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Friday, December 30

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 30th - Jan. 5th




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer!

Your New Year's Resolution is to read a classic novel that you have never read before. What book will it be?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

 I have a hardcover copy of House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne that I have always wanted to read, but have never had the time to so. Maybe I'll try to read it in 2017.



Linky List:

Wednesday, December 28

Becoming a Musician Is a Great Career Choice



The amount of careers that you can choose from is practically endless. There are many people who go to college and earn a degree to get into a specific profession that they end up disliking. Life is too short to get up every day and go to a job that you truly hate. You deserve better than that. This is why it is so imperative that you decide a career path for yourself that will enrich your life in every way. You should feel grateful that you are able to do your particular job. Therefore, you should make a list of the things that you are truly passionate about. This will allow you to make a list of ideal professions for you to choose from. Have you always had a passion for music? If this is the case, you might want to consider playing music professionally. Do not be scared if this career choice seems unusual. Taking a chance in life might be one of the best decisions you ever made. Being a musician is a great way to make a living and here are some reasons that support that statement.

  • 1. You will enjoy it much more than a standard job.

Most people work 40 hours each week. They get up early and battle rush hour traffic five days every week. How many of these people are truly happy with their lives? There is no time clock to punch when you are a musician. You will not need to battle rush hour traffic ever again. You will not need to be at your office at a specific time. Being a musician means that you will be able to spend your life doing something that you truly love and makes you feel fulfilled. A job in an office will not do that for you.

  • 2. You will no longer need to take orders from anyone.

Being your own boss is something that most people only dream about. However, musicians are in business for themselves. You will never again be screamed at by an irate boss for not writing a report on time. You will be completely in charge of your own destiny. However, it is always a good idea to have a heard working manager. Coran Capshaw, the manager for Dave Matthews Bands since they started performing in bars, helped the group grow into a huge success. Capshaw has gone on to help many other musicians, so ensuring you get a savvy manager who will work hard on your behalf is key.

  • 3. Being in the music business will allow your creativity to flow.

Tuesday, December 27

Winter Reads: The Angel of Forest Hill


Waterbrook; 200 pages; $14.99; Amazon

Yes, it's two days after Christmas and I'm just now writing a review for the Amish Christmas novella, The Angel of Forest Hill by author Cindy Woodsmall. I've actually have had my review copy for awhile, but I've been extra busy as of lately, so I just got around to reading it yesterday.

The novella centers on Rose Kurtz, a young Old Order Amish woman who leaves her home and travels to Forest Hill, West Virginia to help a widow father, Joel Dienner, raise his children. After a short time, she agrees to marry Joel, though neither one has any romantic feelings for each other.

Three years passes by, and the two are still struggling with heartaches - Joel is still mourning his wife. And Rose is still dealing with the hardships she had suffered during her childhood.

With Christmas right around the corner, Joel and Rose hope to battle through their troubles and find a way to start anew.

Friday, December 23

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 23rd - 29th




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews!

Do you participate in reading challenges that have you reading for 24 hours, challenges that have a yearly goal, challenges that have you reading certain genres, or do you not participate in challenges?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

 I don't think my eyes could withstand reading for 24 hours straight. Typically, I do set up a yearly reading challenge on Goodreads. For 2016, I set a goal of reading 100 books.



Linky List:

Thursday, December 22

Bewitching Holiday Extravaganza: Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place by Vanta M. Black




Have a Very Scary Christmas

This time of the year is often happy, filled with cheer and the spirit of giving. For those who enjoy something a little darker, though, there are plenty of thrills on the movie front.

If you like things that are twisted and dark, then here are the top five scary holiday movies you can watch:

Jack Frost

Nothing like a killer snowman named Jack Frost to get you in the mood for the holidays, right? This 1997 thriller is a classic holiday romp you are sure to enjoy. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where a truck carrying serial killer Jack Frost to his execution crashes into a genetics truck. The genetic material causes Jack's body to mutate and fuse together with the snow on the ground. As you can imagine, what happens next is pretty freaky and fun!





Gremlins

As cute as those little buggers are when they are soft, fuzzy Mogwai, they are delightfully evil as Gremlins. They wreak havoc during Christmas when a boy inadvertently breaks three important rules about getting his new pet wet. This is a family favorite and if you’ve never seen it, now it is the season.





Silent Night, Deadly Night

A slasher flick that brings us all back to the 80s, this film is perfect for fans of serial killer movies. It’s tehe story of an escaped maniac who returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. There is lots of blood and gore, watch this one with the lights low after the kids are in bed.




Krampus

Released last year, Krampus is based on a German legend and takes the notion of St. Nick and spins it in a whole new direction. It’s about a boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning this festive demon to his family home. Lots of jumpy moments make this a must-watch during the holidays.

Wednesday, December 21

Q&A with Megan O'Russell, author of Girl of Glass



Now available from Fiery Seas Publishing is the young adult novel Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell.



The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.



When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’m an actor by trade, so writing was just a natural extension of that love of storytelling. My direct interest in writing came from seeking an outlet where I could choose which story I wanted to tell. The chance to create characters from nothing instead of building upon what is already in a script was too in alluring to resist.

What was your first book/story published?

The Tethering—a young adult Urban Fantasy novel—was published in 2014.

What inspired you to write Girl of Glass?


The original appeal was in blending genres. I didn’t want to write a straight dystopian or sci-fi. I wanted to play with vampires, but not the supernatural world that goes with them. Finding the niche I wanted to explore made the world of Girl of Glass. Once I knew what landscape I wanted to work in, I knew that I didn’t want to look at the end of the world from the bottom up, but rather from the upper 1% down. What would it be like to know that you’re safe and secure but that the people through your window are suffering? If you see them in need, what would you do to help them? How long would your conscience let you watch people die before you needed to do something, anything, to help?

What character in Girl of Glass is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Tuesday, December 20

Cabochons Opal


There are two basic types of cut used to shape any gemstone one of them is called Cabochon while other is Facet. Some Gemstones are cut as Cabochon due to their opaque property rather than transparent and faceting this type of stone will not give the required shine. Word “cabochon” in the context of gemstone word means a stone which is cut with a highly polished convex top with no faceting and its base is flat. This type of opal can be cut to any shape, and the most common shape is oval these days. In French word “Cabochon” means small dome or head and that's where it gets its name. This word is used as shortened to just "cab." Technically speaking cabochon does not means cut but it means shaped and before the art of faceting was discovered all the gems were produced this way.

Advantages of Cabochons Opal:

This form of the gem allows the jeweler to set piece more effectively. Unlikely a faceted stone when it is in placed there is the chance it can chip on the edges but the other hand these Cabochon Opals due to its dome shape just get stretches which can be easily polished later on. More round the form of the dome is more depth of the colors are. The cabochon is one of the oldest cutting styles there is. Jewelers from all around the word are now developing their artwork to match the beauty that is in these Cabochon Opals. Ellipse is the general shape in which Cabochon is cut.

Types of Cabochons Opal:

There are two types of Cabochon Opals as per their dome height is concerned. One is low height, and other is medium height while their back is flat. The gems which are opaque are cut as Cabochon rather than face style.

  1. Low height with flat back
  2. Medium height with flat back

Saturday, December 17

Popcorn & Coffee: Jason Bourne Blu-ray Review


PG-13; 124 minutes; $34.90; Amazon

Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment just in time for Christmas is Jason Bourne. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Set nearly 10 years after the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne (placed once again by Matt Damon), comes out of hiding after receiving a message from Nicky Parsons (played by Julia Stiles) that she has uncovered documents about his recruitment into the Treadstone program. And of course after Nicky had stolen this information, the CIA became aware of her location.

CIA Director Robert Dewey (played by Tommy Lee Jones) takes controls of the situation, sending in the cyber ops division lead by Heather Lee (played by Alicia Vikander) to track and capture both Parsons and Bourne. However, things don't as planned when an ex-Blackbriar program assassin (played by Vincent Cassel) kills Parsons.

Once again, Jason Bourne goes after the bad guys in the attempt to learn the truth of his past.

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray are:

Friday, December 16

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 16th - 22nd




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Billy @ ROACAW!

What is your favorite holiday beverage to drink while you're reading?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

 Any other day I would be drinking coffee while I'm reading a good book. However, around Christmas I do drink hot chocolate and eggnog.



Linky List:

Cover Reveal: Inclement Gods

 

Inclement Gods
Gods Inc Series (Book Two)
by Gabriele Russo
Publisher: Fiery Seas
Publishing Pub. Date: June 2017



What is the book about?

Book Blast: Captain Hawkins by H. Peter Alesso





Being released today on Kindle is the science fiction novel Captain Hawkins by author H. Peter Alesso.

What is the book about?

Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night—his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of innocent women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the crosshairs of avenging soldiers.

A former marine, Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony.

Once in prison, Hawkins was mistreated by a paranoid warden, but his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet—giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship.

From then on, the exploits of Captain Jamie Hawkins became legendary.


Where can you purchase the book?





Here's a Sneak Peek:

Q&A with Amber Malloy, author of Fear Nothing





Now available from Resplendence is the action-romance Fear Nothing by author Amber Malloy.




 
The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.




When did you become interested in storytelling?

I read all the time as a child, but the writing bug didn’t hit until after college.

What was your first book/story published?

It was a ghost story and is still my favorite to this day.

What inspired you to write Fear Nothing?

One of my publishers had a call for reimagining Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Since I couldn’t follow the guidelines they set forth, I reworked it and shopped it to another publisher.

What character in Fear Nothing is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

All of them have a little bit of me, but not one character in general. Bodhi is kind and well intentioned. Skye is responsible and nurturing, which at time I associate with myself. Most of the time life partner just calls me Demon Baby.

What is your favorite part in Fear Nothing?

Q&A with Stan Schatt, author of Death & Donuts




Now available from Pen-L is the paranormal mystery Death & Donuts, book 3 in the The Frankie and Josh Series by author Stan Schatt.





The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule for a Q&A about his newest novel.


When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’ve always loved books. When I was twelve, I couldn’t find a novel that covered a topic I was interested in at my local library, so I sat down and wrote the novel I wanted to read. I wrote it long hand. Terrible stuff, but I enjoyed reading it!

What was your first book/story published?

Thursday, December 15

Bewitching Holiday Extravaganza: Wrecked in Love by Roxanna Cross




Candy Cane Latte


1 cup milk
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
1 to 2 drops of peppermint extract
5 Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped and roughly chopped
1 tbsp instant coffee
Whipped cream, if desired
1 candy cane, if desired


Heat the milk in the saucepan until it’s hot and steaming, but not boiling. Stir in the chopped Candy Cane Kisses. Return to heat for an additional 20 seconds. Stir with a small whisk until the candies are dissolved. The milk will take on a pinkish hue. Whisk in the coffee, maraschino juice and add in the peppermint extract drops. Top of your glass with a bit of whipped cream and decorate the side with the candy cane as a final touch. Enjoy while it’s hot!



Q&A with Liz Keel, author of Enlightenment



Now available from Fire Quill Publishing is the Enlightenment, book one in the Driel Trilogy by author Liz Keel.




The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.



When did you become interested in storytelling?

Since I was young, I’ve fallen in love with fantasy stories; books like ‘The Enchanted Forest’ by Enid Blyton had me wishing I could be a part of their adventures and meet characters such as Silky and Moonface. Then, when I moved on to C.S.Lewis, I tried so many times to get my wardrobe to transport me to Narnia and wanted to be a part of that world! With so many stories out there set in mystical lands, I spent a lot of my free time day-dreaming of journeying to these other-worldly places; I just loved the idea that maybe there was something else out there and wondered what it would be like to find out you were the special one chosen to go save another world or were more than just human. That’s what first inspired me to become a writer and create my very own mystical worlds.

What was your first book/story published?

The book I’m on this tour with, Enlightenment, (#1 in the Driel Trilogy), a Young Adult Fantasy Romance. Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a girl called Thea who gets thrown into the unknown realm of Faey. Here she is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. On this journey, she has the support of her new friends to help her as well as a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian who watches her every move.

What inspired you to write Enlightenment?

I’ve always loved reading especially the paranormal and fantasy genres, and with so many talented authors out there, over the years they have helped provide inspiration for my own story. I also have a vivid imagination which helps!

What character in Enlightenment is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

I’d say that my personality is similar to Thea’s, the protagonist in the story. Her determination to face what’s thrown at her head-on, and to fight for what you believe in, are ideals I totally agree with.

What is your favorite part in Enlightenment?

Holiday Gift Guide: Pursuing Gold by Cynthia Simmons


Pursuing Gold
by Cynthia Simmons


Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Pub. Date: October 29, 2016
Retail: $12.99
ISBN: 978-1944430764
Pages: 308



Where to Purchase?





What is the Book About?

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter's forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

Wednesday, December 14

Cover Reveal: The Dragonian Series

 


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Firebolt
The Dragonian Series
Book One
Adrienne Woods

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena's in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe - in herself.

Thunderlight
The Dragonian Series
Book Two
Adrienne Woods

Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Holiday Gift Guide: "The Night Of" DVD




"The Night Of"


Studio: HBO Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Retail: $49.99
ASIN: B01J4WSE6Q
Running Time: 524 minutes
Rating: TV-MA

Where to Purchase?



About the Title:

In The Night Of, Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan, who lives with his parents in Queens, NY, takes his father’s taxi to go to a party in Manhattan. But what starts as a perfect night for Naz becomes a nightmare when he’s arrested for murder. The series examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.

Tuesday, December 13

Holiday Gift Guide: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand


Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 157 minutes
Rating: NOT RATED

Where To Purchase:



About the Title:

With the last fragment of the Black Hole Generator in the Triceraton's possession, the Turtles race back to New York City for a final showdown against the alien threat. But even if they save Earth from total annihilation, will their city ever be the same?