Month: August 2014

Aug 11
{Guest Post:Trends} Food and Lit in Movie Adaptations

{Guest Post:Trends} Food and Lit in Movie Adaptations

Today I have Elizabeth Eckhart here as a guest blogger to share a movie trend from books- and one of my favorite things- FOOD! There are many literary devices and themes worth using over and over again, but few hold the same ability to vary their meaning as much as the symbolic and metaphorical usage of food. Perhaps it’s because food and human satisfaction are so entirely intertwined – not only do we need food for basic survival, but good food can provide everything from comfort to excitement to absolute euphoria (depending on the cook!) All of these factors contribute to the way food presents itself as the perfect complement to a good story. In fact, food may even make the subject matter of the story itself. Below, we’ve picked out a few novels with food as the central theme that do more than whet your appetite – they allow you to completely indulge (without any added calories).   The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais In this charming novel,… Read more »

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Aug 10
{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of August 3- 10th

{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of August 3- 10th

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week been? I just got back from a wonderful vacation. We went hiking, white water rafting, to breweries and wineries. It was really great. But now it is back to real life. I have been super busy with work and getting ready to go away, and whenever I take some time off things all seem to pile up when I get back. It will probably take me a few days to get my bears back and to reply to emails and all of that. I have also had a few people email me about books that they have won. If you have won a physical book from my site, don’t worry- it is coming to you. I have them all packaged up and ready to go, but I have just not had a chance to get to the post office. I am hoping to get them… Read more »

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Aug 10
{Interview+Deleted Scene+Giveaway} Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

{Interview+Deleted Scene+Giveaway} Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

Is HANDPICKED based on events in your own life? Yes and no. I had a sorority experience of my own in college, though it was nothing like what our main character goes through. She’s suspicious and skeptical and constantly questioning things, with good reason to. Though, I did tap into my memories of things like rush and pledge education and bid day to bring some realism to the story.   How did you come up with the title of your book or series? I wanted to play off the exclusivity stereotype in sororities and –spoiler alert!—there is a pretty big plot point involving a hand, so it was a natural choice.  Who is your favorite character from your book and why? I feel closest to our narrator Jill, since we see everything through her eyes. But, I have to admit I liked writing Hannah, with all her f-bombs, snark, and fraternity connections. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why? I would have loved… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ascension of the Whyte by Karen Wrighton

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ascension of the Whyte by Karen Wrighton

World Building for Ascension of the Whyte “What you see before you in the Eye of the Sooth is a map of the Afterlands. This is the world that you now inhabit. You can see here the four Afterlands; Ferrum in the west, Aurum in the east, Hydrargyrum to the south and Rhodium in the north.” My story takes place in a make-believe world that brings together legends and lore from multiple mythologies, featuring characters such as rougarou, witches, dragons, knuckers, wizards, and even something called a pukis.  I, like every other fantasy author had to decide when, and how, to build my world.  Should I construct a whole complex world complete in every tiny detail, before I even started to write a single word of prose, or should I just let the world evolve around my characters as the story unfolded?  Both of these options seemed to be unworkable to me. Being rather impatient by nature I knew that detailed planning, if it did not cause me to lose… Read more »

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Aug 08
{Mini Review+Top 10+Giveaway} Tortured Souls by Kimber Leight Wheaton @Cymberle

{Mini Review+Top 10+Giveaway} Tortured Souls by Kimber Leight Wheaton @Cymberle

Tortured Souls is a great book for lovers of young adult paranormal romances. The plot and the action are fast paced and kept my attention easily the whole time. I loved the concept of the Orion club, a secret society of sorts. I wish my high school had one. It is comprised of a group of individual students and adults that either have some kind of special paranormal talent or have an affinity for some aspect of the paranormal. They do paranormal investigations. It kind of reminded me of the Anime series, Ghost Hunt in that aspect. Kacie is the main character and she has spent most of her life suppressing her powers because her parents didn’t “approve” of them. I liked that she found her home within the Orion Circle. There are lots of paranormal, and faux paranormal investigations going on. I liked the mixture of things that I saw the club investigate. Plus, the overarching storyline of the big baddie from Kacie’s nightmares was really well done as… Read more »

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Aug 07
{Review+Giveaway} Where You Are by Alla Kar @allakar1 @swoonromance

{Review+Giveaway} Where You Are by Alla Kar @allakar1 @swoonromance

Where You Are is the first book in the New Adult, Together series. It starts out with a group of friends with various guy problems, and one girl that seems to have all the answers to how guys tick. I thought it was really interesting to see what the heck was going on with Laney. Sure, she does have no problem wrapping guys around her fingers, but she is also not interested in any of them. All we know is that it has to do something with a guy in her past, but the real heart of the story for me was figuring out just what happened between her and that guy. I was really pleased when we finally got to the bottom of that story. Where You Are turned out to be a satisfying new adult read. There were a ton of ups and downs throughout the book and a whole lot going on, but the overall story was really good! Laney is so not interested in college guys-… Read more »

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Aug 07
{Guest Post+Cover Reveal+Giveaway} Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail

{Guest Post+Cover Reveal+Giveaway} Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail

One Often Overlooked Element of World-Building A Guest Post & Cover Reveal by Melissa McPhail Every author should understand world-building. Whether engaged in the writing of genre or literary fiction, an author crafts a unique world with each novel. Even when set in the present day, the novel’s events layer a new dimension upon our visible reality. It’s the dimension of those characters, of that story, but it should feel as real to the reader as his own tangible environment. One overlooked element in world-building is religion. Often when religion isn’t factoring into the plot of the story, the author may fail to mention it. Yet when we take a look at how religion influences our daily lives—even when we ourselves may practice no particular faith—it’s clear that religion of some nature is part and parcel to nearly every culture that inhabits this earth. Religion influences our daily interactions with others (moral codes, traditions) and for many, it determines at least in part the way they spend their mornings, nights… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Review+Giveaway} Game Changer by Collette West @Collette_West

{Review+Giveaway} Game Changer by Collette West @Collette_West

First off, I would like to point out that Game Changer is not the first book in the series. I thought it was when I signed up for the tour, and goodreads didn’t put a series name down with this title. It can technically be read as a standalone, and I wasn’t lost or anything like that, but it was clear to me that there was a preceding book (at least one) about other characters. I enjoyed Game Changer but I do wish that I had read Night Games first. Game Changer is equal parts romance as it is about the game of baseball. I really liked that. One did not overshadow the other. It was a bit unrealistic that the major leagues allowed a girl to play. I know they brought it up in the book as a concern that they brushed aside, but I do not think the major leagues are ready for a female player. However, having said that it certainly was interesting to see how Collette… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton

“Have you found her yet?” The male voice cut through my soul as I peered down from the hayloft. It was Miles, the father of the man I was supposed to marry. It was an arranged marriage. One that I couldn’t accept, but I never would’ve guessed that his father was involved in this. Then again, for the first twenty years of my life, living here had seemed like an amazing gift, not a horrific nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. I steadied my breathing to ensure I wasn’t heard as I watched the two men below me. I needed to stay in control. I had planned too long to fail now. “No. It looks like she took off. Maybe two days ago. She left most of her belongings behind, but I’d say enough was missing to indicate that she’s on the run. Her mother went through the house to confirm that there were items missing,” the younger man said. There was something about his voice that was familiar,… Read more »

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Aug 05
{Review+Giveaway} One Smart Cookie by Kym Brunner

{Review+Giveaway} One Smart Cookie by Kym Brunner

One Smart Cookie is an adorable young adult standalone read. I thought the romance in it was really cute and it ended up being a really nice family story as well, which was an unexpected perk. I loved all of the crazy characters, even though one of them annoyed me to no end, but even she ended up shaping up so all around One Smart Cookie turned out to be one heck of a cute read. Sophie works in her mothers Polish bakery and lives above it with her guy crazy mom and very old school and very awesome grandmother. The grandmother was my favorite character in the whole story. I enjoyed Sophie as well. She is young so she does have a tendency to have some immature moments, I still thought she was wayyy better (with 3 y’s) than her mother. Her mother bothered me to no end. With her rude remarks and her totally inappropriate clothes. But her and Sophie’s relationship is all part of the story, so… Read more »

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