Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review of The Picture by Stephanie Taylor - 5 stars!






Author: Stephanie Taylor

Title: The Picture
Release date: 23rd of May 2011
Published by: Astrea Press
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance
URL: http://www.astraeapress.com/
Pages: 151 pages in PDF
Source: Won from Kay Springsteen’s blog

Summary from Goodreads:


Sophie lives her life as a hospice nurse running from her past and over-compensating for her sins. She wants nothing more than to help others the way someone once helped her. But she never expected to get so attached to one of her patients.


Nicholas is suddenly looking for more meaning in his life than money, fast women and flashing lights. Life as a rocker has left him empty. Only Emily filled the gaping hole in his heart and with her death, his soul is broken into pieces.


When two lives collide, Sophie and Nicholas know they'll never be the same. Together, they try to figure out a message Emily has left behind. Can they succeed before the realities of life tear them apart?



My review:

I adored this book! It was such a sweet romance, that I would say that it should be a must read for romance lovers. I laughed, I cried, I ached while reading The Picture! It’s a sad and sweet book.

Regarding the plot:

I was hooked from the very first page of The Picture.

The story starts with a rock concert where the main female character Sophie is listening to song that means a lot to her and to the singer, Nicholas. Sophie has a purpose to meet Nicholas during the after party of the concert. She needs to deliver a picture from Emily to Nicholas. Sophie and Nicholas meet, but the circumstances change quickly because Sophie feels attracted to Nicholas and does not find a chance to do what she was asked until it’s too late. Nicholas finds a picture of Emily and Sophie decides to leave Nicholas behind without explanations.

Nicholas and Sophie meet again and due to the snowstorm, Nicholas cannot travel back and stays with Sophie. The snowstorm forces both Sophie and Nicholas to open up their hearts and they learn a lot about each other and about their pasts. Step by step they grow closer to each other.

Emily is the person that binds Nicolas and Sophie together and the story is partially told through the flashbacks about Emily’s role in Sophie’s life. And I loved the way the story was told. The scenes shared between Emily and Sophie were heartbreaking and sweet.

Regarding the characters:

My favorite character was Emily! She was so sweet, so strong, so leveled. It was amazing how she could handle her sickness and how brave she was about dying. The relationship between Emily and Sophie was well-written and vital to the story. Stephanie Taylor did amazing work with Emily and her relationship to Sophie.

Sophie was reliable, believable and interesting character. Her loss in her past made her strong and also vulnerable. I also felt sorry for her to trying to compensate what she lost through Emily and hiding away from her life. I was happy to see how she grew as a character through the story, how she finally opened her eyes and realized that it’s time to let go and start living her own life.

Nicholas was adorable! He was hot, persistent and sweet.

Stephanie Taylor managed to create very interesting characters who were lovable and whose motives were understandable. I felt sympathy for them and cheered for them.

Generally:

The Picture is a touching story about surviving the loss, about mourning, about love, about challenges of growing and letting go of the past. It’s mixed together beautifully! It’s a wonderful book!


5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Happy reading!


 

Review of Living Out of the Box by Kallysten - 4 stars



Author: Kallysten

Title: Living Out of the Box
Series: On The Edge
Release date: 18th of August 2011
Published by: Alinar Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: 18+ Erotica, Romance
URL: http://original.kallysten.net/
Pages: 233 pages in PDF
Source: From author for reviewing

Summary:

The very first time Virginia spent a night with the vampire Anando, she couldn’t have begun to imagine all the sensual and sexual games she would experience with him. She also couldn’t have imagined that she would fall in love with him, or he with her.


As she moves in with him and they find their places in each other’s lives, the discoveries start again. A few of them happen through old games revisited: role-play, public sex or a familiar dildo in a different hand. Other discoveries come through new toys, some battery-operated, others custom-made to fit just right. And yet more discoveries come from playing with old and new partners.


But in the end, the one lesson that remains the same might be the most important of all: love.

My review:

It was a serious erotica book! Serious in that sense, that Living Out of the Box included lot of explicit sex scenes, M/F, M/M, M/F/M scenes. I have read some of Kally’s short stories, so I had an idea what to expect when started Living Out of the Box. What I wasn’t prepared was how hot and steamy it was!

It was well-written erotica book. The writing was colorful and detailed, leaving nothing out and it was easy to read. The characters were interesting and captivating.

Regarding the plot:

It was story about human woman Virginia moving in to her boyfriend, vampire Anando and exploring her sexuality. While I think, that the writing was excellent, then the story and the narrative were weaker. The story was about Virgina trying out different sexual experiences and finding out where her sexual limits went, but what I missed was something else – a story which had some more action besides the sex scenes. There was not enough plotting in it. I missed some conflicts and the story developments in the book which was otherwise really well-written. I would have wanted to see more challenges besides the sexual challenges.

I did enjoy how the structure of the book was built up. Each chapter had a different game or experience which Virginia and Anando tried, so chapters had clear start and ending of the story. I think it was a good idea to use Virginia’s point of view and therefore I was very surprised and little disturbed by the last chapter where the story was described by Anando’s point of view. It confused me.

Regarding the characters:

Characters were captivating. I enjoyed Virginia’s curiosity and her courage to experiment and also Anando’s support to Virginia. Both characters were nice and sweet and hot. I think that the supportive characters like Leo, Lisa and Brett gave extra spice to the book.

Generally:

If you like pure erotica books, then Living Out of the Box is definitely recommendable! Kallysten is very good erotica author. It’s hot and sexy!

5 Flowers!

 
4 stars.


Kallysten is one of the authors participating in the 1000+ giveaway.
Thanks goes to Kally for providing the book for reviewing!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review of Snapshot by Craig Robertson - 3 stars




Author: Craig Robertson

Title: Snapshot
Release date: 9th of June 2011
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Thriller, Suspense
URL: http://books.simonandschuster.co.uk/Snapshot/Craig-Robertson/9781847377289
Pages: 400 pages in Paperback
Source: Book provided by Simon and Schuster UK for reviewing



Summary from Goodreads:



A series of high-profile shootings by a lone sniper leaves Glasgow terrorised and police photographer Tony Winter - a man with a tragic hidden past - mystified. Who is behind the executions of some of the most notorious drug lords in the city? As more shootings occur - including those of police officers - the authorities realise they have a vigilante on their hands. Meanwhile, Tony investigates a link between the victims and a schoolboy who has been badly beaten. Seemingly unconnected, they share a strange link. As Tony delves deeper, his quest for the truth and his search for the killer lead him down dark and dangerous paths.







My review:

I have quite mixed feelings about Snapshot. It was a very good thriller sending some chills down through the spine but it was also very dark book.

I have read many thrillers, but Snapshot stood out with couple of unusual aspects in his books. Firstly, the main character was not a police officer, but a police photographer, which definitely gave a different narrative to his books and secondly, it was quite macabre in its details and descriptions. Sometimes I had to put the book away while reading, because the descriptions got too much for my taste. I am not with the weak heart when it comes to reading thrillers, so here is a warning, if you are touchy and feely about reading the color of the blood, detailed and colorfully described shot holes and missing or broken body parts, smells from the morgue and the bodies - it’s going to be difficult for you to finish the book.

I have mixed feelings because the story was very good, there were some good surprises and I really enjoyed experiencing the plot through the eyes of photographer. At the same time, sometimes the descriptions slowed down the pace of the book. It was interesting to read and it really lived up to its genre – being a thriller. It was macabre and a dark story.

Regarding the plot:

Meet Tony Winter, a police photographer who is included into the investigation of several murders. The killings start with murders of two drug lords in Glasgow. Both of the drug lords are shot by a sniper. Tony sees details what the forensic team has missed and starts his own investigation after his friend Addison is getting shot. His investigation takes him to darker places than even he imagined. Step by step he comes closer to the guilty ones, but it also get more and more dangerous for him and to other people he cares about.

The plot was interesting and captivating, but due to the macabre details it took me more time to read than usually. There were couple of times when I had to put the book away, it got too painful ad too disgusting to read. I kept reading due to very good plot.

What disturbed me a little was that while I understood the motives of the bad guy to do these crimes, I was missing the deeper understanding of how this could happen and how come the police did not see that the murderer could be from inside? Maybe the idea was to show that in case the system fails, there is a danger that someone would take the law in their own hands.

Regarding the characters:

I think that the author Craig Robertson did a good job with the characters, especially main characters.

I liked Tony even though his macabre interest in blood and in death is something I personally cannot relate to. Neither could I relate to his eagerness to be included into the team who investigated probably the worst and ugliest crimes in Glasgow’s history – I actually lost track of the body count while reading, but I think there were 14 bodies involved. It seemed odd and even sick for me. But I still liked him because he also had many other sides of him. He was caring, curious, good friend and had a good eye into details, which was vital to solve the crimes and to find out who was behind these murder cases.

Rachel was probably the character I felt closer to. She was smart, ambitious and intelligent. She was not a typical hard kick-ass police woman with the bad mouth, what you often find in suspense books, but she had other good treats about her. Rachel was my favorite character in Snapshot.

I was surprised about who was behind most of the murders, but not because he was an insider, but because his character seemed weak. It felt like he was thrown to the plot to be the guilty without giving any prior information about him. I would have liked to know him more. As said, I can to some extent understand his motives, but WHAT triggered them – that was not explained well enough. I would have wanted more information about his personality and/or his personality issues.

Generally:

Snapshot by Craig Robertson had its strong sides – the narrative and the plot were good, most of the characters believable, it definitely was an interesting thriller to read. At the same time, there were aspects which I did not like, which disturbed me.

5 Flowers!


3 stars.

Thanks goes to Simon and Schuster UK for sending me paperback copy for reviewing!
Happy reading!
 

Winners of Gratitude Giveaways!



Time to announce the winners of Gratitude Giveaway! Thanks for I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and All-Consuming Books for organizing it and all the participants who took part of it!!! There were 289 participants who left a comment in my blog and I used random.org to pick winners.



Winner of November release book from The Book Depository is:

nr 184
marybelle
her email starts with marypres


Winner of the blog feature is:

nr 87
Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea
her email starts with breakkanamex


Congratulations to the winners! Winners have been emailed already and they have to reply within 48 hours. If no reply, then I will pick new winners.

Thanks again for taking part of the Gratitude Giveaway!
Happy reading!
 

Meet and Greet - author Ric Wasley

Happy Tuesday, everybody!


Today, I would like to introduce you to an author who is also participating at the 1000+ Giveaway - Ric Wasley! Ric found me through his publisher - Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Imajin Books), who forwarded my email to Imajin Books author when I was looking for the authors for my giveaway.

So, ladies and gentlemen, let's meet and greet author Ric Wasley!



Information about Ric Wasley - who is he? Let's meet him!


Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series set in Boston in 1968



Ric has a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings.


Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference”.


Of the five books in the McCarthy series the most recent is, The Scrimshaw, the third in the McCarthy Mystery Series, which was released in late 2009. That will be followed by “Black Velvet Band, scheduled for 2013. In addition to the first two McCarthy Mysteries; Shadow of Innocence and Acid Test, Ric’s most recent book is Midnight Blue, a quirky vampire tale that combines spectral creatures and nightwalkers with sex, drugs and Rock & Roll!


Ric has also authored the semi-autobiographical novella; At my Window with a Broken Wing, and two short stories; Embers and The Night. Plus a brand new story, Long Black Veil, that appears in the anthology, Weirdly Vol. 3, released in 2010. In addition, Tell Tale Publishing will be releasing Echoes down a Dark Well, a new paranormal novel, in 2012.


Just like Mick in his McCarthy Mysteries Series, Ric thrived on music in the sixties and performed as a folksinger and in several rock bands all over New England. He played regularly in the Harvard Sq. folk music clubs in the late 60’s where he met music legends such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.


Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines in L.A. and San Francisco while living in California. Wasley currently divides his time between the Boston Metro-West and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.



Ric Wasley – Author – Mystery Writers of America and the Cape Cod Writers Group

Author of The McCarthy Mystery Series:
•The Scrimshaw – A McCarthy Mystery - 2008
•Shadow of Innocence - A McCarthy Mystery - (Hardcover) 2007
NEW!... Revised Paperback and Kindle Edition now Available from Imajin Books… October 2011
•Acid Test – A McCarthy Mystery – 2004
Midnight Blue - A Mystery/Vampire/Romance - 2010
And...! Echoes down a Dark Well – Due out in 2012
And… Candle in the Wind – Due out in 2013

Novella’s
• At my Window with a Broken Wing – Contemporary/Romance – 2009

Short Stories:
• Embers – Historical - 2008
• The Night – Vampire - 2008
• Long Black Veil – (Weirdly 3 – Anthology) Historical/Paranormal – 2010


What is his latest release about?



In the turbulent, exciting year of 1968, "Mick" McCarthy and his pretty, petite but tough-as-nails lover, Bridget Connolly, are thrown into a tangled maze of dark secrets, drugs, sex, rock & roll...and murder.



Blair Prentiss Vanderwall, the beautiful, pampered, pseudo-hippie daughter of a wealthy socialite family summering in Newport, Rhode Island, is found dead on a beach and the last person to be seen with her is the cousin of Mick’s army buddy, Smitty.


Backed by the last few bucks from McCarthy & Son Private Investigations, Mick and Bridget fire up Mick's motorcycle and head to Newport to retrace the last weeks of Blair's life, from the marble mansions of Newport to the free-flowing, free-love hippie crash pads and smoke-filled bars on Cape Cod, and backstage at the Newport Folk Festival.


As the shadows in Blair's life begin to take on a terrifying persona, threatening all who seek to shine a light on the mystery, Mick and Bridget must ask the real question―not who would have loved to wring Blair Vanderwall's pretty little neck...but who wouldn't.


Where can you find him?
Website: http://www.ricwasley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ric.wasley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ricmrp

What do others say about his book?


"Here's a recipe for a page-turner: Take a moment of high American drama—the tumultuous year of 1968. Add some cool New England locations—Harvard Square and the Newport Folk festival. Throw in a wisecracking Boston detective. No, wait...make that a whole family of Boston detectives. Let Ric Wasley cook it all up for you. Then sit down and enjoy. You'll be glad you did." —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay


"P.I. Michael Prescott McCarthy, half Irish and half Boston Brahmin, and his partner Bridget Connolly go to Newport, RI, to rescue the cousin of his Vietnam army buddy. A killer in the tony resort is murdering people in vicious ways...Wasley uses his knowledge of music and personal experience in the Sixties to bring a certain reality to this tale." —Library Journal

"If you enjoy mystery, there's plenty to go around, action too, and if you're into sixties music the scenes will resonate all the more." —Art Tirrell, author of The Secret Ever Keeps


Where can you find the book?
 
Imajin Books
amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Createspace
Smashwords
The Book Depository
 
That was the Meet and Greet with Ric Wasley! Ric will hopefully come and visit my blog again in the future.


Thanks Ric for letting me and readers Meet and Greet you!  

Six Moon Scavenger Hunt 29 November - 6 December


Rylie's been bitten. She's changing. And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.


Six Moon Summer by SM Reine will be republished by Red Iris Books, so it's getting a total makeover to celebrate! Six Moon Summer and its sequel, All Hallows' Moon, are coming out on January 6th, 2012 and will have new covers and NEW short stories.




To reveal the awesome new covers, we're holding a little scavenger hunt and swag giveaway! Here's how it works:

I've hidden two puzzle pieces somewhere on my blog. One is for the new Six Moon Summer cover, and one is for the new All Hallows' Moon cover. Once you've found them, leave a comment saying which pages you found them on and which puzzle piece belongs to which book. If you get it right, you'll be entered to win one of the prize packs!

The Mini Prize Pack has lip gloss, a wristband (with adorable werewolf paw prints on it), and Seasons of the Moon bookmarks. This giveaway runs until 6th of December and I will announce a winner of the Mini Prize Pack on the 6th of December!

The GRAND Prize Pack has the same things as the mini prize pack, but it also comes with a signed copy of Six Moon Summer with the original cover and a leather diary just like Rylie's!


You can also hunt down the rest of the puzzle pieces on the other participating blogs:

Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Ecered
Ivy Reads
Coffee Table Reviews
A Book Vacation

If you find ALL the pieces, leave a comment on SM Reine's blog post here (http://www.smreine.com/2011/11/six-moon-summer-scavenger-hunt.html ) to be entered to win the Grand Prize Pack! Winners will be announced on December 6th, so you have about a week to find the pieces!

Happy hunting!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Guest Post by Kat Flannery - author of Chasing Clovers

Happy Saturday, everybody!

Today I have a visitor in my blog, author Kat Flannery, whose debut novel Chasing Clovers was just published by Imajin Books. Chasing Clovers is on its way to me to be reviewed and I am looking very much forward to it!

Kat is also one of the authors participating in my 1000+ Giveaway.


Summary from the Goodreads:

Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?



Longing to escape the awful memories and the saloon she once sang in, Livy Green lies about her past so she can be a wife to John Taylor and mother to his two young children. Overwhelmed by the task, she struggles to put her resentment aside and love them as her own.

John loved his first wife and is still heartbroken over the loss, but he needs a mother for his children. When his distant and unfriendly mail order bride arrives, he begins to doubt his decision, though one glance into Livy's terrified green eyes tells him he can’t turn his back on her.

As Livy's past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to come clean and tell John the truth. But will he send her back if she does? Or will they forever be CHASING CLOVERS?

Ladies, and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to the author of Chasing Clovers, Kat Flannery!



A Dream Come True by Kat Flannery


Writing is something that has always been a part of my life. When I was young I’d write stories about anything I thought was interesting. As I got older the act of writing became so much more than jotting down stories about my neighbour’s quirky cat. It was a way for me to express what I felt passionate about and wanted others to know. Writing fiction is no different, at least for me it isn’t. When I sit down and begin a story, I need to have passion in order for the words to flow. I need to connect with my readers and this is the way I do that.

When I began thinking of ideas for Chasing Clovers, I knew I wanted to write a novel that would touch my reader’s lives. This was a long thoughtful and time consuming process. I wrote character biographies that were so in depth I wondered if I’d ever actually write the book. However, this process was essential to me and my writing. I needed to know my characters well enough to write about their trials and tribulations—to be able to feel empathy for them. After I finished the biographies I needed to do research, this was the fun part. I loved learning about Mail Order Brides, and how people lived in the 1800’s.

I wrote a chapter outline, and I didn’t follow it. Once I was half way through the book, the characters went in their own direction and my chapter outline went out the window. Scenes changed and the story evolved from a small portion of my brain to consume me, keeping me up nights. I grew to love my characters and I strived to help them with their plight.

After I had the rough draft of Chasing Clovers completed, I hired an editor. Together we worked on making the book what it is today. A few months after the final draft, I prepared my query letter, and synopsis. I had done a bit of research on publishers during the editing process, and since I knew my target audience was women I looked for that genre. After antagonizing over whom to send out to, I decided on a handful of publishers. The manuscript was bound by elastic bands and slipped into a brown envelope. The Postal worker, a polite gal, had to pry the manuscript from my white fingers, as I tried to hold it for a little bit longer. She reassured me it would be in good hands, and I left feeling as if a part of me was gone.

Soon rejections arrived in my mailbox, along with discouragement and wondering if this is what I should be doing as a career. With the help and encouragement of my family and friends, I kept sending out my manuscript. It wasn’t until six months later and more rejections, that I was offered a contract from Imajin Books. I cannot express how happy I was when I’d read their letter.

Since I’ve signed on with Imajin Books, I’ve not only been welcomed into a great group of authors, but aided by their publishing team about marketing my book and getting my name out there. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and the whole rejection process was all worth it!

Author Bio:


Kat Flannery has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. She’s received her diploma for Creative, Freelance, and Business Writing. She is co-owner of Prairie Dog Publishing, where she devotes her spare time as head of Marketing and Communications. CHASING CLOVERS is Kat’s first published novel, and she is currently hard at work on her next. Visit http://www.katflannery-author.com/ and http://www.kat-scratch.blogspot.com/ , and connect with Kat on Facebook and Twitter.

Congratulations, Kat for publishing of Chasing Clovers and thank you for visiting my blog!
 
Happy reading!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Interview with Kallysten - author of many romance books



Welcome to the interview with Kallysten! Kallysten is also one of the authors participating in 1000+ giveaway. I met Kallysten through a giveaway hop for a while ago, when I wanted to win on of her books. :) I did not win that time, but since that, I ave been frequent visitor at her web-page.

Author Bio:

Kallysten is a writer of romance novels and short stories, most of them with paranormal elements. Her most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life.



She has been writing for over fifteen years, and her first eBooks were published by Linden Bay Romance in 2005. The defunct Venus Press subsequently published a few of her short stories. Because so many of her stories are linked as series and part of the same universe, she decided it would make sense to have them all in the same place, which is why today she self-publishes with the co-op Alinar Publishing. When she sees calls for submissions that speak to her muse, she sometimes tries for them, and was published this way by Samhain and Torquere.


When she's not writing – which isn’t all that often! – she devours books, works in her vegetables patch or at her 9-5 job, puts small quilts together for friends, and tries to exercise more. She's also still looking for the correct form to enroll for 30 hours long days.

You can find Kallysten here:
Webpage
Facebook
Goodreads
Twitter

And now, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Kallysten!


The interview is in three parts. First section is about Kallysten, second section is about her books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?


K: I am a thirty-something French-born American resident. I am a wife, a storyteller and a lover of all things chocolate-y. I’m a great worrier, a first-class procrastinator, rather shy and fiercely attached to the few very good friends I have made over the years.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?


K: I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories for myself. When I reached middle school, it occurred to me that it might be fun to share these stories with my friends, and that was when I first put a pen down to paper, wrote a story from start to finish and gave the notebook to a friend to know what she thought. She liked it, and I was hooked.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?


K: It never occurred to me that writing could be a career, and for most of my childhood my goal was to become a teacher. At first, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher so I could teach children to read because I thought (and still do) that the ability to read is a wonderful gift to offer a child. Later, I wanted to become an English teacher, because I thought (and still do, too!) that speaking a different language was pretty cool. Whenever I imagined myself as a teacher, I would see myself going away to visit exotic places during the summer vacation so I would have extraordinary stories to tell my students when we went back to school.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?


K: Writing for me was always about sharing. Like I said, I am shy, and I can have trouble making friends. By sharing those notebooks and stories in middle school and high school, I opened myself to some of my peers and made great friends. When I moved to the United States, I had to start over and find new friends, and I did it through writing. I joined a fanfiction community and started with short little stories, and was encouraged by my readers – and then my friends – to keep writing and to grow as a writer. It’s a friend from that same community who nudged me into taking the plunge and writing my own characters rather than borrowing someone else’s.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?


K: At this time, I have a job in retail, so that takes a lot of my time. In the spring and summer, I garden a lot and grow my own vegetables. My favorite hobby though is to make patchwork quilts. I posted on the Alinar blog about how quilting and writing are similar for me.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?


K: It has to be that I jump too easily from story to story. I get new ideas all the time, and every new story that springs in my mind becomes an obsession. I always have too many works in progress at any given time and focusing on one to finish it can be a struggle when there are so many things for me to write.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?


K: I honestly don’t know, because as I said I’ve always been telling stories.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?


K: Some days – okay, most days! – it’s my husband. Sometimes it’s a favorite actor who makes me think of a character. I’m a very visual person and a particular pose or expression from a favorite actor can inspire a whole scene in a book.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?


K: Oh yes! Recently, as a matter of fact. The third part of my Blurred Trilogy was scheduled to come out this month, but I was blocked on writing the story for months. I think it was a combination of being afraid to disappoint my readers after they waited so long for this story and of the frustration of being unable to pinpoint what was not ‘clicking’ together. I knew something was off, but I couldn’t figure out what. It took putting the book away, re-reading the first two installments and having long talks with my editor before I finally figured out what I needed to change, and from that point on it finally started flowing.

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: Most of the books you write belong under romance and erotic romance genres. Do you think it is easy or difficult to write good erotic books?


K: I think it’s difficult, for two main reasons. First, keeping the bedroom scenes fresh and new is a must, because they can easily become repetitive, but that freshness, to me at least, requires a lot more work to achieve than other parts of the book. My editor likes to tease me because I often delay writing the bedroom scenes until I’m done with the rest of the book, but I find that once I have reached the end, literally, I can give myself more time to focus on these parts. The second thing that can make writing an erotic book challenging is that I’ll confess I have not experienced all the ‘games’ I write about. I want to convey why my characters enjoy them and how they feel during and after with as much details as I can so that the readers can experience it too, and that sometimes require a lot of research… Not that I mind doing that kind of research…!

MR: You have many published books. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?


K: On last count I had forty-seven stories available as ebooks, and eight as paperbacks. To be fair a lot of my books are short stories or novellas. The majority of them take place in the same universe where humans know that vampires exist, and they coexist for the most part peacefully. Vampires who kill humans are tracked down by Special Enforcers, but it’s not uncommon for humans and vampires to have relationships that may or may not involve the exchange of blood. This universe has a present, which is made up of the series On The Edge, Out of the Box, Visions of Destiny and Special Enforcers. It also has a past, told in the series The Pacts, and a future, told in the series The Demons Age.

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?


K: A string of incredulous curses that I wouldn’t repeat in polite company! I could hardly believe my book was accepted, and it almost felt like the editors had made a mistake and would soon tell me as much. It took a while before it finally sunk in that yes, my book and my characters were out there for readers to find and hopefully enjoy.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?


K: Most of the time I write a fairly detailed outline. If parts of the plot hinge on a very important conversation between the main characters, I usually write out the dialogue right then, and go back and refine it later during the writing process. I don’t always follow the outline, but having an idea of where I might be when it’s time to write ‘the end’ helps me get going.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?


K: I think the most important is to keep writing. The temptation is always there to look back at the previous chapters and start tweaking and editing as I go, but I’ve learned that if I do that my writing pace slows down, or even stops. Also, changes I want to do as I write might have to be changed again by the end of the story, so it’s better to keep moving forward until I have a complete first draft, and only then go back and start fixing what needs works.

MR: Which character do you love most in your books? Which character and in which books can you mostly relate to?


K: That’s a hard question! I hate to play favorites, but Anando is probably the character I love the most, and that’s certainly why his story, Out of the Box, started as a one shot, short story but turned into a ten short stories series and a novel as a sequel… and now I’m thinking of another sequel. His heroine, Virginia, has to be the one I most relate to, at least in the beginning of their adventures. She’s a little frightened but eager to discover her sensuality… and I’ll end my explanation there, I think…

MR: I’m aware that your books are pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?


K: I do borrow some traits from people I know, though I doubt anyone but I would notice. The one exception was a character from my novel Carte Blanche, the Domme Mistress Red. While the vampire part of the story is of course fiction, I have a friend who is a bona fide dominant, and who sometimes tried to enlighten us ‘vanilla’ people about what her world was like. I was very proud, when I had her read the book, to get her thumb up for the depiction of her lifestyle.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?


K: Two books come to mind. Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story, the new installment of the Dresden Files, which I waited for impatiently and enjoyed a lot. The big reveal was both totally surprising (to me) and yet perfectly logical, which is the best kind of writing as far as I’m concerned. The second is World War Z, which I enjoyed because the style of the storytelling, using ‘interviews’ of survivors from the war against zombies, felt very unique and interesting.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?


K: My next freebie, which I will release in December, will be a collection of very short stories featuring characters chosen by my readers.

The release I’m very excited about right now should take place in February. It will be Blurred Memories, the third installment of the Blurred Trilogy that gave me so much trouble. It’s a rather dark story, but the three main characters push through adversity to truly be together in the end.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? A French sci-fi author named Barjavel. If I can one day play with my words with the same ease and beauty he did, I will be a happy writer.
What is your favorite book or series? A novel by the gentleman above translated as The Ice People. It is characterized as a sci-fi story, but at the core it’s a beautiful and sensual love story that spans, literally, thousands of years.
What is your favorite song? La-bas from French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman. It’s a song about leaving everything behind to go pursue your dreams, both sad and hopeful.
What is your favorite season? Winter. As much as I complain about it, I love the snow.
What is your favorite food? It has to be a tie between chocolate and cheese.
What is your favorite car? I have a thing for the VW Beatle. The roundness of it just appeals to me.
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars – the original trilogy.
What is your favorite time of the day? Any time that I can sit down and write.
What is your favorite weather? Thunderstorms.


Thank you so much Kallysten for the interview! It is highly appreciated that you took time for it!

I have read couple of Kallysten's books and one of the reviews will be up in couple of days, so come back to check it. Otherwise, participate in the 1000+ Giveaway and you have a chance to win Kallysten's books!

Happy reading!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Behind the Screen (11)

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thursday and I would like to share with you what I have been doing behind the screen. Most of you probably enjoy your time with your family, but we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here, so for me it's just an ordinary evening. Besides that, my kid is sick with stomach virus, so it has been hectic couple of days and nights.

News:

As mentioned in last week's Behind the Screen post, I will be in Istanbul next week, so I am not sure how many posts I will manage during the business trip. Hopefully I will get to post lots of reviews though.

I started to plan my trip to New York in June 2012. That also means that I have started searching ways how to get at least part of my costs covered. The trip will cost approximately 1300 $ with flight tickets and hotel plus also living there, so the total amount will be quite big. I would like to stay for two weeks and get the week of BEA covered by sponsors and pay the rest of it myself. The idea is to give coverage to interested media in case they are wiling to cover at least my flight tickets. I am guessing that there will be nobody else from Estonia going there :)
Oh, there is a donate button also on the sidebar, in case you are interested. The amounts that are donated will go only for two purposes: trip to BEA and for international giveaways.

While blogging:

I have updated Blog Tours and Giveaway pages and the information there should be updated.

There is though one more thing I will add later today and tomorrow and that is a Scavenger hunt I will be hosting. One of the author friends - S.M. Reine is organizing that and it's going to be fun!

As you can see on the giveaway page, there will be many big giveaway hops in December! I am looking very much forward to that.

I have had a lot of communication with authors and there will be some guest posts coming up soon. I always enjoy chatting with them, it's nice!

While reading:

I am little stuck with my reading because I am reading a book, which is not an easy read. I like the book, it's Craig Robertson's Snapshot (Simon and Schuster UK), it is just one of these books, which takes time. It is little macabre and it means that I cannot read too many pages at a time.

Bookshelves:

Every day when I am checking my mail box (not emails, but snail mail box) I am excited, because I should soon be receiving some very interesting and good paperbacks from authors. As you know I love paper books and it always makes me very happy when someone is willing to mail paper books to me to Estonia. These books have an honorable place in my bookshelves. :)

There was a giveaway Save a Turkey Blog Hop Tour organized by different authors and I participated and won four books:

A New Dream by Elaine Cantrell (Astrea Press)
The Chosen by Andrea Buginsky (Solstice Publishing)
Into Thin Air by Valerie Maarten (Independently published by Valerie Maarten)
Seasons Readings - An Anthology of Holiday Stories (anthology) which I also got from Valerie Maarten. It's a free download on Smashwords.com: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/104878

Facts and numbers:


The most popular post this week has been Gratitude Giveaways post with 396 pageviews, the second popular post is 1000+ Giveaway with 47 pageviews and on the third place you can find Follow Friday post with 29 pageviews. Again, giveaways! 

GFC followers increased from 1172 to 1213 during last week. +41 followers during the week!

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 664 hits, the second place goes to Canada with 80 hits and third place to Estonia with 71 hits and fourth place to Germany with 45 page hits.

Last week there were visitors from 29 countries.
Page views all time history shows 32.469. That is +1299 pageviews since last week! That makes an average of 185 daily views.

And that is it for today.


Happy reading!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

I hope you can spend Thanksgiving with people you hold dear and love!
Enjoy it and take time to yourself, too!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (8) - Going to BEA 2012


Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Today I am going to share some news with you. People, I am going to BEA 2012!!! Yes, BookExpo America 2012, here I come! Well, not exactly going right now, but in June 2012.


BookExpo America is taking place from the 5th of June until 7th of June 2012 in Javits Center in New York City! On the 4th of June I will also participate at the Book Blogger Convention.

I am so excited about it. I have been visiting BEA homepage for several days now waiting the online registration to be opened! It will probably happen in 2012, but it has been fun reading about different events happening during BEA.

Even though there is more than half a year to the event, I'm already planning it. Since I'm from the other side of the ocean and since it's my first trip to United States, I need to start thinking about the costs. I have made some research about what the flight will cost approximately and what the hotel might cost. To be honest, I already have a potential hotel where to stay and I will do it together with other book bloggers. Kendra, if you read the post - thank you for including me!

It will be so much fun to participate BEA together with people who have been there before. It will definitely demand lot of planning and asking questions and contacting the authors and publishers whom I know and who will also be there and whom I'd like to meet.

The Javits Center in NY is huge and I know that it is going to be overwhelming for me to be there and finding my way around there, but I think that thorough planning will at least help a little.

Since I'm a book blogger, I will be registered as Press/Media which will give an opportunity to cover the event in my blog and potentially also in other medias. I haven't decided yet, if I will cover the event only for my blog or also for other channels. there are lots of possibilities here, so I need to spend some time to find out exactly what I want and can do. One thing is sure, BEA will be covered in Me and Reading! Everything besides that will also be fun!

Happy reading!

Eve Langlais Giveaway Blitz




Welcome to my stop at Eve Langlais Giveaway Blitz. The giveaway blitz is taking place from the 20th of November until 20th of December. It is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author. My stop includes a book blurb and a giveaway.

Blurb:


How can she make him stop thinking of her as a freakn’ sister?


Francine’s loved Mitchell, a wolf like herself, since she first set eyes on him back when they were just kids. However, Mitchell’s never seen her as more than another annoying sister. Determined to make him realize she’s all grown up, she enlists the aide of Alejandro, a gorgeous cat shifter. She never counted on wanting them both.


Alejandro knows Francine is special from the first moment he meets the fiery plump wolf, which is why he suggests she use him to make Mitchell jealous. A great plan, especially if it means he gets to kiss those luscious lips. One taste, though, and he’s addicted, but how does he make her see past the man she loves to realize she’s also meant to be his mate?


For a long time now, Mitchell’s been avoiding Francine, his bratty sister’s friend. However, the little girl he remembers is all grown up, and when he sees her in the arms of another, a need to claim her overrides all his common sense. But, he’s waited too long and fate has decided that he’s going to have to share. Can he bend enough to accept Francine with her other man, or will his freakn’ jealousy send him running?

Warning: Excessive amounts of heat may be generated when reading this story. Do not sit or stand near flammable objects unless they happen to be your partner. Please note, that while the heroes sustained injuries during the course of the story, Francine did eventually kiss them all better, naked of course. This is a ménage romance, with heavy emphasis on the romance. It does contain multi partner, sexual situations that some people may find titillating. Reader discretion is advised.
 
 

There will be 1 winner of ecopy of Jealous and Freakin' by Eve Langlais.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 23rd of November until 20th of December 2011.

You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced during 22 - 23 December.

Good luck and start commenting to win!


Next stop will be on 25th of November @ AwesomeSauce Book Club

Happy reading!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Look Forwards (18)


Happy Monday!


Time to see what this week will bring to my blog!


Giveaways:

1000+ Giveaway is still continuing, there are 50+ books to win from 25 authors.

Gratitude Giveaways hop is also continuing this week until Sunday 27th of November. You can win one of the November releases and/or get your blog featured at Me and Reading. There are more than 300 blogs participating!

Besides that there is a giveaway of Camryn Rhys' ebook Off the Record, which starts today and ends on the 10th of December.

On Wednesday, 23rd I will launch Giveaway blitz for Jealous And Freakn' by Eve Langlais and this will continue until 0th of December.


Blog tours:

Today I just posted Camryn Rhys' blog tour where you will find interview and giveaway and on the 23rd of November there will be a stop of Eve Langlais blog tour in Me and Reading.

Interviews:

I will be posting interview with romance author Kallysten later today. Kallysten is also one of the authors participating in the 1000+ Giveaway!

Other:

I have planned minimum of 5 reviews during the coming week. I have read many books, and these need to be "recorded" into reviews.

Happy reading!


Off the Record Blog tour by Camryn Rhys



Welcome to my stop at the Off the Record Blog Tour. This tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Camryn Rhys. My stop includes some information about the book, about the author, author interview and giveaway.

Off the Record summary:

Lust strikes as their eyes meet over a basket of overpriced Roquefort.



Surprised to meet chef Kit Parker at the grocery store, Emily goes undercover to Kit's restaurant that very night, only to crave more than her cooking. As a food critic, Emily finds it hard to resist the delectable cuisine or the busty, punky chef who created it.


Kit believes she's met the woman of her dreams, but her new lover is hiding something. When a scathing review hits right before grand opening, all blame points to Emily. Will their relationship fizzle before it sizzles?

About the author:
Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn’t decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and acquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s reading a romance novel, or if absolutely necessary, working as a consultant. Someone has to put really excellent food on the table.


Camryn Rhys agreed to give an interview to Me and Reading. Enjoy!

The interview is divided it into several sections. First section is about the author, second section is about books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?


CR: Well, my name is Camryn and I’m from the West. I used to be a chef and I love to write foodie romance. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?


CR: I love to tell stories. I’ve always wanted to tell stories. And this seems to be the best way to do it. 

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?


CR: There were so many things I wanted to be when I was a kid. But mostly, I dreamed about being happy. Different things made me think I was happy. But that was the bottom line.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?


CR: The idea of my first book was formed after a conversation I had with an editor, oddly enough. And then, of course, my hometown. :)

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?


CR: When I’m not writing, I’m usually working, and when I’m not working, I’m usually writing. When I’m not doing either of those things, I’m either traveling or cooking. I guess those count as hobbies.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?


CR: Probably finishing books. I love starting books, I love writing, I love sketching. But finishing. That takes work.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?


CR: Well, in my day job right now, I’m a musician. So if I weren’t writing full-time (because I’m technically not right now), I would probably be playing music somewhere or singing. Or perhaps going back to cooking.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?


CR: Definitely my significant other. He is just incredible, and oh my god is he good in bed (he told me I could say that). But in all seriousness, he is an amazing and supportive man, and he’s always helping me with my books.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?


CR: Oh, definitely. I just end up writing through it. That’s always my answer to writer’s block. :)

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: You have several books. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?


CR: I have two books out and two contracted to be out next year. The books I have out are The Barn Dance (a Western foodie romance erotic novella) and Off the Record (a foodie erotic romance novella).

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?


CR: I was pretty shocked when I was offered my first contract. And when the first book came out, I was still pretty unsure of myself. Now that I have a few more contracts under my belt, I’m just enjoying the ride.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?


CR: It depends on the length of the book. With novellas, I tend to just sketch a plot. With novels, I definitely plot fully. I almost always have the characters in mind first, but never with full character sketches. I prefer it when the characters reveal themselves to me over the course of the plot.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?


CR: To create space for your creativity. Whether that’s music or tea or sunlight or views or silence. Whatever it is that stimulates your creativity, put it around you.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your last book Off the Record from? How was the book born?


CR: I have a friend who was in a similar situation with a new restaurant and a food critic who had a lot of sway over the success of her restaurant. It was sort of born out of necessity in some ways, but definitely as close to based on real life as I usually get.

MR: Which character do you love most in your books? Which character and in which books can you mostly relate to?


CR: As my boyfriend says, Kit and Emily are my Yin and Yang. Kit is my confident, dominating, adventurous side. And Emily is my cautious, secure, protective side. He even thinks that I’m in a “Kit space” or an “Emily space” when I’m writing, and you can see it in the chapters and their POVs. I like not to think about it that much. :)

MR: I’m aware that your books are pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?


CR: I wouldn’t say that any of my characters are necessarily inspired by real people, but I do really based the experiences on real things, because they need to feel real for me.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this fall? Why?


CR: I’ve just finished Stephanie Draven’s Lily of the Nile and absolutely loved it. I generally just love her voice, and this book was no different. I love the foray into historical for her. It’s excellent.

MR:  I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?


CR: Well, I am just about to sign a contract for a steampunk erotic romance novel. My first full-length novel. It’s the first in a series of alternate history, alternate-setting steampunk paranormal set in 1871 in Spain and Italy about an empath demon with an airship who rescues magical refugees from Victorian Europe’s war on magic.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? T.S. Eliot. Hands down. I even named my cat after him.
What is your favorite book or series? Game of Thrones series. Easily.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? Romance Author Hotspot
What is your favorite song? Mozart’s Requiem
What is your favorite season? Autumn
What is your favorite food? Cheesecake
What is your favorite car? Pontiac Vibe
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite movie? The Harry Potter series
What is your favorite time of the day? Early morning
What is your favorite weather? Rain. I love the dreary, stay-inside weather. So romantic.

Thank you so much Camryn, for taking time to answering my questions! It is appreciated!


Camryn Rhys is offering 1 copy of ebook of Off the Record.

There will be one winner of Off the Record, the winner will get ecopy of the book.


Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 21st of November until 10th of December 2011.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced during 12-13 December.

Good luck and start commenting to win!

Next stop of the blog tour will be on 22nd of November – Interview @ Lisa Sanchez' site.

Enjoy the tour and happy reading!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (15)

Happy Sunday, everybody!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.
 
Books I have received for reviewing:
 
The Sounding by Carrie Salo (December 2011)
The Shifters by Halli Lilburn (March 2012)
The Demon Side by Heave Liegh Eldeen (December 2011)
The Magi by Kevin Turner (December 2011)
Familiar Light by Sarah Ballance (January 2012)
Tantric Zoo by Rob Loughran (January 2012)
India Was One by An Indian (January 2012)
The Hermetica of Elysium by Annmarie Banks (December 2011)
I Believe in Werewolves: An Anthology of Wolfen Terror (December 2011)
The Jinx by D.F. Lamont (December 2011)
The Guardian's Wild Child by Feather Stone (November 2011)

Books I have won:

The Killer of Little Sheperds by Douglas Starr.
I won it during November Giveaway Hop at the Writing is A Blessing blog.

That's it for today. 12 books!


Happy reading!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Follow Friday (18)

Happy Friday everybody!

I'm participating in Follow Friday Blog Hop.


The Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Both of them are featuring new blogs. Blogs which are featured this week are: Lauren's Book Bag and Books and Barks. Feel free and visit their blogs and follow them!

 


Question of the week:
 
Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!

My Answer:

Dear Santa, even though I am already 38 years old, I still believe in you and I do believe in the miracle of the Christmas time. I have only one wish this year. It is not books.
I wish for Kindle Fire!

Dear Santa, I promise to be a good girl the rest of the year and and next year and make many authors happy by reading a lot of books on my new Kindle Fire and reviewing them and by that making my readers happy, too. Just surprise me with my new Kindle Fire!
 
Happy hopping and following!
 
Linky is here:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Behind the Screen (10)



Happy Thursday everybody!
Time to tell you about what I have been doing Behind the Screen!

News:

I have added several authors to my 1000+ Giveaway, so there will be more authors and winners that I originally planned. I hope that makes my readers happy! It definitely makes me happy!

I will be on the business trip from 29th of November until 2nd of December, so that means that my blog will take a lower pace for a week. I will still post blog tours and giveaways what I have promised, but I am not sure how much time I will have otherwise for blogging. I will be going to Istanbul, Turkey again!

While reading:

Oh boy, I have read again several very good books. Sometimes I am wondering if I'm an easy reader and reviewer or I just have a good nose or gut for good books. When I looked backwards, I have seldom had reviews with a 3 star rating, never had to give 1 star as a rating while reviewing. It makes me think if I am lucky to get my hands into very good books or am I a poor reviewer. Of course, I would like to think that I make right choices when picking up books. Reading has been nothing but a pleasure lately.

While blogging:

Well, I had a need to get better overview about deadlines and time frames, so I went through all the requests: requests for interviews, reviews, guest posts, book tours, giveaways etc and I made some changes in my planning. I also labelled all my emails into different groups. Now I have requests divided into different categories and also into months. It gives me much better overview in which order I should start reading the books or writing the posts. Of course, I do use Google calendar, but I simply needed more order and structure in my correspondence. It took me almost three days to go through everything. I realized that I have few plans already for April next year. :)

I am very happy that my blog has grown. Not only in numbers, but also with the requests. What I mean is, that what can make a blogger happier than increasing number of authors contacting? There is another side of it also. I wish I could work as a blogger for full time, because there are so many wonderful books to read, interviews to make, posts to write... The time is the issue here. When I started blogging I never even imagined that I would come to the situation when I have to say no to an author. That makes my heart bleed. Especially when I can see from the blurb and excerpt that this is the book exactly for me. It actually makes me feel sorry that I have the daily work. Don't get me wrong, I love my daily job. But I love reading and blogging too. So now I have to find the balance between the daily work, blogging and my son (not necessarily in this order). I am sure that the balance will come, I have no doubts about it. It's just difficult to make these choices. I want it all!

Facts and numbers:

The most popular post this week has been November Giveaway post with 164 pageviews, the second popular post is Gratitude Giveaways which started today with 131 pageviews and on the third place you can find my 1000+ Giveaway with 127 pageviews. No surprise, that people love giveaways! The most popular non-giveaway related post is on the fifth place and it is my Father's Day - How my dad influenced my reading? with 32 pageviews.


GFC followers increased from 1142 to 1172 during last week. +30 followers!

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 952hits, the second place goes to Estonia with 127 hits and third place to Canada with 92 hits and fourth place to UK with 49 page hits.

Last week there were visitors from 51 countries. Sometimes I am wondering that how these people find my blog!

Page views all time history shows 31.240. That is +1722 visitors since last week! That makes an average of 246 daily views.

And that is it for today.
 
Happy reading!
 

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