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Armchair BEA: Giveaway!

Armchair BEA

The Ashford AffairSo it’s giveaway day on Armchair BEA…yay!!! And if you’ve been on my blog before you probably know that I think Lauren Willig is amazing.  Soo, I’m going to be giving away a copy of her latest standalone book, The Ashford Affair. (Check out my review here.) Willig is a super awesome author. She’s great to her readers (she sent me a Christmas card with a book plate a few years ago when I e-mailed her about not being able to make it to any of her book signings because I live in the middle of nowhere!)and she writes amazing books : ) Plus I was so excited about this book coming out I accidentally bought 3 copies without realizing it, but now one of you will be lucky enough to win one!

Rules:

  • Must be over 16 years old.
  • Must live in the US or Canada.
  • A winner will be chosen at random on June 3rd and I will notify the winner by e-mail.  Please respond to the e-mail within 48 hours so I don’t have to choose another winner 🙂

Despite the fact Rafflecopter doesn’t easily work with WordPress blogs…I’m using it anyways because I like it. So if you click on the link below where it says “Enter Here” a new page will just open with a Rafflecopter entry form to fill out. Good Luck!

Congratulations to the BookAttict on snagging The Ashford Affair!  Thank you to all who participated !!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Words & Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This was a great topic to ponder over for a while…Why do we pick up what we read in the first place? I’d never really given it a thought before, but this is what I came up with:

P.S.  If you’re over 13 years old and from the U.S. don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer by clicking on the link below (it will take you to rafflecopter.com where you will be able to enter)! Contest ends Friday night!

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Words:

Magical –

I will always pick up book that has the word magical written on it or used to describe it.  The word always gives me a thrill of excitement.  Maybe it means transportation to a different world with new creatures and scenery or to a familiar world but with otherworldly characteristics…so many endless options.

Books: Harry Potter, Inkheart, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Magyk (Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)Fairy Tale-

I’m currently in love with fairy tale re-tellings and books containing any element of fairy tale in them. They allow an escape to a different world and if those words are used to describe a book I will make sure to give it the once over.

Books: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

the night circusMystical-

Another word that just pulls me in for more.  Could there be something gorgeous to discover, a clever otherworldly mystery, or a creative twist to something seemingly ordinary.  It’s a word that begs me to read more about a book.

Books: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

397844Intrigue-

This is another one that works just like a magnet on me. It makes me automatically think of spies and secret romances so I always have to check and see if it could be a well written chick lit.

Books: Anything by Lauren Willig, and Meg Cabot’s mysteries

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Mythical-

Mythology is awesome and I love reading about mythological creatures and stories (especially amazing re-tellings).  So if I see a book with the word mythical on it, I just need to find out what it’s all about!

Books: Percy Jackson series and Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Topics:

Dystopian-

I am the type of person who hates going with the trends…but this is one train I’ve hopped on board with.  I just can’t resist a book with a dystopian setting…

Books: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Gilt (The Royal Circle, #1)Historic England-

Oh England, how I wish I could move there (someday hopefully!).  Any book containing historic England draws me in.  There’s so much history to learn about and exciting places to discover (I’m all about learning while reading for fun if possible!)

Books: Philippa Gregory’s novels, Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Dragons!-

I’ve always had a soft spot for dragons. They’re just so magical.  Reading about them can really transport you somewhere else entirely (and wish you were a dragon rider in most instances).

Books: Eragon series by Christopher Paolini, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

book thiefWWII-

A topic I’ve found fascinating since the first time I learned of it. I love a well told WWII novel.  They are moving, interesting, inspirational, and always leave you with something to mull over.

Books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Slavery/Underground Railroad-

Just like WWII, this is a topic I’ve always felt compelled to read about.  These stories are so incredibly inspirational and (usually) uplifting even if they are also heartrending.  I would like to recommend a nonfiction book (yes I did actually read a nonfiction book!) called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.  This is an amazing true story which should leave anyone who reads it with the notion that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.

Books: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clotel by William Wells Brown

Got any suggestions for great books others may enjoy based on the words/topics that pull me in?

Awesome Short Story Site: Readwave.com & Signed Cinder Giveaway!

An up and coming site called Readwave.com was recently brought to my attention, so I decided to check it out.  And…I was pleasantly surprised 🙂  It’s a very user friendly site where readers can discover oodles of fabulous short stories and share their thoughts on them.  And, it is also a place where writers can share their stories and in return get that feedback we all so desperately crave.  Plus they have this awesome new service where you can sign up to receive the “Story of the Week” in your inbox once a week.  I’ve signed up and have been enjoying it immensely.  Since I don’t typically read short stories this has been a great way to become acquainted with a different style of writing…and I’ve found I really love it, so getting my weekly dose is great!  So be sure to check out this cool new site and sign up for the “Story of the Week” which you can do so from this link here!

Also if you’re over 13 and from the U.S., don’t forget to enter to win the signed copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer I’m giving away!  There are only 7 days left.  Just click on the link at the end of this blog post to be taken to the entry form!

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All About Marissa Meyer: Author Inspiration and Signed Cinder Giveaway Time!

Marissa Meyer and Me!

Marissa Meyer and Me!

I recently had the privilege of attending Marissa Meyer’s visit and book signing at the Edina, MN Barnes and Noble.  It took a 3 hour drive navigating through a nice spring blizzard all while suffering from a nasty sinus infection, but totally worth it.  I highly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to see Marissa speak, to make sure they go!  She was humorous, informative about books to come ;), and incredibly inspiring.

I came only expecting a reading from her latest book, Scarlet, but it was so much more.  She explained about how she has grown up writing fan-fiction about the late anime show Sailor Moon and how that morphed into entering writing contests; in particular NaNoWriMo, which eventually (and I say eventually because it sounded like a long and arduous development as the writing, editing, and re-writing process takes a very long time! which was unfortunately reassuring) led to the amazing Lunar Chronicles.  Even as inspiring as all that is, the part I found the most fascinating was that Meyer found writing fanfic within an online community so beneficial. She said it was easier to share her writing online rather than show her uber “private” notebooks to people in person. This is exactly why I started blogging; the feedback from wonderful readers, to know that others are reading are what I have to say even if it isn’t the best writing.  Practice makes perfection or at least a better writer.

Marissa also talked about her upcoming books in the Lunar chronicles; Cress and Winter.  I was glad to know that the books will contain all of the characters from the previous books along with introducing some amazing new ones! A super techy Rapunzel for Cress and Winter will contain Snow White.  Plus she talked of wanting a prequel for Queen Levana and she said she has two other bookish ideas in mind.  One a standalone and another series idea; sooo exciting! And the movie rights have been sold for Cinder, to whom is unknown to us until a later date, so hopefully (please, please, please!) it will be made into a (well-done) movie!! Then she told a couple of twisted fairy tales I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cinder Marissa Meyer Young Adult Sci-Fi Rating: 4

And…Hopefully you already know that Cinder is amazing and if you don’t yet know because you haven’t gotten a chance to read it, hopefully I’ve started to convince you.  So, either way; if you already love the series or are ready to finally give it a try I’ve got a giveaway for you! A signed copy of the paperback edition of Cinder 🙂

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 13 years of age and older. The winner will be notified via e-mail the day after the contest has ended and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen in their place. Good Luck!

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