Friday, June 29, 2012

Celebration!!

So to help celebrate the end of Derrolyn Anderson's first series she is allowing me to give away 3 ebooks of Between the Land and the Sea(if you haven't read my review you can find it HERE). 
How do you enter?  Fill out the rafflecopter form below, and GOOD LUCK!!


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Turning Tides by Derrolyn Anderson


The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales, #4)

From Goodreads(image and blurb):

Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it all off, she’s being followed again.
Marina and Ethan only want to be together, but find they are being torn apart by their very natures. Can they overcome a final obstacle to build the future they dream of?

This is the final book in the Marina Tales, and after reading The Fate of the Muse I had to read this one.  I had to figure out how the series ended!  This was a good finish to the series, it ties up the loose ends and doesn't leave you with the feeling that it is incomplete.  Actually I was very happy with the final part of the book, which my reaction was "way to go"!
Again this is a continuation of the story, which picks up right where The Fate of the Muse left off.  Marina does find her purpose in life, and honestly it helps her out in the end.   This is where her stubbornness pays off, even if it does cause her some trouble too.

I got to say that finishing the series was a great experience and Derrolyn did a great job creating it!  I am very happy to have read all the books and look forward to her future endevors.  The series and this book gets my excellent rating!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Fate of the Muse by Derrolyn Anderson


The Fate of the Muse (Marina's Tales, #3)

 From Goodreads(image and blurb):
Trouble is stalking Marina. She’s already escaped the clutches of her formidable foe once, but fate has even more trials in store for her. There are evil plans in the works– plans that threaten both her and her newly found family.
As she struggles to come to grips with her unwanted powers, outside forces threaten to tear Marina and Ethan apart, making her doubt their vision of an idyllic future together. Can first love be true love?


The Fate of the Muse is the 3rd book in the Marina Tales series.  I had read and reviewed the first two books: Between the Land and Sea and The Moon and the Tide.  I really enjoyed them so when Derrolyn had asked me to read the last two books in the series I had to say yes!  I wanted to know what happens to Marina, and I had to finish the series!

Marina still is growing as a character, although she still is very independent and keeps things to herself as in the previous books.  She is still a great character.  I love that she does get mad, makes decisions for herself even if it goes against other characters desires, and does try to do the right thing.

The story line is a continuation of the end of The Moon and the Tide.  However there are a few new twists that happen which make it even more interesting.  The mermaids aren't as prominent in this books as they have been in the past, but they are still there and a focus for Marina.  When I finished this one I had to immediately

This was a great summer read!  I was happy to find that while it had been awhile since I had read the first two books I didn't feel lost or left out since major points where nice reminders were placed.   I did enjoy this one and I give it my Excellent rating.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Special for Sundays: 4th Sunday in June





Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Welcome back!!  So one book I have on my TBR list is apart of a popular series that a lot of people have loved:

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)From Goodreads(image and blurb):

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


So with all the good reviews I had seen about it, I had to pick it up to read.  I am not sure when I get to read it but I am hoping for the end of the year!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Special for Sundays: 3rd Sunday in June






Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome Back!  This week is about favorite authors so here is who I chose:

Patricia BriggsHere is a litte bit about the author from Goodreads:  
Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.


I have read two series and I want to read her other books too!  The Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series are great Urban Fantasies!  I had found them very fast paced, and they totally capture my attention and made it hard to put the books down.  Even when I am done reading them I still wanted to know more about what happened next.  I highly recommend them, and her work

Winners of Tree of Everlasting Knowledge giveaway

Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway and two winners have been selected.

The winner of the Ebook is: VALLI from VALLI'S BOOK DEN.  The entry she won is from following Christine Nolfi on Twitter.

The winner of the paperback is: EMS from IN WHICH EMS REVIEWS BOOKS.  The entry she won is from following me on Twitter.


Congrats!!  I will be contacting you shortly!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Special for Sundays: 2nd Sunday in June


Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Welcome back!!  So this week I will talk about 2 books everyone must read. This week I chose some romantic books(also made into movies):


The Time Traveler's Wife
From Goodreads


The Notebook
From Goodreads
Both of these books are girly reads and both had such emotional draws to it that I cried by the end of them.  They were that well written.  I have seen the movies, which while are a bit different than the books, definitely were good too! I still  prefer the books, which is normal for me.  The love and romance is very sweet and develops more as the story continues.  I highly recommend them both!






Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA: The Future of Book Blogging

So Today's topic is the Future of Book Blogging and I am going to offer a bit of advice for those that are in a similar situation as me.  I work full time, and have a small side job, plus family and friends.  So my reading and blogging time can be limited.  So here is a few things I have found to help me out.

1) Schedule!  I just recently found out about scheduling posts, so now as soon as I finish a book I review it.  I am able to remember things from the book easily and don't have to do as much searching...plus I tend to rate books on how I feel when I finish it, so I know what I liked and don't liked about it without having to take notes(I am a horrible note taker!).  With the weekly meme's I have found a few that I can schedule ahead of time and not have to work on the day of, since I may be at work.

2) Don't forget the books on your TBR pile!  I love when author's ask me to review their books!  However I do get burned out, which makes it harder for me to write a review(just take a look towards the end of summer last year).  So I created a rule that will allow me to read a few books on my TBR mountain, in between those books that I have accepted to review.

3) Know your limits and accept them!  I have friends that are able to read faster and able to get several reviews out a week.  I am not able to do that, again my reading time is limited...but I can try to have a review up at least once a week.  Again scheduling helps me out a ton!!  Yes I am insanely jealous that I can't do more, but at the same time I am happy with what I can do!

I hope this helps you out, or at least gives you more of an appreciation of what you do with your blog!  I am always looking for ways to improve my site, so any tips you want to leave me will be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA: Real Life Book Experience

So for today the Armchair BEA's topic is Real Life Positive Book experiences. I have 2 real life book experiences that were positive and exciting to me:

The first is going to the Deathly Hallows midnight party at my local Barnes and Nobles with my sister.  We had a rough beginning to the year and that was a fun night for us both.  The only downside was that I had to work the next day, but it was so worth it!

The second is when I got to meet one of my favorite authors for a book signing.  I happened to be going on vacation at the time, and my DBF and I decided that we weren't going away so we made an overnight trip to Pennsylvania and I got to meet Maria V. Snyder and get the Study series and Glass Series signed!  Which was a great thing for me! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Christine Nolfi Giveaway

Christine Nolfi is an awesome author...want to know how awesome?

Well for instance take a look at Treasure Me(here is my review):  it was one of five finalists in the Romance Category for the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and will receive promotion at the BEA in a catalog. The book was also selected in April by The Midwest Book Review's "Bookwatch", an online site for librarians and booksellers seeking out books to purchase, as " “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.” It was also listed as one of two "Best of the Indies" through voting by book blogs on USA Today here: http://tinyurl.com/d28ulxg

Plus if you read my review of her latest book The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge(If not click here), you know how much I love, and well I just have to hold a giveaway.  Christine is allowing me to giveaway a paperback copy(US and CANADA only) of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge as well as an ebook!  Yes you read right there will be 2 WINNERS!!!  Awesome right?!?!?!?  So how to enter, fill out the form below.  The giveaway is going to run from June 5th to June 15th.  GOOD LUCK!!


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Kicking off Armchair BEA!!

Welcome to first time visitors and those that frequent often!  This year I have chosen to participate in the Armchair BEA.  Today is visiting the others participating.  So we have 5 interview questions to answer and here are mine:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well I am Heather, aka HP(my intials, not just a Harry Potter Fanatic LOL).. I work full time and blog in my spare time.  I have been blogging since October of 2010 due to a suggestion from my sister, and knowing a friend started a book blog herself.(The story is on my about me page)  Basically I just enjoy sharing the books that I have read.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I am currently reading A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.  As far as a favorite book, I can't decide...but if you look at any of my reviews that have a Love It rating, consider it a favorite!

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I did my first 5k this past April.  I wasn't prepared for large hills so I didn't run it all, but I only finished a few minutes behind my sister who ran more than I did.  I was very proud of doing the first one, but I need to find another so that I can run it all!

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
I love the Special for Sunday's meme that I co-created with my friend Ems from In Which Ems Reviews Books.  It allows us to participate even when the offline life gets busy!

Where do you see your blog in five years?
First off I plan on still blogging!  I will probably have the name changed again.  I will probably change the design(hoping to be able to afford one to be designed for me by then).    I would like to have more reviews posted  but I think that might be a bit lofty unless my reading time is greatly increased.  Otherwise I think doing what I can to participate in weekly meme's, visiting other blogs, and being as active as I can without burnout is what I will continue to work on

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Special for Sundays: 1st Sunday in June



Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Thanks for stopping in!!! This week is favorite books....And I chose another classic!




It has been awhile since I have read this one, but it was a great read each time I have read it.  It has a human darkness that Jane experiences in different ways...and while her circumstances weren't the best by the end she found happiness that she deserved.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Guest Post: Christine Nolfi

I am thrilled to have Christine to do a guest post for me.  I think what she has to say is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time, and to keep in mind as we go about our everyday lives.  So with out further ado I will let Christine take the rest of the post!



From what imaginings does a book arise? Some novels spring to life after weeks of playing the “What if” game. Other books are born directly from experience.

Seventeen years ago, I adopted a sibling group of four children from the Philippines. The trip to Cebu was a revelation—the local families struggling simply to get by wore the sweetest smiles. The missionaries running the shelter worked with unmistakable joy. My children, too, seemed imbued with a special goodness that stood in contrast to their difficult start in life.

As the years sped by and my kids grew ever stronger, they became standouts first in elementary school then later in high school and college. They became the type of young adults who were willing to help a friend or offer comforting words. They laughed often and spread joy through churches and classrooms like fairy dust empowered with love. And I was left wondering: How can any child suffer greatly in early childhood then grow up to be so surprisingly good?

That question drove the development of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.

In the novel, Ourania D’Andre and Troy Fagan struggle with dark impulses. Like many of us, they’ve become cynical after dealing with life’s hard knocks. They no longer trust in their own power to create a better outcome nor do they trust in the healing qualities of love. Yet both are inevitably drawn to the light. They choose love over hate because it’s in their nature to do so. By learning to release a million regrets, they build a better world for themselves and the people they care about.

I believe these lessons speak directly to the miracle of the human heart. We do possess the power to heal despite every hardship we face. Most of us arrive in the world with more poise, grace and dignity than we realize we possess. We prove honorable even in the most difficult circumstances.

It’s easy to turn on the news or glance at a newspaper’s garish headlines and conclude that humanity bears rot at its core. Don’t believe it. Every day, in every corner of our pretty blue planet, average folks perform extraordinary acts of kindness. A stranger offers a helping hand. A mother comforts her child. A class of first graders in Wichita, Kansas raises money for other children on the opposite side of the earth. A middle-aged man takes his son to a ballgame then flashes the proof of his love across FaceBook.

Yes, bad things happen. But in the end, good people prevail.



About the author:

Christine’s debut, Treasure Me, and her March 2012 release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge continue to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and other sites. Treasure Me was recently featured by USA Today as among the best of the Indie novels and is a 2012 Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Christine has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Look for her next release, Second Chance Grill, in June.

Contact her at www.christinenolfi.com and @christinenolfi on Twitter.

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