Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Blogger Hop No. 127: Discussing Books with Friends

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This Week's Question

When meeting with friends, do
your discussions usually
turn to books?

(Submitted  by Maria @ 

My Answer

Alas, no......I don't have any bookish friends, at least none in "the real world". :(  In fact, I really don't have that many friends in that world. I do have a few female friends, and they're very nice people. However, they're not into books. So, when we get together, we talk about other things. As long as they don't try to discuss cooking and sewing with me, I'm good. Lol.

I do have bookish friends, but they're ALL online! They have WONDERFUL blogs, too! So I'm glad that I can discuss books with THEM. I just wish we all lived closer to each other, so we could actually get together in "the real world", and get going on our favorite topic! We could go to a nice Italian restaurant, for example, and discuss books over pasta and garlic rolls. Or maybe have sushi and sake at a cozy Japanese restaurant. Or, if we could all meet in Miami, we could enjoy Cuban cuisine and "cafecito" afterward! Lol.

Here are my bookish online friends and their MUST-VISIT blogs, in no particular order!

Brian @ Babbling Books: Brian posts about literary fiction, as well as nonfiction. His posts are SO interesting, intellectually stimulating, and informative! Although I read a lot of YA, I also LOVE the types of books he reviews! And he's a fellow Trekkie!! "Live long and prosper," says Mr. Spock!! 

Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty: Wendy is just as eclectic as I am! Plus she's always mentioning her cute daughter, who is nicknamed "Mouse". I enjoy reading her detailed posts, too! And her love of cats is so touching.....

Stephanie @ Bookfever: Steph is also a very eclectic blogger! She features fiction, whether YA or adult, and her nonfiction choices are very interesting, too! And she's such a sweet person, as well! She lives in Belgium, and blogs in English. 

Greg @ Book Haven: Greg is a VERY visually oriented person, just like me! He fills his interesting, upbeat posts with AWESOME images, whether of book covers or other images he's found online. And he's very partial to SF, although he's also eclectic.

Barb @ Booker T's Farm: Books and Nails and Puppy Dog Tales: Barb is very devoted to her cute "pups" -- one of whom is nicknamed "Book". She loves the horror genre, but she also tends toward the eclectic, and frequently picks wacky, quirky books, which delights me!

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews: Elizabeth is a very sweet person. She blogs mostly about historical fiction and women's fiction. While our taste in books is not similar, I enjoy interacting with her! Besides, she's an excellent cook! I'd LOVE to taste her prizewinning pesto bread!

Daniela @ Nocturnal Devices: Daniela is a recent friend. She reviews mostly paranormal romance and urban fantasy, as well as YA. So we're pretty much on the same wavelength! Plus she's SO bubbly and fun!! Her post titles grab one right away, too!! 

SJ Higbee @ Brainfluff: Sarah is a British SF writer who's recently also become a friend. I LOVE her blog, which features mostly fantasy and SF reviews. She also reviews mysteries and thrillers, though. And her cover features just blow me away!!

Antonela @ Forest of a Thousand Books: Antonela is my Argentinian friend! She's such a sweet person, too! Her blog posts are all in Spanish, in spite of her blog's English title. (I'm fluent in Spanish, so I can read them.) She mostly reviews YA. And she writes the most WONDERFUL comments!! (She's fluent in English, as well.) Wish I could fly down to Buenos Aires to visit her......

Verushka @ Pop.Edit.Lit.:  (This blog has to be accessed by going to Google first. For some weird reason, I am unable to link to it here.) Verushka is from India, and lives in Australia. She's an eclectic reviewer, as well as a freelance editor. She's eclectic, too, although I've seen that she mostly reviews mysteries and thrillers.  Her reviews are always an interesting read!

Amy @ A Magical World of Words: Amy is also a very sweet friend! She reviews movies as well as books, and, although she's a bit eclectic, she does focus most on YA, fantasy, and paranormal fiction. She's also a Christian feminist, just like me!

Michelle & Mckenzie @ A Belle's Tales: I call these two "The Dynamic Duo of the Internet"! Lol. They're a mother and daughter team, and they have very upbeat reviews!! Although they do cover a lot of YA, they also review mysteries and thrillers. Sadly, though, their blog is on hiatus right now. I hope they'll be back VERY soon!!

Sue @ The Great Raven: Sue reviews mostly adult science fiction, but includes afantasy, . She's been visiting my blog on a pretty regular basis, and is by now a new friend, as well.

So these are the people I enjoy discussing books with. They're all online! I'm glad we have the Internet, because I might as well be on a desert island, as far as bookish friends go, in my immediate vicinity. Lol. Again, I wish we could all have a HUGE get-together!! It would be such a BLAST!! 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 57: These Rebel Waves, by Sara Raasch

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!

This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 These Rebel Waves
(Stream Raiders, Book 1)
Sara Raasch
Hardcover, 320 pages
Balzer + Bray
     August 7, 2018      
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Pirate Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction

 Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Why I can't wait for this one!

Well!! This book looks ALL kinds of AWESOME!! OMG.....ALL THAT MAGIC!! ALL THAT INTRIGUE!!
"I wants it, my Precious!!" says Gollum. And I like the fact that one country has a theocracy for a government. Wonder how THAT will work out with the rest of the plot elements..... But the BEST of all is that the female protagonist is VERY obviously kick-butt. Yup, that TOTALLY does it, for me! Lol.  And OH, YES, there are PIRATES, too!! (Hey, this is the author of the Snow Like Ashes books!!)

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books, too. Not much has changed since then -- her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. She is the author of the NY Times bestselling Snow Like Ashes trilogy and These Rebel Waves, a duology. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

Twitter/Amazon Author Page

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blog Tour: The October Men, by David Impey

Welcome to this stop in the 
blog tour for The October Men,
sponsored by 
Bewitching Book Tours!!

The October Men
David Impey
Trade Paperback, 340 pages
BigBear Communications Ltd.
March 20, 2018
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
David Impey
March 20, 2018
Conspiracy Theories, Mystery, 
Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Otto Parsons, a brilliant young Oxford physicist, is missing. The October Men is a story of Otto’s experiment in quantum physics – trying to create zero gravity without going into space – which yields spectacularly unexpected results: time travel. Professor Dan Sibley, ever more desperate to secure funding to keep the experiment running, allows their work to fall into the control of men with an utterly different agenda. Otto's disappearance is the first link in a chain of events, which tie together monumental historic moments including the sale of a lost van Gogh painting, the discovery of rare film footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the discovery of a hoard of rare art treasures in a French cave, and the murder of a financial advisor in the Cayman Islands.

The scientists initially try to fund the experiment by producing a historical TV series that uncovers the truth behind the Roswell Incident and the assassination of President Kennedy, among others. Inevitably, the show goes viral and attracts unwanted attention. As the project requires ever more funds, sponsorship is sought elsewhere, and control of the equipment quickly passes to a shadowy cabal of international criminals whose activities have global consequences, as they exploit the equipment to take advantage of the financial and art markets.

When the truth slips out, human existence itself comes under threat.

The October Men is the stunning debut from David Impey, full of twists and turns that will keep you gripped. If you like well-crafted thrillers by John le Carré and Colin Dexter or thought-provoking science fiction by John Wyndham, then The October Men is the novel you must read.

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This is the first full-length novel by David Impey. He originally graduated in Chemistry and, afterwards, worked in high-tech industry either on the marketing/commercial side or in advertising.
David has helped write campaigns with a heavy emphasis on demystifying supposedly obscure areas of science that affect everybody on a day-to-day basis, and has won several awards for his work.
His first published work was an April Fool’s article in a yachting magazine and, since then, David has been a frequent columnist and contributor to industry journals and online blogs, as well as setting up some and editing others. He also developed a TV series about health called “The Dose”.
When he’s not writing, David is a composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has worked as a musician for 20 years, principally as a composer of soundtrack music for corporate clients ranging from sherry to paint to insurance and cruise lines.
Some of his music has been used extensively by TV companies across Europe, including the UK and the Netherlands. David lives near Oxford with his wife and insane dog. 

Amazon Author Page

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 244: Saint Patrick's Day Surprise Favorite Cover Giveaway!!

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!


This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

This week, I have a special SURPRISE
for St. Patrick's Day!!
Pick your favorite YA cover, enter the contest in the Rafflecopter below, and
you have a chance to WIN that book from The Book Depository!!!

Yes, this giveaway is 
Just make sure TBD delivers to
your country. You can do that HERE!!

This giveaway starts at midnight
today, 3/17/18, and ends at
midnight on 4/18/18!!!

The rules are simple.
You must be at least 13 years old,
or have permission from
your parents to enter.
You will have 48 hours to reply
to my email notification, if you're the 
winner. After that, I will choose another winner.

Here are the book covers!
Click on each to access the GR page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thanks for entering!!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop No. 126: Favorite Children's Book Author

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @

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to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.

This Week's Question

Who is your favorite children's
book author and why?

(Submitted  by Kitty @ 

My Answer

I haven't read any children's books in recent years, but I do have VERY fond memories of reading some great ones! My two favorites are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, and Classic Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen. So these are also my two favorite children's books authors.

I happen to own the Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions of both books, and would like to read them again! (The B&N Collectible Edition of the Carroll book also contains Through the Looking Glass, which I have not read.) 

When I first read these books, I did so in Spanish, as a child in Cuba. I do have both books still, although, sadly, they are a bit on the worn side.....I need to locate the Lewis Carroll book, which is somewhere in my personal library. I was unable to find a picture of it online. As for the Andersen book, I DID find a picture, which you can see below.

These books gave me lots of hours of enjoyment when I was a kid. Back then, I believed the stories were all true, too. Lol. It was VERY disappointing to me when I found out that wasn't the case....But these books, along with some others that I read back then, such as condensed versions of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper, plus Little Women, really hooked me into reading for life!

These two authors really captured the "feel" of fantasy from a child's viewpoint. In the case of the Wonderland book, I immediately related to Alice, for example. Here was a little girl getting into fascinating adventures, and I totally envied her! I also felt her emotions very strongly as I read. Whenever the Queen of Hearts yelled, "Off with his head!" or "Off with her head!", I was really scared!

As for Andersen's stories, my favorites were "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes", and "The Steadfast Tin Soldier". The first and the third of these dealt with relationships of the heart. The first one featured a boy and a girl who were close friends, while the third one featured two toys who were able to feel like real, living people, and loved each other. This one has a rather sad ending, though, and I've never forgotten it. Even back then, I had some interest in romance, although I wasn't aware of it, lol.  

As for "The Emperor's New Clothes", I thought it was hysterical at the time. Beneath the humor, though, there was a very important statement about political hypocrisy. This, of course, was something I didn't catch back then. I just thought it was VERY funny for the emperor to be walking around without a stitch of clothing on! Lol.

Below you will see pictures of the B&N editions I now own, plus the Spanish translation of Andersen's stories that I originally read, and also still own.

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