BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it 18 months now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Friday, April 24, 2015

Author Aviva Bel’Harold Interview and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

“Grief changes people. Brittany used to be a normal teen. She ate like one. She slept like one. And she even had typical mood swings. But finding her best friend dead changed everything. Grief could explain her loss of apetite and her lack of sleep. It might explain why she sees her dead friend everywhere she goes. But it doesn’t explain why everyone she touches develops bruises or why she’s attracted to the smell of blood. And what’s with the urges to eat her new boyfriend? — Blood Matters is a vampire novel with a new spin and a unexpected twist. As much as this book centers on struggles, inside and out, it’s also filled with compassion and true-to-life characters.”
Buy a print copy of Blood Matters from Amazon by clicking here.
Buy a Kindle copy of Blood Matters from Amazon by clicking here.

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.
Prize : A $50.00 Amazon Gift Card provided by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Author Alexander S. Brown Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest at BittenByBooks

“Syrenthia is a teenage misfit who has never tasted friendship or romance. She has always been typecast as a wallflower, black sheep, and bookworm. Near the beginning of her senior year, she is befriended by Sarah who introduces her to a group of classmates that accept her as is. Syrenthia quickly learns that this group of free spirited teenagers shares her strongest interest-urban legends. Each day, she learns more and more about a place called “The Falls” where someone or something has terrorized the land for years and only those with a death wish dare to venture out. Upon arrival, the friends see that “The Falls” is nothing more than a swimming hole, a sandbar, and a waterfall. All is fun and games, until night falls. Once the full moon shines overhead, they are faced with a monstrous beast that is savage and extremely hungry. Only two people survive, one escapes unharmed, the other, Syrenthia, is not so lucky. However, over the passing weeks, Syrenthia grows to be a powerful and dangerous force. One by one her enemies are subjected to her wrath.”
Buy a print copy of  Syrenthia Falls from Amazon by  clicking here.

Buy a Kindle copy of Syrenthia Falls from Amazon by clicking here. – ONLY $2.99!

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.

Prize : A $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog Tour & Excerpt- COLLIDE by Ashley Harris


Title: Collide
Author: Ashley C. Harris
Series: Shock Me #3
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
ISBN: 9781310418075
Cover Designer: Amber G. Harris

The rules are about to change...
Something has come to Donna’s town, lurking outside her school, and watching all of her friends. A person who can steal Donna, and the other students, 'shocking gifts', and use them for himself.
Will everyone, both friends and foes, crumble together as nothing but mere humans? Or will finally the truth come… and save them for a deadly price.
Donna has managed to live hidden amongst the enemy, keeping her shocking abilities secret with the help of her friends. But now something has come into her town, it’s been lurking outside of her school, and has its eye on hurting everyone, both the good and the bad, and the first one who will be its target is Donna.
Ryan still has no idea who or what Donna really is. His ex-best friend and first crush has transformed into the girl who has been secretly working against him. He believes keeping their lives apart will keep her the most safe, but trouble is about to make every one of their biggest fears, stolen memories, and hidden desires collide.
Will everyone, both friends and foes, crumble together as nothing but mere humans? Or will finally the truth come and save them with a deadly price as new alliances are made and buried feelings are brought to the surface.
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Young Adult author Ashley C. Harris takes readers back into her world of magic, mystery, and thrilling adventure in COLLIDE, the third book in the Shock Me series.

"Shock Me by Ashley Harris is a story with new, fresh premise and I believe that fans of paranormal young adult novels will be thrilled to read it. I was completely hooked after reading prologue. Ashley Harris managed to masterfully confuse you and leave you wanting more."—Ja čitam, a ti?on SHOCK ME

"Memorable characters and plot momentum will keep the reader fully engaged right up to the pulse-pounding, dramatic conclusion with a stunning ending that I didn’t see coming! Shock Me is a gripping beginning to a new series. I, for one, look forward to the future adventures of these characters." —Lusty Penguin on SHOCK ME

5.0 out of 5 stars “Amazing and Strong Second Installment in this YA thrillerish super-human romantic suspense”—Sophia Rose on SPARKS
Excerpt 4: Ryan

Ryan’s adrenaline was pumping, his heart pounding, yet he’d never felt so disconnected, almost feeling alone as for the first time being this hyped up, he couldn’t sense the other animals in the trees or hear every one of the forest’s movements all at once, including the movement of Donna’s heartbeats.
Guessing the Original would have taken her right back to where he’d nearly killed them as children years ago had been a risk that had paid off. If it hadn’t … Ryan shook thinking about it as he frantically tried to move toward Donna who for a moment, overtaken by fear and most likely seeing abilities for the first time—not including the times she couldn’t remember—took a step back from him.
“Donna, it’s just me, it’s ok. I promise I’m ok,” he said as he put his gun away and put his hands up. Slowly but surely she moved a step forward and he approached her also slowly too. He never thought he’d be this close again to losing her as he took in her beauty in a new human way that almost made him feel insignificant. He noticed with his eyes instead of sensing with his senses that her body was shaking and that’s all the time he needed before he was moving in, grabbing her gently, and wrapping his arms around her as she stood still.
“Donna, Donna, I’m so sorry.”
She didn’t do what he thought she would, what she had done last time, which was frantically try to ask him what was happening, what he or the Original were before her memory had been messed with by Saul when they were children. Instead what came out of her mouth was, “How did you … How did you stop him?” Her heart was racing fast as he held her in his arms and could feel it and her warm body up against his chest, matching his own crazy pulse.

Follow all the stops on the tour for more chances to win!
4/13/2015 Those Crazy Book Chicks
4/13/2015 Coffee Books & Art
4/14/2015 Kindle and Me
4/15/2015 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
4/16/2015 Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
4/17/2015 Tammy's Tea Time
4/20/2015 Splash Into Books
4/21/2015 Kitty's Book Spot!
4/22/2015 My Reading Reality
4/23/2015 Lisa's Loves (Books of Course)
4/23/2015 Romance Junkies
4/24/2015 Talking Books Blog




Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops..

In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. It has remained a top ten bestseller ever since.

When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!

Connect with Ashley at Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | IMBd | Blog
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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: Life, A.D. and M.I.A. by Michelle E. Reed with Giveaway #T4T


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Hello and welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!
Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!
You just might find your next read!
This week, #T4T presents to you the Atman City series by Michelle E. Reed:
Life, A.D.: Life After Dez
and
M.I.A.: Missing in Atman!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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In Life, A.D. you have two choices: join the program or face the consequences.
Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.
Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.
Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.
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Available for Purchase:
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:
I loved this book. it takes on the aspect of death and afterlife, transforming it into a character driven story.” – Troy, Goodreads Reviewer

 ” There was a theme threaded throughout the tale: Most people are busy living life preparing for the future instead of living in the moment. Gosh, I love that.”S.A. Larsen, Author

“I think Life A.D. holds high potential for a fantastic series. It was GREAT and I really do think that people would really get into it if it became a series.” – Olivia, Book Comet

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Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in 42 days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and argumentative. In a missed encounter with Crosby, her prying gaze lands upon a single entry in the datebook on his unoccupied desk. These few, hastily scribbled words reveal an enormous secret he’s keeping from her. Possessed by a painful sense of betrayal, she once again sneaks off to Atman City, determined to find answers to an unresolved piece of her life. It begins as all their adventures do, but as light falls into darkness, a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood sets forth a chaotic series of events. Dez will have to fight for her very existence, and will face painful, irreparable loss in an afterlife teeming with demons wielding ancient powers.
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Available for Purchase:
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

“This was a wonderful continuation to the Atman City series!”Bri, Books and Ashes

“I couldn't put it down!!
Now I desperately await the next installment. I'm nowhere near the writer Michelle Reed is, so I won't bother trying. I'll simply say this book is a must read, following the first installment, "Life A.D."”Amy, Goodreads Reviewer

“M.I.A. had an interesting ending and I imagine there will be a third book in the series based on it. I look forward to reading it.” – Dawn, Bound 4 Escape


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Michelle Reed
Michelle E. Reed was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.

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Giveaway

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION & GIVEAWAY for SOARING THROUGH STARS by Rajdeep Paulus


SOARING THROUGH STARS
Author: Rajdeep Paulus
Release Date: April 23rd, 2015
Publisher:  Birch House Press
“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can't help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks. 


From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.
BOOK LINKS
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25001605-soaring-through-stars?from_search=true&search_version=legacy
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Soaring-Through-Stars-Contemporary-Swimming/dp/0996180117/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429549858&sr=8-1&keywords=soaring+through+stars
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soaring-through-stars-rajdeep-paulus/1121760182?ean=9780996180115

PRAISE FOR SOARING THROUGH STARS
“Soaring through Stars is a beautiful, perfect ending to a truly exceptional series… Don’t miss this one.” 
~USA Today’s HEA Blog, Serena Chase

“Rajdeep Paulus writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero… compassionate at moments when it would be much easier to stand by and do nothing.” 
~Amazon Author Success Story
“The Swimming Through Clouds series is an incredible story of the strength of true love and the power of courage. Talia, Lagan, and Jesse will sneak into your heart and stay there long after you read the last line.” ~Amalie Howard, bestselling IndieNext author of Alpha Goddess 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rajdeep Paulus is an Award-winning author of SwimmingThrough Clouds and Seeing Through Stones. Rajdeep studied English Literature at Northwestern and lives in New York with her Sunshine and four princesses.
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GIVEAWAY
1 Winner wins Blue Swarovski crystal heart charm on silver chain (U.S. Residents Only)
1 Winner wins Paperbacks of the trilogy – THREE BOOKS (U.S. Residents Only) 
3 Winners win Ebooks of Swimming Through Clouds (Book One)