Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Monthly Wrap Up

This is where I will update everyone on what I have been doing this month on the blog.

Books I'm currently reading: 
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Past Sins by Julia Phillips
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Deck The Halls by Mary Higgins Clark

E-books I am currently reading: 
Follow the Stars Home by Luanne Rice
My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Books Read: 

Challenges I've signed up for: 

Contests I am hosting: 


How did your month go with books?



Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Monday What Are you Reading? #8

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Last Week:
Liar, Liar by K.J. Larsen
Radiance by Alyson Noël  

Currently Reading:
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
Call Me Mrs. Miracle , by Debbie Macomber
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Next Up To Read:
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (through Netgalley)
The Lemonade Crimes by Jacqueline Davies (Netgalley)
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods (Netgalley)
Mystify by Artist Arthur (Netgalley)



2011 Challenges

I will be going through my blog tomorrow probably to figure out which challenges from 2010 to carry over and do in 2011 and which ones I won't due to time issues.  So if anyone knows of any good challenges please let me know.  I am always up for good challenges.

Two I know for sure I will do are:

Summer Reading Challenge as those were both good ones.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seasonal Books

Do you read seasonal books or just stick with paranormal, romance, mystery etc?  


I know I sometimes I like to spruce it up by reading a seasonal book but not during every holiday mainly during Christmas/ New Years the rest of the time I tend to stick with a genre.  Although during summer I try to read ones that are based on the season of Summer.  This year during the holiday season I'm involved in the Holiday challenge which I think will make reading the holiday themed books more fun.  So how do you feel about seasonal books?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Matched Book Trailer


Winter Reading Challenge 2011

Don't forget among all your holiday ins and outs to think about checking out the Winter Reading Challenge.  It's very similar to the Summer Reading Challenge this one will offer a great prize in the end.  I am hoping to plow through my tbr pile between now and a year from now.  I am going to be slowing my purchases down so I can get my tbr pile shortened.  If anyone would like to co-host this with me please feel free to contact me.  I am hoping to have a bigger turn out with this challenge.  So feel free to sign up and tell others about it.


Bouncing Around The Blogs #4

Bounce Around The Blogs

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop.  While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:

1. Sign up with linky.
 2. Check out other blogs.
 3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share. 



  


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Radiance by Alyson Noël

Radiance Description of personal website:


Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he's never met Riley...

My Review:
While when we first get a glimpse of Riley she is haunting her sister Ever in Evermore. Atleast for me I tend to feel sad for her younger sister who seems stuck as if she can't move on. It might just be the fear of doing something without her sister. Prior to going off to "school" Riley is still being a kind of pain annoying teenager. Riley spent so much time driving Ever nuts that she never found her nitch in life. What she had of a life anyway. We see how much pain Riley is in. How she felt her life was cut short. We also found out what she was good at. I really enjoyed this story, as the main character isn't alive and running around she's dead and suffering in some ways at that. I like how Riley found something deep inside her that helped her shine through. That she kept herself in check even when she was scared out of her whits. Definitely a book I would let my daughters read when they get older. A big time 5 cup book! And on a side note I love the cover art it's so beautiful!

What do you think of this book? Have you read it?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Liar, Liar by K.J. Larsen Book Review

Description off of Goodreads:

Private Investigator Cat DeLuca and her Pants on Fire Detective Agency have a reputation for catching cheaters. It’s a skill Cat mastered when married to her run-around ex, Johnnie Ricco. Armed with a camera, Cat scales balconies, dangles from hotel windows, and splashes the bare facts on 8X10 glossies. They tend to sweeten her clients’ divorce settlements.

My Review:

This book was great, it had the right amount of action/adventure mixed in with humor lots and lots of humor. The author did a great job detailing how crazy families can be. The Main character Cat DeLuca spends much of the book trying to convince people she's not crazy when she suffers a explosion and a brick to the head. Her mother has decided she's crazy and does everything in her power to rid her daughter of the crazy notion called her career as a p.i for cheaters called Pants on Fire Agency. Once you pick it up to read you'd be surprised how fast it moves along. Definitely a book I would read again. I will be looking for more by this author. Definitely a 5 cup book!
** This book was sent to me via netgalley for an honest and fair review.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winter Reading Challenge 2011

This is a challenge similar to the Summer with Books.  People who sign up set up their own reading limits to see how much they can read.

At the end a winner will be drawn using Random.org and the winner will receive 20.00 worth of books via Amazon.

Make sure to sign up with the Link below.

This challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends on March 21, 2010

Comment Below about what you think you will read *how many*

Good Luck!

Happy Thanksgiving to those Celebrating it!

Just wanted to take a quick moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Community Bookstop.  I wanted to take this time to list some things I'm grateful for: 

1. Great Blogger Community and Wonderful Followers
2. Great Authors who keep pumping out books
3. Wonder Publishers who send us Arcs that we enjoy
4. Health for everyone
5. Good food we eat at Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this holiday season?  Feel free to share your answers below

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Monday what are you reading? #7

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Last Week I read:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Torment by Lauren Kate
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Evermore by Alyson Noël

Currently Reading:
Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare
Deck the Halls by: Mary Higgins Clark
Radiance by: Alyson Noël
City of Ashes by: Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins

Next to read:
Blue Moon by: Alyson Noël
City of Glass by: Cassandra Clare
Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Friday, November 19, 2010

Evermore by: Alyson Noël

Description of Goodreads:

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

My Review:

This series to begin with was a good one. It had tragedy as Ever was faced with seeing her family die. Having a little sister who came back many times cause Ever was lost in a way. Cute boy with lots of mystery. Wasn't your typical popular girl story. I definitely enjoyed learning about Miles, Ever, Haven and Damen. It showed that when people leave us not everything is roses, and tulips. I thought it was a great series, written by a great author who had a great vision to show us through Ever. Unlike most books this one dealt with past lives which I know one other book that deals with that recently which was the Fallen Series. So definitely a great series start can't wait to read Blue Moon! A 5 cup book for sure!

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick Review

Description of Goodreads:
Feisty teen Nora Grey somehow survived the crises of Hush, Hush!, but dangers just as frightening loom in this standalone sequel. Patch, her guardian angel and love interest, appears to have a dark side and a wandering eye. Worse yet, he seems intent on obstructing Nora as she hunts for the truth behind her father's mysterious death. Even better than the first.


This book was very powerful reading, as you watch Nora dump everything in her life. She ends her relationship with her guardian angel to the degree of being sheltered other than Vee she has no one to talk with. She learns a great deal about her father's death and the person behind it. She has tons upon tons of drama more than is normal in books. Like everyone else says there are times when I was scratching my head wondering what she was going to do next. I can't wait to see what will happen next with these two in Tempest. Definitely a great book I rated this one four cups as the drama parts did become a bit much at times.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bouncing Around The Blogs #3

Bounce Around The Blogs

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop.  While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:


1. Sign up with linky.
 2. Check out other blogs.
 3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share. 



  


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Torment by: Lauren Kate Book Review

Description of Goodreads:

Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.


My Review:
Can we say OMG. Anything that Luce can do to annoy Daniel she tries. While he isn't telling her what is going including the truce conducted with Cam. He fears telling her much due to impacting her more than necessary. Meanwhile Luce is now in a new school clear across the country called Shoreline which is everything that Sword and Cross isn't. Luce does her best to fit in not that it is easy when she is treated like a famous figure. Stories of her and Daniel have passed down through history. This ride takes you up and down and has you not wanting to put the book down. I picked it up to start at 11 am and just finished it at 9:30 pm and wow. The only downside is the major cliffhanger at the end. All I can say on that is Fly Daniel Fly! A big time 5 cup book!


Interview with Tom Jarvis author of Train of Consequences


What influences do you have?
My earliest influences are S.E. Hinton, Arthur Roth, and Edgar Allan Poe. Later influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ayn Rand, and John Grisham.

How did Shelton come about?
I had the basic story idea of two teenage runaways for quite a while, but Shelton just kind of materialized on the page as I began outlining the story. Some of his personality is drawn off of my own from that age, but a large portion just sort of came to life in my head and on the page.

Do you think Shelton would ever make a reappearance in another book or otherwise?
It’s hard to say, but at this point I highly doubt it. Train of Consequences is Shelton’s story through-and-through. In fact, before I named the book, I referred to it as “Shelly’s Story.” He goes through so much in this book that I can’t imagine putting the poor guy through anything else. However, I’ve been kicking around ideas for a short story or novella about Dusty’s adventures as a young man. It would be cool to explore that.

What would you advise to someone looking to be a writer?
I would tell them to make time, set small goals, and keep pushing forward. When I used to write stories as a teenager, I would start out strong for a few pages and then play video games or something and forget all about it. But when I first sat down to write this book, I told myself that I’m going to write 2,000 words per day, five days a week, no matter what. Even if you get hung up on something, keep moving forward. You’ll soon have a ton of stuff to work with, even if a chunk of it gets deleted.

What was the hardest process working with a publisher?
It was great working with iUniverse. I guess the hardest part was trying to learn everything about publishing very quickly. I just dove in head-first.

How do you deal with the criticism they tend to offer? Was it hard to accept?
I’ve never had a problem with constructive criticism. The editors at iUniverse have a lot of experience in the industry and I trusted their input. There were only a couple of minor things I disagreed with, and they were very respectful of that.

What genres would you like to write for if you could? Just similar to Train of Consequences or other genres?
I really enjoy writing character-driven stories, without a major concern for genre. I foresee my future stories typically being in the same general vein as Train of Consequences, but I wouldn’t want to put any restrictions. I wrote a short story between this book’s editing rounds that is sort of cross-genre, and I think it’s pretty unique. And one of the many ideas I’ve been tossing around for a future novel is also cross-genre.

Was it hard writing about a place you’ve lived, trying not to reveal too much of the locations?
Not really. Overture is a fictional town, so I had full creative liberty. That being said, there are some loose similarities to Manchester and Warner, two towns that I’ve lived in.

Author Biography of his site:


Tom Jarvis is the author of the novel, Train of Consequences, recipient of the prestigious Editor's Choice and Rising Star awards.  He is also a musician and a paralegal.  He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Tatjana.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Author Tom Jarvis

Tom Jarvis is new to the world of writing, he has recently had his first novel Train of Consequences published through iUniverse.  Train of Consequences Description: 

 It is early 1991, and Shelton Cole has just turned thirteen. Barely surviving the aftermath of a car accident that has killed not only his brother but also his parents' marriage, Shelton is thrilled when he becomes instant chums with Richie Kemp, a transplant from New York who has moved to New Hampshire with his mother to escape the stigma of his father's imprisonment. But after Richie's mother marries a man who revels in abusing Richie, the two troubled teenagers decide to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

As the two boys begin a life on the run, an old drifter takes them under his wing and introduces Shelton and Richie to an underground society of vagabonds, opening the boys' eyes to a strange new world and unwittingly setting the course to a horrific chain of events that soon spiral out of control.

Seventeen years later, Shelton returns to New Hampshire to fulfill a childhood promise to Richie. As he is flooded with buried memories, Shelton must face the demons of his tragic past before he can move forward.

Train of Consequences is a captivating thriller that highlights an unforgettable coming-of-age journey of friendship, misconceptions, and discovery.


Description is via his website you can check it out here 

To buy the Book check out Amazon's Link here or Barnes and Noble Link here


Monday, November 15, 2010

Vampire Academy Book Review



Description of Book via Goodreads--Vampire Academy Link:
My Review:

I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how you go to see how dedicated Rose is to protecting Lissa. How there is a bigger something going on which made the girls run to begin with. How while on restriction Rose was able to learn things to help her as a guardian. I also enjoyed how the main character wasn’t the most popular, how she wasn’t the princess. It also shed a lot of history on the series, while learning new things. Definitely a book I could read again. The writing was really well done and makes you not even realize how far in the book you are until it’s almost over. This was my first book read by the author and I think she did a really good job with it. Definitely different then books like Shiver and Twilight, which made it more enjoyable.

My Dislikes:

The only stuff I disliked was where Natalie became a bad character. Most of the book she was this quiet thing and you often wonder what her deal is until the end when it all blows up.

I did get confused a tad with Rose’s old teacher Mrs. Karp and what she was talking about when she kept ushering Rose into running with Lissa. I also have to admit that the headmaster of the school was a bit tough on Rose. I understand it was because of running away with the princess but the sentence for Rose seemed more extreme while Lissa was free to do whatever. I think there should have been some sort of punishment for Lissa. As Lissa could have stopped Rose. But then that is my thoughts on it.

My rating is 4 cups. Can't wait to read the next one.

If you read this book what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it or was it not your cup of tea? Feel free to share your thoughts on it here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's Monday what are you reading? #6

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Last Week:
Vampire Academy by: Richelle Mead
(a very slow week indeed, too much book buying)

Currently Reading:
Liar, Liar by: K.J. Larsen
Evermore by: Alyson Noël
The Iron Queen by: Julie Kagawa (via netgalley)

About To Read:
Torment by: Lauren Kate
Crescendo by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Blue Moon by: Alyson Noël

Vk's Reading:
I am four by: Pittacus Lore

What are you reading?


Contest Winners Double Trouble :)

The Contest to win a copy of Torment is over and as it was a 2 entry contest I decided that both entrants will be getting a copy of Lauren Kate's latest book Torment.  I will contacting them shortly to get their info to send them these great books!  Enjoy Ladies!

Winners:

 & Theresa


Blog Hop Question #1

This week on the Blog Hop, while I didn't sign up this time an interesting question was asked so I'm going to post my answer here.

"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"


For me, I always try my best to start at the beginning because key elements of the series may be revealed in the first book.  For example Sookie Stackhouse had I not read the first book I wouldn't know how Sookie and Bill came about.  Or I might not learn how deep her telepathy runs. House of Night is another example how would I know who or what turned Zoey Redbird?  I technically wouldn't have a clear answer on it.  While books 2,3,4,5, etc might sum up what characters have been up too, what it all boils down to what you miss by jumping in with book 3 or 4.  In Zoey's case I wouldn't understand why her friends are made at her after Chosen book 3, or why she is having difficulties with her high priestess.  So I always go in series order.


How about you?  What would your answer be?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Supporting My B.O.D #4

This was a meme started by Savannah @Books with Bite where she shows off new books she has gotten recently. So here goes:

So here's what I got:
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
My immortals set by Alyson Noel
Mortal Instruments set by Cassandra Clare

What did you get to help your BOD Disorder

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Mary Higgins Clark Collection

Mind you I haven't read all of these or even half of these to say the least.  But I plan on it definitely.

Bouncing Around The Blogs #2

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop.  While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:


1. Sign up with linky.
 2. Check out other blogs.
 3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share. 


The Queen of Suspense Challenge

Shared from Tea Time with Marce Announcement - The Queen of Suspense Challenge - Join In (Sept - Aug 2011)

Welcome to Tea Time with Marce

Mary Higgins Clark, The Queen of Suspense, is my favourite author and has been for over 10 years. This is a personal challenge for me, I want to rate all of her books so I can say which one is my favourite.  I only have 13 Hardcovers on my bookshelf and my goal is to have all of them in Hardcover.  I have her new one, The Shadow of your Smile and will start it on Sept 1st to begin the challenge.  Please Join In.




Challenge Dates:  September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011

Details:

* If you participate in this challenge please signup below and do a post in order to get word out so we can have more bloggers join in and to network with.  Please link back to this post with your direct link to your intro challenge post, not just your blog link.

* You do not have to list the chosen books ahead of time and your choices can crossover into other challenges you have joined.

*  You can join anytime before next year Aug, this challenge is to make a fan out of you and to share thoughts and discussions about the Queen of Suspense from those who are already a fan.

* All forms of books will count - eBooks, Audiobooks, etc

* Rereads do count towards this challenge, as that is the main idea for me.  Also, the collaboration with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark will count.

Supporting My Book Disorder #3

This was a meme started by Savannah @Books with Bite where she shows off new books she has gotten recently.  So here goes:


Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark 
and 
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

What have you gotten lately?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Supporting My B.O.D

This was a meme started by Savannah @Books with Bite where she shows off new books she has gotten recently.  So here goes:

For Caitlyn:

Pink Princess Rules the School by Alyssa Crowne
A Masterpiece of Bees by Lara Bergen
Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

For Natalie:

iDon't Wanna Fight by Leigh Olsen
Queen Clarion's Secret by Kimberly Morris
Purple Princess Wins the Prize by Alyssa

For Daddy:

I am Number four by Pittacus Lore

For Me :) :

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Radiance by Alyson Noël
Torment by Lauren Kate
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

Between the book fair and target I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time what have you gotten recently?

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's monday What are you reading? #5



It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Currently Reading: 
Miranda Queen of Argyle: Past Sins
Velocity
Saving Grace
Stealing Lumby
Summer at the Lake
Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator

Up Next: 
H.R. H
City of Glass
(and whatever else hits my fancy)

What are you reading?


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mini Contest Check It Out!

This is a fun one and ends on Wednesday November 10, 2010.


Enjoy the mini-contest!  You will be able to let me know what you want up to 20.00.  This contest is for USA and Canada, only I will be working on one for International at a later date.



Friday, November 5, 2010

Truth of Consequences by Tom Jarvis

Author Bio:
Tom Jarvis is a musician and a paralegal, as well as an author. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Tatjana. This is his first novel. For more information, visit his website www.tomjarvisfiction.com and you can also friend him at facebook.com/tomjarvisfiction.

Book Description:
Train of Consequences
by: Tom Jarvis
It is early 1991, and Shelton Cole has just turned thirteen. Barely surviving the aftermath of a car accident that has killed not only his brother but also his parents’ marriage, Shelton is thrilled when he becomes instant chums with Richie Kemp, a transplant from New York who has moved to New Hampshire with his mother to escape the stigma of his father’s imprisonment. But after Richie’s mother marries a man who revels in abusing Richie, the two troubled teenagers decide to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

As the two boys begin a life on the run, an old drifter takes them under his wing and introduces Shelton and Richie to an underground society of vagabonds, opening the boys’ eyes to a strange new world and unwittingly setting the course to a horrific chain of events that soon spiral out of control.

Seventeen years later, Shelton returns to New Hampshire to fulfill a childhood promise to Richie. As he is flooded with buried memories, Shelton must face the demons of his tragic past before he can move forward.

Train of Consequences is a captivating thriller that highlights an unforgettable coming-of-age journey of friendship, misconceptions, and discovery.

Amazon Kindle Link

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Blog Hop #5 & Bouncing Around The Blogs


If you want to check out some good blogs and get involved check out the Book Blog Hop. Check out the link here. You can see the rules and see if it something you would be interested in.

Information about the Book Blogger Hop:

Directly from Crazy for Books:ABOUT THE HOP:

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!
Question From Crazy-for-Books :This week's question comes from Vicki who blogs at The Wolf's Den:

"What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"

My answer is I don't judge (too much) on the number of follows as I know some come and go as long as I see that people comment and help me better my blog I'm fine with that.  I know my books may not interest everyone so yes I can handle some if they drop.  Is my first reaction to go oh my god why did they leave?  Well yes I think everyone gets like that especially if you have the smaller followers.  I just strive to offer the best I can.  While I may not have the biggest publishers in my corner I still love what I can offer.  

Yes like most I have stopped following a blog mainly cause you are only alloted so many through blogger, plus if it's not a area that I can't benefit from in my reading for example you won't see me following a erotica reading site.  Mind you I have nothing against it but not something I'm overly interested in.  I tend to look for areas that benefit me, my family or my kids.  Doesn't mean they don't have great blogs just means they don't work for what I'm seeking.  What are your thoughts on this question feel free to share them :)   

 Have fun hopping around hope you enjoy the hop!  If anyone wants me to check out their link feel free to comment with the weblink and I will definitely hop over to your blog!


Bounce Around The Blogs

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop.  While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:




1. Sign up with linky.
 2. Check out other blogs.
 3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share. 




 

Article From Author of Velocity Alan Jacobson


Crush on the Napa Valley Moves with Uncommon Velocity
By Alan Jacobson,
Author of Velocity
A serial killer in wine country?
Unfortunately for him, FBI Profiler Karen Vail is there on vacation.
When I sat down to write my new thrillers, Crush and Velocity, the color red was prominent in my thoughts. Given that both novels revolve around a serial killer, you might think the red represented blood. Right?
Not exactly. Crush and Velocity bring my heroine, FBI profiler Karen Vail, to the Napa Valley. Yes, you're getting it now . . . red, as in wine. Those of you who've read my prior novels know that I immerse myself in the subject matter to learn everything I can -- a process that helps me create real characters who experience real problems that arise from who they are, where they live, and what they do.

For Crush, my exhaustive research took me to the Napa Valley -- so "immersing myself in wine" has you breaking out the violins, I'm sure. And though I was working 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, it was also tremendous fun. I enjoy wine and know the valley well and have always wanted to set a story there. But when you look under the covers of something you hold dear, you might stumble across things you weren't expecting . . . things that lead to emotions, conflict, action, suspense . . . and thrills for my readers.
When planning a visit to the wine country, you're sold on picturesque landscapes, fun and romance. Glossy marketing brochures and flashy websites talk of tasting wine with hints of "grapefruit," "dark chocolate" and "anise," with bouquets of "black currant" and "truffles." While an experienced palate and nose would certainly verify such claims, there are deeper forces at work beneath the surface, lurking at the bottom like sediment in a used French Oak barrel. Napa, like any region built largely around its tourism, is a business. And where there's business in play, there's money to be made. And where there's money to be made . . . well, you have the recipe for the kind of tasty dish we thriller writers crave.
But I have to come clean with you about something. Both Crush and Velocity aren't just about the wine country. They're not only about the Napa Valley's underlying politics or business deals.Crush takes FBI profiler Karen Vail on her first trip to Napa to help solve -- you guessed it -- a case involving serial murder. If you've read my first Karen Vail novel, The 7th Victim, you might recall that I spent seven years researching, and working with, the FBI profiling unit before writing a novel that would take years to complete. But when I typed that final period, I felt I knew what made the profilers tick. Equally important, I felt I understood who these serial killers were, and what stirred their drink. Ah, yes -- drink. Wine. The Napa Valley.
Crush and Velocity might be about more than "just" the wine country, but the setting does serve as a character in the story -- in fact, the region's inherent vagaries are so tightly integrated in the novel that these two thrillers could not have been set anywhere else.
In Crush, Karen Vail arrives in the Napa Valley and stumbles on a fresh victim in the deepest reaches of an exclusive wine cave. Vail sees the trademark signs of a serial killer. She can't resist, and reasoning that local law enforcement is out of their league when it comes to serial murder, she jumps at the opportunity to offer her expertise. The sheriff's department is less than thrilled with her involvement, but after a second body is unearthed, Vail is named to the Napa County Major Crimes task force. She soon learns she is in over her head, because Vail and her colleagues must navigate powerful forces that serve to interfere with their work -- and this is where the politics and behind-the-scenes maneuverings that I mentioned earlier come into play. Making matters worse, Vail finds it impossible to accurately profile the Crush Killer because he's unlike any serial offender the Behavioral Analysis Unit has encountered.
Crush ends with a bang -- but not before launching a story thread that sets the stage for a seamless transition to its follow-up novel, Velocity. The idea behind Velocity came to me as a result of an innocent remark the CEO of (deliciously addictive) Opus One made while taking me on a private tour of his winery early in my research for Crush (queue the violins). I realized I had an unusual opportunity to do things no other novelist has done. It inspired me to dig deeper, which led me to uncover things embedded in the wine country's culture -- and Napa's history -- to bring my reader fascinating behind-the-scenes intrigues that few people know about. Like the noses and palates of a fine Cabernet, these little-known aspects of the industry will enhance your experience as a reader. They became an integral part of Velocity, affecting Vail and her colleagues in ways no one can predict.
Crush and Velocity will take you on two wine country tours unlike any you've experienced. And after you've finished "tasting" Velocity, check out www.velocity.alanjacobson.com for wine country related activities, tidbits and tips I learned along the way.
In the end . . . well, I won't tell you about the end of either book -- because as is the case with "Alan Jacobson novels," both Crush and Velocity finish strong. In fact, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross said that Crush has "a finish with all the punch of a blockbuster Cabernet." Amen to that. Cheers.
© 2010 Alan Jacobsonauthor of Velocity

Author Bio
Alan Jacobson 
is the national bestselling author of the critically acclaimed thrillers False AccusationsThe HuntedCrushVelocity. and The 7th Victim, which was named to Library Journal's "Best Books of the Year" list. Alan's years of research and training with law enforcement have influenced him both personally and professionally. and have helped shape the stories he tells and the diverse characters that populate his novels.

Alan's books have sold internationally. and both The 7th Victim and one of his forthcoming thrillers, Hard Target. are currently under development as major feature films. He lives in Northern California. 
Visit Alan Jacobson at www.AlanJacobson.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
Learn more about Velocity and the Karen Vail novels at www.KarenVail.com.


Booking Through Thursday #2

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I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?

What stops me from reading a certain book is if they have lost the flair that drew me initially.  If the language gets too out of hand or they writing diminishes. I can't stick with an author no matter how much I like them if it feels too much like homework and I'm dragging through with no amount of caffeine to keep me going.  That is when a book has lost it's edge.  What stops you?