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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Susanna Carr 'A Deal Benefits' Blog Tour


A Deal with Benefits is a wonderful love story when you look deeper into the book.  It’s a well written story about love, but what I feel most important, the struggles that come with relationships.  Both characters have their own problems and their own pasts that keep them from committing.  From start to finish we are taken through the journey and minds of both characters.  I really loved that the author wrote the book in Ashley’s and Sebastian’s POV.  It gives the reader the chance to understand what’s going through both characters heads and what I liked best: knowing what both characters are ACTUALLY feeling for each other though they may not say it. 

Now I need to blow out some steam.  All guys out there, who are reading this, pay close attention.  We girls may tell you that we know EVERYTHING, we girls will make you think we know EXACTLY what everyone is thinking, we will act like we know what everyone thinks, because that’s just how we are.  But I’m going to let you in on a secret.  WE REALLY DON’T!  And if only you knew how hard it truly is for me to say that!  I’m very stubborn, I like to believe I’m right and I know all.  But the truth is girls only know about 95% of everything.  The 5% we don’t know is how you guys think of us.  So I BEG you!  Tell the girl how you feel!  What you think of her!  If you love her, you NEED to tell her!  If you don’t love her, still tell her.  Just make sure there aren’t any weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon around.  I am telling you this, because it will save y’all from a lot.  Also, it’s really hard as a crazy romantic to know what a boy is thinking, hurt the girl, make me go through a whole bunch of crap and pain, and then tell her what you think.  After you’ve almost lost her.  So please, I’m begging you.  Just let us know what’s going through your head.  Sincerely, A Deal with Benefits almost killed me. 

The book was great!  I could definitely see it being one of those romance movies like The Notebook. 

 

I rate it:  3/5 Coffee Cups. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas book lovers!  Hope you get lots of books for Christmas! 

Cheers,
Bex

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

E.M. Havens Dark Night of the Soul BLOG TOUR


Interview with Author:
 
1.  What inspired you to write Dark Night of the Soul?

“That’s a hard question. I’m really not sure. I think most writers are thinkers, and one day I was just thinking and the story started forming. Once I figured out the basics of the plot I got really excited and wanted to share this encouraging story with everyone!”

 

2.  Are there any events or characters in the novel that you took from your own life?

“The first chapter was derived from experiences I had as a teen. I never attempted to commit suicide, but I did struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. A few of the other circumstances in the book have happened to people I know. But no, I have not died and spent any time in Purgatory.”

3.  How did you go about creating the characters?

“Like all of my characters, I give them an entire life. I write sort of a time line or outline for my own reference. I think this is important to how they start out in the novel and how they grow throughout. I also know what kind of person I want them to become and create the story around them to push them there. Several of the characters in DNOTS required a lot of research too. I had to look into several centuries, countries, and societies so that I could make sure they stayed true to their pasts as well.”

4.  What part of Dark Night of the Soul was your favorite to write?

“The ending, by far, was the best part of the book to write. My family thought I was crazy when I ran around the house screaming “Yes” when I wrote the final line. It was one of those perfect moments when it all comes together.”

5.  When did you first start writing?

“I’ve always been a writer, but I mainly focused on poetry and lyrics. I started seriously writing novels a little over a year and a half ago and Dark Night of the Soul is my second published worked.”

6.  What is your favorite past time?

“Sleep. No really though, I’m a pretty low key person. I love spending time with family, friends and my animals just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.”

7.  If you could give any advice to your fans, what would it be?

“Simplify. Stuff and activity will never make you happy. Whittle it all down to what is really important then focus on that, even if it means doing with less.”

I rate Dark Night of the Soul 5/5 cups of coffee

Friday, December 6, 2013

Flawless Blog Tour. Amazing author: Jennifer Sadera

Interview with Jennifer:
1.What inspired you to write Flawless?
“When I sit down to write, I have only one motive: to be as truthful to myself, my feelings and my message as possible.  To know that my work helped someone else live a more fulfilling life is the greatest of honors and an awesome responsibility.”
2. How long did it take you to write the whole book?
“It took me two years to write FLAWLESS and another year to edit it.  I was so obsessed with it being EXACTLY what I'd envisioned that the process took far longer than I'd anticipated and I actually had to cut out large portions of the book.  The book is so long as it is, I needed to make it more concise.  And I think the editing really did make it better.”
3. Was/is there anything in particular in your life that inspired an event or character in the novel? 
“As for inspiration, there were many sources.  The group of friends was based on my own tightly-knit group of high-school pals; they are friends I have to this day and I feel that the connections I made then helped mold me into the person I became.  I never underestimate the power of friendship.  I feel one person in your corner, having your back, encouraging you--even fighting with you at times, can help change your destiny.  There was also the feeling of being an outsider looking in:  what if a person who appeared to have it ALL actually had so little?  It's intriguing, don't you think?  How we dismiss a person who appears to be so fortunate but really is so needy?  And in the beginning Lia dismissed herself too!  It took her years to address her problems and understand how vital the relationships in her life were to her HAVING a full life.  Fortunately I never had to deal with the horrible things in life that Lia had.  But I have had plenty of difficulties, as I suspect we all have, and I think it is the tough things in life--and the suffering--that create the compassion within the person.  I am lucky enough to be able to express my compassion through writing.”
4. Was there anything that helped you get into the writing groove/process when you were creating Flawless? 
“I never really understood much about "writer's block" or having to get into a writing groove.  I thank my lucky stars that I have always written.  I wrote my first book at age 8.  I spent my early twenties on the staffs of "Redbook" and "Woman's World" magazines writing and then wrote articles on a freelance basis for many years before attempting FLAWLESS.  It's not that I like to write.  I need to write.  I don't know how to live my life any other way.”
 
5.  How did you go about creating the characters?
“When I am plotting, creating characters and scenes, I feel more like a medium than a writer because the characters just come to me.  I know it sounds strange, but I start thinking about a character and the next thing I know, she's sitting on my shoulder whispering her lines into my ear.  I honestly feel like it's a group effort!  Weird, huh?”

6. If you were Lia how do you think you would have coped with her troubling past and promising future? 
“If I were Lia, things may not have turned out so well for me.  I tend to shout out my feeling first and really think about them later (I know I endowed her with that trait in the beginning too, lol).  I've never been great at keeping my emotions in check.  I think that's what makes me such an emotional writer but perhaps harder to deal with on an interpersonal level, ha, ha.” 
7. Who is your favorite character and/or was your favorite character to write? 
“My favorite character in the book is--who else?  WILSON.  He is so perfect and so wonderful.  He is based on a good friend in my own life and it comes right back to what I said before--good friends can change our destiny.  Just look what "Wilson" did for me...inspired me to write a book!”

8. Do you have any idea if the rabbit facts in your book are true?  Do rabbits actually act like that (just curious because I kind of want one now)?  ;)

“Now, to answer my favorite question about the rabbit facts: yes, I researched and found nearly everything I wrote about Mr. Peppers to be true.  I also know it to be true on a more intimate level because I have a Holland Lop-eared named Jiggy.  She is absolutely darling and I am completely in love with her.  She acts very much like a cat.  I was shocked to learn how cuddly she was.  It never occurred to me that rabbits were so affectionate.  Her favorite thing to do is sit with me at night getting petted and watching TV!  But a word of warning: if you get one, don't place her outside in a cage.  She has to live with you or her social skills will be stunted.  Jiggy has her own room and we kiddingly call her the "Princess Bunny."  One fact I did have to stretch: life span.  Hollands generally only live 5-7 years, not 10 like Mr. Peppers.”

9. What’s the moral of the story?

“The moral of the story is simple: give of your talents, skills and feelings and use your suffering to alleviate others.  When you offer it all up to the universe it comes back to you amplified by thousands.  It's only when we can place the most vulnerable facets of our lives into the hands of others--and risk potential rejection--that we gain inner power.  And the most powerful force we have is within us: the power to choose.  Choose to be happy.”
10. Do you believe if a person finds their right meditative state they may find answers or be enlightened of a burden they carry?  Whether it’s a loved one who’s past away, or something from their past that needs to be reopened?

“I COMPLETELY believe in the power of meditation. I also believe in tapping into the good within ourselves to find the answers we seek.  Perhaps my favorite book of all time is "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind," by Joseph Murphy.  It sounds as though you would really like this book.  I relied on a lot of internet sources as well when I was researching the ways to deal with PTSD.  In addition, I had written a freelance article on PTSD a number of years ago which always stayed with me and I was glad to lend Ruth the information from my own article in her dealings with the treatment of the disorder.”
11. Finally, what do you hope people will take away from after reading Flawless? 
“What I'd most like people to take away after reading FLAWLESS is a feeling of hope.  I think that despite all the tragedy, it is a very hopeful book!”
 
I have to say that I completely LOVED Flawless!  After reading it I felt like I had really lived all those years and those memories were all mine.  The author brought tears to my eyes with her writing and story.  Yet, I have never in my life read a book and taken away so much from it!  I feel like I have a whole new percpective on life.  Flawless was kind of eye opening for me.  Being a huge reader, I’ve always loved escaping reality and into a new world.  But never have I read a book that felt like I was living reality in a new world.  I applaud Jennifer on her talent and amazing novel!

I rate Flawless: 5/5 cups of coffee!  It was Flawless ;)


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shout out!


I would like to take a moment and THANK all the amazing authors that have inspired me through their stories and emails.  Since I started my blog in July I have talked to so many authors and they have reached out to me.  It’s been such a blessing over the many months to email and meet all the wonderful, inspiring, joyful, authors that I have.  I can’t thank you ENOUGH for the time you have spent on me: your HUGE fan and blogger!  I wish in many ways that I could repay you, but know that I could never fully do so.  As you have all taken part in making me the person I am today with your books and your words that speak to me in so many ways.  You have no idea how much you all truly mean to me! 

 

In particular I would like to thank these specific authors:

Victoria Scott

Polly Holyoke

Natalie Richards

Jennifer Sadera

Bridget Ladd

Mary Gray

Hafsah Laziaf

All of these talented authors have taken a huge role in my blogging.   Giving me awesome advice and taking the time to answer all my MANY questions to make great posts!  These authors have devoted lots of their time to their fans and it means so much to me!  They have all inspired me in different ways.  Some of them even help me reach my goals today, and they don’t even realize it!  I hope that they see this post and it will put a smile on their faces! 

I was having a pretty bad day today at school.  First, I got told that a few of my friends were leaving school and not coming back.  My back has been giving me LOTS of trouble and I could barely dance today in class!  Then, we had to leave school early because of the ice storm!  …..Well I’m still trying to decide if I was happy about that or not.  Lastly, I haven’t been sleeping well, so I’ve been tremendously tired!  

Now, you may be wondering why I’m mentioning this.  I am saying this because when I got home from school….. I saw on my phone that I had some emails.  So proceeding to check them like my usual routine after getting home from a long day at school, I opened the app and saw that I had emails from a few of the authors!  Jennifer Sadera, Victoria Scott, Natalie Richards, and Bridget Ladd  had all emailed me.  I can’t tell you enough how much these emails lifted my spirits!  I was almost in tears with happiness at what was written for me in those emails!  I’m now having a great end to my day thanks to them!  I love them all so much and can’t thank you enough!   

Thank you to all!

Cheers,

~Bex

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