29 August 2013

{25 Things} Amy Christine Parker

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 August 2013 at 12:07 AM | | Be the first to comment!


Today we have Amy Christine Parker who I was lucky enough to meet when she needed swag for her debut novel GATED (which just came out on the 6th BTW!!)

She’s a total delight, and if you have a minute leave her a note, ask a question about one of her listed items, and by all means if #3 is true – do not under any circumstance give her matches….

You can find Amy here:


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about the book


Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?
In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:
Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.



{Giveaway} Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan



Once in a great while, a book comes along that everyone loves so much the only thing to do with it – is give it away so that even more people can fall in love with it! This is exactly what happened with the Middle grade book COUNTING BY 7’S by Holly Goldberg Sloan and everyone at Penguin. So, like you may have guessed, they have given me a finished copy of it to giveaway to YOU!

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about the book



In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.
Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.



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28 August 2013

{Waiting on Wednesday} 73

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 August 2013 at 12:37 AM | | | 3 Comments so far


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


Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Pages: 384
Expected Publication: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Dial

Madeline Landry is born into a world of influence and luxury, a world of estates and gardens fueled by nuclear power and maintained by a caste of people called the Rootless. When a Gentry girl is attacked, it is the Rootless who are blamed, even though Madeline knows better.
As she searches for the truth, she can't escape the rumors of revolution and retribution circulating through the ballrooms, and neither can she escape the city's new golden boy, Captain David Dana, who has secrets of his own. Soon, she finds herself forced to choose between her duty and her desires, her ancestral destiny and her conscience, and her choice will shake the very foundations of the world she was born to rule.



{Book Review} Craft-A-Doodle

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:13 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!


By: Jenny Doh
Pages: 144
Genre: Crafts – Non Fiction
Published: August 6th 2013
Publisher: Lark Crafts
Rating: 5+ Birds

Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take you on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun. The featured artists include Cori Dantini, who provides a “Recipe for a Face”; Flora Chang with innovative watercolor designs; and Teesha Moore who offers ideas for adding personality to doodled characters.

If you are anything like me, you love to doodle, but likely doodle the same thing over and over. For me, it’s clouds. I put them around words, in the margin of my note book. ALWAYS clouds. it’s not that I don’t know anything else I could draw, it’s just that I pretty much stink at drawing anything else, or I simply don’t know where to begin when it comes to drawing.

Because of all this when I was approached and asked to review CRAFT-A-DOODLE 75 Creative Exercises by 18 Artists, with prompt that it would help me doodle better – I took the chance!! This beautifully illustrated book shows you step by step how to draw everything from pretty gowns on mannequins to owls and it doesn’t just do this using paper as your medium, oh no! It helps you take your doodling to a whole new level by introducing you to new places to doodle, like on rocks for decoration in a garden!

Things I never knew I could doodle, I now can and I love it!!!

I brought my kids in on things here too – my 9 year old literally high-jacked this book from me for hours while at our cabin a week or 2 back, spending hours perfecting her owls and putting them all over the house! It helped both her and I learn that doodling should be fun and doesn’t have to be perfect!

This book is perfect for doodlers of all ages and doodlers who don’t yet know they are doodlers! Easy enough for a 9 year old to understand and follow the directions of, this is a perfect gift for anyone! I’m so happy to have a copy and will definitely be adding it to my holiday shopping list for the crafty folks in my family!!!


Check out 9 getting a post swim doodle date in!!!



27 August 2013

{Teaser Tuesday} 38


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!


Author: Amy Christine Parker
Pages: 352
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Release Date: August 6th 2013

These are my people. My Community. My Family. I can’t trouble myself any more with the rest of the world. Their fate was decided a long time ago – as was mine. p. 14



26 August 2013

{Book Review} Flicker and Burn

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 August 2013 at 1:00 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!


Cold Fury #2
Author: T.M. Goeglein
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: 2.5 Birds

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures.

They're terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they're also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she's also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds--old murders and vendettas--might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max--who's now her boyfriend. But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who've shown her her mother's amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who's just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable. The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.

I must admit that I was sadly disappointed with FLICKER & BURN. I was really looking forward to it after enjoying COLD FURY last year. Unfortunately, book two fell short for me.

After re-reading my review of COLD FURY, I find it odd that I thought COLD FURY started out slow and then sped up and that I felt that FLICKER & BURN started out fast paced and then slowed down. The beginning of FLICKER & BURN was really interesting. I really enjoyed the Prelude and was so thankful for a little background since it had been so long since I read book one. Unfortunately, it kind of went down hill from there.

I think I would have liked the book a lot more if there would have been less of a paranormal element. I’m usually a fan of paranormal but in this case I think the story would be better without all of the extra paranormal stuff. I know there was some paranormal elements showing up in book one but it feels like FLICKER & BURN really focuses on it. The ice cream guys were creepy and I just didn’t get their purpose and Sara Jane’s ability just got really weird.

Another thing I didn’t like about it was the lack of presence of the secondary characters. Max gets cut out of the picture rather quickly and Doug spends half of the book out doing other things. It seemed like Doug and Sara Jane missed each other at the Bird Cage Lounge an abnormal amount of times. I was hoping for more dialogue between SJ and Max and SJ and Doug.

I found myself somewhat confused during most of FLICKER & BURN. Some of this was due to the fact that it had been so long since I had read COLD FURY. The other reason I think was that I kept kind of spacing out and would kind of skim read looking for the more interesting parts.

The thing I was most frustrated with was Sara Jane and her inability to tell Max anything. I mean I kind of get why she didn’t want to tell Max what was going on but at the same time, he deserves to know. She continuously blows him off and expects him to be okay with it. I just didn’t get why she wouldn’t just go ahead and tell him.

I think FLICKER & BURN adequately describes my feelings for this book. There was a flicker of hope at the beginning but as the book progressed in pretty much crashed and burned for me. I had to force myself along which is never a good thing. I do want to know how the story ends so I may read book 3 but it won’t be making my list of most anticipated books.



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{My Indie Monday} L. Avery Brown

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | 2 Comments so far


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

L. Avery Brown

about the book

L Avery Brown WASWR Vol.1 Cover

No matter if you're a man or a woman - we've all experienced at least ONE moment when we've had a horrible beauty mishap. Mullets, bad perms, over plucked eyebrows, or maybe you looked in the mirror and thought 'Oh, Mother (Nature)! How did my butt wind up on my belly?!' Yes, we've all had our tragic tales of beauty so we can all relate to the Tragic Tales of Beauty brought to you from the comedic mind of Southern Belle, L. Avery Brown.

So, grab a tall glass of whatever you like and get ready to laugh at the various and truly tragic Tales of Beauty brought to you by a certified Southern Belle. (Because sometimes that's all we CAN do!)

"When a Southern Woman Rambles... it isn't 'rambling'. Every word has meaning, every raised eyebrow and pursed lip has a purpose, and all those smiles tell a story. What's more, a Southern woman can ramble on about ANYTHING!"

Get ready for a giggle.



Also by L./ Avery Brown

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My 10 Favorite Southern Comfort Foods

By L. Avery Brown

1. Chicken and dumplings (My ultimate favorite!)

2. Hash and rice (It’s a pork BBQ thing!)

3. Fried okra (Lord, I’m getting hungry!)

4. Peanut butter and bacon sandwiches (Bacon makes everything better!)

5. Slow cooked apple cider seasoned green beans (To die for!)

6. Banana pudding with ‘Nila Wafers (They must be ‘Nila Wafers!)

7. Southern fried (buttermilk soaked) chicken (Crispy outside, juicy inside!)

8. Biscuits covered in sausage gravy. (Just dang good!)

9. Low Country shrimp over cheese grits (Alright, now I’m starving!)

10. Hush puppies (Nothing goes with the above mentioned meal like hushpuppies!)



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L. Avery Brown, a former secondary level educator with an extensive background in US and European history, spent over a dozen years in teaching and curriculum development. Since retiring from the world of education in 2007, she has devoted her time to writing; something she's loved for as long as she can remember. Professionally speaking, when Avery isn't working on her own projects, she is a freelance editor, manuscript evaluator, and likes to review books…especially those written by Independent Authors. In fact, Avery maintains a website called ‘The Magnolia Blossom Review’ committed to providing honest, in depth reviews. For fun, she maintains a personal observation and humor blog called 'When a Southern Woman Rambles...’ which helped set the backdrop for her series of When a Southern Woman Rambles... books.  Born and raised in 'The South', Avery, a Southern Belle by birth, currently resides in Austin, TX with her family.

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Her Book Review Blog: http://www.magnoliablossomreview.blogspot.de/ (where she reviews Indie Books)

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7128140.L_Avery_Brown


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