Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Interview and a Giveaway with Christine Nolfi

First off thanks Christine for taking the time out to answer a few questions!


What was the inspiration behind Treasure Me?

Unlike every other novel I’ve written, Treasure Me was a bolt-out-of-the-blue experience. I awoke one morning with the image of a beautiful young thief dangling from a windowsill, trying to evade the man whose pocket she’d picked. That first scene arrived in a mad dash of typing—my critique partners couldn’t stop laughing when I read the first draft. As the novel progressed I enjoyed the challenge of making Birdie sympathetic to readers. Why any of us should care about a common thief becomes clearer once the reader understands Birdie’s past, and her infamous mother, Wish Kaminsky.
What's next for you?

Second Chance Grill will appear on Amazon in June. It’s a “prequel” of sorts to Treasure Me that depicts the love story of Dr. Mary Chance, the town’s doctor, and Anthony Perini, a single dad with a very precious daughter. Of course the feisty women of Liberty—including Theodora—will be featured. You’ll learn a little more about the “bad blood” between Theodora and Ethel Lynn. Their battle was “fur and feathers” in Treasure Me. In Second Chance Grill, they’re even wilder.


Where can readers find out more about you and your upcoming books?

I’d be delighted if they’d follow me on twitter @christinenolfi and visit my blog: http://christinenolfibooks.blogspot.com/

What is your favorite...

 Color:
I love all colors--especially vibrant jewel tones!

I listen to everything from the early Beatles to Beyonce.

 Book/author:
The Bible. I try to read a passage from the Old or New Testament every night.

Believe in yourself.

Any final thoughts?
Treasure Me is available on Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Me-ebook/dp/B004XMOP9I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=books&qid=1306149162&sr=1-1

Thanks so much again Christine, Treasure Me is an awesome book!


Christine is nice enough to do a giveaway for an ebook of Treasure Me!  So here is what you need to do:
Follow this blog and comment on this post or the book review from earlier this week, also add in a valid email address.  This is open to old and new followers.

Now for extra points(cause I just love extra points!):
1)Follow me on Twitter(@lavndrlady) 1 pt
2)Tweet about the giveaway 1 pt
3)Share the giveaway on Facebook 1pt
4)Share the interview/giveaway on your blog 1 pt
5)Add up all entries 1 pt

So with the intial post you can get up to 6 entries!

The giveaway will be open until June 14th!  Good Luck! and if you don't win go to Amazon and get it!!
 Saying/expression:
 Music:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Treasure Me Christine Nolfi


I was approached by Christine Nolfi to read and review this book.  Reading the synopsis I was very captivated.  When I read the book I wasn't disappointed in the least, it was absolutely a great read!  I honestly can't think of anything that I found lacking in this book. 


I found Birdie easy to identify with, she was a thief but also had the desire to quit it.  She just didn't know where to start even though she knew what she needed to do.  Seriously that is me with several things in my life!  She also was fairly hard emotionally due to her occupation as a thief and her relationship with her mother.  She just needed the right connections to help her understand what was more important than money.  I love that the treasure hunt that she was on became so much more than gems, and the real treasures she found came at the right moments!


Theodora Hendricks is quite a character!  She has a good natured side to her, but seriously don't cross her...after all she packs a pistol with her!  Her interactions with Birdie is very interesting, sometimes motherly but other times a bit harsh.  She has a good heart and totally is one of a kind I think.


There are more things I could add, but I don't want to give anything else away..it is a great read!!  I give it my Loved It rating!



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Guest Post and Interview: Kelvin O'Ralph

AMATEUR MISTAKES


The number one mistakes new writers have is the problem of "Profound Knowledge of the world of Writing". They seem to overlook the intrinsic details and jump into the cons of the publishing industry. You see, most new writers are so eager to get their work into print and they fall into the usual amateur pitfalls. I am an example of these people. I wanted my first project into print and I went through the "Self-publishing" root, and I regretted bitterly. Not that self-publishing is bad, just that I wasn't prepared for it.
My message to all new writers is that you should research extensively about the writing world. The different route of publishing, and which one suits you best. Also, before sending an "Query Letters" to literary agents, I'd advise that both your book and your letter is in perfect shape, or at least close to perfection. And if you want to self-publish, make sure you get a professional editor to take a look at your book, because you'll need an extra pair of experienced eyes. Trust me, you'd find things a bit easier once you know what you're dealing with. However, writing isn't easy, that's why it's a career. Without, determination and perseverance, one can't make it in this industry.

Thanks Kelvin for the peek and advice into getting published! Now on to our brief interview:

Where did the idea for LS: the beginning come from?
Hmm, I usually talk long walks to college, and one day I thought of about the twilight saga, and decided to write a Fantasy/Romance book from a male's perspective.

What challenges did you come across when writing this book?
It was quite hard learning to write in American English, while I live here in England. That was a bit challenging, and that's the main reason why the setting is in a fictional town in the states. However, I did my research on the setting, which helped me tremendously.

What was the easiest part to write?
The middle chapters were quite less difficult to write, because the story kept flowing. The hardest bit was the first chapter. I have written close to twenty-five versions of the first chapter.

Do you identify with any of your characters? If so which ones and why?
I'm a bit similar to one of the MCs, Stephen Wilson. We love treating ladies with respect. To be honest, Stephen is the kind of person I want to be :)

What's next up for you once LS is published?
After this is book is being published, I would be looking forward to publish the sequel to the novel, and marketing both books online and otherwise.

What is(are) your favorite:
Color
Yellow and Black

Music
All genres

Book/Author
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
The Vampire Diaries Series by L. J. Smith
Meant to be by Tiffany King(Indie Author)


Food
Chinese food

Saying/Expression
I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
                                                                Sir Isaac Newton



Any final thoughts or info that you would like to share with the readers?
To read know more about me and my books, visit my blog at http://icire.blogspot.com


Thanks so much for your time Kelvin!  I know I enjoyed reading your book!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

And The Winner is......

Donna!


Here is how it went down:  I took everyone's posts and placed them in order of the posts, then went back through and then added the extra points in order for each point.  So basically my work sheet looked like this: 
  • 1.      Em
  • 2.       Chris Loves Julia
  • 3.       Donna
  • 4.       Jessica
  • 5.       Tiff
  • 6.       Becky
  • 7.       Best o’book
  • 8.       Ct
  • 9.       Em
  • 10.   Tiff
  • 11.   Em
  • 12.   Tiff
Then I went to Random.org for a random number and plugged in my numbers from1 to 12 and it gave me 3.
  3

*ok really I did put 12 in the max even though it is saying 100*

So there you go!  Donna I will be emailing you shortly!


Thanks for everyone participating, and be on the look out for more giveaways!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

LS the Beginning Kelvin O'Ralph


From the Book:

PREFACE
I understood the term change as a constant factor, but not a specific one. However, I'd encountered a peculiar change that no one could imagine. The best part of it all, I wasn't alone while undergoing this ordeal. She was with me.
For unknown reasons, she ceased to exist inside of me. It was impossible; my senses never lied. Where in the world could she be? I stood in my room wandering. My lonely heart throbbed and my skin grew pallid as I paced back and forth.
Soon I ran out of options, and was left to rely on my cold heart to lead the way - and it did. There she was, lying in the middle of the schoolscourt. As I inched closer, I noticed her skin looked pale and cold, whichmeant only one thing—death.
All I could think of was to avenge her death, but before I reached to examine her iced body, her killer walked in.


I had contacted the Kelvin O'Ralph to review the book and I wasn't disappointed.  I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters.  I must say that I haven't read a book from the male perspective only recently so it was a nice change from my current readings.  

The male lead is Stephen, and he seems to be able to wrap his mind around things a bit more easily than his female counter part Lisa.  Lisa is hot tempered and doesn't appreciate her gifts at first.  Stephen takes to them right away.  The change that both Stephen and Lisa experience is quite unusual.  While I wish that O'Ralph went a bit more in depth with the powers and how Stephen was able to understand them more easily, however it doesn't detract from the story.  

I did enjoy the romance aspect of the book as well.  I was able to get more of the later portion of the book as it was very identifiable for me.  The ending is definitely a set up for the next one, and has me wondering what is going to happen next.  

I have so many unanswered questions that I am just hoping will be answered in the upcoming book(s).  Unfortunately laying them out here would be major spoilers, so when the book comes out, pick it up and read it!

So overall I give this book my Pretty Good rating:

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder




I really enjoyed this book!  I love how at the beginning Snyder does a brief recap of Inside Out.  During the recap she does use the ISBN number for Inside Out which I totally loved, it was just plain genius!  


At the beginning I found Trella to be a bit more  childish.  After all that she did in Inside Out I would expect her to act a bit more adult like...however Snyder does remind us that she is only 17, and I had to keep that in mind.  After all I also did some pretty childish stuff at 17 too.  Trella does grow in this book too, she realizes her faults and things she did wrong and tries to correct them.


I know this book is marketed  more towards the young adult category, but the relationship between Trella and Riley develops more. Just enough that I consider it a bit too mature for some of the  young adults that read, although it wasn't extremely graphic.  With that being said I am one that firmly believes that parents/guardians have a much better clue of what is appropriate for the individual child and their maturity level.


While the story line continues with life in Inside, it doesn't repeat itself.  The problems are different, so it is just a continuation of what happens after the rebellion and the problems that occurred.  It also expands and continues with the story line of Dr. Lamont and Trella, which adds to the book and the problems later on.  


I am a big fan of Snyder's and honestly can say this book is just as well written and entertaining as her other books.  So I give this book:



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Time to celebrate...

I have reached over 50 followers, it is a small success, but considering I have really been trying to be more active and getting followers I am very happy.  Just to show everyone that I appreciate your follows, I am going to do my very first give-a-way.  I am going to give the lucky winner their choice of either an Amazon or Barnes and Nobels gift e-card of $10.  How to enter, first off you must be a follower(old or new), then you comment on this post with a valid email address(I won't send you spam or forwards, or anything else I promise) and how you found this blog.  But you can get extra entries as well!  1 entry for tweeting, 1 entry for posting this on facebook, and 1 entry for blogging about this blog.  So you can get a total of 4 entries.  This will run until May 21st, and I will announce the winner May 22nd.  As you pass the word around and I end up with 100 followers before May 21st I will have 2 winners.

Have a great day!

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