Thursday, March 31, 2011

5 Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

Title: Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Author: Kara Louise
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402241038 (ISBN13: 9781402241031)
paperback, 356 pages


Summary: In this fresh and original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet's greatest fear comes to pass-Longbourn is entailed to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth finds work as a governess in London, widening the social divide between her and Mr. Darcy and making it more difficult than ever for them to find their way to each other...


I absolutely adore Jane Austen sequels and variations. When I received this book in the mail I squeeed while jumping up and down. My husband asked me what was the matter and I told him "It's Darcy and Elizabeth".  He just rolled his eyes and said he didn't understand how I could read the same story over and over again. I had to set him straight. This is an entirely different story. Yes, it has Darcy and Elizabeth in it but the journey to happily ever after is completely different. That's what I love about variations. I love seeing how the authors envision these beloved characters and the alternative direction they take this well known story. 
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is a fantastic variation. I found my self devouring this book page after page. This was a 'stay up all night to read' book. Kara Louise takes Darcy and Elizabeth and sets them on a different path. After Mr. Darcy's disastrous proposal,  Elizabeth gets the tragic news that Mr. Bennett has died leaving his estate to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth becomes a governess with a respectable family. She adores her pupil and is within walking distance of her most beloved sister, Jane. Elizabeth and Jane although content are a little disheartened about their present circumstances. They carry on as best they can. Elizabeth forms a friendship with her employers sister, Rosalyn. During their friendship it is discovered the Rosalyn has her sites set on none other than Mr. Darcy. 
I really like the direction that Kara Louise took this story. I really appreciated how she kept the personalties of Darcy and Elizabeth in tact. I was sorry that Mr. Bennett had to die because he's one of my favorite characters but it is necessary for the storyline. Kara Louise introduces some new characters into the story. Rosalyn, who has her eye on Mr. Darcy is a great character. I love seeing her transform through out the book. Mr. Hamilton is also a great new character. He doesn't think much before he speaks but he added some comedy to this novel. The author kept many of the original characters in this book but she gives an exciting twist to their stories as well. Of course the main focus of the book is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I loved seeing their story unfold bit by bit. Kara Louise gives us a glimpse of the softer side of Mr. Darcy. The banter between the two is great. I fell in-love with Darcy and Elizabeth all over again. I thought the story was fresh and deeply romantic. This is a book that I will definitely read again. 


Find out more about Kara Louise by visiting her website | blog | facebook 
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository


*cover and summary taken from Goodreads
*I received my copy from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review
*I'm an amazon and b&n affiliate





Wednesday, March 30, 2011

9 Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference



Hello everybody, I wanted to let you know that I've signed up for Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference. The conference will take place April 13-17, 2011. The best part about this conference is that you don't have to leave town. The cost is $45. If money is an issue they have ways to help you out. Go to http://bbpcon.blogspot.com/ to check out all the details about registration.

This is a tentative list of panels:

  1. Legal Issues and Book Blogging - everything a blogger should know about disclosing book sources, the FTC guidelines and the new blog subscription system via Amazon and copyright issues.
  2. The Financial Side of Book Blogging - as affiliates, what do we need to claim on our taxes? Does our revenue have to reach a certain level before we're liable? Is monetizing our sites really worth it?
  3. Audio Books - How to get them and how to review them.
  4. Publisher Blogs
  5. What Publishers Look For in a Blog - find out what publishers want to see in a review site.
  6. Vlogs?!? What are They? How do They Work? - how long should they be? What's their draw? Tips and hints to make them better.
  7. Young Adult Books, What is Coming Out and Who is Reading
  8. Reviewing under 18? - Tips on being professional and how to approach publishers.
  9. Is YA White Washed? - What can be talked about? What goes to far? Is realism lost?
  10. YA Blogging Over 30? 40? 50? - approaching the genre from a different perspective and the authors writing it.
  11. What Publicity Departments Do - Hear from the houses and better understand what they are looking for.
  12. Self Publishing is Changing - What do we think? Why authors are choosing it and how self-publishing works. With the changing technology, as reviewers, are we more willing to review these titles?
  13. PopUp Publishers - Where are they all coming from?!? - Finding and reviewing new publishers. What are we looking for when we read their books?
  14. Reviewing: Print vs. Ebooks
  15. Single vs Multiple Reviewer Sites - Pros and Cons
  16. A Mission Statement for Your Blog
  17. Attending Live Events as a Blogger - Hear from bloggers who have attended Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention, Authors After Dark, and the Book Expo of America.
  18. Promoting Your Site - Discussion on both passive and active marketing ideas.
  19. Negative and Positive Reviews and Why both are Needed
  20. Authors, Bloggers, Publishers Behaving Badly
  21. Blogger Burnout - Learn different approaches for getting over the burn.
  22. Time Management -
  23. What Bloggers WANT - publishers are not mind readers, what would make it easier for us?
  24. The Design & Technical Side of Blogging - Learn how to track stats; the intricacies of Technorati, Feedburn, Google Friend Connect, etc; HTML & CSS tricks.
  25. How to Help Authors Give Us What We Want


I am super excited to be participating this year. I look forward to finding out ways to improve my blog, interact with publishers and other bloggers. I'm also happy to be able to do this from my home. It makes it so much easier to attend. Also I don't want to forget, there will be lots of giveaways!!! So if you're interested in attending, sign ups are going on right now. Head on over to http://bbpcon.blogspot.com/. I hope to see you there!

5 April Giveaways Around the Blogging World



If you have a giveaway going on, why don't you link it up here? I'll help spread the word ! All you have to do fill out Mr.Linky below. Don't forget to put when your giveaway ends. If you have any questions you can email me or @ me on twitter.



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

5 Lady of the Veils by M.L. John

Title: Lady of the Veils
Author: M.L. John
Publisher Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Publication Date: December, 2010
ebook, 348 pages

Summary: In a suburban town twenty minutes from the border of Faerie lives a young woman named Karen MacGregor. Though she is the daughter of an exiled Faerie princess, Karen leads an unremarkable life full of homework, punk rock and old science fiction movies. When bloody civil war breaks out in her mother’s homeland her life begins to change rapidly. Her brother is presumed dead after his fighter jet is shot down over the Enchanted Forest, and Faerie’s royal family, including her beloved godfather, has been executed. Accompanied by a Fey Prince with whom she shares a forbidden love and armed with magic she never knew existed, Karen must lead a rebel force against an ancient and powerful enemy.


I first came across this book when @GRgenius on twitter tweeted that she just read an awesome book. I immediately had to know what book she was reading. Thus begin my interest in this book. I love Faerie books and this one sounded like a perfect fit. It was. I was immediately lost in the world that M.L. John created. 
This is an action packed story. It begins with the High King of Faerie being assassinated. The faerie world of Avalon is thrown in to chaos. Karen, the main character of the story is grieving for the loss of the High King and his family. She grew up playing with his children. Karen learns that Beri, her best friend and love of her life is still alive.  Willing to risk everything just to protect him, Karen sets off on a journey to Avalon. While in Avalon, Karen encounters some interesting characters who become her allies in trying to defeat those who are basically trying to commit genocide by killing all the half-fay. 
I liked Karen's character a lot. She starts out as an insecure girl. She doesn't really fit in the human world or the faerie world. She goes on quite a journey and discovers she has strength and powers she didn't realize she possessed. I also like that she's a kick-butt heroine. She doesn't sit around waiting to be rescued. One of my favorite things about Karen is that she quotes movies a lot before battle. Karen is not the same girl by the end of the book. I loved seeing her character's transformation. I also liked that she retained some of her original vulnerability. 
M.L. John wrote some fantastic characters. Many who are forced into roles they would never want in the first place. They are very diverse and a bit mysterious. I liked how M.L. John gave just enough information to keep me wanting more.
This story is great from beginning to end. I'm so glad I read it and I would love to see a sequel.  Lady of the Veils is awesome. It's full of adventure, suspense and romance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great story to read. 
If you click on the Gypsy Shadow link above you can read an excerpt of Lady of the Veils for free.


If you would like to find out more about the author, check out: Blog | twitter | facebook


The book is available @ Smashwords and Gypsy Shadow Publishing


*I was provided an ecopy of this book for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review
*picture taken from Gypsy Shadow Publishing, Summary taken from Good Reads
*I'm an affiliate of smashwords

Monday, March 28, 2011

0 Guest Post with Erin Lale

I've just published three volumes of ebooks of my collected works: Polymath: Collected Nonfiction, Renaissance Woman: Collected Art and Poetry, and Universal Genius: Collected Fiction.
 
Over the last 26 years since my first published work, I've written a very long list of different things, most of which were published in print magazines and newspapers which are now out of print and were never available in electronic form.  Assembling and e-publishing my collected works presented three major challenges. 
 
The first challenge was what to leave out. I decided not to reprint all of the columns I wrote for the sports page of The Sonoma Index-Tribune, for example, because most of them were only of interest to people in the time period in which they were written.  In the fiction volume and the art and poetry volume, I left out a lot of lesser works, especially poetry written in my youth that some editor had decided to publish but which no longer met my own standards.  I also had to leave out two short stories that I wanted to include, because I no longer had a copy of them, despite efforts to keep a copy of all my published works over the years; that made me even more resolved to find and e-publish as much of my work as I can, to keep all I've accomplished over the years from drifting away on the wind like smoke from my funeral pyre, leaving nothing left of me in this world but ash and dry bones. 


The second challenge was the necessity of retyping almost everything.  Almost everything I still have from the print era exists only in hardcopy, so I had to type it all into a file on my computer.  All of the things I've published were originally produced on a computer, but most of my early work was written on a Kaypro 2X in CPM format, using those big old floppy disks that don't physically fit in a modern computer's disk slot. I know that books can be scanned if one has a scanner, but I have only the absolute bare minimum equipment because I don't have a  lot of money.  Retyping everything has two consequences; first, typos, of course, and like the first editions of nearly every print book in existence, I know my new e-books probably have some I didn't catch; second is the temptation to change things.  I did tighten some of the fiction in Universal Genius from its published form, resulting in some of the stories being a little shorter. I resisted the temptation to change anything in the first story in Universal Genius, The Timelessness Machine, because it's a classic first published in the first volume of Sterling Web. 

The third challenge was assembling all this writing in an aesthetically pleasing form that, hopefully, someone might want to buy. Originally I was going to put all of this writing in one volume.  But Polymath has a lot of academic papers, which draw a very different audience than science fiction and fantasy.  I thought of publishing the fiction and poetry in one volume, since they are both mostly sf and f. But not everyone likes poetry. I also considered four volumes, with the art and poetry separate from each other, but once I eliminated the vast majority of my published poems, which I no longer really liked, the poetry volume would have been rather short without the art.  That's how I ended up with three volumes. 
 



 I hope that eventually I can publish print editions of my collected works, but that's not a high priority for me because almost all of the writing in these volumes has already been published in print. Also, the art and poetry volume could not be printed in its present form for the same reason I can't email it to anyone or publish it on the Nook: there is too much art.  For email and the Nook, the problem is the file size.  For a print edition, the problem is the cost of color printing.  A print edition would have to be priced prohibitively high.  I've already created a print edition file with most of the art cut out, but I'm cogitating on that a while before I decide if I like it that way. One of the main differences between print and electronic publishing is that if I find errors in my book after it's published as an ebook, I can fix it in a few days at no cost, but print is forever. It worked really well for me to come out with the ebook of my first book, Asatru For Beginners, first, and come out with the print edition later, although I hope it doesn't take me 8 years this time! 


Thank you Erin Lale for taking the time to stop by. For more information on these books check out
Amazon | B&N 
You can find out more about Erin Lale @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaleLibrary/





Saturday, March 26, 2011

10 Sunday Confession March 27, 2011


This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

This week's question is:

Do you judge a book by it's cover?

As book lovers we all know that what's important is what lies beneath the covers, the storyline. If a storyline is bad it doesn't matter what the cover looks like, it's not going to change the story. Sometime covers can be a bit cheesy but the story line is fantastic. However, has a cover ever influenced you to buy a book or not buy a book? I have to admit that when I'm browsing in a book store and I happen to see a beautiful cover, it's hard not to pick up the book and at least check out the blurb on the back.  I don't believe I've ever purchased a book based on the cover alone but I have to say I think it helps. So what about you? 

*If you answer this question on your own blog please leave a link in the comments so I can come visit. 



6 What's Your Status?





Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. If your interested in participating in this meme, check of Zakiya's blog for all the info and the linky to sign up.


What I read last week:
Lady of the Veils by ML John
Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
Descending by Catherine Chisnall

What I'm Reading Now:
Shadow Cay by Leona Bodie
Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs

What I plan to read next:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 



2 Book Trailer Spotlight (7)



I love book trailers! So I've decided to add a new feature here at To Read or Not To Read where I spotlight book trailers! If there is a book trailer that you think I should know about 
and you would like to see it featured, please feel free to contact me.


This week's book trailer spotlight is Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski. If you've followed my blog for a while you know my love for Austen variations and sequels. I've not read this book yet but it's on my wish list. It looks like a great story.


Title: Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer
Author: Karen Wasylowski
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402245947 (ISBN13: 9781402245947)
website | blog | facebook | twitter
buy @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository


Summary: A gentleman cannot survive without his best friend...
Fitzwilliam Darcy and colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different. Darcy is quiet and reserved, and carries the weight of his responsibilities on his shoulders. His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a confirmed bachelor whose military feats have made him a hero, and whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within. Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other.
Then life gets complicated, with unrequited love and unresolved deeds from the past raising their ugly heads, and family difficulties threatening even the most steadfast friendship. Will these two strong personalities find a way to align, or will the vicissitudes of life and love tear them in different directions and destroy the family they have always worked together to protect?








*summary and picture taken from Goodreads
* I'm an Amazon and B&N affiliate 



Thursday, March 24, 2011

9 A few announcements:

My first announcement is that I bought my domain name! It exciting, at least to me.  My new blog address is

www.2readornot2read.com

It's a lot shorter that it used to be. If you use the old addy it should direct you to the new one. I hope to work all the kinks out. If something is wonky please let me know.


My second announcement is that I have signed up for the Easter Hoppin Blog Hop April 15-17. This hop is hosted by Daniel of Lush Book Reviews and JoJo of JoJo's Book Corner. The last day to sign up is April 12. Blog hops are a lot of fun so be sure to stop by. (My giveaway will be international.) 


Easter Hoppin Blog Hop



Happy reading!

0 Predators of Darkness: Aftermath author, Leonard D. Hilley, II Guest Post

I Have Good Muse and Bad Muse

First I want to thank Marcie for the opportunity to guest blog and introduce some insight as to why and how I write.
Often, I am asked, “How do you come up with your ideas?”
That question is difficult to answer.  The idea for Predators of Darkness: Aftermath came to me with the opening sentence: “Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary.”  This intrigued me enough to write it down.  I didn’t have any plot.  No characters.  Just this sentence.
The next two paragraphs came quickly, “Daniel Hutchinson assumed the cat was a shape-shifter—one of a thousand sinister prowlers roaming the streets, awaiting the proper moment to attack from his blindside and take him down.
As the cat dropped, its sinews and muscles popped, crackled.  Falling, it shifted from its cat form into a hideous creature.  The cat seemed to welcome its oncoming fate eagerly and without fear.  With forepaws outstretched, it leaned toward the pavement like a high diver straightens to break through the water’s surface.  To Daniel’s surprise, the impact against the concrete didn’t kill it.  Instead, the cat rolled and pivoted around to face him, altering more and more until it became the creature that had followed him the past six days.”
The next day I wrote twenty pages, but then couldn’t do anything else with the idea or the characters that emerged.  Although I have a good muse, often she’s bad to give me tidbits and disappear for a while.  In this case—months!
Another question readers ask, “Do you use an outline?”
Actually, no.  Writing comes to me differently than what most writers experience.  In my mind, I visualize the scenes and character interactions just like watching a movie.  When the characters speak, it’s as if I’m in the same room with them.  Many readers have contacted me or left reviews stating that they could see this being made into a movie (I’m currently co-writing the screenplay).  But the characters are the ones who carry the story.  
After I completed Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, I did not foresee a series, but the characters proved me wrong.  My muse teased me into a series.  The characters’ interactions and dilemmas continued in my mind.  I had no choice but to write them down.  I’m currently working on the fourth book in the series and the first book of a dark fantasy novel.
Currently, Predators of Darkness: Aftermath is only available in Kindle/e-Reader format at: http://www.ebooksforpleasure.com/bookstore/sci-fi/predators-of-darkness-aftermath.html where you can also read a longer sample of the first chapter.  This should be available in paperback this summer.  Beyond the Darknessand The Game of Pawns are currently available in paperback through Amazon and should be available at http://www.ebooksforpleasure.com soon.
For more about me you can visit my blog:  http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com or follow for a chance to win two signed copies of The Game of Pawns. Drawing is April 2nd.  Details at my blog.
Thanks, Marcie!
Cheers,

Leonard D. Hilley II

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 It's Okay To Be A Zombie by Nathaniel Lambert, Pictures by Danny Evarts

Title: It's Okay To Be A Zombie
Author: Nathaniel Lambert, Pictures by Danny Evarts
Publisher: Shroud Publishing
Publication Date: May 28, 2010
paperback, 28 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9827275-2-2
available @ Amazon


Summary:
Sure, zombies are pretty scary. They stink. They want to eat your brains. They're terrible house guests. Who says zombies can't be fun, too? Don't they look kind of silly falling down and bumping into things? Sometimes they can even be cute. So, before you run away screaming for your lives, stop and appreciate the beauty of the undead. And remember, It's Okay to be a Zombie.


When I was first approached about this book, my immediate instinct was to run and hide under my bed.  You see, I'm not a huge fan of zombies. They tend to freak me out and invade my dreams.  In general, as a rule, I stay away from things that have zombies in them. As in most cases there are exceptions to every rule and It's Okay To Be A Zombie is one of them.  I found this book to be cleverly written and hugely entertaining. Nathaniel Lambert gives the reader reasons why it's not your fault that your a dead, decaying corpse still walking around.  Why you should embrace your new life as the walking dead. As a non-zombie lover I enjoyed this book.  The illustrations in it are great too. They are very colorful and fun to look at. This book is marketed as a Unchildren's book. It's great for teenagers and adults. However I think it would be okay to read to children depending on the child. The pictures aren't  too graphic but they do show things like body parts falling off.  Just remember this is zombie book so use your own discretion. If you love zombies or know someone that does, I think this would be a great book to add to your collection or to give to the zombie lover in your life.


Find out more information on Facebook and The Unchildren's Zone
For more information on Danny Evarts check out http://www.dannyevarts.net/


*Picture and summary taken from Good Reads
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review.
*I'm an affiliate of Amazon. 



Monday, March 21, 2011

1 Winner of Luck Leprechaun Giveaway Hop and The Forest of Adventure

I have two winners to announce, one for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway and one for the signed arc of The Forest of Adventure by Katie M. John. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaways. I will email the winners to give you instructions on how to claim your prize. Please be sure to check your spam.





Misha Fitt -Any book from the book depository up to $15.00


Idris - A signed arc of The Forest of Adventure 

3 Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither (Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Hardcover, 356 pages
ISBN: 1442409053 (ISBN13: 9781442409057)
available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository



Summary:
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.



Stop what you're doing and go and buy this book! I was completely blown away by this book. This novel had me hooked in the first few pages.  Wither definitely falls under the category of "want to neglect everything just so I could read". This is a dystopian novel centered around a sixteen year old girl named Rhine. Rhine has grown up in a world where the average life span for a girl is 20 years and for a boy 25 years.  When they reach this predetermined age, they develop a horrible virus that slowly kills them. Nobody knows what causes the virus and nobody knows how to cure it.  The virus leaves destruction in it's wake. There are hundreds of thousands of orphans, girls are forced into prostitution or they are kidnapped to become wives to bear children.  In the beginning of the story Rhine is kidnapped by a gather to become a wife.  She wakes up to find herself in a gorgeous house. She has everything she could possible want except her freedom. Rhine realized early that to escape she'll have to play along, bide her time and wait for the perfect opportunity. I think the views of this society are represented well in the characters of this book. Cecily is a sister-wife who is under the illusion of  that everything will work out. She is naive  in many ways and is happy to be a wife. Jenna is under no illusion, she has surrendered to her fate. She is determined if she's going to die, it might as well be in style. Rhine is like a caged bird longing to be free.  I really enjoyed all the characters in Wither.  I love the way DeStefano slowly unraveled their past so that we could understand the characters more.  The story line is compelling and mesmerizing, from the first to the last page.  The world that DeStefano creates is very intriguing and mysterious. It's bleak at times and very moving at others.  After I finished this book I immediately wanted to know when the next one is going to come out.  There's no word yet but I'll keep you posted.  Overall I love, love, love this book and strongly recommend it. 


To find out more about Wither and Lauren DeStefano check out:
Website | blog | twitter | facebook 


*Picture and summary taken from GoodReads
*I received this book courtesy of Simon and Schuster galley grab in exchange for a fair review.
*I'm an affiliate of amazon and b&n. I receive a very small commission is you make a purchase using the links provided.



Saturday, March 19, 2011

10 Sunday Confession March 20, 2010


This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

This week's inspiration comes from my mom. She called me late one afternoon this last week and asked if the UPS man had been by.  I was curious as to her question because well it was an odd question for her to ask. She told me to keep an eye out for him because it was very possible that he might be stopping by. I pressed her for more answers but the only information she would reveal was that it was one of my guilty pleasures.  My mind when into overdrive trying to think what it could possible be. You see I have many guilty pleasures.  It could have been anything from chocolate, coffee and of course the obvious books.  It could have been anything sparkly or shiny. So from the moment she hung up the phone I became a bit of a stalker to our UPS man. (Honestly I think he's used to it by now.)  When the box arrived I ripped it open to find a dvd of Downton Abbey. For those who may not know, it's a period drama that aired on PBS a few months ago. You can check it out here. I really enjoyed watching it and now I can do so over and over again! (much to my families dismay). So now that leads me to this week's question:
What are your guilty pleasures?

Just for the record, I really don't feel guilty for liking any of the stuff I like.

*If you answer this question on your own blog please leave a link in the comments so I can come visit. 


3 Video Trailer Spotlight and What's my status?

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your week was great. Did you enter the Lucky Leprechaun giveaway hop yet? If not you should! There are tons of blogs with tons of prizes! Also check out my left sidebar for the Indie Authors Relief Fund button. Click on it and you can bid on some great stuff by some great authors. Proceeds go to help Japan.  



This week's book trailer spotlight is from a book that I read this past week that I loved, Wither by Lauren DeStefano. It will be released March 22. So mark your calendars!


Title: Wither(Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication Date: March 22, 2010
ISBN: 1442409053 (ISBN13: 9781442409057) 









Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. If your interested in participating in this meme, check of Zakiya's blog for all the info and the linky to sign up.


What I read last week:
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

What I'm reading now:
Lady of the Veils by ML John
Shadow Cay by Leona Bodie

What I plan to read next:
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

That's my status for this week. What's yours?

 

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