Feature & Follow Friday #104

Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

A. This one seriously took some thought… because apparently I don’t venture outside my comfort zone very frequently. But then it hit me! Late last year I picked up H.P. Mallory’s Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. Yes, it’s paranormal (which is my norm), but it had a much stronger romantic element than my usual read. It was the first real PNR I picked up and I loved it! I can now proudly say I’ve read most of H.P. Mallory’s books and have loved them all. As for what caused me to pick it up, I was in the mood for something light and fun and this cover just hooked me!

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)

 

To Review or Not to Review…

Should that even be a question? Didn’t think so. The real question should probably be, ‘How much do I suck at life?’ Am I getting ahead of myself? Maybe I should start at the beginning…

I was twitter stalking the other day and I came across a tweet by a fellow author that got me thinking. To paraphrase said tweeter, ‘If you read a good book and enjoy it, why not give the author a little happiness and post a review?’

I regularly check reviews (like twelve times a day) for my book and I get ridiculously excited (total squee!) when I see new feedback from readers. It occurred to me that I am guilty of this little oversight (*shakes head in embarrassment*). It’s not intentional, of course, but I do it. I know what you’re thinking. Life gets hectic. It happens, right?

Here’s the thing: I almost always post a rating on GoodReads (at the very least), but I’m notoriously bad at remembering to post ratings or reviews to Amazon (where I purchase 99.5% of my books). The worst part? I rely heavily on the reviews and ratings of readers before me to determine if I should shell out the money for a new book. The fact is, with so many books to choose from, I need help prioritizing my reads.

So here I sit, red faced and shameful, promising to do a better job of leaving feedback- either to make an author’s day a little brighter or to help a fellow reader pick their next epic read! Because let’s be honest, it couldn’t be simpler. Amazon even sends me little reminders (aka- annoying emails) that remind me to review my recent purchases. I coud be wrong, but I’m thinking I’m not the only one who hits the delete button and never thinks twice about it.

Why? It probably has something to do with my overflowing inbox, but that’s hardly an excuse. Information overload is just a fact of life in this gloriously digital age. So, this is me committing, right NOW, to being a better reviewer!

Feature & Follow Friday #103

Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

A: This is going to be one heavenly cake! I’m wishing for Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. I probably wouldn’t complain if Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrouts Lux series popped out either! Just sayin…

Nothing Makes Me Happier…

Than giving away books to avid readers! Turns out, GoodReads is happy to help! Today I’m excited to share that Jessica and Sandi each won a new copy of Crossroads via a GoodReads giveaway. Talk about easy! A few clicks and none of those pesky points requirements… and voila!

So easy for me and so easy for readers that I’m thinking we should do it again for the month of July! Check back next week for the new entry link!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Crossroads by J.J. Bonds

Crossroads

by J.J. Bonds

Giveaway ends June 24, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Crossroads Book Tour

They say all good things come to and end and it must be true because the Crossroads book tour is almost over. The good news? There’s still time to enter for your chance to win a Kindle Fire!

Thanks again to the amazing Rachel over at Parajunkee.com for hosting the tour and for giving my blog and my book a fresh look! I also want to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who allowed me to write guest posts for your sites!!! You guys rock! I hope your readers enjoyed the posts and am so grateful to everyone who followed the tour. Your feedback and support are always appreciated. I wish each of you the best of luck in the upcoming Kindle drawing and hope that you enjoy Crossroads if you have the opportunity to read it!

As for me, I’m going to do some much needed reading (up first: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer) and writing! It’s been a busy and tumultuous month for me and I am seriously looking forward to checking out of reality for a while!

Follow Friday

 

Q: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

A. Sadly, this is going to be one of those weeks where I have extreme blogger envy! Since most of the books I read are e-books which I download as I go, I’ve only got one actual book on my shelf to be read! So, instead, I’m going to focus on my TBR list which currently has 29 books on it!

The one I want most desperately? Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

Crossroads Blog Tour with Kindle Fire Giveaway!

If you haven’t already heard, I’ve partnered with the amazing Parajunkee over at Parajunkee’s View to take Crossroads on tour! Not only can you learn more about Crossroads Academy (think exclusive excerpts, character profiles, and other fun stuff!), you’ll also have the chance to win a Kindle Fire with an exclusive Crossroads skin! 

Be sure to visit each of the amazing tour hosts below for a sneak peek at Crossroads and to get the giveaway details for the Kindle Fire!

January 2: The Guardian of the Crossroads
January 3: Otherwhere.co
January 4: PIcked by Poison
January 5: Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf
January 6: Under the Covers
January 9: Rants~N~Scribbles
January 10: Mother/Gamer/Writer
January 11: The Book Nympho
January 12: Books with Bite
January 13: My Life With Books
January 14: Reads With Wreckless Abandon
January 15: Books And Beyond
January 16: Book Crook Liza
January 17: We Fancy Books
January 18: Rondo of Possible World
January 19: Literary Exploration
January 20: Bending The Spine

 Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!

Review: Fighting to Survive

 

DESCRIPTION

Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins—finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.

REVIEW

Zombies, and bandits, and death. Oh, my. Seriously though– Be still my beating heart. I LOVED this book despite the fact that it gave me nightmares, raised my blood pressure, and caused me more than just a little discomfort. Although I tend to be a bit Scrooge-like when it comes to handing out ratings, I can’t deny Rhiannon Frater 5 stars for Fighting to Survive, book two in the As the World Dies series.

While I enjoyed The First Days, Fighting to Survive surpasses its predecessor in creepiness, chills and downright desperate behavior. Katie and Jenni return just as tough and determined in book two as they work with the other survivors to create a more comfortable and sustainable environment within the fort. In addition to facing the obvious challenges, the women are forced to face the ghosts of their pasts, the grief of losing their loved ones, and the guilt that comes with survival. Despite the relative protection of the fort and the stability it provides, Fighting to Survive is an emotional rollercoaster and still manages to move at a breakneck pace. I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. In fact, I read so late into the night that I dreamt of zombies and other more terrifying creatures– desperate men.

The most disturbing part of this book also happens to one of the reasons I gave it a 5 star rating. Frater isn’t afraid to explore the darkest side of human nature and is quite in your face about the level of depravity among desperate, lawless men. Calling them bandits makes these heinous creatures sound almost human. I assure you they are not. And yet, I have no doubt that in a world gone to hell, zombies would be only one of the monsters to fear.

Fighting to Survive is truly a tale of survival. It’s not just about running endlessly from zombies or bashing in their heads, but of taking what joy you can from life and making the hard choices that no one else can or will. Filled with strong, endearing (and sometimes downright loca) characters, Fighting to survive will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Definitely a must read for fans of all things zombie!