28 Feb 2015

Blitz: Inevitable by Inger Iversen

Series: Inevitable (Love and War #2)
Publication: February 28th 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Adult, Romance
          Ex-Marine and former combat trainer, Trent Reed has been shot at, he’s been in a coma and placed in war zones behind enemy lines most of his Marine career, but when his best friend calls for a favor, he is faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life—to be the Best Man. His turbulent past with races other than his own have him at odds with his best friend and the man’s new African American fiancée, and not helping matters is Trent’s crazy girlfriend who is on him about getting married too. When Trent accepts the job as Best Man against his better judgment, it’s done with a heavy heart and the understanding that his friend is soon to be out of his life—for good.
          Teal Lofton is finally warming up to her best friend’s fiancé and ex convict when she learns that they are expecting just a few short months before their wedding. If that’s not enough, as Maid of Honor, Teal had to put up with budget issues, a sobbing and hormonal bride, juggling her Katie’s secret pregnancy and not to mention, Trent, Logan’s jerk of a best friend and Best Man who she is strangely, yet wildly attracted to. When the shit hits the fan during the bachelor party and Trent disappears with the wedding rings, Teal flips her lid and chases him off into the night to fix yet again, another problem, but a tragic accident sets Trent and Teal on an inevitable course of self discovery and passion like they’ve never experienced before.
Oh dear! I am ending February with this gorgeous book! You can now blame me for hosting blitz with endearing book covers. *Grins. Anyway, today will be a Contemporary Adult by Inger Iversen and she'll be sharing us DO's for those authors who are self-publishing and a deleted scene from Inevitable. I am so excited with the deleted scene part! because most book blog posts are reviews, excerpts, cover reveals, guest posts and interviews. You guys should never miss it!


I quit! Self-Publishing Sucks!
Easy steps to make sure you never utter those words!

So, are you wondering why someone would say those words? Shout em, scream em or even growl em? Do you think Amanda Hocking or Samantha Young ever screamed those words in the middle of the night while they slaved over HTML formatting, Smashwords Vetter errors or Createspace error messages? Or do you think it was, ‘Like taking candy from a baby’?

Well, for me it had its ups and down and times where I wanted to either go the traditional route or keeping writing as a hobby. I made a list that may help you going forward in writing. I think it’s always nice to offer advice because I had to learn some of these lessons the hard way.



Top 5 “Do’s

1. Finish your book.

Let’s start with the first part, finish your book. Though that seems like a given, I had some people tell me that I should send in a half-finished manuscript to an editor. Apparently, that’s a major no-no to some professional editors. If you want help along the way the best option is to acquire some good beta readers. A beta reader is someone who is interested in the book you are writing or books in general, this person should be someone whose opinion and analytical skills you trust, who reads the manuscript for you in order to help you find flow and consistency errors. I got that advice from a fellow indie when I told him that someone offered to beta-read my book for $150, I have also learned that most betas offer their service for free.



2. Choose the right editor.

There are different editors for different edit jobs and trust me, the reader can tell if you didn't choose the right one and they will rip you to shreds in the review because of this. Luckily, I didn't suffer that fate and hired RA Publishing to edit my novel. It was pricey, but worth it.
          · Developmental Editing
          · Substantive Editing
          · Copyediting
          · Proofreading



3. Hire a professional to do a professional’s job.

Seriously, I understand the cost of self-publishing can be outright ridiculous, but there are some things that are better left to the professionals. Like: Editing and Web Design. Granted, there are a few of us out there that are can do all of these things alone, but if you can’t please look into hiring a professional. Most custom cover wills cost you about $150, but some premades are as cheap as $40!! I tried to create my own cover and all I learned from that experience was that Photoshop hated me and was designed to make me look like a fool. Good job Photoshop!



4. Get an assistant.

If you can afford one. They are actually a great help!



5. Don’t take bad reviews personal.

Yea, it’s a Don’t in my list of Do’s, but it’s very important to understand that not everyone I going to love your book. Keep writing and enjoy it!!



Deleted Scene
Part 1 
Kentucky 1995 
Trent

Lightly edited Deleted Scene from Inevitable 

24 Feb 2015

Blitz: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith

Published February 24th 2015 by Edenbrooke Press
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Uncharted Redemption (Uncharted #2)
          Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own. When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful, and filled with adventure, Uncharted Redemption weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.


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Uncharted Redemption is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here: The Land Uncharted
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Yaaay! Another release post to share today organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Congratulations to Miss Keely on her Uncharted Redemption Release Day! You have an adorable series. <3



Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores.

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The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

Publication: TODAY!!! February 24th, 2015 by Swoon Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Purchase a copy at Amazon
          Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.
         A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats. 
         The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.
          Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.
THIS. BOOK. IS. A. MUST. READ. ADD. IT. ON. YOUR. TBR. SHELVES! Okay guys, enough with the upper case. BUT. GOD. I. CAN'T. HELP. MY. SELF. OKAY? THAT COVER IS BEYOND GORGEOUS! I CANNOT WAIT IT TO BE IN MY SHELF. Today is it's release date so let's all congratulate Miss Amanda for the success!! *Pops confetti!* But instead of us giving her a cake, she gave us an exclusive excerpt to read and quench a bit of our thirst for The Ghost of You. Wooot, woooot!


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          Everything in my room reminded me of him somehow. The candle Mom got me he used to joke smelled like cinnamon on steroids. The lopsided dream catcher we made at a school carnival in middle school. The running shoes he got me last Christmas. I didn’t want to see any of it. I wanted him.
          Then I was screaming, ripping, tearing, throwing anything I could get my hands on. My vision blurred. My head pounded in my ears. When my hand tightened around a smooth cylinder on my desk, I almost didn’t realize what it was in time to stop myself from shattering it against the wall. Derek had given me the green, plastic flashlight when we were ten as a way to ward off nightmares. It didn’t work anymore, even with new batteries, but I could never bring myself to get rid of it. I collapsed onto the floor, hugging the flashlight to my chest, crying and sobbing so hard I couldn’t breathe or see or think. 
          What was I going to do without him? We were the Grayson twins. We did everything together. I didn’t know who I was without him. He couldn’t be gone. He couldn’t.
          When I pulled myself off the floor, it was nearly dark out. I looked around the room that appeared as if a tornado went through it. The shelves from my dresser lay on the floor, their contents scattered. Papers and posters lay crumpled and torn into pieces. My bedding and clothes were strewn everywhere. Almost every visible inch of the floor was covered. I couldn’t remember doing most of the destruction. I didn’t even feel better after doing it.
          Something on the ground caught my eye. Something orange and familiar. I reached for the small bottle of pills and read the label. Vicodin. They were from my tonsillectomy last year. They must’ve been stuck away in a drawer, forgotten and unused. 
          I remembered how they made me feel like I was floating on water, like my brain was fuzzy and nothing seemed like a big deal. That feeling would be a nice change to what I felt now. 
          Throwing two pills into my mouth, I grabbed a week-old bottle of Gatorade from my dresser and took a swig. I left my disaster of a room and went down the hall to Derek’s room. The room felt dull and lifeless without him. The posters of old rock bands plastering the walls and wrestling trophies displayed on every shelf didn’t fit without the boy who had put them there.  
          I set the flashlight on his nightstand and crawled into his bed. His pillowcase smelled of peppermint. Jess and I had picked out that shampoo for him a few weeks ago. He swore he’d never use it, but I guess he changed his mind. 
          I stared at the flashlight until the pills made my eyelids droop and my mind slipped off into darkness.  
Derek’s voice reached out to me just as I was falling asleep. “It’ll be okay, Em. Sleep. I’m here.”
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          Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.
          Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.
          She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

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Thank you and congratulations again, Miss Amanda! Also thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for they organized a cool release tour of The Ghost of You. Don't forget to add it on Goodreads dear readers! You will surely love the book. <3 We cannot end this post without a giveaway! Enter below, enjoy and good luck!


23 Feb 2015

Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech



Hello dear readers! I am starting this week with a book blitz organized by Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours. Today, it is a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy by Selina Fenech in which each book has over 40 black and white illustrations by the author and artist. Hover on each of the book's cover image to read the synopsis or click it to redirect to Goodreads, and scroll down for the last book's trailer.


Purchase the YA Fantasy Trilogy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, her baby girl, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who's far too clever. 
During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as an artist, eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her, and now enjoys writing novels.


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20 Feb 2015

Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Bea has a secret.
Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dreams for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.
And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.
He’s also Bea’s teacher.
When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced, in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin.
Oh. My. God. Another cover reveal for this week and which is quiet exciting! Who would not be psyched? Read that synopsis! A student-teacher relationship. It's a big big big issue especially in school but who can we blame? Odds never care who we fall in love with.



I am the author of BEAUTY, a YA retelling of the Snow White tale, and ALWAYS, FOREVER, a YA retelling of Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA. ALWAYS, FOREVER was originally published in hardcover as THORN ABBEY. I've also contributed to several celebrity novels, including a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy. I'm currently hard at work on my next YA novel, which will be as mind-bending as ALWAYS, FOREVER (I hope!). My favorite cures for writers' block are long walks, long showers, popcorn, chocolate, and really expensive coffee. I talk to myself a lot while I write (you know, to make sure the dialogue zings).

Keep in touch! Visit or follow Nancy at: Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


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19 Feb 2015

Dream Catcher by Anya Monroe

Release Date: February 19, 2015 by The Lovely Messy
Genres: Contemporary/Magical Realism Young Adult
     ***Paddle boards, bonfires & bikinis won’t help Penny. She craves the boy from the woods; not knowing she’s already caught in his nightmare. ***
     Penny’s nightmare is ruling her life and she doesn’t know why. It started a few months ago, and since then Red Bulls, 5-hour Energy Shots, and Starbucks drive-thru are her lifeline.
     When Penny’s parents decide to take their research of a rare Native American cult to a remote cabin for the summer, she's less than enthused.
     Then Penny meets Delsin in a clearing in the woods, and her view of the world awakens. Apathy defines her, but Delsin lives life to it’s fullest. A shaman-in-training, he is everything Penny is not.
     Each morning she comes to the woods, handing pieces of her heart to him, but when Penny is confronted with her worst nightmare, Delsin asks for a sacrifice Penny didn’t see coming.
I know what you are thinking: THE COVER IS SO SO SO CUUUUTE AND WHAT A SYNOPSIS! I don't know what to expect! When I signed up for this blitz, I am so psyched to share it with you guys. The book's cover is just so cute that I can't resist. Here's more for us, an exclusive excerpt to relish our thirst from The Dreamer Catcher and five things about Anya reader's wouldn't know.

“Listen, Penny. I know we are different in many ways, but you have this gentleness about you, and I don’t see it in many people. Most of the girls I’ve known are so intense. You are different.”

“So you keep saying.” But I relaxed a bit with his confident words, knowing that he liked me, straight up. “I should probably get back. We’ve been gone for hours.” I thought about Ollie looking for me. I didn’t want him to find me here. I didn’t want to share this place with him. With anyone.

“I know. I don’t want you to get in trouble, on my account.” He stood and took my hand.

He climbed out of the cave quickly, and then gave me his hands to hold, pulling me out easily. His arms were strong and he helped me to my feet. Once again we were on top of the rock, looking out at the woods, breathing in the mid-day air. But Delsin’s eyes were looking above, into the sky, as if searching for something far from his reach, and he raised his hands, too. As if wanting a hand to part from the clouds, to reach out and take him away.

I didn’t stare. I let him have his moment, even though I didn’t understand it. And I looked out, straight ahead, over the trees.

I didn’t know what I was looking for.

1) In The Dream Catcher, Penny gets sucked into several TV series. I have plenty of guilty-pleasure-shows myself. Namely (don’t judge!), The Bachelor. I’ve been watching it for years (with my husband!). We were even in a Fantasy-Bachelor-League last year together, which, just to clarify, was like Fantasy-Football, not the Fantasy-Suite! And he beat me. I KNOW!

2) When I was in Jamaica a few years ago I went to this cliff diving spot where people were doing crazy jumps. I was like, I so got this! One hundred feet? Ain’t no thing! Until I got to the ledge. Then I was like, Umm, I’m going to do the ten foot jump…

In The Dream Catcher Penny and Delsin take cliff and waterfall jumps, and that is seriously impressive. Because, apparently, I’m not that badass.

3) In The Dream Catcher Penny has a reoccurring nightmare that is freaking her out and so she’s trying to stay awake for as long as possible. Obviously she has extenuating circumstances that are keeping her from getting some shut eye, but I love sleep way too much to stay awake that long. I’m an eight or ten hours-a-night kinda girl. And I still need coffee to function.

4) Penny and Ollie are best friends and their relationship is central in The Dream Catcher. Growing up is crazy hard and complicated, but so is just being a person in general. That’s why friends and finding your people is so important. However, I’m a little jealous of the proximity Penny and Ollie live to one another. Like, they live in the same house for most of the novel. My best friend lives across the country so we rely on texts and FaceTime and voice memos to keep in touch. Thank goodness for WiFi!

5) I’ve never made out under a waterfall. In The Dream Catcher Penny and Delsin do, and I’m kinda jealous. It seems terribly romantic. I need to remedy this, stat.

Anya Monroe likes to write stories and paint words on her walls. She believes in love at first sight and fights for happily-ever-afters. As a wife and mom to six kids, she carves out time to write between carpool pick-ups and date nights because words are her heartbeat. She lives a ferry ride from Seattle and is a total Pacific Northwesterner who drinks chai lattes and wears Birkenstocks and has dreadlocks. She's a cliché, but doesn't mind it. Not even a little.

She documents her lovely-messy life on IG @anyamonroe. Find her there!

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This book blitz is organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Oops! I almost forgot, the blitz carries a giveaway. Enter now to WIN $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD! Open internationally.



Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode

Dear, dear. What do we have here? A COVER REVEAL! There's nothing more excited than cover reveals and I'm participating one organized by Xpresso Book Tours. This is not just a common cover reveal but a wild one, too! It consists of browbeat society, beautiful brown eyes boy, hot soldier, and painful warfare!

Publication Date: March 2015
Young Adult Dystopia


          Treena can’t wait for Rating Day. Her high score will mean a life of luxury, showing the world that she’s a valuable member of society, not a pathetic waste of space. It won’t hurt her chances with her top-Rated boyfriend, either. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

          To get her life—and boyfriend—back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone seems to want her dead. And then there’s the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. They must band together if they are to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within Treena’s heart.


What a striking and ass kicking cover! Don't you guys agree? Don't forget to add it on your TBR piles and on Goodreads! Now, here's lovely Rebecca to share more of herself!

By day, I'm a busy mom of four who struggles with housecleaning and cooking. By night...well, I'm still a busy mom of four. But scattered into those rare quiet moments is my life's passion--writing. My first book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU'RE FALLING TO PIECES, was released in March 2013. It's a nonfiction quick-fix book for moms whose lives feel as crazy and out of control as mine does--and from what readers are saying, it's fun and entertaining to read. I also write for Deseret News and KSL.com on occasion, and some of my articles have also appeared in Schooled Magazine. For a sneak peek at the first two chapters of my book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU'RE FALLING TO PIECES, check it out on Amazon.com. Bye now!

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16 Feb 2015

Sword by Amy Bai

Publication date: February 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon · B&N · Book Depository
Sword shall guide the hands of men . . .For over a thousand years the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, safe from the wars of its neighbors, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.
For over a thousand years, some of Lardan’s fractious provinces have been biding their time.
Kyali Corwynall is the daughter of the Lord General, a child of one of the royal Houses, and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She has known for all of her sixteen years what the future holds for her–politics and duty, the management of a House, and protecting her best friend, the princess and presumed heir to the throne. But one day an old nursery rhyme begins to come true, an ancient magic wakes, and the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night her entire life unravels into violence and chaos. Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have left behind, or watch her world–and her closest friends–fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

Hello dear readers! I am back (not totally) on bloggingsphere. I hope you stay in touch because there will be awesome posts coming! Today, I am happy to be one of the hosts to introduce Amy Bai's YA Epic Fantasy novel Sword! The blitz runs today to the 20th of the month and is organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Amy will be taking my blog today with random things about her!


11 Random Things About Me

Because 10 is just too even a number for my rebellious soul.

1.) I occasionally take 3-hour baths. Yes, really. I have started and finished books in there, and I am not ashamed, except possibly of my heating bill.

2.) I lose every social grace I can (tentatively) lay claim to when I get behind the wheel of a car. I think it is perfectly fine to tailgate people driving too slow for my taste, and just as acceptable to bait fellow drivers tailgating me. I unconsciously speed up when somebody passes me. I gently encourage people driving in front of me to pull over with flashing headlights, honking horn, and occasional hand gestures. And yet, though my grill may be locked to your bumper the whole way in, I’m nonetheless likely to hold the door for you when we’re walking into the building together, even if you’re in the process of telling me what a dangerous bitch I am on the road. Don’t ask me to explain this. It’s a pathology.

3.) I think meat is totally gross. And I have since I was about 7 years old. When we had our family visits to McDonald’s (hey, backwoods town in Maine; it really was the big hangout) I used to eat only cheeseburgers because I believed the cheese negated the beef. This logic only worked for me until I was about 8, and then I moved on to about a pint of A-1 sauce, which certainly had the effect of negating the taste, if not the existence, of meat. And when I was 9 I gave up the red stuff altogether, and I think I was 13 or 14 when poultry went. I’d love to claim some great moral objection, but while I think the methods of raising and slaughtering are more than reason to give meat up, I stopped because it was dead flesh, and well, ew.

4.) I once dressed in poplar leaves stitched together with twigs and tree sap. I wasn’t alone, either.

5.) My first real story was an action-romance about two of my classmates in second grade. Poor Brian and Charity were drowned, mugged, shot from a cannon, chased by lions across the Sahara, and Charity herself died at least once before they shared their first sloppy, painfully-depicted kiss. Their real-life counterparts were horrified when I was picked to read the installments out loud in front of the class. The teacher, who probably wasn’t the best choice for the classroom, was extremely amused. And I, of course, was hooked.

6.) I own The Secret of Nimh. And I do on occasion watch it. So should you. Because it’s awesome.

7.) I loved writing essays in college. Even dreadfully hungover, scratchy-eyed and exhausted, I still loved writing essays. I know this makes me a freak, and I don’t care.

8.) I am a conflicted cynic: I don’t believe in happy endings, but I still want one.

9.) I count sounds. I don’t mean to; it just happens. I turn on the blinker, sit there in traffic waiting for someone who appears to be moving slowly enough that I can cut across their path, and by the time I get into the parking lot the little ticky noise has happened 128 times, 64 if you’re counting the high and low tics as one unit. 

10.) I cringe when I write big angsty melodrama, and yet somehow both the emotional and the plot arcs of all my books head inevitably toward climactic scenes of great angst and melodrama.

11.) When I am stressed for too hard and too long, or in constant physical pain or ill health, I tend to write backward. And I don’t mean switching letters: I mean whole sentences, spelled (mostly) correctly, and completely backward except for the capitalization and punctuation. 


She's a little weird but cool! (I know, there's no parallelism on that but...). Awesome things you've shared to us, Miss Amy! We're the same on the eight! Amy Bai has been, by order of neither chronology nor preference, a barista, a numbers-cruncher, a paper-pusher, and a farmhand. She likes thunderstorms, the enthusiasm of dogs, tall boots and long jackets, cinnamon basil, margaritas, and being surprised by the weirdness of her fellow humans. She lives in New England with her guitar-playing Russian husband and two very goofy sheepdogs. You can know and chat with her more on Facebook and Twitter. AND don't forget to add Sword on Goodreads!

Of course, we can't end this post without the grand prize giveaway - A print copy of Sword (which comes with an extra short story and character sketches) and a poster of the cover! It'll end on February 26th.



9 Feb 2015

Stacking The Shelves #3

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click on the photo to find out more about STS.

Hello dear readers! Since the year started, I only had three posts and that's a bad sign for me as a blogger. We all know that we should keep our blog "punctual" by updating it with posts. I failed on that. I also failed on reading. Others have read more than 20 books already and I have just read three according to my Goodreads updates. This. Is. Not. Good. I know... I checked my blog today and I saw ZERO PAGEVIEWS. Anyway, I am waiting for these days to come. We have three days of NO CLASS because we have an annual university celebration. I tried not to be tempted to go to school and watch live bands, top model search, etc. I want to have some rest and just read AND schedule review and feature posts. What's with number three to me on this post btw? Hmmmm...

Here are the books I've got this January. I'm broke and can't afford physical books right now. *Crying.*



Bought
Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
Stupid Is Forever by Miriam D. Santiago

For Review
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Borrowed
Paper Towns by John Green



Thank you so much to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Katie Coyle for trusting me an ARC of VAatEotW! Also Hazel for letting me borrow your Paper Towns.

Stupid Is Forever is a book by a Philippine Senator.  It's full of English/Tagalog pick up lines and excerpts of her speeches. To my Filipino readers out there, read SIF now!

Also, I am done reading Paper Towns so check out soon for my review of it! i love ms So much! The roadtrips and graduation robes, too! *Grinning.

How about you? What books you got and read this month?
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