Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 110: Author Thanksgiving Party



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This Week's Question

If you had an author-only
Thanksgiving party, who
would you invite?

(Submitted  by Kristin @ 



My Answer

This is an interesting twist on the typical "having lunch with favorite authors" type of question!

My own list would include quite a few YA authors, of course, since I post mostly about YA fiction on this blog. However, I do feature adult fiction pretty often, as well, so I am also including adult fiction authors. 

So here's my list, in no particular order, with my reasons for the invites! (Click on each author's name for their Goodreads pages.)

YA FICTION AUTHORS 

J.K. Rowling: I don't think I need to explain why I would want to invite her. Harry Potter is in my blood! AND DUMBLEDORE LIVES. 'Nuff said! 

Stephenie Meyer: Speaking of blood....lol. She's the creator of the sweetest, sexiest non-threatening vampire in history, as well as the most romantic werewolf with the BEST abs! I will NEVER forget Bella, Edward, and Jacob!!!!

Andrea Cremer: Speaking of werewolves....I LOVE the Nightshade Series!!! Calla and Shay totally ROCK.

Leigh Bardugo: I have read Shadow and Bone, from the Grisha Trilogy, and I need to read the other two! Plus, she wrote a Wonder Woman novel -- Warbringer!!

Lisa T. Bergren: This Christian author wrote the AWESOME River of Time series, featuring the kick-butt She-Wolf sisters!! And their boyfriends totally ROCK. Gabi and Marcello are one GREAT couple!

Richelle Mead: For her FANTABULOUS Vampire Academy series!! Rose and Dimitri are another favorite couple of mine!! And Rose is DEFINITELY a kick-butt heroine!! 

ADULT FICTION AUTHORS

Mary Balogh: My FAVORITE Regency romance author!! I ESPECIALLY LOVE her poignant Christmas stories! I also LOVE how her female protagonists always make it SO easy to be unforgettable to their men.... My favorite novel is A Precious Jewel, which reminds me of a 19th-century "Pretty Woman"!!

Amanda Ashley: Her books were my first introduction to the romantic vampire. Her heroes are SO sweet, and her novels are pretty clean, considering the genre she writes in. My faves are A Darker Dream and Midnight Embrace!

Melody Carlson: For writing the most beautiful, touching Christian fiction Christmas romances I've EVER read. They are collected in a beautiful, touching,  omnibus volume, appropriately titled The Christmas Bus.

Kendra Leigh Castle: For her Dark Dynasties series, featuring some VERY appealing vamp heroes....such as shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray, who dazzled me (although he didn't sparkle) in Dark Awakening

Elizabeth Davies: Yes, I know, I'm OBSESSED with vampires....but ONLY if they're on the romantic side. Although the hero of her Resurrection series, Roman, is a bit on the rough side, he truly loves Grace, the human woman he falls for. And, of course, he DOES mellow out.

L.G. O'Connor: For her Angelorum Twelve Chronicles! She has created a VERY compelling mythology involving angels and demons! I GREATLY enjoyed the first book in the series -- Trinity Stones!

I think this is a good number to invite to a Thanksgiving party. I'm certainly thankful that I was able to read their books! And I'm sure all of them -- and me -- would have a LOT to talk about while dining on sumptuous Thanksgiving fare! (Catered, of course, as I don't cook....lol.)

I realize that these two lists feature mostly romance authors, although their books also include other elements. What can I say? I have been such a fan of romance novels for such a long time, I always gravitate right back to the genre, usually in the sub-genres of historical romance and paranormal romance.

Now I need to start working on a list of favorite fantasy and science fiction authors, as I love those genres, too!




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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 40: Roomies, by Christina Lauren





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.

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As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
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Here's my choice for this week!




 Roomies
Christina Lauren
Trade Paperback,  368 pages
Gallery Books
December 5, 2017    
Contemporary Fiction, 
Contemporary Romance
   
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34466910-roomies







Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?




Why I can't wait for this one!

Yes, I know that marriage-of-convenience plots are considered to be -- and actually are -- cliché, but heck, I LOVE them anyway! Lol. I don't know what it is about these plots, but they get me every single time! I can't help it..... 
Besides, this particular book seems to be very relevant right now, with all the controversy over immigration going on. 
Last but definitely NOT least, this story takes place in New York City!! And here I am, longing to see a Broadway show.....sigh.... My hubby is a New Yorker, so maybe that's part of the appeal, too! Lol.






Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus ReviewsLibrary Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, and have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, TimeEntertainment Weekly, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in September, and will be followed by a contemporary romance, Roomies in December, and their first Women’s Fiction, Love and Other Words in April.






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GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP 2017!!!




Welcome to this stop in the
2017 Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop,
hosted by
Mary @ Bookhounds!!
(Thanks to her for hosting
this hop!!)


This year, the giveaway runs from 
Nov. 15th to Nov. 30th!!
My own giveaway will end
at midnight on Dec. 1st!! 



As that special day of giving thanks
approaches, it's time for me to appreciate you, the wonderful people -- whether or not
you follow my blog, 
whether you're in the U.S.
or anywhere else in the world --
who drop by and connect with
A Night's Dream of Books
in any way whatsoever!! 
So, as my thanks to you, I'm giving
away a hardcover copy of
Roar, by Cora Carmack!!
 
(Please make sure that TBD
delivers FREE to your country!
You can do that by clicking HERE.)






Roar
  (Stealing Storms, Book 1)
Hardcover, 352 pages 
 Tor Teen
 June 13, 2017

Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction  
   
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939048-roar






In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.






  
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 230: At Water's Edge, by S. McPherson



Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!


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



Here's my choice for this week!




At Water's Edge
(The Water Rushes, Book 1)
S. McPherson
Trade Paperback, 390 pages
S. McPherson Books
September 1, 2015
   Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, 
Young Adult Fiction

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36573713-at-water-s-edge







My Thoughts About This Cover

Every single time I see a cover with lots of blue in it, I stop and take a second look! This cover is no exception. Besides that most beautiful of all colors, though, the main image has such a mystical feel to it, I am even drawn even more to the whole cover!

That mysterious circular design in the upper part of the cover certainly has me intrigued. I wonder what all of these symbolic images around it mean. My first thought was that this was the Zodiac, but there aren't enough sections to this circular design. 

This design became even more interesting to me when I realized that, when you look again, it looks like a pie with a slice cut out. This is what I would call "a visual pun", lol, because I've never heard of a blue pie! (Unless it had some blue icing all over it....)

I love the ornamental "curlicues" placed at certain strategic points on the edge of this circular design. Specifically, they are at the four points of the compass. Interesting.... This design could also be seen as a mandala, which is an Oriental circular design used in Eastern meditation. I happen to LOVE mandalas!

The light streaming from the circular design, and flowing out over the blue background, contributes to that mystical feeling. Also effective are all the blue "snowflakes" and sinuous lines flowing from the design. In fact, this design seems to be what imbues the entire cover with pulsing energy.

I'm wondering about what looks like the figure of a young girl to the right and underneath the circular design. She's merely a silhouette, but she's also a silent witness to all light, and the blue splendor around her. She's also apparently standing at the edge of a body of water, because her shadow is reflected on the still surface of the water.

I'm not too happy with the font used for the title. It could have been more graceful and stylized. As it is, I don't think it really goes with this cover's beauty. But then again, it's not too, too bad.

The gorgeous cover illustration was created by the author, S. McPherson, and Sara Salim. When I looked up Salim on Google, she was listed as an interior designer, which seems a little strange. Her company is listed on Amazon as "K-edge Design". Hmmmm....

There's a graphic designer/illustrator with the name Sara Salim Pour. When I checked out her website, I wondered whether she was the collaborator listed in the book's Copyright page. However, the last name "Pour" is not included on that page. I haven't included any links for McPherson's collaborator, as I'm not sure exactly who this person is.

As for the cover design, it was a collaboration, too -- between Salim and someone named Keith Tarrier. He's an illustrator and photographer. His wife, Rose, is also an illustrator. I have posted links for him below.

This situation is rather puzzling. So, for now, I'll just admire this cover, and put the book on my Goodreads shelves, with the hope that I might someday add this treasure to my physical bookshelves, as well!




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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 109: My Favorite/Least Favorite Aspects of Blogging



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This Week's Question

What is your favorite part of
blogging? Is there a least favorite
part of blogging?

(Submitted  by Elizabeth @ 





My Answer

When I first started blogging, back in 2010, I had NO idea just how rewarding, fascinating, and downright enjoyable it would turn out to be! And I began blogging thanks to a suggestion by a coworker. She encouraged me to try it, telling me that I was a good writer. I was hesitant at first, but then decided to take the plunge. I'm SO glad I did, too!

As for only one favorite part of blogging, I can't say there's just ONE. There are several aspects of blogging I love and enjoy! 

The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that I blog about books. YAAAAAY!!! i LOVE everything about blogging about books -- discovering new books on other blogs, getting free books in the mail to review, creating new blog posts in which I express my passion for books....just EVERYTHING!! 

I could also see myself blogging about art, which is another passion of mine. I just don't have the time, though. I would have to create another blog dedicated exclusively to art. I've seen book blogs that combine the topic of books with other topics, such as cooking or gardening. That's fine for whoever wants to do that. It's not my style, though. I prefer to have a blog dedicated to only one topic. 

In order for me to have an art blog, I would have to attend gallery openings and do some networking in the Miami art community. Sadly, I just don't have the time, or access to transportation, to be able to do these things..... My consolation is that I can post about art books on my second blog, MindSpirit Book Journeys, anytime I want to!

Another favorite part of blogging for me is the interactions with other bloggers. I'm a firm believer in replying to comments left on my blog, and also commenting back on the blogs of those who have left comments on mine.  Some people don't have the time to do what I do. If I run out of time myself, I will at least comment back on other blogs. I just feel that this is common courtesy. 

Happily, I have made some super nice blogging friends, and they usually leave comments on my blog, on a pretty much regular basis. How I wish I could meet them all personally..... Here are some of them: Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews, Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty, Barb @ Booker T's Farm, Michele & Mckenzie @ A Belle's Tales, Brian @ Babbling Books, Stephanie @ Bookfever, Greg @ Book Haven, Verushka @ Pop. Edit.Lit (for some reason, I couldn't link up her blog title, so I used her name instead), and Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles!   These book bloggers are all great blogging buddies!

Another favorite part of blogging for me is designing my blog. I did a lot of experimenting when I first started out. Finally, I settled on the present design, which is based on a template provided by Blogger, the blogging platform I use. The background image, which I have nicknamed "Cosmic Blue", was also provided by Blogger. I'm  very happy with the current look of my blog! Once I settled on this design, I decided it would be my final one. No more experimentation! After all, as the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". My current design is certainly not "broke". I am totally satisfied with it, as it fits my blog's title perfectly. And I adore my blog header and blog button, which were designed for me by the super talented Jennifer Johnson, of Sapphire Blog Designs!! She's a fan of the color blue, too!



This is my header for most of the year. During October, November, and December, I use seasonal headers instead. 



This is my blog button. Both header and
button were designed by Jennifer.


As for the least favorite aspect of blogging, I would have to say that it's the unfortunate fact that Blogger frequently has glitches. Strange things sometimes happen when I'm creating a post. For example, I usually select the Verdana font when writing my BBH posts. Well, sometimes, the post editor will NOT put in that font, even after I have selected it. Other issues I've had are just as annoying -- like I won't be able to align my text with a book cover pic, when I'm creating a book review post, or the spacing between post components will be all wrong, or the text color won't change, etc. 

Whenever one of these issues arises, I have to stop what I'm doing (yup, in the very middle of creating a post!) and send feedback -- along with a screenshot -- to Google. I also have to close down the post editor in the browser I'm using, and switch to another browser in order to attempt to correct the problem. I use Firefox most of the time, and usually switch to IE or Chrome in order to correct problems. Sometimes I'm successful, but sometimes I'm not.... ARRRGGGHHH!!!

Because of these issues, some bloggers actually prefer Wordpress, another blogging platform. They say that it's better than Blogger, with fewer glitches and more and better plug-ins. These statements may be true, but I have preferred to stick with Blogger for several reasons, the first being that I'm terrified of losing my entire blog if I attempt to transfer it to Wordpress. I could always ask Jennifer to help me with this, but, of course, I would have to pay for her services. Even if I did do that, though, I would lose the current look of my blog, obviously, as I'm using a Blogger template and background image. I love my current look too much to lose it! 

Another thing about Wordpress -- one that I don't like -- is that they don't allow bloggers who use the Wordpress blogging platform to publish blog tour posts on their blogs. The Wordpress higher-ups consider these posts to be spam. I think this is totally unfair! Blog tours are mostly for Indie authors. So does this mean that these authors, who, for the most part, cannot afford the expensive publicity of the big publishers, are not allowed to promote their hard work? According to Wordpress, they're not. 

Unfortunately, I don't usually get a lot of comments on my blog tour posts, which is yet another "least favorite" part of blogging for me. I guess many bloggers and blog readers happen to agree with Wordpress.... But again, this is just not fair. Yes, I know that blog tour posts frequently don't contain original content, but, they're a great way to discover books we book bloggers might not find out about otherwise. 

In my case, I do insert some original content in those tour posts that are labeled "spotlight" or "blast" posts. I came up with the idea of including a mini-review with these posts. I do this with spotlight posts that include an excerpt from the book being promoted. The mini-review analyzes the excerpt, not the entire book.

This Wordpress policy is also unfair to book bloggers, as it means that these bloggers are only allowed a limited amount of freedom as to what they can post on their blogs. Again, this is totally unfair, not to mention extremely dictatorial

So, as you can see, I'm sticking with Blogger! And I sure hope Google doesn't adopt the Wordpress policy, and start prohibiting blog tours, too.....

It's been a challenging, although certainly FUN, seven years of blogging, during which I've exercised my creativity, discovered some fascinating books, and made some great book blogging friends! So I'm raising my cup of Java to many more years of blogging, not only for myself, but for all of you fellow book bloggers out there!




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