Feature and Follow #12 Posing with a book


Feature and Follow #12

This meme is brought to you by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Congrats to the featured blogs for this week Read in Paris and Spare Time Book Blog.

For this meme, you can follow me however you’d like.  Whatever makes you come back a second time!  Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to follow you back.

Book Selfie! Take a pic with your current read.

lizzy ashes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick.


It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

I saw the third book on Netgalley and it sounds amazing, but I promised myself that I won’t request it until I at least finish the first book.  I have the second book too.  I hope I like it!


(I really hate this picture, but it’s the best I could get taking it of myself.  /sigh  I should have taken it earlier in the sunlight, which is much more flattering.)


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Book Blogger Challenge – Day 4

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

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Day 4 – Today

It’s not too late to join in!  Sign up and participate at Good Books and Good Wine.

 What’s the last book you flung across the room?

I’m not as much of a masochist as people might think.  I don’t literally throw every 1 star book against the wall.  Most of them that fit this criteria I owe electronic copies only; I’d rather not fling my Kindle against the wall.  Amazon does boast full replacement for “accidents”, so I wonder if this happens often.

There are several books that I wished I owned in paperback for the sole reason of plummeting them against a wall.  The most recent is Swans & Klons by Nora Olsen, which I plan on reviewing next week.

To put it bluntly; the main character is stupider, more ignorant, and lazier than Eden from Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt.  The book could potentially be more controversial than Save the Pearls too, but the writing is so awful that it feels like the author didn’t want to put forth the effort in making the controversy controversial.  It’s possibly the worst book I’ve ever read.  The only reason I’m forcing myself to finish is because I refuse to have two DNFs in one week.  By God, that cliche-filled vampire book I DNF a couple days ago is Hemingway in comparison.

thomas reading toddler

That said, I do throw books.  If you look closely at the picture you will see a Thomas the Train book (being read upside down no less!).  It has no cover, but that’s not my fault.  I swear!

This book contacted my face at a remarkably high rate of speed at 7am for a spontaneous mid-morning reading session.  Not being a morning person, I chucked it in a random direction.  I’m glad that it avoided all breakable objects in the room.  This has happened to multiple books, toys, and the poor remote.  It gets thrown much harder if it happens to give me a black eye or bloody lip.  I was hit with a wooden train once in the nose and the bruise stayed for weeks.

I know my little one doesn’t intentionally want to hurt mommy.  He just needs to learn to not aim for the face.  For my sake and the sake of his books.

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Poll: Pick my next book!

Thanks for voting on which book I should read next.  You guys selected Alice in Zombieland by Gene Showalter with 57% of the vote.  Read my review.  Please check out the next bunch of books.  The Pack:Retribution by L.M. Preston makes a repeat entry on the poll since it came in 2nd.  All other choice are new.  

You can always suggest books using the Other button.  The Faults of Our Stars by John Green was suggested and looks like an interesting read, so it makes an appearance this week on the poll.  Poll is on the ride sidebar.

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The Knights of Breton Court by Maurice Broaddus 0%
Alice in Zombieland by Gene Showalker 57.14%
Iscariot by Tosca Lee 0%
The Watchers by Jon Steele 0%
The Pack: Retribution by L.M. Preston 28.57%
Other: 14.29%
Books to choose from:




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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Focus by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Focus (The Crescent Chronicles, #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Focus is expected to be released January 2013.  You can check it out on Goodreads.

Overall Thoughts:

Hocus, Pocus, Focus.  Witches and weather.  I like how this cover focuses on her isolation, instead of romance like the first cover.  I’m not quite sure there’s much snow in New Orleans, but I suppose if it does…it is because hell froze over.

Compare to First Cover:


Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

 Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within  The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.

Author Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. 


The author is giving away

  • 1 paperback copy of Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy - US Only
  • 1 ebook of Flight (The Crescent Chronicles, #1) – (international)

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Lazy Days of Summer – The Magic Warble Giveway

The summer is hot and the days are long.  Now is the perfect time to read.  Author Victoria Simcox is giving away three copies of her debut novel, The Magic Warble.  It is a MG fantasy.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond by email.  This contest is open internationally.  You can read my review of The Magic Warble HERE.


Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one,” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble,” in its final resting place. She must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

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