Best Reads of 2014...

(Links to my reviews)
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by: R.L. Mathewson
Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by: Kylie Scott

Link to 2013 favorite Reads

Book Review Rating

Book Reviews
One of my greatest joys is the time I spend reading. And I could go into all the reasons I love to read but in the end the only thing you need to know is I LOVE to read.
And with that in mind I love to let people know about what I am reading and if it is worth their time or not.
Please take a look at my reviews and know that reviews are subject to the reviewer. So take them or leave them here they are.
Great book, loved it. Would highly recommend it.
Good book.
This was a good book. I didn't have anything glaringly bad with it, nor did I see anything that really stood out. I liked it.
I didn't really enjoy it.
Bad, wouldn't recommend this book.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

July here I come....watch out!!!

Wow it's July...Happy independence day to all my fans in the US

It's going to be a sweltering July with exciting and fun thing happening. I'm going to be doing give-a-ways, live interviews, I can't wait for all the great stuff. Stay tuned here on my blog and my youtube channel. And if you haven't already done so, like me on facebook to stay up to date with everything going on. 



**Don't miss my live interview with Heather Lyons on Sunday July 7th at 11am MST


Goodread links for my to be reads for July 2013.

Glitter by: Mona Darling
Dark Connections by: Rebecca Graf
Uprising by: Dawn Jayne
Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

Eleanor and Park by: Rainbow Rowell
Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare
The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa
Shatter Me by: Tahareh Mafi
The Letter by: Marianne Spitzer
Deep Connections by: Rebecca Graf





Links for books I'll be reading for the 
July Booktube Read-A-Thon
07/15/2013--07/21/2013

RULES:

  • Read 150 Pages a day
  • Read a classic
  • Read a book over 500 pages!
  • Re-read a book from your bookcase
  • Read a book that has been on your bookshelf the longest
  • Listen to a book on tape (audible)
  • Complete a series

Little Woman by: Louisa May Alcott 
Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
Calamity Jane by: Kathleen Bacus 
Bewitched by: Jill Barnett 
Midnight Awakening by: Lara Adrian 
Hallowed by: Cynthia Hand 
Boundless by: Cynthia Hand 

Link to Ariel Bissett original video regarding the booktub-a-thon



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her new release A Matter of Heart

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her YA book A Matter of Heart (Fate#2)






A Matter of Heart released today!!!

Synopsis
  No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals' city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she's joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she's happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she's finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
  After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what's she's capable of as a Creator. And then there's the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah's twin brother and Chloe's ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
  But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
  A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.


About the author: Heather Lyons

 Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.





You can find her at:
Website http://www.heatherlyons.net
Author Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
A MATTER OF HEART: Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261347-a-matter-of-heart
Twitter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heatherlyonsbooks?fref=ts

Giveaway:

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Friday, June 21, 2013

End of the Week... What happend

Wow what a week....



  Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don't know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
 Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.

Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)


 I posted a couple guest posts:

- Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
- Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.


 And of course my book reviews....

Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger


** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf.... but it didn't quite work out...But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn't love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.


What to expect next week.....

Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.



--Christie
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guest post with Alison Neuman author of Ice Rose a YA spy novel


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Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
AuthorAmazon

About The Book:

Ice Rose
 — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.









Alison Neuman lives in Alberta, Canada, where she is a freelance writer and lyricist. Nearing the end of her studies for the Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree program at Grant MacEwan College, she was inspired to complete the first draft of  Ice Rose. The pace of secret agent books and movies gave her an unlimited playground for  imagination. Music and performing are passions she was able to bring into her writing and build into her characters.

Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton.  She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.

When not writing creatively, Alison  is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How author Ellen Harger gets inspired


How author Ellen Harger gets inspired.

  Wow, that’s no simple question! And yet, like writing, the answer is pretty
direct. How does one write? You just do it. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. The answers are simple. It’s the act that’s difficult.
  What I believe inspires me is music and life. I’d like to say that I sit at my desk and listen to my iTunes on random and voila! I have a story plot! But it takes some serious mojo for the elements to align and beam their creativity.
  The alchemy of inspiration is a tad unpredictable and there’s no recipe to follow. Sometimes an image pops into my head--we’ll call that the Athena Affect. I have this moment or this essence that I want to convey and I start asking questions: how did we arrive here? Why is this significant? Is this the impetus or conclusion?
  So what causes this brain snap? It’s a brain. It does these things.
  The problem with the Athena Affect (images born fully formed) is that such scenes are often cut from the draft pretty early. They spawn a story but remain unincorporated, an elusive wisp of possibility. With Strong Enough I was itching to write something, ANYTHING, and kept pulling at feelings, settings, notions until I made cloth with which to weave. However, the first image/scene didn’t survive. It fell away as the story came together. Now it resides in my idea box (brain), waiting to be satisfied.
  On the other hand, I’m in the middle of a dystopian novel--I have a draft courtesy of a NaNoWriMo challenge--and the initial image persists while the draft is to be scrapped because the first approach didn’t work.
  Another story, this time a paranormal comedy, jumped from a blog of a delightful writer. It leapt up and chest bumped some arcane knowledge of mythology that’s always rolling around in my head, and they blended and reformed right before my eyes. The execution has been less dynamic but finally recognizing the comedic potential helped. A little inspiration infusion happened this past weekend when I finally, FINALLY, watched Warm Bodies. Loved it as much as Zombieland and it confirmed the desired style for my story.
  Which brings us to life. It wasn’t my experience that confirmed my paranormal story but it was me living my life, allowing in other creativity--creativity for my personal enjoyment. It was reading other books, blogs, or even listening to music. However, life is a huge mountain waiting to be mined for experience gold. Once Strong Enough took shape, I used interviews and research to bring the characters’ worlds into focus.
  Inspiration isn’t just the first AH HA moment. It happens continuously throughout a project. It can be a song traveling through your headphones to dance with your intention, crafting a new complexity. It can be a silly commercial on TV or bizarre dream that spins into the solution. All AH HA moments are essential whether they come at the beginning, middle, or end. Inspiration is life and life is inspiration. It is constant and energetic.
  The great thing about these interview questions is that I’m discovering (and REdiscovering) some interesting things. Thank you!



About the author: Ellen Harger    



Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood--something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, "Strong Enough."
 At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish "Strong Enough." She has published a poem, "Guidelines," and released her novel as an e-book. You can find her at:
Goodreads
Ellen Harger's Website


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write...

How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write...

  The honest answer? I write when I’m really supposed to be doing other things… Not the best plan, I know, but that’s seemingly when I’m always the most inspired. Somehow, in my head, my brain interprets, “I really need to get (insert other thing here) done” into “OMG, I just had the best plot idea”. So normally whatever I’m supposed to do get pushed off to the side for minute so I don’t forget whatever I came up with for my story.
  Truthfully, for me, writing time is hard to come by. Not only because the world we live in is so busy, but because I do so many things. I am a student, a church volunteer, a babysitter, an employee, and then of course a friend, family member, and avid reader/TV watcher. It’s difficult to do all those things fully while also having plenty of time to write. Most of the time, I find the time to write in my in-between moments. Sometimes during a classroom lecture. Sometimes on breaks at work. Sometimes while watching a show or movie I already know and love enough that my attention can be divided. Between classes. Really late at night. Those are my writing times. I have a hard time carving a chunk out of the middle of my days just to write. But sometimes I manage that, too.
  Overall, I write when I’m inspired. At those times it isn’t so much finding time to write as making time. If I really want to write, then I write. If it’s ten minutes, or two hours, I write. When there is a sudden scene that I can’t wait to get on paper, I drop whatever I’m doing, and I write. That is pretty much the only writing schedule I go by. Now that it’s summer break, I should have much more time to work on scenes and chapters throughout the middle of the day rather than worrying about it keeping from doing more necessary things like homework.
  Hopefully someday I’ll have the time—without school or babysitting—to just spend days and days jumping from restaurant to coffee shop to park so I can write to my heart’s content, maybe getting a story finished every six or seven months. For now, I have to work around everything else I’ve got in my life. And while it’s working, it isn’t easy.


About the author: Haley Fisher

 I'm Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I've just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
 For as long as I can remember I've been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I've been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
 So, though it's not in print yet—it's coming out February 14th—I'd love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It'll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.


You can find her at:
Goodreads
Haley Fisher's Website


Giveaway:

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Praise:
This was a great read! It's geared toward young adults but even as an old adult I loved the story and found the characters smart and engaging. I am very much looking forward to the next installment! – Midge (Amazon)

Haley Fisher does an amazing job of really bringing the story to life with her words. She is a very talented young author. I can't wait to read the sequel to this book. – Patriot (Amazon)
Purchase at Silver Tongue Press - http://www.silvertonguepress.com/shopping-center.html




Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What Inspires Me to Write with Lisa Binion -- Softly Tenderly Book Tour

What Inspires Me to Write

by: Lisa Binion


A lot of people think money is the inspiration for authors to write.  Well, maybe it is for some of the big names out there, but if you aren’t well known, you will starve if you depend on the income from your writing as a means of support.  Money is definitely not what inspires me to write.  So what does?


The events in my life are part of what inspire me.  A lot of my ideas come from the crazy things that go on around me, but writing about them isn’t always the first thing I think about.  If what happens is traumatic, I usually just want to lose myself in a book and get away from everything and everyone. 

The basic inspiration for Softly and Tenderly was obviously the death of my mother, but she died 39 years ago.  The idea for the story I wrote came to me after something a friend said to me, but I honestly can’t remember what she said.  I just know that it lit a fire inside of me, and I had to get the story written or explode.  The novella I wrote is only the beginning of a much larger story.  When it picks up next, Lori is five years older.  The beetles have pretty much left her alone for the past five years, but now they are back.  They have so much in store for her yet.

The inspiration for another book I’m writing, Whisper, came from when a spider crawled back in my ear and spent most of the day there.  Truth be told, I didn’t know it was a spider.  If I had known that, I probably would have gone straight to the doctor and had him get it out of there, just so I didn’t cut my ear off.  All I knew was that some bug had climbed back inside my ear.  When I finally washed it out with hydrogen peroxide that evening, – and yes, I had tried that several times throughout the day – my daughter informed me it was a spider, and the little beast was still alive.  Then she proceeded to put the culprit in a jar and keep the spider as a pet until it died.  I about hyperventilated.  I couldn’t let the situation go to waste, so I decided to write a story about an evil spider.

Now something happened in my life the other day that actually inspired me to write a story that wasn’t scary.  I guess there really is a first time for everything.  Well, it’s not scary to me.  The story is aimed at children.  My puppies got lost in the sea of grass that our pasture has become.  The grass is so tall that I refuse to walk in it.  A few parts might have some kids sitting on the edge of their seats, but it does have a happy ending.

I’m even inspired by the books I read.  I have the opening part of a book written out that came to me while I was reading a short story by Rene Folsom.  Before I was through the first sentence of her story, an idea slammed into me and wouldn’t leave me be.  I even wrote an article about it - Why Authors Need to Read.  One day I will pull the opening back out and develop it more.

So basically what inspires me to write is life:  daily happenings, conversations, the things I read.  Strange, exciting, and terrifying things happen all around us throughout each day.  All an author needs to do is to pick up on them and write about them.  Don’t write these events as they actually happen, but use them as a basis for your story.  I did not see beetles crawling out of my mom while she was in her casket, neither did she sit up and grab hold of me.  And I have a perfectly normal family.  But what really happened just wouldn’t make a very interesting story.



About the author: Lisa Binion 
Lisa Binion is a writer, editor, and wife. She makes her home in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Her two children are now grown, but she has been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Tyler and Zoey. Her family also includes four dogs, four cats, and two goats. As the Fiction Writing Editor for BellaOnline, she writes articles, reviews fiction books, and interviews fiction authors. She is also an editor for Silver Tongue Press and Edit 1st. In her spare time, she attempts to clean house and relax. You can find her at:
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Silver Tounge Press,
and Edit1st




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