Monday, January 24, 2011

Giveaway at Jennifer Lauren's Blog

Jennifer Laurens is hosting a great giveaway on her blog! 10 people will take their pick at winning one of the following books: Heavenly, Penitence, Absolution, or A Season of Eden. Check out my review of Heavenly by clicking HERE. It was amazing!!! See Below to check out the awesome book trailers for these books!

Click HERE to enter Jennifer Lauren's contest.

Also feel free to enter my 2011 Young Adult ARC of your choice giveaway, click HERE to enter.


Here are the book trailers:







Saturday, January 22, 2011

International Giveaway: 2011 ARC Of Your Choice Just By Spreading The Word About Beth Revis' Across The Universe Contest!!



Update to my giveaway:
Want to win a 2011 or 2010 ARC of your choice? You have a GREAT CHANCE OF WINNING since there are VERY LOW ENTRIES!!! Entry is super easy. Just spread the word about Beth Revis' Across The Universe Contest that she's hosting on her blog via blog sidebar, blog post, twitter, or facebook and list me as the referrer on her contest form:
Referrer:Elise @ Bookish Delights: http://bookishdelights.blogspot.com)!

Beth Revis' Contest Link: http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/2011/01/launch-contest-now-with-more-epic.html

Beth Revis is hosting two INTERNATIONAL contests ending January 31, 2011:
1. Referral Contest
2. Picture with Across The Universe Book Contest

To enter my INTERNATIONAL ARC giveaway you only have to enter the REFERRAL contest. Unless you also want to enter her other contest.
Ends January 31, 2011.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER MY INTERNATIONAL 2011/2010 ARC OF YOUR CHOICE GIVEAWAY (INCLUDES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TOO)!

(I have disabled comments on this post to avoid misplaced entries.)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Follow Friday is Here!!



I am participating in the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosted by parajunkee. I hope to discover new book blogs and hopefully gain some new followers too that are interested in my book blog!


Also check out my giveaway(click here)!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

International Across The Universe Contest By Beth Revis!!!! Plus My Own Across The Universe ARC Giveaway & Other 2011 YA ARCS Giveaway!!!

Beth Revis is having an INTERNATIONAL Across The Universe contest on her blog. If you spread the word about her contest via your blog sidebar, twitter, or facebook and LIST ME AS THE PERSON WHO REFERRED YOU ON HER CONTEST FORM(Elise @ Bookish Delights) you can enter my Across The Universe ARC giveaway (SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR MY FULL CONTEST DETAILS). I will also give you an option to win other great 2011 YA ARCs. To enter Beth's giveaway Click Here for her contest information and link to her contest form. Her contest has been extended to Jan 31, 2011 so get your entries in soon if you decide to enter. Her contest is INTERNATIONAL for all prizes(except for the water bottles which is US Only).

Check out Beth Revis' contest prizes - You can win a bunch of awesome prizes, including signed Hardcovers of ATU, copies of the ATU audiobook, 50 custom metal ATU water bottles, an iPod nano touch, secret hidden prizes and more!!


I am entering for Beth Revis' Referral Prize on her blog. I hope to have the most referrals for people to enter her contest in order for me to hopefully win a prize. And to give you incentive to enter her contest and list me as the referrer, I will be offering up my own Across The Universe ARC giveaway so you have double the chances to win this fabulous book. I am also offering other great 2010 and 2011 ARCs if you choose to win a different ARC.

HERE ARE MY GIVEAWAY PRIZES:

If I have 1-11 Referrals,
You can win an ARC of Across The Universe or any of these 2010 ARCs:



If I have 12 or more Referrals,
You can win any of the previously listed ARCs or any of these 2011 ARCs:


If I win Beth Revis' Referral Prize by having the most referrals, You have an option of winning any of the previously listed ARCs or any of these highly anticipated 2011 ARCs:



How to Enter the International 2011/2010 ARC of Your Choice Giveaway on my blog:

1. Spread the word about Beth Revis' Across The Universe Contest that she is hosting on her blog through your blog sidebar, twitter, facebook, or blog post. ONE way is fine. Below is the link to her contest which ends January 31, 2011:
Beth Revis Contest Link:
http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/2011/01/launch-contest-now-with-more-epic.html


2. THEN Fill Out the form for Beth Revis' contest. Just enter the Referral Entry on her form(she'll ask you to provide your blog/twitter/facebook link where you spread the word about her ATU contest) and you MUST LIST ME AS THE ONE WHO REFERRED YOU to her giveaway (click here for link):
Referrer: Elise @ Bookish Delights: http://bookish-delights.blogspot.com.

Important Note: Her form has two contests(Picture with ATU Book Entry
OR Referral Entry). You do NOT have to submit a picture with you posing with the Across The Universe book to enter her giveaway. Skip this part on the form if you want. Just enter the Referral Entry(below is example). You Only have to fill out what I have highlighted in PURPLE on HER contest form to enter my ARC of your choice giveaway.

Beth Revis' contest form looks like this:
Name - fill out
Email - fill out
(The next two questions after this have to do with entering the ATU photo contest, so disregard or answer "NO" to the next two questions, unless you want to submit a photo, which you do
NOT have to do to enter. The next questions after that are for referral prize entry and who referred you. You MUST fill these two out).
Referral Prize Entry - (you must list YOUR blog/twitter/or facebook link) where you spread the word about Beth Revis' Across The Universe giveaway.
Who Referred you to this contest - YOU MUST LIST ME AS THE PERSON WHO REFERRED YOU in order for you to enter my ARC of your choice giveaway. List Referrer As:
Elise @ Bookish Delights: http://bookish-delights.blogspot.com


3. Once you've done the above, you can enter my 2011/2010 ARC of your choice Giveaway on my blog.

In a comment below, enter:
1. Your Real Name(first and last initial)
2. GFC name(only if you are a follower but you don't have to be)
3. Your Email
4. Let me know that you listed me as the referrer to Beth Revis' ATU giveaway (this will be verified).

My giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! My giveaway ends January 31, 2011. But if I only have a few referrals, I will extend the giveaway to a later date.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT MY 2011/2010 ARC Of Your Choice GIVEAWAY:
+3 A BLOG POST
+2 BLOG SIDEBAR
+2 FACEBOOK
+2 TWITTER

Let me know in a comment below the ways you spread the word about my giveaway and include links please, along with your email. Without links I can't count it.

Help Spread The Word!!!


Winner Announcement: Human Blend

The winner of a signed paperback copy of Human Blend by Lori Pescatore is....



# 250 CATARINA from Portugal! Congratulations!! I have emailed you Catarina. Thanks to everyone who entered this international giveaway.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dreaming Of Books Giveaway Hop


I am participating in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Martha's Bookshelf are hosting the Giveaway Hop.

I will be giving away:
1 signed paperback copy of Human Blend by Lori Pescatore

Summary: Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed.

Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, anyone can enter.
Must Be A GFC Follower
Ends 1/17/11

TO ENTER: FILL OUT THIS FORM (CLICK LINK)

Comments while appreciated, will not count as an entry.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Winner Announcement: Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens + Book Bag


The lucky WINNER of a signed paperback copy of Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens AND a book bag (winner's choice) is.....



#9 JESSIE E. from The Elliott Review!

Congratulations Jessie! I will email you now. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I d
id! Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway.

If you didn't win this giveaway, feel free to enter my other giveaway going on right now - a signed copy of Human Blend by Lori Pescatore which ends 1/14/11! It is a YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi Thriller. Click HERE to enter this giveaway.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge @ The Story Siren



I will be participating in The Story Siren's 2011 Debut Author Challenge. As the challenge states, I will read at least 12 YA or Middle Grade debut authors in 2011. Here are some titles I am looking forward to reading (subject to change):

-Hourglass
-Wither
-Unearthly
-Angelfire
-Warped
-The Iron Thorn
-The Emerald Atlas
-Wildefire
-A Touch Mortal
-Across The Universe
-Vesper
-Timeless
-Wake Unto Me

If you are interested in participating, check out The Story Siren's blog by clicking HERE.


Review: Human Blend by Lori Pescatore

Title: Human Blend by Lori Pescatore
Publisher: Self Published, CreateSpace (June 2010)
Paperback: 234 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Author for Honest Review
ISBN-10: 1453765131
ISBN-13: 9781453765135
Rating: 4 Stars



SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads): Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed.


MY THOUGHTS:
Human Blend brings a refreshing creative edge to science fiction. What I liked was that it was more than just contemporary science fiction, blending in the intrigue of a mystery, thriller, and a romance, which satisfies a wider reader base. Showcasing unique paranormal beings with multifaceted special abilities, these human blends and earthlings are not only interesting, they are well developed characters. The story starts off a little slow, but quickly picks up the pace soon after, and was full of suspense and action.

The basis of the story is that Laney runs away from her unpleasant past life where she was being taken advantage of by a group of men who used her special abilities to their advantage. She creates a new identity as Julie in Marion, Virginia, but her past comes back to haunt her, so we get to see how Julie deals with this and how her special abilities play an important role. Julie has to learn to trust people again, despite her bad experience before, if she is to survive in the world again. Julie’s bravery and fear are so well captured that you can’t help but be emotionally drawn to her. The bad guys were well written since I loathed them so much, being extremely dangerous, cruel, and merciless. They were very realistic and believable. And when the cat and mouse chase started, I found myself drawn to the book and I was suspicious of everyone. Early on in the book, I didn’t know who to trust, for Julie’s sake.

I enjoyed learning about Julie’s past through occasional flashbacks and about her paranormal side and special abilities from her mentors. There are secrets that are withheld that are slowly revealed as you read the book, which keeps you entertained.

There is also a heartwarming side to this book that looks at Julie’s role as a healer in the hospital. What fascinated me the most was the ability of Julie to heal the sick with just a touch. And the love triangle that surfaces between Julie and Austin, the boy she meets initially, and a doctor, named Eli definitely brings some excitement, sexual tension, and jealousy. There are some sexual references, but nothing too graphic, so this book is more suitable for older teens and adults.

What I disliked was how quick the romantic relationships formed in the book - within a few days. Also, there were a lot of supporting characters that I wish were explored more in depth, since I didn't really get to know them that well. But Human Blend is the first book in this trilogy, so I'm sure the author will shed more light on some of these characters in book two.


Human Blend gives hope that regardless of the difficulties you’ve experienced in life, it’s possible to recover and be able to really live again. I enjoyed reading this book! If you love science fiction that is innovative, you will want to read this book. And for those who tend to not read science fiction, there is enough romance, mystery, and action in this science fiction book to keep you interested.

Author Lori Pescatore Interview + Book Giveaway




I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Pescatore, the author of Human Blend. Human Blend is her first book in the Human Blend trilogy. My review of Human Blend can be found here.



Here is what Lori had to say in her interview:

Tell us five interesting facts about yourself.
1. I've been a Preschool Teacher for over 15 years. 14 of those years at one school.
2. I've been married for 28 years to the same man, we met on a blind date when I was 18 years old.
3. In 2008 my husband gifted me with my dream car, a black Ford Mustang.
4. I have two precious sons who are now grown men.
5. In 2010 I published my first novel, Human Blend.

Which five words best describe Human Blend?

Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure and Original

Were you always interested in becoming a writer?
Well, I have always been a writer. Mostly I wrote fan fiction for friends and family long before the internet came along and then continued it there for a while. I always created characters in my head. Writing was just the next step in the process

Can you tell us about your journey to publication?

Well once my novel was written, I went the usual route and wrote a query letter and submitted my work to agents and publishers. I got the usual rejection letters: "It is not a good fit for us. We are not accepting new authors at this time" and yada yada yada. I looked into self publishing and decided to go with Amazon Kindle for the e-book and Create Space for the print version. I've also submitted my books to other various e-book vendors. My favorite part of this journey was holding my print book in my hand for the first time. I worked hard on creating the cover and it was amazing to hold it in my hands. The next step was promoting and setting up my first book signing. Promoting was a lesson in marketing but one I was happy to explore. My book signing was an amazing night for me and I cannot wait to do another one. I also entered contests and won a spot in a nationwide television commercial for an up and coming website that publishes e-books and novels. The commercial is set to air in January featuring my book as well as two other authors works.

Are there any advantages to self publication?
The advantages are you control the content and rights. You also make a bigger commission because your expenses are only the set-up and actual print cost. There are no publishers, editors and agents to pay a percentage to.

How did you come up with the concept for your book Human Blend?
The concept itself came from my characters. I had an idea about a girl on the run from something. Once she was introduced, her story was told by her and as other characters began to appear and the story developed from them. Human Blend is a character driven novel.

In Human Blend, Julie (Laney) has special abilities. If you could have any paranormal ability, which would you choose and why?
I like my character Julie's healing ability. To be able to heal people from illness would be a wonderful ability to have.

Human Blend is the first book in a trilogy. Can you tell us a little bit about the other books in the series? When will they be published?
In Human Blend a very unique fantasy creature is introduced and in book two you will find out more about how and why they were created as well as what happens next with the main characters from book one. Book two in the series is set for an April 2011 publication. Book three will be set for an April 2012 publication. The titles for these books have yet to be determined.

Will you be working on any more books after the Human Blend trilogy?
Yes, In between book 2 and 3 of the Blend Series, I have another paranormal novel, called Spirit Key, about a spirit crosser and a demon hunter that will be hopefully finished by December 2011 if not sooner.

What advice would you give to people who want to become a young adult author?
I love the young adult genre because when writing about young adult characters the sky is the limit. Most young adults are adventurous and curious enough to get themselves into situations that most adults might not venture into. So when writing in this genre, I recommend that you keep your characters true to the age that they are and have fun. Also keep in mind the age group you are marketing too. My novel is to the older young adult group ages 15 + whereas the young adult ages can be from 13+.

How can readers learn more about you and your book Human Blend?

I can be followed on Twitter as @preteach99 and on facebook under Lori Pescatore Author.

And where can your book be purchased?
Human Blend can be purchased in print and on Kindle from Amazon.com.
Click Here For Amazon Purchase Link.
For all other readers, go to smashwords:
Click Here For Smashwords Purchase Link.


Thank you for this wonderful interview! Happy reading!

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HUMAN BLEND GIVEAWAY:

Lori Pescatore has kindly offered one of my followers a signed paperback copy of her book, Human Blend.



SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads): Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed.


RULES:
Giveaway is International
Must be a GFC follower
Ends 1/17/11

Update - After 1/14/11: TO ENTER: FILL OUT THIS FORM (CLICK LINK)

TO ENTER:
In ONE COMMENT below, tell me you are a GFC follower and leave your email. If you decide to do any extra entries, make sure they are listed in the SAME comment.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
+1 Become an email subscriber.
+1 For Each Way: Spread the word about this giveaway (leave link: blog post or sidebar, leave name: twitter, facebook)
+1 Leave a comment about the interview with Lori Pescatore (see interview above).
+1 Leave a comment on my Human Blend review by clicking HERE.
+1 Follow Lori Pescatore on Facebook by clicking the "Like" Button HERE.
+1 Follow Lori Pescatore on Twitter by clicking HERE.
+20 Purchase Human Blend on Amazon by clicking HERE. or on Smashwords by clicking HERE.
(Email me Human Blend purchase confirmation to bookishdelightsblog at gmail dot com)