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33 Habits of a Really Good Man

04 Jan, 2011 by in book giveaway, book review 21 comments

by Yvonne Swinson
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 8, 2010
by Cedar Fort, Inc.
ISBN 1599554100
5 stars

Summary from the back cover: “It does no good to learn an things if you don’t retain it–no better way to learn behavior than to make it a habit.”- Bill Wells

Bill Wells wasn’t a famous man, but he left an invaluable legacy for those who knew him. He kept a little black notebook full of quotes, proverbs and stories that inspired him. He lived his life by these words of wisdom and taught his children to do the same. Complied by his daughter Yvonne Swinson, 33 habits if a Really Good Man shares Bill’s legacy with you. Each mini-memoir includes one of Bill’s favorite bits of wisdom and how making it a habit can lead to a “really good” life.”

What a perfect time of year to pick up this book! Small, concise and great for gift giving, 33 Habits of A Really Good Man is an inspirational starting point for a New Year and a new life. Yvonne Swinson takes bits of wisdom gathered from her father over the years and combines them with quotes he loved. Some of my favorite thoughts included “Change Begins With Me”, “Don’t Take Offense and “Make it a Habit.” Each chapter is a value Bill Wells stood by and lived. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it it to all…not just fathers or men. It’s a power packed read with life lesson learned and an underlying message of love.

We are giving away a signed copy of 33 Habits of A Really Good Man donated by author Yvonne Swinson for our readers. Simply comment below to be entered to win. Giveaway ends February 4, 2011 and is open internationally.

To learn more about this book and the author visit http://www.cedarfortbooks.com/

Intrinsical Interview and Name Giveaway

09 Dec, 2010 by in Uncategorized 10 comments

Intrinsical
Yara Silva Trilogy #1
Author: Lani Woodland
Released: August 17th 2010
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn’t want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist’s attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn’t going to go quietly.
Lani Woodland has been an avid reader since elementary school when she first discovered the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins series. In sixth grade she began writing plays and recruiting (with force when necessary) her friends to act them out. Most of these early works were inspired by She-Ra, the epitome of girl power to her young self.

She graduated from BYU with a BS in Family Science. Lani has always loved scary stories, and has a hard time enjoying any book without at least a little romance in it. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children and a large collection of board games. She has worked as a spot-welder, babysitter, janitor, photographer, gymnastics coach, and movie extra. She enjoys bonfires at the beach, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, speed talking, chocolate as a cure-all, and the word “precisely”.

Lani was kind enough to answer some interview questions for us about her book…

The best way to tell you about Intrinsical is to give you the jacket flap. I came up with the idea for Intrinsical, not the whole plot but the general idea for the book at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. It’s an old cruise ship that is now a hotel/museum. While
taking the guided tour there the guide informed us the first class pool was rumored to be haunted. Standing on the second floor of the pool room looking down over the pool I totally believed it. It was an eerie room. It was cold and there was an unsettling feeling that crept
over me as we were there. That moment of feeling watched and creeped out is where the first idea for Intrinsical was formed.

What books have inspired you and who are your favorite authors?
Almost every book I’ve read has inspired me. I can usually find something in it I liked and take away with me. My list of favorite authors is huge and varied. I read a little bit of everything (mysteries, paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, romance, classics and historical) so I have authors in almost every category that I love.

How did you choose Brasil as the setting for your book?
I chose Brazil to be part of Yara’s heritage because my husband lived there for a while and loved it. I wanted her to have an interesting background and I could just picture her grandmother in the places my husband described, so I thought it would be cool to have Yara’s father be from Brazil.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I think the best advice I can give is to never give up and to listen to the feedback you’re given. When I first started submitting Intrinsical it was radically different than the book that got published. At a writer’s conference I went to, the agent asked if I could get rid of one of my
three main characters. She thought he was too confusing. If I could, then she would be interested in reading more. I had no idea how I was going to do that but I said yes. Then I brainstormed with my friends and came up with a way to make that happen. The agent didn’t end up offering representation but her one suggestion was the catalyst for a major revision and helped improve the whole story. Also for Intrinsical there were many times when I was tempted to give up but kept working on it and submitting until it was picked up.

Have you taken any retreats or paranormal trips lately?
In the past, I visited the Queen Mary and the Whaley House in San Diego, both rumored to be haunted, but that was several years ago. Both were fun to visit and creepy!

What is a waker?
A Waker is someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. There are different levels of Wakerness. Some Wakers, really strong ones, develop other abilities, as well.

Any new books in the works and is there a sequel planned? I
I’m currently working on the next book in the Intrinsical series. I’m also working on another YA series and just submitted two stories to an anthology.

Lani’s website can be found at http://www.laniwoodland.com/

As a giveaway, author Lani Woodland has offered to write YOUR NAME into the sequel for Intrinsical. This contest is international and ends Decmber 15, 2010. Enter here for a chance at your name in print!

Tell us a little about Intrinsical. Where did the idea for the book
come from?

Sarah Rees Brennan Giveaway

08 Dec, 2010 by in sarah rees brennan, simon schuster 9 comments

The Demon’s Covenant
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Margaret K. McElderry
(Simon & Schuster)
Released on May 18th, 2010
http://sarahreesbrennan.com/

Summary: Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician’s carefully laid trap? (quoted from goodreads).

Sarah has donated one copy of The Demon’s Covenant for BIR2010. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ends December 15, 2010. Fill out this form to enter

BIR2010 Giveaway #3 & Jennifer Laurens Author Interview

07 Dec, 2010 by in Uncategorized 11 comments

Heavenly-Heavenly #1
By: Jennifer Laurens
Published By: Grove Creek Publishing
Website: http://heavenlythebook.com/

Book Summary: I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister’s guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë’s sister darts in front of cars. Her brother’s a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don’t see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë’s autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he’s legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can’t last forever.

Penitence Heavenly #2
By Jennifer Laurens
Published by Grove Creek Publishing

Book Summary from Goodreads: Seeing good and evil spirits is a gift Zoe guards with her life. Despite her guardian angel’s disappearance, Zoe forces herself to accept that she still has a purpose—but how does she carry the weight of her brother’s drug abuse, the hardship of living with an autistic sister, and a best friend who’s obsessed with a guy who only wants Zoe? She’s never felt more alone.

When a mysterious spirit appears, Zoe thinks she has a new guardian angel. Instead, her brother’s addiction worsens, her parents are on the brink of separation, and her best friend tries to kill her. The spirit she thinks is her new guardian isn’t there to protect her: he’s out to destroy her family and seize Zoe’s soul. . . for Hell.

Will Matthias’ return mean that he is Zoe’s guardian angel again? Or is their love the reason the jaws of Hell now gape open?

Absolution-Heavenly #3
By: Jennifer Laurens
Published By: Grove Creek Publishing

Book Summary from Goodreads: Zoe’s secret is out. And the powers of Hell are ravenous to claim her soul. Her brother, Luke, knows her secret: that she sees both good and evil spirits. Her boyfriend knows. At least Matthias is her guardian angel again. But now Hell’s most ruthless leader will stop at nothing to have her soul. Albert, Matthias’ father, is relentless in his hunger for Zoe. He wants to destroy Matthias and will use Zoe to do so. The battle between Heaven and Hell tests everything Zoe has. As she witnesses everyone important in her life suffering, she’s brought to the ultimate choice: will she sacrifice her soul to save the ones she loves?

As a mother of autism spectrum children and a former substance abuse counselor aide, I picked up Jennifer’s book Heavenly a couple of months ago. I was impressed by the realistic picture it painted. She addresses teenage drug addiction, driving under the influence and the affect autism and friends can have on a High Schooler’s life. Jennifer’s teen voice is authentic. I loved guardian angel Matthias’ calming influence on the family and the hope he adds of life after death. Here’s our exclusive interview with Jennifer Laurens about the series:

Tell us a little bit about how the Heavenly Series was born. I’ve always believed in life after death, but the topic became more important to me when my 5th child was diagnosed with autism. I was left with too many unanswerable questions. As the years passed, I went through the grieving process, believing I’d “lost” a child. She’d never have friends, never love, marry and have a family of her own. The thought came to me that, maybe she’d find someone in the next life. Surely, if God loved her like he loves everyone else, he wouldn’t deny her? That was the nutshell idea that became Heavenly: that two people from totally different time periods could meet in Heaven and fall in love.

Is main hero Matthias based on a real person in history? No.

What do you imagine him looking like? See photo linked here

How do you think Zoe’s sister’s autism affects Zoe and her family? Since Heavenly is heavily based on my family, I know first hand how autism can take its toll on a family. Nothing is easy ever again. Even going on a walk has to be done in shifts. A child with autism’s behavior is so unpredictable, you never know what ( sounds, smells, sights ) will set them off into a tantrum, or some other kind of socially unacceptable act. My son, ( who Luke is patterned after ) dealt with her ( and other family issues ) by associating with kids who used drugs and using them himself. My daughter turned to partying and drinking. A handicap like autism with it’s erratic behaviors can create havoc.

What advice would you give to teenagers facing similar trials and addictions? Personally, I believe that if you value who you are deep down, you don’t have to seek out self-defeating behaviors. In that vein, teens need to develop their gifts and talents, share them with others ( helping others always broadens perspective – something many teens need, characteristically living for themselves and for the moment as teenagers ) and having faith in a higher power. Being supportive of parents trying to do their best is vital to harmony in the family.

What other books have you written? Falling for Romeo, Magic Hands, Nailed, A Season of Eden, An Open Vein, Heavenly, Penitence, Absolution and Overprotected. And a series of women’s romance novels. Any in the works? Yes, another YA paranormal due out next year.

Do you have a playlist for the series? Yes, they can all be found at the book site: www.heavenlythebook.com/

What message do you hope readers take away from your books? Hope when life is difficult. Love and miracles can overcome the most difficult of obstacles.

Top three must reads… ohhh tough question. Reading is subjective. Can’t answer that one.

From her site “Jennifer started writing when she was in her youth, choosing to hole up in her bedroom creating stories rather than going out to play with friends. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she took classes in English and Theater Arts. Later, life took her back to her home in Palos Verdes, California where she worked in the entertainment business before meeting her husband and marrying. They have been married for 24 years. Jennifer is the mother of six children, ages 11- 23, one of whom has autism. She fell back into writing after lengthy jaunts into the fascinating hobbies of ceramics, porcelain dolls, tole painting and muffin making. Her perfect day is spent writing from 9 until 5 while her family is at school and at work. She considers herself blessed that most every day is perfect. “

Thank you so much to author Jennifer Laurens for her interview. Learn more about her books and view the book trailers at her website http://www.jenniferlaurens.com/

She has kindly offered up one copy of one of her books for BIR2010. The winner may choose one of Heavenly, Penitence or Absolution and shipping on this giveaway is International. Simply fill out this form to enter. Ends December 15, 2010. Winners will be announced December 20, 2010.

Tyger Tyger Teaser Giveaway BIR2010 #2

06 Dec, 2010 by in tyger tyger 22 comments

Tyger, Tyger
By Kersten Hamilton
Published by Clarion Books
Released November 15, 2010

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she’s not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. This is her first novel for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit http://www.kerstenhamilton.com/.

Kersten has donated one copy of Tyger Tyger for our blog as part of BIR2010. The giveaway is open Internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. To enter to win simply fill in the form below. Giveaway ends December 15, 2010 and winners will be announced December 20, 2010.

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Provo City Library Teen Book Fest Giveaway

06 Nov, 2010 by in Nathan Hale, provo teen fest, sara zarr, scott westerfeld, sydney salter, wendy toliver 76 comments

Earlier this week I went out to my mailbox and there was this amazing package from Courtney Lowe at the Provo City Library. I had asked her for a couple of left over bookmarks from their Teen BookFest and she sent all of this….a new Children’s Book, “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” by from their upcoming guest speaker at the Children’s book fest in May Marisa Montes“, Scott Westerfeld’s “Bogus To Bubbly” plus all the items in the pack we are giving away below.
Seriously cried when I opened it. Could they be any more kind over there? It’s a good thing they are putting on another Teen Book Fest in 2011.
So here’s what we are giving away right now:
1) An ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
2) favorite reads bookmarks from authors:
Sara Zarr
Wendy Toliver
Nathan Hale
Sydney Salter
Ann Dee Ellis
Lisa Mangum
and 3) a Scott Westerfield PCL Teen book fest bracelet
to one lucky winner.
The rest of the bookmarks we will give away on Twitter and Facebook this week, watch our feeds!

To Enter to win…
+1 leave a comment below
additional entries
+1 entry for visiting the PCL page
+1 for liking PCL on Facebook
+1 for our blog followers
+1 for each one of us you follow on twitter @ProvoLibrary, @FireIcePhotos, @MrNathanHale
(leave your twitter name)
+1 for tweeting or posting this giveaway, leave the link
Total your entries and leave them below.
Good Luck! Contest ends December 6, 2010 and is open internationally

600 Follower Contest

08 Sep, 2010 by in book giveaway, Shannon Hale 23 comments

We are swiftly approaching 600 followers which is so hard to believe. For all of you who regularly check in here comes a super giveaway! Up for grabs are:
  1. An author signed copy of Freshman for President by Ally Condie
  2. An author signed copy of River Secrets by Shannon Hale
  3. Hardback copy of Fire by Kirstin Cashore
  4. Hardback copy of Nocturne by L.D.Harkrader
  5. Paperback copy of Speak- Platinum Edition by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. ARC of Middleworld by J&P Voelkel

Click here to fill out the entry form. Giveaway ends October 8, 2010….Good Luck!

Black Tears Bookmark

25 Aug, 2010 by in etsy, rebecca maizel 32 comments


For our “Infinite Days” Giveaway today we have a Black Tears bookmark donated by DeesNaturalTreasures

Natural semi-precious gem stones have been my personal favorite for earrings. For years I had searched craft shows and stores for the perfect earrings to accent my wardrobe. I decided a couple of years ago to create my own designs. Semi-precious stone earrings were very difficult to find due to so many makers moving to glass/metal beads. I have made earrings for entire wedding parties matching the brides color scheme. Brides love them as affordable gifts as well as a momentos of their special day. I create all my earrings as if I am making them for myself. They are rich in color, natural stones, swaroski crystals and accesory items.

Description
This booklace is dark, fun and affordable. It is made with a 20mm teardrop clear with black swirls bead with a 6mm round black agate gemstone and 4mm bicone ruby swarovski crystal. Embellished with spacer and bead caps at one end. The opposite end has a 15mm oval onyx gemstone with 4mm and 8mm bicone ruby and black swarovski crystals and bead caps. Embellished with a heart charm with skull engraved. This booklace bookmark is perfect for paperback and hard cover books and will not damage binding. It measures 14 in from end to end.Booklaces are a perfect way to mark your favorite reads. It is also the perfect fun gift for all booklovers.

To Enter to win: leave your name below
and email address if it’s not in your blogger profile
additional entries
+1 for hearting her shop on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/deesnaturaltreasures
+2 to our blog followers and Facebook fans
+2 for following us on Twitter
+1 for each retweet @FireIcePhotos
+5 for posting this giveaway on your blog
+3 for posting on Facebook or right sidebar
+1 for commenting on our Review post below of Infinite Days
Leave your links and total the entries in your comments

Contest ends September 24, 2010 and open internationally

Remembering Rhode Pixie Dust Necklace

23 Aug, 2010 by in etsy, rebecca maizel 62 comments

Today’s Infinite Days giveaway is inspired by the necklace Lenah wears around her neck to remember Rhode and was donated by etsy shop StitchedForYou.

I live in Port Washington, Wisconsin in the U.S. I graduated college with a bachelors of science in applied mathematics and also work as a tutor. I enjoy spending time with my husband, playing the cello, horseback riding, singing, cooking, making things by hand and playing with our dog Obie. We adopted Obie in August of 2008 when he was nine years old and underweight. He was not wanted by his old family who had him two years prior. We have no idea where he was before then. We love him so much and even though he is a senior dog, he has so much life in him, is so sweet and has great manners. Please support your local animal shelter!

Additionally, my sisters Jan and Vivian are creative forces in this shop. Vivian makes jewelry and knits. Jan makes jewelry too. Be sure to check out their sections in the shop.

Description
This necklace features a bottle of pixie dust wire wrapped with cut crystal beads. The pendant portion is about two and a quarter inches from top to bottom. The chain is twenty-one and a half inches long.

To Enter to win the pixie dust necklace: leave your name below
and email address if it’s not in your blogger profile
additional entries
+1 for hearting her shop on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/stitchedforyou
+2 for becoming her fan on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-Washington-WI/Stitched-Handmade-Veils-Jewelry-and-Accessories/34825887025?ref=ts
+2 to our blog followers and Facebook fans
+2 for following us on Twitter
+1 for each retweet @FireIcePhotos and @rebeccaJoym
+5 for posting this giveaway on your blog
+3 for posting on Facebook or right sidebar
+1 for telling us your favorite scene in Infinite Days
Leave your links and total the entries in your comments

Contest ends September 23, 2010 and open internationally

Vintage Black Onyx Ring Giveaway

21 Aug, 2010 by in rebecca maizel 70 comments

Today’s Infinite Days inspired giveaway is a vintage version of the onyx ring I imagine Lenah wearing in her previous days as the Queen. Thanks to Etsy shop Beadedfashions for donating it!

“I have always been a crafty person with a need to keep myself busy! I started making jewelry as a hobby about a year ago and fell in love with it. I started out making it for myself and as gifts for friends and family. I quickly filled my jewelry box and was running out of room to store it and occasions to give it as gifts! That’s when a family member told me about Etsy. I figured if I was going to keep making it, I might as well try to sell it. It has become an obsession for me and I won’t ever have the time to wear it all! Everything I make is for a fashion accent to make you feel a little more special about yourself. That’s how it makes me feel anyway, and I hope it will for you too!”

Description
This ring is a chunky, fun, vintage style ring that definitely makes a statement! I made this ring from two pieces of oxidized filigrees that I formed into a ring band and setting for the large black onyx rectangle bead. The black rectangle bead is 1 inch in width and 1 1/2 inches in length. The ring is a size 9 and ready for shipping!

To Enter to win the vintage ring: leave your name below
and email address if it’s not in your blogger profile
additional entries

+1 for hearting her shop on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadedfashions
+2 to our blog followers and Facebook fans
+2 for following us on Twitter
+1 for each retweet @FireIcePhotos and @rebeccaJoym
+5 for posting this giveaway on your blog
+3 for posting on Facebook or right sidebar
+1 for telling us your favorite scene in Infinite Days
Leave your links and total the entries in your comments

Contest ends September 21, 2010 and open internationally