Month: November 2014

Nov 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/30/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/30/14

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the time with my family (we played lots of board games during this extended weekend). As promised, I was a little scarce on the blog this week. Why, you ask? Because I had to catch up catch up on NaNoWriMo!! Today is the very last day and I’m fairly certain I’m going to make it! (As of writing this post, I have about 3000 words to go, but I plan to hop over to Starbucks and finish those up!) I’ll let you know how it goes!… Read more »


Nov 26
Let’s Discuss Update – Yep, I Gave Up on the Complaining Author

Let’s Discuss Update – Yep, I Gave Up on the Complaining Author

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So, a lot of you read my post awhile back about Authors that Complain. There was one particular indie author whose books I loved, but she drove me crazy with her negativity on her blog (she basically said she hated her book and only wrote it to please fans and then a week or so later proceeded to complain about the fact that said fans hadn’t bought the book – well, if you tell me you hate it, it dampens my enthusiasm just a little bit!). But, I am an optimistic person at heart – I like to think the best about people, and I don’t give up on them easily once I’ve formed an attachment. I had enjoyed this author’s books and had really wanted to support her (I’d bought every book she’d released). I wanted to just let her negativity go. I still bought her latest book (the… Read more »


Nov 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/23/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/23/14

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This week has been incredibly hectic, and I have to say that my blog has lost a little steam because of it. I just feel like I can’t keep up with everything right now. I have fallen behind of NaNoWriMo, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to catch up in time, which is stressing me out. I know the 50k word count is kind of arbitrary, and my book wouldn’t be finished at that point, but I was still hoping to reach that goal and keep myself motivated to keep going on it. But lots of… Read more »


Nov 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/16/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/16/14

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This past week. I continued to work on my NaNoWriMo book. There have been some great moments, and some moments where I feel majorly stuck. I have so much respect for authors – writing a book is hard! Right now, I’m at just over 25,500 words and I’m still plugging away! The past couple of weeks have been frustrating technologically because I’ve had some problems with my blog – issue with my hosting company’s servers caused the blog to be down some and I kept getting 404 errors for some reason. I think I have all of these issues ironed out, but it’s made… Read more »


Nov 15
Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I have to say that I really sort of fell in love with this book. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a dystopian, and it really sort of is, except at the end, if you read the author’s notes, you’ll find that the book is based on a real life place – a place that actually existed. Make sure that you head over to this site to see pictures of Kowloon Walled City, and to find out more about it. There were once 33,000 people living within a one block radius – you honestly have to see the pictures to believe it. At any rate, back to my review. I was actually forced to put this book down a few times because I had scheduled review books that I needed to read. Usually when that happens, I find myself having a difficult time getting sucked into… Read more »


Nov 14
Let’s Discuss – Why I Can’t Choose a Favorite (of Anything!)

Let’s Discuss – Why I Can’t Choose a Favorite (of Anything!)

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I have a problem. As a book blogger, what’s the #1 answer you get asked? What’s your favorite book? Or it might be a slight variation on this. What’s your favorite: author, series, genre, book boyfriend … you get the idea. But, my problem is, I am absolutely incapable of answering this question. Like, seriously incapable. I might be able to come up with a list of favorites (though even that is hard for me sometimes), but never just one. And this isn’t confined to just books. Ask me what my favorite movie is and I’ll give you a blank look – and then I’ll try and come up with something, but I’ll really be scrambling. My favorite food? Um, tacos? But I don’t know that that’s really my favorite food – it’s just the answer I came up with once upon a time so that I’d have something to say when… Read more »


Nov 09
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/9/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/9/14

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA: Author Telullah Darling featured FYFA over on her blog on Friday. Make sure you check it out, and support Telullah and find out a few things about me in the process! (It’s kind of funny to have an author interview me instead of the other way around!) So sorry if you tried to get to my blog on Friday and got a 404 error. I think one of my WordPress Plugin updates must have caused the issue. And, of course, any other day I would have caught it right away – but this weekend my husband and I escaped for a much-needed weekend away, and… Read more »


Nov 08
Review – Talon by Julie Kagawa

Review – Talon by Julie Kagawa

Reviews 17 ★★★★

Talon was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. So much so, that I was almost afraid to read it. I LOVE Kagawa (was so excited to meet her at BEA) and I also adore dragons, so this seemed like a match made in heaven! Then some reviews started trickling in, and they weren’t all that favorable – I started to get very nervous. But, on the positive side I knew a little bit more what to expect, so that helped me when I went to go read the book. The basics of those reviews that I was reading was this – this book isn’t heavy on dragons and dragon-lore. It reads more like a typical paranormal YA with a dragon storyline at its base. So, knowing that going in helped me to set my expectations a bit. I found that I actually ended up being pleasantly surprised by the… Read more »


Nov 07
Let’s Discuss – Do you NaNoWriMo

Let’s Discuss – Do you NaNoWriMo

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From the time that I was eight years old and won the Young Authors writing competition for my grade, I have wanted to be an author. I’ve had stories brewing in my head for years, but I’ve never managed to get more than a chapter on paper. In college I took a short story class and I wrote some of those, but I’ve never gotten anywhere even remotely close to writing a novel. So, this year, I decided to take the plunge and do NaNoWriMo, and let me tell you it has been terrifying. I have always suffered from a lack of confidence (in certain areas), and so the idea of writing a book is about the most daunting thing ever in the universe to me. I’ve always been frozen by the idea that it might not be good enough. That the idea wasn’t strong enough, that the characters aren’t going to end up being… Read more »


Nov 03
October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I attended the Fierce Reads tour and got to meet Marissa Meyer, Nikki Kelly, Gennifer Albin & Jessica Brody! I (almost) finished editing L.A. Starkey’s first two books. Watch for the upcoming blog tour for book #1 – Deceived. Most Popular Posts: Twixt Guided Tour (Character Guest Post) Let’s Discuss – Are the Number of Followers You Have Important to You? Lailah by Nikki Kelly review & giveaway Other Features & Discussions: Let’s Discuss (Halloween Edition) – Do You Believe in the Supernatural? Let’s Discuss -Pride & Prejudice Next Steps: Need Your Help! Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween My 2014 Reading Progress: (Looking at my books like this does give me a bit of a complex that I rate a bit too highly, but I do usually round up my half stars. Plus, I just usually enjoy books. Guess that’s just the way it is.) My Favorite October Discussions on Other… Read more »