Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Wrap up & June TBR


May Wrap up

Time goes by so fast, I can't believe it's already the end of May!
I'm really glad that I did keep up a lot better with blogging then I did in April. I listed the posts below, you can check some out if you're interested :)

Posts in May


Heather Hildenbrand is having a contest + Giveaway

Empower, fight like a girl!

A very late April Wrap up and May TBR

Review: Book of Shadows

Author's Spotlight: Kelly Anne Blount

Author's Spotlight: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Review: The Coven

Bookshelf tour part 2: my Vampire Shelf

Review: Blood Witch

Q & A with Author Cheryl Douglas

Great series and trilogies I've read!

Q & A with Author Faye Hall

Read in May

So, in my May TBR I planned to read three books: The Coven, Blood Witch and Marked


The Sweep series has really surprised me because some how I didn't expect it to be this much fun to read! 

This series is about a girl named Morgan who discovers all kind of mysteries about herself and she learns about Wicca, a form of Witchcraft. 







After I read The Coven and Blood Witch (by Cate Tiernan) , I noticed I wasn't really excited to start reading Marked and I think it is important that you are excited if you start reading a book. 

So in stead of Marked(by P.C. and Kristin Cast) I picked up Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. I'm currently reading this and I'm about halfway into the story, such amazing writing!





June TBR


Obviously I want to finish Insurgent in June and then start with the book below.



City of Bones
For June I plan to start reading the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare again. I started it two times but couldn't finish it. It was just so much information that I had to put it down. 

But the final installment in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is out and I really want to get into this series! Have you started reading this series? Let me know if you like it, maybe you can motivate me to start this very soon!



Fractured Dream
I'm so excited to be reading this ARC by T.M. Randall in June. Just look at that cover, it's so gorgeous! 

Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

This book is all about Fairy Tales and personally I really love that! I will let you know my thoughts as soon as I read it!


That's all for today, if you want to share your TBR, feel free to do so in the comments.

Happy reading!

Myra

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Q & A with Author Faye Hall


For today's Q & A I interviewed Faye Hall, a published historical erotic romance author. 
Faye Hall's passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800's.


Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life. 

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

Interview with Faye Hall


Why and when did you start writing? 
I started writing while I was still at school. I always loved writing. I enjoy being able to create a character life and always know they will have a happy ending.

What or who inspired you to write? 
My parents have always been fantastic support to be and have encouraged me all the way.  When I met my wonderful husband he too was and is a great support to me and my constant inspiration.

What is the hardest part of writing a book?
 I always find the first chapter the hardest to write. I always struggle where in the characters life should I start there story.

Can you describe a typical work day? 
My husband and I have quite a large family (nine kids between us from 16 to 16 months) so much of my writing happens at night after the children are in bed.  By then I just relax and write whatever comes to me.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years? 
I would love to write a best seller!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
 I've always loved Amanda Quick books because I could just get lost in them.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
 If writing is your dream then never give up.

What are your current projects? 
Current project - well I've just signed my fourth contract with Red Sage Publishing and I'm currently half way through my fifth novel, a lovely story about a man accused of shooting the woman he loved, only to find her alive and well several years later.


Check out Faye Hall's website and other social media:
Website      Blog           Twitter       Goodreads 


I want to thank Faye Hall for this Q & A, check out her books!

Happy reading everyone,

Myra

Monday, May 26, 2014

Great series and trilogies I've read!

If you're a follower of my blog for some time now, you will know that I love reading series and trilogies. 
I thought it would be nice to share my favorite series and trilogies to recommend to you!

Series & Trilogies I've read

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

This is a great series, LOVED it! Even if you're not a big vampire fan, I think you should give this series a try. We follow the bad-ass main character Rose and her best friend Lissa.

#1 Vampire Academy
#2 Frostbite
#3 Shadow Kiss
#4 Blood Promise
#5 Spirit Bound
#6 Last Sacrifice




Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

This series is based on Greek Mythology, which I find very fascinating. It's a Middle Grade series, but I think this is fun to read for anyone. We follow Percy who finds out he's a demigod with some special powers. We get to see him grow up and read about his journey. This series has a lot of action and humor, I definitely recommend it!

#1 The Lightning Thief
#2 The Sea of Monsters
#3 The Titan's Curse
#4 The Battle of the Labyrinth
#5 The Last Olympian






Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

I don't think I need to explain why this series is in my list  of favorite series.  It's just amazing, read it if you haven't. Just READ IT!

#1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
#2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
#3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
#6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
#7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows






The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Of course I had to include this trilogy. I really feel like everyone should read this, even if you think the story isn't for you. 
It's such an action-packed story with great characters. 

#1 The Hunger Games
#2 Catching Fire
#3 Mockingjay








If you have a favorite series I haven't mentioned, feel free to leave a comment with a recommendation.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Q & A with Author Cheryl Douglas!

For this Q & A I interviewed Author Cheryl Douglas, who wrote the series Nashville Night, Texas Titans and Music City Moguls.

Here we go!

Why and when did you start writing?
I've always loved writing. I wrote my first romance manuscript about twelve years ago, but I didn't start writing full-time until 2011. I'd wanted to write a book about a sexy country music superstar for years, so when I finally sat down at my keyboard to hash out the plot for Shameless I quickly became obsessed with not only the story but the writing process. I'm still obsessed with the writing process and feel ridiculously grateful that I get to do this for a living!  

What or who inspired you to write?
I've been reading romance for twenty years and early on I was inspired by Nora Robert's books. I thought it would be amazing to be able to 'paint a picture' with words the way she did. I still envy her ability to do that. I feel I'm able to evoke real emotion in my readers, but painting a picture with words is a very unique skill only a select few authors seem to have.  

What is the hardest part of writing a book? 
The first 500 words. I don't plot my books. I'm a total pantser, so while I always start out with an idea and a blurb, I have no idea where the book is going to go beyond that. It's exciting and scary at the same time, watching the book and characters grow and evolve into something you hope your readers will love.

Can you describe a typical work day?
It depends on whether I have a deadline looming. If so, I may write as long as I have to to reach my target, but I usually set a goal of 1000 words per day, minimum. I usually write in the early afternoon, before I pick my son up from school. Mornings are reserved for social media and marketing tasks. If I'm on a role with a book, as I am with my current work in progress, I can easily write in blocks of 2-3 hours throughout the day, often getting 4-5 k words in each day for weeks. It really just depends on the project and what else I have going on.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
In terms of my books, which is really the only thing I can control, I intend to release the last few books in the two series I'm currently working on, Texas Titans and Music City Moguls, in 2014. 2015 will be all about releasing my back list of 11 books. I haven't thought too far beyond that.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
I admire so many authors it's difficult to pick just one. I love Bella Andre, Barbara Delinksy, and Susan Mallery though. They all make you care so much about their characters, which is the most important part of being a good story teller. If readers don't connect with a character right away they'll never become 'hooked' on that book.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Don't fixate on sales. If you focus on craft, the sales will come in time. Be patient. Focus on making every book the best it can be and then let it go so you can begin working on the next one.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on book #4 in the Texas Titans series, Cheap Shot. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to feature me, Myra. It's been a pleasure!

 Website of Cheryl Douglas 



I want to thank Cheryl Douglas for the interview!

Happy reading everyone :) 


Myra

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Blood Witch

Title: Blood Witch
Series: Sweep #3
Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: April 2001
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 202

Sweep series:

#1 Book of Shadows
#2 The Coven 

Expectations

I've read the first two books and was very happy with the writing style and the main character. I'm looking forward to reading more about Wicca and see Morgan discover more about herself and her history.


Review

Reading the third book in this series, it was nice to notice that the writing throughout the series so far is very consistent. 

Slowly, new characters are introduced and Morgan discovers some mysteries about them. I always love it when the writer get's you thinking about all the possible outcomes within the story. Cate Tiernan definitely does that within the Sweep series.


For me, it felt like there was more mystery in this book, which I liked. 

This book in the series focuses on Morgan finding more information about her birth mother. I really like joining Morgan on this journey to find out about her past and history. Because this is such an important thing for Morgan, we get to see Morgan developing and becoming more mature throughout the book. 

There is also more Magick in this book the first books had. We get introduced to new Magick terms and what they mean. I like the writing style of Cate Tiernan, it reads so easily and takes you on this story with no effort at all. 



Rating


I liked a lot in this book, so I'll give it 4 stars :)





Monday, May 19, 2014

BOOKSHELF TOUR part 2: my vampire shelf!



Check out bookshelf tour part 1 if you haven't already. In this post I will share the second part of my bookshelf tour. Today's shelf will be all about vampires. Personally I love the look of this shelf, I hope you guys like it too!







I'll start with the books all the way on the left. The first book is my extra copy of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer in Dutch (Morgenrood). I already bought the box set of Twilight when my dad bought me this copy. I didn't want to disappoint him by saying I already owned the book, so it's just sitting on my shelf.

Next to that are the first 8 books of the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast in Dutch. I've read the first 5 books or so. I'm currently reading the first one.

Next to the House of Night series is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The last book in the series is missing because a friend borrowed it. I totally loved this series!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, it's so good.  

Check out my reviews on this series:
Vampire Academy
Frostbite
Shadow Kiss

Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice






And at the end of the shelf is the Twilight Saga in Dutch. 
I also own the companion novel about Bree Tanner.












That was it, my vampire shelf :)
Do you have a favorite vampire book? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: The Coven

Title: The Coven
Series: Sweep #2
Author: Cate Tiernan 
Release date: January 2001
Age group: Young Adults
Pages: 185


Expectations

The Coven is the second installment of the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. This series is about a girl learning about Witchcraft. Haven't read the first book of this series? Check out my review on the Book of Shadows.
I expect this story getting more personal for Morgan and I think we get more information on about Wicca. I feel excited to start reading this!

Review

It's really nice to read Morgans thoughts. I get the feeling that Morgans reactions to things are very realistic and honest. I'm starting to like her more because of the way she deals with serious stuff.

I like the way this second book is gradually giving the reader more info about Wicca. We get to know Morgan, really know her, which is nice.


We also see more of the jealousy of other girls toward Morgan. 

I feel like Morgan is really growing up in this book, facing a lot. 

I love the little diary parts at the beginning of every chapter. Makes reading it a bit more mysterious.


Cal is a great boyfriend, he's very sweet and caring. I definitely like his character. His mom Selene is a little hard to read, which makes me question if she's reliable. Especially when Morgan finds something that belongs to her in Cal's house...  Robbie is a great side-character and nice friend for Morgan, she really needs a friend in this book.


I'm curious about the rest of this series and hope it will continue to grow into a lovely story.


Other books in this series:
1. Book of Shadows
3. Blood Witch

Rating

Are you reading a series right now? Let me know if I should add that series to my TBR shelf!

Happy reading.


Myra



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Author's Spotlight: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle



Introduction

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic.
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process. hails from Texas. 

After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. 

An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.
Goodreads of Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Books by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle


Another New Life (Coming soon)

To give you guys a glimpse of the story, you can read the synopsis below!

Synopsis from Goodreads

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Talented, smart and beautiful on the outside and insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life. 

When her talent wins her a piano performance scholarship to the University of Texas, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong. 

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life. 


Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids. 


The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it's only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too. 



Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?



Check Another New Life out on Goodreads!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Author's Spotlight: Kelly Anne Blount!



Today I want to introduce you to the author Kelly Anne Blount!


Introduction


Kelly Anne Blount was born in Madison, WI. After attending university, she moved to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to teach elementary school. While living there, she met the love of her life and was married in a beautiful ceremony on the Caribbean Sea.

After returning stateside, Kelly started to pursue another passion, writing. Since writing her debut bestselling young adult fantasy novel, Grishma, she has written the sequel, Ayla, and is currently working on the third book in The Necoh Saga.

Kelly has also written the first book, Impassioned, in her upcoming contemporary romance, Hard Love Series.

When she isn’t writing or serving as an intensive intervention teacher working with children with special needs, Kelly can be found spending time with the love of her life, their furry rescues, and enjoying the beautiful sites of Asheville, North Carolina.
Goodreads of Kelly Anne Blount


Books by Kelly Anne Blount :

Check her books out on goodreads!
Grishma

Ayla
Impassioned

To get to know her writing style, I included an excerpt of her book Grishma below. Take a look at the cover, it's so gorgeous!


Excerpt


"Then something happened. The water’s already frigid temperatures dropped further and every laborious kick of her legs got heavier, like she was swimming through slush. She reached out to the shrubs. Her fingers grazed the leaves. She needed to find the strength to close her hands around the branches. Her teeth chattered, her hands were blue, just a little closer!
Suddenly, something brushed up against her leg. Brooklyn began to thrash and flail in the water. She kicked her legs wildly, trying to move away from whatever just touched her. Now the branch was behind her, and out her reach. The current sucked her further down the river. Her head bobbed below the surface. She gasped for air, but water took its place and she choked.
Something tugged her under. I’m going to drown! I’m going to die here in Necoh! If she weren’t already underwater, tears would have flowed down her face. Her emotions made her chest heave and more water rushed up her nose. One final surge of adrenaline coursed through her body, giving her the will power to reach the surface again. When her head finally burst through the surface, she gasped desperately for air.
Before she could think about death any further, she felt another more powerful tug. This time, she forced her eyes open to view her attacker.
A large blue tentacle wrapped itself around her leg and began to squeeze. Squinting to see what the tentacle was attached to was a huge mistake.
A muted scream escaped Brooklyn’s lips as the creature resembling a horrifying mix of a sea serpent and some type of squid tugged her under the frigid water."


I definitely added her book Grishma on my TBR pile on Goodreads, how about you?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Book of Shadows

Title: Book of Shadows
Series: Sweep #1
Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: January 2001
Age group: Young Adults
Pages: 176

Synopsis from Goodreads

'Something is happening to me that I don't understand.
I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can't do. Powerful things. Magickal things. It scares me.
I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I'm starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.'


Expectations

I've read the first books in this series when I was about 14 years old and a the time I needed to read a book in English for school. I remember really liking it and that the story had something to do with witches. 

When I came across an e-book version of the series, I wanted to give this series another try and read more then the first 2/3 books. If you've read this series, I would love to know your thoughts on it in the comments!


Review

I like Morgan as a main character. I like the way she looks, she describes herself as a plain girl with no chest while her best friend and sister are gorgeous. Morgan is a down to earth girl who knows that boys look at her best friend Bree all the time and that they don't pay much attention to her. That said, she doesn't feel sorry for herself. 

Bree seems like a good friend, who knows she's better looking then Morgan. When Morgan get's some attention from a guy Bree get's very jealous and she seems very shallow and selfish. Jealousy among friends is a really good and realistic topic to write about and I think Cate did an awesome job with that.


Cal is the new guy in town and the one the two best friends are both in love with. Morgan describes him like this:


Quote: 
'But this guy was.... breathtaking. Raggedy, black-brown hair looked as if he hacked at it himself. He has a perfect nose, beautiful olive skin, and riveting, ageless, gold-colored eyes.'

My thoughts

In this book Morgan get's to know Cal and he introduces her to Magick. Morgan knows that Magick is something she wants to know more and more about. She starts  reading about it and discovers she has a special talent for Magick.

I thought the book was written beautifully. The characters are realistically described and Morgan is a good main character. I really enjoyed reading about the Wicca and I felt like joining Morgan in her search for more knowledge about it all. It is written for a slightly younger audience, but if you look through that, this is a really nice book to read.  



Rating

I enjoyed reading the Book of Shadows and I think it's a decent book to start a series. For me, the story is worth four stars and I'm curious about the next book in the series. I hope this is a series that will grow into more as we go, so we shall see.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

(A very late) April Wrap up and May TBR

April Wrap up

So, I have to confess I've been a very bad blogger in April. I only posted 3 (!) posts which is definitely a sad number. In my defense ,I've been on a holiday (only for the last week of April, but still) and I was very busy with work and Easter and stuff. I know, excuses excuses. But I will do better in May!


Posts in April


Top Ten Tuesday Most Unique Books I've Read

Review Divergent

Review The Fault in Our Stars



Read in April


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Divergent by Veronica Roth 

Book of Shadows(Sweep #1)  by Cate Tiernan (review is coming)


May TBR


In May I'm planning on reading at least 3 books:

- The Coven
   This is the second book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

- Blood Witch
   This is the third book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

- Marked

  This is the first book in the vampire series by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

If I read all of the books above, I want to start reading the City of Bones again by Cassandra Clare. I started it a couple of months ago but didn't feel like reading that kind of story.

What are you reading in May? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Empower: Fight like a Girl!

"Empower: Fight Like A Girl" on sale now!


Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting Empower: Fight Like A Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.


Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl
"Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and original."
- Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.

Authors contributing stories to this volume include:


  • Amy Berg
  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
  • Akela Cooper
  • Liz Edwards
  • Jane Espenson
  • Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
  • Lisa Klink
  • Pang-Ni Landrum
  • Lauren LeFranc
  • Kam Miller
  • Jess Pineda
  • Jennifer Quintenz
  • Lisa Randolph
  • Kay Reindl
  • Kira Snyder
  • Jeane Wong

  • All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Lupus Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Heather Hildenbrand is having a contest + GIVEAWAY!

     

    Author Heather Hildenbrand is having a 1-liner contest for a chance to win a line printed in Dirty Blood #5!

    Do you have a funny pick up line you want one of the characters from Dirty Blood to say? What about a great love quote? Well now is your chance to get your line published! Author Heather Hildenbrand is holding a contest for 1-liners for a chance at getting into the 5th book in her Dirty Blood series! Sounds like something you want to be apart of? Then enter below!   a Rafflecopter giveaway  

    Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. 

    For more information visitwww.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.   She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.    
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