Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Spring Blog Carnival 1-8 May 2011


Yay!!! Here it is - antoher big blog hop with giveaways. I'm participating too and looking very much forward for visitors!

The Spring Blog Carnival is organized by Candace’s Book Blog http://www.candacesbookblog.com/, Reading Angel http://www.readingangel.com/, Pure Imagination http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/, and The Book Swarm http://www.bookswarm.blogspot.com/.

Thank you for doing that!


Let the Spring Blog Carnival begin!!!




Spring Blog Carnival

Here are the booths for challenges! No Carnival without some extra fun! Schedule for booths is here:

May 1st-

Reading Angel: Haunted House
Reading Teen: Fortune Tellers Booth

May 2nd-
Candace’s Book Blog: Food Court
The Mod Podge Bookshelf: House of Mirrors

May 3rd-
The Book Swarm: Roller Coaster
Actin’ Up With Books: Karaoke Booth

May 4th-
Pure Imagination: Kissing Booth
Lovely Lit: Once Upon a Time Booth

May 5th-
Awesomesauce Books: Gaming Booth
Books R Us: Medieval Booth

May 6th-
Extreme Reader Book Reviews: Guessing Booth
Colloquium: Cotton Candy Booth

May 7th-
The Minding Spot: Teacups Booth
Miss Remmers Review: It’s a Bad World Booth

Giveaway

Giveaway will be open from May 1 until May 7.
There will be two lucky winners - both of them can pick 1 book from The Book Depository under the Fiction category. The winners pick 1 book each and I will make sure they get these.

To participate, you have to fill in the Form:

As always, I am on the backend of the linky - nr. 186.

Have fun!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Interview with Lisa Sanchez - the author of The Hanaford Park Series and Obsessed

Ladies and gentlemen!

Please welcome one of my favorite new authors - Lisa Sanchez! Lisa is author of Eve of Samhain and Pleasures Untold from the Hanaford Park Series and the author of Obsessed. Lisa was so kind and agreed to give ma an interview and I was so happy when she accepted. Lisa, thank you so much!

Lisa also agreed to give one copy of her book Pleasures Untold to one of the readers. You will found details for the giveaway below. But let's start with the most important part first. Dear readers, I give you (drum rolls....) the fabulous author Lisa Sanchez!!!

Part I


I: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

L: Oh, boy! Here we go! My name is Lisa, and I’m a wife, a mother, an author, a taxi driver, a nurse, a cook, a maid and an enforcer most days.

I: What inspired you to want to become writer?

L: I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. I’ve had a creative flair ever since I was a young girl. When my youngest started school full time, I decided to give the writing thing a go.

I: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

That’s a good question. My mother certainly had ideas for me. She envisioned me as the next Erma Bombeck (I absolutely loved If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing In the Pits?) but I honestly don’t remember having one person I wanted to model myself after. I mean, sure, I of course wanted to be just like Jaime Sommers (Bionic Woman) and Wonder Woman, and kick ass and take names. But then, didn’t most girls?

I: What brought you to writing?

L: When did the idea of writing your first romance book formed? My BFF called me one day and started raving about this new YA series she’d read, telling me how I’d be hooked and wouldn’t be able to put the books down no matter how hard I tried. Of course, she was talking about Twilight, and she was right, lol! The writing bug bit me hard after that.

I: Why did you decide to write romance books?

L: I love the romance genre. I’ve tried to enjoy other types of books, but have never been able to derive the same type of enjoyment. It’s all about romance for me!

I: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a romance author?

L: I don’t see any disadvantages of being a romance author. I work from home, create stories I love and get to share them with the world. Sounds like an awesome job to me!

I: What do you do when you are not reading and writing and blogging? Do you have any hobbies?

L: I’m a cheer mom to the core. My three girls are all involved in All Star cheerleading, and I’m their biggest fan.

I: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

L: Managing my time. Now that I have a few books out, I find it’s a constant struggle to balance my time on social media with my writing.

I: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

L: I’m a wife and a mother first and foremost. Both are rewarding jobs that take up a majority of my time. So, if I wasn’t writing, I’m quite sure my girls would find even more things for me to help them with, lol!

Part II

I have read all your published books and I have to admit that you are becoming an author whose new books I will wait with big interest. So, let’s talk about your books, both the Hanaford Park Series and Obsessed.

I: Where do you get the ideas for your books from? How did the Hanaford Park Series born?

Eve of Samhain (The Hanaford Park Series, 1)L: The idea for Eve Of Samhain came about when I entered the first chapter in a short story contest. I fell in love with Quinn instantly, and knew I needed to finish his story. I didn’t plan on a series, at first, but Martha…well, she kept pestering me and wouldn’t shut up. I knew at that point each of the girls needed their own story.

I: Which book did you enjoy writing most: Eve of Samhain or Pleasures Untold? Why?

L: Argh! That’s a tough question! I enjoyed writing both books, and for different reasons. Quinn stole my heart from the get go. I loved him, loved his story arc and loved that he changed from a pompous ass to a good guy, all because of love. His HEA was particularly sweet to write. As for Martha, well…she’s a kick ass beast! I love how strong, yet vulnerable she is. It was a blast writing her fight scenes and getting inside her head.

I: Did you ever experienced writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

L: I’ve blogged about this a few times. I write in bursts. I can put large amounts of words on paper in a short time, but then need to break to refuel my muse. When I try to deviate from this, or, if there is a stressor in my home life, the words don’t come as easily. I’m not sure this would classify as writer’s block. If words don’t come for me, it’s because I’ve deviated from what works for me.

I: Which character do you love most in your Hanaford Park Series?

L: Ahhh! You’re killing me, Smalls! In protest of this difficult question, I will answer with my favorite out of each book so far. I feel I need to preface my answer with the fact that I love ALL my characters. Some just shine a bit more than others. From EOS, I love Quinn. From PU, I love Martha, and from book three, I love Gabriel.

I: Is it difficult for you to write sex scenes?

Pleasures Untold (The Hanaford Park Series)
L: Hee hee…no. I’m actually kinda good at writing shmexy times, which is funny as I’m really quite shy. As my mother always says “It’s those quiet ones you have to watch out for!”

I: Your male heroes in the Hanford Park series have some kind of specific identify – Quinn is originally with Irish heritage and Xan with Spanish heritage. I loved when these two guys were talking using their roots and language, it made them extra cute in my opinion. Is there any specific reason why your male characters in Hanford Series have Irish and Spanish background?

L: I’m a huge sucker for Irish and Scottish accents! My mother is a Campbell, so I’ve got a lot of Scottish blood running through my veins, Irish too. When I was looking for a mythical creature to base the book on, the Irish legend of the Gancanagh was too awesome to pass up. As far as Xan, and his Spanish background, well…who doesn’t love a shmexy Latin hero? I know I can’t pass one up. I married one :)

I: Where do you get the inspiration from for your hot and sexy characters?

L: I draw inspiration from just about everything. A lot of the dialog and goofy situations are spin offs of things that have happened to me, or my friends. As for the hot descriptions of the leading men? Let’s just say I have a very vivid imagination :)

I: Obsessed is so far the latest published book and it is purely romance book with no paranormal aspect in it. Why did you make a jump from paranormal romance genre to fictional romance?

L: The answer is simple: The characters and the story idea wouldn’t go away! I’m married to a police officer, so I hear about a lot of unpleasant things on a daily basis. The idea for Obsessed popped into my head and refused to be ignored. I stopped trying to fight it and just went with it.

I: How long time did it take for you to write all three books?

L: Eve Of Samhain took four months, Pleasures Untold, six months, and Obsessed about six months.

I: Do you know how many copies of these three books have you sold already?

L: Um...yes and no? Honestly, I’m not really sure of what my grand total in sales is so far. This is, of course, my own fault. I get monthly statements from my publisher with a detailed account of what I’ve sold. I’ve just never bothered to tally it all up.

I: I must ask you about new books to be published. I have understood that next book will be from the Hanaford Park Series. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

L: Book three in the Hanaford Park series focuses on Taylor and Gabriel. If you’ve read Pleasures Untold, you know she gets sent back in time at the end of the book. If you’ve paid attention, you also know there is something going on between her and Gabriel. Taylor’s book is a bit different from the first two in that we get to see things from more than one POV. Yay! We get to see inside Gabriel’s head as well. Ahem…cough, sputter…both Gabriels…ahem.

Part III – Favorites

I: Who is your favorite author?

L: J.R. Ward

I: What is your favorite book or series?

L: Favorite series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Favorite book in the series: Lover Revealed

I: What is your favorite book blog you follow?

L: Okay, that’s a tough question. I follow quite a few. I’m gonna have to go with Parajunkee’s View.

I: What is your favorite song?

L: At the moment, it’s Born This Way by Lady Gaga

I: What is your favorite season?

L: Summer

I: What is your favorite food?

L: Chocolate!

I: What is your favorite car?

L: I’m not a car chick. I’ll just say a car that’s full of gas that I didn’t have to pay for, lol!

I: What is your favorite color?

L: Pink

I: What is your favorite movie?

L: Gah! Again with the making me choose stuff! I’m going to go with The Notebook or Pride And Prejudice

I: What is your favorite time of the day?

L: Mornings

I: What is your favorite weather?

L: I like it hot. Like 85 degrees hot.

Part IV

I: What did you know about Estonia before I found your books and contacted you?

L: :) Admittedly, I knew Jack about Estonia before you contacted me. I did a little research and discovered your beautiful country is bordered on the North by Finland, by the Baltic Sea on the West and Latvia on the South. Woo hoo for impromptu geography lessons!!!! Did I pass?

Yes, you definitely did, Lisa!

Thank you, Lisa, for answering all my many questions! I really appreciate it! :)

Now to the giveaway. One lucky reader will receive Pleasures Untold written by Lisa. The rules are as follows:

The contest is active from April 29 until May 6. The winner will be announced on May 7.
The contest is international.
You need to be follower of this blog to participate.

Amethyst Daydreams: 500 Followers Giveaway!

Amethyst Daydreams: 500 Followers Giveaway!: "Hi everyone!! I've had some things sitting on my desk for a giveaway for a while and I think I need to go ahead and give them away!! Here's ..."

Friday Blog Hopping (3)

It's Friday, so let's do some blog hopping! I am following 2 of them, first of them is featured by Parajunkee's View




Follow Friday always features a blog on Friday's and this week, the featured blog is: Starting The New Chapter. Take alook at her blog!

Question of the week is:
Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?


I would take following books:
Twilight Series (4 books)
Lover Avenged by J.R.Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris) (Sookie Stackhouse series)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Idiot by Fjodor Dostojevskij
Master and Margarita by Bulgakov

P.S. This list might change during the months and years, but at the moment this list would be it!

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

1.(Required) Follow the Follow and any one else you want to follow on the list
2.(Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://startingthenextchapterbooks.blogspot.com/
3.Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5.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 are a new follower if you don't say "HI".
6.If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7.If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

The linky list is below!
 
The second Blog Hop I am participating at is: Crazy for Books
 
Book Blogger Hop
 
Questions of the week is: "Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"


The answer is very easy:

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris!

To participate in this blog hop: your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

1. Enter your book blog link in the Linky List below, including the genre that you review!
In your link, please state the main genre that you review: eclectic, contemp. fiction, ya, paranormal, mystery, non-fiction, etc.
2. Post about the Hop on your blog. Spread the word about the book party! The more the merrier! In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!).

Linky link for Parajunkee's View hop you can find here .
Linky list to Crazy for Books hop you can find here .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Witch-hunt for writer of erotic novels!

I want to share something with you, that makes me mad and which is seriously disturbing. Author S.M. Reine posted this article in her blog and when I read the full article - I was speechless. The article is about an English teacher writing erotic novels. You can found it here.

Some parents found out about an English teacher writing erotic books and now the witch-hunt has started. I think it is incredibly simple-minded for parents not realizing, that erotic is normal part of human race. We all like it, either we admit it or not.

The writer's name is Judy Mays and she writes perfectly normal erotic books for adults. The fact that she is an English teacher should only be good, because she KNOWS HOW to write. She writes erotic novels in her spare time and my question is, why not?! Judy Mays does not sell her books in the school to juveniles; her books can be bought like all other books in the world - through legal channels for adults.

When I saw the video clip where parents were so shocked, and wanted the school to fire this teacher, I was thinking: what kind of parents are they?

Firstly, kids need to have some kind of sexual knowledge before they start up their own lives. The more educated they are on sexual topics, the less we have unwanted pregnancies, sexual sicknesses etc.

Secondly, Judy Mays does not promote her books for juveniles. She writes legal adult books. There is nothing criminal about it! And if these parents think, that their kids do not think, read or dream about erotic topics - this is just an illusion! Trust me; kids are very smart and quick finding whatever information needed from the big wide internet. To start a witch-hunt due to the fact that Judy Mays is writing erotic novels is (excuse my language) very stupid and ignorant.

What do you think?



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review - The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood


Review - The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

Author: Julie Garwood

The Ideal ManRelease date: 9th of August 2011
Published by: Penguin Group (USA)
Imprint: Dutton
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Mystery, Detective, Suspense
Pages: 352 in Hardcover
Source: Netgalley.com

From Goodreads:

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.


Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.


Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.

The Ideal Man is genuinely a good book. Julie Garwood is a very good and experienced writer which also shows from her writing. If you like to read romantic suspense, then this book would definitely be for you. It was an easy and entertaining read.

Meet Ellie, an intelligent, kind, generous and beautiful surgeon, who has been hiding most of her life from the stalker from her past. Her life gets more complicated when she is becoming an eye-witness to shooting where one FBI agent gets shot. Besides the stalker from the past, she now needs to struggle with one more threat to her life – a coldblooded hit man, who has got the task to eliminate her.

Ellie meets with Max, a FBI agent who has been working on catching the shooters for several months. Max needs to find out how much Ellie witnessed and during the interview these two get attached to each other very quickly. Max is taking on a personal task to protect Ellie whatever the cost.

I really enjoyed reading how the relationship developed between Ellie and Max. Author did a very good job describing the sizzling connection between the main two characters. There was tension, attraction, humor – everything you need in a good and captivating romance.

Ellie’s family was very loveable, especially her parents trying to protect their daughter. I loved the scenes describing Ellie’s family! I think that Ellie’s dad was so sweet, so I totally fell for his attention and worry to his daughter. Ellie’s sister Ava was definitely a character who added little spice – she was not nice at all, but the parts of the book where Ellie and Ava were interacting were fascinating to me. It also added several good laughs to the book.

To sum it up, The Ideal Man is very good book from this genre. It was entertaining, interesting, had good romance in it, there were realistic characters and very sweet ending!
4 stars out of 5.


Thanks for NetGalley.com providing a free galley for reviewing.

Teaser Tuesday (2)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “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!


The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)My teaser from this week is from The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.

After another round of chilling nightmares, I woke up shortly after four, my heart pounding and my blood cold in my veins. I could still feel the water fill my lungs as I struggled to take a breath, could still see the dark swirls of blood that surrounded me as the current pulled me under, and the more I struggleded, the deeper I sank.
I am currently reading this book, and I have to tell you - it's a must read!
 
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bookish: 200 Followers Celebration Giveaway!!! Open Interna...

Bookish: 200 Followers Celebration Giveaway!!! Open Interna...: "I'm super excited to announce my 200 Followers Celebration giveaway ! :) Thank you so much all my followers for being here with me, suppor..."

Giveaway at Down The Rabbit Hole!

There is a very nice giveaway organized by: Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole


Go and take a look!

Winners of Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop!


Winners!!!!

First of all, thank you so much for participating! There were 198 participants and that makes me very glad.

Winners were drawn by using Random.org. 

And the winners are:

1 Gift Certificate of 20 $ from Amazon.com is:
Michelle Bledsoe, emails starts with koonie288

1 Gift Certificate of 20$ from Amazon.com is:
Linda Henderson, email starts with seriousreader

Blog feature with interview winner is:
TheJay2xA with the blog http://readinghobby2.blogspot.com/

The winners will be contacted by email and they have 48 hours to respond. If no answer, then I will pick new winners. Remember - 48 hours!!!

Again, thanks for participating!

P.S. I am glad to say, that winners have already contacted me!

Interview and giveaway with S.M. Reine - author of Six Moon Summer

Today, I am sincerely glad to welcome a debuting author of the book Six Moon Summer, S.M. Reine.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome S.M. Reine!

S.M. Reine was so kind and agreed to give us an interview and also give away one of her new book - Six Moon Summer, which is coming out in couple of days - 29th of April. You can find my review of the book here: Review of Six Moon Summer.

The interview is in four sections. First section is about S.M. Reine, second section is about Six Moon Summer, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites and last part is just for fun.

Part I – SM Reine

I: When I first realized, that you are going to publish a book, my first thought was: so young and already writing books! Have you had similar reactions from your readers, reviewers and supporters?

I’ve been writing for a very long time despite my age. I tried to publish my first book when I was eleven -- twelve years ago now! -- and that surprised a lot of people. I did a book report on one of my own novels once, much to the amusement of my teachers. I’m getting old enough now that it seems to surprise fewer people, though.

I: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

I’m a writer/geek/mom with way too many cats and a love of baking cookies. I’m silly and weird and very shy in person, which is probably why I do so much better on the Internet. I’ve been writing fantasy for years and hope to keep doing so until the day I die.

I: What inspired you to want to become writer?

My mother stayed home with my sisters and me when we were little, and she occupied the time by writing. I remember sitting with her while she chatted with New York editors on the phone. I knew that I wanted to be just like her and immediately began writing, too.

I: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a debut novel writer?

Nobody knows your name yet, so you don’t have any kind of built-in fan base or reputation to fall back upon. On the other hand, you don’t have a bad reputation, either! There’s a lot of opportunity to make a positive impression if you’re willing to work for it.

I: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

I’ve always wanted to write, but I also wanted to be an astronaut, an archaeologist, and an artist, in that order. I dreamed of dinosaurs and ancient Egypt and flying away to Neverland.

I: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing a book formed?

I wrote my first book in sixth grade when I finally grew enough patience to dedicate myself to a novel-length project. I was really into “The Wheel of Time” and “Sailor Moon,” so the product was kind of like a shameful mishmash of the two. 100,000 words isn’t bad for a sixth grader, though!

I: Why did you decide to write a YA book?

I’ve loved YA for years and never grew out of it. I hope I never do! YA fiction is awesome. Since it’s what I like to read, it’s what I like to write, too.

I: Do you have any plans for future to write adult books?

I’m actually looking at releasing a steampunk novella at the end of June that’s oriented toward adults, although it could have YA crossover appeal. I’m also thinking of publishing an adult urban fantasy series once I finish Six Moon Summer and its sequels.

I: What do you do when you are not reading and writing and blogging? Do you have any hobbies?

Nope. Haha, just kidding! I love movies and TV shows, so I watch a lot of Netflix, and I like to play Scrabble with my husband. Since I just had a baby, though, I’m not allowed to have any hobbies that don’t involve holding him anymore. ;)

Part II – Six Moon Summer

I: Tell us about your new book Six Moon Summer? What is it about?

Six Moon Summer is about a girl who gets mauled by a monster and starts transforming into the thing that attacked her.

I: How long did it take to write Six Moon Summer? Did you have any writing blocks where you felt that writing process was not moving ahead?

It actually only took about a month to write. The editing process took longer because I had to clean up my messy writing! I think I stalled for a couple days in there, but it mostly came out in one big rush.

I: When I read your book, I loved the surrounding you created for the plot – summer camp. Have you ever been to summer camps?

Thank you! I went to Girl Scout camp twice when I was a child, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the summer camp in Six Moon Summer. We didn’t get to ride horses, much less get attacked by werewolves.

I: Which character in the book is closest to you as a person?

Cassidy, who is Rylie’s friend. I used to be that weird kid who drew all over her arms in high school. It drove my parents nuts!

I: Which character did you struggle with?

I had a hard time getting to know Seth. I’m still not sure I pinned him down. He’s a charming guy, but so mysterious. Rylie and I don’t know much about him.

I: I personally could relate to several characters in the Six Moon Summer. Are any your characters based off real people?

No, I never write characters based on people I know. It seems like a good way to lose friends if you kill off their characters! I let them grow organically out of the needs of the plot.

I: When can we read the second book of the series?

I’m hoping to release it in October this year, but I’ll announce an official release date later in the summer.

I: How many books do you plan to write in the series?

There will be four-- one for each season. Since this was summer, the next will be autumn, and then I’ll do winter and spring after that. I don’t have titles yet, unfortunately. I’m really bad with titles.

Part III – 10 favorites

I: Who is your favorite author?

Stephen King! He’s wonderfully creepy, and most of his books take place in Maine, where I’ve never been. It sounds like a magical fantasyland to me.

I: What is your favorite book?

It’s definitely Peter Pan. I loved the story as a child, and the themes of growing up and responsibility resonate with me more as I get older.

I: What is your favorite blog you follow?

Ooh, I could never pick out of all the amazing book blogs I read. I’m going to have to say Cute Overload! I spend so much time reading and writing about monsters that I love to get a cute break once in awhile.

I: What is your favorite song?

“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve. Can you have a favorite emotion? Because if you can, bittersweetness is definitely mine, and the song captures it perfectly.

I: What is your favorite season?

Autumn. Summer is relentlessly hot where I live, so the first breaths of cool air are a relief. And it’s harvest time, too, so I get to cook the best food!

I: What is your favorite food?

All of it! I love to eat. :)

I: What is your favorite car?

I drive a Prius because I’m a big hippie, but when I win the lottery, I would love a Tesla Roadster. Gorgeous car, totally electric.

I: What is your favorite color?

I think red is my favorite color. I look good in red clothing!

I: What is your favorite movie?

As I mentioned before, I adore movies, so I couldn’t possibly pick one above the rest. I am extremely fond of Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” though, because Rachel Weisz is gorgeous and the story is so bittersweet. (There it is again!)

I: What is your favorite time of the day?

Morning, just before sunrise, when everything is quiet and still.

I: What is your favorite weather?

Rain! I live in the desert. It only rains a couple days a year, and when it does, everything goes cool and the air smells like damp sagebrush. It’s incredible.

Part IV

I: What did you know about Estonia before I found your blog? :)

Honestly, nothing at all! I envisioned it as some tiny country near Russia, and then I looked it up and realized I was completely wrong. I’ve always been horrible at geography. I’m sorry! Forgive me!

(Sara, you were almost right! Estonia is a tiny spot on the map next to Russia! :) )


Thank you so much for answering all my questions! It is really appreciated and I had a lot of fun doing that together with you! It was a pleasure!


Six Moon Summer giveaway!


And now... (Drum roll!!!) Sara has been so kind to give one Six Moon Summer book for giveaway for our readers. The giveaway is international.

To participate in the giveaway, please enter the form below. The contest ends on the 1st of May and the winner will be announced on the 2nd of May.

Good luck!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spring Fever Blog Hop - 25 - 30 April 2011

WARNING! Sexy pictures below!



SPRING FEVER BLOG HOP!



This blog hop is organized by : Demon Lover's Books and More and Badabingnow.net





The Spring Fever giveaway and blog hop starts:

Monday, April 25th at 12:01am EST and ends on April 30th at Midnight.

Since I live in a very different timezone from the organizers, this post will be out 12:01 AM CEET+2 on the April 25, that means slightly earlier than others..




Go and check it out!
It's actually fun and the blog is worth of reading!

Huh, my giveaway will be from the site called Loose Id where they sell erotic romance books. The winner receives 10$ gift ceritifacte which can be used on Loose Id to buy books according to your own taste.

To participate and win you need to leave a comment with you GFC follower name, email where I can reach you and also your blog name. Winner will be announced on the 1st of May.

Good luck and Happy Spring Fever Hopping!

In My Mailbox (2)

The Ideal Man
Happy Easter, everybody! Time to tell what is In My Mailbox. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I received for reviewing:

The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood.
ARC received from NetGalley.com
To be released on August 9, 2011


Discover Your Leadership StyleDiscover Your Leadership Style by Mark Chew
Received from the author.
Review will first appear on this site in June, due to the request from the author. Author will come by in July to give an interview as well.

Actually, I am looking very much forward to read  both of these books. They are different from what I usually read, but it's going to be fun!!


Spells (Aprilynne Pike)This week I bought:

Spells by Aprilynne Pike.
I finished her first book Wings and decided to go for the next book in the series.

Yes, only one book. I have so many books waiting for me to start reading in my Kindle, so this week I only purchased one.


Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)This week I preordered:

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris.
Charlaine Harris is the author of one of my favorite series - Sookie Stackhouse series and I can't wait!!!!!


This books is going to be released on May 3, 2011.

Happy Reading, everybody!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review of Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Wings with Bonus Material
Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release date: 1st of May 2009
Published by: Harper Teen
Reading level: YA
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
URL: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/
Pages: 294 in Hardcover
Source: amazon.com Kindle for PC
Series: Wings, book 1


Summary from Goodreads:

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.


Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.


In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

First sentence: Laurel’s shoes flipped a cheerful rhythm that defied her dark mood.

Meet Laurel, a shy and beautiful girl and a sophomore who has so far been homeschooled by her mom and who is attending her first day at Del Norte High. During her first day in the school she meets David, who becomes her friend and bio study-buddy. David is a nice person whom Laurel can trust which comes very important to Laurel when she understands, that she is different and changing. David is the one and only person to tell and assure Laurel, that nothing is wrong with her, but suggests she needs to find out what it exactly is that is happening to her. David uses his knowledge about biology to help Laurel.

Everything changes and comes up in speed when Laurel goes back to the place she grew up. She meets Tamani and finds out who she really is. She needs to come in terms with the fact that she is not human.

I had big difficulties reading the first third of the book. I managed to read couple of other books before I turned back to Wings, but I am very glad that I did it. Beginning of the book did not capture me the way I’d wanted to, the plot simply developed too slowly. The Wings picked up again after Laurel met Tamani and then it started to be interesting. When I finished it, I was sincerely glad that I didn’t put it totally aside.

Laurel’s relationship with both David and Tamani after Tamani’s appearance was what saved the book for me. I loved the intensity between Laurel and Tamani and it was nicely balanced with security what Laurel felt with David.

Wings had a slow start, but fortunately when the last page was read, I already started looking for the next book in series – Spells. Looking forward reading that soon.

I would give this book 3 stars out of 5.





Friday, April 22, 2011

Review - Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine

Author:  S.M. Reine

Release date: 29th of April 2011
Published by: Independently
Reading level: YA
URL: http://www.sixmoonsummer.com/
Pages: 200
Source: ARC from author
Series: Seasons of the Moon

Summary from Goodreads:

Rylie's parents are going through a messy divorce. They send her to summer camp to get her out of the way of their fighting lawyers, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly.


One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest. A wild animal mauls her. She's certain she won't survive.


Instead of dying, she wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning. The only sign that something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat. A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth.

 
Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's only six moons away from transforming forever and losing her life to the hunger…


First sentence: The moon rose high in the sky.

In the beginning of the book author gives a very captivating prelude, which draws a nice picture of what is going to happen in the coming chapters. But you never realize that there will be lot of twists and turns before you finish reading Six Moon Summer.

Meet Rylie, a girl whose parents are divorcing and who is sent to summer camp for three months. Rylie dislikes everything about the camp: the food, the people, hiking and she misses her city a lot. She feels misplaced and outsider and she would rather hide herself in the cabin on her cot instead of participating what the camp has to offer.

The summer camp meets her with some hostility, girls whom she shares the cabin with start openly comment her and bullying her. After the heartbreaking scene, where other girls are going through Rylie’s things and reading her diary, Rylie runs off to the forest, not realizing what danger is waiting for her. Danger that will change her life completely.

What I liked about the Six Moon Summer

I loved the surroundings and setting that author created for the book – the Camp Silver Brook. Usually there are only two types of opinions about summer camps and this was also mirrored in the book – either you love it or you hate it. Rylie’s view on the camp was very clear in the beginning of the book, but it changes throughout the book, Rylie learns to love the opportunities that he camp offered to her after she started changing. I think the author does a wonderful job describing the Camp Silver Brook, otherwise typical summer camp for young people. The way author described the summer camp - it made me wish to visit the place!

The plot itself was captivating, as said; there were some interesting twists and turns in the book. First you find yourself in the summer camp, then a brief visit to the city where Rylie is from, then back to the camp. There were several events and topics, what kept me reading Six Moon Summer and made it an interesting read: divorce in the family, bullying people who are different among the teens, paranormal aspects of the book, death in the family and last, but not least the characters.

S.M. Reine did an excellent job with her female characters. Rylie was well thought through, a teen girl who felt totally out of space and room; Amber was a typical teenager, who thought herself being better than others; I absolutely adored Louisa, Rylie’s counselor in the camp; Cassidy with her rebellion heart. All that made the female characters strong, interesting and easy to associate with. The male characters of the book were weaker in my opinion, but Rylie’s dad was very sympathetic, a dad which everyone would love to have.

What I think author can improve.

There were couple of scenes in the book, where I found the actions of the characters little farfetched. For example I found the scene where Seth starts to tie Rylie up before her change too strange. It was a tiny bit too much for YA book in my opinion. I understood the necessity of that, but still it felt awkward to me.

The second episode what felt alien to me was the aggressiveness in Rylie which she expressed when she started to change into werewolf. It happened too fast and it did not suite to Rylie as a character.

Seth was a mystery to me. I really liked him in the book, but there was something in him, that seemed flat. I needed more background information about him than I got from the first book. He was not captivating enough. He was nice, good looking, helpful, mysterious – he could really be lovable character, but what I missed was a spark, a fire inside him.

Generally speaking I think Six Moon Summer was a very good book and an interesting start for series and I will be looking forward to reading the sequels. S.M. Reine’s book is definitely worth of reading.

4 stars out of 5.

P.S. Author S.M. Reine will come by and give us an interview and giveaway on the 26th of April. Stay tuned!

Blog Hopping (2)


Friday Book Blog Hop!




This blog hop is featured by : Parajunkee's View



Parajunkee's View also features one blog every week. this week it is: The Cait Files
Go at check out her blog!

Question of the week is:
Q. What is on your current playlist right now?


My answer:
30 seconds to Mars
Muse
Staind
Dagö

Designing your blog - is everything allowed these days?

As you can see I am really in the mood of blogging today :)

Since I am networking my blog a lot these days, I ended up on a site where there are lots of other book bloggers as myself. After I joined this interesting club of other bloggers and writers, I started to get emails asking to come and visit their blogs and also emails from aspiring writers who asked for reviews. One of the emails I received was very interesting and I thought, OK, let's take a look at her blog and especially her writing.

When I opened her "two-in-one" book and author blog, I was mildly said shocked. What shocked me mostly was a design of her blog. I was thinking - WHAT the heck is THAT?!!!??

What I saw, and that was before I even intended to read how she writes, was the design of her blog. It was literally ugly, bloody, without any taste or tone. It was literally atrocious. You can believe me when I am saying that I am very tolerant and open-minded towards lot of things, this was simply too much even for me. Pictures of bloody dead people, bloody alive persons, bloody babies. I have nothing against pictures of dead people, but you can show them in much more beautiful frames compared to what I saw on this blog.

Of course, I have to mention here that this young writer was writing horror stories, but still, the design of her blog was not horrifying, it was simply ugly to look at. I have seen several blogs of the writers who do write books in the same genre, but the design of these blogs have been artful, beautiful, little creepy, but still tasteful.

Call me snobby or picky, but I never made to her writing. I found her blog so incredibly distasteful, than I decided not to read her stories. I am not sorry about that. I think there are some things what you simply do not do while designing your blog. I wrote a polite email to her, that thank you for offering me to review your writing, but I found you blog design being offensive.

I thought this would NEVER happen to me, that I will not read stories which might have a great potential in the future and that it was design of the blog which stopped me. But it did.

I will not mention the name of the aspiring writer and her blog, because I hope that she learned just a little from my feedback and that MAYBE there are people in the big fantastic world who will like her blog. I simply couldn't.

That brings me to the topic I wanted to touch in this blog post: Design of the blogs. Some of you might think: Hey, stop it right there, your blog has no design what so ever, so what are you complaining about? Firstly, I am working on the design of my blog and secondly, I would rather have no design at all than having very very very distastefully designed blog!

So people - bloggers, writers, designers - my call to you today is that when you create something, try to have at least some taste. If you are a writer and want people to read what you write, then THINK before you design your blog. You might lose important readers, publishers etc before they even reach your writing because of the design of your blog. Ask for some professional designer help, especially when you want readers to reach you. You can design ugly things beautifylly. It would work much better for all your potential readers!
Book Blogger Hop

Time to do some hopping again! This weekly meme is featured by Crazy-Books.com http://www.crazy-for-books.com/



Question of the week is:
"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"


My answer would be: definitely YES!
I can give you couple of examples of the writers whom I love to read:

Stephenie Meyers - I have read so far all her books.
J.R. Ward - I love her BDB series and will read whatever else she published on BDB.
Charlaine Harris - I adore her Sookie Stackhouse books.  Already preordered her new book in the series.
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunters series.

These are just very few examples. Since this list of authors would be quite long, then I just picked these four.

Happy hopping!

Audiobooks - Am I the only one who doesn't know how to listen to them?

Happy Good Friday everyone!
Before I come to the topic I wanted to write about, I would like to say welcome to all my new followers. I am glad that you are here and I sincerely hope that you will find something interesting here for every single one of you.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleI just finished reading an article about audiobooks. It seems that many readers and also writers like to read through listening by using audiobooks. I have to admit, that I have only once listened to audiobook and had difficulties with it. The book was written by Stephen R. Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. First I read his book and then I received his audiobook, too. I really wanted to try listening an audiobook. I was not very successful with it and after that I have never bought audiobooks.

I loved his book, so it has nothing to do with the content of the book. When I started listening the audio version of the book, I was driving a long distance from one end of the country to another. I simply couldn't concentrate. Instead of losing myself into the book, I lost myself in my own thoughts. I had to rewind the audiobook again and again, because I could not follow it. Maybe the distractions came from the beautiful nature which was outside of my car, maybe something else. Two years later, I still have this single audiobook, but I have never listened it to the end.

So my question to you is, how do you do it? When do you listen to audiobooks? Do you do something else in the same time?

If you have any tips, what is the good way of listening the audiobook, let me know. I have seen so many people listening audiobooks and enjoying it a lot. So share your thoughts with me. If you have any audiobooks, that you would recommend, let me know.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hoppy Easter Eggstravag​anza Giveaway Hop!!!!!



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This wonderful hop is organized by Kathy at: I Am A Reader Not A Writer








I am very glad that she is organizing it and proud to be part of it.
Over 200 participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway and we are all linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another.
I have 1 great giveaway and one surprise. There will be 2 winners plus 1 surprise receiver!
First giveaway will be a gift certificate of 20$ in amazon.com. 2 people will receive the gift certificate from me. It is important that you write your email address correctly on the form below!





Surprise is for all bloggers who end up here during the blog hop. I will pick one of you to be featured here in the blog! It means that in case you win, I will be writing about you and your blog and you will have chance to tell about your blogging experience to the readers.

All winners will be picked by using Random.org

Giveaway Details:
To enter giveaway please follow this blog then fill out the form below.
Last Day to Enter is 25th of April

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Happy Hopping!!!

Teaser Tuesday 1

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

This is the first Teaser Tuesday I am writing and I a am excited about it! The rules are as follows:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “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!


My Teaser:

The moon rose high in the sky.

Rylie's veins pulsed with its power. It pressed against her bones, strained against her muscles, and fought to erupt from her flesh.
A wolf's howl broke the silence of the night. It called to her, telling her to change.
This teaser is from the book I am reading for reviewing: Six Moon Summer by SM Reine.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Looks Forward

I hope that everybody had a nice weekend, I certainly did!!

Monday Looks Forward is about the coming week, what books I will be reading and what book related posts and events you will see in my blog during the coming week. I like planning ahead!

On Wednesday the wonderful Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop will start. Me and my blog will also participate with two good giveaways to receive. The Hoppy Eggstravaganza Blog hop will last from 20th till 25th of April. So from Wednesday till next Monday you simply must do some blog hopping. I am absolutely sure it will be lot of fun to read different blogs. I am definitely looking forward to it! Luckily I have 3 days off, so there is plenty of time to go and explore other blogs.

There will be reviews of two-three books during this week. Today was a really good blogger's day! I got 2 books for reviewing and since these are books received directly from the author/publisher you can imagine how happy I am! Besides that, it is a first time I contacted the author directly and got acceptance. So lots of fun reading and writing. What else can make a book blogger happier than get the trust from writers and publishers?! I am so happy!

Besides that I will be reading a galley received from NetGalley.com !!! There are first times for everything!

To finish my happy babbling about writers, books and reviewing, the last news are that one debut author  SM Reine whose book Six Moon Summer will be published towards the end of this month agreed to give an interview! I was amazed by her blog and page - there are so many good articles and posts on her blog!


Too many good books to read and too little time! So I'd better go and start reading!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

This the first time, I am writing In My Mailbox post. I am excited to be part of the blogs who participate in the In My Mailbox Meme. This meme is hosted by The Story Siren so check out her blog, too!

Books I have bought this week:

The first on is actually a book I bought today:
The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story

The Woman I Was Born to Be by Susan Boyle.
Since I am and was a fan of her and followed Susan Boyle's fantastic road, I decided that I will read it. I was fascinated by her voice, it is just so powerful and beautiful. I am looking forward to read it, it would be a good change from the genres I usually read. Hopefully I will be able to finish it soon and post a review.
The verison I am reading is in Estonian.



The second book, which I happened to buy today is children's book for my son:
Jänku Jussi lood by Jaanus and Janika Leoste.
It is a book about family of bunnies, who teach useful and quite smart things to children - how to behave in the nature, how to behave and move in trafic, how to travel, what different holidays mean etc. It is based of cartoons which in my opinion are very good and non-violent.
Unfortunately no image.

Then I got free download for: Wings by Aprilynne Pike
I will participate in the read-along. I am little late, but I think I will pick-up on the read along quite quickly.
Wings Free with Bonus Material

New books next week!

Eleusinian Mysteries: Win an ARC of Forgotten by Cat Patrick!

Eleusinian Mysteries: Win an ARC of Forgotten by Cat Patrick!: "Add to GOODREADS Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a n..."

Saturday, April 16, 2011

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: 5th of April 2011
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
URL: http://www.mortalinstruments.com
Pages: 424 in Kindle for PC
Source: Kindle for PC

From Goodreads:
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.


I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare's books and City of Fallen Angels only increased the love towards the writer! I loved couple of new characters who were brought in to this book and also development of already known characters.

I enjoyed the first three books of the series tremendously and I did not have to be disappointed with the fourth book.

The book starts from the time City of Glass ended – Valentine was destroyed, Jace got a new beginning and Simon got the Mark. With Valentine dead and gone, everything should be nice and calm in the world of Shadowhunters, but sudden deaths of Shadowhunters is starting to threaten the Law and the Clave and the peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

This book presented mostly Simon’s point of view. In the beginning it was little weird for me, because previous books have been presented mostly from Clary’s side. It took me little time to get used to it, but just couple of chapters later, it was already captivating.

Fact, that Simon was having relationship both with Isabelle and Maia was funny to read, especially the discussion Simon had with Clary about it. In my opinion Simon and Isabelle would be good together, but let’s see if that would happen in next book.

I was so glad to read that Simon and Jace became closer to becoming friends. I liked that turn a lot, because these two characters have much more in common than just Clary. I got several good laughs when these two were teasing each other and Jordan. These were my favorite parts of the book. As said, I grew on Simon a lot and one of the reasons for that was that he and Jace could come in terms with each other.

Kyle/Jordan was a nice surprise for me. I think it brought a good twist and little spice into the plot. His connection to Maia was unexpected to me. I am hoping to see more of Jordan in the coming books. His character was interesting, little conflicted and I liked that.

Another new character which I found interesting was Camille. I guess the reason for that is, that I have always had a heart for naughty ancient vampires. I would have loved to read more about what actually went on between her and Magnus.

What I definitely missed in this book was more of Alec and Magnus. Towards the end of the book I felt sorry for Magnus when Alec started questioning Magnus about his love affairs from the past. It was visible for me that Magnus loves Alec. Alec’s jealousy was cute, but it also held a lot of pain due to Magnus being almost immortal and him being Shadowhunter who has limited amount of years to live. I wonder how the author will solve that problem.

Last but not least relationship between Clary and Jace was complicated. Their relationship in this book was not my favorite. In a way it was kept in the background by the author. Other characters seemed to have much more dedicated and well wrote pages than these two together. Maybe it just seemed so and maybe it is because I really hoped that Clary and Jace would finally be together forever and ever. I understood what Jace went through, but I had difficulties with him giving up so easily on hope for Clary and himself. Then again, I absolutely loved the ending of the book! It was nothing I honestly expected. After the end of the book I also understood the author better why she had to write Jace being so tormented.

4 stars out of 5.

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