Sunday, September 29, 2013

Keychain Winner

Katie L. Carroll!

Please email me at leandrawallaceatgmaildotcom to let me know where to send it. Congrats, Katie!

Friday, September 27, 2013

COLORS LIKE MEMORIES Paperback Release Par-tay(plus TWO giveaways)!!!

I've a special guest today, author Meradeth Houston. Take it away, Meradeth!

Hi! *waves* I'm incredibly excited to announce the paperback release for COLORS LIKE MEMORIES. The ebook release has been a blast, and it is especially awesome to actually hold the book in my hands. :) Here are three things I think you might find fun about the book:

1. It's got a pretty sweet cover. :)

And I'm rather partial to the blurb:

Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident- sort of. Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend's life- an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.

2. There have been some pretty awesome things said about it(if I do say so myself, but I may be a bit biased). See:

-"...I applaud the author for providing a writing that has the power to encourage, inspire, help, heal and simply serve as a platform to stimulate communication for any reader(regardless of age), who is feeling hopeless. If you are looking for an interesting read, this book is well written, interesting and has several positive messages that the reader can take away from the story. I would recommend this book to any reader." TWC Amazon Review

-"COLORS LIKE MEMORIES was an amazing YA paranormal romance. It will make you soar with wings then drop you off and catch you once you get near the ground." Michelle Kullman Amazon Review

-"COLORS LIKE MEMORIES is an achingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and new beginnings. Meradeth Houston writes with a clean, clear prose that packs a punch. She carries her characters through the full spectrum of emotions, and the reader is swept along in the journey." RunningnWriting Amazon Review

3. You don't have to wait for book #2! THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE, also set in the Sary world, is already available, and you can grab a copy at Amazon, B&N, or my publisher MuseItUp Publishing. Book #3, SURRENDER THE SKY, will also be released soon. ;)

Those are my three things, and if that's not enough to interest you, well, I've also got a little giveaway running for a book of your choice. Check out the rafflecopter below.

A bit about Meradeth:
> She's a Northern California girl, but now lives and teaches anthropology in Montana.
> When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!
> She's been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she's so happy to get to share her work!
> If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.

Find her online:
Website : Blog : Twitter : Facebook : Pinterest : Goodreads
Also, Meradeth has answered some questions I asked just for fun!

Where is your favorite spot to read?
I tend to be one of those "can read anywhere" kind of people, but when I have a choice, I love my couch. Preferably with a blanket, hot chocolate and rain- those are my trifecta of perfection for a good book. :)

What would do you misspell most often when writing?
Just one? Eep. I am seriously the worst speller on the planet. I break spell-check all the time. Lately, I miss 'separately' all the time- for some reason I want to make the first 'a' an 'e'. Don't know why, but man I do it constantly! (that's one of mine, too!)

If you were cursed by an evil witch/wizard/genie to read in only one genre the rest of your life(i.e. romance, dystopian, thriller, sci-fi, etc.) what would it be?
Would this mean I wouldn't ever have to read boring textbooks again? I may be looking for silver-linings here. :) I think I'd go with paranormals- I love a good vampire/shifter/angel real-world-with-a-twist book.

What is your fav beverage and/or snack to consume when you're reading/writing?
Hot chocolate. The real stuff. I'm addicted. Totally and utterly so. I'm pretty partial to the slightly spicy, thick hot chocolate that I make from time to time- it rocks!

Pretty bookmarks or straw wrappers to mark your spot in a book?
I'm definitely a straw wrapper kind of person. I think I worry I'll lose a bookmark and that would be sad, so I don't use them. Not that I tend to lose straw wrappers much, but it's a subconscious thing. :) I've used some seriously random stuff to mark my place. TP(clean!) included. (Lol, so good to know!) 

And last but not least, if a good witch/wizard/genie granted only one of your fictional characters to come to life so that you could spend one hour w/them, who would you pick?
Best question ever! And, yeah, super hard to decide. I'd have to go with a character that's only been a side character so far. Jassen, seen briefly in Colors Like Memories and The Chemistry of Fate makes little appearances, but book #3 has him front and center. I'd definitely go for him. (Author crush. Yep, totally guilty!)

And last but not least, I'll be giving away this key chain to one lucky commenter! *psst! b/c Julia has wings- so jealous...*

Steampunk wing bronze tone keychain

I'll keep the giveaway open from Fri(9/27/13) thru Sat(9/28/13), for those who follow by email and might not get notification of a new post until the following day. And, too, b/c if you're like me, you squeeze in time for social media where you can, meaning not always on the same day something was posted. And don't forget to enter through the Rafflecopter above for a chance to win a FREE book.

So thanks to Meradeth for stopping by and congrats on the paperback release! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination!!!

So the very cool Jazmen from This Girl Reads Alot nominated me for the Liebster Award. It's a way to help out bloggers with less than 200 followers who could use some more of you awesome people! *blows kisses... it seems appropriate since liebster is German for sweetheart*  =) Below are the questions I was asked, and my answers.
1. What got you into blogging/Why'd you start blogging?
I started blogging as I felt like I had super important things to say that people needed to hear... Completely kidding! No, I started blogging b/c I enjoyed reading blogs that dealt w/books and writing and thought it'd be a fun thing to do myself. And it is!
2. Favorite books?
Beauty, Chains, The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys Cycle, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Abhorsen Trilogy and many many mooore!
3. Favorite book quote and why?
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. ~ Mortimer J. Adler
4.What is the one thing besides books you cannot live without?
Air? Water? Oh...not so literally? =) That would be family.
5. Recommend three books.
Lets see. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt, The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni, and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.
6. Favorite snack?
Yikes! This one is hard b/c I love food and I love variety. Um... probably anything I can eat w/some sort of dip. Cheese, marinara, ranch, salsa, etc.
7. Favortie time and place to read?
I can read anytime of day, but my fav place is in the car- preferably after I've just went through a drive-thru. Food, pop, and a book in hand- yes, please!
8. If you could switch places with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Since some of the main characters in my fav books go through some really bad stuff(I don't want to fight to the death w/ my peers, have an evil wizard out to get me, or have water horses try and eat me) this is a hard one. So I strolled in to look at my bookcases and decided on Slyvia from the Dinotopia books b/c, you know, she got to grow up w/dinosaurs.  
9. One book you wish you could go back in time and unread?
I would like to go back in time and unread Harry Potter, so I could have the pleasure of discovering them again. *waves Gryffindor flag*
10. Favorite book related website and why?
Definitely Goodreads! I love friending other people w/similar interests, the groups you can join, the monthly newsletters, the quotes, and the book advertisements that sometimes lead me to books I might not otherwise notice.
So that was fun! Thanks again, Jazmen! And now it's time for me to pass on the Liebster Award to the following:
The Art of Puro

If you choose to accept here are the directions: Link back to the blogger that tagged you. Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you. Then ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate as well as letting your nominees know of their award.

And last but not least, here's your questions(sorry they're a bit here and there, but it's the weekend and I've ran out of grey matter...) *self-deprecating smile* 
1. Who do you credit as being most inspirational in your life?
2. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
3. Top three authors?
4. Snow or no snow?
5. If you could visit any city in the world, what one would it be?
6. What is your favorite restaurant?
7. Do you loan your books out?
8. What's the one thing you're sick of seeing on book covers?
9. If you could travel back in time to any major historical moment, what would it be?
10. If you could pick a name for yourself, what would it be?

Have fun everyone!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sweet Reads: Cake Batter Fudge and Eyes Like Stars

Once a month I'll be posting a dessert recipe and an excerpt(s) from a book thats struck me just right, whether it be gorgeous descriptions, funny dialogue, swoon-worthy kisses, sarcastic come-backs, or spine-tingling encounters.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev is the first in her All the World's a Stage trilogy. ELS had moments in it where I laughed out loud, and mainly b/c of the little pesky fairies you see on the cover: Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed. They're constantly getting up to something. See, here's a fight scene:

The boys rolled past them. Tufts of fairy hair, ripped out by the roots, drifted into the orchestra pit. Tiny scraps of clothing exited the brawling tumbleweed at sporadic intervals: a sleeve, a sock, a pointy-toed shoe.

"I'll beat you for a living!"

"You and what army?"

Here's a few other snippets I thoroughly enjoyed:

"So you want us to go...out there?" said Cobweb

"Yes, please."

"Now way!" yelled Mustardseed. "Who knows what's out there?"

"I bet I get eaten by a grue-" Moth paused, choking on his own spit and cowardice, then finished, "-a gruesome monster of indeterminate size and shape. I'm pretty sure I taste like chicken."

"You're bioluminescent," Bertie said. "Which means you taste awful. Now, come on."


"Hey, Mustardseed took a bag of jelly beans!" Cobweb whined, far less concerned about access to the stage than stolen snacks.

"You can have the black one."

"But I wanted the red one!"

A muffled noise, then, "Now it's up my nose. Still want it?" followed by a very sulky "No!"

"That's why I don't eat the green ones." Bertie turned another corner only to collide with Ariel.

Ariel, btw, is a very swoon-worthy air elemental...*waggles eyebrows* If you enjoy plays and the theater, then Mantchev's series is a must read. And even if you don't, the characters and the imaginative colorful world that awaits in this series is bound to draw you in. As for this month's recipe, I picked it in part b/c it's yummy and in part b/c it sounded like something the fairies would only be too willing to dive into(literally).

Cake Batter Fudge

2 C white or yellow cake mix
2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 C milk
1/2 C white chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup sprinkles

1. In a microwave proof mixing bowl combine cake mix and powdered sugar. Stir just to blend.
2. Add in butter and milk. No need to stir.
3. Microwave on high for 2 mins.
4. Immediately remove from microwave and carefully stir to combine. Once blended, add in white chocolate chips and blend again.
5. Fold in about half of your sprinkles to give some color.
6. Quickly spread fudge into a 8x8 greased pan. Add remaining sprinkles to top and gently press down to secure sprinkles. Refrigerate until completely chilled, then cut into 1 in. squares.

Warning: This stuff is addicting! It's easy to eat one little square, and then another, and another and another... Also, a quick thanks to Hannah from work who gave me this recipe. Thanks! =)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five Things On a Friday

Here's a few things about this week...

1.  As much as I love painted furniture-- I don't like painting it. It's a pain. And at this point I don't really care how my yellow desk turns out. It's yellow. That's all that matters. And has cute knobs, darn it.

2. Diet is a dirty word.
3. Due to my critique partner's book, the phrase 'the lady in blue' keeps popping into my head(Grunge Gods & Graveyards will be published in the spring from Red Adept Publishing.) And if such a great title has you curious about Kimberly, she can be found here: and here as well: Anyway, the 'lady in blue' is making me want to break out the drawing pencils-- something I haven't done in eons.
4. Desk, I will not give you three coats-- I refuse!
5. 'Tis Friday and tomorrow I start vaacaatioon. *cue Handel's Messiah and pantomimes conducting to the hallelujah chorus...but then flails about less enthusiastically as she remembers that vacation also equals more painting-- like a whole room!*


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bookish Weddings

Can I get remarried? Just so I can plan a book-themed wedding? There are some super creative ideas out there for word nerds who are about to tie the knot, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
Can't you just imagine getting married in front of this?
Love these for centerpieces. Vintage books in whatever color you need w/bouquets on top.
Another pretty bouquet, this one for the bride!
These would look adorable as boutonnieres, maybe with a single leaf of greenery off to one side. 
Love this idea for the reception! Music, laughter, and...the click-clack of a typewriter.
And what better way for people to find their table-- an old card catalog!
And last but not least, this would have to go somewhere. Me thinks maybe at the bridal party table, in the middle of a row of vintage books tied w/twine and w/flowers at either end. Lovely!
Well, that was fun! Thanks for letting me indulge in recreating my wedding! *throws heart shaped book page confetti* ;)