31 March 2013

{Book Review} In The Shadow of Blackbirds

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 March 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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In the Shadows of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Format:  ARC
Pages: 400
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Ratings:  5 birds

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

What a great historical book!  I could not put it down. It captured my attention from the first page. The history comes alive so well that you could actually feel the emotions of that time period.  I felt like I was there.  I honestly did not think about the flu going around in 1918 as the war was going on. It was quite interesting to learn about the flu and what home remedies that they did to try to stop the flu as well.  Fear was a big thing in this book and at this time. It jumps off at the page at you.  

Anyways the main character Mary Shelley Black is the type of gal who wants equal rights for woman and to think the way she wants to think.  I liked this about her.  She's a strong character who thinks for herself and does things her way.  Sometimes doing things her way isn't the proper way to do at this time either.   She is alone.  Her father goes to prison and her boyfriend/best friend Stephen goes off to war and dies in it.  She lives with her Aunt Eva whom I think was too proper and a tad paranoid with the flu epidemic going around.

With this photography spiritualism being around, Stephen comes back as a spirit and Mary hears him! Mary wonders why he is in pain and why she can hear him.  She begins her mission to figure out what the truth is. She takes on an amazing and dangerous mission.  She uncovers many truths here and there.  I loved the one part was when Mary goes to the medical unit where fallen soldiers were and tries to find more clues about what happened to Stephen. Heartbreak, fear, adventure, romance and mystery were all part of me while reading this book. 

It was a big roller coaster mystery with a touch of paranormal in it! At first it might be a bit slow but when you go further into the book it will keep you hooked!   You won't be able to put this book down.  I loved this book and think that the author did an amazing job capturing the mystery, fear, and romance during this time period. I look forward for more from this wonderful author.

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30 March 2013

{Audio Review} The Red Pyramid

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The Red Pyramid
The Kane Chronicles #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 544
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Birds

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set–has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe -- a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

In all honesty, the only reason I bought the box set of THE KANE CHRONICLES was because I went to a Rick Riordan book signing and I wanted a full, signed set of his books. I already had the Percy Jackson books and the first two books in the Heroes of Olympus series so it made sense. I figured if I read them I would enjoy them but I wasn’t in too big of a hurry to read them. I knew the narrators were young (Sadie is 12 and Carter is 14) and I often have problems getting into books with narrators that young. I mean I still consider myself young and everything but I’m not quite that young. Anyway, I’m getting off subject. The point is that I wasn’t in a hurry to read the books but then I saw that audible had THE RED PYRAMID on sale and was totally like, “Hey, I should buy it!” So I did. (Seriously, I am beginning to see Audible as the means to read all of the books I want to read but don’t have time too. They are helping me make a dent in my TBR pile, finally!)

THE RED PYRAMID is narrated by both Sadie and Carter. The reader for each did a really great job. Sadie has a British accent, which is awesome since I love British accents. Before the book actually starts, you are told that it is a recording of Sadie and Carter’s account of what happened. Every now and then Sadie and Carter will start arguing during the middle of the story. I’m not sure how it is in the actual book but in the audio book you hear whichever is narrating tell the other to hush or something but can’t hear what the other said. I thought their bickering and banter were cute.

I struggled a little with THE RED PYRAMID in the beginning. Mainly because a) I knew next to nothing about Egyptian gods and b) it’s mostly just Sadie and Carter and I was a little sad there wasn’t a hot guy for me to swoon over. In its’ defense, THE RED PYRAMID is a middle grade book so it’s not really supposed to have a hot guy. However, as luck would have it there is a certain Egyptian god that Sadie had the hots for and I must say that he is rather swoonworthy.

Sadie and Carter are both fun characters. I loved being about to see their relationship develop. In the beginning they are not much more than mere acquaintances but by the end they have bonded and began to appreciate each other.

Like Riordan’s other novels, THE RED PYRAMID is an action/adventure book. Sadie and Carter have no idea what they are doing but they know that somehow they must stop Set and save the world. Luckily, they have some friends that are willing to help them out. Once I began understanding the Egyptian gods a little more, I began to thoroughly enjoy the story. THE RED PYRAMID is perfect for lovers of middle grade fiction or anyone looking for a great adventure!

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29 March 2013

{Blog Tour} Ancient Blood

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 March 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

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Today we are happy to have author Brian Patrick McKinly on the blog talking about his novel, Ancient Blood and just why he decided to write another damn vampire novel. Hey, those are his words not mine!!!

INFUSING SOME FRESH BLOOD INTO THE VAMPIRE
Or: Why I Ignored Everyone’s Advice And Wrote Another Damn Vampire Novel!

So, why vampires?

That's the question I'm most often asked when people ask me about my writing at all (it doesn't happen nearly as much as I'd like, since I love talking about writing). I think the most concise answer I can give is that vampires give me a little bit of everything. In today's world, vampires have the ability to transcend the monster role they were traditionally given and can now be just about anything. They are the monster that most resembles us. They are us. They are the best and worst parts of our natures amplified and given the power to enact their desires on a large scale. How is that not attractive to a writer? What's more, being a minor history buff, I love having the ability to pull characters out from various parts of history and examine how becoming a vampire either changes or doesn't change them.

I love researching the folklore of vampires in different cultures and bringing that into my work, but it's probably fair to say that I've been more influenced by the newer Anne Rice style vampire. That crap with crosses and mirrors and holy water never made much sense to me. It's all based on the idea that the vampire is inherently evil and that the Christian faith is inherently good, both concepts that I reject. Vampires start as people so, to me, there would have to be good vampires and bad vampires. And as for religion, well, what about a vampire that's older than Jesus? Why the hell would he care about a Christian cross? People created the vampire idea to explain things they didn't understand, but every good boogey man has to have a weakness, so they made those up too. I wanted to start from scratch with my vampires.

I started with the idea of doing a different take on vampires than what I was seeing out in the movies and novels of the time. This was many years back, however, so certain things have caught up a little. But I liked the idea of vampires having a society, a political hierarchy that explained why nobody knew about them. If you live forever, what do you do with your time?

In most movies, all vampires worry about is feeding, but think about it like a person. How much of your day do you worry about eating? A society gives you what you need to survive (food) without having to work as hard for it, so you have time to do other things. In my vampires' case, they spend their time building up their personal power so that nobody can mess with them. The more power and wealth you have, the safer you are. It's been that way for hundreds if not thousands of years. All a vampire needs is to save some money and, over time, he's got a fortune. Money is power in our world and power equals safety. So, that was the basis for The Order. Vampires are the true aristocrats of the world because blood is easy to get when you control the power of nations and, ironically, nations are easy to control when you can offer its leaders everlasting life, enormous sums of money, and the ability to dispose of their enemies.

So, I started off with science as my vampires’ basis just because I wanted to do something different and make them more plausible. However, I love seeing magic done well in a book. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, for example, has fairies and magic and different species of vampires and werewolves and all kinds of stuff, but what makes it work is that Butcher explains his magic in a very specific way and keeps it consistent within his world. You know how things work in that world, which makes it feel real. I love that!

When it's not good is when it seems like an author is being lazy and describing things as magic because they don't have the imagination to figure out a way to make things work any other way. Then magic becomes just a deus ex machina that the writer is pulling out of their ass to solve plot problems for themselves without doing the work.

My novel also features some sort of magic, you could say, in the Jiang-shi which are the Chinese folklore vampires. They have powers and abilities that normal science can't explain, but some of it can still make sense if you look at quantum physics. Or, you can believe that they actually have magic and that's that. That's sort of my nod to the classic mystical vampire that can't be explained away.

28 March 2013

{Book to Movie} The Host

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 March 2013 at 5:14 AM | | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

What happens when you get the opportunity to see a movie early, meet the author of the book, and two of the male leads?  Well, step into this post and see!

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As many of you may or may not know, The Host, which was written by Stephenie Meyer, comes out as a movie tomorrow!  Though many may not know who much of the cast is (unless you’re older like me), I can assure you – if you like sci-fi, romance, and a little bit of humanity, you have a reason to see this.  Or maybe you just like Stephenie Meyer, in which case, go see this and support her! (Ok ok, you have a crush on Jake Abel and Max Irons, there I said it!)

About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Stephenie, Max and Jake.  A couple of days later, I also attended a book signing with the trio.  What happened?  Obviously the movie, but then a slew of questions in a short 15 minute period at the screening – and a whole lot of people showing up to a teeny tiny bookshop to meet these three!  Further – what happened with the Q&A?  Well, actually you can check out the full video HERE (video taken by Stacey over at PageTurners).  My brain didn’t think “Hey turn on the camera” until about halfway through.  Sorry about that, but major thanks to Stacey for having the mind to hit record!  I was able to get a few photos though, and here are the best!

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Those boys were a riot!  Max with his accent, and Jake with his…well go watch that video, you’ll see what I mean!  Of course, Stephenie was exactly as poised as I remembered from past events (okay, premieres).

What about the book signing?  Well, with well over the 750 tickets actually given, things had to move pretty quickly as there was only a 3 hour window to fit us all in!  Who was lucky number 3 though?  This girl!  Now, in my crazy mind, I also got another number which wasn’t until 737, but it was all well worth it – word vomit and all!  I even created a shirt for the event.  Oh, and Stephenie signed it! Check it out!

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Ok…so enough about the experience, you all want to know “How was the movie?”  In one word: Fantastic!  I give it 4.5 stars…and coming from a 5 star review of the book (which you can go back to HERE), that’s pretty good right?  I will say, there were obviously a few things here and there that I was disappointed with – lack of characters/character development in the film, small tweaks (like the appearance of the Seeker), and a couple things that seemed a little less in place – but I also had to think about how small the budget was, and what Andrew Niccol’s vision was.  Thankfully, I got a little more insight to some of those things via videos from the roundtable discussion with fansites in LA!  Anyhow, I digress, the movie was cast extremely well.  Though Saoirse Ronan is relatively unknown, her portrayal of Wanda/Melanie is beyond words.  The way the fighting between Melanie and Wanda takes place is incredible.  Diane Kruger did a phenomenal job as The Seeker.  She has a great way of making you think she’s evil without actually appearing too evil (since the souls aren’t supposed to be ‘harmful’).

Max Irons – all I can say is “yum” (am I allowed to say that?) He portrays Jared in this way that you don’t know whether to love or hate him…and then there’s Jake Abel who has to make a complete 180 in the film, which is honestly hard for many actors – but he took the cake with this!  Those are really the main four that are a constant part of the movie that you’ll want to look out for.  There’s also Chandler Canterbury who plays Jamie.  I have a feeling he’ll get more parts after critics, film makers, and fans alike, see this movie!  There are a couple of extremely familiar faces in the cast for the “almost 30s” and up!  Who?  William Hurt and Frances Fischer, who play Uncle Jeb and Aunt Maggie respectively!

In all honesty, I didn’t know how much I’d end up enjoying the movie since I am extremely critical when a book becomes a movie – but I really did enjoy this, and even happened to cry a couple of times (for happy and sad reasons) during it!  So please, go see this movie!  And if you went to a screening or book signing and have anything to add, feel free to leave us a comment!  We’d love to know what your experience was!

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Oh yea, that directly above is me talking to Stephenie Meyer.  I only identified it because of my awesome Forever tattoo (once a Twihard, always a Twihard).

*photo credit to the Naperville Sun

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{25 Things} Holly Schindler

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | Be the first to comment!

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Today on 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me, we have Holly Schindler author of A BLUE SO DARK (Flux 2010) and PLAYING HURT (Flux 2011). I have to say, you are going to be surprised when you find out what she’s been drinking since she was a toddler!! Don’t forget to weigh in, in the comments about what you think and if you have any questions for Holly! I’m sure she will stop in and answer some!!

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Read My Review of PLAYING HURT HERE

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Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college--and everyone's admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.
As a graduation present, Chelsea's dad springs for a three-week summer "boot camp" program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she's immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who's haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain--or finally heal their heartbreak?
Praise: "PLAYING HURT is a delicious, tantalizing love story that will captivate you until the final, satisfying sigh."--Kristin Walker, author of A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL

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Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

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27 March 2013

{Announcing} Book Nerd Tours

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 March 2013 at 11:00 AM | 1 Comment so far

Big news!!! Big news!!

You know Jean Book Nerd, right? Who doesn’t – and obviously you know me. Well, we have combined our brilliance and resources and made Book Nerd Tours. A full service book touring site that is different from all the others out there!

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Our website is still being built, but should be up in a few weeks time – and here’s the kicker – we are already booking (and I mean quickly booking) tours, cover reveals and book blasts! Cray-zay!

What makes us different?

- We have the beautiful mind of Jean’s husband, James, who creates hand drawn art of the character(s) in the book, turning them into bookmarks, posters and more – all a part of certain packages! Most authors only dream of having custom made art of the people that live in their heads, and our tour COMES WITH IT!

- Each tour comes with a discount for the already low priced swag designs I do here at MMSAI.

- And most importantly the coverage you receive between the combined media resources of Jean and myself, is nearly unending. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs – all for Book Nerd Tours as well as on our individual blogs media outlets! Triple the coverage right off the bat!

- And while our services are not free, we promise to offer you twice as much tour, for half the current going rate, with so many extras!

If you are interested in learning more about being toured by Book Nerd Tours, we would love to hear from you. We can get you a list of our service's and more info! Contact Jean and myself at:

Email us: BookNerdTours @ GMAIL (dot) com

And remember: We gladly accept all types of genres as we firmly believe that our success is a result of diverse ideas and experiences that each genre brings forth!

Hey – follow us on Twitter and don’t miss anything! @BookNerdTours

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 59

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | 1 Comment so far

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See something you like here?
Click the book cover to add it to your Good Reads TBR List!

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WOW for March 19

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Author: Margaret Stohl
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown Books

Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.
She's different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.
Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

 

 

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26 March 2013

{Teaser Tuesday} 28

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 March 2013 at 12:01 AM | 9 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

1. Grab Your Current Read
2. Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
3. Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
4. Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

Grow your TBR list and make new friends!

 

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Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

She’s real, he thought. If the crash happened like I saw it would, then so will everything else I’ve seen” - Page 9

 

 

 

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25 March 2013

{Book To Movie} More Divergent Casting News!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 March 2013 at 5:12 PM | | | | Be the first to comment!

We have 3 new cast members for Divergent! Look upon the faces of the boys set to play Will, Edward and Al!

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What is the thought here? I have never really heard of any of these guys so I don’t have anything to say about their acting ability. On the same note, I never really added too much of a “look” to these three while reading so I’m not even worried they don’t fit “a look”. I kinda like it, I’m not getting all worked up over every new face for this movie.

How about you? What do you know about the new trio of men added to this highly anticipated move cast?

How do you feel about the casting all around so far??

 

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*photo credit to HarperTeen and Divergent Facebook page

{Blog Tour} Moonset by Scott Tracey

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | | | | 4 Comments so far

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We are excited to be kicking off the MOONSET Blog Tour with a great guest post from the author himself, ladies and gentlemen I give you Scott Tracey….

SCOTT’S MORE PRIZED POSSESSIONS:

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The "eye" paperweight - A friend sent this to me several years ago, in honor of finishing Witch Eyes. It's a page from a French novel in which someone has drawn an eye in pen and then set the whole thing under a piece of glass as a paperweight. I keep it on my desk at all times.

20130322_155618The autobiography - I wrote this when I was seven or eight, and sadly, my work has gone downhill since then. We had an old typewriter in our basement that I'd used to write it out, and then I even went ahead and illustrated it. I don't remember why it was so important that I write my autobiography at age seven, but whatever. It's a masterpiece. ;)

Candles - I love the smell of sandalwood, so I always have a sandalwood candle on my desk. Because sometimes I'm just having a bad day, and the smell makes me feel better.

My iPod - Seriously, there is something to be said for being able to tune out the world and listen to Shirley Manson at the drop of a hat.

Skeleton key - I keep a skeleton key on my desk that I got from Disney World (and the Pirates of the Caribbean) almost fifteen years ago. It's my good luck writing charm.

20130322_155449Engraved pen - When I graduated high school, one of my teachers gave all the seniors in his class an engraved pen. I only ever use the pen for really important things (like signing with my agent, or signing my first book deal), but I always keep it close at hand, just in case.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Legacy of Moonset #1
Release Date: April 8th, 2013
Publisher: Flux

Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.

After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness.
Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their
parents started.

A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them .. .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy,
PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.

He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

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{My Indie Monday} Mady Hibbert

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | Be the first to comment!

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Welcome to My Indie Monday – a feature that started right here on Me, My Shelf and I that focuses on the wonderful Independent and Small House published authors!

Team member Yvette hated that we couldn’t review every Indie request we got, and thus MIM was born – a way to feature them still!!

This week we Welcome

Mady Hibbert

WHAT’S ON MADY’S DESK?

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No joke. I did not try and add things to my desk to make it more interesting. I did not take anything away or try and fix it up either. I just took the picture, no fixing up or anything, and no regrets. 

Arts a love of mine and I think it shows. The blue can in the right corner is my colored pencils, I also have an array of pastels, which is almost like chalk just on the other side of the mirror. Speaking of the mirror, I was painting one time, got paint on the mirror, tried swiping it off, got lazy, and so there's what looks like a three on the mirror. There's two more art projects. One is a mug that exploded in the kiln when it was firing, but I refused to give up on it. I hot glued gunned it back together with seriously, about fifty little sticks of glue. Now everyone thinks it's just part of the get-up and that the glossy trails of what feels like rubber was meant to be there. The other project was multiple little squares of different things we had to do in ceramics. My favorite one is this hand is holding planet Earth in it's palm. It also feels really smooth which is an added plus. And inside the white bowl on my desk is another little bowl that I made in ceramics. I usually put bobby pins in there, someplace easy. Yeah, so I defiantly like art. Just in the bottom right corner just off my desk there are more supplies with paint and pastels.

The notebook with the edgy blue and black on it is for stories of min I have yet to write. I have seriously, like, a dozen composition notebooks just out of the camera shot for various stories I have yet, but am very excited, to get to.

I have a Jewelry box, and a little white box with roses on it for bracelets. Oddly enough, I rarely ever wear Jewelry. I find the clanking a tad bit of a nuisance. I've got some scattered makeup because I'm always in a rush in the morning to get to school so the make-ups strewn around a bit.

Yeah, my desk has been a disaster of a mess lately. :) It's driving me crazy. I've got to get to cleaning it soon, probably this weekend because I so much less busy.


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Harley Ray Rider is a fifteen year old girl living in San Francisco, California. For the most part her life's been pretty ordinary; expect for the numerous near encounters she's had with death. After a third incident lands her once more in the "In-between" she once again sees her (deceased) best friend and learns surprising news. She'll get the choice to return, but with that also comes the price of a duty only she'll be able to do with new found "gifts." Harley jumps at the chance to come back. Quickly however, she discovers how highly unprepared she is for the task that is up to her. Running away from home and hitting the streets of Los Angeles she'll go all the way to catch the bad guy. But what happens when the bad guy catches her?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Madeline Hibbert is an ambitious teenage girl that loves to tell stories. Her writing endeavors sprouted from being the classic nerd book worm, and she’s proud of that :) So from the love of books it’s grown to the love of writing. Currently she has written one book that will soon grow to be many more. Other hobbies include singing as if no one is there,  dancing in the dark, making YouTube videos, taking tons of photos, daydreaming about being an actress, and sometimes referring to herself in the third person. Her following social links where you can stalk her are: BLOG | GOODREADS 
Email: mady.hibbert@memyshelfandi.com
YouTube: YouTube channel as: Madeline Hibbert

 

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{Blog Tour} Blood Awakening

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Author: Jamie Manning
My name is Jamie and I am a writer.
 
I've always wanted to be a writer (like most writers, I'm sure) but not until the last few years have I taken it seriously (after I read a tiny, unknown book called Twilight). I was always told growing up that I had to get a job and take care of myself, so I pushed my dream of writing a book to the back of my mind and entered the workforce. Fast-forward many, many years and here I am, trying to make a go at it.

I stumbled across Blogger in 2010 and my world of writing exploded. I have met (via the web) so many amazing writers and industry professionals and book bloggers that have passed on their wisdom and experience and successes and failures. So many, in fact, that I have no excuse to sit down and write out the stories living in my head. Which is what I'm now attempting to do.

I enjoy reading more than most other things (well, except maybe for writing. And TV. No way am I giving up my TV) . I attempt to write YA (paranormal and dystopian) and I love it.

Blood Born, book one in The Blood Prophecy trilogy, was released by Pendrell Publishing April 24, 2012. Book two, Blood Awakening, is coming April 2013.
Find Blood Born (Book One of the Blood Prophecy) at: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Coming soon you can order Blood Awakening (Book Two of the Blood Prophecy Series)


Week 1:
4/8 -   Once Upon a Twilight - Conversation Interview
4/9 -   A Book Lovers Review - Review
4/10 - Simply Infatuated - Review
4/11 - Books with Bite - Review
4/12 - Writing, Stuff and Nonsense - Author Interview

Week 2:
4/15 - Winter Haven Books - Review
4/16 - Live to Read - Character Interview
4/17 - Me, My Shelf and I - Review
4/18 - Reading Date - Excerpt/Teaser
4/19 - Nikki's Book Blog: Vamp and Stuff - Review
 
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