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500 Followers & Giveaway!

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, I honestly can’t believe that I am hosting a giveaway now on my blog. Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey of books and geekery. I have really enjoyed talking to so many of you about books over the last three years…and I look forward to many more years with this blog.

I have been blogging off and on for about a decade now, but have been successfully operating this blog since January 2016, and I have felt so pleased to see how well this particular blog has done. And it is all thanks to you. I wish I could give you all free books.

–Oh, wait, technically I can. LOL. I am a self-published author, so if you would like to download an e-copy of my book Project Death: Resurrection, you can go to Smashwords, or Barnes & Noble, and get yourself a copy. Smashwords has .mobi for all you Kindle users. And I’m trying to get back to my writing and finish the sequel, Project Death: Revelation because I only have a couple more chapters to write and then it will be done. So hopefully that will be a release I will have next year.

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Anyway, I told myself for a while that I would do a giveaway when I reached 500 followers. But I had to figure out how I wanted to handle the prizes and the rules and all of that. I didn’t want to have to exclude any of you wonderful people from having the chance at signing up.

Finally I settled on having options for all of you. So, this giveaway will be open worldwide. And the winner is the one who gets to pick which prize option they would like.

So…if Book Depository ships to where you live, you can pick a book (or books) that add up to $25 US and I will order those for you. Note: this option means that you will have to send me your address. Book Depository does not yet do gift cards, sadly.

Or…if Book Outlet ships to where you live, I will send you a $25 Book Outlet gift card.

Other options include gift cards for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million…or any book store I can buy a gift card for. I know with Amazon and such, I can buy a digital gift card and e-mail it to you.

All you have to do to enter is follow my blog. Oh, and fill out this Rafflecopter.

The giveaway will run from midnight December 8 (so it starts 8 hours after this post goes live) through midnight on December 31. Then, if you are the winner, contact me on any social media, and we will figure out which book option you would like, and where I’m sending it.

Oh, and if you are the winner, I’d love to see what book(s) you end up choosing as your prize, so tag me in a photo on Twitter or Instagram. –Note, this is not required, but I would greatly appreciate it.

Okay, so thank you all once again for being wonderful bookish friends and following my blog. Honestly, I truly appreciate each and every one of you. That’s all from me today, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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400 Followers! Thank You!

Hey all, Dani here.

This is a super short post today, but I reached 400 followers yesterday and I wanted to acknowledge that milestone. I very much appreciate each and every one of you who has followed and/or commented on my blog over the last three years. I never imagined that my blog would do this well considering my past attempts at it.

You are all wonderful people, and I do plan on doing a giveaway. Obviously I have to consider costs and such. But, I think that when I hit 500 followers, I will hold a giveaway for a Book Depository gift card. That way it will be an international giveaway, since Book Depository ships pretty much everywhere.

So that’s something to look forward to. I will start figuring out the specifics for the giveaway, and then when this blog reaches 500 followers, someone will have the chance to win something to read.

Again, thank you all so much for joining me here at the blog. I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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December Wrap-Up and January TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, 2018 is off to a great start already, don’t you think? A lot of cool books have already been released, and we have a large number of great books releasing in the next few months.

However, today we are not here to talk about that. No, today I am here to recap everything I read in December, as well as to share my OwlCrate unboxing photo, and of course, my December book haul. Obviously, as it was Christmas, I ended up getting quite a few books.

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 3 (5 stars)

Dear Martin (4.5 stars)

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (4.5 stars)

The Librarian of Auschwitz (4.5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 3 (5 stars)

Searching for Billy Shakespeare (4.5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 3 (5 stars)

Gunslinger Girl (5 stars)

A Madeline Treasury (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 3 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 4 (5 stars)

Heroine Complex (4 stars)

The Forgotten Book (4 stars)

Waterworld Vol 1 Ezra (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 1 (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 2 (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 3 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 5 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 6 (5 stars)

Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Vol 1 (5 stars)

Obviously I read a lot of manga in the month of December. For my Diverse December TBR though, I didn’t do that great. I only read 4 books from the list of 13 I had pulled together. I do still plan on reading the other 9 books from that list though, so expect more diverse reads reviews in the future. As well as a bunch of manga reviews because I do plan on writing up reviews for pretty much all of these. It will make a nice bank of drafted posts I can use if I ever need something to fill a space in my schedule.

Okay, and now I guess I will move into my OwlCrate unboxing portion of this post.

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I really enjoyed this box, especially that Harry Potter tote bag. I am getting a lot of use out of it so far. Oh, and the planner should come in handy too, especially since it has pages to keep track of the books you’ve read and what rating was given to them.

Now I guess it is time to move on to the book haul section, and I am not at all ashamed to admit that this is a considerably larger haul than what I normally end up sharing. BUT, to be fair and completely honest, some of these books were purchased by my boyfriend, but I’m including them here because all of the books are being stored in our library.

But before I get into the books we purchased or were given to us as gifts, I first need to mention a couple of books I won or received.

 

First is this ARC of The Hazel Wood, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway, my first time in over four years. I had actually stopped checking on if I had won or not so I was completely surprised when this book arrived in my mailbox. Nevertheless I am very happy to have it, so expect a review soon. Second, is The Heart Forger, which I did not win in a giveaway, but there was no note inside or even a return address. What was inside the package was a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and a Bone Witch sticker. My assumption is that this came via the publisher, and I am so excited about this. I absolutely loved the first book and raved about it in 2017, so to get to read this one early as well makes me very very happy.

Okay, well here it is, the moment I’ve been looking forward to but also dreading. I might as well just get it over with and get all my book purchase photos in this post already.

 

So, what do you think? Did we get enough books? Haha, no of course we didn’t. Books are fantastic, and I am so happy that I have friends and family who basically just give me gift cards so I can get the books I want, or that they ask for recommendations for books on my wish list.

The final portion of this post, of course, is the January TBR

  • Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (NetGalley)
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Goodreads Giveaway)
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller (NetGalley)
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Don’t Cosplay with my Heart by Cecil Castellucci
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Everless by Sara Holland

Now, I’ll probably end up reading a few more manga volumes as well, but I’m not making them a priority. Then again, they are super easy to read, so who knows what will happen.

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Recent Acquisitions I’m Excited to Read

Hey all, Dani here.

I recently read a post from Alyssa Marie over at A Reader’s Journey, and at the end she asked if any of us had recently acquired books that we were really excited for, and I decided that it would be a whole lot easier just to write up a blog post to talk about some of the books I’m excited to read and review in the upcoming weeks and months.

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I guess I should start with this lovely ARC I won in a Goodreads Giveaway. The cover is so shiny and awesome, and it sounds like an interesting story. Plus, this is the first Goodreads Giveaway I have won in over four years, so I’m looking forward to starting The Hazel Wood soon. This book will be released January 30, 2018.

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Okay, so I got the e-ARC of Searching for Billy Shakespeare last Friday and it will be released very soon (December 26th). Technically I’ve already read this one because I finished it on Saturday, but I was super excited to read it, and my review will be up very soon.

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The Forgotten Book is an e-galley I received from NetGalley and I actually just started reading it today. It sounds really interesting and is actually inspired by Jane Austen. Plus, come on, look at that cover. This book will be released January 2, 2018, so I expect my review to be up probably next week.

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Reign the Earth has been on my radar since Book Expo, though I missed out on getting an ARC there. Thankfully I was approved for one on NetGalley, and I can’t wait to delve into this magical tale. It will be released January 30, 2018.

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I know I’ve raved multiple times about the first book in this series, Borderline, because it was such an interesting read and I loved the complexity of the characters. I’m reading the second book, Phantom Pains, this month, so I’m really excited that I have the third one to dive into as soon as I’ve finished. Impostor Syndrome will be released on March 13, 2018.

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I’ve read a lot of books published by 47North, and I have enjoyed every one of them. That is why I feel honored that I have been auto-approved on NetGalley for any of their books I’d like. A friend recommended that I pick up The Paper Magician and it was good, so I had to get the other two books of the trilogy. Well, it is a trilogy no more as the fourth book, The Plastic Magician, will be released on May 15, 2018.

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This one actually popped up in an e-mail from NetGalley about upcoming fantasy titles, and it sounded really interesting, so I’m lucky to have been approved for this story about five daughters of the king, each of whom is quite different. Daughters of the Storm will be released on March 6, 2018.

Now..the next book on my list hasn’t had a cover reveal yet, but I promise that as soon as I have been sent an image for it, I will have the cover reveal here on my blog, as well as all of the relevant release information and such. Of course I am talking about the next installment of the Colorworld series, Waterworld. Now this one is going to be a bit of an interesting story because there are six different narrators, but rather than release a hugely massive book, Rachel E Kelly has decided to split it up into separate volumes. So this first one, Waterworld Volume 1 will follow Ezra’s part of the story. I’m really excited about reading this one, so expect a lot more Colorworld-centric posts coming in the near future.

Finally, as I started typing this post, I actually got an e-mail from NetGalley informing me that I had been approved for another book, and this is one I have been anticipating since I finished reading the first one.

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More Than We Can Tell is the sequel/companion to Letters to the Lost and it follows Rev, so I am so pleased that I get to read this book early. It will be released on March 6, 2018.

Okay then, well that pretty much wraps up the recent book acquisitions I’m excited about. Let me know in the comments if you have recently received or purchased any books you’re excited to read. I’ll see you tomorrow with a comic review post.

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2017 Bookish Resolutions

Hey all, Dani here.

The tradition this time of year is to make a whole bunch of resolutions for your life, and with a large number of the resolutions we all only make it a couple weeks before we slack or just stop all together. That’s actually why I stopped making lifestyle resolutions like eating better, exercising more, or losing weight.

But making book related resolutions typically works out quite a bit better for me, so I’m just going to run through a few of those I’ve made for myself in 2017.

First up: reading. My initial goal is to read 75 books. I know this is an easily achievable goal, but I also know that if I manage to devour a lot of books quickly I can always increase my goal number. I’ve changed my goal the past several years. In 2016 my goal went from 75 to 100 to 130. More than that, though, I plan to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in both April and October, because I really enjoyed my experience with the readathon in 2016.

Second: blogging. I will have at least one book related blog up each week. Right now I have several bonus posts figured out thanks to some of my egalleys and ARCs, but I am really going to work to make sure that I maintain my posting schedule.

Third: vlogging. I have been watching BookTube for a while now and have thought that is something I could do myself. I love talking about books with other people. This is going to be the most difficult resolution for me though, because I am so nervous about this. Taking pictures or video of myself has never felt natural or comfortable to me, but I’m going to work through those feelings. With a bit of repetition and practice, I’m sure I’ll start getting used to filming and editing videos. So I’m going to start…soon.

Fourth: writing. This is actually an area where I really did slack in 2016. I did write on a few different things, but I didn’t finish a project or release one to the world. This needs to stop. Writing needs to be a priority in my life too. So, I will get Project Death: Revelation finished and released in the next couple of months. Then I need to get my focus onto the third book in the series. I’d like to have both Revelation and Redemption out in 2017. I guess this is also the area where I mention that I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, and NaNoWriMo in November.

Fifth: Bookstagram. I loved being an active part of the book community on Instagram in 2016, and I’d like to keep building on that. Book photography is actually pretty relaxing and fun. So in 2017 I’d like to keep building my account, participate in at least a few monthly photo challenges, and just enjoy connecting with all my new book friends.

Sixth: Conventions. For this year I plan to be at a brand new local author event being held by my public library in March. I also am really hoping to make it to BEA and/or BookCon this year. As always, I’ll be attending Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, where I’m looking forward to seeing which authors show up, because I usually come home with a nice haul. And for right now my only author appearance at a convention will be Cincinnati Comic Expo in September; Mousai Books will be teaming up with Colorworld Books and it should be a lot of fun.

Well, I think that’s it for my bookish resolutions. That’s quite a hefty list when you look at it all together. Thanks for being a part of the first year of this blog, and I look forward to talking about bookish and nerdy things with all of you throughout 2017. It’s going to be a great year.

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Giveaway Announcement

Hey all, Dani here

Wow, yes, I am posting on a Wednesday. I am only doing this because it is a special post and I have the rest of my posts for this month figured out already.

So, as some of you may know, my first book came out three years ago. Since then I have been struggling to write and finish the second book. Thanos, the narrator for book two, REALLY does not like to talk about himself, especially about his past, and unfortunately a great deal of the book is about his past.

Anyway, the book — Project Death: Revelation–is almost finished and I should have the publication announcement at some point this month.

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Which means it’s time for me to host a giveaway. When I released Project Death: Resurrection I held a Goodreads giveaway and had several hundred people sign up. After the winner was selected, I signed the book (personalized with her name and everything) and sent it to her. About a day after she received the book it was put up for sale on Amazon, for more than I’m selling copies, and her name was not all that common. Needless to say this made me a little upset.

This time around, I want to be certain that the winner of the book is someone who actually wants the book, and somebody who has read the first book since it is a series. So, I have started a review giveaway and posted about it on my Facebook Page.

It’s really simple: write a review of Project Death: Resurrection and post it online. You can post it on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, wherever…and for EACH review you post and share with me, you’ll earn ONE entry.

For example, if you post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and your blog, that is three entries.

Then, at the end of July, I will put all the entries in a cup and draw out a winner on August 1st (AKA my birthday). That winner will be sent a signed copy of the second book. How about that? For my birthday, I’m giving at least one of you a present.

If you haven’t yet read Project Death: Resurrection, don’t worry…currently the e-book is FREE, and will remain free until July 31st. On August 1st it will return to it’s price of $1.99. For more details about my book and an honest review from me, check out this blog post.

Oh, and another fun contest/giveaway happening right now on my Facebook page: When my page reaches 225 likes–It’s at 214 now–I will randomly select a winner who will then get to work with me to create a character for either my Project Death paranormal series, or my Courts and Guilds science fantasy series.

When I say create a character, I mean choosing the name, the appearance, possibly occupation or title (depending on which series you choose), and probably a couple important personality traits.

And when my page reaches 250 likes, I will host a signed paperback giveaway. So feel free to stop over by my page and give it a like.

Thanks everyone.