Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (6)

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!

My this week's teaser is following:

Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)"And you are?.." I asked as we shuffled downs the steps. It almost strained my neck to look up at him.
"Don't you know who I am?" Blondy McBlonderson snapped, the smile replaced with a smug smirk.
"Should I?" I asked blankly.
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz, page 19.

Summary from Goodreads:

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?



Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.


But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


To be published by Harlequin Teen on 28th of June 2011.

Suzy Turner: Q&A with book blogger Inga Silberg

I was interviewd by Suzy Turner and here you can see the result! Feel free to visit Suzy's blog and say hi.

Thanks Suzy for having me! It was fun!

Suzy Turner: Q&A with book blogger Inga Silberg: "Have you ever read a book that made you think 'wow'? If so, what book was it and why did it have such an effect on you? Yes, definitely! Th..."

Monday Looks Forward (6)

Happy Monday, everybody!

This week has started with the challenge to me -my son got chickenpox from kindergarten. So, no daily work, I'm staying at home with my kid. Hopefully he'll get better soon and I'll get to read some books!

Time to share what the coming week will bring to my blog.

Current giveaways:

Author giveaway - Kristie Cook interview and giveaway of her books Promise and Purpose: Here.
This giveaway runs until midnight of the 5th of June.

Splash Into Summer Giveaway - open internationally and you can find it here.
This giveaway will run until midnight of 31st of May.

Weekly memes:

Monday Looks Forward on Monday
Teaser Tuesday on Tuesday
Wednesday Wonderings on Wednesday  - guest post by aspiring author Westrina from Ramblings of a Teenage Novelist who will write bout what makes a good book good.
Follow Friday and Book Blog Hop on Friday
In My Mailbox on Sunday

Features:I will be featured on author Suzy Turner's blog. Looking forward to that and I will anyway post a link here when it's up.

Reviews:
This week I won't make any promises, I'll simply do my best.

Happy Monday and Happy reading!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Interview and giveaway with Kristie Cook - wonderful author of Promise and Purpose

Today I'm very excited to have an interview with a wonderful author - Kristie Cook.

She has published 2 books in Soul Savior's series: Promise and Purpose. You can find my review of Promise here and review of Purpose here.


You can imagine, how happy I was when she agreed to answer to all my questions! I'll give you details where to find her in the cyberspace :) I encourage you to find her and follow her!




Find Kristie at:

Twitter: @kristiecookauth
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook
Blog: www.KristieCook.com




And now to the interview. Interview is divided into several parts, first part is about Kristie Cook as a person, second is about her books, third part is about her favorites.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kristie Cook!

Part I

I: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?
KC: I’m a writer, a reader, a mom and wife, a business owner, a daughter, a friend…I play many roles on any given day. I love to cook, but don’t spend as much time in the kitchen as I used to. I also enjoy riding on the back of my man’s motorcycle, letting my mind roam while taking in all those little details you miss when riding in a car.

I: What inspired you to want to become writer?
KC: I had to write a short story in the third grade and I really enjoyed it. I was also the only one to get an A in a class full of high-performing students, so I thought I might be good at it. I let it go for a long time, but reading inspired me to write fiction again.

I: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?
KC: I wanted to be a writer since I was 8, but at times I also wanted to be a teacher, a pilot and a hotel owner. Most of all, I wanted to be a mom. I dreamt about (and acted out with friends) my favorite books and characters, whatever they were at the time.

I: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?
KC: After raising young kids into teens, which meant going from reading to them to reading for me; then finishing my college degree and all the textbook reading; and then reading a lot of non-fiction for my business career, I finally started reading fiction for fun again. I re-discovered the paranormal and fantasy genres I missed so much, which eventually led me to want to write fiction again.

I: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie versus published author?
KC: Traditionally published authors get a team of experienced professionals working on their books for them, doing almost everything for them, from editing and book cover design to marketing and distribution to the stores. Traditional publishers pay extra for premium space in bookstores, so their authors not only get stocked (which is hard for indies), but also get noticed. However, these authors lose all control, from the moment they start querying agents. A writer has to be able to hit an agent’s desk at the exact time the agent is looking for that kind of manuscript, make the agent fall in love with them, then make all the changes to the manuscript the agent desires. Then they wait and wait as the agent shops the book to publishers. If they get interest and a deal, the publisher takes over the book. They tell the author what changes to make and the author has little choice in this. They design the cover with no input from the author.
Basically, when a writer sells a book to a publisher, it’s no longer their book. It’s like selling your house – you can’t tell the new owner what color to paint the exterior or how to decorate the inside. Indies have all the control – not just of the process (cover design, release date, etc.) but in the fact that it will actually be published. Getting published is not based on luck, as it is with the traditional route. But being indie also means we have all the responsibility, as well. It’s a lot of work to produce a quality product and get it to market, then get readers to find and read it.
I, personally, like the control and the responsibility. And I like that my publishing company (I’m a partner in it) receives much better royalties than I would have personally from a Big 6 publisher.

I: What do you do when you are not reading and writing and blogging? Do you have any hobbies?
KC: Sleep. That’s about all the time I have…when I’m not working at my other, day-job business, or taking care of kids, house, fur-babies, parents and grandparents. Every once in a while I get to go to the beach or go on a motorcycle ride.

I: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?
KC: Time. There’s just never enough of it to write all the stories I have to tell or do the things I want to do.

I: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?
KC: Beach bum. Ha! I love all the other aspects of my life, so taking writing out of it, I’d still like to be me, doing all the other things I do.

I: I really enjoy reading your blogs and think they are interesting to read, especially your writing blog. Why do you blog? What does it give to you?
KC: Thanks! I use my writing blog mainly to share things I learn with other writers or to discuss issues common to us all, whether it’s the wonderful qualities of coffee and chocolate or the revision process. My main blog gives me a way to connect with readers, to share a bit of me and to get to know them better, share news about books (mine and others’) and whatever else, silly or not, that seems interesting…or not.

I: Who or what is your Muse?
KC: My characters are really my muse, I think. They start talking to each other or to me in my head, telling me their story, and I just have to write it all down.

Part II

I adored your books and characters, so, let’s talk about your books from The Soul Savers series: Promise and Purpose.

I: Where did you get the idea for the Soul Savers series from?
KC: I’d been thinking of angels and demons for years, but never really had a story about them. Then I started thinking about the author being visited by her own character and about what kind of world she lived in and who she was. Why her? Was she different, too? Then it all just started coming together.

I: How did the Soul Savers series born?
PromiseKC: My idea for the Soul Savers Series started to take shape when I asked myself “what-if” questions based on online book discussions and forums about vampires being real. The question for myself that really sparked something: “What if an author was visited by a supernatural creature telling her to stop writing and sharing his secrets or he’d kill her?” And I imagined JK Rowling being visited by You-Know-Who or Stephenie Meyer getting a middle-of-the-night drop-in by one of her bad guys. Could you imagine??? I did. Haha! And it blossomed from there…

I: Did you plan more than 1 book when you started writing Promise?
KC: Actually, I started with a pivotal scene that’s now in Purpose and had to work my way backward to figure out how the two characters got to that point. That history eventually became Promise and the first part of Purpose. Promise and Purpose were originally written as one book (and I still think they should be read as one) and by the time I finished the first draft, I knew this was just the beginning.

I: Which book did you enjoy writing most: Promise or Purpose? Why?
KC: Well, like I said, I wrote the first several drafts together as one book. I enjoyed writing the burgeoning love story – that first sight, kiss, love... Swoon. That’s Promise. And there’s a lot of action and the paranormal/fantasy stuff in Purpose, which was fun. The only part I didn’t enjoy writing – it made me cry and become anxious every time I got to it in revisions – is the part starting at the end of Promise and through the first few chapters of Purpose. If you’ve read them, you know why. It’s a difficult time for Alexis and I felt her emotional swings.

I: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?
KC: Not so much in the beginning. The words really just flowed in the first draft. It came more in the rewrites, when I knew scenes weren’t working and had to figure out how to fix or replace them. Then it was mostly because I was trying to get characters to do something they wouldn’t naturally do – forcing the “fix” on them that really made little sense. Once I figured that out, the process would move forward again.

I: Which character do you love most in your books?
KC: Oh, I can’t pick! I love them all!

I: Which character can you mostly relate to?
KC: Alexis, definitely. I think it’s why her story comes to me in first person. I can easily see through her eyes and understand her thoughts and reactions (well, most of them – she often surprises me and I want to shake her!).

I: Your first book, Promise, took me by surprise. I loved the book, and it left me with couple of questions, which I’d like to ask. I found it fascinating that Alexis wrote books, it gave an extra meaning for me. Why was it important to you that the main character was also a writer?
KC: I think I’ve answered this one. LOL That was really the premise that blew up into this whole concept. One of the problems with splitting the book into two, Promise and Purpose, is that you don’t get the importance of her being a writer until half-way through Purpose. Becoming an absurdly famous author influences a lot of the events in the series.

I: There was a topic which captivated me in Promise, because it was somehow different from the contemporary world – arranged marriage between Alexis and Tristan. What is your opinion in arranged marriages?
KC: I respect other cultures and understand arranged marriages are still a part of some religions and cultures, but my personal opinion is that I don’t see how they can succeed, even when evidence shows they have a higher success rate than marriages that aren’t arranged. (My theory is that those cultures/religions that still arrange marriages also have a stronger belief in what marriage means – a lifetime commitment – so they wouldn’t divorce anyway.) Alexis, Tristan and Sophia had a conversation about arranged marriages in the first several drafts of Promise, but the scene ended up on the cutting room floor. It was early in their relationship and Alexis was quite opinionated against them. :)

I: If Amadis would be a place on Earth, where would it be situated?
KC: Amadis isn’t really a place. It’s a society/culture with members living throughout Earth. There is the Amadis Island, however, which is among the Greek Isles in the Aegean Sea.


I: In the second book, where Alexis’ torment is continuing until Tristan comes back, I felt her pain, it seemed so real. Was that part of the Purpose difficult to write?
PurposeKC: Excruciating. A lot of people don’t get how, after seven years, she could be like that. For one, she hasn’t been like that the entire time. Purpose starts with all kinds of changes happening to her that’s making it worse, so until then, most days she’s almost normal (but not quite). But she hasn’t been able to move on because it’s not like she had closure of a break-up or even certain death. She’s like the wife of a POW soldier. And on top of it all, Rina really did bind their souls together. Alexis and Tristan’s bond is something us mere humans can’t understand. I tried to put myself in her place and it was painful, just as much on the 50th round of edits as the first time I wrote it.

I: I’m aware that The Soul Savers is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons?
KC: Little nuances here and there have come from observing others. In future books, however, some of the new characters are named after real people. Pretty much just their names have been used, perhaps with a characteristic or inside joke woven in.

I: I must ask you about new books to be published. I have understood that next book will be a novella from the Soul Savers series. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already? Will we meet Dorian again? :)
KC: The novella is awesome, if I can say so myself. Hehe It’s about the origins of the Amadis and takes place over 2,000 years ago. I’m really excited for it to come out because it explains a lot while also telling an interesting story. Of course, there are no familiar characters…but there may be one or two from the novella popping up in future books. And, oh, yes, Dorian takes a bigger role as the series progresses.

Part III – Favorites

I: Who is your favorite author?
KC: Can’t really pick a favorite.

I: What is your favorite book or series?
KC: Again, can’t pick a favorite.

I: What is your favorite book blog you follow?
KC: Oh, I love them all!

I: What is your favorite song?
KC: I’m not very good at this favorites thing. Fave songs definitely depend on my mood. Fave bands are a little easier – 30 Seconds to Mars, U2, Linkin Park, Muse…

I: What is your favorite season?
KC: Fall

I: What is your favorite food?
KC: Chocolate

I: What is your favorite car?
KC: Hmm…I wouldn’t mind Tristan’s Ferrari. :)

I: What is your favorite color?
KC: Oh! I can answer this one! PURPLE!!!!

I: What is your favorite movie?
KC: Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Avatar, and if I want to laugh, The Hangover

I: What is your favorite time of the day?
KC: Late night, after everyone’s asleep and I can either write or read. Early morning, pre-dawn, is lovely and peaceful but I just can’t function enough to even enjoy it.

I: What is your favorite weather?
KC: Depends on my mood. Usually beach weather, but sometimes a cool, rainy day is nice.

Part IV


I: What did you know about Estonia before I found your books and contacted you? :)
KC:  Admittedly, very little, but I think it was part of the USSR? I’m so ashamed I didn’t know more, but now I see that it’s doing quite well. Yay!

KC: Thank you so much, Inga, for having me on your blog! Maybe someday I’ll get to go on a tour and visit you for real. :)
I: I would absolutely love that and be number one in the signing queue :) And who knows, maybe we'll meet in US one day. Thanks for giving so thorough answers, I really enjoyed reading them! Thank you and I'm looking forward reading the novella and other new upcoming books!

GIVEAWAY OF PROMISE AND PURPOSE
And now to the giveaway part! Kristie was so kind to do giveaway of her books.
There will be two winners: one winner gets Promise ebook and the second winner will get Purpose ebook.
To enter, you need to fill in the form below. You can get total of 6 extras :)
I recommend following Kristie's blog, Twitter and Facebook page, but it is not required to enter or win the giveaway, it will give you extra entries though.

3 winners of the Armchair BEA Giveaway!!!


Thank you all for participating in the Armchair BEA 2011 Giveaway! I'm delighted to say, that there were 84 participants and thinking that Blogger was little nonfunctional this week again, I think it's a good number. There were participants from 20 countries!!! Well done, everybody.

Winners are:

Len@ Musings of A Reader Happy - 3 books

Diana@ The Lovely Getaway - 2 books

Theresa@ Fade Into Fantasy - 1 book

Congratulations to the winners!!!!

I will email to winners, starting from the first winner and after the first winner have picked up her choices, I will contact the second winner and after she has picked up her choices I will contact the last winner.

Everybody has 48 hours to reply to my email and if there is no reply, I will pick another.

Thanks everybody for participating, thanks to Armchair 2011 and all of you who didn't win, there is a Splash Into Summer Giveaway still running. You can find it here. Another author giveaway coming up later today. So keep reading my blog!

Happy reading, everybody!

In My Mailbox (7)

Happy Sunday, everybody!

Before I go to IMM, I would like to say, that this week was very busy with a lot of posts in my blog and I'm really happy for that. Unfortunately reading was on the background because I got a really nasty earinfection and haven't been doing almost any reading. Hopefully coming week will be better. Apologizes go to the authors who are waiting reviews from me. I'm working on it.

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.

This week's mailbox has been exciting, so many new books to read!

Books, I've won:

Mistakes by A.M. Hayward & L.J. Holder
Mistakes (Mistakes Trilogy)
 
Steven George & The Dragon by Nathan Everett. Thanks to Armchair BEA it was a special offer for Armchair BEA 2011 participants.
 
Steven George & The Dragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gift of Joy by Valerie Maarten (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)
The Gift of Joy

Second Chances by Valerie Maarten (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)



Second Chances
 
Tree/House by Jessica Knauss (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)



Tree/House: A Novella
 
Fae by Heather McAlendin (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)


FAE
 
Ageless by Eroica St. Finian.
 (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)





Bread for the Pharaoh by Jerome Asher. Thanks to Armchair BEA it was a special offer for Armchair BEA 2011 participants
Bread for the Pharaoh
 
Nature of the Beast by Jodi Langston (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)


Nature of the Beast
 
Always by Jodi Langston (Trip Around the World Blog Hop)



Always


For Blood or Money by Nathan Everett. Thanks to Armchair BEA it was a special offer for Armchair BEA 2011 participants.


For Blood or Money
 
Books I've received for reviewing:
 
Hot Ticket (Hot Ticket Trilogy) by Tracy Marchini
 
Hot Ticket (Hot Ticket Trilogy)

And that's it for this week.

Happy reading, everybody!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Astraea Press: Feature Friday: Why Does Inga Like Clean Fiction

I wrote a guest post to Astrea Press.
If you are interested, the link is here:

Astraea Press: Feature Friday: Why Does Inga Like Clean Fiction: "Welcome our first guest in the Feature Friday series on clean fiction at Astraea Press: Inga Kupp-Silberg. Find out more about her and why s..."

Follow Friday (7)

Happy Friday, everybody! Time to do some love sharing!!!

I'm participating in to follow Friday Blog Hops. The first one is hosted by Parajunkee's View



Parajunkee's View is featuring a blog every Friday. This Friday she introduces us to Louise from Book Bliss.
Take a look at her blog and follow her!

Question of the week:
Q. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?


My answer:
I read approximately 3 books in a week. Of course it is depending on many factors, I've been able to reach 6 books and there are weeks, where I don't read at all. But I think average is 2-3. Lately I've mostly read books in Kindle, but I've always loved printed books, so I guess, 60% of the books I read are Kindle versions and 40% is printed books. Audio books are not for me.
To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

1.(Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
2.(Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://www.book-bliss.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!


Now to the second hop I'm participating. It is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books .

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the week:
Q: What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"


My answer:
It happens seldom that movie is better than book which the movie is based on. My last experience like that was couple of months ago when I saw Eat Pray Love movie. In this specific case I liked the book, but I LOVED the movie.
Generally, I prefer to read the book (if possible) before going to the movies.
You will find the linky lists here:

Parajunkee's View
Crazy-For-Books


Happy Hopping, everybody!

Interview with me by fellow book blogger SpadesHighReads

I was interviewed by a fellow book blogger couple of days ago.
You can find this post here:

 http://spadeshighreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/armchair-bea-day3-interview-2.html

Take a look, follow SpadesHighReads and enjoy the interview! Thanks Tezza for doing it! I enjoyed it!

Nurturing Book Blogging Relationships - Armchair BEA

Hello everybody!

Today I'm little late with posting, but better late than never, right?!

Since I've been blogging only for few month, then I might not be the most experienced blogger to share my experiences, but I have to say this - I've loved the book blogging road!!!

Nevertheless, I do have some thoughts on this topic.

First of all, I've met so many good bloggers. My blog list is fairly long already and I'm reading the blogs I'm following couple of times during the week. I'm trying to be active in following by commenting their posts. Besides sharing the love for the books and reading, I've found some really good long-distance friends amongst bloggers. Unfortunately I live very far away from my blogging friends, I cannot meet them. But I'm sure that one day, I will have the possibility to see them from face to face in real life, too.

I have got some very nice contacts to some authors and I really enjoy chatting or writing to them. I also follow their blogs and they have always interesting blog posts on their blog and I'm sharing it with my friends and other bloggers and book lovers. I do like participating promoting their books, in case there is something I can do for them. I have a huge respect for authors and I'm always very glad to share the love for their books. One way to do that is reviews and sharing the reviews not only in the blog, but also in Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, amazon. I know that a good book can sell itself successfully, but I try to help by reviewing and sharing my experiences with their books.

I would hereby like to thank authors S.M.Reine, Lisa Sanchez, Kristie Cook for giving me interviews and all the other wonderful authors sending me books for reviewing! Thank you! It's really appreciated and I promise from my side that I will read all the books I've received and also review them!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (1) Guest post by author Richard MacLeod

As said in my preevious post, I'm having guests today. The second guest today is author Richard MacLeod.
Richard MacLeod is the author of novel Faces in the Sand which was published in 2011.



My thoughts on book reviews and reviewing
Faces in the Sandby Richard Mac Leod.


Book reviews are the lifeblood of writers. Reviews create publicity that all writers covet. They can be good or bad. Even bad reviews produce sales. All the classics have poor reviews. A review is just an opinion. It doesn't become law. Five people can love your work and five hate it. All of us would gladly take a poor review in the New York Times. It's called marketing. It's how books sell. For unknown authors a review is all we have to be heard. Even those who are signed by a publisher can still play second fiddle to the best sellers who dominate the bookshelves of Barnes and Noble. Someone picking up your book will decide to buy it in two seconds simply by the small blurb on the back of the book. If they read a review, they might go into the bookstore looking for you book.



Ebooks are changing book sales the way Itunes changed music. The traditional query letter, with hopes and dreams of the author, might change course when the literary agent sends letters to author hoping to represent them. When publishers print garbage from brainless television reality stars the literary world gags. Even though the author couldn't put two sentences together it still sells because the author already has publicity. The serious writers are offended when her book sits on the same shelf as Dickens, Twain, and Steinbeck. How is it possible the words of talentless dimwits sell books compared with the rest of us who put blood, sweat, and tears into our novels? It's because the marketing has already been done. The reviews are in.



How do we find these books so carefully crafted by writers who literary agents have cast aside, having never read their manuscript, even though they rejected it? We find them through book blogs. We find them through reviews by other authors and readers. We become our own agent. In this setting, anyone can be heard. Ten years ago we went into the record store to buy a music CD. Now, we listen to a thirty second sound clip (a review) and if we like it we click and buy. Bands that would never cut a record are now selling their music. Ebooks are doing the same for writers. The discovery of new writers is happening everyday. That's why book reviews are so important. A simple summary on the cover of your book isn't good enough to sell online. People want to hear what others have to say. We read because we love the written word, the power of a sentence, and the journey the author takes us on. Get your story out there. Have people review it. Love the craft that you have chosen and enjoy the process. Let us discover you.



If you would like to review my novel, Faces in the Sand, send me a note and I will send you a copy of the ebook. Thanks for reading my thoughts.




Richard MacLeod

kcirmac@gmail.com

http://richardmacleod.blogspot.com/





Thank you Richard for coming by! Your book will be reviewed soon in this blog!

Interview with fellow Armchair BEA blogger - SpadesHighReads

Today is going to be be quite busy on this blog.

My first guest will be a fellow book blogger from Armchair BEA post series this week. Her name is Tezza and she owns a blog called SpadesHighReads I'm really glad to find new friends and book bloggers, and Armchair BEA has been an excellent possibility to that.


Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Tezza!

About SpadesHighReads

A wife to a military member.
A mother to a wonderful 18mo boy.
A fanatic of YA/Fiction Literature.
I'm open to adding books to my page from authors or publishers, you need only send an email and any information you'd like me to feature. =)
I accept books for review from Authors (including Indie), Publishers, or Publicist). If you want the review at a certain time period pls let me know before hand.
*Random* SpadesHigh is named after my son (Ace). My hubands always calls him the Ace of Spades.





I: Please tell me about your blog? What made you to start a book blog?

SHR: On my blog, I review mostly all YA genre novels. I started blogging because I needed an outlet to express my thoughts and feelings from all the books that I read. I, among the rest of the blogger sphere, am a book addict as well. And it’s great to meet new book enthusiast through blogging. And when I get pretty random, I tend to post giveaways for no occasion. There’s 3 going on right NOW!!! -_^

I: What kind of books do you read? What are your favorite genres?

SHR: I only read YA novels and my favorite genre would be Paranormal YA. I stay away from the non-fiction because I have my own reality. =)

I: Besides reviews what does your blog offer to followers? (Contests, interviews, giveaways, what else, book swaps?)

SHR: I tend to do erratic giveaways, updates on books coming out that week, IMMs, and Spotlights on books that need to be shared.

I: Would you describe your review policy shortly?

SHR: The shortest way I can describe my review policy would be: ethical. For both reader/reviewer and Author/Publisher/Publicist

I: Who is your favorite writer?

SHR: I don’t have just one specific favorite. I honestly enjoy everyone I read. And usually the ones that are Indie or new or even not heard of yet tend to surprise me with their works.

I: What is your favorite book?

SHR: Hmmm that’s a good one. How can I pick among my bookshelf… okay, I’ll make it plain and simple. Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham. It was the very first book I’ve read, and the very first that I’ve enjoyed. Plus, Dr Seuss’ books are classis. He rocks LoL

I: What is your favorite series?

SHR: As of right now, I am enjoying The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast.

I: What is your favorite book blog you follow? Why?

SHR: Oh my goodness, your questions are so hard o_O LoL again, not just one person/blogger. I learn so much from everyone out there and that makes it difficult to single one out.

I: What kind of book events would you like to participate?

SHR: ALL if possible, is it possible? Wanna join on the pursuit? ^_^

I: What kind of experiences have you made with ArmChairBEA already?

SHR: Meeting new blogs I haven’t yet come across, making new friends, meeting new people, new giveaways to join =), and seeing the cool and creative names each blog has.
I hope your enjoying Armchair BEA!! And Thanks so much for the interview. Armchair BEA is truly awesome in letting us introduce ourselves to one another in a very exciting and creative outlet!!

Thank you so much for giving this interview, Tezza!
Dear reader, please feel free to visit her book blog and follow her!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop 25-31 May 2011

It is here!!!

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!!!

This giveaway is hosted by Kathy in I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Pixie in Page Turners and takes place:

Wednesday, May 25th to Tuesday May 31st


There will be 3 winners and each of them will get 10$ gift certificate to The Book Depository where you can pick a book according to your reading preferences! Winners will be announced in 1st of June!



I'm posting it little earlier than most of the participating blogs, because I'm several hours ahead in the time zone.

In order to win, you need to be follower of this blog and @IngaSilberg in Twitter and fill in the form below. That's it.

Happy Spashing Into Summer, everybody!


List of participating blogs is here:


Win Lauren DeStefano's ARCs for Wither and Fever!!!

I just saw in Twitter tha Lauren DeStefano is having a giveaway for ARCs of her books!
You can win ARCs of Wither and Fever!

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)

Unfortunately I couldn't find a link to Fever, but it's a sequel to Wither! :)

Visit Lauren DeStefano's homepage, you can find it here: http://www.laurendestefano.com/blog.php

Teaser Tuesday (5)



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!

My this week's teaser is following:

Treasure MeThe man was seventy years old if he was a day. He probably worked out, which explained how he’d pursued her up three flights of stairs and made it into her apartment before she locked the front door.
Old men and their treadmills. It was something she should’ve considered before she’d picked his pocket on her way home from a light day of breaking and entering.
Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi p. 3.

Best of 2011 Armchair BEA

Good morning everybody!

I wonder how difficult or easy would it be for other blogger to pick just 1 book out of 2011 releases. I can tell you, that for me it's almost impossible, because there are so many good books coming out in 2011!

Still, I know what books I will definitely read out of this years releases. and these are here:

A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five

Born of Shadows (The League)Retribution (Dark-Hunter)The Guardian (Dream-Hunter Novels)Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices)Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)Desires of the DeadIllusions

There are more. I'm looking forward also for the release of following books:
The Onyx Talisman by Brenda Pandos
Devotion by Kristie Cook
Next book (don't know about the title yet) from Hanaford Series by Lisa Sanchez.

Happy reading!
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