Sunday, January 31, 2016

APRIL 2016 A-Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE BO



This looks fantastic and fun, so I am signing up for it!! Here is the link to sign up-if you are interested-http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/


Here is the basic idea- we blog every day in April-except Sundays, therefore there will be 26 days which match the letters of the alphabet. So on April 1, you blog about something that starts with the letter A- you can have a month long theme or just do different posts- but it must be for the letter of that day!!
To me this sounds, fun and challenging as it will make me think of different things to post. Here are some more details:
The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list. 

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled. Please make it easy for visitors to comment on your blog.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, blogs showing no activity or those that miss five days in a row will be removed. 

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number WILL change. 

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples.However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows: 

ANIMALS: (AN) 
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO) 
CRAFTS/ART: (CT) 
CULINARY: (CU) 
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES) 
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET) 
GAMING: (GA) 
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM) 
HUMOR: (HU) 
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS ) 
PERSONAL: (PR) 
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH) 
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR) 
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR) 
ADULT CONTENT: (AC) 

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts: 

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

We also have a Facebook Page and Pinterest Site
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z


HAVE FUN AND SEE YOU IN APRIL!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Best Basic Blogger: January Wrap Up Post

The Best Basic Blogger: January Wrap Up Post: January Wrap Up Post!   Ok I have read and reviewed 5 books total for the month of Jan. 4 of those books went to Challenges. I started ...

Book Review-ARC of Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown

Wild Cowboy Ways is a small-town country read. The Lucky Penny Ranch is the main setting, and Blake Dawson and his brother and cousin all pitch in to buy and restore this ranch, which you can tell from the beginning is going to be an ongoing,expensive ordeal.
That is how he meets Allie,carpenter and daughter of The local seed and feed store owner. Her sister Lizzie is engaged to Mitch who is a preacher.Allie's grandmother-Irene is having memory difficulties, and so goes wandering over to the Lucky Penny Ranch to talk to "Walter" who lived there 30 yrs ago. She's a sweet, loveable character who you can't help but feel for.  
My take:
This is a terrific read if you like characters that make up a small town, as well as a very strong religious undertone-I personally didn't care for it, but it also is imperative to the storyline. What I enjoyed most was the interaction of Blake with Allie and her family, he just sounds so awesome in this book. A nice love story,
with small amounts of sexual chemistry.

My rating: a very solid 3 1/2 Cokes.

January Wrap Up Post

January Wrap Up Post!  


Ok I have read and reviewed 5 books total for the month of Jan. 4 of those books went to Challenges.

I started a weekly meme called Wishlist Winning Wednesday-where one person can win a book from their wishlist that matches that theme for the week.

I did two giveaway hops-Jeepers! It's January Hop and Winter Wonder Hop.

I did 6 Tours/Release/Blitz posts- not that many, I know.

Contests won:9 different contests-4 from Goodreads and 4 from: Romancing the Book, Escape with Dollycas,Reading Between the Wines  and Book Nerds. I also won 1 item from an author-Lena Coakley World of Shadow and Ink- I won a Black Bonnet-haven't received yet.

Since Jan. 1st I visited 618 blogs. 
I have done several weekly memes-which I love, they are fun. 
I commented on oodles of blogs,NOT including contests.
I entered tons of goodreads, monthly writerspace, and author contests.
Joined two street teams, Randi Alexander, and Janet Evanovich.
Am learning to organize myself better, though that is a work in progress.
One blog that stood out for me this month is Paper Fury
http://paperfury.com/ 
PAPER FURY

She  writes terrific posts, hope you will visit her.
I got so much done this month that I probably forgot some, but I want to thank everyone for reading,following and commenting- I appreciate it very much.
My goals for February
1. Do what I can, when I can. (Ha,ha)
2. Read read read and review review review....LOL
3. Have 1 terrific Valentine's Day giveaway.
4. write more in depth posts.

I will stick with that for February!!

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Books:benmarriott  read tattoo books education

And LOTS of Pepsi:
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Stacking the Shelves#8



Hosted by Tynga's Reviews-http://tyngasreviews.com/2016/01/stacking-the-shelves-195.html

Oh I love these Stacking the Shelves posts, so fun!!

Well, this is what I got this week in the mail:
I won ACED  and More Than Magic-I love the swag, both are signed!!




I got That Summer from Book Mooch.


This is what I got at the library 3/$1- bought $5 worth!!














(from Book Mooch- for my Read Scotland Challenge!)

This is my book haul.
I did 1 tour and 2 reviews this week!! Happy about that. I now need to add my Invisible book review to one of my Challenges-am thinking A-Z  as the letter "I".
Have to organize my Challenges...LOL
Hope everyone had a good reading week.
Love these guys. Always makes me smile!
What's on your shelf?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review-INVISIBLE by James Patterson and David Ellis


















Invisible was the quickest book I have read this month, and that's because as soon as I got home from work I read, and read..etc. This book is excellent in so many ways.
But first, here are a couple favorite quotes that I just loved!!
"A knock at my door. A cold wave runs through me. I don't have a weapon. I have my mop and bucket. I could threaten to clean the guy to death." LMAO
2nd favorite quote " He gets Malibu Barbie -I get Grandpa Walton!" Again, LMAO
Loves the names of some of the characters, The Dick, Books- I mean, how can you not love that?
Well anyway in typical JP style, this book is about a brutal killer, who is very hard to pin down. I can't give away too many spoilers, but it's about this woman who loses her twin sister in a horrible fire. She becomes determined that it was not an accidental death, and goes against her agency to keep tracking down this horrible person. It leads her back to her ex fiancee, who left FBI after she left him three months before their wedding. From here, YOU HAVE TO READ FOR YOURSELF>CANT PUT DOWN.

5 cans of Pepsi!

AUTHOR NEWS-WEEK 2

I enjoy doing rhese author news posts, in case you haven't found out your self- though I am sure lots of us get newsletters- as do I. But occasionally I stumble across some cool stuff. For instance, today I found this:

Eloisa James Collectible Cards!! 

Send an SASE to: one stamp for one or two cards.
Eloisa James Collectible Cards
c/o Kim Castillo
PO Box 300
Goshen IN 46527-0300

Now isn't that cool?Obviously, I am sending for some to add to my very sweet collection!!

On to other author news:
KAT MARTIN'S INTO THE FURY  was released Tuesday!!
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Elizabeth Lowell has Perfect Touch-also released Tuesday!
Perfect Touch

Laura Griffin has a new digital series coming! It starts
March 7th, with At the Edge and continues with Edge of Surrender on March 28th!!

For Dragon Shifter lovers, I bet you have Michelle Pillow's books either on your shelf or tbr list-look at this cover!!

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Check out more of her awesome looking books here:
You can also become part of her review team-though it may take awhile, if you're interested check out her page for Fans.

Rebecca Zanettie has Mercury Striking out now!!
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I like all kinds of books, lol.

Chelle Bliss has Enshrined out now!!
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Julia Mills released Tuesday- Zoey "A Not quite Zombie Love Story"
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From Mandy Roth- some pics of great looking reads!!


These are the two series I wish to read>thought I would share.


Carly Phillips has Dirty,Sexy Saint out now!!
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Mina Carter has Cover Reveal for Bad Moon Rising!
Nice....

Christine Feehan has Spider Game out now-definitely getting this one.

Spider Game by Christine Feehan

Love her website:


She also recently released:
Dark Ghost

I love Janet Evanovich and just joined the fancorps and I love it, as I am going to begin reading the Stephanie Plum series again up to where I left off and then continuing, I wanted to join- she has a great site-if you're a fan like me then please give her site a visit!! (I also entered 2 different contests).


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This concludes my author news of the week- Happy Reading!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW-BORDER WEDDING BY AMANDA SCOTT




WELL, I thought this was going to be a sweeping historical romance. It wasn't. However, it was definitely rich in historical details which I did enjoy very much. However, the characters, I feel I didn't know very well, and what I did know , some of them I didn't like at all.

EXCERPT:"The journey to Elishaw took the t=rest of the day, because it had taken more time than expected to rally Wats forces. He had 50 men,though, without robbing the hall or Raven's Law of needed protection, and he had reason to believe they would be enough to send the besiegers running,or at least persuade them to talk."
As you may be able to surmise for yourself from the except I chose, most of the story was more about the battle between Scotland and England for English rule. (Braveheart anyone?). I cannot tell you about the wedding as that would be a spoiler! However, Sir Walter Scott and Meg are the main characters, with a bunch of interesting side characters,that honestly are sometimes better than the main ones!! Two characters I really didn't care for was Meg's sister, and Meg's brother-Tom. You have to read to find out why.
So my overall rating for this read is 
3

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY#3



Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html This is a freebie week, so I am going to choose a past Top Ten to participate in.
I chose TOP 10 FAVORITE AUTHORS:

ACTION/Thriller/Crime:

Book cover: NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson, Marshall Karp1.James Patterson





2. Brad Thor
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(This is excellent)
3.David Baldacci
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4.Vince Flynn
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5.Steve Berry
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(Haven't read this one yet)


Historical Romance Authors:
1.Sabrina Jeffries
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(Have read-excellent)
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(Just finished reading)
3.Lisa Kleypas
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HORROR
The one and only Stephen King

PARANORMAL ROMANCE AUTHORS:
1.Christine Feehan
Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

2.Sherrilyn Kenyon


OTHER FAVORITES:
1.Danielle Steele
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(One of my favorites by her)
2.Debbie Macomber
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Haven't read this one yet.
3.Jill Shalvis
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4.Nora Roberts
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One of my faves by her.
5.Patricia Cornwell
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6.Janet Evanovich
Love the Stephanie Plum series!!
7.J.K.Rowling
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8.Sarah M.Andersen
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9.Lori Foster
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10.fpoKathryn Smith
Want to read

This is my top ten.