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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Book Blogger Hop - October 26, 2012

Book Blogger Hop

From the Crazy for Books blog:

"The Book Blogger Hop is much more than just a “follow for a follow”. It’s about making friends. There are literally thousands of book bloggers around the world. It can seem like we are blogging in a bubble, constantly checking the same blogs over and over again. The Hop is about taking the time to make a quality visit to another blog, getting to know the person who is writing that blog, and seeing if you really *want* to follow that person!"

 Every week is a chance to visit a new blog or more, find connections, and learn about new books to read! 

This week, the question is:

1.  What are three of your favorite book blogs and/or communities?  Why do you like them?
For me, my favorite community has to be Goodreads - more than just reviews, ratings, and a way to keep track of your library and reading.  There are tons of groups and challenges - so many different ways to share your love of reading with others. I'm not part of an in-person book club, so online is the next best thing.

Favorite book blogs are harder, simply because there are so many great ones around.  But I HAVe to pick two, so here goes.

One would have to be Book Journey - Sheila shares more than her love of books - she has Morning Meanderings, which adds a personal touch, wonderfully well-written reviews, recaps of book club meetings and other events (complete with food porn), and, of course, "It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?" - one of the few memes I participate in on a [semi] regular basis).  She also seems like a pretty awesome person :)

Another would be Michelle over at True Book Addict - she runs more than one blog, each tailored a bit differently.  Examples:  Castle Macabre (horror lovers unite), The Christmas Spirit, and Historical Fiction ConnectionShe always has great challenges going on, so it's a way to get involved with other bloggers as well.

How about you?  Link back YOUR Friday Book Blogger post and then try to visit at least 3 other sites and comment - hops are a great way to make new friends!  (Once you submit your link, you'll need to refresh the page to see your link added to the list).

Julie

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Book Blogger Hop - October 19, 2012

Book Blogger Hop

From the Crazy for Books blog:

"The Book Blogger Hop is much more than just a “follow for a follow”. It’s about making friends. There are literally thousands of book bloggers around the world. It can seem like we are blogging in a bubble, constantly checking the same blogs over and over again. The Hop is about taking the time to make a quality visit to another blog, getting to know the person who is writing that blog, and seeing if you really *want* to follow that person!"

 Every week is a chance to visit a new blog or more, find connections, and learn about new books to read!  The Friday Book Blogger hop was gone for a while, but it's back and better than ever.  I missed it and I'm happy to participate as we rotate hosts! I'll be hosting this week and next!

For some reason, I don't think Jennifer received my questions, but for this week, the question is:


1.  How did you find out about book blogging and what made you decide to start one yourself?
I actually visited book blogs for a while before I ever started a blog.  I liked reading about new books :)  The first two that I actually discovered were Drey's Library and 5 Minutes for Books.
I am also a knitter, and I found some great knitting blogs and was a huge fan of Ravelry, which led me to find even more knitting blogs. (Oh, and if you knit, weave, or crochet or want to learn, Ravelry is a great resource!)  So I thought I'd start a knitting blog.  THAT didn't quite work out (I think I MAY actually have one or two knitting posts from 3 years ago or so, but ... ).  I still keep telling myself that I WILL add knitting in here somewhere, but between working and getting ready to go back and forth to work, twelve hours of the day is gone and I still have to cook, clean, get Bebe Boy James back and forth to activities, help him with his homework, etc.  By the time he's down for the night, I'm too tired to do ANYthing, which makes it hard for me to do any blog work at all.

I saw some review blogs, and figured I'd start doing some reviews on my own, but most especially book reviews.  I joined some book review communities, and, well, there you have it!  A book blog was born :)

How about you?  Link back YOUR Friday Book Blogger post and then try to visit at least 3 other sites and comment - hops are a great way to make new friends!  (Once you submit your link, you'll need to refresh the page to see your link added to the list).

Julie

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Identity by Mark Hosack - Excerpt and GIVEAWAY (Internat'l through 10/16/2012)

ANOTHER International giveaway (gosh, I love being able to do these)!

This time, we have what looks to be a wonderful thriller:

Identity by Mark Hosack
Identity by Mark Hosack
only available as an eBook from Pocket Star eBooks (a division of Simon and Schuster)

Goodreads description:

The corporate greed of Wall Street meets the Hitchcockian suspense of North by Northwest in this thrilling debut by screenwriter Mark Hosack.

A secret best told on the run…

One day Paul Majors is a respectable businessman looking into some accounting irregularities in his office’s parent company. The next, he’s wading through a murky world of dark finance, uncovering a vast web of illegal activities in the CEO’s executive circle, being hunted by a ruthless corporate assassin and the FBI, and getting sucked into a second company’s illicit dealings.

As he travels across the United States to unravel the twin mysteries he’s caught in, it’s not clear who Paul can trust—or even who is who. The woman who seduced him at the hotel bar might be there to help, or take him out. The government agents change with a chameleon’s ease. Heck, even Paul’s running around under an assumed name!

In this corporate shell game of names and motivations, Paul’s got 1,500 loyal employees—and his own life—on the line. But it’s becoming dangerously clear that Paul himself is not Too Big to Fail…or be killed


READ AN EXCERPT:

WIN IT:  The publisher is offering a chance for one of my readers to win a copy of this title!

Wanna win?  Here's how:
 
HOW TO ENTER (PLEASE READ - commenting alone will NOT enter you):

MANDATORY ENTRY:

1.  Leave a blog post comment - tell me what you think of the excerpt and/or book description or leave the name and author of a GREAT thriller that you've read! Please include your email address like this or similar to prevents spambots:  knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

2.  Then scroll up to the Rafflecopter form (you MUST have Javascript enabled to see the form):  under "How to Enter" where it says "Leave a Blog Post Comment", click "I did this!" and fill out the little form that pops up there - make sure you use the email address you put in your comment. (Please email me directly at knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com if you have problems with the form).

YOU ONLY HAVE TO COMMENT AND ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS INTO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR YOUR INITIAL/MANDATORY ENTRY; you can use the form for all of your additional entries (extra entry options listed on the form)!  :)

Eligibility:  International through October 16, 2012

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, not even a book :)  I just like giving away great reads! 

Julie
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Teaser Tuesdays - October 2, 2012


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along; you don't have to be a blogger! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser this week: 

The Ruins of Lace by Iris AnthonyIn spite of my father's best-laid plans, I was still his heir.  The irony is that for the first seven years of my life, my father did not even realize he had one.  Not until the day he walked in on me as I was using a chamber pot.
"She's a ... a boy!"

- page 297 (ARC), The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony - Release date October 2, 2012 -(The Book Depository / Amazon)

Goodreads description:

Lace is a thing like hope.
It is beauty; it is grace.
It was never meant to destroy so many lives .

The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France,
pulling soldier and courtier alike into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don’t have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything––or anyone.

For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who now demands the impossible. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits.

The most lucrative contraband in Europe, with its intricate patterns and ephemeral hope, threatens to cost them everything. Lace may be the deliverance for which they all pray...or it may bring the ruin and imprisonment they all fear.



 I will likely be finished with this one by the time this posts.  I think it's fascinating to read how something as insubstantial as lace was so highly prized and difficult to obtain in 17th century France.
Julie

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Winners!

Drumroll ....

Two giveaways, two winners!  Look for some more giveaways going on this week as well as the winners for Blogfest 2012!

The winner of Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews is:
  • The winner of Worth Dying For by Cindy Gerard is:



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