Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-thon is a GO for me!

I'm late to start by a bit! I wanted to go to bed early and get some good sleep in, but I stayed up with my husband stupid late eating pizza and watching Arrow on netflix! (We are late to that party!) I'm gonna update all day on this one unless it gets unwieldy. I'm combining hours 1 and 2 since I'm late. Don't expect a lot of reading to get done for those! LOL

This show has an excellent storyline....

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Alabama!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I've heard some good things about Sabriel by Garth Nix. I chose them all because they looked good. :)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I have a huge bag of snickers bars so yeah..the CHOCOLATE.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm definitely a weirdo, but a loveable one (I hope!) and I'm really sucky at writing "about me" thingies.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Not gonna stress out about reading a crapton of books. I'm in this to have fun!

Update One: Hours 1 & 2
Book: Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
Start Page: 108
End Page: 138
Total Pages: 30

Challenges:
Coffee or Tea Challenge
#TeamTrollope !

Update Hour 3:
Book: Innocent Mage
Start Page: 138
End Page: 182
Total Pages: 44



Update Hour 4 & 5
Book: Innocent Mage
Start Page: 182
End Page: 259
Total Pages: 77

This is where I take a quick nap. I am old. I stayed up too late. I will probably be back for hour 7 or 8.



Update Hour 8
Book: Innocent Mage
Start Page:259
End Page:308
Total Pages: 49

Update Hour 9
Book: Innocent Mage
Start Page:308
End Page: 350
Total Pages:42

Update Hour 10-? I'm going to combine many hour updates into one to save time

Book: Innocent Mage
Start Page:350
End Page:
Total Pages:

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Still on the same book.
2. How many books have you read so far? 0
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Sabriel
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Many! I've just gone with it.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That each one is so different. 


cuz reasons

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dewey's is almost here!

http://24hourreadathon.com
Well it is one of the most magical times of the year! A time where I stock up on food and drinks and books and just nerd out for a whole friggen day! I never make it the whole time, but I try my best. This year will be no exception!

My goal is to read for at least 12 hours and finish 2 full sized novels and as many comic/graphic novels as I can! I am still debating on how I will update. I know I want to do some challenges and stuff, but I don't know if I want to update every hour. Maybe every 4 for an update and do whatever challenges make me happy?

My stack looks as such:

I do however reserve the right to change anything in this stack (with Daryl's permission of course!)

For snacks I have veggie chips, veggies (gonna saute some for lunch!), various juices, water, coffee (pumpkin spice creamer!) and of course CHOCOLATE!

So excited!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: An Intimate Murder by Stacy Verdick Case



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Catherine O' Brien Series book 3
Coming October 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9837137-6-0

 An Intimate Murder.


When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murdered in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O’Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn’t the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy.  Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?

 My Review:

I really liked this one! I have read Ms. Case's work before and really liked her style of writing. Her characters react and come across as real people and have real personalities. My experience with the mystery/crime genre is pretty slim, but enough to know how much of a feat it is to make the story seem fresh. I like this side of  crime fiction. It's not too gritty and not too fluffy.

It was a fast paced, fun read that had great characters and solid writing. The ending was quite satisfying and made sense. I can't wait to see what else Ms. Case has in store for us!




Stacy Verdick Case

Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota.  After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.
Stacy has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats. 

An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.

Visit Stacy on the web:
Twitter @SVerdickCase


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Review: The Gladiator's Bride by Nhys Glover


Title: The Gladiator’s Bride
Author: Nhys Glover
Release Date: November 1st
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb:

Crippled by shyness, shunned for being not-right-in-the-head, gifted artist and Roman noblewoman, Marcia Mica, has only two people in the world who truly love her – her teacher, Daedalus, and her childhood friend, Asterion, both slaves in her father’s household. But when forbidden love blooms between the unlikely friends, only disaster can come of it. That disaster leaves Marcia horribly scarred and Asterion sold into the arena as a gladiator. 

Years later, Daedalus brings a broken Marcia to Britannia, and Sabrina, the healer who saved his life when he was a boy, works miracles on the scarred girl. However, not all scars are physical and those Sabrina has no ability to heal. 

When Sabrina and Marcia are kidnapped by a Celtic leader bent on revenge, Asterion must depend on the dreams of a Celtic Seer to find the love of his life and help foil a revolt that threatens the fragile peace in Roman Britannia. But even if he and his friends succeed, can scars that are more than just physical ever really be healed and can those whose lives are owned by others ever truly be free to follow their hearts?


Author bio:

After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with almost 100,000 of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated.

At home in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of England, Nhys these days spends most of her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read: The ones that are a little bit steamy, a little bit different and wholly romantic.

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My Review:

Wow! This book was a very pleasant surprise! I did not expect to become emotionally attached to these characters. The book sounded good, but man did I not expect to enjoy it SO much! Ms. Glover's writing is superb and on point! The characters practically leap from the page and the story just simply sweeps you off of your feet!

This is a tale that spans years and involves many characters, but that never left me feeling like I was lost. The characters are written in such a way that they seem flesh and blood, instead of fiction. You start to care about them from the first word and care right up til the end! Honestly speaking (or writing), this book blew me away and left me wanting to read more of Nhys Glover's books.

The Gladiator's Bride is a great read and will make a fan out of you!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Olde School by Selah Janel


Olde School 

Olde School

• Paperback: 428 pages
• Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (March 18, 2014)

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.

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Selah JanelAbout Selah Janel

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. The many people around her that supported her love of reading and curiosity probably made it worse. Her e-books The Other Man, Holly and Ivy, and Mooner are published through Mocha Memoirs Press. Lost in the Shadows, a collection of short stories celebrating the edges of ideas and the spaces between genres was co-written with S.H. Roddey. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffinThe Realm BeyondStories for Children MagazineThe Big Bad: an Anthology of EvilThe Grotesquerie, and Thunder on the BattlefieldOlde School is the first book in her new series, The Kingdom City Chronicles, and is published through Seventh Star Press. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

Follow Selah on her blog and Twitter, and connect with her on Facebook.

My Review: 

I thought the concept of this book sounded really interesting and unique. The merging of fantasy world and real world gave it quite a nice little enticing edge to it. I thought the characters were very well written and layered in such a way that really brought them to life.

This was not a light and fluffy tale. Yes there was humor and fun, but also a lot of darkness. I thought the characters teetered on the edge of that darkness very well. Definitely kept me plowing through and anxiously waiting to see where this wild ride went.

*Hint: It went to very cool places!*

 I really liked this strange tale.

Also, I laugh every time I see the name Paddlelump Stonemonger! I just can't help it!

Bad Taste In Men by Lana Cooper

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Title: Bad Taste in Men
Author: Lana Cooper
Publisher: Delightfully Dysfunctional Books
Pages: 352
Genre: Humorous Nonfiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Have you ever felt like even Mother Theresa has got more game than you?

If you have, you’d be in the same boat as geeky, awkward metalhead Nova Porter.
Bad Taste In Men follows Nova from her prepubescent years through young adulthood and her attempts at getting dudes to dig her.

Juggling self-esteem issues, small town outsider status, and questionable taste in guys, Nova is looking for love in all the wrong places – like the food court at the mall. Nova’s circle of friends and her strange(ly) endearing family more than make up for what her love life lacks.

Along the way, Nova alternately plays the roles of hero and villain, mastermind and stooge; picking up far more valuable life lessons than numbers for her little black book.

One part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-’90s, Bad Taste In Men is loaded (like a freight train) with pop cultural references and crude humor.

From getting laughed at by your crush to being stood up (twice!) by a guy with one eye, Bad Taste In Men showcases the humor and humiliation that accompanies the search for love (or at least “like”) as a small-town teenage outcast, managing to wring heart-warming sweetness from angsty adolescent memories – and jokes about barf and poop.

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Lana Cooper
Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn’t usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She’s also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and avoiding eye-contact with strangers on public transportation. “Bad Taste In Men” is her first full-length novel.

Her latest book is the humorous nonfiction, Bad Taste in Men.

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My Review:

 I LOVE LOVE LOVE books that take me back to my youth. My youth (I'm about to age myself here) meaning the mid '90s. So yeah, this book already won some major brownie points with me from the word go! The name also got my attention, since..what girl hasn't given her choice of dating partner the stink eye? Hmm?

Anyhoozles, this book was charmingly funny at times and at other times I was all like
those feels of inadequacy..I know you well 

I laughed. I bro-nodded. I had such nostalgic flashbacky feelings reading this. It was super! The writing was as skin tight as those acid washed denim jeans I used to try to wedge myself into back in the day. I couldn't find a single flaw.

A great time was had by me HUZZAH!