Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday's Five



In one of my facebook groups we had an interesting discussion about book blogging. Well, it was mostly a bunch of us book bloggers reminding this author what it is we do. Luckily, it all turned out well in the end, and the gentleman was nice enough to apologize. But it got me pondering. There are a lot of bloggers who get paid, but book bloggers do not(as far as I know?). Only time we can get paid is if we work for a site or for a magazine. So, why do we do it, if we can't get paid? Here are my reasons for it.

  1.  Free Books! Yes, I'll admit it and say that is one of my main reasons. I am a bookaholic on a very tight budget, so I love the word free. lol
  2.  Meet new authors, and sometimes even get to talk to them either by email or a facebook group. I did a book review on readersfavorite and found out the author is in one of my book groups, I thought that was so cool. Here is a photo of her novel I read.
  3. Meet other book lovers. If you are lucky enough you can become friends with them too. That is actually a goal of mine for this blog. I love talking about books so the more people I can talk to about them, the better.
  4.  Experience. I realized I have writing skills but no experience. Companies don't hire you without experience. So, the only way I knew how to get any was by blogging. 
  5.  Finding books that I normally wouldn't read. I'm usually a creature of habit when I go buy books. But, thanks to book blogging I have found some real gems, even got to read books before they are published(ARCS) I love that idea.

So, those are my main reasons for blogging. Now, I'd like to hear why you blog? Who knows, maybe some of you have a reason I didn't think about. Please feel free to post them in the comments. Thanks!

Have a great weekend and happy reading!!
Renee




Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday's Coffee Chat



Hello everyone!  Can you believe that this year is almost over? In fact, next week starts NanoWrimo. I tried it last year, but didn't have much time. It'll be different this year, at least I hope.

What is NanoWrimo? It's a great place for writers to get their novel finished. If you can finish 50,000 words in one month, you can win some really cool prizes. They have a way for you to keep track. Also, some cool resources and peptalks from authors. Also, a great way to make new friends.

My favorite part of it is the way to keep count, if I remember to post the day's count that is. lol


So, my questions for you to answer in the comments are....

1-Are you doing NanoWrimo?
2-Do you prepare ahead of time, and if you do, how do you do it?
3-How do you keep yourself motivated?

Would love to hear your answers, please. Thanks bunches!
Oh and if you need any friends, feel free to send a request to me.

Good luck!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday's Five

Hello gang, hope you all had a wonderful week! TGIF!
Since I changed my genre preferences, I decided to do things a bit differently.
I'd like to do a Top Five, and since Halloween is around the corner, I will use that as my theme this week.




1-What was the scariest novel you have ever read?
I think that would have to be Cujo. Course, I was stupid and read it when I was only 8 years old. I don't think I finished, had nightmares for a week. Never did read Stephen King again. 

2-What is your favorite ghost story?
Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

3-What is your favorite scary cozy?
I have a few, any by Janet Evanovich.
But this one is also a good one. If you like Ghost stories, witches, and a smidgen of time travel, this is the perfect recipe. 

4-What character would you like to dress up as?
Yes, I know that is asked a lot, seemed appropriate.
I'd love to dress up as Stephanie Plum(Janet Evanovich) as a casual bounty hunter.

5-Not book related, but what is your favorite Halloween candy?
I love those mello creme pumpkins. yum. Yes, you are never too old for candy. hehe

Ok, now I'd love to see you answer these in your blogs, please. Thanks!
Oh, and I do link swaps, if your interested please let me  know. 

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy reading!
Reneee

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday's Coffee Break




Good evening, everyone! Sorry, a bit behind. Think I'm getting a sinus infection or a cold, luckily I have a doctor's appointment soon. Drinking lots of tea in the meantime.

Doing something a bit different this time. Thanks to @Erica Metcalf for letting me know about Blog Tags. This sounded like great fun.

Now, I admit I have not seen this movie in years, and never read the book, it's on my TBR pile. And I know it's not Christmas yet, but I loved the questions.

                     A Nightmare Before Christmas Blog tag

Jack-A book with a character who longs for more...
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
Stephanie's Mom longs for Stephanie to have a normal life with a job and a husband, instead of her being a bounty hunter.

Sally-A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end
I just realized I can't really answer this, as I read mostly series, so I can't think of one offhand.

Zero-A book with a loyal Sidekick
Drats, Erica took my answer...lol ...she answered Ford Prefect from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(My all time favorite book, btw).
So, I'll mention a second choice.
Janet Evanovich's Charmed Series
Diesel is Lizzy's loyal sidekick, who saves her life a few times and is hot as hell. hehe hmm can I say hell? lol
(Yes, she's my fav writer these days..lol)

Oogie Boogie - A book with one hell of a wicked villain
Dead Princess Walking by L.M. Shuckraft
The Evil Queen..need I say more? hehe
You can read my review here to know a bit more..
Dead Princess Walking


Halloween Town - A book that's creepy or has a scary theme
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
When I was maybe 8, my Cousin and I used to read this to each other at night, and she's always scare me, she was good at that. lol

Christmas Town - A book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy inside
hmm...my memory is failing, I'll have to get back to you..lol 

What's This? - A book that took you by surprise
Dead Princess Walking
I thought it was going to be about Vampires..lol


So, now it is your turn! If you fill these questions out on your blog, would you please post your blog in my comments, so we can check them out?
Thanks bunches!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday's Coffee Break





Hi gang, I decided to do a weekly coffee chat. This week's topic is reader's burnout, block, slump, whatever term you want to call it. I realized lately, that I've been feeling a bit burned out, and have to force myself to read. I never had that problem before. Earlier, I had been reading any type of genre for this blog, but I kept getting books that I couldn't finish, just couldn't get into them. so, I went back to my three favorite genres, Scifi, Fantasy, and Mysteries.
I've gotten behind on my reading, luckily most of the authors are understanding about it. But, I feel bad for taking so long. I know it might be cause, I need my eyes checked and glasses.  Plus, I have other health issues.

My questions for you all, have you had an issue with reader's burnout? If so, how do you handle it? Please, feel free to post in the comments, maybe other's will find it useful too? Thanks bunches!

The only thing I know to do, is to work on my own novel or write short stories. But, then I feel guilty for not reading?

Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Happy reading!

Renee

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday's Wishes


Since it's October, and that means Autumn, I decided to go with a theme that means Autumn to me. When it gets cooler, I like to curl up with a blanket and a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate and read a cozy mystery. I've been hooked on them lately.

Btw, if you write or know someone who writes cozy mysteries, please check my homepage. I would love to do a free book review for you. Thanks!

I read two recently that happened to be book 2. So my wish this week is to get book 1 for each of them. I liked these series, cause you don't have to read them in order to understand them, like you sometimes have too.

Playing with BonBon Fire(A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery) by Dorothy St. James
Was a fun read. It's about about a girl who finally gets to run her family's Chocolate Shop, much to their dismay. She tries hard to show them she can do it, and starts working on a new truffle recipe. While she's doing that she's also in charge of the beach festival that her small town has every year. A long time friend of hers happens to be a famous musician, and he comes to do a show there. A murder happens on the beach, and her truffles is part of the evidence.  People are blaming her friend. Plus, she's also trying to find out who her real Mother is. 
I admit, I figured out who the murderer was, but it did take me a little longer than usual, I kept going back and forth. I'm hardly ever surprised these days. But the characters were fun. Her world building was really good too, I could picture myself at the beach. My favorite part was the fact that she had recipes for her candy at the end. Someday, I might actually try making them.
It's a fun and quick read. 


Writing is Murder(An Emlyn Goode Mystery) by Susan Lynn Solomon 
is a great read to get you into the Halloween Spirit. 
Emlyn is a writer who, apparently has a Witch in her family tree. She inherited the lady's Book of Spells. In her town there is an old Native American curse, and she's not sure if it's true. She was on the jury trial in the past cause of it. Years later, she's back on the family's case. She's in a writing group, and she thought she could trust them all, as they have been friends for a long time. One of them gets murdered. Her cop boyfriend has her as a suspect, so she does what she can to help clear her name, much to his dismay.
What I really loved about this, was that it had character's my age. I'm almost 50 and these days it's hard to find good novels about characters my age. It's mostly 20 somethings. I was also pleasantly surprised by the ending, she had a great twist. That doesn't happen to me very often. She even added a bit of time travel into this, which is one of my favorite subjects, and it was such a cool way of doing it. I think this is a definite must read, especially if you love Halloween.