Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Idea-If you want to read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Well I had an idea for a book of mine. THe book of mine is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I was flipping through the book and my friend Terri said she wanted to read it and I just so happened to have my copy in my purse. I loaned it to her and she finished it in less that 24- hours. SO I had a thought of getting the book around to 50 people and each of them sign there names in the back of the book. I already have it filled out, so Terri's signiture along with mine is in the back. You get a week to read it and then ship it out along that time. If you take longer just let the next person you are shipping it to knows that it is going to be a few days before you finish it and ship it out.

So once the book goes around to 50 different readers,hopefully, then I will donate my copy to my Local Library which has less YA books than me. They have 35 last time I counted so let me know and I will add you to the list. First come first serve, please I really dont want to lose my copy of the book so just email me if you would like to join my expedition to send my copy of the book to fifty different people.Also if you have a read aholic friend who has been wanting to read the book then led it to them and get it signed, just make sure they dont lose it.
<3 With bookish love, Courtney Wyant (( My Email is ))

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guest Post: Stay Tuned

As part of this special
promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Stay
eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter
to win many awesome prizes, including lots of Amazon gift cards (up to $100 in amount)
and 5 autographed copies of the book. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday,
December 2nd, so you don’t miss out.


To Win the Prizes:

1. Purchase your copy of Stay Tuned for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
(You’ll need it for the big contest on Friday)

2. Fill-out the form on Novel
to enter for the prizes

3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift


...And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for
us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100
gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form,
don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.


The Featured Events include:

Monday, Radio Interview with Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the
Novel Publicity Free Advice blog
. We interviewed Lauren on our radio show Sunday
night and have embedded the full podcast and blogged about its highlights. Give it a
listen and then leave a comment on the blog post. This is a great chance to get to know
more about this fun and bubbly author. One commenter will win an autographed copy of

Stay Tuned. Don’t forget to enter for the other contest prizes while you’re over

Tuesday, Twitter sharing contest! A tweet is tiny,
only 140 characters. But on Tuesday, it could win you $50. Send the following tweet across
the twittersphere, and you just may win a $50 Amazon gift card. An autographed copy of
Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. The winners will be announced Wednesday
morning. Here’s the tweet: Take a break from the holiday
frenzy, and read Stay Tuned. It's fast, fun, and reduced to just 99 cents!

Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another
awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single
click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see the Stay Tuned
book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An
autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. Two chances to win with
just one click! How about that?

Thursday, Facebook sharing contest! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and share
their latest post (you’ll see the Stay Tuned book cover included with it).
It’s ridiculously easy to win! On Friday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An
autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs.

Friday, special contest on the author’s site! Are you ready for some
more fun? Take a picture of yourself with your copy of Stay Tuned either in paperback
or on an eReading device, tag Lauren Clark’s Facebook page, and you can enter to win one
of three Amazon gift cards! A $100 prize will go to the most creative photo, $50 to the
best BFF photo, and $50 to the photo with the most people in it. An autographed copy of
Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. If you need help learning how to tag a photo,
you can visit Lauren’s Facebook page for detailed instructions.


Remember, it’s all about the books!

About Stay Tuned: What
happens when a #1 news team becomes the top story instead of reporting it? For TV
producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes
to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle. But no
one—including Melissa—expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-

crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help.
She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch. Both anchors
are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in—but not before polishing her look from haircut to
heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the
edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his
wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides
Melissa is her next target. What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out… Get it
on Amazon or
Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since
the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In
her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New
York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored
coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


Now please enjoy this guest post from the author....


Nine Myths and a Truth: The Real Story Behind the Scenes at a Local
Television Station**

10. Reporters are paid tons of money! FALSE—Reporters at small television stations are
paid a little more than minimum wage. They are required to have a college degree and
many just-out-of-school jobs are classified as a “One Man Band, ” which means that the
reporter carries the camera, shoots the footage, does the interviews, then writes and edits
the story.

9. Reporters get to meet famous people! SOMETIMES—I was fortunate enough to meet Vice
Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro and many local senators and congress members.
However, I did interview Eliott Spitzer while he was New York State’s attorney general.
Now that’s just creepy!

8. Reporters and anchors get lots of perks! SOMETIMES—Reporters do often get sideline
tickets and backstage passes to events. However, it’s often a reporter attends only AFTER
her or she covers the actual event, which means working for at least the first part of the
concert, fundraiser, or dinner.

7. It’s always glamorous! NOT REALLY—Often, reporting took me to crime scenes, car
crashes, bad neighborhoods, dairy farms, voting polls, and raging fires. My most unique
assignments included reporting on a lost Emu and covering cattle judging at a local fair. In
Alabama—try to stay cool and look pretty in 105-degree heat! In Upstate New York, this
meant trudging through the deep snow to get a story.

6. If you’re an anchor, people do your makeup and choose your clothes! FALSE—In
smaller markets, you do your own makeup (MAC is the best!) and bring your own clothes.
Sometimes, the television station might give you a small clothing allowance, but a few
hundred dollars doesn’t go far when you work 5 days a week.

5. Viewers call in and tell anchors how wonderful they are! SOMETIMES—I admit, I did
get some fan mail and it was pretty fabulous. However, most often, people called in to
complain about (1) an outfit someone was wearing (which a viewer didn’t like it), (2) a
story reported on (which a viewer didn’t like it), or (3) a story that didn’t get coverage.
There was one particular viewer who didn’t like the way I said “Iraq.” (It’s not Eye-rack.
It’s Ir-aq)

4. The hardest part of the job is interviewing people! FALSE—I loved that part! I thought it
was so amazing to talk to people from all walks of life and find out why they were a farmer,
a policeman, or a teacher. I liked asking questions that made people think. Some of the most
rewarding stories were health-related (recovery from an illness) or the features about
children. The hardest part for me was the shift I worked: 2 am – 10 am. (This meant getting
up at 1:15 am every morning!!)

3. You always have to dress up! FALSE—On the weekends, in smaller markets,
it’s pretty common for anchors and reporters to wear a formal suit or top, but have jeans
underneath and casual shoes (hidden under the desk). I’ve known some sports guys to
wear tennis shoes or flip-flops on set!

2. The camera adds ten pounds! FALSE—It’s actually more like fifteen or twenty! People
often commented on how short I was or how much thinner I was in person. (Sigh!)

1. I’ve heard that anchors use Preparation H under their eyes to reduce puffiness!? TRUE—
I’ve done it, anyway. When you’re working 2 am – 10 am, there’s only so much coffee and
sugar can do!

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity to work as an anchor, producer, and reporter at

two CBS affiliates. I made some wonderful friends, worked with many talented people, and
really enjoyed the experience.

**These comments are solely the views of the author and do not represent the actual
experiences of every anchor or reporter who currently works in or has previously worked
in television news.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Disney World Part II

Sorry y'all I havent posted in forever.. It has been a very busy thanksgiving and I got hooked on the Vampire Academy books so it kinda took up all my time.. (I finished 4 of them in 4 days...not bragging or anything but....) So as I was saying I never did get to finish putting up about Disney World fun. Okay so we had alot of stuff that happened but I will just do the main stuff that happened and tell the rest with a few things that pop up along the way, like 80's Teen Thursdays, Odd Fact Daily, and a new Meme I am doing called So-Want Saturday. But on to Disney World.

 So it was 10 at night and we were bored to death.That is Tabby,Jett and I. Mother had just got my two year old sister ,Maya, asleep and threatened us with our lives if we woke her up..Did i mention it was the last night of our stay? Well it was and we had the Dinning Plan so we had 7 snacks left over. Here is how it went.Told in story form:

 "Momma, can we go get some ice cream?" I asked my mother, I was restless, even at 10 o clock at night and momma has already threatened to throw my nook in the garbage which I could not let happen.My nook is my favorite electronic and I couldn't loose her just yet.  
   My mother had little patience left for us, so she was desperate to get rid of us. She apparently didn't think about how someone could behind us hit us with a frying pan, knock us out, drag us to there black van,travel over the Mason Dixon line for me to develop a New Jersey accent... It could of happened but of course she didn't have that logic. 
   So as we climbed down the stairs my hair was a mess with a simple messy braid and a pair of jeans and my Geek Girl T-Shirt... (Yes I wore it even there) So as we were walking we had a habit of looking in the windows to see what animal  they had been made in towels by the maids  that are laid on the coffeetable by the window.So I was walking faster than both of the slower kids.Tabby and Jett were taking forever. So every time we'd look through a window hoping to see the different animals and characters made by the towels. Most of the time the lights were off and the curtains closed. So half way through walking around I looked in a window and saw the lights were on and the curtains not drawn.. odd for at 10 at night. So I peak through and you will never guess what I saw... 
   Through the windows I saw a women sitting on a bed and a man stnading up- stark naked. They weren't doing anything, thank god, just sitting and standing but with no clothes on.... It was odd for me and then I remembered my relatives. I looked back to see two little kids blushing and looking down. 
  I was still walking and then I got the nerve to ask them ,"Did y'all see that?" 
 They both sheepishly said "Yeah... I will never be the same" 
  That is something I learned and hope you will  to, never, ever let your 10,11, and 12 year old go get ice cream by there selves at night when walking  by windows.... They may see too much skin...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review of The Pull

Evie Remington had always done what people expected of her. As a result, at twenty-six she finds herself the unhappy owner and manager of a Denver hotel. That is, until deep-rooted memories of a past life and the hidden knowledge of a promise she made in that other lifetime pulls her away from it all. Without knowing where it will lead, Evie sets out on a cross-country journey that will challenge what she believes about life, death, and love

Monday, November 21, 2011

I need books for the 20 follower giveaway

 Okay, so I told you people I was going to have a twenty follower giveaway and I am going to keep to my word. I already have one author who has donated a copy of her book ,The Pull by Cheslie Shakespeare,. Now I need more book to do in it. I am going out and buying a few books but a wanted a  big giveaway. So if you are an author,blogger, or publisher who would be a dear an donate a book for the giveaway, contact me at  or if you have a good suggestion on a book for me to buy just drop a comment or send me an email , I really enjoy reading them.


Maya the Stinker

 I finally get my 80's teen romances organized by author then, the Terror come. My Little almost three sister came through and pulled EVERYONE of my books off the shelf and scattered them all over the floor. She then started to laugh and said "See ,Bestfriend, I played with your books." 
 She has started to call me her best friend forever and whenever Momma starts yelling at me she yells at Momma ,"STOP YELLING AT MY SISTER!"
    Yes she cracks me up even though I could get her for messing up my bookshelf. I just got it organized

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review of I Heart You, You Haunt Me

 Title: I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Shoeder
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 206
Source: Schoolastic Book Order Form

Girl meets boy.

Girl loses boy.

Girl gets boy back...

...sort of.

Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.

Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

 Story behind the book:
   I was flipping through a Scholastic book order form with some friends and I was trying to find some books that would interest me. I found about 12. Yet I was broke at the moment so it was go ask Dad to borrow money and pay it back by cleaning the study. So I was debating whether or not to buy this or Paranormalcy. I was looking on Goodreads after I bought the book and saw Paranormalcy had a positive 4 stars while I Heart You, You Haunt Me  had a low 3 star rating.I was praying it wouldnt be too bad. It kinda downed my spirit when they didn't come in for 2months and then the day before we are out for Thanksgiving Break, They were in. So that is the story behind how I got them.

  This book had me letting out tears in the middle of English all the way to Eastern Hemisphere. It really is one that takes the heart on a sad ride and tears it into a million tiny pieces as it goes. Or atleast it did to me... One of my favorite parts was at his funeral. What I mean by favorite is saddest:
 A Way Of Black:
   I've never been
  to a funeral
  until today.

I see
dazzling ararrangements of
red,yellow, and purple flowers
with long ,green stems.

I see
a stained-glass window with
a white dove,
a yellow sun,
a blue sky.

I see a gold cross,
standing tall,

And I see

Black dresses.
Black pants
Black shoes.
Black bibles.

Black is my favorite color.
Jackson asked me about it one time.

"Ava, why dont you like pink?
Or yellow?
Or blue?" 

"I love black" I said.
"It suits me."

"I suit you," he said

And then he kissed me.

I'm not so sure
I love black


And then,
beyond the flowers,
beneath the stained-glass window,
beside the cross,
I see
the white casket.

I see red, burning love
  As I just typed that I cried, this book really deserves a place forever more on my bookshelf, and I believe it shall have it.

The plot was different from anything I ever read, yet I havent read many stories like this one. This is something new to me in many ways, from its verses to the plot of feeling like you want to die along with Jackson, Even the looks of the boy is different from anything I have ever read.

   The boy who died and made this novel a place of death and sorrow. It has really made me wish to meet these characters. He was described by his looks, nothing else anything I have ever read. Most will have boys with long hair, short hair, or in between, but this one didnt, he was bald with a gottee.  Yes it doesn't sound attracting at all , but him, himself, was the person I fell in love with. I fell in love with him even though he was dead. I fell for him for the same love Ava had for him.

Ava:  I loved Ava and my heart fell everytime she got hurt or thought of Jackson. She really made me feel like I was her  at points and I got hurt just as much as her at some points. She was as I say  slowly dying on the inside with grief of the lost and guiltiness of his death. She was not as daring as Jackson. She was the one who gave Jackson a dare that killed him and she feels the regret, the guiltiness wearing her down.

 Not just at points, but always this author takes you on Ava's journey through the death of her first love. She even met an interesting boy along the way, who liked her but she was still caught on Jackson. Its always Jackson. For Me. For Ava. Jackson will always be in my mind just like Derick of Sing Me to Sleep, Ryan Proud of Late Summer Rain. A true and great ghost story told in verses by Lisa Schroeder 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Odd Fact Daily

 I was taking a test of the Raven by edgar Allen Poe, earlier this week and I was positive I failed the test so when we get into English class today my teacher says/yells " I am so disappointed in y'all. 75 % of the people who took this test failed so I am doing something I almost never do, I am throwing away these tests." I being compulsive says loudly, " Thank God, I know I failed that test" 
The Mrs. French surprises Courtney by saying "Courtney, you made a hundred, the only one in the grade"  Then it was my turn to frown, I just made a hundred on a test and she was not going to count it?! When I got that look of confusion on my face Mrs French says "I will let you keep the hundred Courtney"

 I was thinking Heck, yes I got an extra 100 on something I thought I had failed.

80s Teen Thursday

  This weeks 80s Teen Thursday is Sharing Sam by Catherine Applegate. I read this book in a believe late July this year and lets put it this way, you'll cry your eyes out. It is a fantastic story and they have 4 different editions of it. 3 of them are through Bantams Love Stories Series and then another is published by another publishing company. I have 2 of the 3 Bantam covers. It is a great quick read for all ages. Well put it like this if i get more than 4 comments on this post I will giveaway a copy of the book. So even if you are the first poster just leave you email in case I get five posts.
How can you take the guy your best friend loves . . . when your best friend’s going to die?

Alison Chapman has always believed she’d fall in love hard. And she does—with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who’s impossible to resist. When Sam asks her to the Valentine’s Day dance, Alison is elated . . . until she finds out that her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, has fallen for Sam,

too . . . until she finds out that Isabella is dying. Now Alison wants Isabella’s last days to be her happiest ever—even if she and Sam have to hide their love. Even if, by sharing Sam, Alison risks losing him forever.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review of One Night that Changes Everything

 Title: One Night that Changes Everything
 Author: Lauren Branhodelt
  Publisher: Simon Pulse
 Source:  Books a Million is Hattisburg, Mississippi during a USM college football game

Two years ago, when Eliza Sellman was in ninth grade, her dad found out he was being transfered and the family was going to move. Having always been shy and not so confident about her body, Eliza took that opportunity to start a list in her private notebook of all the things she planned on doing when she moved but had always been afraid to—like wearing a miniskirt and asking guys to dance; singing karaoke in front of strangers; posting a photo of herself on her Facebook wall in a get the idea. New town, new Eliza, right? Well, she'll never know because the transfer fell through and they didn't move. But Eliza kept adding her goals and secret fears to the list in the notebook. Now it's two years later, and in that time Eliza has had and lost her first boyfriend. But this was more than your average breakup...turns out the sweet and cute Cooper was only dating her as a hazing stunt by a secret society. Eliza got her revenge by posting some pretty nasty (and only sort-of true) stuff about Cooper online. That posting has had major consequences and now Cooper and his buddies have stolen her private notebook and won't give it back until she performs all the things on her list in one night. It's torture...until Eliza steals something from the boys she knows they'll want to trade her notebook for. What starts out as a night of humiliation turns into a night of revelations as Eliza learns what Cooper was really thinking when they dated, the real reason he's stolen her notebook, and how freeing—and life-changing—it can be to do the things you fear the most.
 I picked up my copy of this book on the sale rack at Books-A-Million when after I had 5 books picked out and I was told , "Courtney Elizabeth Wyant, I just bought you 44 books on ebay, 3 books from the bookfair, 4 books from the book order form, and you have 2 books coming in from the authors. I am not buying you any more books!" Yes, I am quoting exactly what Momma said. So I just grab a book I saw another girl grab ( she was about to buy the paperback version for 8.99, then I being the sweet girl I am showed her the hardback for for just 3.95) It was either that book or Dairy Queen but I ended up with this book because it has been on my to-read list since forever. So enough of my ranting, on with the review.
   So I found this book a fun,quick,and hilarious novella. The author really did do a good job on keeping the audience, also known as me, entertained for the time took to read. It also got a girl in trouble with her History teacher because I was reading it instead of paying attention.
  So Eliza worked so hard to get her notebook that back and what does she do with it? Well I am not going to ruin the book for those who have not read it. Let me just put it like this, I wouldnt have gone through all the trouble if I was just going to do that to it when it was in my hands.
  So this book has all of the modern day teen things that most novels have in it some type of drug, beer, teens of course, better looking older sisters, and of course the couple of the story. So it has everything the average book would have in it as far as the things I have listed above. It wasn't worn out by the author on all these things but the question is, : Who would spend 75 dollars on art supplies? That is the question I was thinking when I read the book. My mom would have a cow if I went out and spent that much on Art and Craft things.
  So if you see it next time you go to a book store and it is on sale, get it its pretty good or if you are looking for a good quick read pick it up if its paperback, but I wouldn't spend the whole 17.00 on the book in Hardcover.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Interview with Richard Due, author of The Moon coin

1) When did you first realize that you enjoyed writing? What made you
start to put paper to words?

 3rd grade. The teacher gave out a group project one day. Nobody in my
group wanted to take charge. So, after allowing a suitable time to go by, I seized
the day. I put my best crayon man on illustration; my best ink man on lettering;
we all covered for the useless dude who didn't want to do any work, and I took
over storyboard layout, design, and story concept. Our book was a narrative
mashup of us going trick-or-treating and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was
so boss my lousy teacher stole it and never gave it back. She was proud; I was

2) Where were you when you finished writing the rough draft of your debut

Good question. The Moon Coin was originally part of a larger work,
The Rinn of Barreth, which consisted of what is now The Moon Coin and The
Dragondain. I had outlined the work extensively, and everything was going very
smoothly until, just three chapters from the ending, I introduced a character I
hadn't planned on bringing in until later in the series. The new chapter worked so
well, and my reasoning for bringing her in was so sound, that I knew immediately
I wanted to keep her in. Unfortunately, the introduction of the new character, who
must remain nameless at this time—she is so troublesome!—tipped the balance
of the ending such that the old ending now fell flat. I needed a new ending—one
with a big finish. The problem was, I didn't have one with a big finish.
I pushed myself very hard in trying to come up with a new ending, working
for days. In the end, I made myself physically sick. And in my weakened state,
I couldn't hold the whole of the story in my mind. I knew the new ending had
to read as though it had always been there; it couldn't feel tacked on. I was
  I was sure I'd ruined the ending of my book. The entire work was falling
apart right before my very eyes. I feared I would abandon it, like so many
other previous works. And after I had come so close! In desperation, I reverse
engineered the entire work, condensing the plot points and narrative threads until
everything fit onto one sheet of paper.
  I carried around that thing everywhere, staring at it, willing it to resolve,
but it would not. Then, in my darkest hour of sickness and despair, I saw it:
the ending that should have been. And it was big, really big. So big that I
knew I didn't have the strength to write it. I would have to wait until I was well.
Nevertheless, as I sat down to sketch the essence of the new ending on paper,
out it came, flowing out of my fingertips in a fury—completely intact: dialogue,
description, everything. I wrote it out in one go, all the way up until the very last
sentence, which refused to come out. But that didn't matter; I knew it would come
  Lightheaded and giddy, I jumped into the shower—I was late for work;
part of being self-employed means working when you're sick—and then, as I was
lathering up my hair, the very last line came to me. I whooped out loud with joy.
I leapt out of the shower, wrapped a towel around myself, and, dripping wet, ran
to my trusty laptop to record the very last line. So, yeah, I guess I do remember
where I was when I finished my first draft: in the shower, while shampooing my

3)How long did the process of writing take, editing included?

From beginning to end, It took six-and-a-half years to get The Moon Coin

4) So, do you have a most obsessed fan out there? If not I am sure we
can find you a stalker, I mean fan on here...

I'm not sure how one would measure that quality in a fan, but I do have
core group of readers, some who have been there from the very beginning, some
who arrived on the scene a bit later, any one of which might like to lay claim to
that identity.

5) Ebook or Print? Why?

Ebook. My book has twenty-two full-color illustrations by Carolyn
Arcabascio. As an ebook publisher, I can set the asking price at $2.99 and be
very pleased. I could never do that with a print edition. I'm sure, at some point in
time, that there will be a print edition. The problem I need to solve there is getting
the price down low enough without sacrificing Carolyn's beautiful illustrations.

6) Who was your favorite hero/heroine in any book?

Oh, dear. That's quite a tall order. Hero or heroine, eh? Well, that rules
out Smaug the Golden, the ancient dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I like
the way he thinks. And I'm quite fond of Ghostwheel, who appears in Roger
Zelazny's Amber series, but he's more of a supporting character. Snowy, from
Herge's Tintin would VERY high on my list. But I suppose if I had to choose one,
it might be Scout Finch, of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. I can't think of
another character that has so gotten in my head and set up shop.

7) So if you had to give a tip to the writers of the world, what would it be?

Write every day. And by that, I don't mean EVERY day, but certainly
twenty-seven or more days out of every month.

8) Least favorite subject in school?


9) If you had to grab a book on your way out of your house when it was on
fire, what would you grab?

The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

10) So I here you own a bookstore, how do you like owning it?

My wife and I started Second Looks Books in 1991, and it has been
spinning like a top ever since. Owning a bookstore means owning a great
revolving library, and one influenced by one's own design. It has been a great
place to work. I've met and befriended many people that I wouldn't otherwise
have met. It's a good crowd. That having been said, we do, as a necessity of
business, have to unlock the doors from time to time and allow the public in. And
while a good many of you are very entertaining, the majority of you are quite
insane. ;)

11) Library book or bought book?

I get ninety-nine point nine percent of my books from the shelves of my
bookstore. After twenty years, I've seen millions of titles. And yet, not a day goes
by that I don't pull something intriguing out of a box—something I've never seen
before, and may never see again. It's quite exciting work. A bit like treasure
hunting, I suppose.

  I had such a good time reading these answers. I will get my review of  The Moon Coin up soon enough. I am such a procrastinator I know but give me time, I will get organized over Thanksgiving Break. I also would love to thank Richard for answering all of my questions even when I was about 3 weeks late on getting them into him.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

So Want Saturday (1)

 So I will start doing this weekly , if I am not grounded .I t will feature a book I most definatly want to read. This weeks boook is :  When Kyle Comes Back by Melaine Marks

Seventeen-year-old Rain Tolley’s childhood friend, Kyle Ryan, was abducted 10 years ago. Now, mysteriously, he is back—only where has he been? 
Though Kyle is still kind and sweet—and yeah, smokin' hot—Rain is drawn to him, but afraid of him as well. Kyle seems haunted by the demons from his past—literal demons. Kyle keeps warning Rain to stay away from him--to not get too close. But Rain can’t keep her distance from Kyle. She feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. But soon Rain discovers she has gotten too involved with Kyle. The dark forces haunting Kyle are now after Rain as well.

 I for one loved the cover and the summary also caught my eye when I was on goodreads. I looked to see if it was on my Nook but of course it was not so I have to wait for it to come out in a Nook edition instead of the darn Kindle edition. It was published 2 days ago  to amazon so it shouldn't be that long before B&N gets it in their Ebook store so I may buy it for thy Nook.

In My Mailbox (2)

I am so sorry about the loud music, I forgot it was on when I was talking, I was so absorbed I forgot. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Guardian Teen Books

Guardian Teen Books has partnered with Random House for a new interactive, serialised story called Root - a fast-paced thriller set in the shadowy world of computer hacking and espionage. Every weekday for six weeks a new chapter will be released on The content will be directly influenced by readers’ contributions, such as their ideas for characters' personalities and skills.

The heroine Molly Root is a 15 year old computer genius whose friend Danny is killed after being caught stealing priceless data from a ruthless global corporation. Now she's in over her head. So far Molly Root's mission to get to the bottom of her best friend's murder has taken her on a perilous trail across London. Her key lead is a dodgy police detective - and her attempts to expose his shady contacts are testing her ingenuity to the limits.

As well as incorporating suggestions from readers, the story will also be brought to life via several social media platforms. For example, Guardian Teen Books' Twitter and Facebook accounts will be providing behind the scenes updates of how Molly is progressing, along with clips on Audioboo featuring the voicemails that Molly has discovered. This will be accompanied by onsite quizzes and photo puzzles on Flickr.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you would like any further information about this, or any other Guardian Teen Books projects please contact

I thought the idea of this was pretty cool and I got an email with this in it from a rep from Guardian Books. I thought it was pretty neat and published it. So also a quick news flash... all you have to do is push that little follow button out to the side for GFC... Also PLEASE , PLEASE,  sign up for the giveaway of Damian's Oracle.. Only one person has signed up so far and it would be great if you would..

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review of Vampire Academy Book 1 and 2

    I finally got up and read the first book in the Vampire Academy Series. I soon followed reading that one by Frostbite. I had won a signed copy of Vampire Academy by a blog contest.So its been on my shelf for about 3 months , give or take a few weeks. So I was takling to my friend Natalie and she asked if I had any good books she could read.  I gave her the Vampire Academy first book and she soon fell in love with Richelle's writing and said I should most defiantly have to read this book. So I picked it up the next day on my way to school and finished it by 6th period.
   But enough of me ranting... It is time for the review of Vampire Academy and Frostbite.

  St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . 
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

    Both of these are eyecatching novels and really are a piece of work. Rose is immature in the first book but in Forstbite she is starting to finally grow up- slightly. Rose is always flirting but Dimitri Belivoski is always finding out where she is and stopping her from doing something she will regret.  
   It had a good start and I can not wait to see how the series progresses. With all the characters and of course our Christian and  Lissa..

Monday, November 7, 2011

Odd Fact Daily

 I was kinda upset when I sent out a note with a book someone won in a giveaway and the person, couldnt read my handwriting... In fact I was bummed. I know I have terrible handwriting, okay terribke is an understatement when I say that but if I take my time it isnt that bad like I did when I wrote my little note to the person...
  So I was a bummed out Courtney when I was told she couldn't read my handwriting... I still only need 4 more of you to follow before a big giveaway can take place taken out of my very on  money I am saving for my own books.. So don't forget if you read this, follow... :)  Correction.. I just saw I have another bookworm aka follower so make that 3... :)

Review of the Kindled Flame

The Kindled Flame (Freedom's Holy Light, Book 2)The Kindled Flame by Sally Laity

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book 2 in the Freedom's Holy Light Series finds Jane Haynes working for the Crown against her family's patriotic cause in the hope of attaining an advantageous marriage. Is she willing to betray those she loves to achieve her goal?

I really this book. It had a decent plot that started up a little after the first book, THe Dawn Awakening which was also decent. To be honest with you it is not one of my favorites yet it was also not a waste of my time. I admit this one took a few days to finish but as I said, I finished it. It is  one I borrowed from the library so no complaints on how much they are... Yet the plot was refreshing and also had a great twists here and there but the ending of the Awakening at Dawn was more leaning toward me.

  All in All it was not that bad of a book

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review of Geek Girl

  Well I have got myself on the Geek Girl blog, a little late, but I still managed to get myself on. I actually have a  signed copy of Geek Girl in paperback from Mrs. Cindy, when I read her book as a ebook copy.I fell in love with her story of Jen and Trevor, in fact I wear my Geek Girl T-shirt EVERYWHERE... I have to get me another one in a medium because the X-Small has shrunk, alot... Well I will try to do a review, the best I can.

  Heres the very beginning:

 "Think I could turn that boy bad?"
My two best friends - my only two friends, really - Ella and Beth follow my face and laugh. We are sitting on the outskirts of the cafeteria, outcasts physically and socially. We are proud of this. We strive for this.
"Trevor Hoffman?" Beth scoffs. "No way, Jen."
"I bet I can," I say, chewing a painted black nail as I gaze at my intended target.
"No way," they both agree.
I look at Trevor Hoffman and my grin widens. He is such a nerdy, goody-two-shoes. Kinda cute actually, but with his shirt always buttoned to the top, a straight-A student who all of the teachers adore. He's the Junior Class something or other; not the president but one of the other officers. He's a little different than the other geeks in that he's sort of . . . cool-geek, I guess. No glasses, asthma wheezing or too-short pants for him. But he's firmly entrenched with the geek-squad, a nerd to the core himself.
"I bet I could," I say, shrugging. "Might be fun."

To be honest with you, you have to read the book the book before I throw in any accidental spoilers, like I accidently did on an English class today and caused my teacher to yell at me and say did I realize that I had just gave away an answer when I asked her if Moo was an onimonipia, but enough with me ranting once more. All I can say is , it has an original plot and outstanding writing that will appeal to those of the Modern Day Teen Romances

  Geek Girl by Cindy C Bennett is a story where you are able to fall in love for the first time, again, or repeatedly with the author's characters. All of them. Jen the sarcastic goth girl, Trevor- the nerdy geek with what Jen called a hot bod, Jane the sweet girl that came in like an Angel from above, and even if your like me a tad, Brian your all the way Geek... Great beginning and great ending. I am head over heels for Cindy C Bennett writing as always. So go ahead and hurry up and pre-order your Geek Girl copy and if you are an obsessed fan like me order yourself a Geek Girl T Shirt, it will soon become your favorite shirt of all time.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Giveaway of Damian's Oracle

  Yes I know its been about a month since my last giveaway but now I  have a solution. I am super excited that Lizzy Ford has asked me to host a giveaway of her recently released book Damians Oracle. Now if you would like a paperback copy of this book all you have to do is comment and leave your email address. Now if you are a follower just leave you GFC, Google Friend Connect, and get 2 extra entries. So go check out Lizzy Ford as most of her books are free on Amazon and B&N. Shes a great author and you should honestly try read her works they won't disappoint.

Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.

While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns

Check out Lizzy at :

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   * US address please
   * If you win please reply ASAP

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review for the Start- Up Book 1 and 2

  Sadie Hayes has blown me away with this series. Though they are rather short in pages they will not let a reader down in how entertaining and full of suspense. This is something new in the YA genre for me and it blew me away. Far better than what I was hoping for. Both books filled with romance,threats,wall street, and Silicon Valley.

     First Book- The Start Up
  Adam and Amelia Dory spent their childhoods bouncing around foster homes. Now finishing their freshmen year on scholarship at Stanford, Amelia and Adam keep to themselves…until Amelia’s breakthrough program catapults her into the limelight. Surrounded by people that want to exploit their start-up—from T.J. Bristol, a young and ambitious entrepreneur angling to get back at his billionaire father, to Patty Hawkins, Amelia’s aristocratic bad-girl roommate—the twins are seduced at every turn, until the only people they can trust are enemies.

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Second Book-   The Anti- Social Network
  The Dory twins grew up with nothing. Now on the verge of having everything, their fledgling company—built on Amelia’s intellect and Adam’s ambition—threatens to be torn apart by new, powerful enemies and old, malicious ones.

    These books set in Silicon Valley, the big boom of electronics and computer mania. The place where nerds go from basement livers to multi-millionairs in a short span of time. That is what this book makes me think of some videos we were forced to watch in ICT.. I was the only one, and i mean the only person in the classroom who paid attention.
    I was thinking when Sadie asked me to read these two for her that this is going to be a book about nothing but computer geeks, but she turned it into something completely different. She has created a story where I imagine the people as myself. I loved the writing the plot was nothing but original. They characters were all human. Not at all non-realistic. In fact they each had there flaws,poor Amelia... Thats all I got to say, the one guy she really likes is taken by another women..I am not going to say her name as it would be  a spoiler.

    Before I give any key details out I am just going to say get to your nearest Ereader device and buy these books. You know you want them!

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