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    Blogoversary Guest Post: Alba of BookPics

    I’m starting to feel very greedy for celebrating my blogoversary long past the actual date of the event. But I have so many great tips from so many amazing bloggers to share that I don’t feel too guilty about being so greedy.

    And today… as if any introduction is really needed… I have Alba of BookPics here on the blog.

    Alba is someone who always puts a smile on my face. Her passion for books is unparalleled. She is kind, enthusiastic, generous of spirit and is my absolute favorite commentator in the blogosphere. Not only on my blog, but on every blog I visit where I see her absolutely delightful comments.

    And I was so humbled and honored by the week-long event she put together on her blog last month – one that left me blushing – that got not only some of my best blogger friends involved but authors I respect and admire. Yeah, that’s how amazing Alba is.

    Anyway….

    For just a little background….

    I am almost positive I first met Alba on Facebook. She was way more social on Facebook than I was – and she still is. But I got to know her even better from interacting with her on my blog. And then chatting with her on Twitter. And stalking her vlogs.

    She and I both share a love of some seriously amazing authors, including Samantha Young, Rachel Vincent, Leah Clifford, Tammara Webber and Scott Tracey. We both go a little fan-girl when it comes to them. But I will concede the victory to Alba for being way more enthusiastic than I am about her love of these authors. Though it’s only because I’m old….

    I seriously admire Alba for doing all that she does for this community – sharing her love and excitement for the books and authors she adores, keeping her blog and Facebook fans apprised of all the best new book covers, for not being afraid to leave her awesome comments on the blogs she likes to visit.

    And for being a positive and honest and sincere blogger who very much has her own voice. One that I will let her share with you now….

    T_______T

    I think that by now every single person that has come even close to my blog knows that I cannot write something without getting teared up, crying, or laughing too hard for my dogs to appreciate…

    Anyway that’s not the point but I was just trying to explain the beginning of the post hehehe.

    First of all…. X_X -drops completely and absolutely dead –

    I am on Fiktshun’s… so let’s just take a minute or an hour depending on the scale of shock you’d consider yourself in… – I’m near a 25 hour-long shock mode right now –

    THANK YOU!! For inviting me Rachel… this is like… nirvana or something… It’s no surprise that I’m freaking out because Rachel’s blog is my fave as you can see by what happened HERE.

    I’m supposedly here to share some tip or advice on blogging but T_T I don’t think I’m experienced enough to do that, but hey! It’s FIKTSHUN’S blog so anything is pretty much possible over here, here it goes.

    I have countless of experiences I’d love to share with you but I think it’d be more exciting if you’d get to experience them by yourselves… react to them the way you would in any other real-life case scenarios and simply go along with those moments… But, the one thing I most definitely think you should always ALWAYS have in mind is…

    DON’T FORGET and BE GRATEFUL!

    Don’t forget? Nope, I’m not insinuating that you’re having some memory problems or your brain short-circuited or something between those lines… It’s just that, always trying to be the first one to break out those bookish news, trying to be the one person who gets a certain ARC earlier than any other book blogger/ librarian/ anyone out there, being the one with the most followers, being the one with the most pageviews… And so many other things that we book bloggers and bloggers in general have to deal with and think about on a daily basis, are prone to make us forget.

    Forget what? That we’re actually doing this to share our book loving, author loving, and community loving personas. But most importantly that we’re doing this to have fun! Don’t go out there or start a new blog just for the books or for the fame, STEALING IS NOT COOL, be yourself! If you want to do a feature try to do a little research on it, there’s nothing wrong with posting similar things as long as you don’t just copy their content and NEVER NEVER forget to credit them… I’m rambling. So…

    My first tip? Don’t Forget to Always Always smile and be happy with everything that happens on your blog!

    Have no new followers ever since those first couple of friends clicked that GFC button? Don’t worry! Smile because those are still there and they’re supporting you!

    Didn’t get to be included in a certain blog tour? Smile because you’ll keep trying and make it next time!

    Weren’t able to enter a giveaway because it was US Only or was international but sponsored by The Book Depository and it doesn’t ship to your country even though it supposedly ships worldwide? Smile because life’s good and maybe next time you will be able to enter! -idk-

    Couldn’t get that so much coveted ARC that EVERYONE seems to be getting in the mail boxes? SMILE! Because you’re going to enjoy it and appreciate it that much more when you do, indeed, get the book. Be it an ARC or the final copy!

    And with that… comes the second and most easy tip I’ve ever given…

    Be grateful! I cannot believe how much I’ve come to appreciate everything, I mean it, every single thing that happens to me… I’m grateful for.

    Every tweet back, every facebook comment, every blog follower, every comment on my blog…every email… Every single thing brings a smile to my face and a spark of happiness in my heart and mind… And it’s no wonder I’m on cloud nine whenever I get one…

    Don’t take for granted the books you get… Be it ARCs or finished copies… Being international, it’s always always hard to see how a lot of people just take those things for granted… They have books at libraries where they can go and borrow… bookstores that have every single tittle possible a book lover can want… and publishers that are willing to send boxes and boxes of books to all those book bloggers…

    Love love love those books, treasure them, and be forever forever grateful….

    Take minutes or seconds to thank that person who stopped by your blog and left a meaningful comment, respect everyone…

    I’m rambling -_____________-

    AHH I knew this wouldn’t be a good idea… I’m practically a rookie book blogger!

    Take it from me… I’m telling/sharing this because, it has all crossed my mind, it has happened to me…

    Sometimes it might be hard to smile… when people steal your things, when you get rejected, when you feel like you’re not good enough, when even those closest to you don’t believe in you….

    But there’s always always, someone out there… who will appreciate the effort you’re doing to spread the word about all those amazing reads. Just ask the authors…

    Remember this and I think your blogging life will be definitely much more happy and enjoyable…

    Just picture it… if it weren’t for these 2 things… I wouldn’t even be Fiktshun’s #1stalker or I wouldn’t have been able to tweet with authors or I simply would have just shut down my laptop and never ever share my love for books and reading ever ever again and I wouldn’t have come to meet such a wonderful community!

    I shudder to think I wouldn’t have a single person to vent about how much I’m dying to read Everbound by Brodi Ashton or just how I die every single day that I have to wait for A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford… or how I cry just thinking about reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi… or how If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Dark Song by Gail Giles played a huge part in saving my life… Or how… I want to strangle Sophie from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series simply for being Sophie… >.<

    Who would I scream to when I meet a new book crush? Whose blog would I spam with comments?

    Ummm nope… that definitely wouldn’t be any good… I really don’t even want to imagine a world like that.

    So yeap… There you have it, Don’t ever ever forget to smile and be always always grateful…

    Smile ^_______^

    Be grateful ^_^

    And always be yourself!

    Never forget 😀

    Alba I love, love, love your tips. You are so right that we should never forget to smile and always be grateful.

    It’s just so easy to forget to smile and be grateful when things get overwhelming. When other bloggers get “more” than we do. When we get rejected or stolen from or treated poorly or criticized.

    But you are so right that there are just so many things worth smiling about in this community. Like a wonderful comment left by a favorite blog reader. Meeting a new character we’ll always remember in a newly discovered book. Being thanked by the author for taking the time to read their book. Making a new friend in the community on Twitter. And every so often being approved for a title we so desperately wanted to read on NetGalley.

    I do, however, disagree with just one tiny thing in your post. You are so NOT a rookie! Whether you like it or not, you are an established blogger. And I’m so happy to have met you and that being a part of this community has allowed the two of us to “meet” even though we aren’t on the same continent.

    Now I can officially say, “Woo hoo! I have Alba of BookPics on my blog!” Thank you so much for being a part of my blogoversary, Alba!

    If you haven’t yet “met” Alba, what are you waiting for? You can find her…

    I decided to surprise Alba with the book I was giving away during her visit to the blog. I’d initially intended to offer up for giveaway a couple copies of a book she is still a bit scared to read… LOCKDOWN… but I decided instead to go with a book by an author that I know she’s such a huge fan of. As am I.

    So, I am giving away to TWO winners – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #97

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of November 6th-November 12th that I have pre-ordered.

    Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor released in the U.S. today, November 6, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Days of Blood & Starlight is the second book in author Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is due out in 2013.

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    I am so excited that DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT is finally available. I waited to read the first book in the series just so I wouldn’t have to suffer the wait between books and now I don’t.

    This sequel is one of the books I spotlighted for my Book Watch post last month because it sounds so amazing and because I’ve been anxiously awaiting its release for the past twelve months or so.

    I am so curious to see just what happens with Karou in this sequel, though I do have somewhat of an idea as I couldn’t help but read an awesome review. I want to meet these characters, I want to be “filled with heartbreak” and I want to read this book the description says is intense and rich and colorful.

    And even though I had another book on my reading pile this week, I’m going to have to go off pile to start this awesome series. Because I just can’t wait anymore.

    Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine released in the U.S. today, November 6, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Bitter Blood is the 13th book in the author’s The Morganville Vampires series. The 14th book is entitled Fall of Night and is slated for release on May 7, 2013. The 15th book in the series, due out in November 2013, is currently untitled.

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    This latest installment in The Morganville Vampires series sounds so awesome that I was super thrilled when it downloaded to my Kindle. While I am a bit behind on this series, there is no way I could resist the chance to pre-order BITTER BLOOD when it was made available.

    And while I am not caught up on this series, I plan on getting caught up in the next few months. Because I have to know just how things ended up as they have in this installment, with the vamps and humans practically ready to do battle. Even if it means they could end up on the news.

    I want to know just what Claire and her friends have to do to “keep the peace” and I want to find out if they’ll be able to keep things hidden from the TV show that arrived in town to search for ghosts.

    I can’t wait to get back to this world that I love and see what latest challenge Claire Danvers has to face. And if all goes as planned, I hope to find out this winter.

    Sirens by Janet Fox will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Speak, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Sirens is the third book in author’s Faithful series. The fourth book in the series is entitled Paradise.

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    I was only recently made aware of the release date for this third book in author Janet Fox’s Faithful series, SIRENS. But when I read its description last month I instantly pre-ordered it. Though if I had seen the tagline first, it would have completely sold me before I even read one word of the description.

    I love that each book in this series has a different main character. And I can’t wait to meet Jo and be taken back in time to her world, to Manhattan in the Prohibition Era with bootleggers, gangsters and molls.

    I want to find out just what secrets Jo uncovers that would “threaten an empire” and I can’t wait to find out whether her story will end happily or in ruin. As SIRENS releases later this week, fortunately I don’t have much longer to wait.

    [UPDATE]

    Easy by Tammara Webber was released in the U.S. today, November 6, 2012, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Easy was originally self-published on May 24, 2012.

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    I was so unbelievably thrilled when I found out that EASY by Tammara Webber was being published by Berkley Trade. While I already had the self-published version on my Kindle, I just had to pre-order the traditionally published version. And since it wouldn’t let me get the new version for the Kindle, I decided to pre-order the print edition.

    And it showed up in my mailbox today. A total surprise. Which is why I forgot to include it in my list of pre-ordered books earlier, as I only check my digital pre-orders when creating this post. But I’m so glad I bought the print edition as it’s so unbelievably gorgeous.

    And I can’t wait to read it… or I should say finish reading it. Because I know this book is amazing. I know the author is a gorgeous and brilliant writer. I know this story is beautiful and painful and heartbreaking. And that this will be one of those books that stick with me forever.

    [End of update]

    What the Spell (Part Three) by Brittany Geragotelis

    Pub. Date: November 6, 2012

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan

    Pub. Date: November 6, 2012

    Publisher: Poppy

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Flash Point by Nancy Kress

    Pub. Date: November 8, 2012

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I am so happy that it’s a quiet week for releases. Maybe it was planned that way so us Wrimos won’t fail when tempted with all sorts of yummy new releases. Or maybe not. Because I am really dying to read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE so I can read DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT. Ugh. So tempted.

    I am also super sad I’ve fallen so far behind on all the books in The Morganville Vampires series as I love that series. I’m thinking I may do a re-read of the first nine books and catch up with all the rest this winter just for fun. Because I miss those marathon reads where I don’t stress about reviews. And that series is absolutely adorable.

    And I must check out this book I recently discovered, Flash Point by Nancy Kress. While I haven’t pre-ordered it, I may end up buying it this week as it sounds really cool.

    Anyway…

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Author Interview + Giveaway: Tammara Webber

    For those who don’t already know, I’m a huge fan of author Tammara Webber’s. I absolutely love her Between the Lines series and I’m loving her latest release, Easy, which I just started reading last night.

    She is such an incredible writer and really knows how to craft addicting, heartbreaking and amazing stories and characters.

    And I am so super excited to have had the pleasure of asking her just a few questions about herself, her books, writing and publishing.

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    In case you haven’t yet had the chance to meet her, here’s the inside scoop from the bio on her website.

    About the Author

    I write romantic Mature Young Adult / New Adult fiction.

    Reading was one of my first and earliest loves, and writing soon followed. My first book was about a lost bear, but my lack of ability as an illustrator convinced me to abandon that effort and concentrate on passing 3rd grade. I wrote sad romantic poetry in high school and penned my first half-novel when I was 19, for which I did lots of research on Vikings (the marauders, not the football team), and which was accidentally destroyed when I stuffed it into the shredder at work.

    Addictions: coffee and Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt. Also carrots, but not with coffee or frozen yogurt, because that would be disgusting. I also love shopping for earrings, because they always fit – even if I occasionally “forget” to work out. I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, BLOG, GOODREADS

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    Even her bio is awesome, right!?! And I’m so glad that she does not eat carrots with coffee or frozen yogurt. Because, yes, that is disgusting! I mean, would be, disgusting. I’ve never done that….

    Anyway, how about that interview….

    Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Yes or no, do you remember that first moment you did decide you wanted to write? When, how and what was it?

    I’ve been a writer since I could write. I wrote “books” when I was very young, complete with illustrations, of course. I loved to read, and literally read the covers right off of my favorites.

    By the time I hit middle school, I’d progressed to poems and keeping a journal. I wrote essays, the occasional memoir-type story, and half of a romance novel (at 19), but the idea of becoming an author seemed impossible. I started another novel in my late twenties, which wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t good. I finished it, gave myself an A for effort, and shelved it. What I didn’t understand was that every bit of that writing was practice. I was finding my voice—which refused to sound like historical romance or literary fiction, though I loved to read both.

    I discovered YA when my oldest child was 12/13, and took a YA lit course as part of my English degree, earned during my thirties. The first YA novel I wrote will also never see the light of day, but I knew when I finished it that I’d found my sweet spot.

    Fiktshun: Wow, what an incredible journey you took as a writer. Your voice is amazing and I’m so glad that you were able to find it rather than trying to modify it to fit genres you loved.

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    Q. Do you have a favorite author, character or bookish quote? And if so, what is it?

    My favorite bookish quote is from Life of Pi by Yann Martel:

    “What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell. I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. For example – I wonder – could you tell my jumbled story in exactly one hundred chapters, not one more, not one less? I’ll tell you, that’s one thing I have about my nickname, the way the number runs on forever. It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

    Fiktshun: Oh that is such a great and meaningful quote.

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    Q. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in trying to get your novels self-published?

    The first big hurdle for me was the collective mindset against self-pubbing – what it means to the writer as well as to the public when something is “self-published.” I went through the typical agent-searching queries and pitches with Between the Lines (the first book). By the time I gave up the notion of being published traditionally, I’d written the first draft of a sequel. I knew that if I self-published one, I would be self-publishing both.

    For a while, I thought I might query the novel I had in the back of my head – which became Easy. Along the way, I realized that I would never query again. Reader approval is what a writer ultimately seeks. Why back up and seek something I no longer need to validate what I want to do? It wouldn’t make sense for me. I’m not closed to the idea of representation—I just no longer need it to consider myself an author.

    Fiktshun: It’s so true that there can be a stigma attached to self-pubbing versus going the traditional route. I suppose the same is true with blogging versus reviewing for editorial media outlets. But it’s so wonderful that you are able to feel rewarded by doing what you’re doing without that validation that comes with going the traditional route.

    And while I hope to find your books on shelves at my local bookstore one day, if only so that your writing will reach a wider audience, I’m just so glad that there is this avenue to publish for writers as talented as yourself.

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    Q. Going the traditional publishing route, authors have deadlines they must work under. As a self-published author, do you set self-imposed deadlines? And if so, how rigid are they? How hard or easy is it for you to stay focused?

    I absolutely set deadlines, and twice (Where You Are and Easy), those deadlines drove me to work 70-hour weeks for 2-3 months to hit them.

    The obvious deadline is the “expected publication” date. What readers may not understand is what that date actually means. Long before the reader downloads that book to her e-reader, my critique partners close-read the finished manuscript and give me feedback. I make revisions, and they go over it again. Then my beta-readers get the manuscript and do the same thing. I make more revisions based on their feedback. Finally, I reread the manuscript closely, and make any revisions I feel necessary. Then comes the copy editor, who looks for grammar inconsistencies, typos, etc. Then the programmer takes the word doc and turns it into epub and mobi files. And then it’s uploaded to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore.

    Ideally, I would have the manuscript in the hands of my CPs two months before publication.

    Fiktshun: That is a fairly large chunk of time to get things ready for publication. But, I think, absolutely necessary to putting forth a book that shines, as yours do. Though I don’t think I quite realized the time it takes for the conversion process. I always assumed it was as simple as clicking a button.

    And while not all self-published authors go through the same steps that you do to get yours to publication, it clearly shows in the finished book just how much thought, care and effort went into producing it. Yet another reason why you’re one of my favorite authors.

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    Q. Which character was your favorite to write for in your BETWEEN THE LINES series and why?

    Reid. He was such an annoying bad boy all the way through the first book that I didn’t see it coming. I liked writing him, but I never thought he’d become my favorite. He was calculating and arrogant and mean. I couldn’t make him dishonest, though, and that intrigued me.

    Once I delved into what had happened in his early relationship with Brooke, I couldn’t stop wanting to help him find that ability to be that blindly devoted again – but to someone who wouldn’t be so careless with his heart. He kept screwing up, but he learned. That’s what separates a hopeless bad boy from the others—whether or not he can learn. If he can learn, he can change—if he chooses to. If he keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over, he’s hopeless, and that’s as true in real life as it is in fiction. Actually, more so. 😉

    Fiktshun: Ah, Reid. He was my favorite character to read. It’s so fascinating that he wouldn’t let you make him all bad. Though he was the bad boy, I found him to be totally sympathetic. And intriguing. And I was ever hopeful for him. I’m so glad you continued his story.

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    Q. EASY is a darker story than those in your BETWEEN THE LINES series. What inspired you to go a little bit darker with the story?

    I spent the majority of my adult life on a college campus, either as a student or an employee. I didn’t have the normal college experience; I observed it from close range. As an advisor, I was privy to some of the darker aspects of student life, and it became obvious that some students simply weren’t informed what to expect.

    An article in the campus paper about acquaintance rape, or alcohol poisoning, or a debilitating bout of oh-my-God-I’m-not-ready-for-adulthood depression might be read, might not. Fictional stories, strangely enough, are often easier to swallow. Readers become emotionally involved with the characters, and identify with them.

    Easy is a story I’ve wanted to tell forever, but publishers have long discouraged authors from setting stories in the 18-23 age range. When I wrote BTL, I was still trying to attract a traditional publisher. When I wrote Easy, I had no thought in mind at all about trying to get the notice of an agent or publisher. I wrote what I wanted to write, how I wanted to write it.

    Fiktshun: I am so thrilled that you were able to write the story you wanted to write without those age constraints. Because these stories are rarely written and can be so informative, whether written in a fun, heartbreaking or realistic way.

    And it’s so true that many students have no idea of what to expect when they head to college. It can be a pretty big shocker. I think realistic fiction aimed at this period of time in life could make a huge difference.

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    Q. Hardcover, paperback or eReader? Yes.

    Q. Kindle, nook or Kobo? Kindle.

    Q. Bad boys, good boys or not-so-good boys? Yes!

    Q. Fiercely independent, totally dependent or heroines caught somewhere in between? Definitely in between.

    Q. Judge a book by its cover, judge a book by its blurb, judge a book by a review? I have to admit, a good cover and/or strong blurb are what draws a reader in – including me. I go by reviews if I know and trust the reviewer, or the review is so objectively written that I can tell it’s true. I’m also a HUGE fan of Kindle samples. Everyone should use them! You can weed out books that won’t interest you, and find gems that may seem “meh” on the surface but are beautifully written, or so compellingly written that they immediately suck you into the story.

    Q. Star-crossed, soulmates or love triangles? Soulmates.

    Q. On the page, on the stage or on the big screen? On the page (that one’s too easy!)

    Fiktshun: Oh haha to the “yes” answers. Sometimes it is just too hard to choose just one. 🙂

    I totally agree with you about judging a book. Without a great or appealing cover, unless you are actively seeking that book out, how would you even think to pick it up? And I’m similar with regard to reviews. I prefer them very objective – pointing out pros and cons – or incredibly heartfelt or enthusiastic. It’s tough to fake enthusiasm. And even if I don’t agree in the end, I like getting to read books that have inspired that much passion.

    And hey, I had to make at least one of those questions easy. 🙂

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I loved getting to learn a little more about the author behind the amazing books and about all your efforts to bring your books to publication.

    I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it has to be said again. I will buy every single book you write. You are an amazing writer. And you have a fan for life.

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    So… as a huge fan of Author Tammara Webber and her books, I want to give away a couple copies of her newest release, EASY. But before I do that, here’s just a little bit…

    About the Book

    When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

    Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

    Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

    Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

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    What’s up for grabs:

    A paperback copy of Easy by Tammara Webber ordered from Amazon to TWO winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.

    2. There will be TWO winners.

    3. You must be 16 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on June 21st in this post.

    7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    8. If the winner is located in the U.S., book will be sent directly from Amazon. If located internationally, book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    And if you are viewing this post via email you will have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog as Rafflecopter forms do not work through email.

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    My Reading Pile #63

    It’s been a very quiet week this week. I actually got nothing in the mail book-wise. Not even purchased books. Though it’s very possible I’ll get some today. I am really hoping so, because I’m dying to read The Golden Lily and I know that Mr. Mailman is just being mean by not delivering it.

    But while I didn’t get anything new this week, that doesn’t mean that I’m stuck out in the desert with nary a book in sight. Nope, there are plenty of books to choose from and so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (May 27 – June 2, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein. I received a copy in the mail for a review a couple of months ago from the author, but as it wasn’t going to be released until July I didn’t want to add it to the pile too soon. Though I really, really wanted to.

    This book sounds definitely different than many of my current reads, though it has elements of genres I have always loved in the non-YA books I’ve read. According to the description this book is, “Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos.” And while I’ve never actually watched The Sopranos, I have been a Robert Ludlum fan for years and Jason Bourne is one of my favorite characters. And yes, I really love the films.

    I am excited to finally find out more about cold fury and how it helps Sara Jane to find her family. This book sounds totally kick-a**, action-packed and fast-paced. Between trying to save her family, hide from an assassin and uncover “the secret to ‘ultimate power’,” it sounds like a totally thrilling adventure. And one I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    With a description that promises “cinematic writing” and an “imaginative adventure” I think I’m kind of in love already.

    Next up on the pile is Easy by Tammara Webber. I was offered a copy for review but decided to purchase this one myself so that I could take the time to read it at my leisure. But once I saw the cover and read the description I wasn’t able to get it out of my mind. And when the author mentioned that it was just a bit darker, my curiosity was piqued. And so it’s made the pile this week.

    I am a huge fan of contemporary dramas that have a darker edge a la Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall or Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. And Easy sounds like it has just that edge to it.

    With the combination of so many of very real-life issues, this story sounds like one that will completely be twisty-turn-y, gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. And it most definitely sounds like nothing will be easy in this story for Jacqueline.

    Between a breakup, starting a college she only wanted to attend because of said ex, gaining a stalker and failing a class, Jacqueline most definitely doesn’t have it so easy. And  with things getting complicated with her ex, the stalker, a tutor she only knows through email and a bad boy she thinks she wants more with, this book sounds so unbelievably awesome.

    I am a huge fan of author Tammara Webber’s writing. She’s one of my favorite contemporary YA writers. And she really knows how to put readers on an unforgettable roller coaster ride. I can’t wait to find out just how many ups and downs there will be, find out who is keeping secrets and who can be trusted. And I am curious if there will be a happy, bittersweet or tragic end to this story.

    (And I should note, that while this is a YA story, it’s aimed at a more mature YA audience.)

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. I am dying to read this book. Ever since I put Bloodlines down I wanted to be able to pick this one up. Of course the slight problem with that is that I don’t have it yet. But it should be en route. And I’m really hoping it arrives today.

    I’d planned on adding three books to the pile because of the holiday weekend, but I didn’t so that I could save room for this wishful thinking read. So yes, this week I’m wishing, hoping and doing a little bit of pleading that this book comes and I can add it to the pile this week.

    Those left behind:

    I was a completely scattered reader last week and while I am about 90% done with Demon Eyes – yes I’ll be finishing it today – I didn’t get to read Onyx. But that’s due in part to the fact that I can’t get it on my Kindle. It’s too large to email it and with the fact that I switched up computers I haven’t been able to add it to my Nook through Adobe Digital Editions, either.

    But I did start a bunch of books – Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent, If I Die by Rachel Vincent, Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard and a totally off-pile book I shouldn’t be reading. (No, it’s not that book. I won’t be reading that book. Ever.)

    And I really, really need to get writing those reviews for Dreamless and Grave Mercy. Which I’m hoping by having an extra day this weekend will help. We shall see….

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I hid from NetGalley this week so no new pile adds from them, either. Which is a really great thing. Because I’m so behind. And I feel so terribly guilty about it. But I console myself, slightly, with the fact that I didn’t bury myself in a deeper pile of eBooks.

    But I don’t know just how long I’ll be able to keep up this ban….

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    I haven’t been doing so well with my bookish piles these days. Though all I really want to do is read, I can’t seem to find the time to do it. The days are getting longer and so is my list of obligations toward things other than books.

    I would love to have a month to just kick back, relax, read, blog and just have some fun, but life doesn’t always offer those opportunities. And while I was planning on attending BEA next week, I’m glad I’ve decided not to. Even though I’m out-of-pocket a bit of cash.

    Because now I get to take some much needed time off. To read. To relax. To Armchair BEA. To realign my priorities, goals and all that fun stuff now that the year is nearly half over.

    And hey, maybe even schedule a few posts so that I don’t live one post away from complete and total failure on the blog.

    For those who get to an extra day off this weekend, may it be relaxing and fun and filled with amazing adventures in real life and in the stories you read. And for everyone, as always, happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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