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Great deal – 400 free prints and the opportunity for many more

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 7:47 am

This is a great offer!  I know that I am always looking for good deals on printing pictures online, and have never had a problem with any of the services that I have used.  And here is another great promotion.  ArtsCow is aggressively campaigning for new customers, and to draw you in they are offering 400 free prints!  Wow, that is an awesome deal.  And, with every person you refer you get an additional 200 prints free:)  Now, who couldn’t use that!  Normally I try to only post book related things on here, but because this is my highest traffic blog and this offer will end soon I wanted to get this to you all before it runs out.  Please follow this link (that way I can earn my free prints):

Thanks to all of you, and Happy Wednesday!


Weekly Geeks

In weekly geeks on April 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm

So, our task for the week was to visit 5 new blogs from the list of participants and leave a comment.  Come on, we all love getting comments on our posts, no matter how small, and what better way to start our journey.  So, without further ado, here are the blogs I visited:

Leafing Through Life

The 3 R’s

Books and Coffee – Love Penn and Teller as well:)

Bookgirl’s Nightstand

and Bloody Hell It’s A Book Barrage

I actually intend on visiting quite a few more, but I can’t write about EVERY blog I visit that has to do with books…or can I?  Thanks for visiting and come back soon:)

Sunday Salon…a new favorite site?

In Pump up Your Book Promotion, sunday salon on April 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

It has been a pretty busy week and I did get 4 reviews written, but they actually have scheduled dates to be posted so you will have to wait for them.  But, they are:

The Pink Forest – May 7

Letters of Love From China – May 8

Behold Your Mother – May 12

West Across the Board – May 14

These books were all provided by Dorothy and Cheryl, the wonderful ladies who run Pump Up Your Book Promotion – if you haven’t visited them, you should really check it out.  It is a great site and offers wonderful services for authors and readers alike:)

But, I did get a chance to visit a site that I only touched on previously, and I have to say this is one that I will be visiting daily (and also subscribed to it).  It is Maw Books and let me tell you, it offers a little bit of everything.  There’s a bookstore, a blog, book lists, book clubs, and many other resources.  Really, if you love books (which you must if you belong to the Sunday Salon) then this is really a site to visit.

Otherwise it has been a kind of stressful week here.  I went to the dentist thinking I was just going to need to have a cavity filled.  But, after 2 hours and the start of a root canal I left in some pain in the mouth and pocketbook.  And, they only STARTED the root canal, I have to go back in a few weeks for them to finish it.  Not a whole lot of fun, but thankfully the dentist if FANTASTIC!

We have a pretty busy day planned and are starting to get ready for a rummage sale so I have to cut this entry short.  I hope you all have a great Sunday and will visit some of you later:)

Maw Books Blog 100th Post Giveaway

In book giveaways, contests on April 27, 2008 at 6:42 am

Here you go fellow bookies – yet another book giveaway, but the chances to win are literally endless.  For more info just hop over to Maw Books for details, but hurry!  This contest ends on April 30th:)

Need some help with your blog revisited

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Here is another great contest – please visit Desperately Seeking Sanity for your chance to win a great blog enhancement package.  Good luck all!

Need some help with your blog?

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Check out this great giveaway contest at Simply His Blogger– all sorts of goodies to get your WordPress site up and running with some customized things as well.  Check it out, it ends soon:)

Comfort Food (and a giveaway)

In book giveaways, contests on April 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

All you have to do is leave a comment at The Written Word  by midnight EST time on Wednesday, April 30th and you will be automatically entered to be one of five people to win a cute canvas tote bag (click on the image to view larger). Just think of all the books you could fit in one of these when you head to the used book sale at your local library! In addition, one of those five people will also get the advance reader copy of Comfort Food!  For an even better chance to win, post about this contest on your own blog (linking back to this post) and your name will be entered twice! If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, then make sure to get a copy of Comfort Food at your local bookstore once it is released on May 6th. Good luck!

Win Staked by J.F. Lewis

In book giveaways, contests on April 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

This really sounds like a great book, but I really am a sucker for this kind of story.  For more info, and details on how to enter to win this please visit A Book Blogger’s Diary.  And make sure to check out the other giveaways on this site, as there are TONS of great thing:)

Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson

In book giveaways, book review, contests, Pump up Your Book Promotion, Suspense on April 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

 I was offered the opportunity to review this book from my wonderful friends at Pump Up Your Book Promotion and jumped at the chance.  Not only is Lisa Jackson a #1 New York Tims Bestselling Author, but she also writes the type of books that are right up my alley. 

Being the daughter of a New Orleans detective may seem like it would protect you from harm, but this is not the case for Kristi Bentz.  In fact, she may be one of the unluckiest people in the world.  At 27 she has nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, but has fought and lived to tell the tale.  Now that she is recovered, she has decided that it is time to leave home and pursue her dream of becoming a true-crime writer. 

All Saints College isn’t too far away from the watchful eyes of her father, but there is something not quite right on campus.  4 girls have disapperared in the last two years, and even though they were troubled and have no family that cares it still seems as if there is more to the story.  Kristi has decided to make it her personal mission to do some amateur detective work, especially when she discovers that the apartment she is renting was previously occupied by one of the missing girls.  Not only that, all of the girls have a schedule extrememly similar to Kristi’s, including “The Influence of Vampirism in Modern Culture and Literature” taught by Dr. Dominic Grotto one of the new hip teachers on staff.

What Kristi uncovers is a dark and secret society of students and possibly teachers who are fascinated with vampires, and my quite possibly be taking their fascination too far.  With the help of her former flame Jay McKnight (who is now her professor), Kristi seeks to find the clues necessary to pin these crimes on the perpetrators, something that may well end up costing her her life. 

 With clear concise writing, this book was a true pleasure to read. 

About the author:

Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers.  She’s been killing people everywhere from Savannah and New Orleans to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest—and it’s been worth it.  Her readers come back again and again, and her novels are fixtures on national bestseller lists. In fact, her book Fatal Burn was a number one New York Times paperback bestseller, and the first two of her novels to be published in hardcover, Shiver and Absolute Fear, were in the top five on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Next, readers will be looking for LOST SOULS, being published in hardcover by Kensington Books to go on sale March 25th

Having made serial killing her business—sort of—she has put her characters through the wringer. They have been up to their necks in danger and stared death, usually a pretty gory one, right in the face.  She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright twisted.  As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families. 

Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush. Inspired by the success of authors she admired and the burgeoning market for romance fiction at the time, Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed.  They sat down, determined to write and to be published.

They did and they were. 

Initially they wrote together. Later, they moved in different directions. Lisa brought more and more suspense to her work and began writing much darker stories.  Nancy’s writing expanded to include not just her own novels, including her highly praised Jane Kelly Mysteries, such as the recently published Ultraviolet. She also spent several years writing for one of television’s leading soap operas, even transplanting herself for a time from the sister’s Pacific Northwest roots to Manhattan. This year, they plan to work together again on a thriller set for publication in 2009.

Meanwhile, for Lisa the killing continues as this mother, daughter, workaholic and amazing writer continues her habit of making the hair stand up on the back of readers’ necks, and  landing  her books on The  New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists.

Lisa Jackson’s novels include the upcoming LOST SOULS and the best sellers Absolute Fear, which will be published in paperback for the first time in March, Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, The Night Before, The Morning After, Deep Freeze, Fatal Burn, and Almost Dead.  Last year, Most Likely to Diewas written by Lisa, Beverly Barton and Wendy Corsi Staub was published and became a number three New York Times paperback bestseller. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America.

Top 106 books most often marked as “unread”

In sunday salon on April 20, 2008 at 7:36 am

by LibraryThing’s users. 

Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn’t finish, strike-through asterisk for books you have no desire to read, a ? in front for books you never heard of and strike through what you couldn’t stand. Add an asterisk to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo

A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I never want to dismiss any book on a list, that’s why I just bolded the ones that I have read and underlined the ones that I want to read.  Admittedly, there are books on the list that I have never heard of, as a bibliophile I am almost ashamed to admit this, lol!

It has been a good week for the most part.  I have joined in on a few challenges that seem like they will be a lot of fun, have joined another weekly blog group that is about books and anything book related, and we went to the library and I bought two more Lisa Jackson books- after reading Lost Souls I just couldn’t resist.

Now today, it is back to trying to make a list of the books I own and categorize them…this is a HUGE job but hopefully I can make some more progress on this today- any suggestions on how you store your books?  Do you alphebatize them?  And if so, how do you leave room for when new books are added to your stash? 

I also need some advice on how to start rating my books.  I would like to use a 10 point system – this would still result in 5 stars but each point would be worth 1/2 a star.  Can you all enlighten me on some of the things you look for when rating a book?  I want to compile something that is fair to all authors and not just me picking a rating because of my own personal feelings.  Again, all input is greatly appreciated.

Happy Sunday all, and have a great one!