Interview with Rachel Caine

This interview came about because of a single tweet from last month’s #BHPChat! The question was “What author would you love to have featured on your blog for a guest post or interview?” and I tweeted: A4: I would want to interview @rachelcaine about being a cross genre author and what she's learned. https://t.co/xu0r2RZCBc — Emily (@Emren) February 1, 2017 Rachel Caine contacted me the next day about being interviewed. I can’t express how excited I was to see it. While she is probably most well known for the Morganville Vanpires series, her Weather Warden series has a special place in my heart. I also am eagerly awaiting the release of Ash and Quill, the final installment of The Great Library series that’s due out later this year. Q&A You recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Red Hot Rain, a return to your Weather Wardens series. I can’t wait! Are there any other series you would return to if you had the chance? Absolutely! I really loved the Morganville Vampires series, and I’d love to do some stand-alone books about the older vampires one day. Also, I have an obscure 2-book series called Red Letter Days … would love to get back into that universe! And my Holly and Andrew short stories (I did three of them) really deserve to be expanded into a book. Out of all […]

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments
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March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

February was a disappointing #bookstagram month for me. I didn’t do very well. I have a lot going on in my life right now outside of the book world, but I hope to redeem myself in March. Wish me luck! #beourbookstagrammer hosted by @emileighlatham #grimdragon hosted by @the_infinite_book_dragon and @grimdark_dad #ampersandmarch17 hosted by @commasandampersands #bibliophilespring hosted by @oasisgirlmd and @brumblewumps.books.and.plush #booksofmarch17 hosted by @missgoldblatt #Marchonbooks hosted by @belinda_missen and @hannahplusbooks #springbookishflowers17 hosted by @spinatale, @mo_the_bookish, @tiff_holme, @tarasbookshelf, @charli_the_book_princess #springintobooks17 hosted by @beautybooks, @noplacelikebooks and @plentifulpages #squeakybookishlibrary hosted by @a_tad_bit_bookish, @thesqueakybookcupboard and @ladyofthelibrary #swoonyfictioncolors hosted by @swoonyboys and @JamieArkin #fanaticalbirdmarch hosted by @littleliterarybird and @fanatical.fantasy #UnityinDiversityMarch hosted by @Giota_the_reader, @pikamikareads, @meiiandbooks, @belleslibraryy, & @salzbookden #BookishMusical hosted by @nomilia @storied.adventures @vixenreads @basement_bookcase & @b00kswithmaps #alliwantformarchisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @meiiandbooks @honeydukesbooks & @autumnmaryreads #marchbooksarelit hosted by @mybookinggreatblog @tinybookfort and @stellabookishart #Marchbookstagram hosted by @readwithmikee and @pagewithaview #novelsatnightmar17 Hosted by @avbooklovers

Posted February 28, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Event Recap: Elise Kova

Event Recap: Elise Kova

I don’t go to many author events. There’s a variety of reasons for it. I’m shy in groups, I don’t like crowds and I often don’t have anyone to go with me. It’s no fun to go alone. However, I’ve committed myself to go to three different author events in the next three weeks and I’m determined to enjoy them. If the first event is any indication, I’m in for an amazing 3 weeks. It might have even changed my mind about author events entirely. I ran into Elise out front and got a picture of her with her face. She was just excited about seeing the poster in the window as I was! Here is the set up! It looked so professional. I was lucky to grab a seat up front. There were tons of copies of The Alchemists of Loom too.   The signing was amazing because Elise spent the entire time answering questions about both her series. I also got to see a glimpse of the cover of The Dragons of Nova. I will definitely be participating in the cover reveal, if I get the chance.   My copy of The Prince’s Rogue was the first Elise has seen in person! She said she usually orders one for herself but she hadn’t gotten around to it yet. It was fun to watch because she hadn’t thought […]

Posted February 27, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Dreamland Burning

ARC Review: Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning is beautifully written with a contrast between present day and 1921 and the racial issues that plague the United States. It’s not always a “pleasant” read, but it the impact was enormous. As a white person, it’s painful to read how African Americans were treated in the not-so-long-ago past. To be black and to read this must be an entirely different level of anger and disgust. I liked the characters and how they were from all walks of life, past and present. I think those were really intelligent choices made by the author. For example, the present day teenage main character, Rowan, was a biracial girl living a considerably privileged life. Her family was wealthy, her father was white and from a powerful family, and she went to a private school with mostly white students who she fit in with well because of her finances. This made her somewhat out of touch when it came to situations that afflicted other black Americans who didn’t have the same lifestyle. To balance her out, she had an asexual black best friend who sometimes put her in her place, so to speak. Her job in a clinic was also eye opening for her. On the other hand, the teenage boy from 1921, Will Tillman, presented an entirely different perspective. His journey was obviously the more horrendous because it depicts the […]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Silence Fallen

Waiting on Wednesday: Silence Fallen

We all have our auto-buy authors. Those authors that we buy no matter what they write and when. Patricia Briggs is definitely one of mine. I fell in love with Mercy Thompson years ago with the first book in the series, Moon Called. This series has high stakes and relate-able characters. It’s not easy to read or even easy to like sometimes but it keeps me coming back. I have to know what happens next to Mercy and Adam. This next one is no exception. It sounds like Mercy has gotten herself in real trouble, far away without her support system. I can’t wait to see what happens. Patricia Briggs will be in Houston as part of her release tour and I will be there! I’m waiting to buy this one until I’m there so I can have her sign it. It’s makes the wait longer, but it’s worth it!

Posted February 22, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Books I Loved Less/More than I Thought I Would Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish The Pleasant Surprises Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur I don’t often like poetry, but this book spoke to my soul. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston I wasn’t expecting to love this, but the mystery had me hooked from page one. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon I kind of disliked Everything, Everything because of the ending. I was reluctant to pick this one up. Needless to say, so glad I did! Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw I recieved this in an Uppercase box and was initially SO disappointed. When I finally read it I felt silly for my first reaction. Parts of this book made me giggle out loud. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Every once in awhile a book truly resonates with us. This was one for me. And to think I almost didn’t pick it up at ALA over the summer. The Semi-Disappointments *Disclaimer: There are things I really enjoyed about each of these, but overall they didn’t live up to the hype for me. I would still recommend these books because they’re all good stories. Literally by Lucy Keating Heartless by Marissa Meyer When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Hunted by […]

Posted February 21, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 3 Comments
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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

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

Wintersong 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 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 […]

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments
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Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish All About the Visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels and Picture Books Kendice had written up this Top Ten Tuesday of graphic novels for last week, but I didn’t get it posted in time. I really enjoy her picks though, so I wanted to share them with you. I’m calling this feature Too Late Top Ten Tuesday. I hope that it won’t happen that often, but I could see myself not posting TTT’s on time in the future as well. Sometimes I’m not the best about posting things on time. Have you read any of these? Based on the fight for civil rights and his involvement, this book is captivating and a necessary read for all Americans. It gives you insight into a true American Hero’s experiences. I’ve used this story to teach several times, and even my fourth grade babies have thoroughly enjoyed it. Mortimus is a gentle, zombie soul looking for love. His hilarious mishaps will make readers giggle. This book is a classic and will go down as one of my all time favorite books. It’s about love and sacrifice. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing with your life? 🙂   This just brings me back to my daughter’s toddler years. This book has very limited words, but […]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 0 Comments
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Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Kendice’s Top Ten Romance Books & Movies Movies! Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley This is one of my all time favorite movies. I love the casting, especially Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. The music is beautiful and just adds to the overall feel and slow-burn. I swoon for Mr. Darcy, honestly. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days This movie is so cute. I can’t help but love it and her crazy antics trying to push him away. Plus, I always love a happy ending. Ten Things I Hate About You Heath Ledger was such a hottie. I love the angst and feminism that Julia Stiles brings to the movie as well. (Emily: I absolutely love this movie too. It’s one I can watch over and over again!) Save the Last Dance I’ve watched this movie probably over 50 times, no joke. I think this is the movie that put my attraction to other races into words, so to speak. I felt like their journey was one I could see myself in one day. Ever After: A Cinderella Story Another movie made by the cast, in my opinion. Drew Barrymore was amazing. Plus, I feel like Cinderella retellings are my jam. Books! (Emily: All of Kendice’s picks are great. The only one I haven’t read is the Mara Dyer trilogy. I need to get on that!) A Court of […]

Posted February 14, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 1 Comment
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Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Series: The Bone Witch #1 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco! 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.This story is told straight from the beginning with a narrator and then flash forward interludes between every chapter told from the point of view of a bard who is writing the story. Right from the beginning we know […]

Posted February 13, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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