Category: Blog Tour

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Posted March 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Top 10 / 1 Comment

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin, Kelly McMenamin
Published by Sterling on March 14th 2017
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 256
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Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever! Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.   Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

Pixies Did It Website: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/
Pixies Did It Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixiesDidIt

I posted this on twitter last night. Organization is HUGE in my life. If I wasn’t organized I wouldn’t be able to work 3 jobs, run a small business, volunteer, run a blog and jump start a family. I often fall off the wagon but I always end up coming back to a need to know everything that’s going on in my life and have it written down.

We are on Spring Break this week and of course I have a to do list. A big one was reorganize my pantry. Suddenly having two growing boys in my house has been a little big of a shock. Man, do they like to eat! I needed room in my cupboards for cereal and snacks that I’ve never used before. I ended up going through all my baking supplies. Because I didn’t even know what I had, I ended up rebuying things. A lot. I’m ashamed to admit that I found FIVE bags of sugar in my cupboard. FIVE. This is a start and I’m looking forward to this book to help me organize even further. These 10 tips came a long at exactly the right time for me!

Top Ten Pixie Tips

1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!  

2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.  

3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.

4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.

5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.

6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.

7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.

8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)

9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.

10. There’s no best way to organize—just the best one for you!

About the Authors


–Bio: Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin are sisters, professional organizers, personality-type experts, and founders of PixieDidIt! Their business is an outgrowth of buttoned-up hedge fund analyst Kelly spending 30-odd years trying and failing to get her messy older sister Katie, a writer, to be more organized. Countless fights ensued until they had an idea: What if there is more than one way to organize? Today, they spend the bulk of their time organizing for clients, writing for their website, and giving talks on how to organize according to your personality type. Kelly lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and Katie lives in their hometown, the Land of Champions, aka Cleveland, OH, with her husband and three daughters.

Giveaway:

1 Finished Copy of ORGANIZE YOUR WAY (US Only)

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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N

Q&A

I enjoyed Wintersong but the thing that intrigued me the most was the setting. Especially because I’m such a huge fan of the movie. I’m thrilled that I got the chance to interview S. Jae Jones about it and ask my most pressing questions.

When I first read the description of Wintersong, I immediately thought of the Jim Henson movie, Labyrinth. Where you a fan of it before you wrote this book? If yes, who is your favorite character? If no, have you watched it now?

Yes, I was absolutely a fan of the Jim Henson film. My favorite character is obviously the Goblin King, but I love, love, love the Worm. I don’t know why, but every time he says “’Allo” and “Nah, I’m just a worm” I crack up.

I love how you wove music throughout Wintersong. Liesel has an aptitude for composing. Which, if any instruments do you play? Have you ever composed music to go along with your writing or did you have a specific playlist you listened to while writing Wintersong?

I am a true musical dilettante in that I play quite a few instruments but am a master of none. I’ve studied voice and piano the longest, but I also play the flute, guitar, harp, clarinet, and percussion. Unfortunately, I’m not a composer. I, like Josef, am an interpreter, not a creator. However, I did create quite a few playlists for Wintersong, with both instrumental and lyrical music. I listened to the instrumental playlist while writing, and compiled a playlist of songs during the revision process.

Are you a fan of more classical music or more current music? What are some favorites of yours?

I genuinely don’t have a preference, and in fact, you will find that classical music and current pop music hits aren’t all that different structurally. I love anything with a catchy and memorable melody, from Taylor Swift to Mozart.

Is Wintersong a retelling of the poem Der Erlkönig? What drew you to the poem and the story?

Wintersong isn’t a strict retelling of Goethe’s poem, but the figure of Der Erlkönig or a “fairy king” exists in many forms across Europe. I love the intersection between fairy folklore and the concept of death (I’m very goth, but a cheerful one), and I wanted to explore that. The Germanic setting actually came first because I wanted to write about music, and I specifically wanted to write about Mozart (and his older sister). In the end, I never did write about Mozart, but I was influenced by the musical zeitgeist of his time—the transition from Classical to Romantic. Franz Schubert actually wrote a Lieder set to Goethe’s poem, and he was a rising star of this exact time period.

I read on twitter that there might be a Wintersong two in the works. Can you confirm or deny this rumor?

Confirmed. The sequel will be out in 2018. J

About the Author

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

 

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

2/13: The Irish Banana Review – Review

2/14: That Artsy Reader Girl – Mood Board

2/15: Pandora’s Books – Review

2/16: Swoony Boys Podcast – This Or That

2/17: Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review

Week 2:

2/20: Emily Reads Everything – Q&A

2/21: Quite the Novel Idea – Review

2/22: A Binding Attraction – Makeup Inspirations

2/23: Fiction Fare – Review

2/24: Icey Designs – Quote Candy 

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of WINTERSONG (US Only)

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Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As […]

Posted February 10, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom

ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom

Proud member of the This book blew my mind! I’m a huge fan of Steampunk and I’m always on the lookout for books in that genre. They are few and far between. Even when a book is billed as steampunk, its hard to find one with the right combination of gritty technology and magic. Alchemists of Loom hits the sweet spot. There are guns and bombs and gears and airships and plenty more elements that make for true steampunk. Elise Kova also weaves in tons of magic and mystery. This book nails the genre. What made this book a new favorite though was the unique setting. Loom and Nova are like nowhere I’ve ever read about before. Elise weaves the information about the setting throughout the story without ever committing the sin of the infodump. It was surprising to me because its so subtle. Throughout the book, I kept thinking, I wish I knew more about the world. Tell me MORE. Then when the book was over, I was describing it to a friend and I realized that I knew so much more than I thought I did. All the little details that I love about fantasy were in the narrative. I learned everything I could have wanted to about the world without even realizing it. The world is deliciously complex. I can’t explain it with the depth and […]

Posted January 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC Review: Flashfall

FFBC Review: Flashfall

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer Published by Henry Holt and Co. on November 15th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city. But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Flashfall is set in a dystopian world after some sort of nuclear war. Everything is covered in radiation. Orion, Dram and the rest of the people in Outpost Five are all Subpar so they have adapted to have some sort of radiation resistance. Flashfall’s […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie Published by Merit Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 288 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Charlotte was kidnapped and and held by a monster for over 4 years. During that time, she held onto the thought that her […]

Posted November 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1 Published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on October 4th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic Pages: 386 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads You have magic. One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing. Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical. Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her. Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath. I read a few reviews (when will I learn?!?) and I talked to a few people. It made me a little concerned. I really wanted to like this book. Now that I’ve read […]

Posted October 21, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments
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FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 25th 2016 Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian Revolution has just begun… Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I was definitely expecting some sort of fairy tale retelling when I picked this one up. Right on the back, is says […]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 4 Comments
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Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

A mystery is unfolding over the course of the next six days. Do you have the nerve to to accept the challenge of solving the mystery. Who is the girl behind the blog? Follow all the stops to learn more and to see where the story will go!! Hosted by http://hauntedorchid.blogspot.com/ PART III As the five sat down, too intrigued to even consider leaving, a mysterious voice, unlike the first one, poured through the walls once more, “Excellent, my dears! So wonderful that you have decided to stay and see the investigation through to the end. Now, if you would be so kind as to read over the case details within the folders upon the tables.” As one, they grabbed a folder and began to read: Dear Sleuths, All we know of the missing is, well, rather vague as they were a shadowy member of the Society. But, we are duty bound to locate her, as our foundress, even though we know next to nothing about her. A love of mysteries and solving them; short, dark hair and eyes are all small characteristics that we know about her. Where she came from, in her words, “Everywhere and yet nowhere,” Last known location, here, at the Society’s castle; where we held our last meeting as we tried to….well that’s unimportant right now. As far as we knew, she was there and […]

Posted October 19, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features / 0 Comments
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Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky Published by Scholastic Press on October 11th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The Robots Are Rising Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders . . . It’s his memories. Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves. With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last? This dystopian has robots, genetically engineered pets and monsters lurking […]

Posted October 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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