Friday, June 29, 2012

VEGAS!!! & SUPER AWESOME SURPRISE!!!

Hey Everyone!!

So my 21st birthday is this Monday!!  And what am I doing for, said 21st, birthday??

Well none other than...
 

I am leaving tomorrow morning, and staying four days, three nights!  I'll be coming back on Tuesday.  So what does that mean?  Well, it means that this weekend there will be no posts, and no Music Tuesday on Tuesday.  However, there will hopefully be some great reviews going up when I come back, because, after all, I've got 6 hours there and back to kill, on the drive!

Just one more picture...

I'll be staying in...
4 Queens, which is right in THE MIDDLE of Fremont St. (the original Vegas!!!).  How awesome is that??!! I am super excited!
It's my first real vacation in two years! 

NOW TO THE SURPRISE!! 

My super awesome blogging friend, Liz, over at Books I Think You Should Read & Yes/No Films
shared something SUPER AWESOME WITH ME!!! I've actually been waiting for this all week, since I first heard about it on Meg's website...

This is what I leave you with for this weekend...
So please watch this HILARIOUS trailer/music video of Heather Wells, featuring her ex-fiance Jordan Cartwright!!


Happy Weekend! And wish me luck!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Meg-A Readers Recap #7 Plus Review for Sanctuary



 For this week's recap we had some great posts!! Including among them a new Blog post by the guest of honor, herself, Meg Cabot!! So wait for those links at the bottom of this post!
But before I get to those here's this week's book, a review of Sanctuary  (#4 in 1-800-Where-R-You Series):

Sanctuary (1-800-Where-R-You, #4)
Original Cover
 Okay let me begin by just saying that I was totally planning on taking a break in between books from Meg Cabot, but after reading Sanctuary, the fourth novel in Meg's 1-800-Where-R-You Series, I found myself, instead of picking up a different book, the fifth and final novel, Missing You.  The ending killed me!!!

It wasn't that it was bad, but just that last sentence totally got me!! I NEEDED to know what happens!!



Anyway, in Sanctuary Jess is back, of course...and before I give away WAY too much, I'll give you the Goodreads description:
Jess Mastriani knew she wasn't going to be able to hide her psychic powers from the U.S. government forever. But she never thought that she and Dr. Krantz, the special agent brought in to convince Jess to join his elite team of "specially gifted" crime solvers, would have something in common.
Vanished: Safe House & Sanctuary
Version I read, which contain Safe House & Sanctuary
When a local boy's disappearance is attributed to a backwoods militia group, it turns out that Jess and Dr. Krantz have the same goal. Suddenly Jess finds herself collaborating with one enemy in order to stop a far worse one. In an atmosphere of hate and fear, Jess and Dr. Krantz must work together to unite a community and save a life...without loosing their own.

What the description fails to mention is that Jess not only collaborates with Dr. Krantz, but also with one of the hottest bad boys in YA literature, Rob Wilkins!  Gosh, that boy...or I should say man, is HOT!!!!  He definitely doesn't look anything like the guy who plays Jess's boyfriend in the TV series Missing, which btw is based of this series...loosely!! 

I absolutely am enjoying this series! I feel like I've been almost reading quite a few mysteries lately, which right now, it fits perfectly, because Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! is in it's second half, and is currently having everyone reading Mysteries! Remember?? The first half was Mythology themed (in honor of the release of Underworld), and now the second half is Mystery themed (in honor of the release of Size 12 and Ready to Rock next month!).

So if you get a chance, I highly recommend reading this series! But of course, with any series, you should always start at the beginning, so if you haven't already pick up a copy of When Lightning Strikes, the first novel in the 1-800-Where-R-You series! :)

Happy Reading!


So now to the recap of this week's post!

We had some fun ones this week!
There was a review of Underworld from Ashna over at Journal of a Bookworm, then some super fun facts about Meg from Lariss, over at Cabot's Stuff that you may not have know; and then Diana, my super awesome co-host, talked about "The Meg Effect" over at her wonderful blog Little Miss Drama Queen! And then Alex over at A Girl, Books, and Other Things has been doing a fabulous thing for Meg-A Readers where she review's a book by Meg every Sunday during the duration of Meg-A Readers!
THANKS ALEX!!
 And then of course Meg's post too! And then I posted a couple of reviews this week, that I'll add below! :)

So here are the exact links:
So that's it for this week!!

Oh and don't forget to enter the giveaway which ends next week!!

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The Romance Bookie :) 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume review

Published in the 1970s Are you There God? It's Margaret written by Judy Blume, touched the hearts of thousands, if possibly not millions, of young girls hearts.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Written in the point of view of a soon-to-be twelve year old girl named Margaret Ann Simons, it deals with a young girls many questions.
She is waiting to become a woman.  She wants to start her period, grow a chest, and be "a normal girl".  It's a super short book, only about 150 pages, so it was a super easy read, and I do think this is a perfect read for young girl going through her early stages of adolescence.
However, like I said it was published in the 70s, and includes some pretty old school stuff.  For instance, at one point Margaret discusses trying on this belt that holds her pad...yeah, honestly I had no idea what that was??

For me personally, it was a bit tough sometimes just by young Margaret was.  But like I said, this book is meant for girls around the age of 11-14.  Also, I mean, I don't know about all you, but I had sort of a hard time relating to Margaret, because first of all I NEVER wanted to start my period!  I thought it was disgusting! In fact, I screamed my head off the first time I got it.  I was hysterical! Then also, I NEVER wanted boobs! I never understand girls who do??!! WHY??!! They are annoying!!!!

Overall rating:

But yes, overall I recommend this book to young girls around the ages of 11 and 14! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Still on My Mind #8

Still on My Mind is a weekly meme, featured on Thursday, started by Haley over at Ya-Aholic, where you discuss a book you've either recently read, or read over the past few years, that's still on your mind.


This week's Still on My Mind is...


Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
I know this is a sequel, but to be honest this book is the reason why I really liked Suzanne Collin's novels The Hunger Games.  This book had so much action, was interesting from beginning until end, and kept me on my toes through out.  I liked the first and third in the series, but they got to be a bit much for me sometimes.  This is a tough series, psychologically, speaking in my opinion.  I've discussed it recent posts (Like THIS one!).

Since everyone around the world, pretty much, knows about what happens in at least the first book in the series, I don't think this Goodreads description will be too much of a giveaway of what happened in the first book:

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.

This is honestly one of those series where I don't want to say I loved it, but I enjoyed reading it.  It got to be  really tough for me once in a while; but overall it was a great story idea.  This book series seems to appeal to SO many groups of people, and positively!  I've heard a lot less controversy around this series than either the Harry Potter franchise and Twilight had.  (However, I will admit I'm totally WAY more into HP & Twi!)

So that's it for this week's Still on My Mind!
Thanks everyone for tuning in! :)

The Romance Bookie :) 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Music Tuesday #26

I can not stop listening to this song!!!

I LOVE this song!! :)

Enjoy!
The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Safe House by Meg Cabot Review! :)



Safe House by Meg Cabot is the third book in Meg's 1-800-Where-R-You Series.  To see my review for book 1 & 2 go HERE & HERE!

Safe House (1-800-Where-R-You, #3)
But this is the original cover
Vanished: Safe House & Sanctuary
I'm reading this version
Because I don't want to give away too much, since it is a third book in the series, here's the description from Goodreads:
JESS MASTRIANI
was on vacation when Amber went missing. Most people blame Jess for Amber's brutal slaying, but how could Jess -- even with her psychic ability to find anyone, anywhere -- have stopped the cheerleader from turning up dead, without having known she was even missing?
When yet another cheerleader disappears, Jess has a chance to redeem herself. If she can just find the girl before it's too late, maybe Jess will finally have a chance to be part of the in crowd. Except that it's starting to look like being "in" might just get you -- not to mention your loved ones -- killed. So much for popularity.

My thoughts:

Like anything by Meg, I really enjoyed this book! Jess is a strong female protagonist character; which is something I really admire about pretty much all of Meg's characters! :) The mystery is awesome! I truly enjoy those once in a while!  Jess also has these great powers that I think would be pretty cool, yet scary to have.
I recommend this series to anyone who liked mysteries, with a paranormal twist to them.  This is a perfect series for anyone between the ages of 13 and up.

Happy Sunday everyone! :)

 The Romance Bookie :)





IMM #7

In My Mailbox was originally started by The Story Siren and it's where anyone can participate and let everyone know what they got in books, and other book related things, throughout a given time.  Anyone with a blog can join in, and you can post once a week, once a month, or whenever you choose to.


Remember everyone, this is a MONTHLY IMM, not weekly!!


It's been another great month!! :)


First off, I really wanted to share something I found this month in one of my books.


So I was cleaning up/reorganizing my book shelves this month, as I was cleaning for my relatives to come into town, and I was going through my copy of Lauren Clark's Dancing Naked in Dixie,

because I wanted to see my name again in the Acknowledgements (lol, I SWEAR I am not a shallow person!! I'm just so proud of myself and excited!!), and I happened to see something at the front of the book:

Okay now to the great books I got this month! :)

For Hard copies first:

For Free:
Bought:

So I made a stop at my local Goodwill Drop-Off place, and they just happen to have this fabulous little book store, and I was able to pick up a few things! :) PLUS all their Yellow Sticker Books were 50% off! So I got 5 books for $5!!


  •  At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks (I read this one a few years ago.  I believe it's actually the sequel to "True Believer".  I got it the hardcover for $2 and now get to add it to my Nicholas Sparks collection! :))
  • Wifey by Judy Blume (I've really wanted to read this one for a while now, ever since a friend recommended it! So now I get to...soon!)
  • The Au Pairs by Melissa De La Cruz (This one actually caught my attention because of the title.  Does anyone remember the movie "Au Pair"?? I LOVED that movie! Plus my cousin has been an Au Pair for the past year and a half in Chicago, and just last week finished and went back to Germany, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one! :))
  • The Perfect Boy by Hailey Abbott (LOVED LOVED LOVED Hailey Abbott's Summer Boy Series and The Bridesmaid! )
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I've always wanted to own a copy of this book! I loved it when I read it my Freshmen year in high school (SEVEN years ago!! WOW!!) in my English Class! In fact, it was the only English Literature book I ever actually read completely!!)
Gifted:
I got this from my Aunt and Uncle, who are here to visit for my brother's 11th birthday (July 4th), and my 21st (July 2nd)!  I've got the entire set in German now!!

Here's my completed set now:
 AND:

Yes, I have THREE different editions of the Twilight Saga! The Collectors Editions (on the LEFT), the regular editions (center), and the German editions (RIGHT).  Pretty crazy right??!! :)

So here's my overall haul in Hard Copies this month: 
Minus Dancing Naked in Dixie, because I forgot I mentioned that one already last month! :)

Now to the Ebooks:

From Netgalley:
Amazon:
Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1) The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone Swim: An eShort Story

For Review:
Broken City The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles) 
You can actually enter for a chance to win two: GIVEAWAY HERE!!!!!!!!!
And an interview with DD too!
THANK YOU DD Chant!!

Won:
Water (Akasha, #1)


THANK YOU to Sarah over at Inkling Reads!!

AND NOW TO MY PRIDE AND JOY OF THE MONTH!!!

Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells, #4) 
THANK YOU Edelweiss!!

So those are all the books I got this MONTH!! I feel so lucky for everything!! :)

Now to the recap, for the reviews I did this month:
So that's my IMM #7 for the Month of June!! :)

NEXT month is my Birthday edition!! I hope to get some great books, including a finished copy of Size 12 and Ready to Rock to include in my beautiful Meg Cabot collection!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Liebster Blog Love Award

Hey everyone!
So I was awarded another Liebster Blog Love Award!! How awesome is that??!!
However, because I already awarded the Liebster Blog Love Award to some of my favorite blogs, I've decided not to do that again (because quite frankly that took FOREVER last time! And that was picking only 5! This time I am supposed to pick ELEVEN!!)

But, because it says to answer some questions, I will answer the eleven questions instead:

What is your favorite piece of clothing?
My favorite piece of clothing is...hmm...I think currently are my yoga capri pants.  They are SOOOO comfortable!! :)

What do you utmost hate?
There aren't many things I hate, just because I feel it is too strong a word; but I really hate when people fold a page to mark their spot in a book.  It always makes me cringe.

What can you not live without?
I know this is probably pretty obvious, but I honestly can't live without my books.  I have no idea what I would do if I didn't have my books.

Who would be your fantasy boyfriend if you could have one?
My fantasy boyfriend would be Cooper Cartwright from Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series!
However, I have fallen in love with many male characters :)

Who are you most like from a book/ series?
I wrote this recently in my review :).  The person I'm most alike is Heather Wells from Meg Cabot's Size 12 is Not Fat, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, Big Boned, and the upcoming (July 10th) Size 12 & Ready to Rock! :) I absolutely adore Heather! Plus she gets Cooper Cartwright!!! :)  She's only a few years older than me though.

What book/ stories do you think should have a different ending and Why?
I don't know if this book should have had a different ending, but I did sort of wish, at the time I was reading it, that Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) had had a different ending.  But I think that's because I love happy endings, but I understand why Suzanne Collins ended the series the way she did, it did make the most sense, and after what those characters went through how could they have had the perfect happy ending... 

Name a song that would compliment the book you are reading right now?
Ugh, I am SO awful at this kind of thing!  I'm currently reading Meg Cabot's third 1-800-Where-R-You Series, and because Jess keeps waiting for her guy to call her I'm going to go with Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (if you get a chance, you should really watch the video because it's super cute! But the book doesn't end that way!! I promise!! :))


What shouldn't have a series or second novel in your opinion?
Honestly I don't think I've ever read a series that I think would have been enough with only book.  Unless I didn't like the first book at all.  But I can't think of any right now, where that was the case.  There were a couple, I know that, but I can't think of which ones.



What do you plan to do or have done with your life?
I hope to become an elementary school teacher.  I love working with children so I really hope I get the opportunity to do so one day.  I would also love to become an author.  But I know that one is a long shot.  So I'm not holding my breath for that one.  I'll definitely try though!!


What book should never be or been turned into a movie?
I am picking what should SHOULD be turned into a movie, and that is Meg Cabot's Heather Wells Series, however, I don't think a movie, but a TV show!
Oh and I think it would be really awesome to see Marissa Meyer's Cinder to be turned into a movie!


What book have you read that you think has been made into a successful movie?
Well, I loved both the Harry Potter books and movies, same with Twilight, and The Hunger Games! :)


So those are my answers! To see who I nominated/awarded my favorite blogs to, go HERE!
 Thanks everyone!!

Look for my IMM #7, going up next! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Meg-A Readers Recap #6 WITH GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey Everyone!! :)

For this week's Recap I unfortunately do not have a review or interview.  I've been posting reviews like crazy this week though, and ALL of them were Meg's books! So, okay it was only 3 books, and they were all Heather Wells Mysteries, but still!
So instead, I'll just recap all the links to my reviews and to our fabulous Blog Hoster (Sorry, I know that isn't a word...but it should be!!)! AND A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!!!

So for this week we had:
AND NOW TO THE GIVEAWAY!! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway And don't forget to ALSO enter for the GRAND PRIZE during Meg-A Readers!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Romance Bookie :)
BTW if you have been participating in the Read-a-Thon here is a link-up for you to add. It will open for the next week, so even if your review isn't up yet, you still have until next week! :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Meg-A Readers Read-A-Thon Book #3: Size 12 and Ready to Rock

First off, before I go into the review I must warn all of you!!

***This Review will contain SOME SERIOUS SPOILERS!!! From the recent books in the Heather Wells Series!!!!***
Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells, #4)

Also I must say, let me just tell you all...I feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOO extremely lucky to have gotten my hands on an Advanced Copy of this one!! Heather, it's been WAY tooo long!! :)

Heather is back!! FINALLY!!! FIVE LONG YEARS, for many readers, for me personally only 3 but still!! That's a lot time!!!

It's 3 months later (from when Big Boned ended), and Heather is not only extremely happy with her life, mostly due to the fact that she has a pretty great job (even though she would probably hate to admit it), but also because she's finally landed the man of her dreams! The man she's been in love with for many years, even to the time when she was still together with his younger brother! AND she's engaged!!!!!

Heather Wells is all about mystery...that's what makes a great Heather Wells novel of course! So when Tania's (Jordan Cartwright's...aka Heather's ex, wife) bodyguard gets shot, Cooper and Heather are on the case...well sort of.  Because of course, Heather isn't supposed to be involved.  Tania has hired Cooper to be her new body guard, while also having a Singing camp held inside Fischer Hall (the same dorm  ahem, I mean Residence Hall that has been known to be known as the Death Dorm, Residence Hall)  and Heather is put in charge with her new boss to help get everything ready!  

To say the least, Heather is not looking forward to it.  Not only does she have to deal with 50 bratty teenage girls, but she also has to figure out...was the shooting of Tania's bodyguard really an "accident" of some teenagers shooting off guns off a nearby roof, or was it an attack against Tania?

Along the way, Heather is dealing with her own personal issues...not only her engagement with Cooper, which she is looking forward to, but there might be an issue with something Heather has been planning for a long time...something that may never be a possibility...

Overall review:

To find out what happens pick up Size 12 and Ready to Rock on July 10th, when it will be available in a bookstore near you!! :)

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! That's pretty much all I need to say to how I feel about this book! :) Heather Rocks!! And I seriously still believe Heather is me...as a fictional character and who just happens to have a pretty kick-ass job!
;)
The Romance Bookie :)



Still on My Mind #7

Still on My Mind is a weekly meme, featured on Thursday, started by Haley over at Ya-Aholic, where you discuss a book you've either recently read, or read over the past few years, that's still on your mind.

For this week's Still on My Mind I have decided to choose a book that I absolutely loved!  Something that was very rare about this book was that it was a sequel, and I loved it even more than the first!
How often is it that a SEQUEL is even better than the first??!! I mean don't get me wrong I really liked the first novel, but there was something about the sequel that was just so beautiful! Whether it was the super hot musician main character, or the heartbreaking story...I personally think it was both...but it was just amazing, and reasons why this book is on my top 10 all time favorite books of all time. 

I actually got to meet Gayle Forman in April, and she was so sweet! You can read about my experience HERE!

So anyway, here's this weeks Still on My Mind:
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

Description from Goodreads:
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

This was such a beautiful novel! Absolutely stunning!  I 100% recommend Gayle Forman series to everyone! BUT WARNING!!! You will cry!!!!!
The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 REAL TRAILER!!!!!!

I know I posted the 13 second teaser last night, but guess what?? They've FINALLY posted the real one!!


The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 TEASER TRAILER!!! :)

Here it is!! The first look!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon Book #2: Big Boned by Meg Cabot

For my Book #2 of the Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon I read Big Boned (#3 in the Heather Wells mysteries) by Meg Cabot (of course! :)).

Before I begin, I HAVE to share with you all a quote from the novel just to give you an example of how hilarious Meg is!

From page 5 of Big Boned:
(Heather's (& my, for that matter) reaction when she's (I'm) running:
"I'll go at my own pace.  Nice and easy.  Here we go.  There, see? I'm doing it. I'm running! Hey, look at me! I'm running! I'm-
"Okay, well that's enough of that.  Whew.  I mean, a girl could hyperventilate from doing that.  And seriously, it's my first day.  Don't want to overdo it. 
"Also I think I felt something come loose back there.  I'm not trying to overreact or anything, but I think it was my uterus.  Honest.  I think my uterus jiggled free."

Seriously BEST QUOTE EVER!!!!

And that was only on page 5!! So you can just imagine how hilarious the rest of the book is! :)

***May CONTAIN SPOILER FROM PREVIOUS NOVELS OF THE HEATHER WELLS MYSTERIES!!***
Big Boned (Heather Wells, #3)
Heather is back! She's just getting back into the swing of things.  She's got a boyfriend.  A vegan, running, outdoors loving, no television boyfriend.  In other words...the exact opposite of Heather.  
Heather's father is finally moving out, giving her the chance to be alone again with Cooper...oh wait, but she has a boyfriend now!! 
She's still working at the Fischer Hall Dorms, I mean Residence Hall.  Everything's been a bit quiet for the past couple of months...that is until the day when Heather walks into her office only find that her new boss has been shot in the head!
Everyone starts to panic! The school is under strike from the Residence Hall assistants, security, janitorial service people, etc.  And there's been a murder...once again! Which by the way absolutely does not help get rid of that nickname Fischer Hall has been known to be called...Death Dorm (ahem...Residence Hall!).

When people Heather cares for, get involved in the investigation, Heather takes the case under her wing...secretly of course, and starts her own investigation.


My thoughts:
You know to be honest, before I started rereading this one a couple of days ago, I honestly couldn't remember what the case was for Big Boned.  I remembered, before I reread, that in Size 12 is Not Fat that girls get thrown down the elevator shaft, in Size 14 is Not Fat Either is where a head is found in cafeteria at Fischer Hall; but then with Big Boned I just could NOT remember what the case was.  And it wasn't because I didn't like the story, and thought it was forgettable or anything. Oh heck no! This is a Meg Cabot book we're talking about! But the reason why I couldn't remember what the mystery in this one was, was because of the ending!  The ending involving Heather and a certain someone! 
I don't know, maybe it's just me, but in TWO of Meg's series so far that I've read (and that I can remember from), the THIRD novel in the series has that ending that I've been waiting for!  Involving two of the main characters.  If you've read Princess in Love you may know what I'm talking about.  I sort hope you don't, because I really don't want to be giving away to much!!

Overall rating:
 

Anyway, I REALLY hope all of you get the chance to read this series! Especially now that Size 12 and Ready to Rock is being released VERY SOON!!
The Romance Bookie :)
As you can imagine Heather is back!

Music Tuesday # 25

Week 25 in 2012! WOW!!

This weeks Music Tuesday song is...
Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato is a song I have not been able to stop listening to, since I saw Demi's documentary on MTV.  Okay, so I will admit I LOVED her in Camp Rock (I know I'm a Disney nerd!), I especially love her singing voice and even own her first two CDs.  This song, sounds absolutely great! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Interview with Zeinab Alayan

Good Morning Everyone! (At least here in Southern California, where it's only 7:35), so if you're somewhere else around the world: Good Afternoon, Good Evening! :)

Today I'm really excited to have another fabulous Independent author on The Romance Bookie!  This author contacted me a couple of months ago, and because I was such a klutz, and had WAY too much on my mind with school and life, I completely forgot to get back to her! Well Zeinab, THANK YOU for emailing me back!!
Anyway, Zeinab Alayan's new novel REALLY caught my eye, when she introduced it to me those many weeks ago.  It was unique, and something that I believe a lot of people may enjoy because it doesn't seem to have anything like it out there in the world!

Read on, to find out more about Zeinab, her novel Puppet Parade, what music she likes to listen to while writing, and more! :)
Puppet Parade
Isn't the cover pretty?? It really reminds me of Phantom Of the Opera!! :)

The Romance Bookie: Describe Puppet Parade in 2-3 sentences for us, please.
 
Zeinab: Puppet Parade tells the story of Oliver Deere and Sophie Perkins, each isolated from the world for an extended period of times, as they break down the walls that held them back from the rest of the world and go in search of Oliver’s puppets that came to life. But they get more than what they bargained for when they board a special train that carries them off to a mysterious place called the Parade, where each town houses a unique group of people.

TRB:  What do you think makes Puppet Parade unique?
 
Z: Well, every book is unique on its own. But I like to think that Puppet Parade touches upon a concept that hasn’t been introduced yet... as far as I know, that is. Aside from Pinocchio, I don’t know of any book/movie that has incorporated talking puppets. It’s not just the puppets though; there are also the towns where different people live. For example, scholars live in one town, entertainers live in another... and every town is drastically different from the next. I’m especially proud of that.

TRB: What was your inspiration for Puppet Parade?
 
Z: You know, I actually have no idea, haha. What I first had in mind when I started writing the book is completely different from the end project. I knew I wanted to include Sophie, who is afraid to see her own face, and I knew she was going to escape and explore the world, and that’s how the novel starts. But gradually all the other characters butted in out of nowhere, and I ended up writing something I didn’t even plan for.

TRB: What made you write about puppeteers?
 
Z: No particular reason! As I said before, all the other characters, Oliver included, came to me out of nowhere and demanded to be included in the book. I’m not even sure why I chose puppeteers. Thinking about it now I could’ve written about a doctor, a writer or even a thief! Makes it sound less special than it is, doesn’t it?

TRB:  What was your writing process like? Did you listen to music, was it quiet, etc? And if you listened to music, what did you listen to? :)
 
Z: I often wrote with my now-fiancé. We would time ourselves and write for 30-minute intervals; that really helped with my productivity. At the time I wrote this book, I was living with my family, and the house was always incredibly noisy. To tune out everything, I would stick on my earphones and listen to music. I prefer to listen to instrumental music while writing because the lyrics end up distracting me. I would listen to movie soundtracks (including Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, Tangled and Prince of Persia) and Immediate Music tracks. Though my favourite things to listen to where tracks by Vanessa Mae and string quartet Bond.

TRB:  Did you suffer from any Writer’s Block? How did you overcome it?
 
Z: I was often plagued by Writer’s Block, yes. I prefer to write without a definite plan, and more than once I would reach a part in the story where I didn’t know where I was going. At those times I would stop and re-read the last parts I’ve written, or else I would draw up flowcharts with many possible outcomes and choose the one I liked best. It also helped that I had my fiancé to brainstorm with me!

TRB:  How long did it take you to finish the book?
 
Z: I wrote the first 50 thousand words of the book during NaNoWriMo. After that was over, I abandoned the book for nearly two months in favour of exams and projects. Then I picked it up later and churned out at least a thousand words every other day for nearly five months. I actually finished writing the book the same day my final exams were over.





On a side Note: If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is (like me, and decided to look it up), it is National Novel Writing Month! :)

TRB:  Are you working on a new book? If so, what is it about?
 
Z: Yep! I’m working on something titled The Muse Bunny. In this book, all muses are in the shape of a bunny (taking form from the term “plot bunny”); they are invisible, cute creatures that cling to artists and try to provide them with inspiration. However, the bunny in my book is one bad egg. Instead of trying to help the writer he’s latched himself onto, he’s trying to bring about her doom through endless Writer’s Block and bad choices. TMB chronicles the things that happens along the way. I’m actually nearly done writing it, and you can expect to see it soon! ...after all the editing is done, of course.
TRB:  Have you always wanted to be an author and make a career out of writing books?
 
Z: Well, I always liked to write, but as a kid, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I would tell them that I wanted to be a doctor or a teacher or even a detective. In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to be a writer, but my childish logic would tell me that writers don’t earn a lot of money, so I should look for something else, haha. I still wouldn’t consider writing to be my career, but hopefully within a few years it will be.
 
TRB:  What do you do when you’re not writing?
 
Z: Mostly I juggle between two jobs – translating and editing. But when I have some free time, I like to watch TV and movies, blog, look around the internet and excessively devour books. Oh, and chocolate. I’m always eating chocolate.
 
TRB:  Have you read any interesting books recently? Anything you might recommend?
 
Z: I recently finish reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. While it’s something I might’ve not normally picked up, it still held my interest from the beginning to its end. It’s highly captivating and keeps you guessing about what may happen next. It gets five stars and high praise from me.


I really must say that Zeinab's novel sounds AWESOME! I am definitely looking forward to, in the future, picking it up! If you're interested in checking it out, you can find it on Barnes and Noble and Amazon!

Thank you to Zeinab for joining me today! And CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon Book #1: Size 14 is Not Fat Either


So I've been reading like crazy all day, and was able to ALREADY finish my first book in the Read-A-Thon!!

Book 2 in the Heather Wells Series: Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot!

This is actually my second time reading this series...I originally read it in 2009 (my second semester of my senior year in high school)...but I REALLY wanted to reread it in honor of the new release Size 12 and Ready to Rock, so my memory will be extra excellent when I read it in a couple of weeks!! :)

***WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOUND IN BOOK 1 OF SERIES (Size 12 is Not Fat)***

Heather Wells is back! She's finally been able to move on from a tough first couple of months of working at Fischer Hall, a dorm, I mean residence hall at New York College; after a series of deaths that occurred as girls were being shoved down elevator shafts. 
Heather is excited to finally begin her work on her BA, but before she is able to she unfortunately needs to take a remedial math course, before she can begin her work on her Criminal Justice degree.
However, Heather gets a wake up call when a head (yes, a HEAD) is found in a pot simmering in the dorm, dang I mean Residence Hall's cafeteria!  And not just ANYONE's head...the HEAD Cheerleader (haha, no pun intended!!)
Heather is on the case...well, not intentionally...or at least at first.  Everyone is telling her NOT to get involved, except Magda, her friend who works in the cafeteria.  So who is Heather, not to help someone in need??  
Along the way, Heather gets a surprise visit from her father, who she hasn't seen since she was a kid...and in fact, BEFORE she became a pop princess singing in malls, (which she's not anymore, if you haven't noticed by the fact that she works in a Residence Hall (Huh! I remembered!).  AND her ex-boyfriend, also a former star, but from a boy-band from the same label who signed her, except he's the label owners son; also continues to bug Heather, begging her to come to his wedding!
What is Heather to do?  She's got a list of suspects, including a group of kids from a well known campus Fraternity.  She's dealing with her father's return, while also still trying to waiting and finding a way where her ex-boyfriend's brother, the man she lives with, finally confesses his love for her! Can Heather do it?  Can she solve the mystery?? 
Find out in Size 14 is Not Fat Either!!

But remember!! If you haven't read the first book Size 12 is Not Fat then read that one before you read this one!! :)

Overall rating:

I LOVE this book!!  This is my all time favorite series from Meg, which btw is saying a LOT, because I love EVERYTHING by Meg!!  Heather is probably my absolute favorite character, right with Mia by her side!  I love her independence, strong will, and not afraid to fight for what she believes in!  Heather is AWESOME!!

I really hope everyone gets a chance to read this one! :)


The Romance Bookie :)

Meg-A Readers Read-A-Thon (June 17th-23rd)!!

Hey Everyone!
Meg-A Readers is officially half way over! (how time flies!!!, I just can't stop saying that enough!).

SO to kick off the half-way point Diana (Little Miss Drama Queen) and I are hosting the Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon!!

The Read-a-Thon will be running all this week (June 17th-23rd) and will have ANYONE (not only the participants) who wants to read Meg Cabot books ALL WEEK and as MANY as they can!

I've actually got family coming tomorrow, family that I only get to see once every two years for a little over two weeks, and who come specifically for my brother and my birthday, so I honestly don't know how much time I will actually have to read this week!  I'm hoping to definitely finish both Heather Wells books (Size 14 is Not Fat Either & Big Boned) and maybe possibly Size 12 and Ready to Rock!!!!! Or continue reading the 1-800 Where-R-You? Series.  But who knows!

So what will YOU be reading this week??
I would love to know in the comments, and if you're participating this week, and have a blog, and wrote a review then leave the links below and I will post in the Recap on Friday!!

So are you all ready?? Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon has officially BEGUN!!

READY...SET...GO!!!!!!!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Interview with AWESOME DD Chant AND GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Saturday Everyone!!
So I got another AWESOME email yesterday, from a great new up-and-coming author...DD Chant!
As some of you may know I have been quite overwhelmed these past few months with reading, especially when it comes to scheduled readings, so I've come to the decision that I just can't accept every book that comes my way.  I mean unless your name happens to be, oh I don't know, let's say, Meg Cabot, or Sarah Dessen, or...Marissa Meyer (I WANT TO READ SCARLET!!!), or Nicholas Sparks, or Stephenie Meyer (with Midnight Sun (FULL VERSION!!!) or Host #2!!!) then I will 100% make an exception!
But for now, because I still would REALLY like to support the indy author community out there, I've asked DD for an interview, and she agreed!!

So please welcome...DD CHANT author of The Promise & Broken City!

The Romance Bookie: Describe both Broken City and The Promise in 2-3 sentences each.

DD Chant: Broken City is set after an apocalypse and tells the story of Deeta, a young woman born after the world went crazy, and Tom her best friend. But Tom is keeping secrets and not everything is as it seems.......does Deeta really know Tom at all????


‘The Promise’ is set in Saxon England and is the first book in ‘The Lady Quill Chronicles’, a series that tells how one battle changes the lives of 5 foster brothers. This book is the story of Rafe and Adele and the promise that binds them together.....


TRB: What made you choose the banking crisis as your post-apocalyptic theme for "Broken City"?

DD: I was trying to hit on something unique: in most dystopian/apocalyptic books the cataclysm is war, disease or alien invasion. I wanted it to be something simple, something we all take for granted that in the end pushed us over the edge. When the banking crisis started to be reported on in the news I knew I’d found the reason for Deeta’s ‘Broken City’.

TRB:  For "The Promise" did you have to do a lot of research for the time period, because your book is in the Historical Fiction genre?

DD: I did, but ‘The Promise’ is more of a historical fantasy: it has a Saxon setting and I’ve tried to stay true to the time period but the events of the book are purely fictional. Yes Mercia and Wessex were enemies and those tensions are real but the events between the different families are straight out of my imagination.

TRB: What do you prefer: hard copies of book or ebooks?

DD: I have to say that I’m an eBook convert! As much as I love a physical copy my kindle is just so easy:
It fits in my (little) bag with plenty of room for my make up!
It can store a 1000 books, so if  I’m not in the mood to read the book I’m in the middle of I don’t have to make do, I can just scroll down and pick something else!
No more dead arms from holding massive tombs at awkward angles!
And last but by no means least, when I read the synopsis of a book online and buy it I don’t have to wait for it to be delivered but its there on my kindle instantly!
Buy an e-reader, save the trees!!!

TRB:  What do you think of the self-publishing world so far?

DD: It’s hard!!! I thought that the difficult bit was writing the books but it turns out that getting people to take a chance on them is WAY harder! However there are some very special people (like Mandy!) who help us Indies get our name out there by giving trustworthy reviews to readers and increase our chances. So thanks Mandy!!!

TRB: Any advice for aspiring writers?

DD: The more you write the better your writing gets, never delude yourself: you can ALWAYS do better! I wrote a 90.000 word novel before ‘Broken City’ that I will NEVER publish, it just isn’t good enough. I’m not sorry I wrote it though, I learnt so much and it was an invaluable experience to actually finish writing a book. You start writing your next book with much more confidence, no longer having to wonder if you can finish a book but knowing you can.
Always be open to criticism because you will never be able to see you own work as clearly as someone else can.
And lastly: enjoy yourself!!! Your enthusiasm for the story will come through in your writing and will give your writing that little something that captures the reader’s interest and refuses to let go until they read the last page.

Doesn't DD and her two novels sound great!! AND NOW thanks to DD, I will be giving away BOTH books!!
I will be choosing TWO WINNERS, and one will receive an ebook copy of The Promise and the other winner will receive an ebook copy of Broken City!

Here's the Rafflecopter form!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Enjoy!
The Romance Bookie :)
 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! Recap #5 PLUS A SUPER SPECIAL INTERVIEW!!!


Hey everyone!!
This week was AWESOME for Meg-A Readers! I read SOOO many great posts that I will sharing with you here today, that I really hope you take the time to read, especially if you are a big Meg Cabot fan, like me! :)

So for this weeks post I have something EXTRA special! Something I am SO SO SO proud of it, and I hope you will enjoy!!

However, before I go ahead with this EXTRA special post, I wanted to announce the winner for the SIGNED Copy of Meg's Avalon High!!

AND without further ado, the winner is...

***Danasquare!!!***

Congratulations Dana! I have sent you an email and you have 48 hours to respond, before I pick a new winner!! :)

SOOOO here is the special post!!

An Interview with her Royal Highness Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Crown Princess of Genovia(!!!!!)


The Romance Bookie:  Welcome Princess Amelia, it is an absolute pleasure having you here on The Romance Bookie!
HRH Amelia: Oh thank you, Mandy! I love The Romance Bookie, I read it all the time!  But please, do call me Mia.
TRB: Oh, of course Princ...I mean, Mia.  So to begin the interview  there is something I must know!  How is our wonderful Michael Moscovitz doing?
HRH Amelia Mia: Michael is great! He’s super busy, still promoting his invention, you know the Cardio Arm.  He’s sold a ton!  I’m just so extremely proud of him!
TRB: I can totally tell by that fabulous smile of yours! So how is school going at Sarah Lawrence?
Mia: Sarah Lawrence is absolutely wonderful! Everyone is extremely nice to both me and Lars...
 
(Grandmère, who decided to oversee the interview, in the background yells:  “Amelia, how many times must I tell you?  It is “Lars and me” NOT “me and Lars”! Goodness, have I taught you nothing?”)
 
Mia, ignoring her Grandmère, and giving me an apologetic look, continues: Luckily, I have a nice apartment a little ways off campus where I have my own space and LARS AND I (emphasis, looking at her Grandmère) don’t have to bud heads all the time, because he has his own space too. 
TRB: That does sound lovely!
Mia: Oh it is! Especially when Michael is actually in town! (giving me a little wink)
(Laughing) TRB: Oh I bet! So have you been in contact with anyone from high school, besides Michael of course.
Mia: Oh definitely! Lilly is busy at school, but we see each other a couple times a month.  Tina and I talk at least once a week, and usually discuss the latest romance book she’s reading.  Before you ask your next question, Boris and her are still going strong!  She refuses to take off the Tiffany’s Promise Ring he gave her.  And then of course there is Lana, who I became friends with my Senior year!  Lana  has been busy continuing to promote her single “Put It In My Candy Hole”.  It’s rising on the charts...in The Virgin Islands. 
TRB (laughing hysterically): Haha that’s ironic!
Mia: I know right?!
TRB: So have you spoken to Meg lately?  I am VERY excited about her newest book, Size 12 and Ready to Rock! Do you plan on reading it?
Mia: Of course!! Meg and I just talked the other day! She’s doing very well, super busy with editing and working on a few new projects (including a NEW Mediators book, which I’m really looking forward to!).  I’m definitely looking forward to Size 12 and Ready to Rock!  Heather and I are really close! I mean, first off, we have that whole thing in common where Meg-wrote-our-life-stories, and then of course, we both know about being in the public eye all the time (Heather, being a former pop-star and all).  Heather is just now getting back to her music.  She’s been performing a bit around New York City, in small clubs and venues.  We’re actually meeting for lunch next week!
TRB: Well, I sure wish I could be there! New York City is 100% my dream destination one day! I definitely want to see a Broadway show there!
Mia: Oh you must! Let me know, when you come into the city, and I’ll grab us four tickets for Beauty and the Beast, and we’ll get Heather to come along, and maybe even Meg if she’s in town!
TRB (practically jumping out of her seat with excitement): Oh really?! That sounds awesome! Well, thank you SO much Mia for being here today with us at The Romance Bookie!  It has been an absolute pleasure, and you’ve definitely proven to me, we are so much alike! Oh and THANKS for being my best friend in high school!
Mia: Oh Mandy of course! High school is such a tough place, and Meg definitely had my life story on the dot about how high school is!

Mia was absolutely amazing to talk to! That girl and I are meant to be BFFs I swear!! After the video chat, Mia had to run off with Boris and Grandmère for a pressing Top-Secret matter, but not before we discussed future plans of seeing Beauty and the Beast on Broadway together!!

She had such manners too, but at the same time still had her unique spunk! 

THANKS MIA!! And I hope to talk to you soon again!

So now to this week's recap!

 Like I said above this week had some really awesome posts! I enjoyed reading each and everyone of them, including one I COMPLETELY forgot to mention in last weeks post!

We had Alex over at A, Girl, Books, and Other Things who posted TWICE this week with two fun posts, including a review of a Mediator book, and her Meg experience! Then there was Larissa over at Cabot's Stuff, which is an ENTIRE Tumblr dedicated to Meg Cabot (!!!) How awesome is that??!!, James over at Book Chic had his Meg Story to share. Bibliojunkies has both a review of Size 12 and Ready to Rock AND a story of WHY she loves Meg Cabot! Katie over at The Queen of Teen Fiction who shared why Meg changed her reading life. PLUS Diana over at Little Miss Drama Queen had a special Quoteable Quotes Post dedicated to Meg-A Readers!

The links:


Such great posts and I hope all of you get a chance to check those out! :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend! My summer is now officially starting, due to the elementary schools getting out yesterday, so no more volunteering over the summer (which I'm actually sad about! ;().  But tonight starts it off with some BOWLING with friends!! WHOO-HOO!!

Happy Weekend everyone! AND SUMMER!!
The Romance Bookie :)

PS: DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE MEG-A READERS BLOG HOP! READ-A-THON WEEK NEXT WEEK!!

 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Still on My Mind #6

Oh dang! I almost forgot about my Still on My Mind post today!!

So for this week I'm going to do...

Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument Series!

Because it's a series, and because I loved each one of them SOOOOO much, it is MUCH too difficult to just choose one! So instead, I am doing all of them! Okay, except for the newest one City of Lost Souls because I haven't had the chance to read that one quite yet.
The Mortal Instrument Series: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels

But here's the description from Goodreads:
The Shadowhunters—touched by angels and charged with protecting innocents—battle demons and other evil in the bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
City of Bones
When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons—and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
City of Ashes
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go—especially handsome, infuriating Jace. Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also Jace’s father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help his father?
City of Glass
To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all—whatever the cost?
City of Fallen Angels
The Mortal War is over, and Clary is back in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

I first began reading this series last Spring I believe, and instantly fell in love! It's AMAZING! I 100% recommend it!
The Romance Bookie :)