Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to share this interview with you today. Nicholas Olivo shares some interesting facts about his writing process and his favorite authors. Enjoy! What is your favorite book? The Stand, by Stephen King. When I was in high school they released an uncut version of the book with a bunch more characters and scenes that werenÂ’t included in the original. Each of the characters has a unique personality and motivation and you can tell whoÂ’s speaking even without dialog tags. What writers influenced you the most? Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher and Lester Dent. King for his characterizations, Brooks for his fantastic plots, Butcher for introducing me to urban fantasy, and Dent for the structure I followed when writing the Doc Graystone Adventures. What book are you reading now? IÂ’m listening to the audiobook of The Harvest, by Chuck Wendig. ItÂ’s the final book of a trilogy, and even though I just started, I can tell itÂ’s going to be a heck of a ride. Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? I usually spend a few days sketching out what will happen in a story (or a few weeks if itÂ’s a novel). Once I have the plot and characters established, I write 2,000 words a day, every day, until itÂ’s done. If […]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 1 Comment
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Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: Joining in as a New Blogger & Giveaway

Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: Joining in as a New Blogger & Giveaway

As a new blogger, it can be really hard to join in. I know this from experience as I’ve been blogging for only 5 months. When you jump into blogging, it can be very intimidating because you are entering in a small community of tight knit friends. Beginning blogging, I noticed the friendships and the community right away and all I could think was, “THAT! That’s what I want.” Still it was daunting to jump in. I often wondered (and sometimes still do), what I have to offer this community that isn’t already here. So how did I get past that and start making friends? Two very important ways. The first is an attitude adjustment on my part. I am the only one of me in existence and I try to remember that I enrich this community just by being myself. I admit, this is a bit of a struggle for me. However, everyday I remind myself that I’m enough. You are too. Second, I say yes. When I see an opportunity to join and be a part of something in the blogging world, I jump at the chance. I’ve only been blogging for 5 months, however, I’m part of 2 street teams and tour host for several tours. I’m participating in #OTSPSecretSister and I’ve made tons of friends there. I’m a blogger pen pal. I was matched up with […]

Posted September 16, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway, Special Feature / 23 Comments
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Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson Published by Simon Pulse on January 20th 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Death & Dying, Boys & Men, Comics & Graphic Novels, General Pages: 336 Source: Free for Review Goodreads Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived. Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts. But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so heÂ’s determined to make things right. HeÂ’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all. But Death is not easily placated, and DrewÂ’s life will have to get worse […]

Posted September 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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My first Bloggiesta!

My first Bloggiesta!

For once, I found out about an event in time to sign up for it! Bloggiesta is a bi-annual sprint that challenges you to work hard and get things done on your blog. I’ve been working hard this month as it is. I’ve gotten into a blogging groove, set myself some goals and expectations and a slight schedule. This is a way to formally announce what I hope to accomplish, and maybe have you help hold me accountable! I think that goals are important. If you don’t challenge yourself to do better, then nothing ever changes. Participating is Bloggiesta is easy! If you want to sign up, post your To Do List and then go link up here! So this is my To Do list for this Bloggiesta! Get one month ahead on all posts with 3 posts a week Create a post idea list Bloghop and comment on 10 blogs Cross post review backlog (EW, GR, LT, Amazon) Update my 2015 reads Do 2 mini challenges I created an email list, thanks to Nosegraze  I got my email down to inbox zero, thanks to Guiltless Reading I think this is a fairly ambitious to do list for my first Bloggiesta. There are a few things on this list I’ve already started on. Hopefully this will help keep the momentum. I hope that you decide to join bloggiesta as well! Comment below […]

Posted September 13, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 12 Comments
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Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page     I’m so happy to be able to share an interview with Gwen Mitchell today. Her book, Rain of Ash looks like a great mix of fantasy and romance. Best of all, she has an entire series planned to go with it. Enjoy! 1. Tell us about yourself. I work an office job to pay the bills and try to balance my free time between adventures with my friends/boyfriend and writing. When I’m stuck on a story, I cook, craft, and paint (or read!). Health and nutrition are my other passions, and I plan to go back to school for my MS in Nutrition. In the meantime, my life is about travel and experiences – filling the well. 2. What is your favorite book? If I have to pick just one, it’s still actually a trilogy: the first 3 Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey. I love getting lost in the depth and richness of her world and characters. I’m on my 2nd or 3rd copies of them, and they are still well-worn because I reread them often. 3. Tell us about your book. Rain of Ash is about a reborn Zyne witch who has tried to escape her painful past, but gets pulled back in when she becomes the target of her family’s curse and her Oracle powers are […]

Posted September 11, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 4 Comments
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ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

Rooville: A Novel by Julie Long Published by SparkPress on September 8th 2015 Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. HeÂ’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When heÂ’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He canÂ’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’s about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold […]

Posted September 8, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 1st 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Westerns Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.      In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.    I had heard a lot about Vengeance Road before I had the opportunity to read it. I’m on Erin Bowman’s street team. To be honest though, I’m not exactly sure how that happened. I wasn’t sure I would be accepted to review this book because I am a newer blogger and I don’t have the impressive history or reader stats. All I have is my enthusiasm and my love of books! So I was thrilled when I got the email of […]

Posted September 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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Queen of Shadows is finally here!

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

I am one of three people on twitter who isn’t caught up enough to read Queen of Shadows today. I know. I know. I’m really hurting right now. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME! Despite that, I have read Throne of Glass and Assassin’s Blade and I’m reading Crown of Midnight right now. I am loving this series and I’m so glad that I don’t have to wait to read the next one when I finish Heir of Fire! There are some perks to discovering a series late! If you have no idea what series I’m talking about you are in luck! Today I’m part of a release blitz that is giving away the first 3 books  in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. This is your chance to celebrate the hugely anticipated release of the fifth volume of this series by winning the first three! Plus, if you are caught up but your pre-order hasn’t arrived yet, you can read the first 5 chapters here for free!! Scroll down and check that out!  Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS Author: Sarah J. Maas Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Pages: 656 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads   Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.   Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 4 Comments
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ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey Series: Hunter #1 Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015 Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult Pages: 254 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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#SBPT Summer Wrap Up

#SBPT Summer Wrap Up

  Being involved in The Book Bratz Summer Blogger Promo Tour was a fantastic opportunity and I’m so grateful and honored that I had the chance. I loved getting to know the other bloggers. When I started this tour I felt so new and I didn’t know anyone. Now I feel like I’m a part of a big blogger family. I feel so lucky that I had the chance to do this and I’m already looking forward to next year! I wanted to include the posts that I did this year, just in case you missed one. I had so much fun talking to the other bloggers in my group and planning these posts that it would be a real shame if you didn’t have the chance to read them all. Week 1, Sunday, July 5th: Offbeat YA Roberta at the Offbeat YA has a very specific genre love. She loves Afterlife stories. Stories about what happens to people after they die. I thought this was fascinating and I was so pleased when she agreed to write a post recommending her favorite books in this genre. Week 2, Sunday, July 12th: The Book Bratz  I asked The Book Bratz to allow me to repost one of their favorite blog posts. They sure chose a doozy for me! I didn’t even know about a slight blogging scandal last year that happened with a bingo […]

Posted August 30, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour / 1 Comment
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