Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winner of Stolen by Catherine Stovall


Time to announce the winner of ecopy of Stolen by Catherine Stovall.

Thanks to all participants and to Catherine for giving away a copy of her book!


The winner is:

Zoey
her email starts with zoey42

Congratulations!!

Winner was chosen by random.org. Winner will receive an email and has 48 hours to reply. If no reply, I will pick another winner.

Happy reading!



Winner of Expendable by Maggie Jaimeson



Time to announce the winner of ebook Expendable by Maggie Jaimeson.

Thanks to everybody who participated! Thanks goes also to author Maggie Jaimeson, who is the author who have made the biggest number of comments in this blog! That's adorable that Maggie took her time to comment all your comments! Thanks for that, Maggie!


The winner is:

Alison
her email starts with: alison.f

Winner was picked by random.org. Winner will receive an email and has 48 hours to reply. If no reply I will pick another winner.

Happy reading!



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Winner of Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress by Christine E. Schulze


Time to announce another winner!

Before we go to the winner of ebook of Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress by Christine E. Schulze I would like to thank all who participated! Thank you!


And the winner is:

Krysykat

her email starts with: Morganlafey

Congratulations!!!!

Winner was picked by random.org. Winner will receive email and has 48 hours to reply. If now reply, I will pick another winner.

Happy reading!


Winner of Conversations with a Moonflower by Chris Hall


As you can see, the blog tour ended already in September. I just found out that I haven't announced the winner of this book yet! this it what travelling does to me - I just checked all the giveaways I have had and this is one of two which I somehow missed.

Nevertheless, I have the winner! I used the random.org to pick a winner! But before we go to the lucky person, I would like to thank all the participants and author Chris Hall and Cedar Fort. Thank you.


Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of signed copy of Conversations with a Moonflower is:

Julie

Her email starts with jwit

Congratulations!


Winner will be informed by email and has 48 hours to reply. If no reply, I will pick a new winner.

Happy reading!


Review of Consumption: A Novel by G. S. Johnston - 5 stars!






Title: Consumption: A Novel
Release date: 2011
Published by: Independently
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Contemporary Novel
URL:  http://gsjohnston.com/
Pages: 197 pages in Kindle
Source: Ebook received from the author for reviewing

Summary from author’s webpage:


In the dying days of British Hong Kong, Sara Sexton, upon breaking up with a Greek lover, visits her old friend Martin Blake, a high-profile, high-dollar interior designer. She finds him greatly changed since their playground days in Australia. His razor-edge wit is all but gone, and has been largely replaced by a fondness for designer shoes, cars and exotic house servants. Even though she can barely recognize him, she feels that the secret they shared in the past – the secret that led to Sara’s breakup – is still enough to bind the two together. Friendships, especially friendships as deep-running as theirs, are worth fighting for. Or are they?


This suspenseful story, set in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, shows the effects of a lifetime friendship going toxic as modern life pulls the once quasi-siblings in opposite directions. As Sara embarks on a simpler life, Martin becomes increasingly complex and erratic. Eventually Sara is forced to a terrible choice in the name of self-preservation, and choices can have terrible consequences.

I would like to start with a remark, that this is the first contemporary author I read that is from Tanzania and lives in Australia. I think the fact that Estonian is reviewing a book from Tanzanian author is so weird and so cool. The world has become a very small place to live.

My review:

Consumption: A Novel is a book which will haunt you for long time after you finish reading it. It is that good! It was a very good and easy read, the language was very professional and the story itself very captivating. This book is about friendship, letting go and cutting the relationships. It’s a sad and happy story in the same time. I would highly recommend this book to people who love serious novels. I said, it was easy to read, but you should be warned that the topics which the novel touches are complicated. It’s a story about human behavior through friendship. Friendship which consumes everything and everybody you have. It’s a must read!

Regarding the plot:

The story follows friendship between Sara Sexton and her childhood friend Martin Blake through decades. It starts with Sara visiting Martin where Sara realizes that Martin has changed into high-profile interior designer in Hong-Kong.

Their friendship changes, especially after Sara is meeting Andy. Martin gets more possessive over his friendship with Sara and Sara’s life is suffering due to that.

The plot flows. There is not much action in the book, but it keeps you interested until the last page is turned. It shows the best and worst parts of friendship and how it can influence your life and your world.

Regarding the characters:

I felt for Sara and was sometimes really annoyed by the fact that she kept the friendship alive and did not want to let go of Martin. In the same time I felt sympathy for her. She was a strong woman with one specific weakness – her friendship with Martin. Martin was so complex until you found out what was wrong with him. He seemed empty as a person, but still very interesting as a character.

In my opinion there was a third main character as well – consumption. Be it consuming goods or people, the consumption played a huge role in this book.

Generally:

If you like contemporary novels, this book is a must read. It is painful, but brilliant book!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Review of Awaken the Highland Warrior - 5 stars!


Author: Anita Clenney

Title: Awaken the Highland Warrior
Series: Connor Clan #1
Release date: 1st of May 2011
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Imprint: Mass Market Paperback
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Paranormal Romance
URL: http://www.anitaclenney.com/
Pages: 448 pages in PDF
Source: Ebook received from the author for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:

A man from another time...


Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She's more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he's not careful, she'll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect...


Could be the treasure she's been seeking all her life...


When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn't dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.


With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan's duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems...

My review:

I loved it! I read it in one sitting; I could not put the book away. It did not matter, that it was already 3 am in the morning, but I finished it! It was romantic, exciting, funny book to read. I really enjoyed the writing, the story itself and characters! Well, give me a Scottish warriors and I’m totally hooked.

Regarding the plot:

Meet Bree – a sassy woman who thinks that she is about to find a treasure in the chapel in her backyard. Surprise, surprise! What she finds is a gorgeous Scottish warrior Faelan, who has been captured by the demon in the time vault for 150 years.

Bree is suspicious that Faelan is nothing more but a thief, who took her treasure. Well, thief dressed in a kilt and acts like he really is from the past. Faelan again is suspicious of Bree being a demon or halfling or just accomplish of the demon that put him in the time vault. So both Bree and Faelan have lot to learn about each other and as the story develops also learn to trust each other.

Step by step they realize that they not only need to trust each other, but also have to, because someone is after a book and a key which Bree has and which helped her to open the time vault. Besides trust there is a fast growing attraction, Faelan has serious difficulties with keeping his hands and other body parts off from Bree. Faelan is also intimidated by a woman like Bree – he has never even seen woman who lives alone without a male protector and who wear jeans and tank tops; that is very strange for Faelan.

Story brings both Bree and Faelan to Scotland, because Bre finds out who Faelan is from and to both of their big surprise, there is a whole big clan of relatives – Connor Clan – clan of warriors!

I loved the plot. In one way you could say, that it’s a typical battle between the good and the evil, but there is so much more in this story.

Regarding the characters:

The main characters were perfect for each other! Bree was adventurous, bold and was not afraid of digging in the graves or save the love of her life. She was one (excuse my language) kickass heroine! Faelan was a male who was so confused by contemporary women and world, but learned quite quickly how to live and survive in it. I also adored the whole Connor Clan and can’t wait to start reading the next book in the series.

Generally:

Awaken the Highland Warrior was very good paranormal romance book. It has magic about it and you find captivating characters, good plot, good versus evil, adventure and action in it. Very good start for the Connor Clan series! Can’t wait start reading the second book in the series!

5 Flowers!

 
5 stars

Happy reading!




Review of Uncle Si's Secret by M. M. Gornell - 4 stars




Author: M. M. Gornell

Title: Uncle Si’s Secret
Release date: 27th of November 2008
Published by: Aberdeen Bay
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Mystery
URL: http://www.mmgornell.com/
Pages: 236 in paperback
Source: Paperback received from the author for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:

Belinda "Bella" Jones and her brother Bernard, owners of the Cedar Valley Residence, have put their hearts, souls, and a ton of cash into this dream endeavor. Now, after five years of hard work, their charming home is almost full of a lovable cast of residents and there's just one more building addition they want to do.


But then Lana Norris, a beautiful area resident is brutally murdered on Cedar Valley Trail just a few feet from their property line, and their world turns upside down. Things like this don't happen in Cedar Valley, and their residents are shocked—and afraid. Overnight their happy place has turned into a jumbled, unfamiliar world. Indeed, residents are checking out, belongings are mysteriously disappearing, the county government is on their back about raspberries of all things, and it seems that nothing will be right again until this homicidal maniac is captured.


Quickly, and to everyone's relief, the police arrest and charge Kirby Norris, Lana's husband. He has an alibi, but all the physical evidence points his way; and for motive, there's a million dollar life insurance policy. It's enough for the DA to indict, arraign, and bring to trial.


But Kirby swears he's innocent, and so does his mother, the eerily persistent Olive Norris. She engages a slick defense lawyer, but she also calls in Belinda, a past part-time investigator to find the real killer.


Belinda has had several modest successes in the crime arena, and her possibly psychic chef-brother thinks Kirby is innocent and worse yet, the real killer is still loose and she should take the job. But once Belinda begins, she enters a turning labyrinth that not even she could foresee. Suddenly there's another gruesome murder, and some sudden surprises, and Belinda knows that she must solve this one fast—before she, or someone dear to her, becomes the next victim.

My review:

I liked this book! It was well paced and good mystery story. I enjoyed the characters, especially the supportive characters. The author has put a lot of emphasis on even the smallest and less important characters in the book, so there were lots of sweet back stories in Uncle Si’s Secret.

Regarding the plot:

Belinda Jones is owner of the Cedar Valley Residence. Belinda is drawn into the murder story of Lana Norris, because besides working in the Cedar Valley Residence, she has also done some modest crime investigations and mother-in-law of Lana Norris is asking Belinda to investigate and prove that Kirby Norris is not guilty of the murder. Kirby Norris is husband of the murdered woman and son of Olive Norris. Olive is the one who contacts Belinda for help. Kirby is already in jail waiting for the court.

As the murder investigation goes on, the lives of many characters are rolling out for reader. You find out secrets of Lana, Kirby, and Olive. Suddenly another murder is taking place and Belinda realizes that she is getting out of time to solve the case.

Next to the murder investigation, the author has done a wonderful work with describing the life in Cedar Valley Residence. There are many sweet stories about the residents, which I really enjoyed reading. It’s a good balance to the murder investigation.

Regarding the characters:

I love reading books where even the smallest characters have a story to tell. The main character Belinda was very loveable and nice. Besides her there were a lot of other characters I enjoyed: Belinda’s Brother Bernard, Belinda’s Uncle John, residents of Cedar Valley – Mrs. Shirley, Kaitlin etc. The list would be long.

One common thing for all characters were that they were believable, interesting and they had their place in the book!

Generally:

It was a good mystery story which was supported strongly by the life of residents of Cedar Valley Residence! I liked it!

5 Flowers!

 
4 stars.

Happy reading!




Friday, October 28, 2011

Follow Friday (17)

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: Ems Reviews Books and Reading in the Corner. Feel free and visit their blogs and follow them!


Question of the week: If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

My answer: Well, I do not have one favorite character, I have many. I would have to invite hundreds of them then, so it would be a very big party! :) I would organize a book club event with them, where the characters could pick couple of their favorite quotes and read them up loudly. No time for eating, we would have a reading party! :)

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

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the week: What is your favorite Halloween costume? Even if you don’t celebrate, what kinds of costumes do you like?

My answer: In my country there is no Halloween, but I would dress up like a little naughty witch or as a totally innocent kid's character like Pippi Longstocking :) Or like a Fairy! A good one!


Happy Hopping!



You can find the links here:
Crazy-For-Books
Parajunkee's View:





Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1000 followers reached!

I could not believe my eyes today - my blog Me and Reading have reached 1000+2 followers!
That is for me absolutely amazing and I would like to thank you everybody who finds my blog useful and interesting to read.

I love blogging about books. I enjoy it especially because it gives me a voice to express myself about books I read, about different authors and other book related topics.

Of course, since I blog alone in my blog, it also means, that sometimes the blog suffers, especially when I am travelling or when I am sick or when my daily work takes most of my energy. Hopefully this is something everybody can understand.

Back to my followers. 1000 followers is a milestone for me. It really is. I am so grateful for that. I am well aware that 1000 followers does not mean that I have as many daily readers. It doesn't and I do know the daily statistics, but it still warms me up to know that there are so many people in different parts of the world who at least sometimes take a look what I am doing here.

As soon as I have the 1000 follower giveaway button designed and agreements made with my favorite authors, then there will be a giveaway. I usually do not celebrate each 100 new followers with a giveaway, but for 1000 followers - that is definitely something which I want to share with you. So yes, there will be celebrations. Hopefully you can join me with the celebrations during the month of November. I will post about it when I have gathered all the necessary bits and pieces for that. I am hoping that I will get some of my favorite authors and friends who are authors and publishers to contribute a little. Let's see. :)

Thank you everybody who have helped and supported me with my blog - friends, authors, readers, publishers! I love you all! Without you, it would be much less fun!
Thanks!
Yours truly,



Monster Mash and Bash Giveaway Hop 26 - 31 October!


Welcome to Monster Mash and Bash Giveaway Hop! Monster Mash and Bash is organized by A Book Lover's Dream and is running from October 26th - 31st.

What can you win?

It's up to you! Winner just needs to pick 2 books from The Book Depository which he/she likes and which are little spooky or related to Halloween and these two books will be his/hers.

Giveaway details:

In order to participate you will have to be a follower of this blog.
I decided to make it easy this time, so:
* Leave a comment
* Name 2 books from The Book Depository which you would like to win
* Add your GFC or follower name in the comment
* Don't forget your email, because without that, I cannot contact you

That's it! Winner will be announced in the beginning of November. Have fun hopping and winning!

monster bash and bash


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 24 - 31 October. 3 winners!


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by The Diary of a Bookworm. This hop will be open from the 24th of October until 31st of October and you will have lots of chances to win, because there are more than 400 blogs participating!!!! I think this is the biggest giveaway hop I've been part of so far. It's going to be lot of fun!





What can you win this time?


There will be 3 winners!!! There will be 1st winner who will get 15 $ Gift Certificate from amazon.com or a book from The Book Depository according to winners own choice. There will be 2nd winner who will get 10 $ and 3rd winner who will get 5 $ Gift Certificate from amazon.com. The 1st winner can decide her/himself which one is preferred. Winner will be announced during the first days of November.
Giveaway Details

In order to participate you need to be a follower of this blog, enter you name and email. That's mandatory.

Optional extra entries

+2 if you tweet about my giveaway and leave a direct link
+1 if you subscribe this blog by email
+1 if you "Like" Me and Reading Facebook Page: Me and Reading in FB
All possible entries: 5

I am posting this slightly earlier than other bloggers due to the time zone. I'm +6 till +12 hours ahead from the most of the participating bloggers.

Please fill in the form below. The Linky to the other participants is below the form.

Have fun!




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fate Fixed Blog Tour - Interview and giveaway with Bonnie Erina Wheeler



Welcome to my stop at the Fate Fixed Blog Tour! This tour is organized by The Bookish Snob Promotions and by the author Bonnie Erina Wheeler. My stop includes interview with the author and giveaway. I reviewed Fate fixed couple of days ago and you can find my review here.



Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome the the author of Fate Fixed - Bonnie Erina Wheeler!

First section is about Bonnie, second section is about Fate Fixed, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

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

BEW: Hello Inga! Thank you for having me.

I am just a small town wife and mom from Torrington, CT. I’ve been in college for the last four years, after deciding on a whim to go back. I’ve lived in New England my whole life and have always dreamed of moving to Maine. My family is my life.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?


BEW: I remember telling my mom I wanted to be an author when I was in high school because I loved books so much. She told me to forget it and to become a nurse. It wasn’t until my daughter became ill and I decided to write her a novel that I decided to revisit the old dream of writing. She inspires me – my whole family does. :)

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


BEW: When I was little, I wanted to be a mommy, a wife and a world traveler. I dreamed of dipping my toes in every ocean around the world.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?


BEW: Just like you, I am a lover of books! Reading YA novels, especially paranormal ones, became a hobby I could share with my oldest child. Last year, she became very ill and almost passed away. While sitting with her day after day in the hospital, I began to think about what really matters in life. I loved writing as a teen and it had been twenty years since I considered it. So, I decided then to begin writing a novel for Miranda. I didn’t think anyone would ever read it but her; it was a way to pass time while she recovered. She loved it and begged me to self-publish. When I told her my ideas for a series, she insisted I not stop.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?


BEW: I love reading and going to school. I also cook for an army on the weekends. I love good smells in the house.

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


BEW: I think the hardest part for me is time management. I’m thinking of taking next semester off from school so I can enjoy the process and not feel so hurried.

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


BEW: I would either work at an adoption agency (I adopted my youngest!) and make families happy or I would want to work in the publishing community. I think I would enjoy inspiring young people to write.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?


BEW: Initially, my daughter was. I wanted to create characters she would enjoy knowing. I think now, it is the characters popping around in my head that keep me writing. I also listened to my favorite band nonstop while writing. They were and still are my favorite soundtrack in my head for the Erris Coven. :)

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

BEW: I haven’t experienced writer’s block yet. I have experienced anxiety though with the worry that I don’t have anything to offer readers. But, I love the characters so much, I couldn’t give up on them.

Part II



Let’s talk about Fate Fixed!

MR: What went through your mind when Fate Fixed was published?

BEW: Thoughts that were part horror and part exultation! It was exciting, but scary to share something as personal as a novel with the world. The story and characters were a part of me. Letting others experience the little world I created took a leap of faith.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?


BEW: I create my characters first and then allow the story to unfold around them. I develop these personalities and then ask myself “what if” – they kind of take over the story and I try to keep up. I work from an outline too, although I do allow room for detours.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?


BEW: The most important thing while writing, especially a big project, is to spend time every day visiting the world you create – even if it is jotting down ideas for the next chapter in a notebook. I need to stay in my story world or I have a harder time finding my way back in.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your book Fate Fixed from? How was the book born?


BEW: Well, Miranda and I love paranormal romances, and I wanted to write a book she would love. We are both romantics, so developing a love between a couple that was “fated” called to me. I believe in love that lasts forever and in happy endings. I think I fell in love with Lexie and Torin while creating them. I’m looking forward to writing more about Cian and Brooke too. There is a lot there between the two the reader doesn’t yet know. I also wanted to include vampires and werewolves for Miranda. She especially loves werewolves – but I wanted something different than what she had already read. It lead me to really explore different possibilities.

MR: Which character do you love most in Fate Fixed? Which character can you mostly relate to?


BEW: I love them all so much, it is hard to decide. Theo entertains me and he will be in the next novels. I adore Torin, too. When writing through Lexie’s eyes, my own grief of losing my mother and my daughter’s illness kept coming through. Lexie’s fears of change and wanting the best for her surviving parent touched home.

MR: I’m aware that your book is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

BEW: No, they really aren’t based on anyone. After it was done and I think about my characters, I see aspects of people I know here and there. For example, my sweet husband would fight to save me the way Torin would fight for Lexie. Although – Theo’s fear of aliens came from me learning that there is a famous UFO case in that area. It was fun to add and will probably come up again form him.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?


BEW: I read three great authors this summer: Wenona Hulsey, Shelly Crane, and Lindsay Paige. They are all indie authors and I am so excited to be able to connect with them on social media. I think Lindsay’s “Sweetness” was a wonderful pleasure to read, because I am one of the first she shared it with. I felt especially honored to go into her world.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published; I have understood it is a sequel to Fate Fixed. Anything you can tell us already?

BEW: Blood Twist is book two in the Erris Coven Series. It picks up right where Fate Fixed leaves off. It will be written through Torin’s cousin Braden’s point of view and Lexie’s friend Liz. (Braden Murphy knew he was going to die. There was a twist to his family secret – one that was forced upon him from the time he was a child. For years he envisioned his final days and tried to be strong enough to leave his family. Now that it was time, he was ready to make good on a deadly promise. Accept for one unexpected glitch, a raven haired beauty insisted on joining him.

Liz Sanders thought her best friend’s stepfamily was weird, but she never would have guessed they were werewolves. Now Liz must travel with a secretive half-vampire in search of a lycanthropy cure. Landing in a nest full of blood thirsty vampires wasn’t on the agenda, but neither was falling in love.

Braden is tempting, but Liz’s feelings for him are complicated. She wishes he would open up about his past and give her a reason to trust him.

Just when Liz thinks she can let her guard down, she’s forced to confront the evil that has been stalking Braden’s past for years.

Death is here and ready to destroy.)

There are five planned in the series all together and truly enjoyable to write. Soul Kissed is book three and will be released in the spring, followed by Flame Played and Fate Fallen next fall. The stories build on and explore different points of views of the characters created in Fate Fixed – especially those in the coven.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? At the moment, my daughter. She is writing her first novel and it is a steam punk which is really cool. I also adore Christopher Pike. He’s gritty and fun!
What is your favorite book or series? The Sookie Stackhouse novels are a blast! And I am a Twilight saga person.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? I have met the best book bloggers and am so happy to call them my friends! I check twimom101 all of the time because she gave me my first review and I just adore her! http://twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com/
What is your favorite song? Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars. I’m a huge, nerdy fan of theirs.
What is your favorite season? Autumn! Crispy leaves and pumpkins make me happy.
What is your favorite food? Cheese! It is just so tasty and filling. A major comfort food.
What is your favorite car? Torin’s car! It is a Z28 Camaro with T-Tops and a V8 engine. They don’t make them like that anymore.
What is your favorite color? Red. My house is decorated in so much red. I like it because it is warm and spicy.
What is your favorite movie? I love Life as a House. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it. It makes me cry every time. :)
What is your favorite time of the day? I am a morning person. I love bouncing out of bed and if I have pumpkin spice coffee waiting for me, I will really get moving.
What is your favorite weather? If it is sunny and breezy (think jeans and a hoodie), I will sit on my porch and write my little heart away. :)


Thank you so much  Bonnie for the interview, I really enjoyed it!

Fate Fixed is available:
amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords

Author Bio:



Bonnie Wheeler lives in Torrington, Connecticut with her husband and three children.  When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family, she is attending classes at the University of Connecticut.  Bonnie loves cooking, writing, reading, and shopping.  Fate Fixed was released in July and is the first novel in The Erris Coven Series.  She is hoping to release the sequel later this Fall.




And now... to the giveaway!


The author has been so kind to let Me and Reading organize a giveaway!!
One person will win an ecopy of Fate Fixed.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 19-31October.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced on the 1st or 2nd of November.

Good luck and start commenting to win!

Besides that, there will be another giveaway!



Follow the blog tour and visit the author's blog to enter! 3 ecopies and 1 signed copy of Fate Fixed will be given away.

Next stop is at Oct 20 – Young Readers At Home http://youngreadersathome.blogspot.com/, so use your possibilitites to read the blog posts and win.

That's all for today.
Happy reading!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Virtual Tour of Stolen by Catherine Stovall - Interview and giveaway

Welcome to my stop at the Virtual Tour of Stolen written by Catherine Stovall! This stop will include information about Stolen, little bit information about the author, interview with Catherine Stovall and last but not least also giveaway.




Summary from Goodreads:

Jenda and Soborgne are best friends and everything they do, they do together. Unfortunately, this time the girls may be joined at the hip in a far more horrible way: by death.



The girls are kidnapped and held captive by Belle and Matteo, two vampires with a plan. Belle, a sociopath in life and death, is searching for an heir to her reign as the only vampire to hold the secret to surviving the sun. Matteo is a lost soul who would give anything to be loved and to see the light of day. As the four characters’ worlds collide, blood is spilled, lives are lost, and rules are broken.


Disappointment in love and life bring out the worst in humans but, with vampires, it leads to a chilling tale of romance and terror.

Stolen is available at:
The Untreed Reads Store
amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Author Bio:

This is what Catherine writes about herself on her webpage:

Biography ~ I find those stuffy third person biographies to be a little old fashioned and out of date. So, we are going to do this one my way. Here's all the normal day to day things you may or may not want to know about me.



Born— September 22
Where—Orange County, FL
Family— 3 older sisters, an older brother, and a little sister.
Married—Yes
Kids— 3 (Tre, Alyssa, and Rhea)
Pets— Rocky (terrier mix rescue) and Sophie (my evil cat). I'm also a huge fan of reptiles but I just don't have the time right now to have all the ones I want.
Jobs— paper girl, waitress, cook, gas station attendant, office assistant, call center customer service agent, pet store owner, department store manager, loss prevention manager, author. There are probably more but I think that is sufficient for now.
Geography— I have lived in Florida, Missouri, and Alabama. I have been everywhere on the east coast but the Southern States just feel more like home.
Books I love and authors I can't live without - "War and Peace", "The Iron Dragon's Daughter", "Wuthering Heights", anything by Anne Rice, " Zoya", and "Dracula". Charles Dickens, Anne Rice, Anne Rule, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King.
Hobbies - Painting (I'm not that great), sketching, horse back riding, photography, listening to music, and just spending time with my friends and family.
Favorite Painters - Christy Weber (check her out on Facebook), M.C. Escher, and Van Gogh
Favorite Bands - I live for music so this is ever changing for me. I love all music so I will just shush and give ya a the play list at the bottom so you can see for yourself.


Five things you may not know about me—


1.I love reptiles. I have had almost every type of non-venomous snake and lizard known to man at one point in time in my life. My favorite was my 10 foot Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor named Scar. He passed several years ago and I have not owned another Boa since.


2.I am terrified of clowns and spiders. You won't find me writing a book like "IT".


3.I am an adrenaline junky. I love to do LEGAL exciting things just so that my heart will dang near beat out of my chest. Hence my three year stint as a Loss Prevention Manager.


4.My biggest goal in life is to be able to take care of my huge family. Especially my parents who need a new house.


5.As a child I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I am completely fascinated with the minds of psychopaths and I always studied psychology and criminology even before I was in high school.


You can find Catherine here:
http://www.catherinestovall.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/groups/133686233308403/





Catherine agreed to give an interview to Me and Reading, which is really appreciated!

First section is about Catherine, second section is about Stolen, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

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

CS: I am a mom above all things. My three wonderful children are my world. Beyond that, I am never positive who I am. I am always changing and growing. I have eclectic tastes in everything in life. I try to experience as much of the world as I can.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

CS: I don’t think it was a decision, I need to write. Its what keeps me going.

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

CS: I was very determined at an early age to become a criminal psychologist. I was always fascinated by the minds of the most wicked people. Second to that, I wanted to be an artist. I love to draw but my talent was mediocre at best. I use to dream of running away to New York to live in a loft and draw.

MR: What brought you to writing?

CS: I learned to write at the age of four. From the beginning, I wrote crazy little poems all the time. As I grew older, my mother encouraged me to write more and my love for writing grew to be a huge part of my life but only as a way to express myself privately. It wasn’t until October of 2010 that I chose to go professional.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing?

CS: I work full time as an Office Manager and hang out with my husband, children, and friends.

MR: Do you have any hobbies?

CS: I read, draw, do photography, and generally thrill seek.

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

CS: Time management is definitely my biggest issue. With all that I do, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed.

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

CS: I guess I would do what I did before this last year. I have challenged myself with new and sometimes dangerous careers. These include pet store owner where I often played with large alligators, pythons, and lizards, catching shoplifters as a Loss Prevention Manager, and even repossessing cars.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

CS: My muse is my music and music is my life. I cannot sing or play a single instrument but music for me is a necessity. I take my inspiration from everything around me but music holds a special place in my heart.

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

CS: I did experience writers block on a few occasions. Sometimes I would just work on another piece for a while and then go back. If that did not work then I would walk away for a few days and forbid the subject of writing, my novels, or characters. By the time I came back to it, I was dying to get to work.



Part II

Let’s talk about Stolen!

MR: What went through your mind when the Stolen was published?

CS: I was in total shock when I was first accepted by a publisher. I expected so much more rejection and possibly years of effort. Then the day that Stolen became available, I cried. All I could think was, “I did it! Omg…I actually did it.”

MR: How do you write?

CS: I do little to no preparation.

MR: Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

CS: Sometimes I will do a very light outline but as my characters develop they tend to take over and do whatever it is they want.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

CS: Keeping an open mind is the most important thing. You have to be willing to let go of your own preconceptions and fears. If you can’t step out of the box then you are going to miss out on a lot of good stories.

MR: Where did you get the idea for Stolen from? How was the book born? ?

CS: I have a twelve year old daughter, Alyssa, and a thirteen year old sister, Samantha, who are both very into vampires. As I read the modern vampire novels, I began to think about things they would prefer to read. I wanted to give them more age appropriate material but still let the dark mystery of the original vampire shine through. The more I thought about it the more the idea intrigued me and so I began the story.

MR: Which character do you love most in your book? Which character in Stolen can you mostly relate to?

CS: Oh, this is a tough one. They each are very much loved but if I have to pick a favorite, it would be Belle. Her horribly twisted intentions and butterscotch voice are just a combination for disaster. I have a fondness for the bad guys in books and movies. As far as relating to the characters, I think Soborgne is a little more like me than the rest of the characters, minus the growing up super rich part. She’s just so ready to take on the world.

MR: I’m aware that Stolen is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

CS: Actually, Belle is loosely based on a notorious Norwegian Black Widow who came to America and slaughtered many people. A lot of my fiction finds its basis in reality. I think that connection is what makes for a good story.

MR: Stolen is the first book in the series. How many books have you planned to the series?

CS: Currently, there are three books planned for the Requiem of Humanity series. The working titles for book one and two are Reborn and Requiem. More books may come later but I just haven’t decided yet. Its hard to let go of the characters once you have been so focused on them for so long.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?

CS: I took the time to reread an old favorite. I love the Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick. It is a wonderful book. Reading it takes me back to when I was fifteen and my sister gave me the book for my birthday. That was a very tough year in my life and that single gift meant so much to me.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

CS: I am working on several projects. It’s a joke amongst people who know me that I suffer from writing ADD because I am constantly working on three or four novels at once. Outside of the Requiem of Humanity Series, I am focusing the most on a fantasy novel about a young girl and her journey to another world to save the Sidhe family she never knew about.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? Anne Rice. Her works are positively captivating, no matter what the topic.
What is your favorite book or series? My favorite series is The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and my favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? I have so many of them that I don’t think I could fairly choose a favorite.
What is your favorite song? Again, there is no way I could choose just one. Right now, I have two that I listen to constantly. Someone Like You by Adele and D.I.R.T.N.A.P. by Grilldozer (completely undiscovered but amazing local metal band).
What is your favorite season? I love autumn, the beauty of the changing leaves and getting to where hoodies everyday is the best.
What is your favorite food? I could live off cottage cheese and tomatoes or cheese.
What is your favorite car? Mercedes SL550, which is mentioned in Stolen on several occasions. In fact, the initial description of the Mercedes was so detailed I had to edit out three paragraphs.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is definitely red!
What is your favorite movie? Oh all this having to pick just one is so hard! One of my favorites is
What is your favorite time of the day? Anytime that I can find to plug in my iPod and write.
What is your favorite weather? Sunny but cool. I despise gray rainy days or freezing cold.


Thank you so much Catherine for taking your time to answering my questions!


And now... to the giveaway!


The author has been so kind to let Me and Reading organize a giveaway!!
One person will win an ecopy of Stolen.
Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 18-24 October.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced on the 25rd or 26th of October.
Good luck and start commenting to win!

Next stop is at Fangtastic Books already tomorrow on the 19th of October. Have fun!

Happy reading!



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review of Fate Fixed by Bonnie Erina Wheeler - 5 stars!



Author: Bonnie Erina Wheeler

Title: Fate Fixed
Series: The Erris Coven Series #1
Release date: 21st of July 2011
Published by: Compelling Read
Reading level: FICTION – YA: Paranormal Romance
URL: http://fatefixed.blogspot.com/
Pages: 294 in ebook
Source: From the author and The Bookish Snob Promotion for reviewing


From Goodreads:



An Erris Coven Novel is young adult paranormal romance. When Lexie Anderson’s mother suddenly announces she is marrying a Romanian immigrant, Lexie willingly leaves behind her busy life in Connecticut for her penance in “The Moose Capital of the World.” Small town living is strange enough, now Lexie must cope with her overbearing stepfamily monitoring her every move. They disappear into the woods at night and keep a strange secret locked in their shed. Her once calm mother is now having violent outbursts and Lexie’s little sister is hearing sinister sounds coming from the forest behind their new home. Lexie’s biggest surprise comes when she discovers the boy she has been dreaming about since her accident is living in Maine. Despite Torin’s questionable reputation, Lexie cannot resist the physical and emotional attraction pulsating between them. Animals and people in town are turning up dead and Lexie learns the strange new world she lives in has real life monsters. Just when she decides she wants to be with Torin forever, she must fight to protect her mother and sister from being harmed by a formidable evil.

My review:

Fate Fixed is genuinely good young adult book! I got the book for blog tour and since I did not know much about the author Bonnie Erina Wheeler, I did not know what to expect. It was a good surprise, like many other indie books I have read lately.

Fate fixed is a young adult paranormal romance and it stood out from many similar paranormal romances. It had a very fresh take on vampires and werewolves and that made it an enjoyable read. It was well written and easy to read. I read it in one sitting because I wanted to know what happens and where the story will take me. There were interesting twists and turns in the story and it was captivating.

Regarding the plot:

The opening took me to the dream where the main character, 17 years old Lexie, was dreaming about young man. It caught my attention right away with the descriptive writing. The story starts with Lexie packing her things to move together with her family to Maine. Lexie’s father died and her mother just married a Romanian guy and they have decided to bring the two families together and have a new and fresh start in Maine.

Lexie is not very happy about the move and about her “new family” and three step-brothers. There is something strange and weird about them, but Lexie tries to please her mother and sister and give them a chance. After the move to Maine, to little town called Erris. Lexie makes new friends quite easily and settles well in her new school and home. What still bothers her is her step-brother Maxim’s behavior.

As the story goes on, Lexie meets Torin – a guy she has been dreaming about over a year. Lexie and Torin feel immediate and mysterious bond between each other, but unfortunately not everybody approves that, especially Lexie’s brothers.

There are several story lines in Fate Fixed and the author has done a very good job mixing the romance with the paranormal aspect. The attraction and romance between Lexie and Torin was so sweet and intensely described, it seemed so right from the moment they met each other. I had several surprises about how the story turned out and I loved how the vampires and their history was described. I also enjoyed different point of views from Lexie, Torin and the wolf.

Regarding the characters:

Lexie was a sweet girl, who really cares about her mother and sister. She blames herself for her father’s death and tries to please her mother and sister. She grows with the story and finds out what is who she wants and makes a clear decision after meeting Torin’s parents. Her main concern was to be strong to save her mom and sister. Torin was adorable. He was so considerate and caring and yet strong.

I also enjoyed the pack characters. I was surprised by Maxim’s and Alik’s actions and yet there were parts of them which made them likable through the story. I felt sorry for Maxim and was taken by the deviousness of Alik.

Generally:

Fate Fixed was a very good start to the series! It was an interesting book with a good plot and captivating characters! I highly recommend it to lovers of young adult paranormal romance books!

5 Flowers!

 
5 stars.

I will have an interview and giveaway with the author Bonnie Erina Wheeler on the 19th of October, so come by and take a look!
 
Happy reading!
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