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Sep
15

Contest Winners – Isle of Night

Contest Winners – Isle of Night I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for our review of Isle of Night, and my interview with author, Veronica Wolff. I especially want to thank Veronica for the interview. Every person that commented on the interview post was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winners were selected using random.org. The Winners: Emily Tardy  latishajean CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m sending both winners a message; please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address so I can send you the book! You have until Monday September 19, 2011 (end of day) to contact me. If I don’t...
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Sep
15

Review: Aftermath

Review: Aftermath Aftermath Author: Ann Aguirre  Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: ACE Sirantha Jax #5 ISBN: #978-0441020782 Genre: Science Fiction Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       DEAD HEROES GET MONUMENTS. LIVE ONES GET TRIALS. Sirantha Jax has the right genes—ones that enable her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. But it’s also in her genetic makeup to go it alone. It’s a character trait that has gotten her into—and out of—hot water time and time again, but now she’s caused one of the most horrific events in military history…       During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, Sirantha went AWOL...
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Sep
15

BBAW Day 4: Readers

BBAW Day 4: Readers Welcome back for Day 4! Today we are discussing how book blogging changed the way we read. Book blogging has certainly changed how I read in quantity, quality and genre. Quantity I find that I actually read fewer books because of blogging. Sure, I can blame some of the changes in reading because I’m now back to work part time, my kids have gotten older and life is simply busier. However, blogging is a big part. First, taking the time to sit down, write a review, post the review and mess around with blogging takes time. Add to that the time spent scheduling posts, mailing books, following up with...
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Sep
14

Review: Tempted

Review: Tempted Tempted Author: Elisabeth Naughton  Release Date: September, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Eternal Guardians Series #3 ISBN: #978-1402260469 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pp.), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length. Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she’s gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always...
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Sep
14

Guest Post: Elise Hepner

Guest Post: Elise Hepner Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post from author Elise Hepner. Elise is celebrating the release of her lasted book, Roped Emotions (info below). Elise lives with her husband, two ferrets, and an eccentric cat in Maryland. She spends the majority of her free time in her basement office concocting smutty characters and sinful situations that leaves readers satisfied. When not writing, she researches everything from automatons in the 18th century to gladiatorial rules in Ancient Rome. She prides herself on being an avid information hound as well as a blog reading addict–which is her favorite way to procrastinate. Her previous publications include...
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Sep
14

BBAW Day 3: Community Pt. 2

BBAW Day 3: Community Pt. 2 Wednesday September 14th:  Community Part II Today we are to share tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging, despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. WOW! Is this topic a hot one for me.  This is something I struggle with every day.  I actually find that taking time to keep my community and blogging going takes away from time to read – which leads to less blogging! It’s a vicious cycle.  My first tip is TWITTER! If you are not on Twitter, you really need to join. And once you are there – you need to reach out...
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Sep
13

Review: Basilisk

Review: Basilisk Basilisk Author: Rob Thurman  Release Date: August 2, 2011Publisher: RocChimera Novels #2ISBN: #978-0451464149Genre: Science FictionFormat(s): Paperback (339 pgs), e-bookBook Source: Publisher About the book: See no evil. Seek no evil… Survive no evil. Stefan Korsak and his genetically-altered brother have evaded the Institute for three years. When they learn the new location of the secret lab, they plan to break in and save the remaining children there. But one of the little ones doesn’t want to leave. She wants to kill… What G & U are talking about: Basilisk is the second book in the Chimera Novels.  Gikany and Una went ahead and read the previous book, Chimera.  To...
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Sep
13

BBAW Day 2: Interview Swap

BBAW Day 2: Interview Swap Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Amanda Copulos from the YA Book Review blog, Short and Sweet as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. For more information about BBAW, click HERE.  And be sure to click the link to Amanda’s blog to see her interview with me! Amanda is from a small town in Central PA.  After a few short stops at Penn State and Washington DC, she is back in another small town in PA where the only heavy traffic to be found are Amish buggies.  She spends way too much time reading and is trying to get herself diagnosed with an addiction to YA paranormal...
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Sep
12

BBAW Day 1: Community

BBAW Day 1: Community I have never felt so welcomed by my peers as I did when I started my blog. It stemmed from Twitter (blogging and Twitter go hand-in-hand these days) and at the encouragement of my online friends, I got started. Book blogging has afforded me the opportunity to meet some wonderful authors and read some great books, but it’s my fellow bloggers and those that read my blog that make it all so much fun.  There are so many great bloggers and friends out there, I want to acknowledge you all, but today I am going to give a shout out to two women in our blogging community that have...
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Sep
12

BBAW: Book Blogger Appreciation Week

BBAW: Book Blogger Appreciation Week Welcome to BBAW 2011, running from Sept. 12 – 16.  This is the fourth annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week – a time dedicated to celebrate the work book bloggers do and the community we’ve created. Each day there is a different topic for us book bloggers to discuss.  I am going to try to do a little post each day because I do appreciate this wonderful community. I have met so many wonderful people and made dear friends. Here are this year’s topics: Monday September 12th:  CommunityWhile the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book...
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Sep
12

Review: Blood Rules

Review: Blood Rules Blood Rules Author: Christine Cody  Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Ace Fantasy Bloodlands Series Book 2 ISBN: 978-0441020768 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: In the Bloodlands, Sometimes the Monsters Don’t Even Know Themselves…. After the vampire named Gabriel came into her world, Mariah Lyander was forced to face her own true nature and admit to the terrible things she had done–things he could not forgive.  To redeem herself, to recover her own humanity—and Gabriel’s love—she sets out on a perilous journey across the haunted land, in search of a rumored cure. And Gabriel, blood-bonded to her, is compelled to...
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Sep
11

Sunday Snippet #75

Sunday Snippet #75 Isle of Night  by Veronica Wolff  NAL Trade September 6, 2011 REVIEW HERE  “Outside?”  I asked, suppressing a shiver.  The Initiates had led me to the ground-floor foyer, where I stood, stripped to my underwear.  I’d hurt my ribs in the fall, and my trembling intensified the pain. Along the hallway, a few doors were cracked open, and I spied wary eyes witnessing my torture from the safety of the dorm rooms.  Even though we’d all been issued the same ugly, regulation beige bra and granny panties, the shame of it burned my cheeks. It was the only thing that burned, though.  My teeth had begun to chatter and...
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