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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Review: SHUDDER by Samantha Durante
Friday, June 28, 2013
Team Dank! For the YA Crush Tourney!
Personality: He's pretty honest and upfront. For the most part, each character who has a run in with Dank knows where they stand with him. The only time he withholds anything is when it might effect/affect Pagan in some way. He writes music from his heart. Dank has a sarcastic side, that isn't abrasive, but just enough to tease Pagan. He takes his "work" seriously and after his love with Pagan, understands what he is doing more clearly, so he is willing to grow (how many guys really are?)
Looks: Bluer than blue eyes. So blue that they have been referred to as gems. Look at the covers. Those babies pop. He also has black, not too long hair, that curls on the ends. A sultry smirk reserved only for Pagan and a dimple. Just one, sinisterly cute dimple. Smoking hot body. Did I mention his blue eyes?
Talents: Besides easing people into their deaths? He serenades (and well, like soothingly and sensually) his girlfriend Pagan with a guitar and lullabies that he has written about how she has saved him. I mean, what girl doesn't want that? I do.
Special Attributes/Best Qualities: One of my favorite qualities about him is his compassion. He can be a tough, I know that, but he can be so sweet and he doesn't have to be. For example, there was a little girl in EXISTENCE and he talked to the little girl and tried to make dying easier and made it a beautiful process. He didn't have to. His compassion extends farther than Pagan. Then there is that whole he is Death thing. Ya know - no biggie. Or the fact that he is a deity.
Anything else? This year, with the help of my street team (WHO ARE AWESOME) and the great Abbi Glines, I have added some other reader's favorite qualities, moments, and quotes.
One of my favorite quotes: “He's already proven he'll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.” SWOON!
Two Responses from Abbi Glines!
What are some of your favorite things about Dank?
He holds the key to life or death in his hands yet he becomes as weak as a human when he falls for Pagan. There is something about watching a Deity act like a mortal because of love that gets to you. One of the reasons I love Greek Mythology.
And why was he a fun character to write? Because he wasn't a man. He was something that every human fears but they know they will meet one day. Writing him with emotions and giving him a voice was almost comforting in a way.
From the Greedy Booker - (and a quote I love) - “I’m not a man so I do not have a heart that loves as a human does. I’m an immortal god that dwells with supreme power because I hold the keys to Death. But you are my existence. I am yours.”- Existence
From Jorie Sus- Confronting Ghede with the Warriors threatening to destroy voodoo if he doesn't release Pagan's soul - (I have to say I loved this too. BAD ASS and it reminded me of how tough Dank is.)
From Erica Cope "It's the scene where Pagan is home from dress shopping and Dank comments on the pale pink dress then....
So if you love Dank or just fell in love with him, support us! Tweet for #TeamDank, on facebook, on your blog and where ever else!
BIG NEWS!!! Abbi is donating 15 copies of Existence for the Tourney with some swag AND has agreed to write a novella for Dank and Pagan after Ceaseless. It will be free if Dank wins the tourney. And people, lets be honest, if you have read the series, why wouldn't you vote for him? a Rafflecopter giveaway
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Feature Cover Designer: Berto Designs
And let me tell you--she's wonderful at it! I've been stalking her facebook page and "liking" all of her mock-ups!
AND she was nice enough to let me interview her. :)
Hi Rebecca, when did you decide you wanted to design covers?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I haven't even finished a book....
I started a book and I couldn't get into it because all the names had a K sound in them. I know that's a really silly excuse to put down a book, but really it hurt my brain to read them all. Then I started another one, but it was kind of confusing, but interesting so I'll pick it up again, and then Komal insisted that she'd just finished the most awesomely fantastic (my words not hers) book ever and that everyone everywhere MUST read it NOW. So of course I do what she says and I've started a third book. I have to say, it's is pretty fantastic so far. I know what you are thinking right now "Hey, Heather, what are the titles of these three books?" Good question! I'm going to give you a list of book I'm currently reading but haven't finished and it's more than three. They aren't in any particular order so don't think they are. I'm going to attempt graphics here too...We'll see how that turns out. I like to think I'm technologically savvy, but sometimes I'm really not.
2. Breath of Life by Sara Marion
3. Stitch by Durante
4. Bully by Penelope Douglas
5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
6. The Thirteenth Tale (Not YA) Diane Setterfield
7. Destined by PC and Kristen Cast
So anyway. Those are all the books I'm currently reading. I'm not sure when I'll finish them. Too many good books are coming out soon!
I guess this is my summer reading list. I wasn't sure I was going to post one since Michelle and Erica did already. I didn't put a summary with the books, but if you are interested, then you can look them up on Amazon or B&N.
Ok, now back to reading my super fantastical book (again, my words not Komal's).
So, go read a book. If you don't have time, yes you do. Just do it.
Friday, June 21, 2013
My Summer Reading List
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.
Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
*Note: This should be read AFTER you've read Beautiful Disaster, but who am I kidding? Who HASN'T read Beautiful Disaster? :)*
“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never.”
When I read Beautiful Disaster, I LOVED the beginning and most of the middle but when they went to Vegas, well, it sorta lost me a little. I mean, I still loved it and it's a great story but it definitely sort of lost steam for me towards the end.
Same applies to Walking Disaster. I loved the beginning even though the opening was completely heartbreaking. I loved seeing the relationship between Travis and Abby develop through his eyes, again, lost me at the Vegas part BUT the epilogue was fun!
There are obviously extra scenes in the beginning and the end but what was nice was that the rest of the story is pretty different too. We only saw what happened when Abby was around in Beautiful Disaster so in Walking Disaster we see more interaction between Shep and Travis as well as Travis and his family which is nice. Those boys cracked me up!
You definitely don't feel like you are reading the same book twice which is nice and Jamie totally nailed the male POV.
People aren't lying when they say Walking Disaster will make you fall even more in love with Travis.
I think my favorite thing was learning exactly why Travis called Abby "Pigeon." <3
I highly recommend this for fans of Beautiful Disaster, it definitely completes the story and the epilogue is a nice treat for Travis and Abby fans. :)
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Anyway. Over to Forever Too Far. To say the least, I’m disappointed (for the first half of the book). Abbi Glines, I like you, you seem like a really sweet person and you love your fans and actually listen to them when they speak, and I love your voice it’s cute. But this book was annoying. I hated that it went back and forth between Rush and Blaire so much. Half the time I didn’t know who was speaking and I had to go back and check. I would have liked it better if you’d stuck with one or just let it go for a couple chapters so I could connect with them better. I was left feeling confused and unsure how each really felt. And I HATED Grants POV. Wow, what a perv and I would never want a man to think of me in that way. He referred to Harlow as a walking sexual fantasy. I would never want my son to think of women in this way and I hope that no boy my daughter is interested treats her as an object of a fantasy instead the respect that she deserves. I understand that men think with their downstairs brain, but really, this was just really wrong. If I was Harlow, I would run in the opposite direction, ESPECIALLY when I found out he dated Nan. I would never want to do anything to ruin Nan further than she already is.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Reading for Distraction
So in order to keep my mind off of the scariness, I've been reading a lot. I *should* be writing but I've been so preoccupied that I decided I needed to hold off on writing the rest of In the Shadows until my mind could really focus on things. It is almost finished though.
In order to maintain my sanity during this scary time I've stocked up on a crap ton of books. Because, like the main character of my book Lark and just about every other reader on the face of the earth, I read to lose myself in other worlds. It's nice to escape reality every once in a while. And lately, I could really use the distraction.
So I've been buying lots of books this week--paperbacks and ebooks alike. It's been a while since I've actually held a real book in my hand and I gotta say, I think I missed it!
Currently I'm reading WALKING DISASTER because I decided what better way to distract myself than spending a little time in the head of Travis 'mad dog' Maddox?
I'm enjoying his side of the story so far. Whoever was the first person to write in the POV of both characters was a freakin genius. I love experiencing the story from both sides it makes it that much more enjoyable for me.
I also got Abbi Glines BREATHE in paperback since it has extended scenes now (including Jax's POV) which I'm really excited about and hopefully I'm all healed up in time for Book Bash so I can have her sign it! (along with the Australian cover of The Vincent Boys that Komal sent me!)
I still haven't read Dan Brown's INFERNO yet but it's waiting for me on my bookshelf as well as Richelle Mead's GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS.
Not to mention all the Ebooks I have waiting for me on my Kindle. I'm basically bringing a backpack full of books with me to the hospital so whatever I happen to be in the mood for, I'll have readily available to distract me from the fact that in a matter of hours a surgeon will be cutting my throat open.
Okay, that's a little melodramatic.
*sigh* Wish me luck!
What is your favorite type of book to read when you need to escape? A specific genre or will any ole book do?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
School was hard, and other musings
Anyway. What books are you all currently reading? I just finished On An Edge Of Glass and OMG it was amazing. That's what the super amazing blog post in my head is about. I also just downloaded Stitch and Anne of Green Gables (I love a good classic AND its apparently considered YA!). I really need August to get hear so I can read Komal Kant's new book.....wink wink.....And also Erica Cope needs to get to writing.....but she has an excuse to not....
So yeah, boring blog post. So comment and tell me what to read!!!
Friday, June 7, 2013
Calling All Abbi Glines Fans
You know the saying Give me liberty or Give me Death? - Well - Give me Death first in this case! I pick Death! haha
Anyway - June 27th - I have my first match up. I have a buy the first round so I take on a winner from the first bracket. But I am looking for is a couple of things:
- Someone to do a button for me (or however many you are willing to make)
- Be part of the "Street Team" where we go and promote Dank for 24 hours - Facebook, twitter, blog, instagram - you name it. You can also post up your own post about Dank or steal mine that will be up on The YA Sisterhood. Your choice.
- Tell me something you love about Dank, a favorite scene, a favorite quote. (I really want to pick out his best attributes as voted by you guys!)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Steele Wolf By Chanda Hahn
Monday, June 3, 2013
So what I am seeking out is some bloggers who are willing to be on a panel and answer the questions under the following topics: writing, posting, social media, editing (getting it done and doing it), some silly randomness that I can come up with.
I have done a panel on my personal blog. What I did, every Monday, I put together all of the bloggers answers for one topic (and questions), and posted. The first post is an introductory panel so the readers of Dash can get to know you. Like I said, good publicity. If you have questions, you can ask me at @mflick729 or you could get in contact with Komal. She was on my first panel.
This is a great way for you to reach out to new people and do some social media marketing.
If you are interested please email me at mf060784@gmail.