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And Now That NaNo’s Over…

Hi all! Miss me?

I took a hiatus as NaNoWriMo hit me amidst what felt like a thousand other things, including suffering a loss of energy due to medication fluctuations. Most days it was a struggle to just turn on the computer, not to mention get 1667+ words down in Word.

But now that NaNo’s over, and things seem to be balancing out, I intend to get back to what I love… Giving everyone my honest opinion, asked for or not!

I have also started getting books from another source, as well – the Review Gods are being very good to me, and I am hurrying to keep catch up!

I am also going to start reviewing television series’ – an exciting new venture! I received advanced viewing discs of three different series’ from a friend in LA, so look for my thoughts on them. If this goes well, it may become something of a regular feature around here…

Also, I will be starting a Kickstarter soon, so watch for news of that…

As 2015 winds to a close, and with it The Year of Women Writers, I would like to hear thoughts on what next year should bring…

Arts and crafts?

Movies and the stories that inspire them?

Food and fitness?

Or something entirely different?

Right now, 2016 is a clean slate, with lots of potential… So let’s take this year out with a bang, and bring in the next with some pizzazz! For we are what we read!

 

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Catching Up With Reviews

I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.

I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:

GoodReads

Powells

Amazon

and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)

Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.

That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:

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Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)

I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:

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#Thinkitup

And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…

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Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA).  I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –

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So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!

 

Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend

Read: 20 September 2015

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Punky Brewster (#1)

Read: 19 September 2015

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Cheese & Quackers

Read: 18 September 2015

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Book of the Week

Thought I’d get this out a little early this week since I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and I’ve been late enough as it is. Besides, I don’t think any book will outshine this as my Pick of the Week:

 Lightning Lord

By: Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

A lively, rollicking romp around an alternate Victorian London, filled with steam, surprises, and sudden bouts of lightning fill this book with head-shaking, laugh-inducing semi-drama that begs to be read in one sitting and cries out for a sequel!

(Please, please, please write a sequel!!! And can I be a character, too?)

Read the rest here.

Highly recommended!

Book of the Week

I am behind on getting this out due to an ongoing illness. But the addition of some new books recently, and a trip to my local Library Book Sale (look for details soon) has given me quite a bit of material to pick from!

Without further ado, I present this (past) week’s selection for Book of the Week:

Dorothy Must Die (PrePublication Excerpt)

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By: Danielle Paige

Click on the book to check it out on my GoodReads page, or read the review above under Novel Novels. Trust me – it’s worthy of this week’s pick!

Updates, Dallas, and Doing Stuff

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So I just got back from a long trip in Dallas, TX. That was the longest lay-over I have ever experienced. Words don’t even begin to describe. But, as you can see above, I had a travel companion. My suitcase was also packed with books. (My friends laughed at me, but somehow, with everything, I still managed to pack smaller and more completely than they did. Books are magic like that!)

What you don’t see here is my shoulder bag. It, too, was packed with books (and my friend’s laptop). After being stuck in the airport for almost two days, and stuck in the hotel in Dallas for more than that, I was so glad that I packed so many books. (Can you believe that I was starting to doubt myself?!) I got alot of reading done, but I also spent time taking in the sights. Unfortunately, my chargers were all in my suitcase, which I had checked due to the weight of it. (Won’t be doing that again.) So that means you’ll have to take my word on stuff.

But this site is not about my travels, oh, no. It’s about books. More specifically, the books I’ve read. And did I ever read!

Besides the stuff I needed to read for this training conference, I managed to read about one complete book a day. (Did I mention that I had alot of downtime due to being stuck?) When the world gives you time, READ!

I also had, in moments of brilliance, ideas about this site. I have added three new classifications above: Children’s Choices (books my daughter has chosen), Graphically Graphic (a home for graphic novels), and Noticing Non-fiction (an under-appreciated genre). Check them out, and the books that are being added to each.

I have also been working on collaborations and other artsy projects. My younger brother has suggested that I write some of my travel stories, so I am at the idea stage on that. Still not sure about it. I have also been working on taking old pictures from the phones and putting them into mini videos. The editing process is longer than I thought it would be, especially since the software I’m using has updated, and I’m still figuring it out. And now that warmer weather is in sight, there are loads of home improvements to be made, and painting projects to be done.

That means, reviews will still keep coming, but after I catch up, there may be some further house-cleaning here, too. I want to make this site easy to navigate, the pages better formatted, and fun for me! After all, once stuff gets easier to update, that means more time to read!

Oh, yeah, and that update from the mystery author I promised… stay tuned! I have an exclusive excerpt to share! And it is amazing…

Mourning Wood – Volume 1: Fiction

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A rousing romp through short stories, author Michael Wood guides us through his early works. Although the stories would stand alone as in an ordinary anthology, the commentary that Wood adds at the beginning of each installment adds not only depth and focus, but also color to his creation.

The first volume in a two part series, Wood revisits 14 unique stories in all their original glory. Some stories are obviously better than others, and are introduced sequentially, from his earliest works to his more current acts of fiction. An introduction to the second volume, Mourning Wood – Volume II: Non-fiction, is at the end of the book, tempting the reader to wonder about the next installment.

We can only hope that Mr. Wood continues to practice his craft, and release further, newer works.

Goodreads ARCs Update

Today I got another Good Reads First Read in the mail. This one is:

Sailors of Stonehenge

I’ll update as soon as I read it. I’ve also gotten behind on my updates, so I’ll be listing more updates and book reviews soon!

M.I.A.

Some of you may have noticed that for the last week I have been missing in action… For that, I apologize. I have been occupied welcoming the next generation of reader into the world, and started on the path to enjoying the written word.

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Today I will begin to catch up on the books I’ve received, what I’m currently reading, what books I’m still expecting, and what I’ve already finished.

In the mean time, enjoy the rest of the site, and feel free to comment, send suggestions, or join me on my reading adventures!

Sydney’s Song (Sneak Peek)

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A new preview from author Ia Uaro, Sydney’s Song is an illustrated look at life in Australia.  I was granted a Sneak Peek at the first few chapters by GoodReads, and I wanted to share it with you, too.

Spattered with slang and raw, honest emotion, this is a fast read. You get the feeling that Sydney is so much more than she admits to herself. A girl on the verge of womanhood, looking to escape her current life, Sydney’s Song is a compelling read and sure to please.

Click here, or on the cover above, to read the Sneak Peek. Then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below!

A Shade of Vampire (Sneak Peek)

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cover art – A Shade of Vampire

The first of my GoodReads First Reads, A Shade of Vampire will delight any fan of the contemporary teenage vampire story. I was granted a Sneak Peek at the first six chapters by the author herself, before the book actually arrived.

Now that I have started reading it, I wanted to share with everybody the same beginning of what may be the next big name in paranormal stories. A must for anyone who loved Twilight, or felt that it could have been more, here’s your chance to fall in love again with the darkness.

Click here, or on the cover above, to read the Sneak Peek. Then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below!