Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

So, its that spooky time of year again. You may know I'm not a hug fan of scary stuff. I'm not sure why... but I just don't care for it. Well, that could used for a whole different post. This one is just to simple say Happy Halloween!


Oct 30 Twitter Synopsis Challenge: #ReadingCram Chills & Thrills Read-a-Thon



Oct 30 Twitter Synopsis Challenge--Make up your own synopsis for a scary book (made up story) using 166 characters or less. Post on any social media and tag it #ReadingCram Hosted by KellysBookSpill




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oct 29. Scary Make Up Challenge - #ReadingCram Chills & Thrills Readathon






Oct 29. Scary Make Up Challenge--Make yourselves up to look scary and share a pic! Base if off of a character, or just go crazy! Doesn't have to be gory necessarily, whatever constitutes "scary" to you! Hosted by LITTLE RED READER



So, I didn't dress up to take a photo. I found an older photo & edited up for this one. (Hope that counts) I like the different colors in the hair. I white sick dark eyes... so on. But I did all this editing on Pic-monkey. Yeah... so here it is. Happy Halloween!



Oct 28--Spell It Out - #ReadingCram Chills & Thrills Readathon




Oct 28--Spell It Out Challenge--pick one of the following words: Ghost, Witch, Zombie, Howl or chose your own spooky word and using each letter, find a title of a book you've read this year to "spell it out.

My word is creatures

u Under Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog Tour with Author @izi_vas



Author’s bio:
Izabel (Izi) Vasileva was born Apr 1991 in Bulgaria, where she grew up surrounded by loving friends and family, who have always encouraged her to follow her dreams and always supported her decision despite the fact how crazy they were sometimes.
At the age of 18 she decided to move to UK to study and follow her dreams, that’s when a lot of people she knew told her ‘You can’t do it.’. Izi as stubborn as she stood her ground and told them ‘Just watch me.’, which is what she says every time someone doubts her abilities.
In 2009 she moved to Canterbury, where on her own she faced the challenges of being independent and living away from home. She learned quickly to adapt and made many new friends along the way.
Books have been a passion of hers for a while. She likes to get lost between the pages of a good fiction. Her favorites are YA novel and the very first book that captured her attention completely was Twilight.
After some unfortunate events with one of her friends, Izi finally decided to put the idea, which has been in her head for couple of months, on paper. That’s how Izi’s first novel The Prison of Oblivion was born.
The author loves expressing her feeling through her stories, but fully realizes that she needs to write more and learn more about writing before she becomes one of the authors, who readers truly admire.
To all the readers the author says ‘If you like fiction and YA novel, give me a chance.’.

Links

Blurb

The Prison of Oblivion, a young adult novel, follows the journey of Storm Earls. A typical teenage girl from London, whose parents get involved in a dangerous project, creating the most addictive drug, 'Oblivion'.
To ensure the continuation of the project and the cooperation from the Earls family, the company behind it sends young Storm, to a deserted island. Where Storm's curiosity takes over and she begins a journey of discovery. The young teenagers is desperate to uncover the truth about her exile and return home.
Would young Storm menage to survive the countless battles and find her way home?








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Top Ten Tuesday #15

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.




October 28: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

This Top Ten I will be doing 'Who I would Totally Want To Be For Halloween'




Hermione Granger

Nymphadora Tonks
















 What is there to say... these are given for Potterheads. 





















Beatrice "Tris" Prior


Clarissa "Clary" Fray





These outfits are something I could wear everyday because they are just that amazing! I love the slickness and the 'Don mess with me' feeling that comes from these simple black outfits!








Clarke




Number Six


  







Cather Avery

Karou












Karou is simple a great one. I love her style & the blue hair. (I know someone who had that kind of blue hair, it was sick.) So, I would love to hair the paint brush in the hair & stuff!

Oh, Cather... what can I say. I'm a LOT like her (Aren't we all.) But I would need is the 'keep calm' shirt... I have the messy brown hair, glasses, fanfic writing...






So there you have it! The 'Who I would Totally Want To Be For Halloween' list is here! It was quite easy when I stopped & gave it a bit of thought more of these came to me right away like Cather, Clarke... but others like Karou I had to stop to think about!



Monday, October 27, 2014

#ReadingCram Song Challenge - Chills & Thrills Readathon



Oct 27--Song Challenge--pick any of your creepy reads and pick a song that best describes that book (or feel of the book) OR make a playlist for the book! Post on any social network. You can even do a Spotify playlist and embed in their blog post! Hosted by Book Escape Reviews

This book this play list is based off is 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' I've about 20% into is and loving every bit. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as much as I am. But more about that in the review when I finish it. 
These are songs that I feel into into the story or has that 'mood' the book has. The creepy, unknowness that this book has. You're never quite sure what's going to happy next. This book has a deep, darkness of unsureness with these song I think it helps set the mood; help showing the creepy darkness that's in these pages. 



















Sunday, October 26, 2014

#ReadingCram Oct 26 recreation - Chills & Thrills Readathon


Oct 26--A recreation of a book title and/or book cover (recreating in whatever way, drawing, acting, a photo, painting, etc). Like "Fangirl" is "Fanggirl." "The Night Circus" as "The Fright Circus." Hosted by MySeryniti




I'm done with A New Darkness Joseph Delaney thought it was going to take me longer to read this but it was quite good and was hard to stop. A New Darkness Joseph Delaney wasn't as scary as I thought but more about that when the review comes. So, now time for the challenge recreation of the title. I'm now on the second book I picked and that is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

The recreation of title: The Coldest Girls in Coldesttown
As you can see not very good at the whole recreation of the title but there you go!
















Influenster Box #1 Part 2 ( #NoTextRed )



Let me start with... I love this gloss. It's smooth, smells sweetly amazing (I got the mix berry one) and let just say it doesn't taste to bad. ;) Drink tea leads to tasting it a bit.
  Unlike some lip gloss/Chapstick/Lip Balm I can feel the lip balm work. Filling it help make my lips better softer and less dry. With winter coming I could be more happier to have this.
Nice, small and easily slips into pocket or bag. It seem like it'll last long I've had it for two plus weeks, using it everyday (more than once) and just yesterday could I feel an imprint from using it.
I'm going to take a second to say I love the style. It's simple, clean but fits nicely into my style without standing out. The colored button is just right dash of colors so it doesn't look like they're trying to stand out or anything. I'm tell you should go out and pick yourself up some. You'll not be sorry for having this little one with you.  



NO TEXT RED!




Next I want to talk about the nail polish that was also sent to me as well. It's the "NO TEXT RED" and I'm in love with it. There is one problem I have with it, (this is not the first time I've used this brand & the same problem I have with the others) Is that I find it to be a bit runny. This lead to a bit of a mess, but the color of it & how well/long it stays on makes up for this problem. The red is amazing! It's bright, bold! When it colors to my nail polish (I have over 50) the color and how long it stays plays a huge part in if I will be buying more from the company. SinfulColors is one that I will be buying from as there colors are strong, long lasting.

   For a moment I want to talk about "NO TEXT RED" this is simply one of the best ideas. I do NOT text and drive. I don't even walk and text. I've read/heard of some many heartbreaking stories about texting & driving. And lets face it most of them could have been stopped if texting was taking part. For this I'll be retweeting 'NO TEXT RED' tweets. Showing my support of putting a stop to texting & driving.




More Influenster reviews coming soon!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

#ReadingCram Teaser Challenge - Chills & Thrills Readathon



Oct 25--Teaser Challenge--randomly open the book you are reading and post 2 sentences from the read ADDING/SUBSTITUTING IN 3 spooky/Halloween words of your choosing into the teaser! Post on Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc. Hosted by Andrew@ Endlessly Reading
I tried to keep my ghost-white face calm, but my mind was whirring with spooky thoughts. I was keen to find out what frightened creature of the dark was responsible for the brutal murder.
Teaser from....


Friday, October 24, 2014

#ReadingCram Oct 24-- TBR challenge & Welcome Post

http://danasquare.blogspot.com/2014/09/readingcram-chills-and-thrills.html
Oct 24-- TBR challenge--list what books you are planning to read for the read-a-thon, on your blog, YouTube, etc. Hosted by Becoming Books
So, this is my welcome post and my day 24th post too! So my goal is to read one or both of these following book/books A New Darkness (The Starblade Chronicles #1) by Joseph Delaney and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown) by Holly Black. I must say, I'm not that I'm not a huge fan of super scary books. So, this will be a good test for me. Both of these seem good. The story plots of these books are why I picked them. I can't wait to fall into these plots and find out the secret within these pages.



 A New Darkness (The Starblade Chronicles #1) by Joseph Delaney



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12813630-the-coldest-girl-in-coldtown?from_search=true




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author Ashley Townsend Chashing Shadows Blog Tour

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 ~Author Ashley Townsend~

Ashley is a young twenty-something who has been spinning tales since she discovered that her wild imagination and love of storytelling could make a career. Reading and writing are her way of experiencing grand adventures from home, and she hopes that others will join in her fantastical escapades! She is a native to bookstores, coffee shops, the beach, and San Diego, CA. She also has an unexplainable aversion to clowns and describes outlines as a “proverbial noose.” Her first book “Rising Shadows” is available on ebook formats, and the follow-up novel “Chasing Shadows” is available for purchase on ebook and paperback via Ink Smith Publishing.
Chasing Shadows” is her most recent release, and she hopes that God will use her wild imagination and love of storytelling to further entertain and encourage readers in their walk with God. She currently lives in Southern California with her parents and three sisters.


~My Top 10 Fictional Crushes~
#1 Carswell Thorne, “Cress” by Marissa Meyer Hilarious, adorable, cheeky, and a great guy underneath. Love the trilogy because it’s incredible and also due to Thorne being a dreamboat. If you haven’t met him yet, you’re in love with him. Trust me on this.
#2 W.W. Hale V, “Heist Society” by Ally Carter This series is clever and fantastic, which basically describes Hale. He stole my heart from the first page with his billionaire playboy hilarity and charm ... Much like they stole that painting from the Henley. Also, what do the Ws stand for?! I like a man with a little mystery. ^_~
#3 Trevor, “Pivot Point” by Kasie West He is the epitome of the boy next door and is so endearing it’s almost painful.
#4 Will Herondale, The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare Cannibalistic ducks, cheeky sense of humor. ‘Nuff said.
#5 Montgomery, “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd I die a little each time I read about him. The series is eerily awesome, and Montgomery is such an incredibly strong, silent, and caring man. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that every time I read about him, I picture Tarzan. Win.
#6 Cole, Everneath trilogy by Brodi Ashton *giggles* The ultimate bad boy and a villain of sorts, but I still love him endlessly. If you haven’t read the series yet, you must! It’s one of my favorites, and Cole is such a cocky bastard that you’ll want to hop on the back of his motorcycle and drive off into the Everneath for eternity.
#7 Finn, “All Our Yesterdays” by Cristin Terrill I just died a little at the thought of him. He is funny, caring, and in my opinion, leads this awesome time travel novel. I cried through the entire end and just wanted to hug and laugh with him for the whole story.
#8 Captain Wentworth, “Persuasion” by Jane Austen Step aside Darcy! He’s a captain, and his love lasted a decade. Shall I go on?
#9 Tarver Merendsen, “These Broken Stars” by Kaufman and Spooner If you haven’t fallen in love with this go-getting cadet, whose sense of humor, ingenuity to get them off that barren planet, and commitment to Lilac drive the plot, then you should definitely check for a heartbeat.
#10 Michael, “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers He is literally the most endearing and kind and—well, let’s be honest—smokin’ hot farmer with a heart of gold you will ever read about. He is the type of character that can make city girls desire the farm life.
Follow her quirkiness on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and ashley-townsend.com. ashleytownsend.author@yahoo.com Don’t forget to check out my storyboard pages and inspiration playlists for “Rising Shadows” and “Chasing Shadows” on my website, and check back in for updates on Book III!


 ~Book Blrub~

CS Cover-FINAL reg jpeg Would you choose to entwine your fate with a hero of the past, even if it meant altering the future? The murder of an ancient king spurs Sarah Matthews to travel back in time, putting her life in jeopardy as she races against the clock to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and pick up the pieces of her star-crossed romance. Her return to Serimone reveals that the kingdom is in upheaval and that the elusive Cadius has sinister plans for the throne. Unable to right the empire alone, Sarah reunites with Will, the love she left behind and the man beneath the Shadow’s hood. As they work together amidst lavish balls and explore the secret depths of the castle, they discover that the conspiracy runs deeper than they ever imagined. And when a counterfeit Shadow claims the life of someone close to her after a personal threat from Cadius himself, Sarah discovers that the price of questioning the new regime is a life. Guilt-ridden and alone, she discovers comfort in her newfound friendship with Damien, a charming Spaniard who joins Sarah in her personal crusade for justice. But as she draws closer to his dark past and to the faceless killer in their midst, she realizes that the severed threads of time and the mystery surrounding Serimone Castle are unraveling rapidly, weaving new tapestries of devastation. In this thrilling and deceptive sequel to “Rising Shadows,” Sarah is forced into harm’s way countless times as she races to solve the puzzle before it is too late and Serimone becomes nothing more than a faded memory of the past. . . And before Sarah becomes a permanent fixture in history.  


     
~Interview with Ashley Townsend~


Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hey all! Well, I live in San Diego, but I grew up in Colorado Springs. Being trapped indoors for four months out of the year as a kid with an overactive imagination led me to write; I wanted to go on extraordinary adventures from home and share them with others. It just escalated from there over the years and turned into a career. I have two amazing big sisters and one younger, who also happens to be one of my biggest fans as an author, and my quirky lab Tawney is pretty much the best. When I’m not spinning tales, I’m usually reading, exploring, creating, baking, drinking coffee, and whatever else entertains me. I’m also terrified of clowns. You can find out more about me and my books at www.ashley-townsend.com



Q. Thinking back, what were you like in school?
A. ........ Energetic seems like the safest description. I was homeschooled when I was younger and was quite a handful for my mom, though she was a patient angel with her spazziest daughter. I was a daydreamer, and rather than study math indoors, I wanted to spend my time writing stories or pretending I was a knight out to save a damsel from a high tower (my dog in the playhouse). I like to think of my childhood years as prep for my future career. ^_~

Q. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A. My goal for writing has always been to entertain, encourage, and to impact as many people as possible. In my opinion, if a story doesn’t make the reader smile, cry, laugh, or ache for the characters, then something is seriously wrong. Yes, I would do a giddy-happy dance to see my name on the New York Times’ best-seller list because that would mean I’d “made” it. But my goal is to make a lasting impression on my readers, to give them hope and courage when they see their favorite characters overcome great obstacles, to teach them something, or even to just provide a fantastic escape from the real world. I also love the show Castle and became obsessed with it because of my love for Firefly with Nathan Fillion. Basically, I want to be Richard Castle when I’m older—an awesome mystery writer who plays laser tag in the house, goes to underground Steampunk gatherings, writes a best-seller in a historical pub with secret passages, and be juuuust rich enough that all of my eccentricities would be acceptable.

Q. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
A. I’ll cover my two main characters, because the story really revolves around both of their journeys. Sarah Matthews feels like an average eighteen-year-old who lives a mundane existence, and so getting the chance to travel back in time and thwart an ancient murder is a no-brainer. I admire and respect her, and I feel that she is one of the most relatable characters out there: Sarah is loyal, endearingly awkward, spunky, and bold but not fearless. The fact that she doesn’t always have a one-track mind and can’t control her emotions perfectly is one of my favorite things about her; she isn’t watered-down and doesn’t always find a solution on the first attempt—though that doesn’t keep her from trying—and it’s these very human qualities that make her character so realistic. I loved watching Sarah grow from a snarky teen in “Rising Shadows” to a strong and caring young woman in “Chasing Shadows.” She fights past her fear of getting trapped in time to help her friends and stop a killer, and she also learns to take hold of great love instead of living in the fear that it might be lost. I hope we can all learn from her! Now, as to Will Taylor ... Just *sigh*. Basically, he’s a culmination of all of my fantasies: tall, dark, enigmatic, enchanted by a normal girl, and has an incredibly tender heart. Check, check, and check! In “Rising Shadows,” Sarah befriends Will and later on discovers that he is the town’s vigilante known as the Shadow, and they work together in Book II to stop a murderer from striking again. What I love so much about Will is that he is one of the bravest souls I believe I will ever write about. Despite his past and the way he fears losing those he loves, he is willing to fight for what he believes in, even if it means sacrificing his own life, and he is also loyal to a fault. I was sobbing while typing multiple scenes in “Chasing Shadows” (you’ll know why when you read the book!) because his vulnerability really presents itself in this installment. I get so excited when I write a scene where Will and Sarah are together, because their dynamic gives me so much joy. They are so alike in many ways—their fiery loyalty, courage, and stubbornness—and I love writing scenes where Sarah is trying to be independent and Will just wants to shield her from pain. But they always sort things out in the end and they communicate with each other, which is a key to their relationship.

Q. What genre are your books? A. The most generic way to describe them is YA fantasy, but I also like to throw in sci-fi, adventure, historical romance, and time-travel thriller.

Q. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? A. Lina Liberato (from the Stuck in Love and The Best of Me) would be my ideal actress. Sarah is sarcastic and all of her thoughts are visible on her features, and Lina definitely puts that off on-screen. Then there’s the picture on the right, because she is my Sarah. Hair, coloring, face, freckles, eye shape (just needs blue contacts). I am dying to find out who this model/actress is, because she’s perfect! But until I discover her name,

Lina can be Sarah. ^_^




In my universe, time travel exists, so does anyone have a spare time machine I can borrow so I can nab a 22-year-old Tom Welling to play Will Taylor? All my years of watching Smallville rubbed off and caused me to write Will in Tom’s image—wavy dark hair, blue eyes, tall, winning smile. No time machine? Well, then, Derek Thieler (from Baby Daddy). Just a little darker on the hair, and we’ve got our Will. You can find the rest of the cast and my inspiration behind the Rising Shadows Trilogy at http://www.pinterest.com/TownsendTales/the-shadow-trilogy/




Q. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
A. Writing was the only thing I wanted to do when I grew up—besides being a time traveling- ninja, of course. I adored reading as a kid because it entertained me and storytelling because it brought joy to others, so finding a career that fed into my addiction to words was a win-win for me. And then when my little sister Katie was diagnosed with leukemia when we were kids, the characters I created became my way of showing her that regular people always triumph over their circumstances, even when the odds seem stacked against them. Being a writer was always something that I wanted to do, but when I realized how it could impact people, I knew it was something I had to do.

Q. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
A. I have a difficult time stopping once I get started, so I know not to write a big scene before work. Haha. When I have only a small gap in the day and don’t have time to write a chapter or two, I use plotting notecards to get down the gist of a scene to make writing time go faster. I love brainstorming at night and on the weekends, because I get the most uninterrupted time to write large scenes then. But if an opportunity to write presents itself in the middle of the day, I jump on it.

Q. Where do your ideas come from?
A. From anything and everything. I can see something outdoors that inspires me, and then I’ll start thinking in my head how to describe the feel and look of things. Other instances, I can't help but wonder how my characters might react to a situation, and then I just start mentally doodling a scene from there. I get ideas from movies and books and life and my own interests; if there's something I haven't done or an adventure I wish I could experience, then I write about it! And there are some days where the writing takes on a mind of its own, and writing is inspiration enough. Those are the days where I just sit back, sip a coffee, and enjoy the ride.

Q. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
A. Time constraints. I knew I wanted this installment to be epic, to resolve a lot of things and also bring up new questions and introduce new characters. But I was working and going to school nearly full-time and promoting the first book while trying to find a publisher who would print physical copies of this story; it was a lot of work to find time in my day to write, which was torture. All I wanted to do was write! But I eventually found a rhythm, and when I had free time, I just set to work typing away like a mad woman, creating a story that I hope you’ll all love as much as I do.

Q. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? A. Ugh. All the time! The most irritating days for a writer are the ones spent staring at an empty screen and watching that obnoxious little black line blink on and off, reminding you that you haven’t written anything in about an hour. It’s a terrible feeling to know that you have something great in your head but get hung up on how to put it down on paper. Two things that (usually) get me over the dreaded hump: Number 1 is to just take a step back. I get stuck a lot when I push too hard and then lose all brainpower because I’m not inspired by what I’m forcing myself to write. So I’ll read a book, take a nap and think the plot over while I rest (I always have a pen and paper nearby!), or go outdoors for fresh air and a new perspective. And when all else fails, Pinterest for total vegetation and inspiration. ^_~
Option 2 is also very helpful: When I feel uninspired to write an entire scene but need to stay productive, I’ll lay out the plotline and certain elements of a chapter on notecards. It’s soooo helpful when I get trapped, and it also helps me to stay organized. I didn’t want to do it at first because doing an “outline” made it seem more like school than creative writing, but it is so freeing to be able to get little snippets down on paper and not have to write down an entire scene to get an idea out of my head. Thanks for having me, ladies! I’m super spazzy and quirky, so brace yourselves! But if you’re brave enough, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest (check out my inspiration board for the series!), my website, become a fan on Goodreads, and also check out my author page on www.Ink-Smith.com. And don’t be afraid to shoot me an email. I love hearing from you guys and sharing my story! Thanks so much for reading, and keep being inspired to do what you love.



Review Coming soon!
     

Top Ten Tuesday #14



 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!


Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


October 21: Top New Series I Want To Start (New..let's say within the last year or two)
 So, of these are older then two years but I've only found out about then in the last year!



Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz



The Hybrid Chronicles by

 

Skylark by Meagan Spooner

 

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 Legend Book Series by



Shatter Me by





Under the Never Sky by 



Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris










Matched #1) by



So, these are ones I've been wanting to read. If you've read any, please let me know what you think!!




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