#BookBlogWriMo Day 12 – My Favorite Reviews

Day 12

I tried to pick out a few different types of reviews that I’ve written. Each of these below was written with a small flair or an emotional edge. Some are more positive than others, though I enjoyed all of the books below. Take a look for yourself. Which of my reviews do YOU like best?

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart

From The Wreckage by Michele G. Miller

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Smother by Lindy Zart

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 12

I am thankful for weekends. Having the chance to decompress and spend time with my family is a wonderful feeling.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 10 – Ten Of My Many Favorite Books

Day 10

I have SO many favorite books, so this was a hard list for me to make. I tried to pick books that have significance to me.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
More information about this book will come in a post later on during Book Blog Writing Month.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
We actually just got this amazing fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter to add to our collection. We pre-ordered from Amazon because the price was so amazing. By the look of it, it’s still great. JKR will be releasing each book in this format for the next six years. It will be a great way to introduce our son to the series when we start reading it to him in a few years. (This would make an AWESOME holiday gift, as well. Just some suggestions!)

The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
This series is about witchcraft and completely brought me into this incredible world about magic. I’ve read the series multiple times now and still have an emotional reaction to it.

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
This book was gifted to me by a previous coworker and I’ve been reading it to my son every morning before I drop him off at day care. It has become out little tradition. A review of this book will be coming soon. It is AMAZING. I have officially become a Nancy Tillman fan.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This is a nostalgia book for me. I read it in high school and became very attached to it. It was my first journey into the world of Nicholas Sparks.

The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series by Michele G. Miller
This series was my first introduction to Michele’s literature. I steadily fell in love with Xander and there was no turning back once I hopped onto this adventure. When she asked me to edit for her, I definitely couldn’t say no!

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The perspective and message within these dark novels really struck a cord with me. If you haven’t read these yet, you should hop on board the Hunger Games train. And I don’t mean the one to the Capital. The movies are also incredible; while there are bits missing from the books, they are depicted very well!

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
One of the best children’s books to exist. My family had my best friend make me a baby shower cake of The Giving Tree. My guests also signed the inside cover. I will always have a special place for this one.

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
Seriously one of my favorite books of Lindy’s. Also one of my favorite reviews that I’ve written. (Find it here.)

Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
This is the book that the Broadway musical Wicked is based off of. Gregory Maguire is a very talented author with quite a bit to say. His tongue-in-cheek style mixed with his knack for twisting fairy tales and traditional stories makes each of his stories a new experience. You can see my review of Wicked here.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 10

I am thankful for my parents. As I write this, I realize there is no way words can do my thanks justice, however. They’ve been there through thick and thin, raised me “right” and given me the tools I need to succeed. They’ve supported me in all of my passions and my crazy endeavors, and they’ve helped guide me through my new adventure of parenthood. Through my many scraped knees, teary moments, silly laughs, onstage adventures, and everything else – I couldn’t be more grateful. ❤

#BookBlogWriMo2015 Day 2 – About The Blogger and Thanks

The Blogger Behind the Blog – Who Am I & Why Am I Blogging?

Amazingly enough, I’m not incredibly fascinating. I know that’s a shock. 😉 I’m just your rebatmangular book nerd… who may or may not be a superhero.

Beyond my book blogging world, I am an editor, human resources professional, mom, theater geek, artist, wife, daughter, sister, student, friend, and goofball. I’m inquisitive and enjoy a good challenge.

I’ve always had an opinion, but not always an outlet to share it. Here I get to read and review and make the world a bit more bookish one review at a time. My husband and I collect books. We both love to read, and our son hopefully will as well.

My newest role is being a mom. My little one is a bit over two months old and he’s perfect. 🙂 His library is already pretty massive. So many wonderful children’s books that I will probably begin reviewing on here, too.

Now onto why I blog – It’s fun. It feels good. I love the excitement of the book world. Getting lost in a book and sharing that adventure, at least on some level, is the perfect outlet for a blog. To be honest, there is no succinct reason why I blog. Before blogging, I didn’t even know this independent world of literature existed… and I’m so glad I’m a part of it now. Blogging allowed me to meet Michele and fulfill my editing dreams. I’ve been able to (digitally) meet so many wonderful authors through blogging. Eventually I will go to a convention. Until then, I’ll keep on blogging.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 2

I am thankful for each new day. Every morning that I wake up is another morning to live. Every morning someone I love wakes up is another day with them in my life. We often go through the motions of our days – wake up, eat, do things, sleep, repeat – and take them for granted.

 

What have I been up to lately?

Life sure does have a habit of hopping in the way of, well, life. At least that’s how it was for the first few months of this year. This life, however, is one I’m so excited about. I’ve been “growing a baby” since January and I can’t wait to meet him. While this little bundle of crazy kicks and internal snuggles is growing, I’ve also been doing some other fun things.

I’ve been working my regular job and continuing my grad school work slowly but surely.

Beyond that, I’ve been working my fun job! Editing! Earlier in the year, I edited Michele’s newest book Into The Fire. This book is so well-written – you can read my review on Amazon here. The last couple of months have been spent doing a cover-to-cover re-release edit of both of Michele G. Miller’s Prophecy of Tyalbrook books. Let me start out by saying that Never Let You Fall was my first introduction to Michele. I got it for free as a special deal when I got my Kindle and figured “Hey, why not?” Prior to this I really hadn’t read much indie work… then BAM! I met Skye and Xander, and then searched Michele’s author page on Facebook. The rest is really history… At this point, I’ve edited five of her books on some level.

Now I’m back at reading again and it’s wonderful.

For those of you who visit my blog regularly, you may have noticed there has been a significant face lift. I’ve edited my pages, added surveys for book review requests and editing service inquiries. I also added a glossary of the reviews I’ve posted to this blog. I’m liking it thus far.

 

What have you been up to? Are you reading anything interesting? Share below!

E: Editing

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Ever since I was a little bookworm, I consume literature like a mad woman. The books spanned all over many genres and were a wide array of reading levels since I was above my age expectation. I always read ahead in class when most others were moving at a slower pace and I tended to get into trouble for reading books under my desk during other subjects. I remember being excited for D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time, pulling out my book and happily floating along the pages. (This particular memory has me reading one of the Wayside School books.)

Being the bookworm that I was, I found out pretty quickly that I had a knack for reading a professionally published piece of literature and finding errors that were missed by the editors. It was like a little game of mine. As I have grown older, this skill has only grown, along with my passion for reading. After a double major is English and Journalism in undergrad, I decided to start this blog over a year ago so I could combine a few joys of mine and share them with those who have similar interests. Little did I know my editing skills would find a home as well.

I have had the truly wonderful opportunity to edit for Michele G Miller for almost a year now and I’m loving every minute of it. There is something soothing and natural to me about editing pieces of literature. A comma here. An extra word there. A suggestion on wording down there. On top of this, I have an appreciation for the creative license that every writer holds; sometimes the story requires some funky punctuation choices and at other times it needs something more rigid. Being an indie editor has allowed me to adapt, but also to have my own voice. It’s my own little mark on the indie world that I have come to love so much.

A: An Announcement or Two

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I am participating in the A To Z Challenge again this year. I did this last year when I was first taking off with my blog, so what better way to get back into the swing of things than to hop on board the alphabet train again? Today’s letter is A! So I have a few announcements to kick this all off.im back doctor

Get back into the swing of things? Well, some of you may have noticed that I went from posting all the time to suddenly being very MIA since the new year started… Well… I’ve got a really good reason… Baby Announcement

Luckily, I’m getting back into the swing of things. My energy is coming back and I’m reading again. (I know! It was so strange going so long without really reading a book for pleasure.)

96d90-into2bthe2bfire_final_highI also finished editing another book for Michele G. Miller: Into The Fire. It is so freakin’ good. I swear. Her books just keep getting better! Best yet, it released this weekend, so you can get a copy of your own!! I will post a review in the next couple of days, but definitely head over to Amazon, B&N, or anywhere else you can get awesome books and pick this one up. You won’t regret it!! Here are some order links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EOdct4
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1zMsSK8
B&N: http://bit.ly/1Fe6hgv
Kobo: http://bit.ly/18KvWR8

 

So, since it’s been a while… Let’s kick things off on the right foot… or the left if you’re a marching band geek like me…

It's Wednesday! What are you rading

 

Cover Reveal – Into The Fire – Michele G Miller

 
 
 
Release Date: Sunday 3/29/2015
Title: Into The Fire
Series: Wrecked: Book one
Author: Michele G. Miller
 
At fifteen, an accident turned my world upside down. Scarred in every way possible, I shut down, finding comfort by self-inflicting pain.
I’ve grown accustomed to the truths of my life, but I’m tired.
Tired of this reality…
Tired of the need…
Of the pain…
I’m weary of being this person…
Of being alone…
Though, I’m more afraid of letting someone in.
It’s been five years.
Can I return home and face my fears? Overcome the pain?
It’s time to find out.
For too long, the story of my life has been one of horror.
I want my fairy tale.
I want my prince, my happily ever after.
The question is, does it want me?
*This is a standalone novel following a character introduced in the From The Wreckage series. It is not necessary to read that series to enjoy this story.*


 

 

 

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1zMsSK8
Michele writes novels with fairytale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.
Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of
Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter!
Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 

#BookBlogWriMo Day 27 – Authors I’m Thankful For and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 27 – Authors I’m Thankful For

I am thankful for all authors, but there are definitely a few standouts for me that have made an impact on my life:

  • S.E. Hinton – She was the first author who inspired me to do more. She wrote my favorite book, The Outsiders, as a teenager.
  • J.K. Rowling – Growing up with Harry Potter completely changed my life. I actually can’t imagine what life would have been like without the yearly book and movie releases. I love that I can keep going back to these books and relive everything all over again. I’m so thankful to JKR for introducing me to such a wonderful world.
  • Michele G. Miller – Blogging is pretty great, especially because you get to meet awesome authors. Sometimes these authors become your friends. Sometimes you get to do work for them. I get the best of both these worlds – I edit her incredible books and have gained a friend in the process.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 27

I am thankful for family tradition and Thanksgiving. I love that I can count on certain things to happen at this time every year. I love that I get to spend time with my family and closest friends.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – My Top Ten Posts and Thanks

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11 – #TopTuesday – My Most Popular Posts of All Time

I have actually never used this feature on my blog before, so it was really interesting to see what posts have accumulated a following and what ones aren’t as popular. Here are my top ten posts so far. My blog has only recently begun gaining more traffic as I’ve been posting more, but I’m excited to see what has been doing well.

#10 C: The Four C’s to a Great Book and a Successful Review From Me – 4/4/2014 – 22 views – This is actually one of my favorite posts on this blog. It pretty much spells it all out – what I review and what it takes to get a good rating from me. I have received some great feedback for this post and it’s a great reference for authors and other bloggers who are looking for ideas on a reviewing system.

#9 Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway – Inevitable Detour by S.R. Grey – 10/10/2014 – 22 views – Blog tours are always great traffic drivers.

#8 Book Boyfriends and Lady Loves – Updated 2/6/2014 – 23 views – Ah, another one of my favorite posts on this blog. I haven’t updated this in a while, so I’m due for another few lovely fellers and ladies.

#7 #BookBlogWriMo Day 1 – The History of My Blog and Thanks – 11/1/2014 – 26 views – Self explanatory. From just a few days ago!

#6 Book Review: From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller – 7/9/2014 – 29 views – For those who don’t know, I am Michele’s editor. This is awesome. Beyond awesome, really. I met Michele through my blogging, joined her street team, then the rest is history. I started editing for her on the third book in this series – All That Remains. This series is awesome and Michele is a phenomenal author.

#5 A Little Bit About Me and My Love For Books – 3/7/2014 – 32 views – This post has a whole lot of information about me in interview-ish form. Worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more.

#4 Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – 2/27/2014 – 37 views – My first ever book review! Not really a huge fan of the book, though. Ha!

#3 My First Rafflecopter Giveaway – 10/24/2014 – 50 views – Another milestone! Hoping to do a huge giveaway in January when my blog hits one year!

#2 Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway – #Nerd by Cambria Hebert – 11/3/2014 – 51 views – Part of a blog tour, #Nerd was a fun read and I’m excited that the next book will be coming out soon. 🙂 If there’s a tour for that one, I will definitely be participating.

#1 Blog Tour – Review – Unlit Star by Lindy Zart – 10/10/2014 – 95 views! – This is one of the most incredible books I have read. When I go into the search stats for my blog (aka, how people found my blog and posts) many of them have been searches for “Unlit Star” and the various characters and plot points within. I’m always on board for Lindy Zart’s book tours, as she’s one of my favorite authors.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 11

I am thankful for all of those military men and women – past and present – who put their lives on the line each day.