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June Giveaways Around the Blogging World

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I love the picture for this month. It makes me want to go to the beach. 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(@2readornot2read).  Bookish giveaways only please. 



Sunday Confessions May 29, 2011

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Happy Sunday everyone! I'm not going to do Sunday Confessions today. This week has been super busy with deadlines looming all around me.  This weekend is also Memorial Day weekend. I was hoping for some rest and relaxation but no such luck. Oh well. I hope wherever you are, your weekend has been great. I hope you'll come back for next week's Sunday Confessions. 

What's Your Status?

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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. 
I want to let everyone know that Zakiya is back and hosting What's Your Status and she has a little contest going on. Zakiya wants you to vote on your favorite blog that participates in WYS for a chance to host WYS. Click here to read all about it. So go check out all the blogs that participate in this meme and vote for your favorite one. I know who I'm voting for (and no, it's not myself).
Here is my status for this week:
Last week I read:  Cinderella Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan Blood of a Werewolf by T. Lynne Tolles My Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
I'm currently reading Happy Potter and the Goblet of …

Armchair BEA Blogging about Blogging

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This week is coming to an end. I've really enjoyed reading everyones Armchair BEA posts. Today the suggested topic is Blogging about Blogging. Today I thought I would share one of the most important technical things I've learned about blogging. Are you ready? This is huge. You might want to go get a pen and write this down. Always remember. Never Forget to back up, back up, back up your blog. I've heard horror stories of blogs just disappearing. One day they wake up and their blog has been deleted. All their hard work is gone. A few weeks ago, blogger had some technical difficulties. They had to take down any changes made after a certain day. They were able to restore most of what was taken down but not everything. This was like a slap in the face to remind me how important it is to back up your work and your blog. So today's post is on how to back up your blog. It's so easy and it only takes a minute.

Step 1. Go to blogger in draft
Step 2. click on your settings t…

Cinderella Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer Giveaway

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Yesterday I reviewed Cinderella Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan. If you missed it you can check it out by clicking here. Today I have the pleasure of giving away a set of these books to one lucky person thanks to Teddy Rose from Premier Virtual Author Book Tours and Maureen McGowan.

To enter:
You must be at least 13 years of age
Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only
You do not have to be a follower to enter
You MUST fill out the form below
Giveaway ends June 3, 2011

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Double Review of Cinderella Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan

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Title: Cinderella Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales #1)
Author: Maureen McGowan
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
paperback, 320 pages
ISBN13: 978-1-60710-255-7
ISBN-10: 1-60710-255-2
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository


Summary: In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!


Cinderella is a beloved classic story. It has captured the hearts of many. However this Cinderella is different from t…

Armchair BEA (day 2) Best of 2011

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Best I've read in 2011 (so far)









These were some of my favorite books from 2011. I've read many great books and I'm also looking forward to the release of others such as:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead In the Forest of the Night by Kersten Hamilton Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire Book 2) by Clay and Susan Griffith 
What are some of your favorite books this year? What books are you looking forward to?

Treasure Me Giveaway

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Last week I had the pleasure of having Christine Nolfi guest post. If you missed it, click here. This week she's giving away an e-copy of her novel, Treasure Me. Check out the summary below: 


Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.


The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.


If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie…

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Hardcover, 249 pages
ISBN: 978-0-312-64961-6
available @Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository 

Summary: September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one twelve-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.


I was super excited when this book arrived in my mailbox. I absolutely love the cover to this book. It's a beautiful jewel toned red with a picture of a dragon chained up and a girl with a huge key. This is a beautiful cover for the book. 
I had watched the book trailer a few weeks back and it piqued my interest. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making …

Armchair BEA: Monday

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Armchair BEA was set up by many fabulous people for those of us who could not attend BEA. It's a week full of lots of fun stuff. I'm so happy to be participating in this event.

Today's question is: Who are you and how do you Armchair?
I always feel weird answer questions like "Who are you?" because I can never think of anything interesting to say. My name is Marcie and I'm from the United States. I started this blog a little over a year ago. I review books in many genres. Although reading is my passion, I have many other likes and hobbies: such as knitting, spending time with my two kids and husband, watching movies and TVD. When I'm not busy with all of that, I teach. For the second part of the question "How do you Armchair?" I will be Armchairing from an armchair. I'm really excited to to follow armchair on twitter and find out everything that's going on during BEA. I hope one day I'll be able to attend BEA but for now I'm happy …

Sunday Confessions May 22, 2010

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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.
I'm am so happy to have Momo from Books Over Boys here to help me with today's topic. Today's topic is How do you feel about parents who monitor their children's reading.  I'm a parent of two elementary aged kids and I wanted to get a teenagers perspective on this subject also.  So whether you agree or disagree, remember to be polite. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. 
This is what Momo has to say on the subject: 

Do your parents monitor your reading? My parents do not monitor my reading. But they think that I read too much and I'm just like, "WHAT?!" LOLHow do you feel about it?
At my age, I'm feeling alright with it. I think I am old enough to decide what is and isn't app…

What's Your Status?

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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. 
I want to let everyone know that Zakiya is back and hosting What's Your Status and she has a little contest going on. Zakiya wants you to vote on your favorite blog that participates in WYS for a chance to host WYS. Click here to read all about it. So go check out all the blogs that participate in this meme and vote for your favorite one. I know who I'm voting for (and no, it's not myself).
Here is my status for this week:
What I read last week:  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
What I'm reading now: Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
What I …

Guest Post by Pauline Jones: Not Your Great-Grandma's Corsets

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Not Your Great-Grandma’s Corsets, Sweetie
As one who was in college during the Women’s Movement when bras were burned with considerable glee (though not my own since I couldn’t afford to replace them), I tended to regard corsets as instruments of torture. And yet I recently purchased—brace for it—a corset pattern.
It is true. I confess that I am considering making a corset.  I haven’t bought fabric yet, but the pattern is here. In my house.
I’m not thinking about it because I want to (or ever could) have a Scarlet O’Hara waist, but because, well, corsets have become fun again—or maybe fun for the first time.  Fun, you ask, with brows arched in shock. These aren’t your great-grandma’s corsets, sweetie. For one thing, your great-grandma would have worn hers under her clothes. These corsets are for making a statement.
The return of the corset comes to us courtesy of a movement called steampunk and its not just corsets they bring to the table. Jeff Vandermeer points out thatsteampunk “embra…

Guest Post with Christine Nolfi

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Today it's my pleasure to have Christine Nolfi, author of Treasure Me on my blog. She will be checking in and answering questions. Please leave your questions in the comments. Without further ado, I'll turn it over to Christine Nolfi:
Publishing’s Overlooked Sea Change
Recently the publishing industry experienced a sea change you probably missed.
In January, Amazon announced they’re now selling 115 Kindle books for every 100 paperbacks sold.
If you’re shrugging your shoulders, consider: Traditional publishing houses release the vast majority of paperbacks. New releases are rigorously slotted into genres so bookstores know where to place them on the shelves. In your local bookstore, you won’t find the Harry Potter series shelved beside romantic suspense or Stephen King’s latest work.
Novelists understand this as “branding.” Most of us learn early on that if we’re to catch a literary agent’s eye then proceed to the big prize of a publishing contract, we must write stories with a spec…

Winner of Mental Shrillness, guess the ending contest.

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Congrats to Ketch1714 for her awesome guess! You've won a ecopy of Mental Shrillness. I will forward your email address to the author, Todd Russell. Check out her ending to the story: 
"JUMP, DARN IT!" Jake called. "YOU JUMP!" Ricky replied, giving him a wink.
Jake glanced at the cliff as a knot formed in his throat.
25 feet...
Live to be a winner, or died in the process?
5 feet...
Jake finally let the wheel go, threw the door open, and jumped. He hit the ground rolled and fell over the edge, just catching the ledge. The car flew through the air, fliping onto it's back as it landed on the rocks below. A fire ball shot into the air.
Seconds later, Ricky's car flew over edge just inches from Jake.
"RICKY!" he cried.
A second explosion answered his call.
Here is the original story from May 5th with the ending now added: 
 Ricky and Jake, twin brothers, battled for Dad's attention until graduation night at Peadman's Cliff when they decided to settle i…