Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (6)- Today is NOT my day!



Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Want to know how my Wednesday started?! My car decided to break down and of course it happened in the middle of highway and of course during the rush hour. You'd think, it can't get any worse?! Trust me, it can! I waited for the tow car almost for 2 hours!! Finally my car was transported to Honda shop (yes, I'm driving Honda Civic). My life is dependent on my car, so without that, I'm totally in trouble, because I live in the countryside and my kid goes to kindergarten in countryside. I was hoping that I will get my car fixed in the body shop during the day. No such luck! They just called me and told me that new radiator needs to be ordered and changed and I still do not have the answer regarding the engine, they will take the engine off tonight and tomorrow I will know how much it will cost me. Honestly, I don't want to know. Yet. It will take at least 2 days before I get my car back. 

Want to know what's really funny? I have insurance which should guarantee me another car while my own is being repaired. I called to my insurance company and told them what happened and informed them that I need substitution for my car. Now we come to the funny part. You know what they told me? They told me that I picked a WRONG company to order tow car. Can you imagine that?! Lets take a moment here. I am in the middle of highway in a rush hour where there are hundreds of cars driving 120 km/h and my insurance tells me that I picked a wrong company?!!! I called to the first company whose number I got from the info line. I wanted to get away from the highway as quickly as possible and they are telling me, that I got a wrong tow car?!!!

Anyway, I organized a rental car without the help from the insurance company and I'm paying for it. I can survive that. What I cannot survive without is no car at all. So Honda body shop got me a rental car for quite good price and I know that they are doing their best to fix my car ASAP.

Two things are absolutely sure. One, I will change my insurance company. I 'm paying a whole lot of money yearly to support them and I do not get ANY help from them at all, except the "you picked a wrong tow car". Two, my savings for my two-week trip to Egypt will be diminished and most part of it will be invested in my car. Still, I am planning to have a blast in Egypt and enjoy my time there despite everything!

Now you are probably thinking, what does it have to do with books and reading?! Well, while waiting for tow car for 2 hours I read! Imagine that, huh?! How cool is that? Me, sitting in my broken car like on an island in the middle of highway, other cars rushing by. You say dangerous? Indeed! I couldn't get out of the car and I just had to find SOMETHING  positive in my Wednesday!

Happy reading, everybody!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Tour - Burden of Blood by Wenona Hulsey. Giveaway!


Happy Tuesday, everybody!
It's here! Welcome to my stop at the Burden of Blood Blog Tour! The Blog Tour is organized by The Bookish Snob Promotions and the author. I am happy to tell you that you will find some information about the book, about the author here today and you will also have a chance to win ebook!!
My review of Burden of Blood will be up tomorrow, so come back and read it! It will be worth it, I really enjoyed the book!!!

So, let's get started!

Blurb of Burden of Blood:


No one wants to know everyone’s darkest secrets, especially not police officer, Nicole Keenan. All she wants is a blissfully normal life in the small, Alabama town where she was born. But as generations of power running through her veins start to wake up, an ancient grudge is ignited that threatens to push her over the edge. She can hardly believe in what she is, let alone that a dark force will not stop until she's joins them. Or is dead.



Nicole Keenan's life enters into a dangerous dance with warriors and gothic fairies. Southern tradition collides with Irish folklore as she learns about love, heartbreak, and The Burden of Blood.


P.S. I love this cover! It's beautiful!

You can find and buy Burden of Blood here:

And now, let me introduce the author Wenona Hulsey to you!

Author Bio:

Author Wenona Hulsey spends her time scaling roof tops, kicking bad guy tail and rescuing small kittens from tree tops. But during the time when she isn’t asleep, she’s a mother of two beautiful children and fiancé to the man of her dreams. She lives vicariously through great books and creates magical worlds in her spare time. She is also an avid social networker, who loves to meet new people. You can friend her on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/WenonaHulsey, like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WenonaHulseyAuthor or follow along on her Blog http://wenonahulsey.blogspot.com/.


Giveaway details:

Two of the readers of Me and Reading will have the possibility to win ebook of Blood Awakening!!!
This is what the author Wenona Hulsey said:

Thank you so much for being part of my blog tour! I hope you enjoy Burden of Blood as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would like to offer your readers two copies of, "Blood Awakening",  the prequel to my novel.

What you have to do is easy, you will have to leave a comment with your email addy to be entered. The giveaway will run from 30th of August - 4th of September. Winners will be drawn on 5th of September.
Leave a comment and don't forget your email!

Good luck!


Besides that, the will be an extra giveaway at the Final Stop of Burden of Blood Blog Tour where you can win an ecopy of Burden of Blood and Blood Awakening! You keep hopping and you might be the one to win these books! The next stop of the blog tour will be Aug 31 – All Things Books http://speedyreader-allthingsbooks.blogspot.com/.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy reading!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Everblue Blog Tour - Review of Everblue by Brenda Pandos







Welcome to my stop at Everblue Blog Tour organized by author Brenda Pandos and Eleni from LaFemme Readers! I am very excited to be part of Brenda Pandos' Everblue Blog Tour! My stop will include review of Everblue and questions to Brenda.



Title: Everblue
Series: Mer Tales – Book One
Release date: 30th of July 2011
Reading level: FICTION - YA: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 308 in ARC Paperback
Source: ARC received from the author

From Goodreads:

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.


Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.


 
My review:

WARNING: Includes some spoilers!

I was looking very much forward to read something from Brenda Pandos again and finally I received my signed ARC of Everblue. I was so excited to read it and I did read it in one sitting – I could not put the book down! After I finished the Everblue, I waited for one day and then read it again and the second time and I took more time to savor it! I simply loved every page of this book, inclusive the beautiful and stunning book cover! I loved Brenda’s Everblue! It drew me to the magical land of the big blue ocean, to the fantasy world which I really enjoyed! I have been scuba diving for some years and Brenda’s book seemed so real when she described the underwater world.

It was my first ever mermaid novel, except of course the fairy tales of mermaids I have read when I was a kid. I think this book is exceptional for me in this way, that I can say that it is the best mer-folk book I have ever read!

Regarding the plot:

Ashlyn Frances Lanski is a young high-school girl who dreams about simple things like going to colleague, having a real boyfriend, winning the swimming competition. Ashlyn’s best friend is Tatiana and they share all the details of their lives with each other; actually Ashlyn shares everything what is going on in the school to Tatiana who is home schooled. Tatiana and her family have a big secret which they are trying to hide both from Ashlyn and the rest of the human world.

One day Tatiana, her brother Fin and their parents need to rush away. What Ashlyn doesn’t know is that they are disappearing to underwater world called Natatoria where most of the mer-folk is living. They soon realize that Fin’s and Tatchi’s lives are in danger, because their dad is sent to a mission far away and Fin, Tatchi and their mom is staying in the mercy of natatorian prince Azor who has increasing interest in Tatchi. Tatchi has different dreams, she want to live a human life, go to colleague and live so far away from Natatoria, as possible.

In the meantime, Ashlyn is left behind with worry about her best friend Tatchi and Fin. Ashlyn has always had a crush on Fin and she feels that she has lost both her best friend and the guy who she is in love with. Sometime after Tatchi’s and Fin’s disappearance Ashlyn get an admirer, the coolest and most gorgeous looking Callahan who takes serious interest in Ashlyn. Ashlyn still misses Tatchi and also Fin and realizes that she needs to find out what happened to them. She takes off to the place where three of them used to hang out, Fannette Island.

After that things start to change; Ashlyn and Fin meet again under some unfortunate circumstances and they both realize that they cannot live without each other. Will it be a happy ending to them? Will Tatchi find her way back home again? Can’t tell you, you need to read it yourself!

The settings what Brenda Pandos has created are absolutely admirable! The world of Natatoria is magical and there are so many creative things you can find there: a kingdom with a real court, houses with air bubbles, so the mer-folk can change into humans, promising rituals – it is so wonderfully written!

Regarding the characters:

Characters are interesting and captivating as the plot. The book is written in to POVs, both Ashlyn’s and Fin’s, so you get a good insight into their characters, what they are thinking and feeling.

Ashlyn is one brave girl, not hesitating to finding out what happened to her friends. She is beautiful and loyal to her friends. I loved her character! Fin was adorable and the relationship between Ashlyn and Fin was so intense so it left you with yearning for love.

I felt for Tatchi. I hope that her destiny will change in the coming books. Ashlyn, Finn and her family will definitely have to get her back!

I also loved the supporting characters. One of my favorite ones was merman Badger, who had lot of spunk in him. I loved his accent!

From the other end, talking about the bad guys in the book, I really think Azor was despicable and so was the king.

Brenda did an excellent job with the characters!

Generally:

I loved this book! It was a book which simply blows you away to a fanciful and magical world! When I turned the last page, I cried, because the ending of the book was beautiful and I was totally frustrated – because I wanted more! I wanted to start reading the sequel right away!

It is in my top 3 YA books this year. I really enjoyed it and Brenda gave me an unforgettable experience with Everblue!
5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks go to Brenda who sent me the paperback ARC of Everblue!

Questions to Brenda:

Every Friday, she will be posting a vlog where she'll be answering questions from participating blogs. My two questions to Brenda are:

1. Where did you come up with the idea of promising ritual? What made me wonder is that human world would be much better place to live at if we’d have the promising and especially bonding like mer-folk have. What do you think about that thought?

2. I think that everybody who has already read Everblue wants to know what will happen next. My question is if you can give little something away about Tatchi’s future?


To see her answers, make sure that you visit her blog on Friday! You can visit her blog every day, but to see the answers, visit her blog on Friday, too! The link is here: http://brendapandos.blogspot.com/

Next stop of Everblue Blog Tour is at Book Reader Addicts on the 30th of August. Have fun and continue hopping, it's all worth it!
 
Happy reading!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review of Lancelot's Lady by Cherish D'Angelo



Release date: 17th of September 2010
Published by: Imajin Books
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 203 in Kindle version
Source: amazon.com Kindle

From Goodreads:

A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.


Lancelot's LadyWhen palliative care nurse Rhianna McLeod is given a gift of a dream holiday to the Bahamas from her dying patient, billionaire JT Lance, Rhianna has no idea that her 'holiday' will include being stranded on a private island with Jonathan, an irritating but irresistibly handsome recluse. Or that she'll fall head over heels for the man.

Jonathan isn't happy to discover a drop-dead gorgeous redhead has invaded his island. But his anger soon turns to attraction. After one failed marriage, he has guarded his heart, but Rhianna's sudden appearance makes him yearn to throw caution to the wind.


To live fully in the present, Rhianna must resolve her own murky past, unravel the secret that haunts JT, foil the plans of a sleazy, blackmailing private investigator and help Jonathan find his muse. Only then can Rhianna find the love she's been searching for, and finally become...Lancelot's Lady.

My review:


Lancelot’s Lady’s blurb caught my eye on Imajin Books homepage and I really wanted to read it. Finally I got it to my Kindle for PC and was ready to read! I needed a good romance and I did not have to be disappointed. Lancelot’s Lady by Cherish D’Angelo was easy to read, a perfect book to August summer nights to devour. It was easy to read, it had solid plot and loveable characters.

Regarding the plot:

Meet Rhianna McLeod – a beautiful care nurse arriving to work for dying billionaire JT Lance. Rhianna is accepted in to the family like a long lost daughter. She is adored by JT and she sees JT as a father she never had. JT is giving Rhianna a wonderful birthday present –a trip to Bahaman Islands, to Angelina’s Island.

When Rhianna arrives to Angelina’s Island, there is no resort she expected, but the island is almost empty except for a beautiful house and gorgeous man called Jonathan with his deaf daughter and a family Atkinson who take care of the household. Jonathan is very disturbed by Rhianna’s visit but as the story develops Rhianna and Jonathan find a way to each other’s hearts. What they don’t know is that there are many obstacles waiting for them.

The story was well written, descriptions of the Angelina’s Island were colorful and captivating. The plot had several interesting turns in it and a lot of romance. They were funny situations in the book, so I also got several full hearted laughs while reading it.

Regarding the characters:

Characters were lovable and well-written. Main characters had some issues from their pasts they had to deal with and their pasts had made them into the persons they were, together with all strengths and weaknesses. The burden of secrets can be very heavy to carry and it also influenced the characters. Their stories were well described by the author.

Rhianna had a broken soul with reason – her road from her childhood to becoming a grownup had been very difficult and her past included secrets which she had to deal with. It was interesting to see her grow – as an independent and strong woman capable over fighting her most inner nightmares. She was feisty and I enjoyed that!

Jonathan did not trust Rhianna in the beginning, but the relationship between Rhianna and his daughter Misty opened Jonathan up. Jonathan realized that Rhianna was a woman he had been waiting for.

JT Lance was my definite favorite, at least looking from the perspective of his past which revealed at the very end of the story. He was so sweet with Rhianna and gave her a home – all for a reason.

Generally:

Lancelot’s Lady had plenty of romance in it, captivating characters and a good plot! I enjoyed Cherish D’Angelo’s skills to wave together a good story and her writing style. It was easy to read and I did not want to put the book down before the end. Lancelot’s Lady kept the reader’s interest and offered very good entertainment.
5 Flowers!

5 stars!

Happy reading, everybody!



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of No Evidence of a Crime by S. Connell Vondrak



Release date: 1st of September 2010
Published by: Oak Tree Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Political and Crime Lab Mystery
Pages: 220 pages in Paperback
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:


No Evidence of a CrimeAs Washington, D.C. detectives investigate the murder of a beautiful, young congressional aide shot dead near the Capital Mall, subtle discrepancies with the evidence become apparent. The murder weapon is identified as a Glock, but an eyewitness places the shooter too far away to have used a handgun. The slain woman was a player in high-stakes D.C. politics, yet DNA results reveal she was pregnant and the baby's father was a gang member.

The detectives bring in a forensic scientist to retest the samples, and determine evidence is being altered at the crime laboratory. Detectives Jarrod and Jackson must find out who is tampering with the facts...and why.

My review:

Let me start to say, that I really enjoyed this book! The author Susan Connell Vondrak has been working in forensic department in police and that background gave so many added values to this book!

I savored the details of the forensic work and luckily these were described in details, it was amazingly interesting to read! No Evidence of a Crime was well written, had very fascinating characters and plot which was filled with twists and turns.

Regarding the plot:

It all starts with D.C. detectives Kathleen Jackson and Jim Jarrod investigating a murder case which seems so plain and simple, so it makes it hard to believe. Murdered woman is a young and successful aide for Congressman Thatcher from Alabama. Jim does not buy the easy solution to the murder case and it all points to that something is terribly wrong in the forensic department.

The investigation takes both Kathleen and Jim to politics and political games and behind the curtains of men being capable of doing horrible things and getting away unpunished.

The storyline which developed between Kathleen and Jim as partners and as friends gave extra spice to the criminal investigation. The road of trusting each other and learning from each other was very well-written!

Regarding the characters:

Meet Kathleen, a young and brilliant scientist who is trying out the real investigation work in police forces. She is a smart woman, but still has a lot to learn from her partner, who seems to read people with such an ease that it makes Kathleen uncomfortable. I loved how Kathleen developed during the story, how she grew from being annoyed by Jim into a strong heroine capable of changing her life and taking important decisions. She found her way, her road to what she really wanted to do with her life – thanks to Jim.

Jim is an experienced detective who lost his partner and got Kathleen for his partner six months prior to this specific murder case. He admires Kathleen for many things, but the trust towards her is difficult to come. Finally Jim starts to open more up and it’s wonderful to follow their friendship. Jim is a guy you can count on and he is very likable and believable character.

S. Connell Vondrak did also excellent work with supporting characters. I loved Terri and Mama and her cafe! All the minor characters had colorful details and interesting personalities, even the bad guys! The bad guys were made enough despicable, but still interesting to follow and read about!

Characters were very strong part of No Evidence of a Crime and it made the plot even more captivating!

Generally:

I read No Evidence of a Crime almost in one sitting, it kept me up until 3 am in the morning and after some hours of sleep I finished it. I could not put it away! The plot kept you imprisoned to want to know what happened in the forensic department and what will happen to the characters. The book offered many surprises, just when you think you know who the guilty parts are, you will be surprised again!

Wonderful mystery book! I would highly recommend it to everyone who likes CSI series and to everybody who enjoys a good mystery!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks goes to Susan Connell Vondrak for providing me her book for reviewing!

Happy reading!



Review of Heartsight by Kay Springsteen






Title: Heartsight
Release date: 27th February 2011
Published by: Astrea Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 201 pages in ebook version
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:

On a secluded beach in North Carolina, three lonely people find hope in each other.


HeartsightTrish Evers is an artist and single mother, who has inherited her grandmother's Bed and Breakfast in a North Carolina coastal town. Though she must sell the house, she decides to bring her daughter to the beach for one last summer vacation in her childhood town.


Bella is a six-year-old girl who has Down syndrome. Rejected by her father, Trish, is the only parent she's ever known. Bella likes to explore the beach and has a tendency to wander off. One day, Bella goes exploring on her own, and Trish finds her in the company of an intriguing stranger.


Dan Conway is a U.S. Marine, who had been born into a family of Marines. Now blind as a result of combat injuries and unable to "suit up," he feels he no longer has a purpose in life. He's come home to the beach, where he spends his days in solitude. Dan must learn to believe in himself and to love life again, which he begins to do through his interactions with Bella and Trish. When a hurricane strikes, and Bella wanders off again, her only hope for rescue is Dan.


Working within the confines of his blindness, he must overcome his fear of failure and recall his training in order to search for the little girl and bring her to safety.

My review:

I absolutely loved this book. It was heartwarming, sweet and touched several important issues like prejudice, parenting and understanding your path in life. It was well-written, characters were plausible and believable and the plot was well above average.

Regarding the plot:

Trish is a divorced mom of Bella who has Down syndrome and she has escaped to a beach in North Carolina to paint and give her daughter a possibility to spend her last summer in her childhood town. Trish needs to empty her grandmother’s house for selling it and there she and Bella meet with ex Marine Dan Conway. Dan is blind as a result of war injury and has lost his hope and purpose of life. Bella whose father has abandoned her and her mom because of Down syndrome creates a wonderful friendship with Dan. Through Bella, Dan and Trish are carefully taking their first steps to allow hope and love again into their hearts.

The story itself is beautifully waved to bring these three key persons together. When Bella is disappearing during the hurricane, Dan is her only hope for rescue and Dan needs to put all his internal fears away and to overcome himself and his blindness.

Regarding the characters:

Kay Springsteen did a wonderful job with her characters!

I adored Bella! She was full of life and happiness. The way she reached out for Dan was so sincere and sweet, just like kids do usually. Trish was like a broken bird that needed to learn how to fly again. She was a strong heroine, struggling with the prejudice from other people, surviving the abusive ex husband, trying to stay strong for her child. I really liked her taking the first steps towards trusting another persons, experiencing falling in love again. Dan’s character was my favorite in Heartsight. He found his pride and strength when most needed to stand up for both Trish and Bella – it was simply a guy whom you’d admire!

Generally:

Heartsight by Kay Springsteen is definitely a must for people for like romance books! It’s real, it’s well-written, it’s warming and the best part of it – it gives you an unforgettable feeling of hope that no matter what happens in your life you can learn how to walk again, to stand up and live your life with a new perspective and new dreams!

Loved it!
5 stars.




5 Flowers!


Thanks goes to Kay Springsteen for providing me the Heartsight for reviewing!

Happy reading!


Review of Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor



Author: Tim McGregor
Title: Bad Wolf
Release date: 29th of April 2011
Published by: Tim McGregor
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Thriller, Mystery, Crime and Noir
Pages: 224 pages in Kindle
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:

Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.


Bad WolfJohn Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they’re up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs.


And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.


But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy...

My review:


I read Bad Wolf almost two months ago and haven’t managed to write a review yet. Reason behind it is very simple – I needed some time to get this book settled in my mind. It has haunted me (in a good way) for some time and now I am ready to put my thoughts down.

Tim McGregor’s Bad Wolf was a very good book in its genre. It was dark and visually scented and it left a spooky feeling with you while reading it. Reading Bad Wolf was like watching a movie, it gave me very clear images in the head and the scenes kept running in my head after I put the book down. It was well written and when I am saying well written, then I am aware that some people who have read Bad Wolf might disagree with me because the usage of language and lot of swearing, but I think it suited this book. Somehow it just seemed natural for the characters.

It was a heavy read for me in the beginning, but it caught me after the first third of the book was read and after that the pace of the writing sped up and suddenly lot of things started to happen in the story itself. The first third was very detailed description of police work and was interesting, but I really had to focus on reading. This book is not something what you read in one sitting, at least it was not to me. After reading the first couple of chapters it consumed me, it became really thrilling reading experience!

This book is definitely gripping thriller!

Regarding the plot:

Detective Lara Mendes is partnering up with an experienced cop John Gallagher and they start working together on a homicide case of mutilated body, which seems literally to be eaten up by something or somebody. During the investigation they meet a man who seems to be crazy and to be a werewolf. The question which is for reader to find out is exactly is he or isn’t he.

The plot is plausible and it kept me wondering throughout the whole book if it is a werewolf or not who did all that killing. I really wanted to get the solution of the plot when the book came to end, but I was left with so many questions hanging up in the air. The plot is built up for a sequel and I am hoping that Tim McGregor will give that to us in the future! It was not a weak ending of the book, it just demands a sequel!

Generally:

Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor was a very good read. It gave me thrills, laughs and also kept me figuring about the murder until the very end of the book. It left many questions open and maybe that is the factor which disturbed me mostly – it kept me wanting another book right after the last page. The other reason why I enjoyed this book was the writing style, when reading it, it really gave me the visual scenes of the action. The only thing missing was a scary music and it would have been like watching a horror movie!

4 stars
5 Flowers!

Happy reading!



Behind the Screen (7)

Hello everybody!

Since I had some visitors last night, then the usual Thursday post is coming today instead.

So, what has been going on behind what the eye can't see?! A lot of things!

News:

First of all news, which I am really excited about. I am going to be a reading judge on Rose City Romance Writers chapter in Portland, Oregon, US and the contest name is 2011 Golden Rose Contest. I am really very excited, it's going to be fun to read and evaluate the books participating at the contest. I got two books and I the deadline for filling in the score sheet is in the beginning of October. It's my first experience to judge and I will do my best to be thorough and fair.

I did another crazy and bold thing this week. I signed up to write articles about books, reading etc for Examiner.com. sometimes I am thinking where do I take the courage for these kind of things, but I guess that it's because I am not afraid to try new things. And I know that I can write. So let's see when the first one will actually be published :)

Last, but not least, I made another important decision for me. I have no clear idea yet where I will take the time for it, but it is something I have wanted for years. I will pick up my writing again. Don't worry, the blog will remain the same and I will not start sharing my writing process here, it will be mirrored in one way or another only in my I have a dream post series. The plot and title are already clear in my head and 3 first chapters written. I am guessing that it will have the full length of a novel. It's going to be contemporary romance book and I am writing it in English. The "worst" part of me starting writing again is, that I have already 2 other plots cooking in my head. Wish me luck! I know that I wish myself luck :) Time is the main issue here.
 
While blogging:
 
Well, besides the news, the last week has been busy, especially due to the blog tours I am hosting. Even the reviews I have done last week were related to the blog tours. August seems to be a blog-tour-month for me! 
There will be 3 more blog tours in August and one of them includes interview, so this is also something I have been working on. next author interview will be with Chris Hall, author of Conversations with Moonflower.
I also managed to update giveaway page and blog tour page, adding some new information there.
 
While reading:
 
I have read 4 books since last Thursday and I have been really glad that all of these books have been paper-books. I do not mind reading an e-book, not at all, but it was really good for a change to keep a real book in my hands! All of these books were signed! I don't know why it is so important for me to have a signed book, but it kind of gives the feeling of personality to it, that this books is really meant for me to read.
 
Usually, when I read e-books I am using my laptop. I am using Kindle for PC application and it is very good, but I will need a real Kindle, because I do not like bringing my laptop to my bed. My bed is the favorite place for me to read. Most of the books I am receiving for reviewing are e-books, so Kindle is an absolute must for me!
 
I have had very good reading experiences during the week. I have cried while reading, I have laughed while reading, I have read both YA, Adult, Mystery, Romance and Crime books and they have all been very good. I will start writing the reviews tomorrow, because my son is visiting his dad this weekend and that means that I will have all time needed to write reviews. I simply want to use the time I have for me. :) There were two books, which I really really loved: Everblue by Brenda Pandos and No Evidence of a Crime by S. Connell Vondrak. These books are very different from each other, but they are very best from their genres. No Evidence of a Crime review will be up tomorrow and you will see Everblue review during the blog tour on Monday.
 
To sum it up, I am very well in my schedule with reading, but little behind with reviews. I should probably learn to write the review RIGHT after finishing the book, because if I start with the next book prior writing the review of what I have finished, I will have a problem, I can't stop reading before the next book is finished too. :)
 
Bookshelves:
 
2 more paper-backs arrived to my mailbox this week. They were sent to me by award-winning author J. Michael Orenduff. Both books are from the Pot Thief series: The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein (2010) and The Pot Thief Who Studied Escoffier (2011). Both books are published by Oak Tree Press.
 
I have received several e-books for reviewing: some of them are scheduled to September and couple of them already to October, because I will have a two weeks of vacation in September and I could not promise to finish the reviews while I am having vacation. New e-books in my e-bookshelf are:
 
Witches Anonymous by Misty Evans (Samhain Publishing)
Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer
Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer
Dangerous Designs by Dale Mayer
The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper by Sally Carpenter (Oak Tree Press)
A Christmas Evening Vigil by Robert Roman (Decadent Publishing)
Another Bad Dog Book by Joni B. Cole (Publishing Works)
A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl (Black Rose Writing)
California Caress by Rebecca Sinclair (E-Publishing Works)
Conversation with Moonflower by Chris Hall (Cedar Fort)
 
Facts and numbers:



The most popular post this week has been summer Blog Tour - Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens, Interview with author with 74 pageviews.
On the second place this week came Small Blogs, Big Giveaways with 63 pageviews. On the third place Wednesday Wonderings with guest post from author of Whale Song Cheryl Kaye Tardif with 35 pageviews. On the fourth place this week is Indian Summer Blog Tour - guest post by author Emily Cale with 30 pageviews.

GFC follower increased from 769 to 849 during two weeks. +80 followers in two weeks.

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 467 hits, the second place goes to Estonia with 96 hits and third place to Ukraine with 80 hits and fourth place to Canada with 53 page hits.

Last week there were visitors from 42 countries.

Page views all time history shows 16.909 visitors. +3219 visitors!!!
That's it for this week!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Follow Friday (16)

Happy Friday, everybody!


Time to do some love sharing!

I'm participating in two Follow Friday Blog Hops.

The first one is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Both of them are featuring new blogs. Blogs which are featured this week are: Caught In The Pages and Jenni Elyse. Feel free and visit their blogs and follow them!


Question of the week: In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

My answer: This is easy peasy - vampires of course!

Now to the second hop I am participating at. It's hosted by Crazy-For-Books.
Book Blogger Hop

Question of the week: Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”



My answer: Yes, I have 7 years old labrador called Gerri (Lord Gerhard von Mephistoteles) and 4 years old cat Nuki (Lordiine Beliandra von Nuukholm). They get along really friendly and they adore each other. :)

Gerri, 7 years
Nuki 4 years old



The linky to Parajunkee's View list is here:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Indian Summer Blog Tour - Guest Post by author Emily Cale




Welcome to my stop at the Indian Summer Blog Tour!

I am very excited to have the author of Indian Summer - Emily Cale - coming by with the guest post!
I read Indian Summer and I loved the book! You can read my review of Indian Summer here.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Emily Cale, the author of Indian Summer!

Indian Summer

by Emily Cale

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but India might not be the place for you. See, there are plenty of creepy critters and scary places that might keep you from enjoying yourself. So you can be prepared, I thought I’d give you a breakdown.


Snakes: Yep, plenty of them. For the most part, they leave you alone as long as you aren’t bugging them (you weren’t planning to shove sticks into their holes were you?). Of course, India has a few very poisonous ones, like kraits. You might not run into one, but, Cara and Jai do. Perhaps you should read the book to find out what you should and shouldn’t do if you were to encounter one.

Spiders: Really big ones. I’m more than capable of killing the little ones myself or even letting them live (they kill other creepy bugs), but some of these get as big as my foot. Sandals and trying to crush giant spiders is NOT a good mix. Of course, if you spot one, you’d probably run. If you aren’t scared but your partner is, Cara plays a little trick on Jai that gets his heart pumping hard.

Cramped spaces: Anytime you visit a monument or fort, I can guarantee there will be winding staircases that are just wide enough for one person to squeeze through. Add that to the fact that the people in front of you will move so slow you’ll swear they aren’t actually moving and your claustrophobia will kick in instantly. Of course, if you’re busy chasing down wild animals, you won’t have time to visit all the tourist attractions. You might have to hide out in some tight spaces though.

Traffic: Are you a nervous passenger? I gasp (and sometimes scream) when I’m riding with someone who doesn’t put their breaks on until the last minute. Traffic in India seems to have only a couple of rules, and I pretty sure those are only suggestions. My best suggestion is to make your peace before you get in the car. I’d say buckle up, but most vehicles don’t have seatbelts. Hold on, and hope that you don’t wind up on the side of the road.


Still want to visit India? Well, you should. It is beautiful and filled with more amazing things than you can possibly imagine. Plane tickets too expensive? Indian Summer provides a good description of one area of the country. Bonus: no spiders, snakes, cramped spaces, or car accidents.



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Indian Summer Blurb:

Excited to return to field work, Dr. Cara Newman arrives in India ready for a new experience. She'll stop at nothing to make sure her plans to find the nearly extinct Indian wild dog go exactly as she imagines. What she isn't ready for is Jai.

Jai Subramanium isn't sure his new partner is up to the challenge. After years behind a desk, she might not be capable of dealing with the difficulties of navigating the terrain and surviving hours under an unbearably hot sun. What he doesn't expect is the uncontrollable passion between them.

Their forbidden romance isn't the only thing at risk, a group of hunters threaten the lone dog, and places Cara and Jai's relationship and careers in jeopardy.

You can buy Indian Summer here:


Emily Cale Author Bio

Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat

Giveaway:
You can win an e-copy of Indian Summer here! Emily Cale has been so kind to give one ebook of Indian Summer to one of my readers.

Please leave a comment why you would like to win this book! It's that easy!!!
Don't forget to add your email addy, so I can contact you in case you win!
Giveaway will run until the end of the blog tour, that is until 27th of August. Winner will be announced on August 28th.

Good luck!






There will be giveaway of 10$ Gift Card and swag from All Romance eBooks! So you keep following the tour and in the final destination you will have the possibility to win!

Thank you for visiting my stop at the Indian Summer Blog Tour! The next stop will be at Reviews By Molly on Thursday, 25th of August.
 
Happy reading!

Wednesday Wonderings (5) and giveaway! Guest post from Canadian bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif


Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Today, the Wednesday Wonderings take you to Canada. I have a visitor - author Cheryl Kaye Tardif who is a Canadian bestselling author of many books: Whale Song: A Novel, Children of the Fog, The River, Remote Control, Divine Interventions, Divine Justice, Lanelot's Lady, Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories. Besides that, Cheryl is also publisher, she owns Imajin Books.

Divine Intervention (Volume 1)Children of the FogThe RiverWhale SongRemote ControlDivine Justice (Volume 2)Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy StoriesLancelot's Lady


Today, we will not talk about her other books or the publishing part, but about Cheryl's book Whale Song. This book is on my to-be-read-list and honestly, I can't wait to start reading it! Whale Song touches a topic which is globally and universal important for many kids - bullying.

I am grateful that Ceryl was willing to write a guest post to Me and Reading. Cheryl was also so nice to offer a giveaway of 5 e-books! You will see the details of the giveaway below the guest post.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to say welcome to Cheryl Kaye Tardif! Give her a warm welcome!

Whale Song Reaches Out to Kids Who Are Bullied

by Cheryl Kaye Tardif




When Inga invited me to be a guest on her blog, I was thrilled. I always love sharing my writing experiences and my books. Especially when the topic is timely, universal and sadly, never-ending.

And that topic is...bullying. I am sure you know someone who has been bullied. Maybe you were, as a child. Maybe your son or daughter was or is being bullied.

Just days ago, a new edition of my international bestseller, WHALE SONG, was released in a special School Edition. This edition contains a detailed discussion guide at the back. It’s something that any school teacher can use or readers can use on their own.

WHALE SONG explores issues of racism and bullying, among others, and it has been used in schools and book clubs around the world. It is one of my biggest dreams to see my “heart book” in even more schools. One teacher from ESC Trillium in Ontario, Canada, has used this book for novel study for a few years now. You can read what some of her students had to say about WHALE SONG on my blog HERE.

So what’s WHALE SONG about?

Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered after the tragic death of her mother. The shocking event left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia.


Some things are easier to forget.


But now a familiar voice from her childhood sends Sarah, a talented mid-twenties ad exec, back to her past. A past that she had thought was long buried.


Some things are meant to be buried.


Torn by nightmares and visions of a yellow-eyed wolf and aided by creatures of the Earth and killer whales that call to her in the night, Sarah must face her fears and recover her memories―even if it destroys her.


Some things are meant to be remembered―at all cost.

Reviews:

New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has this to say: "Whale Song is deep and true, a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."

"Moving...sweet and sad." ―Booklist

"I read Whale Song and loved it." ―actress Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

"Tardif again leaves a lasting mark on her readers...Moving and irresistible." ―Midwest Book Review

The Discussion Guide:

When we were young, many of us were inspired by different books and authors. We learned about the invisible walls built by societies, and it’s my goal to tear apart the walls that separate bullies from victims by challenging readers to dig deep.

Here are some samples from the guide:

• Sarah is bullied by Annie in school. Why do you think Annie picked on Sarah so much? What clues are there in the story that might lead you to conclusions about Annie’s life and her “reasons” for being a bully?

• Sarah’s mom told her to find a way to forgive Annie. Do you think this was good advice?

• Have you ever been bullied? How did that make you feel? Have you ever bullied someone else? Why? What kinds of bullying are there nowadays? How can we as a society (or school) prevent bullying?

I also have strong messages for those who have been bullied:

I was a bullied child. I was the chubby redhead in the back row, who was too shy to speak out and lacked self-confidence. I’ve experienced bullying just like Sarah did. Exactly like Sarah did. I did not fight back physically, though I tried to fight verbally. That rarely works out well. I’ve experienced racism too. I was a white child living in a small town, and the native Indians weren’t too happy about the whites. Like all kids, I had my friendship issues, my first love...and my second, and family problems.


But I survived. It gets better.

If you take nothing away from this guide than those two sentences above, I’ve fulfilled another goal.

If you are bullied or if you know someone who was or is, WHALE SONG is the perfect gift. But this novel is about so much more than that. It’s about family, relationships and boundless love. From my heart to yours, I wish you the very best and I hope you read my “heart book” and experience what others of all ages have told me changed their lives forever.

If you’re a teacher, I recommend you bring WHALE SONG into your classroom. It is perfect for any ages, 11-111.

Tell your friends and family about WHALE SONG. If you know a teacher, tell them. Whale Song could be swimming to a school near you in the future. And one of its greatest messages is this: Life gets better. Now that’s something every bully and victim needs to hear.


Other Important Information:
WHALE SONG is available in ebook edition for only $2.99 at Amazon and Smashwords (more retailers coming soon), and it will be available in trade paperback any day now on Amazon and more.

I invite you to check out my books at http://www.whalesongbook.com/ and http://www.cherylktardif.com/.
Connect with me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cherylktardif

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a bestselling author of numerous titles, including the critically acclaimed WHALE SONG, CHILDREN OF THE FOG and THE RIVER.

Thank you so much, Cheryl, for your guest post and a wonderful book - Whale Song!

Summary from Goodreads:

Based on native legends of killer whales and wolves, this haunting tale of change and choice sensitively explores issues of the right to die, integrating the optimistic spiritualism of native myth and the hard realities of modern-day life. This beautiful story, told in flashback, straddles the genres of mystery and family drama, as the only witness to a tragedy loses her memory and an innocent person may be in prison for the crime, posing the difficult question Which is the higher morality—love or law?



Giveaway:
 
Cheryl is doing giveaway for 5 ebook copies of WHALE SONG: School Edition. What you need to do is easy: leave a comment about WHY you'd like to read Whale Song. Don't forget to add your email!
 
Giveaway runs from 24-31 August and the winners will be announced 1st of September.
 

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