Category: Events and Features

MEGP: What the Log had to Say

MEGP: What the Log had to Say

I’m moving! Not the blog, actually me! This week and next week I will be working hard to move into our new house and unpack. Luckily the book blog community is beyond awesome and supportive. I put out a call asking for help to keep my blog running for the next two weeks to give myself a buffer while I won’t have internet and you all jumped to help me. I can’t express how grateful I am to have such wonderful friends. Today I’m so pleased to host Lucy from What the Log had to Say. I’m thrilled to host her review because it’s not my typical read. I’ve read some Japanese literature before (1Q84, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) so I definitely want to give this book a try!. Lucy White and Wendy Tuxworth are a pair of aspiring publishers with a WordPress address and a pocket full of dreams. We hope to make a space of literary appreciation and exciting news in the world of books in all their shapes and sizes. We’re found at www.whatthelog.wordpress.com and @whatthelog. Guest Post—The Buried Giant (2015) – Kazuo Ishiguro By Lucy White Kazuo Ishiguro has been a really popular and well received author for many years now, but his latest novel The Buried Giant has had a pretty mixed reaction; with lots of readers saying that his shift to the fantasy genre is […]

Posted March 23, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Review / 0 Comments
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Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: PhraseExpress

Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: PhraseExpress

Today I want to share with you my absolute favorite blogging tool. This tool can be used on any computer, with any operating system. Whether you use blogger, wordpress, facebook or twitter, this tool will be your new best friend. Trust me. I use this every single day, every single time I’m on the computer and it saves me so much time. This miracle application is called: PhraseExpress is a WONDER. This application is a spellchecker, a template creator, clipboard manager, and autocompleter but the most  amazing thing that it does is called autotext. Basically, you pick out something that’s long and annoying and you type all the time, for instance people ask about my Twitter Chat Calendar a lot on twitter so I want the link handy. I can set up PhraseExpress so that every time I type a string of characters (For me its twitcal) It automatically inserts WHATEVER YOU WANT. I use this for links, for hashtags for popular twitter chats, emails that I type all the time, the possibilities are endless. Take a few minutes and watch the first three minutes of this video. The last two minutes get deeper into the functionality of PhraseExpress. This little program runs in the background until you need it. I Challenge You! Download PhraseExpress and try it this week. Set up one or two autotext blurbs of text that you use […]

Posted March 20, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 8 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Next Stop: Nina by Robin Raven

Awesome Indies: Next Stop: Nina by Robin Raven

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Chapter 1 Art inspired me to rescue myself. I will never forget that moment in the middle of an ordinary week when I discovered something so special that it changed every day that was to follow. I staggered around the museum, trying to get over how alarmed and on edge I felt. I chose to wander off despite what the consequences would be. I just had to be alone for a bit to take in the pretty art. When I got close to the paintings, it felt as though I was able to step into the majestic worlds depicted in them for a magic, fleeting moment. The beauty helped me forget about my morning for a while. Before Dad and I got out of the car to join my class on the field trip, he smacked me across the face. It happened as I was pulling the handle on the car door, and the force of his slap made me lose my balance and fall out of the passengerÂ’s side onto the concrete. I didnÂ’t scream or make a fuss; I knew better than to draw attention to myself. If anyone asked, I would just say that I fell; I was used to being considered clumsy. The fact that I was a graceful dancer was something people conveniently and quickly […]

Posted March 11, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: The Hidden and the Maiden by Eben Mishkin

Awesome Indies: The Hidden and the Maiden by Eben Mishkin

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I have heard so many amazing things about this book. It was one of the first books that was recommended to me for this project and its one that’s I’m so excited to feature. Plus, this interview was very fun to read. Definitely look at the dream movie cast. Eben Mishkin put some deep thought into it! What inspires you? I find a bit of everything inspires me but mostly I’m fascinated by the way modern mythology works: that we are so dismissive of the idea of myth but still live our lives according to mythological structures. I’m continuously interested in the way that story presses in on our lives, that we believe things that patently aren’t so to the extent that it might as well be real. So my fundamental inspiration is the idea that myths still rule our lives and trying to play with that by having the myths come literally true in the middle of what should be normal life. Plus, these days we get comparative mythology, the idea that the stories that govern our lives are descended from common heritages the same way we are all descended from a few common ancestors. I love finding old stories and connections between them. A lot of the joy in writing The Hidden and the Maiden was in researching […]

Posted March 4, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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#BHPChat Wrap up #4

#BHPChat Wrap up #4

@susherevans me rushing to this chat #BHPChat pic.twitter.com/OpaD4rmXfH — PUMPKIN SPICE GEE✨🎃 (@lovedmetoruins) February 24, 2016   Q1: Introduce yourself, how long you have been blogging & a book you LOVED this year! #BHPChat Check out all the tweets linked up to this one! The theme for the chat this month is LOVE. Q1: Introduce yourself, how long you have been blogging & a book you LOVED this year! #BHPChat — Sarah K (@thebooktraveler) February 24, 2016   Q2: What is a book quote that you LOVE? Why does it speak to you? #BHPChat "she'd laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. it terrified him." -SoC #BHPChat — nisha (@paperrcranes) February 24, 2016 A2: "Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons." From ToG. SPEAKS FOR ITSELF #BHPChat — mo (@empireofstorms) February 24, 2016 A2: I actually did a guest post on this for @ReadWriteLove28! You can see it here: https://t.co/s9PlxoC1Gq #BHPChat — Jamie (@booksandladders) February 24, 2016 a2) "if you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing" reminds me of the blogging community! #BHPChat — Kaitlin Michelle (@vivacioushobo) February 24, 2016 @Emren #BHPChat “Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?” -Grave Mercy — nisha dey (@the1nonlynisha) February 24, 2016 A2: still […]

Posted February 24, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: First Circle Club

Awesome Indies: First Circle Club

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page A CONVERSATION WITH ALEX SIEGEL 1) How did you come up with the idea for First Circle Club? IÂ’ve always been fascinated by what people think about the afterlife. It’s a philosophical river that never runs dry. The premise of First Circle Club is that Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Divine Comedy describes Heaven and Hell as they actually exist. The main characters die and receive final judgement before the novel even begins. They are sent back to Earth in the opening scene to solve a mystery that even angels and demons can’t unravel. A serial killer must be stopped, but that is just the first step in exposing a much deeper conspiracy. The book is a murder mystery, an adventure, and an exploration of religious philosophy. I always try to write stories that have many layers. 2) A lot happens in First Circle Club. What is your approach when writing such a complicated novel? I’ve been writing for a long time. First Circle Club is actually my nineteenth published novel. Over the years, I’ve learned the key to writing a complex book is working from a strong outline. I make sure I have every major plot point nailed down before I write page 1. I need to know how the book will end before I can begin. A weak outline […]

Posted February 19, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Happy Birthday Earth’s End!

Happy Birthday Earth’s End!

TODAY IS THE DAY WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR! EARTH’S END RELEASED TODAY I’m so excited about this book. I’ve been waiting for it since before Fire Falling released. This is the only book that I have preordered so far in 2016. Hopefully, I’m reading it right now. If you check out nothing else in this post, read the Tales from the Front! I feel so lucky that I got a chance to participate. Every single one is a different prospective and tells a little about what’s happening between Fire Falling and Earth’s End. If you read them all, you get a glimpse of the bigger picture! There’s also an Earth’s End Excerpt that is definitely worth reading if you are still up in the air about purchasing this book. Though, how could you be? Tales from the Front Leading up to the release of EarthÂ’s End I have been providing bloggers, at random, with exclusive pieces of content – alternate POV snippets – that tell different and new sides to the Air Awakens story. The full list of POVs (in chronological order of story) are: Fritz – Read By Nicka Aldrik – Live. Love. Read. YA Elecia – Emily Reads Everything Aldrik – Dani Reviews Things Fritz – The Reader and the Chef Reale – Mad for Books Emperor Solaris – Sandra the Book Worm Jax – IrisJexx Baldair […]

Posted February 11, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features / 1 Comment
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Air Awakens Tales from the Front POV 7

Air Awakens Tales from the Front POV 7

Today I am beyond thrilled to be able to share with you the next installment of Elise Kova’s Tales from the front. I’ve known I was going to have a chance to do this for months and it has been so hard not to tell everyone I know. Trust me my family has gotten sick of hearing about it.I loved Air Awakens and Fire Falling and I’ve been eagerly anticipating Earth’s End. I’ve had my preorder in for months. The wait has been hard on all of us. Luckily, we have Elise tormenting us with clues about what’s going to be revealed in Earth’s End. Have you been following these? Elise is a diabolical genius. What Is Tales from the Front? Tales from the Front is a series of notes, alternate POV chapters, and other teasers that take place from just before the end of Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) to the beginning of EarthÂ’s End (Air Awakens, #3). They are being sent out at random with the idea that bloggers and readers can ban together to put the puzzle pieces together to find out a different side to the story and uncover truths about the characters. Please, everyone, spread this like wildfire! Bloggers and readers are invited to re-post information so long as they link back to the individual who posted it originally. In fact, this is generally encouraged, as […]

Posted January 24, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 9 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Mermaids Vs. Unicorns by Scott King

Awesome Indies: Mermaids Vs. Unicorns by Scott King

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Scott is a friend who bridges the board game/book gap. He plays board games. He takes excellent board game photos for companies and sells a calendar every year. He also is a talented writer of quite a few books in a variety of genres. When I first asked if I could interview him about his latest middle grade title, this is what he sent me. Pizza. The first time I saw the music video for “Take on Me” played on MTV. I always wondered who would win a fight between Conan OÂ’brien and Stephen Colbert. I got stitches growing up because once at a beach house I was jumping between two twin beds singing “No More Monkeys Jumping On The Bed” and I fell and cracked my head open. The only rule I have is butt in chair. But coffee helps. If I have to wear a tie itÂ’s a christmas tie, even if its in the summer. I absolutely hate cooking even though IÂ’m good at it. As a kid my family had a restaurant and when I got in trouble my punishment was to go downstairs and work the lunch line. Gilmore Girls. I donÂ’t think vampires are real but youÂ’ll never convince me that unicorns arenÂ’t. I use a notebook. Then he actually answered my questions 🙂 […]

Posted December 4, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I love the chance to feature the first chapter of a book! Its like a sneak peek.  I think this one really sets the tone for this book. I sure want to know what happens next! This one should pique your interest and make you wish for more. Chapter 1 I stepped out into the cold, dark night, searching for a familiar face in the parking lot. With a crumpled fold of white chiffon in my hand, I gently shut the car door, wondering why Eric was nowhere to be found. Locking my silver Volkswagen Beetle with the push of a button, I glided across the black pavement. The incessant clicking of my heels against the ground made me even more aware of my presence in a formal white gown. The Winter Ball had never been my idea, but Eric had insisted, since his antiquated high school did not host dances. Maple Creek High, on the other hand, had no problem renting a Hilton hotel ballroom for the evening. With the rate of tuition increasing every year, the PTA felt no remorse in demanding what they wanted. Inside the ballroom, a cluster of students migrated towards the center of the dance floor. Teenage boys jostled into each other, too distracted by the cleavage-baring dresses worn by their teasing girlfriends. Junior […]

Posted November 27, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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