Saturday, May 30, 2015

Armchair BEA Day 4: Book to Movie Adaptations

Book to Movie Adaptations:

What books do you want to be made into a movie or television show? What are some of your favorites? We'll explore more about this topic, especially what works and what doesn't.  Are there any upcoming shows or movies that you're excited for? What are your recommendations? - Taken from ABEA blog page.

I love Book to Movie Adaptations if they are done well. I enjoy getting a deeper view into the story. Sometimes a film company can ruin and butcher a book to move adaptation and then sometimes they nail it and wind up with something that's pure gold.

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations:

The Hunger Games trilogy
Divergent Trilogy
TMI City of Bones- I really enjoyed the movie I think advertising is what got it.
The Vampire Academy- I liked it but another example of bad advertising and promo work.
The Host


What I would like to see be made into a movie or TV show:
The Lux Series- Right now a film company has the rights to Obsidian and I can't wait for something to be made. I really hope they don't ruin the story.

In all honesty I would love to see every book that I read turned into a movie. I like reading the books then watching the movies mainly to see how another person interpreted the same material.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Armchair BEA Day 3: Character Chatter

Character Chatter:


It's time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now's your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite. Who's your favorite couple? What are the components of a well written character? What are you favorite or least favorite cliches associated with characters? - Taken from ABEA blog page.


Ok, so I've said before about how much I love the Lux Series and The Hunger Games Trilogy. Well part of the reason I love those series so much is because of the character. 

With the Lux series you have Katy and Daemon as the main characters.

Katy- I was immediately able to connect with Katy and her love for books. She came off as a person who is sensitive, fiercely loyal, independent, completely stubborn and hardheaded, snarky and of course she's a total book nerd like me. Plus she kind of has this take no crap from anyone type of attitude. She is real quick to call Daemon out. She tries hard to be herself but to also follow her mother's advice: make an effort.

Daemon- Daemon is the holy trinity of hot boys: Beautiful face, Beautiful body, Horrible attitude. From the first moment we meet him, Daemon projects an air of arrogance, an ego the size of Alaska, a conceited attitude, and as Katy would put it is a "douche canoe". He has a way of ruffling her feathers and getting under Katy's skin and the readers. And he is way too over protective of his sister. 

I love how they end up together, it's sort of an insta-romance but it works. Katy fights her feelings for a while before she finally admits them and gives into it. Daemon admits that he is into Katy long before she admits her feelings and he so cocky he bets on will she will relent.

I love how they both are so fiercely protective of the other even before they enter their relationship. Throughout their relationship they are constantly tested and have to deal with all kinds of ordeals that go against them but it only strengthens the bond between them. 

With The Hunger Games you have Katniss and Peeta as the main characters, with it story being in Katniss' POV.

I love Katniss' attitude, she is blunt, protective of her family and snarky. I love how she selflessly volunteered for her younger sister Prim when she is picked for the 74th Hunger Games. She never to into account what would happen to her before she shouted those word, all she could think about was her baby sister. She stands up for the lesser in ability and helps them out as best she can. 

Peeta is such a good character. He demonstrates wonderful qualities, he's kind and compassionate, fierce when he needs to be and he refuses to let the Capitol turn him into another piece in their games. He has hidden his love for Katniss since they were both in ''elementary'' school.

Their romance starts off with Peeta announcing his love for her on national television  in his interview for The Hunger Games. Katniss is furious over his declaration and thinks he is trying to hurt her chances of gaining sponsors. It isn't until in the actual Hunger Games that anything starts to happen between them but with no actual communication between her and Haymitch she is just guessing as to what it is that Haymitch wants her to do. She is trying to keep both herself and Peeta alive by playing into the whole star crossed lovers thing and it isn't until in the book Catching Fire that she realizes that she actually cares for him and possibly the same way that he feels about her. Throughout the whole trilogy it seems like any type opf relationship between them is doomed but everything works out the way it is supposed to in the end even if they are mentally scarred from everything. 


Come Back Tomorrow For More ABEA FUN!

      

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Feature and Follow # 10

Feature and Follow is a weekly feature hosted by TWO hosts: Alison from Alison Can Read and Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way they will be able to show off more new blogs. 

Rules:
1.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts
2.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Featured Bloggers
3.) Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to put it in your post.
4.) Grab the button and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say ''hi'' and that they are now following you. 
5.) If you are using Wordpress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed.
6.) Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also don't just follow, comment and say ''hi''. Another blogger might not know you're a new follower if you don't say ''HI". 
7.) If someone comments and say they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers. 
8.) If you're new to the Follow Friday hop, comment and let the hosts know so they can check out your blog.

This weeks question:

How many books are in your TBR list?

On my Goodreads I have 279 books, at home I have 15 and I still have about 10 or 11 ebooks to read that I won during the YA Spring Fling . On my Goodreads the TBR list is always growing where I'll see books in the giveaways that interest and books on other peoples blogs that have caught my attention. 

So how many books do you have on you TBR list?






Armchair BEA Day 2: Visual Expressions and Social Media

Hello, and Welcome to Day 2 of ABEA. Today's topics are Visual Expressions and Social Media.

Visual Expressions:

"There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it's comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc, there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just words and use other ways to experience a story. " -- Taken from the ABEA Link up page.

 I've never really been able to understand comic books and graphic novels, I just couldn't get into them. My oldest son loves comics though and from an early age he was able to figure out what was going on without being able to read. He'd sit and tell me everything going on by looking at the pictures. 

This may not exactly fall under today's topic but I want to talk about it nonetheless.  I do believe that a snapshot, a photograph, can tell a story just as easily as a comic, graphic novel, or even a book. I love looking at old and new photographs because with some you can instantly see a story behind it and with other's you have to use your imagination and make up your own story for it.  


Social Media:

I'm not sure that I can offer too many tips on anything social media because I don't really use it. I know I could possibly generate more traffic to my blog if I used Facebook, but honestly I don't like it, call me weird lol. I have started to post my reviews on Goodreads and I will every now and then post a link to a review on Twitter to @Andrea_Idona. I've had Instagram (andrea_idona) for a while but just now started actually using it so I really don't know much about it. 

 I'm still new to the whole blogging world so I still don't know a lot but I have learned a bunch just by watching what some very successful veteran bloggers do. I've learned by watching them and from my own short experience that if you want any response from your readers you have to first engage them. You also need to reply to their comments because nobody wants to have a one-sided conversation, and if they are nice enough to stop by your blog and comment it's only right that you show them the same kind of love and go to their's if they have one.  I've also learned that, not just from blogging but from life in general, that you have to stay true to you. 

So, what are some of your social media tips? What other ways do you like use to experience a story?

Come back tomorrow for more ABEA fun!   


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REVIEW: You'll Be Thinking of Me by: Densie Webb

Author: Densie Webb
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2015


Synopsis:

A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video, and a shiny new espresso machine. It all added up to a juicy tale for 24-year-old Rachael Allen to share with friends. But when her best friend posts the video online, bizarre threats, home break-ins, and deadly gifts from an obsessed fan follow close behind.  Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help and in the process, Rachael discovers that despite his reputation as a player of Olympian caliber, he’s down-to-earth—and emotionally damaged. He has secrets; some he’s shared only with his pseudo best friend. Others he's shared with no one. But there's one secret he’s hidden from himself, washed away by too many beers.  Despite wildly divergent life paths, their shared southern upbringing (and a passion for good music) creates a common thread that draws them together. As the threats escalate, and their relationship deepens, Rachael struggles to accept Mick’s past—and his present. And she is forced to confront her own obsessive love to ultimately decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage. 
  

YOU'LL BE THINKING OF ME is the story of Rachael's serendipitous encounter with a celebrity, her brush with obsessive love, and the bittersweet gift left behind by the very person fixated on destroying her life.


Review:

Rachael Allen is your typical 24 year old young woman who is still struggling to get on her feet for good.  She's just experienced a rough patch in her career and has ended up back at her parents house while trying to find a new job. While out shopping one day she runs into a celebrity named Mick Sullivan and asks a simple question, one that anyone would ask, can I take a picture with you. Mick sweetens the deal by taking a video instead of a picture and things go viral after her friend Jenna posts it online. The minuet things go viral the crazy starts and continues throughout the rest of the story. How much can she handle and how much is Rachael willing to take. 

The way that I came across this book is pretty cool, and I just wanted to thank Google for the part that it played. I received an email a few days ago from the author, Densie Webb, asking if I had read and reviewed her book because Google pulled up a link to my review policy page when a search was made for "You'll Be Thinking of Me". I did a search myself and sure enough there it was on my computer screen. The author, Densie Webb, was nice enough to gift me with a copy of "You'll Be Thinking of Me". I can't help but think that I might not have come across this wonderful book had the mistaken Google search link not been there but I'm glad that it was because "You'll Be Thinking of Me" was an exceptional read. 

I really enjoyed the way that Densie uses a dual POV and gets in the mind of a stalker. At first it had me a little confused but it didn't take long for me to figure it all out. You get the chance to see Rachael and the stalker's story and the things that are running through each of there minds. 

Rachael Allen is a strong and independent character that has a good head on her shoulders. After experiencing a few hardships and loosing her job as a talent scout when the record company she worked for goes bankrupt she is constantly looking for a job and taking interviews. Even after she meets Mick she tries to keep her head clear and focus on what is important.

Mick Sullivan is a celebrity that has ''played'' the field quiet a bit since he hit the big times. Sex has become just another mundane thing for him and relationships mean absolutely nothing but Mick seems to be getting tired of the fast life. After he finds out what has been happening to Rachael because of the video he offers to help her any way possible. 

I really liked the way that Mick and Rachael's relationship blossoms. It didn't feel rushed and wasn't an insta-romance. Together, they try to deal with the whole stalker issue the best that they can, and with that and their musical and southern backgrounds they go from friends into a relationship that has it's good times and it's rocky times. But after everything they go through together they wind up stronger than ever. 

Brenda at first comes off as being just another normal girl that has overbearing family members but as the story progresses it become plainly clear that she has gone off the deep end and all her family is trying to do is get her the help that she so desperately needs. 

Webb will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. "You'll Be Thinking of Me" is a thrilling ride from start to finish that will have you double checking to make sure that your windows and doors are all locked. I highly recommend giving "You'll Be Thinking of Me" a try especially if  you enjoy a thrilling mystery.   
  

*Sorry, I couldn't help it, I saw this and had to add it in the post.


(c) 2015 Andrea Hatfield All Rights Reserved

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions and Library Love



Hello, This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA. Earlier in the year was the first I had heard about BEA and was really excited about the whole thing. I researched and checked into the possibility of going but was unable to swing it this year. I am hoping that I'll be able to make it next year. I didn't find out about Armchair BEA until yesterday when I saw a few of the blogs I follow talking about it, and thought that if I was unable to actually make it to BEA that this still gave me the opportunity to participate in some way. This also gives me the chance to connect with people who share the same interest as me, and I look forward to meeting new people.

How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

I've been blogging since January 6, 2015. I'm still pretty much a newbie at the whole thing. I'm from Mullens, West Virginia and have lived here since I was 2 years old. I'm originally from Charlotte, North Carolina but my mom wanted to raise me and my sister in her home town. I'm so thankful that I live where I do. I started blogging as a way to talk about the books I read. As much as I love my family, they just don't understand my love for reading and my need to talk about it. No one in my family, except for my sons, will even pick up a book . I'll try to talk to them about what I'm reading or how excited I am for a book to be released and I get blank stares. I've tried since my boys were born to instill them with a love for books. But anyway I started blogging as a way to talk about books and reading with people who really understood it all: the excitement from finding a new book, the smell and feel of the pages between your finger and, the ability to escape and journey to a new world. 

What is your favorite genre and why? 

I actually have a few genres that I  absolutely love: Fantasy, Science Fiction and Dystopian. With Science Fiction and Fantasy there are so many possibilities and the author can dream up just about anything. You can be transported to amazing worlds with amazing creatures, people, and themes. In one fantasy or science fiction novel you could travel to deep space and visit undiscovered galaxies with worlds similar to our own and then in the next one you get to follow the life of a mermaid or a dragon, or make spells and potions. In dystopians you get to experience what life would be like in our world if certain things happened or don't happen and all of them could be real possibilities. 

What is your theme song?

This question is kind of difficult to answer. I guess there are a couple that could be my theme song depending on my mood. 

You remind me of West Virginia by: Wyatt Turner

I'm too Country for that by: Wyatt Turner



Getting the chance to meet Wyatt Turner on May 9, 2015





I think that both of these songs come close to describing me. Aside from my love of all things books, I'm your typical country bumpkin lol.  I'm a product of my raising and life here in southern West Virginia is an experience in itself. From an early age kids are taught how to handle and shoot a gun responsibly, bait their own hooks and clean the fish they catch and grow your own food, you are taught to be respectful to your elders and not back talk, you learn to say ''yes ma'am'' ''no ma'am'' ''yes sir'' ''no sir'' ''thank you'' and ''your welcome'', and you take care of your neighbors and those around you who are less fortunate you are. I live a laid back country kind of life where you just roll with the punches and if life knocks you flat on your rear, you dust yourself off and get right back up taking it all in stride. 

What book are you reading right now?

We are Watching by: M. Stephen Stewart
Henry Malone's childhood was shattered by the unexplained suicide of his father. Now a teenager, his days are spent studying to become a Neural Implant Technician for Planetary Link Corporation, helping them maintain an iron grip over his walled country and every iota of knowledge contained within—but he leads a double life. Henry’s nights are spent helping his mother wage a cyber war against them in her quest to find the truth behind his father’s death. 

He's managed to keep his two lives separate, a delicate balance that's endangered after he repairs the neural implant of a stranger. He finds she’s in possession of illegal memories from the outside world, unauthorized knowledge of his father, and a message: speak to me later and tell no one. Henry has a choice to make—ignore the message and maintain his double-life, or answer and risk everything to uncover secrets Planetary Link would kill to keep buried.

What is the top book in your TBR pile?

The 13th: Destiny Awaits

Kate, the school outcast, has always been able to see ghosts, and she constantly fears that someday, her so-called 'gift' will drive her mad like it did her mother, who has now been confined to a mental asylum. With the ever-present ghosts, her institutionalised mother, the unwanted attention from a bully and everything else going on in a teenage girl’s life, all Kate wants is to graduate quickly and without troubles. But that becomes impossible when Ethan, a gorgeous new transfer student, takes an interest in her, claiming that she is the Soul Reaper, and that he is there to train her. Things get even worse when her nemesis, the school bully Sandra, decides that she wants Ethan for herself. 

The second topic for today is Library Love.

Here's a picture of my local library that I snagged from it's website.


I love my library and the librarians that work there, we are all on a first name basis. Unfortunately my library is really small and what you see in the picture is almost how big it is. They have a small selection of the books that I like to read and I've read almost all the book in that section but my librarian ladies are always good to try and help me find new books whether it be from another library or ordering them on the next book order. My library also offers a website where you can check out ebooks and it has a much larger selection of books in general. 

Here is a picture of my bookshelf at home. 




Check back tomorrow for more ABEA fun! 





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #14

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks' topic is Top Ten Beach Reads.

It has been almost 10 years since my last trip to the beach, and whenever I did go to the beach I never took any books with me. I'm going to list the books that I would want to read if I went to the beach next week. A good bit of them are the books that are next on my ever growing TBR list. I honestly don't know that they would make a good book to read while at the beach but they're the next set of books I plan to read, hopefully.













































































































































So what books have made it onto your list this week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature and Follow #9

Feature and Follow is a weekly feature hosted by TWO hosts: Alison from Alison Can Read and Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way they will be able to show off more new blogs. 


Rules:
1.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts
2.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Featured Bloggers
3.) Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to put it in your post.
4.) Grab the button and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say ''hi'' and that they are now following you. 
5.) If you are using Wordpress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed.
6.) Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also don't just follow, comment and say ''hi''. Another blogger might not know you're a new follower if you don't say ''HI". 
7.) If someone comments and say they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers. 
8.) If you're new to the Follow Friday hop, comment and let the hosts know so they can check out your blog. 




This weeks question:
How do you write your reviews?

Answer:

I take forever to write a review because I'm so picky about every little thing and critical over everything I write . When I start reading a book I'll get the beginnings of the review started by going ahead a placing the cover picture and typing up the synopsis. Then after I finish the book I'll try to start the actual review but a good bit of the time I have to wait a day to get all my thoughts together. Once I do start writing everything down I'll read and re-read everything to make sure it makes since and I'm not rambling and no typos although I'm sure I miss a few. And a lot of times it will take me even longer to write a review because of other things needing my attention like my kids, garden and youth group activities and fundraisers. I'll try to write my reviews quickly but my picky behavior and other responsibilities make it difficult. I'd stay up late at night to write them but by the time I get the boys in the bed I'm totaled lol. I wish I could say that I had this huge process but I don't.

So, what about you, how do you write your reviews? 




Thursday, May 21, 2015

eARC REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Run (NOLA Zombie #1) by Gillian Zane

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review  and all opinions within this review are my own. *




Title: Run
Author: Gillian Zane
Publisher: Parajunkee Publishing
Release Date : May 26, 2015

Synopsis:

Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.

Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.





Review:

The zombie action starts immediately with Alexis running for her life from Rick, a coworker at her office building who has been infected. While trying to find a way back to her house, through the hoards of idiots and the infected, she runs into Blake. Blake is very to the point and so they both set off for Alexis' house to get her supplies and her dog. Over the next few days they are taken on a wild ride of lust and running for their lives. 

I'll be honest and say that I normally don't read these types of books, but when I saw Gillian's post about looking for bloggers to review her latest book I had a good feeling about it and felt that this was a book that I needed to read. I was not disappointed either. 


Alexis is a strong and independent woman, who, ever since she was old enough to be on her own, had has the desire to be prepared and has "prepped" for multiple kinds of disasters. She prides herself on her ability to survive for weeks with the amount of supplies she has managed to come up with and the forethought to have a well trained guard dog. Little did she know that she would ever need her preps for a zombie apocalypse. 


Blake is an ex-military man who is helping Alexis survive in this new nightmare type world that has now become their reality. He knows how to handle himself and take control in dire situations and also in the bedroom. Blake is Alexis' perfect survival partner. 


Gillian is very descriptive and paints a clear picture of the type of person that Alexis is. I honestly don't know how I would have fared in this type of situation. I'd like to think that I could handle myself as well as Alexis did, but I honestly don't know. 


One thing that I really liked about Gillian Zane's writing style with "Run" was the fact that the story never felt rushed or to slow. She set a great pace and everything seemed to fall right into place. Another was the fact that she seemed to have studied up on a lot of the lingo and behaviors of preppers. 


Gillian Zane has spun a brilliant story with gore and guts, wild unadulterated lust and passion, hope, adventure and of course zombies. "Run" will knock your socks off and have you  dying to know what happens in Zane's next installment in the NOLA Zombie series. I highly suggest giving this book a try but I should warn you that it is not intended for younger audiences under the age of 18. 




Author Interview

Welcome to Mountain Rhinestones Gillian and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. 


Hi, Andrea. Thank you for having me.


How did you come up with the idea behind Run and the NOLA Zombies?


I get obsessed with an idea and ever since I bought a house on the Mississippi River, I’ve been obsessing over contingency plans, escape routes, where to go if something happens. It is the trait that I actually share with my main character Alexis, since it started after Hurricane Katrina too. I wasn’t prepared for that disaster, so now, I make sure that I have something, at least in my head, as far as a plan. When I began reading zombie fiction and watching The Walking Dead, I started incorporating zombies into my plan. Not that I believe zombies will descend on the Crescent City any time soon, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. My crazy zombie apocalypse plan led me to writing about it, which then led to inserting fun characters within it - and then my deep down wish that more zombie fiction had romance in it - led me to dreaming up Blake Miller and Zach James. Because who wouldn’t want those boys on your side in a zombie apocalypse? 


Alexis is a very strong and independent woman, did you fashion her character after anyone?


No, she’s no one I know. Alexis is part the girl I would have loved to be at her age and part the best things I see in the strong women around me. Not that she is perfect, I also got to pick and choose a few crazy traits too. 


What was your favorite part of Run to write?


The first chapter. I had so much fun finally writing that first chapter. It flew by in just a few minutes. After I had it written and then went back and read it, I couldn’t stop until I had the whole thing written


How has your journey as an author been so far?


So far it has been rather mellow. I’m just excited that I have finally followed through. I’ve had a story in my head for as long as I can remember, this one finally got out. I could do a dance. I’m dancing right now.


How would you describe a normal writing day?


I have a “regular” job, so there isn’t a lot of writing during the day. Then life in the in-between hours, so I’m basically relegated to the after 8 pm hours. My husband is a musician, so he practices, serenades me with his latest song…and I write until I get too tired to function. Then I pass out and start all over again. 


What is your most interesting writing quirk?


Quirk? Who is quirky? Not me. I just write, until I pass out on the keyboard. Nothing crazy. 


What books are in your To-Be-Read pile?


I try not to pile them up too high, but I have Suzanne Johnson’s Pirate’s Alley on there and Zoey Derrick’s 69 Bottles were just downloaded…and then I was just recommend the Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers, so I grabbed the first book, Crux. 


What advice would you give an aspiring author?


I don’t think I can offer much advice yet, I’ve just stuck my toe in the puddle. But, just do it and don’t be afraid to ask for help, or hire someone that can get it done for you. Not the writing, the other things that aren’t as fun as the writing. Because writing is just the first step. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review  and all opinions within this review are my own. *




(c) 2015 Andrea Hatfield All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is a freebie and I get to decide what my top ten list is going to be about. 

When I first saw that this week's TTT was going to be whatever I wanted it to be about, I was really excited. Then I was like "Oh crap! What am I going to write about!" As I was struggling to think of what to make my list about, I thought about the TTT post that Michelle from Michelle's Minions did on April 28 where she listed her Top Ten Book Boyfriends and decided that I would give that topic a go since I've yet to tackle it.

So here is my Top Ten Book Boyfriends

1.) Daemon Black from the Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

2.) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


3.) Haven from A Whispered Darkness Vanessa Barger
  
4.) Gabriel from Clarity by Kim Harrington

5.) Shane from The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

6.) Logan Quinn from the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep

7.) Todd from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent 

8.) Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices

9.) Caleb from The Vampire Journals by Morgan Rice

10.) Christian Prescott from the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand

Friday, May 15, 2015

Feature and Follow #8


Feature and Follow is a weekly feature hosted by TWO hosts: Alison from Alison Can Read and Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way they will be able to show off more new blogs. 


Rules:
1.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts
2.) (REQUIRED) Follow the Featured Bloggers
3.) Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to put it in your post.
4.) Grab the button and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say ''hi'' and that they are now following you. 
5.) If you are using Wordpress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed.
6.) Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also don't just follow, comment and say ''hi''. Another blogger might not know you're a new follower if you don't say ''HI". 
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This weeks question:

How do you organize your books? Either at home on your bookshelves, or on your reading-device, or your bookish platform like Goodreads, Leafmarks or Booklikes.

On my bookshelves at home everything is super organized. All my different series and trilogies are placed together in order, all of my inspirational books are on the same shelf, and all of my stand alone's are placed together on the same shelf level. Now, on Goodreads, Kindle, and Overdrive everything is an absolute mess, with nothing organized. Whatever order they are found, downloaded, borrowed or bought is the order they stay in.  I've got 4 maybe 5 shelves on my Goodreads and 3 of them are the ones that I originally started with.

So how do you organize your books? 






Tuesday, May 12, 2015

eARC REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW : Saving London by: Taylor Dawn

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and all opinions within this review are my own.*

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Author: Taylor Dawn
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing 
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: 

The List. That Signified Finality.
The Journey. That Would Span The Globe.
The Sacrifice. That Would Decide The Outcome. 
The Choice. That Could Unleash Evil On Earth. 
The End Is Only The Beginning...

“You have terminal cancer.”
London Patterson, a seemingly healthy young woman, had her entire life ahead of her. That was until four little words brought everything to a screeching halt. As the shock and grief begin to fade, London decides to map out her last year and embark on an epic journey to complete a bucket list. She wants to do the things she’s been afraid to do in her life, step out of her self-contained box, and see the world. What she didn’t expect was for a mysterious stranger named Adam to breeze into her life like a breath of fresh air. 
Adam offers to help London complete her list on one condition…that she sees it through to the end. Agreeing on those terms, the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime. But London soon realizes that Adam isn’t quite…human. Along their journey odd occurrences happen that cause London to question who or what Adam is and why he’s helping her. 



Follow London as she checks off her bucket list in this inspiring new Urban Fantasy novel from Taylor Dawn.





Review:


London Patterson has just been told by her doctor that she has a terminal form of cancer and with no treatment options available she has about a year to live. As soon as London leaves the doctors office she decides to take what limited time she has left to make and complete a bucket list instead of sitting at home and letting the cancer run her life.

 In the process of starting her bucket list, London runs into a man named Adam who offers to help her with her list, but only if she agrees to follow through with everything and completes it. Adam pretty well takes over her list but seems to have connections everywhere and unlimited funds. A few times she questions his sanity, where he talks about angels and is very cryptic about who he really is, but she always feel calm and very safe with him so she tries to forget about that. Although London and Adam face a few obstacles along the way they are taken on an epic journey to amazing places but also on a journey of self discovery at epic proportions.

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Saving London and found it was a pleasantly refreshing read. Taylor Dawn has spun a story filled with humor, adventure, compassion, and growth. 

London is a spunky and snarky young woman who has been dealt a bad hand in her young life. Not only has she just learned that she is dying with cancer but she's had it rough her whole life growing up in the foster care system. She has a very sarcastic attitude that she uses to keep people from getting too close to her. 

Adam is a very courteous and patient guy, and he kind of needs to be with London's personality. He shows up in London's life at the exact moment he's needed. I really liked Adam's character and personality. I found him easy to like even if he was holding out about his life. 

Caine is the epitome of creepy stalker dude. He gave off bad vibes from the moment he's first introduced into the story. He seems to try and get in the way and cause constant troubles as London tries to complete her list. 

  Taylor Dawn will take you on an adventure full of personal discovery and growth, humor, and compassion that travels the world. I was so wrapped up and invested in what happened with London's story that I didn't want to put it down. I feel this is a book that everyone from middle school age and up would enjoy and highly recommend giving Saving London a try.



About the Author

Taylor Dawn

  Taylor Dawn began writing as an item to check off her bucket list. After putting words on paper, she decided that being an author was where she needed to be. She resides on a farm in southern Illinois with her husband, son and a plethora of animals. Taylor is a huge kid at heart. She loves playing practical jokes, challenging her son to a game of Super Mario and rarely rolls out of bed before noon. She enjoys dancing, is perpetually clumsy and has a horrible green thumb. Taylor believes that if you work hard, you must play even harder. 

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Author Interview

Hello Taylor, and Welcome to Mountain Rhinestones. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions.

  1. London is a very spunky and snarky character, did you fashion her personality after anyone?
If ever there was a character that was a direct reflection of myself, London would be her. At least half of her bucket list is actually my bucket list, her quick wit, sassy comments and determination are all a huge part of who I am. I’ve never allowed myself to open up and be used to this extent as a character in my own work. Sure, characters have shared traits of mine, just bits and pieces really. But London, she’s special. London is me. It wouldn’t have been fair to give her only part of who I am, she needed all of it to be who she is.

  1. At times I found myself getting emotional while reading Saving London, did you get emotional while writing it?
Getting emotional is something I find myself doing with most of my projects. But this one, even more so. There were several personal factors involved while I wrote this book, things that I cannot discuss. But they helped shape everything. There’s always a war waging in the background of an author’s life. We use that as inspiration to create vulnerability in the story. So many times I had to step away from the pages and literally cry. I found there were times when I cried so hard while writing, that I couldn’t see the screen in front of me. I laughed at the funny parts, became aggravated when London was being a brat, and genuinely fell in love with my own story. I can honestly say I’ve never loved a story as much as this one. It even made me take a step back and think about not waking up in the morning. Would my life have been complete? Did I do my job on this earth the way I was supposed to? Was I happy? My own book taught me a lesson. Each and every day is precious. Spend those days loving, laughing and living.

  1. Will there be a chance to learn more about Adam's background or future?
This question makes me giggle and here’s why…Saving London is a stand alone book. Or should I say it was a stand alone book. Before Saving London was even completely written, the follow-up book was being started. Adam is an amazing character with secrets. There were tiny clues left behind in Saving London that some will pick up on, and some won’t. But when you find out where Adam’s road has taken him, you might find yourself saying “No way!” I chose to write a second book because there was more story to tell, more that needed to be revealed. Not for the purpose of lining my pockets. So yes, Adam’s story will be out later this year.
  1. How would you describe an average writing day?
An average writing day is one of the most chaotic things you will ever see. I don’t sit at a desk and write, I have a recliner that is my ‘throne’ if you will. I am easily distracted. Most times that I sit down with a solid plan to write, it all goes to hell in a matter of minutes. I write mostly at night, after midnight. No rhyme or reason, it just suits me best. As for structure to my writing routine, I don’t have one. I like the chaos and un-organization, it fits my personality best.

  1. Do you have any weird or quirky writing habits or rituals?
This is going to sound super weird but I can’t write with pants on. And no, I’m not sitting around in my undies. I have to be wearing shorts for some strange reason. I complain that pants stifle creativity. I’m more than likely being bratty and crazy about the pants situation, but it seems to be working.

  1. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
For all aspiring authors out there…go outside, find a brick wall and bang your head against it about 3,000 times. Once you’re bloody and bruised, come back inside and begin to write. If there is still more blood on your head than the pages of your book, delete everything and repeat said process again.
There was a famous quote somewhere that said “if you want to be a writer, then write”. I couldn’t agree more. But if you want to be a writer and you aren’t willing to slice yourself open and show people your heart, you will never be a writer.
Accept criticism. It won’t kill you. It won’t break you unless you give it the power to. Listen to what people are saying. My first books were complete crap. Dreadful things that didn’t deserve to see the light of day. But I took my beatings, learned some valuable lessons along the way and now I have something I’m so very proud of. But the sweetest thing is, I’ll never be an expert. I will always have something to learn and that is perfectly fine by me. I have a huge motto in my life “Do something for the sheer love of doing it”. And for me, I love writing.

Thanks Taylor for taking the time to chat with me and for stopping by Mountain Rhinestones.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and all opinions within this review are my own.*

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