Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: #3 // Mockingjay

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can 
play along! Just do the following: 

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

This week's teaser comes from Mockingjay written by Suzanne Collins.
This is the third book is the Hunger Games series. 

"Everyone knows I have a scar here," I say sullenly. 
"Knowing it and seeing it are two different things,"
 says Fulvia. 
"It's positively repulsive. Plutarch and I will think of something during lunch."
( Pages 62 )

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your two 'teasers' in a comment here (if you don't have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, June 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (#5)

A weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we post about all the books we have received whether in the mail, if we purchased it, or got it from our local library. 

Book I bought:
( YAY, I had money to buy a lot of awesome book last week. )

Books I won: 

None :(

Books I borrowed from the Library: 

Books I received for Review:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A little help?

Hey friends - I want to change my blog layout but I cant seem to find any blog layout sites that offer some free layouts that look nice. I am looking for something more dealing with books or fantasy. I wish I could afford to buy a personal paid one for my blog but with no money because I can't work dealing with my back issues money is a big issue so if anyone knows of any good blogger layouts sites please let me know. Thanks you!! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Winner of the E-Book "Between" by Cyndi Tefft

Hello friends - Let me thanks everyone who entered in the giveaway and took the time to read this wonderful interview with new author Cyndi Tefft. I hope everyone enjoyed this giveaway and then next one will be for a print book/ebook by another new author named Megan Duncan. So that will be later next week. 

So onto the winner of Cyndi's book "Between"...

The winner is....
Mike Draper
Congrats, Mike.
Cyndi or I will be getting in touch with you the way you will receive your free copy of her book. I really think you will love it. I know I did. :)

I had to pick a new winner because Mike did not know this book was a e-book so the new winner was drawn is:

Monday, June 20, 2011

--> Book Review: Between by Cyndi Tefft <--


Title: Between
Author: Cyndi Tefft
Number of Pages: 246
Published: April 21st 2011 by Createspace (first published April 5th 2011)

I was contacted by Cyndi a month ago by e-mail and we talk a lot about her new book "Between" that she has written and self-published. I am new to the whole self-publishing idea but I gave the idea a chance and decide to have Cyndi send me her new book by mail and I am so glad she did. I loved it, so here is my review on "Between'.

GoodReads Info: 

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent. 

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates. Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

My Thoughts: (I gave this book 4 Stars)

Okay, so I have never read a book like this where the book begins at the end... death is only the beginning. I was so sad when I found out than Lindsey died a few pages in and was curious on where the book would go from there. I was not sure I would like the plot just because she died so fast and I did not get to know Lindsey, but after finding out more and getting to the area where she meets Aiden (her grim reaper) I could not stop reading. I found that Aiden was such a sweet and welcoming character in the plot.  I mean when I did, I hope I run in to someone like him. My only thing that I did not like about so much was that I found that Lindsey and Aiden feel in love a little to fast but the story-line made up for this and I love the fact that as they where able to travel around looking at scenes of there lives while waiting for Lindsey to be called to Heaven. There was such great romance in this novel and I loved that it never felt like Aiden and Lindsey were feeling lust but true love and Lindsey would always be so sweet when Aiden did not understand something that Aiden did not understand like smores. ;) In the middle of the book is where you really get hooked in the story-line when the unthinkable happens, and I wont tell anymore to give away an outstanding ending but I must say that this book will leave you laughing and crying. I would so recommend to anyone who want to read a true love story with a twist of paranormal.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Paranormal Wastelands: 200 Followers GIVEAWAY!!!

Awesome giveaway! =) Come enter.

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Dealing with a Migraine

So okay I had a lot planned last week and this. I wanted to do some long over due book reviews and get more reading done with Cydni Tefft's book. I am dealing with my first and I hope only migraine. Today is the 4th day I am having it and I went yesterday to get a shot for the pain but the shot is no longer helping me so my doctor told me to stay in bed and sleep the rest of the week, so what fun. I know I need to at least let you all know what was going on. I will be having another author interview and giveaway soon. As long with reviewing Cyndi's book "Between". It is very hard to read when my head feel like it is about to blow up. LOL  So I will be sure to give a update soon when I am feeling better which I hope is sooner than later. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: YA Paranormal Romance Author - Cyndi Tefft

Hi everyone, today we bring you the lovely Cyndi Tefft. Between is her debut novel that she released in April. Cyndi brings you all today a great interview and a chance to win a eBook copy of Between. 

Cyndi's Tefft's Links: 

Welcome Cyndi! 

Thank you for being here to talk about you and your new book, Between and for hosting such a great giveaway. I am reading Between and I much say so far I love it! :)  I have some questions for you about Between to help my readers find out who you are and what your book "Between" is all about. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Seattle, though I’ve only been here for about three years. I grew up in Oregon and have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life. I am a self-proclaimed Scot freak, though you’d have to go back about 400 years to find a drop of Scottish blood in my ancestry. I know because I signed up for Ancestry.com specifically to research that!

What was your inspiration for this book?

I was watching a video with Stephenie Meyer where she was talking about being a stay-at-home mom who had a dream and wrote it down. She made it sound simple and I wondered if I might be able to do the same. Having been through it now, I can tell you that writing a book is not simple, but it is something that you can do if you set your mind to it.

About that same time, I was reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and completely fell in love with Scotland and the history of the nation. I wanted a Scottish hero of my own, so I wrote one!

Do you have a favorite scene or character from this book?

Aiden is my favorite character, hands down. I think any romance writer falls in love (at least a little bit) with the hero while writing and I am no exception. I loved writing his character, researching 18th century Scotland, and speaking the dialogue in my horrible attempt at a Scottish accent! I still love reading the scenes with Aiden because—I’ll admit it—he makes me swoon. 

My favorite scene is one where Aiden takes Lindsey to “meet” his parents (in a memory from when he was a child). His parents were so alive and vibrant in my mind that they leapt off the page and became real to me as I wrote that scene.

Where do you do your writing? Is there anything you need to have with you while you write?

I usually write on my laptop in the living room on the couch, though sometimes I retreat to the bedroom if I needed some peace and quiet. I work a full-time job, so I mostly write in the evenings and on the weekends. Brian Crain’s piano music is always playing in the background. I must have listened to his album, Sienna, at least 1,287,649 times (give or take)! 

I try not to snack while writing because I am so focused on the story that anything I put in my mouth would be empty calories, but I love Diet Pepsi and always have a glass of that at my side when I start!

What was the most challenging part of writing this book?

The hardest part of being an author is the vulnerability that comes with sharing your work. Rejection is guaranteed at some point along the way and no matter how many people love your book, there will be those who don’t. Learning to deal with rejection and move past it has got to be one of the most difficult parts for me. Still, there are NY Times bestsellers that I have rated as one star, so it’s important to remember that everyone has different tastes. It doesn’t mean the work is bad!

What made you decide you wanted to do self-publishing?

I originally wrote the novel just to see if I could, not to get it published and certainly not with any visions of money or fame. It wasn't until I was most of the way finished with the first draft and talking with friends about the book that the question of publication came up. I knew nothing about it and spent over a year researching, querying agents, making revisions, etc... I got caught up in the rollercoaster that is publication and it sucked the joy out of writing. So I decided that self-publication was the better route for me. It allowed me to get the book out to readers who enjoy this type of story, while preserving the joy and creativity of writing for me.

Do you have a favorite book or author that you’re always recommending to people?

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is my favorite (particularly book three), and I tell everyone I know to read it! She is in the acknowledgments section of Between since her books inspired my love of Scotland. I even mailed her a copy when I got the first shipment of books! I don’t know if she’ll like it, but I was tickled all the same to send her one.

When writing a book do you plan it out before you start or do you just begin and see where the story and characters take you?

I am definitely more of a pantser than a plotter. I wrote an outline for a book once and by the time I was done, I didn’t want to write the book, since I felt like it was already done! I like not knowing what’s coming next and having the characters guide the story as their personalities unfold.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Well, I can’t give you an average since I’ve only written one book. *grin* It took me six months to write the first draft of Between and I spent over a year editing it. I don’t particularly enjoy editing, so it was a very long year!

What are your plans for the future? Any other awesome ideas for books that you can share with us?

There will be a sequel to Between. I can’t say much since I don’t want to give away any plot points from the first book, but I can tell you that it’s called Hell Transporter. Aiden’s job is to transport souls from earth to heaven, and the second book has to do with his counterpart. I’ve got a cover in mind that is similar to Between’s, but with a red flame instead of blue smoke. I think it’s going to complement the first book beautifully.

I am about one-third of the way through the first draft of Hell Transporter. Now that Between has been launched, I will turn my attention to getting the sequel finished. But let me just say, the ending… oh, you’ll like that!

Just for fun: If you could have one super power what would it be?

Oooh, great question! I have always loved languages, so I think my superpower would be to communicate with everyone and everything in its native tongue. Heck, I’d even go all out and expand it to include communicating with plants, animals, and inanimate objects, too. Why not? That’s why they’re called superpowers!

Do you have any closing thoughts or final remarks you’d like to share with my readers?

Word of mouth has always played a crucial role in marketing products, but it’s even more important to the self-published author. Very few people respond to an author saying, “Hey, buy my book. It’s awesome!” So it’s important for authors to find others to shout it from the rooftops on their behalf.

Book blogs are becoming increasingly important in the changing world of publishing, as many people look to them for suggestions on what to read next. In truth, readers don’t really care who published a book. They just want a good story and they’ll be more willing to give unknown authors a try if a trusted source (like a blogger) recommends them.

I greatly appreciate the honor of being featured on your blog. Thanks so much for recommending the book!

Ways to connect with me online:

Thank you Cyndi for taking the time to answer questions for us today. So now comes the extra fun part. Cyndi  is  offering a eBook copy of Between to one lucky winner. Make sure to stop by and say Hello to Cyndi today. 

To Enter: 
  • Leave a comment below about the interview
  • Open Internationally
  • Leave your email address
  • Giveaway will end 6/22 at Midnight
  • You don't have to but it would really be nice if you follow my blog and share this post via Facebook/Twitter. =D

Sunday, June 5, 2011

COVER ALERT!! The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

I have a amazing new book cover alert to share with you. If you are a fan of Julie Kagawa's "The Iron Fey" series or have been wanting to read them. I am sure you will love this brilliant and oh so sexy book cover. I have been waiting to see this be released, and it looks amazing. Makes me even more excited to read the final book in The Iron Fey series. I first notice the new cover for the book while looking around on Goodreads. I loved the first three books in this series. All such an amazing read. The Iron Knight book cover is very sexi, and look at Price Ash. Mmmm... My only petpeve is that I am not so sure I like the male model used for the cover but other than that it rocks!!!

To read more about "The Iron Knight", just go to the books Goodreads page found here.

(Front Cover)

Expected publication: October 25th 2011 by Harlequin (first published October 18th 2011)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In My Mailbox (#4)

A weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we post about all the books we have received whether in the mail, if we purchased it, or got it from our local library. 

Book I bought:

Books I won: 

Books I borrowed from the Library: 

Books I received for Review:


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