. Book is a sinful delight? Pair it with a sinful… Read more »

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Aug 11

Free eRead-a-thon Prize List

A HUGE thanks to our sponsors! Amy Maurer Jones Soul Quest (ebook) Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of ‘those people.’ You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous… and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse. I was commanded with… Read more »

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Aug 11

Free eRead-a-thon Goal Post

(Hosted by Consuming Worlds & Literary, etc) Woo-hoo! It’s started! I have a few dozen ebooks…okay more than that so I’m still thinking of the books I want to tackle. But first, I’m going to finish The Sweetest Revenge by Dawn Halliday since I’m 55% in and I started that a few months ago. Sunday Number of books I’ve read today: Number of pages I’ve read today: Total number of books / pages I’ve read so far: Monday Number of books I’ve read today: Number of pages I’ve read today: Total number of books / pages I’ve read so far: Tuesday Number of books I’ve read today: Number of pages I’ve read today: Total number of books / pages I’ve read so far: Wednesday Number of books I’ve read today:… 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 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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Jun 02

Armchair BEA: Wrap Up!

After a whirlwind week, Armchair BEA wraps up! I’ve had a blast getting to know other bloggers and of course visiting them! I have a bunch of comments to respond to and will hopefully get to those later in the day. Genre Features: Oh man! I loved seeing everyone’s recommendations. I particularly enjoyed genre fiction as well as non-fiction. The classics discussion were nice because I got to say hello to a few old friends I’d forgotten about and of course say hello a few I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t yet. Blogger Development & Ethics: I loved these discussions and everyone’s input. A common theme was plagiarism and not to do it! There was a lot of discussion regarding negative reviews and how to handle them. Plus there… Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Keeping It Real, Fresh, and Fun

Today’s topic is all about keeping our blog fresh with new ideas and how some of us prevent burnout. With so many blogs reviewing the same books or interviewing the same authors, I like to do a things a little differently. For author interviews, I like to read an author’s book and ask questions about the plot, characters, etc. You’ll also see a lightning round at the end-the number of questions asked, 7 plays homage to the ex-blog I was part of and it’s my way of honoring them even if they refuse to acknowledge me. Lightning round questions are just short this or that questions such as, cake or pie. As for reviews, I probably analyze a book more than your average reader. I have a formula of sorts…. Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Children’s Literature & YA

My parents and family members have wondered for years where I get the reading genre from. I don’t come from a family of readers on both sides and I’m the only one that has a book with her all the time. I’m blessed that my parents nurtured my love despite driving them crazy with constant trips to the library. My parents were teenagers when they had me (they were married at 16/17 and I came a little over a year of their marriage. They are still married!) and there wasn’t much money. I use to spend evenings in the library at the University of El Paso while my dad met with his study groups. I remember, a few students in his group complaining because they had to study in an… Read more »

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May 31

Armchair BEA: Day 4-Ethics & Non-Fiction

Today’s topic is ethics and it’s one that is important regardless of what type of blogger you are. I’m finding it difficult to voice my opinion on this and I apologize if my thoughts jump from place to place. I haven’t dealt with plagiarism yet, but I’ve had a review or two show up at another blog without credit. Usually a quick note, asking for a link back works. I am aware of a blog that currently has one of my reviews up despite me asking them a million times to take it down and they copied word for word my policies and request for review page. I’m at the point where I just try to ignore they exist, but it’s annoying (especially since they have a little over 8k… Read more »

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May 30

Armchair BEA: Day 3-Literary Fiction

(credit: © Tom Gauld) Everyone defines literary fiction differently and I’m not going to get into the whole academic argument of what it is. When I think about lit fiction, I think about books in a bookstore that can’t be shelved in particular areas. Take for example, if you were come to across Colleen Hoover’s Slammed at your local Barnes & Noble store, it’s located in the romance section. If you look at Twilight, it’s shelved in the YA section or Harry Potter is in the children’s section. And yet, when you look for let’s say Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander it’s not in the romance section, it’s in the general fiction area. This is why several classic books such as To Kill a Mockingbird are shelved as lit fiction when I… Read more »

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May 29

Armchair BEA: Day 2-Genre Fiction

Today’s topic is genre fiction and I’ve encountered a few people who look down at those who read (insert genre). I’m not sure why since I’m all for anyone reading no matter what it is. I review a variety of genres here at Literary, etc. My favorites though are historical romance and mystery (suspense / thrillers included). I’ve always been a mystery fan. I was the weird girl reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at age of 12 when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to read (I grew up in town with a population of less than 2,000). There’s something thrilling about solving the mystery alongside our lead detective. I get a rush of excitement and then comes the big reveal…was I right or wrong? Some mysteries throw me… Read more »

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