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text 2016-07-04 21:28
Question of the Month

In this post, Olga Godim says:


"Periodically, BL explodes with questionnaires. It could be 50 questions or 5 or 12, and everyone pitches in, because we all want to talk about ourselves, express our struggles and thoughts and quirks. We want to share ourselves with our friends.


One of my online friends, Michael D’Agostino @ A Life Examined, came up with a blog hop Question of the Month. Once a month, he makes up a question, sends it to all the participants, and we answer on the first Monday of the month. This month, his question was:


What was the first book (or book series) you really fell in love with?"




My answer (as already set out in the maxi version Bookish Q&A that made the rounds a while ago):


To an equally great extent:


- The various collections of Greek mythology that we owned (they taught me to value courage and intelligence -- my favorite hero was Odysseus; my favorite deity, you've guessed it, Athena -- and they gave me a first inkling of just how far the history of mankind actually goes back);


- The books by German adventure novelist Karl May (they taught me to respect all people equally, regardless of their national and ethnic origin, as well as to value friendship and, again, courage, and they fed into my curiosity about countries and cultures other than my own),


- Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books (they taught me that girls can go absolutely everywhere they want to), and


- Otfried Preußler's Die kleine Hexe / The Little Witch (it taught me that in the face of a setback, perseverance and cleverness equally pays off; if you stick to your guns and use your head you will still prevail in the end -- even if you are seemingly outnumbered and outranked).



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text 2016-04-15 08:30
Spring Fling Blogger Hop (#SpringFlingHop)

Spring has sprung and love is in the air! 
We’re sharing our favorite romantic reads! 
There’s a giveaway at every blog so visit them all and 
see what reads have us all in a swoon this month.

Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
I hate trying to choose just one (or two)
Favorite Romantic Reads.  
It's kinda of like asking, 
"Which one's your favorite kid?" 
So, here are all my romantic reads 
so far for 2016.
Click on a cover to be taken to my review.
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For my Giveaway, 
I will be awarding 2 lucky people any ebook from the above reads.

(US & Canada Only, please)

Since some of these are books in a series, if you win, 
you can choose any book in that particular series. :)


Good Luck and Happy Reading!
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Hop:
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text 2016-02-08 08:00
Share the Love Giveaway Hop
This Hop is all about Sharing the Love to those bloggers and authors we just can't get enough of.

Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup

<!--more-->I chose to spotlight the top 5 Audiobook Reviewers that I follow.

That's right, these are the blogs that are my go to for getting the scoop on all things Audio.  They either specialize in audiobooks or regularly feature them.
In no particular order they are:
(click on the link to check them out)

And since I am spotlighting Audiobooks, my prizes are: 
A choice of 3 of 6 very gently preowned audiobooks 
& a $20 gift certificate to AudiobookStand.com

(US Residents Only)
First winner will get first pick of prizes, second winner will get the other.
Audiobook Choices:
$20.00 Gift Certificate

Remember to go check out the other stops on the Hop.
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text 2016-01-07 08:00
Hello My Name Is... Giveaway Hop (#Hello2016)


Anna of at The Herd Presents put this nifty hop together.

We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways! And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all! 

One of the questions that I routinely ask an Author is: 


"Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio."

And since this blog hop is about you getting to know me, I thought I would answer this question with 5 fun/weird facts about myself.
  • I am the oldest of 6 kids - the youngest being almost 18 years younger than myself. Let's just say that's a lot of changed diapers and free babysitting. And people wonder why I didn't want kids of my own...
  • I was a total 80's goth girl in high school - black eyeliner, powder white face, black hair teased to maximum height - and I rocked that look. Of course, it was the 80's when I was in high school.... Wait that should count as another fun fact!
  • Before the invention of the ereader, I once moved and had more boxes of books than of anything else... combined. *hangs head* And that was when it became apparent my choices were never move again or weed my library down. All I can say is "Thank Heavens for the invention of the e-reader."
  • I have OCD issues about my food... and other things, but mainly my food. For instance, different foods can NOT touch each other on the plate. I don't eat "salad" type foods, what with all the foods just jumbled together. *shudder* And don't even get me started on meal prep and cleanliness standards of other people. I don't participate in potlucks and we will leave it at that.
  • And lastly, for all that I am a lover of all things tech, I hate smart phones. HATE them. Phones should be for making calls, tablets/laptops/desktops for computing & browsing the web, cameras for taking pictures, etc.  Maybe it's my OCD about combining items, but it just seems that when you combine too many things, none of them work better than an item that has a sole purpose. Don't even get me started on my laptop now using "apps" instead of programs.... *face palm* Oh shit, I've gotten old. Maybe I should... eh, screw it, I'm going to embrace the old. "You damn kids, get off my lawn!"

Well, there you have it. 5 things that are uniquely and most probably, weirdly me. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I didn't scare anyone off with this glimpse of the non-cyber me. I hope ya'll give me a chance to get to know you, out there in the land of the cyber. ;)

My Giveaway: a book from Book Depository up to $15


Don't forget to go check out some of the other stops.
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text 2016-01-03 07:00
New Year's Resolutions Blog Hop


New Year's Resolutions

Join Roane Publishing for the New Year's Resolutions Blog Hop taking place January 4th - January 8th!

Every New Year I start out with a list of items that I want to accomplished in the coming year, be they simple things like cleaning out my closet or more long term goals like going to the gym more.  It rare that I am able to accomplish even half my list.

This year, I have decided to play to my strengths, ie organization. So, I have decided to work on organizing and streamlining my life, starting with my blog and my book reviews.  Oh, I am so bad about waiting till the last minute to write the review and then spend time skimming the book to remember names, places, dates, etc.

So I have started a Book Review Diary. Just something to jot a few notes down in, so that when I do go to write the review, I can just read back over my notes. It totally saved me while doing my 'Tis the Season Reviews and I plan to continue using it moving forward. If I can stay on top of this, it should save me considerable time in the long run. (And we all can use a little more time in the day.)

In honor of my Book Review Diary, I am giving away 1 Reading Notebook Diary from the Green Chair Press though Etsy. They have several designs and color choices available.  The diary will be ordered and sent directly to you from them, so that means US residents only. Good Luck!




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