Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Look @ Courtney's Book Nook

 Don't you just adore the new look I made for Courtney's Book Nook? I mean I honestly adore it. It took 3 minutes of editing on Photobucket for all of it. It has a picture of one of the bookshelves in my closet, my nook with some of my Mother's vintage Dr Seuss books,  and then my favorite thing on the header- Maya the Stinker. I tried to do a video with her but she refused so I will try again tomorrow.

  What do you think of the new background- it is the side of my bookshelf/desk. I adore it to death to be honest with you. So much more than the blue and brown one from before. What are your thoughts of the new look of Courtney's Book Nook. Any ideas on how to improve the new look? 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review of Golden Blood.

Review: What a lovely book! I can say I was drawn in from beginning til the very last page. I am despretly in love with the writing style. So in the future Iwill definitely be on the lookout for anything by Melissa Pearl. Sorry for the briefness, I am on Jr. Beta and am being rushed. v 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Giveaway!! (US)

  I would like to thank Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this hop. So I have a good bit of books I will be giving one winner to pick from!So here they are:
Also if you don't see one you like I will send 5 of my 80's teen books.

 Mandatory-Just 1 for leaving a comment with email
+1 If you follow this blog in anyway what so ever.

Favorite Quote

“You should date a girl who reads.

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

― Rosemarie Urquico

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cover Love - Stream Line by Jennifer Lane

 Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone. 

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder. 

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.

    I am hopelessly in love with the  cover to Streamline by Jennifer Lane. I mean underwater and kissing. It couldn't get any better. I don't know how they made this cover but I am absolutly in love with it.  I am dying to get my hands on a copy of this book. Hopefully, it will be available for the nook soon. I honestly would just get ahold of the book by its cover but the synopsis itself makes me want to read it all the more. 

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Friday, March 16, 2012

So Want Friday (( I know it is suppose to be So Want Saturday but I am braindead..))

Title:Savage Cinderella
Author: P J Sharron
Published: Tomorrow! March 16, 2012
Want Level: 3 & 1/2 Ereaders

  Eighteen year-old Brinn Hathaway has survived alone in an abandoned cabin in the High Country of North Georgia since she was a child. If her life is lonely and less than complete, at least she is safe from the man who kidnapped her, held her captive, and left her for dead in a shallow grave in the mountains. She believes that her parents are dead, the police are her enemy, and that if she returns to the world, her tormentor will find her. With the help of some unlikely friends, she has what she needs to survive, but is surviving enough?

Life takes a turn when a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer-—in pursuit of the fabled Wild Child-—captures her on film. While chasing the story of a lifetime, Justin is injured and Brinn comes to his rescue. The two build a tentative friendship, but with his own violent past, an abusive alcoholic father, and a mother he couldn'’t protect, he must decide if proving himself is worth betraying the trust of the girl he has vowed to help. 

Trust is a commodity that Brinn has been unable to afford. Can the kindness and gentle touch of a stranger break through the wall she has built around her heart? After half a lifetime of living in isolation and fear, Brinn must decide if leaving the safety of her remote cabin is worth the hope-—and danger—-that may await her.

 Does that not sound really, really good?I have been waiting for this book to come out when I fell in love with P. J.'s writing style in her book Heaven is for Heroes and it continued on when I bought On Thin Ice.  The only problem with this release is that she is publishing it through some Kindle Select program and it won't be published through the Nook til June!!! June!! That is just like telling me I won a million dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble and I can't buy any books with it! It's torture I tell you!  Another problem with that is its Indie published and usually Indie published books aren't the easiest to purchase nor the cheapest. So, I am going to have to save up my baby sitting money to buy it later on in time. So I guess if you own a Kindle - 1) You need to get a Nook :) 2) Buy this book because if you love Contemporary this book sounds amazing and if anything like P.J.'s other books it will also be exceptionally good. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: Callum & Harper

Title: Callum & Harper
Author: Fisher Amelie
Published: December 24, 2011
:Publisher Indie
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 5/5 EReaders

Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate

     This cover is so dynamic!!! I would have just bought a copy even if the story stunk for my shelf or nook. It is so pretty and the colors just make it excellent. I really don't know how to describe this cover because I am not a very good poet nor anything else ,but goodness, this is one is perfect for the book. Definalty my favorite cover of 2012 and containing one of my favorite books of 2012.


    I L-O-V-E-D this book with a burning passion. So well written that I laughed and cried along with the characters in all the right places. I fell in love with Callum Tate from the beginning. Married for 2 years and you didn't even kiss each other? I think that Fisher should have wrote Callum to fall in love with a certain Courtney..hint..hint.. It really was a phenomenal romance story.

  I can honestly say I have never read anything that had a plot even near like this book. Fisher takes 2 orphans, 5,000, New York,  a bunch of creative friends, physco path ,and turns all this into an amazing book where both characters don't fall in love at once. Sure they had feelings but it develops along with the plot- they fall more and more in love with everyday.

  I am also in love with Fisher's  writing style. It is like my addiction to the Cuties oranges Clementines. I was biting my nails in anticipation then my nook went dead leaving a certain Courtney bawling on the floor because she couldn't find her charger.

  When I found that charger I read it slowly and let the words inscript themselves in my mind. John. I wanted to dig my fingernails into his head and kill him. I have a feeling that John would probally kill me before I even got near him since I am about 5'1 it wouldn't go over well with me.  It would be worth my death to insure that Harper would never be harmed again.


 The wedding was AMAZING. I think it exceeds Bella and Edwards wedding. Okay, I think it would since I haven't read the book in forever and I am not allowed to watch Breaking Dawn. I also think I developed a love for Tye-Dye Tom. He is one of the most generous people I have ever met. Yes, I have met him- in my imagination that is.

 But the flowers and dress were perfect. I now have something to plan my wedding on if I can ever find a guy who I don't scare away with my sarcastic sense of humor and obsessive reading habit.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Interview: E. A. Rigg

  1) I have just finished reading Casey Barnes Eponymous. Can I say that Casey knows her music or what? So are you a music wiz or did you do alot of research for the novel?

Yes, Casey definitely knows her music.  Music is how she makes sense of the world.  I am very into music as well.  I used to write songs and be in a band.  I listened to a lot of music while writing this book and whenever I found a song that was particularly inspiring I would include it.

2) So, did you sit down and write out a diagram to help form the novel or did you just let your words flow onto the paper?

For my first draft of the novel I let the words flow. Then I realized the plot needed to be tighter so I did a diagram and  a pretty extensive rewrite.  That draft worked a lot better than the first.  For the next novel I am definitely writing an outline before starting the book.

3) Who is your favorite character in the book after Casey- if she is your favorite?

 After Casey I think I like Clayton Gould the best.

 4)What is your favorite band/ singer? 

  That is hard to answer. It changes as I go through life and get exposed to different artists.  I saw Edward Sharpe play last summer and it was one of the most amazing live shows ever so I'd say I'm a big fan of his.  I love Feist.  Her new album rocks.  I've gotten really into The Cure (again) lately.  Crazy old school and crazy amazing.

5) So, do you have a most obsessed fan yet?

I don't have a most obsessed fan yet but people really seem to be liking the book, which makes me very happy.  

          Find E. A.'s writing and Casey in her book- Casey Barnes Eponymous. Buy your copy now at: 


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Odd Fact Daily: Loving -painful- critis (I Love You Too Dad.))

   We all love helping criticism. Don't we?  I know it hurts us in the insides but it helps us in what ever craft we excel in or in some cases flunk in. My case is the definition for defiantly and definitely. I signed my dad up to get email subscriptions to my blog. To my surprise when he was working on his his model airplane because he is geek for anything that requires a remote control other than the television. My little sister Tabbetha  is the one who is addicted to the T.V.  

  So he was working on something with his airplane and he doesn't even look up at me. His eyes were solely intent on fixing whatever was wrong with that certain plane at the moment.  I thought he was going to ignore me. "Nice review on The Moon Coin, today." he had said. I remember I was smiling with delight. "Why thank you! If you feel the need to read it also I have it on one of my nooks."  He had just smirked at me and and looked up with that sarcastic look that everyone said passed down to me. "Does that mean I can throttle you, also? I may do it next time you try to look like you are an excelling individual and you sound drastically too verbose and your plot is unorganized when you write."

  Then I rolled to the ground laughing. He looked down at me and said, "Where did I go wrong? Maya calls people Chicken Buttys. Tabby can't pick up a book for her life. And you, your smart but have something in your brain that slows you down."

 Then we had my first draft of my Junior Beta essay. I worked for 3 hours getting the first 2 paragraphs. You know what response my Daddy gave to me after reading it for no longer than 4 minutes? " This is god-awful. Its one of the worst things you have ever written." My eyes soon filled to the rim with tears. I had laid on Momma's bed for half an hour sobbing that my Dad had said my writing is terrible. That I won't write the essay. I won't turn it in. Mrs. Olivia could find someone else. Then my dad made me suck it up and re write it. Through 10 drafts of that darn essay. My dad was there with as he would establish himself, the only smart one in the family,  with very few compliments.  Good things come from that. I learned from his meanness that I could improve my craft and maybe even win!

  So yes my daddy, who is probably reading this. You have made me cry over this blog and writing but I really appreciate the meaness. You are one of the people who started me off on what I could do. Oh and the main characters Daddy were Joseph and Tim and it went like this: I looked into Josephs eyes and his muscled were rigid under his burlap shirt. My heart learched the words that it had been holding since the frail times of childhood." I love you, Joseph. I have loved and loved you since the begging of your life rather your heart knew it. I am your forever soul mate."  

((Note to dad: See that excerpt. My writing has improved majorly.))