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 almost 5 years 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?


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Character Interview and Giveaway for a Signed Copy of MESMERIZE by Artist Arthur


An Interview With Lindsey Yi
Star of Mesmerize, Book#4 of the Mystyx Series by Artist Arthur
 File Facts

Only child of South Korean parents

“M” birthmark on her right ankle

Has an ongoing compilation of useless facts

power #1 — telepathic (able to read the thoughts and stored information of others)

power #2 — empathic (the ability to share and understand another’s emotions and feelings)


 Lindsey is the daughter of a South Korean diplomat and his adoring wife. As the only child in a very political family Lindsey learned early on how to be personable and charming no matter what her personal circumstances. She’s very intelligent, spending her spare time studying things that others may deem useless but using them in her daily life. As a result, realizing that she could hear the thoughts of others wasn’t so much of a surprise to her. But the horrific train crash that left her parents dead, and her miraculously unscathed, is an anomaly she’s yet to recover from or figure out.
Forced to move to Lincoln with Aurora Hampton, Lindsey is now facing a new town, new friends and an incident that haunts her on a daily basis.
Meeting the Mystyx was no mistake, Lindsey is convinced. There’s a reason she was sent to Lincoln, a reason why the four of them were brought together at this time, in this place, and she’s more than eager to figure that reason out. Until the revelations become too painful and the mind she’s come to pride herself on becomes the very tool that could end the lives of the other Mystyx.


I am the first born and only girl in my family, and six and nine years separate me and my two brothers. Needless to say, I was alone quite a bit. But being alone gave me plenty of time to indulge my imagination in the world of books. One of the first novels I read was a young adult series that traced the lives of two teenagers in high school, Sweet Valley High. Reading those novels I thought I could do better, and so my quest to write entertaining stories began.
Being an introvert, it took me a long time to feel comfortable enough to let others read my work. How long? Well, the first person to read a story I wrote was my husband. Since then, I’ve been writing professionally for almost nine years now. But it was my daughter who encouraged me to write a book for teens—just one of the reasons I love her so dearly.
I live in Maryland with my husband and three children. If you take away the opinionated teenagers, family drama, overflowing bookshelves and DVDs, my life is pretty boring. But don’t take those things away, since they’re my inspiration.
I love to hear from readers and can be contacted at yaby…@yahoo.com.



A: What's it like having powers? 
Lindsey: It’s like living a different life, in a different world. You can’t tell anyone, besides the ones who are like you and you definitely can’t go around showing off the power. I feel like I’m two people stuck in one body.


A: What would you change about your power if you could? 
Lindsey: I would definitely add an on/off switch to my powers. It sucks that I’m bombarded with the thoughts of others on a constant and daily basis. Now, I can wear black and it dulls the chatter a bit. It works a lot better if the other person is wearing black as well, then the thoughts are totally blocked. But since nobody knows I have this power anyway, it’s kind of hard to expect them to walk around wearing black all the time. And…I don’t like wearing black all the time. 


A: Explain your power.
Lindsey: It’s intense when the voice in your head isn’t always your own. As I move past a person in the hallway, I hear their thoughts. It’s a constant chatter that goes on and on until I feel like screaming.  


 A: What’s your biggest regret?
Lindsey: Not having my parents around to share all this with.


A: What’s your wish for this holiday season?
Lindsey: To fall in love. I’ve watched Krystal and Jake tiptoe around their feelings until finally falling so deeply in love they often forget Sasha and I are around. And lately, Sasha and Antoine have been wandering in their own little love bubble. So I feel a little left out. I’d like to take the plunge, join the world of couples for a change instead of constantly being the odd one out.


A: Okay, I’m going to say a word and I want you to say the first thing that comes to your mind.

 A:                                                 Lindsey: 
Ice cream                           chocolate
Colors                        blue and yellow
Music                        pop
Soda                                  Sprite
Fruit                              grapes
Cartoons                        SpongeBob


Want to win a signed copy of MESMERIZE ?
Post your responses to these words in the comments and be registered to win a signed copy of Mesmerize. For Extra entries check out my reviews and leave a comment on the review. Tell me in your comment post here if you commented on the reviews. Link next to book titles.

Mystyx
1. Manifest (2010)
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2010/08/manifest-by-artist-c-arthur.html
2. Mystify (2011)
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2011/02/mystify-by-artist-arthur-3-12.html
2.5 Mutiny (2011) E-book
3. Mayhem (2011)
4. Mesmerize (Feb 2012)
5. Majestic (Aug 2012)


ManifestMystifyMayhemMesmerize
Mutiny


Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop


The Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop 
will run from 
Dec. 30th till Jan 3rd. 

Thanks to Babs from Babs Book Bistro and 
for co-hosting.
Contest will be open internationally.
I will be giving away a $10 Amazon/Barnes and Noble Gift card or
I'll let you chose a book from Book Depository
up to $10 and as long as they ship free to you,
you can enter.
Just make sure they ship to you. If not sure,  check here.
I love to win Gift Cards and these are the simplest and the best as far as I'm concerned.
For every 50 brand new followers, I'll give away another $10 Gift card or
book from Book Depository.



To enter:
Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and answer this question in the comments--
"What was your favorite book from 2011?"

Hope you'll take the time to look around,
make a comment or two.
I am number 44
and Cicis Therories (US)  is in front of me
and Michelle Madow (Int) is behind me.
WOW! There are over 400 blogs participating! How awesome is that!
Click HERE for the full list of participating bloggers on the hop.
This is a great way to meet more bloggers, win books, gift cards and more!

THE BUNS ARE HERE WITH THEIR TOP HATS ON AND THEIR HORNS TO EXPLAIN THE RULES!



Click on the "Read More" to take you to Rafflecopter--
If you have any problem getting Rafflecopter to come up,
generally refreshing the page will fix it.
Read "Click for Instructions" before answering the question!




FRIDAY FUNNY # 17

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winners! Winners!








WINNERS! WINNERS!

Thanks to Jessie Harrell from Oasis For YA and
for co-hosting.


My question for everyone was
"What is your favorite thing about Mid-Winter?"

My winner #573 was SarahSparrow whose email begins with   captainsarahsparrow@...  and who said


My favorite thing about Mid-Winter is the beauty 
of the snow on the mountains.


Another Winner!


Hosted by
Peep from Attack of the Book. Thank you ladies!

My question here was-


What last minute gift, you looked for this year or 
 in years past, was the hardest to find?

My winner is # 688 Jessy B whose email begins with 
jessyisawinner@... and who said


A few years ago it was a Wii for my daughter.


And in case you wondered, the most popular
 response was the Tickle Me Elmo.
 Boy am I glad my kids are grown!


Girls you have 48 hours to respond or 
a new winner will be chosen.
(I heard from the ladies within minutes of sending the emails.
So glad to be able to complete these giveaways in only minutes)

WELLLLL - WE'RE WAITING WEDNESDAY # 20 (Oh! and I'm having another WWWW contest)







What's your WELLLL- WE'RE WAITING book for this week?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TEASER TUESDAY #16



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 "It's more than just
 darkness. It's a living, 
breathing evil 
and it's coming after 
you and the others 
because it knows
 you're the only ones
 who can stop it."
MAYHEM 
by Artist Arthur
page 42

For a chance at the
 next book in this
 awesome series 
comment and enter
 Artist Arthur's contest for MESMERIZE here.


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Blog Hop Dec 21st-27th

The Mid-Winter's Eve Blog Hop will run from Dec. 21st till 27th. 
Thanks to Jessie Harrell from Oasis For YA and
for co-hosting.

Contest will be open internationally.
I will be giving away a $10 Amazon/Barnes and Noble Gift card or
I'll let you chose a book from Book Depository
up to $10 and as long as they ship free to you,
you can enter.
Just make sure they ship to you. If not sure,  check here.
I love to win Gift Cards and these are the simplest and the best as far as I'm concerned.
For every 50 brand new followers, I'll give away another $10 Gift card or
book from Book Depository.
AmazonGiftCard
B&N
Book Depository

To enter:
Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and answer this question in the comments--
"What is your favorite thing about Mid-Winter?"

Hope you'll take the time to look around,
make a comment or two.
I am number 14
and The Mod Podge Bookshelf (US)  is in front of me
and Cuzinlogic (Int) is behind me.
WOW! There are over 400 blogs participating! How awesome is that!
Click HERE for the full list of participating bloggers on the hop.
This is a great way to meet more bloggers, win books, gift cards and more!

Click on the "Read More" to take you to Rafflecopter--
If you have any problem getting Rafflecopter to come up,
generally refreshing the page will fix it.
Read "Click for Instructions" before answering the question!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

$100 Amazon Twitter Blast!


Amee from Madame Deals and Jen from all her blogs  (Kobiso, Makobi Scribe, Sason and Pobi, etc) are sponsoring a Twitter Blast!
It will  last from December 16th till the 1st of January.  The prize is a $100 Amazon gift card!

Dara Girard's Romance







(Though I don't read as much contemporary romance as I once did,
 Dara Girard's 3 & 4 book series are ones I often turn to when needing
a palate cleansing of paranormals. Her character's are always engaging and 
the storylines entertaining.  I thought I'd share this newsletter from her.
If you are looking for a new favorite author to try in 2012, I guarantee 
you won't be disappointed.)
Dear Readers,
Just in time for the holidays I have a lot of treats to share with you.
Now Available!
GAINING INTEREST
Aspiring lingerie designer Adriana Travers has a weakness
for bad boys”not practical, plodding men like her financial
 advisor Eric Henson. Sheâ's only interested in him
 handling her financial affairs. Affairs of the heart, however,
 are completely off limits.
Eric Henson agrees. Women like Adriana are not in his plan.
 After spending years working his way up the business ladder,
 he wants to marry a woman who will keep him on the right
 path—not prove a distraction. But one night changes everything.
When Adriana treats him to a night out for his birthday, 
Eric starts to see Adriana in a sexy new way that just might
 upset all his carefully laid plans. And Adriana sees a wicked 
side to Eric that makes her heart pound. Soon Sheâ'll discover
 that when it comes to being bad, Eric's a lot more than he 
seems.
Tune in to my Facebook Page and
you'll get an announcement when
GAINING INTEREST is available
 in print.
Order from:
createspace
ISBN/EAN13: 0984758607
/ 9780984758609

e

Speaking of print, you can now get the trade paperback version of TABLE FOR TWO at createspace.
For a limited time I'm offering a discount code for $3 off the $15.99 print version. Click here and email me for the discount code.
I'm also working on an omnibus of both TABLE FOR TWO and GAINING INTEREST called THE HENSON BROTHERS. It will be available in both print and eBook format in January 2012.
Look for this title 
in print and eBook 
in January 2012


A New Story Perfect for the Holidays
And now for something completely different, here's an original short story for you to enjoy this holiday season.
A GIFT FOR PHILOMENA
This short story will give you a taste of my women's fiction and the town of Hamsford the setting of my new release THE DAUGHTERS OF WINSTON BARNETT. In this story you'll meet Philomena Hawkes, a woman who thinks her life of drudgery will never end until a mysterious package arrives and changes her life forever.

Order from:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Other eBook formats


New Release
At last THE DAUGHTERS OF WINSTON BARNETT is here!
“Pride and Prejudice meets Fiddler on the Roof with a Jamaican-American twist.”
Meet the Barnett sisters: Faithful, good natured Beverly; headstrong, ambitious Janet; bookish, droll Francine; silly but sweet Trudy and bold, reckless Maxine.
They live under the strict rule of their religious, Jamaican father in the small town of Hamsford where they are content with their sheltered life. But that comfortable life is shattered when Janet tries to leave and the wealthy Jeffrey Farmer returns to town with his foreign friend, Frederick Durand.

Order from:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Soon the Barnett's world is turned upside down and the sisters 
find themselves embroiled in scandal, devastated by betrayal 
and tempted by a forbidden love that threatens to rip them
 apart. But they fight to stay together and learn the power 
of tradition, the depth of family, the healing strength of
 forgiveness and the destiny of love.
Here's a sneak peek:


Please join me on my Facebook Page and you'll be one of the first to hear when THE DAUGHTERS OF WINSTON BARNETT is in print.
Don't forget to visit my blog for behind the scenes inspirations and other fascinating information about this exciting new novel.
Enjoy the holidays and have a fabulous New Year!
Sincerely,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Card Giveaway Hop-Dec 9th- 13th

The Gift Card Giveaway Hop is just in time to help
 with with last minute holiday shopping!! 

Hosted by
The Gift Card Giveaway Hop will run from Dec. 9th to 13th.  
Thanks to Peep and Kathy for co-hosting. 
Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
YOU MUST COMMENT/ANSWER THIS QUESTION TO ENTER

What last minute gift, you looked for this year or 
 in years past, was the hardest to find?

Monday, December 12, 2011

December Giveaways Elsewhere on the Blogesphere

What's on the Bookshelf: Gift Card Giveaway: The Gift Card Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Attack of the Book The holiday season is one of my favorite times 
Lena Sledge's Blog... Books, Reviews and Interviews: Lena's Kindle Touch 1,000 Followers Giveaway!: I'm so excited to have so many wonderful people following me on my literary journey. I said when I make it to 1,000 followers through ...
Stuck In Books: #TeamCassie for the #HeronineTourney GIVEAWAY: TeamClary , TeamIzzy & TeamTessa are teaming up to make sure a TeamCassie girl wins the YA Sisterhood Heroine Tourney! So here's how it...



If that victor is Clary, then Cassandra Clare will write the
Greenhouse scene from City of Bones 

from Jace's POV for all to enjoy!
http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2011/11/vote...


http://thebookbasement.blogspot.com/2011/11/100-followerbirthday-giveaway.html
ENDS DEC 16th
The Hollow Cupboards: 100 Follower Giveaway! (INTERNATIONAL): I said it was coming and here it is!  My 100 follower giveaway!   Thank you all so much for making this possible.  I'll try to make this as ...
ENDS DEC 11
http://bippityboppitybook.blogspot.com/2011/12/guest-post-with-author-mj-rose-and.html


Ends Dec 9th


Review - Larkstorm by Dawn Rae Miller - and contest! 
In the years following the destructive Long Winter, 
when half the world’s population perished, 
the State remains locked in battle against the Sensitives:
 humans born with extra abilities. As one of the 
last descendants of the State’s Founders, 
seventeen-year-old Lark Greene knows her place: 
study hard and be a model citizen so she can 
follow in her family’s footsteps. Her life’s been 
set since birth, and she’s looking forward to graduati...
http://addktd2books.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-larkstorm
-



ENDS DEC 14
http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/2011/11/30/cozy-wednesday-with-crops-and-robbers-giveaway/
ENDS Jan 15
The Fairytale Nerd: The Fairytale Nerd's Gratitude Giveaway (Winner's ...: I remember the day I created this blog. It was such a boring day. There was nothing good to read. There's nothing to watch. There's nothing...





Once Upon a Twilight!: Special Thanksgiving Day Giveaway: A Signed Breaki...: Today I'm happy to announce I have a signed paperback edition of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer to giveaway to one of our followers. Thi...

ENDS Dec 18th


Two Year Anniversary Giveaway! (International)

http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/141061580430393344



One winner will get to choose any book from below:
Sirensong by Jenna Black
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
Afterlife by Claudia Gray
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Timeless by Alexandra Monir 
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Reckoning by Lili St. Crow 
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld