Goodbye June, Hello July (2015)

Hello lovelies! It’s a beautiful day in Las Vegas with temperatures at 93°F. That is wonderful for July! AND it’s the Fourth of July, which makes it even better! I’m hoping for Kevin to take me to Mt. Charleston. I’d love to spend a day out in nature. The temperature at Mt. Charleston is 70°F; a HUGE  difference!

Anyways, you all know the drill ;) I’ve got a few NEW favorites and some repeats.

Favorite Book

Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Richie. This is the fifth installment in the Addicted series. This follows Daisy Calloway and Ryke Meadows, two secondary characters in the shadow of Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. But in this installment, we get to see their story, their growth, and their love – and what pulls them together. I absolutely adore the progression and the character development of these two. They are also characters that I care so much about. They are like my babies…they need protection from the cruel eyes of the world.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

I didn’t know what I was expecting…whatever it may have been I am now filled with an irrevocable sweetness and unrelenting strength. Ryke and Daisy have been through so much together and their love for one another never strays. I love how they show undying faith for one another and grow to be better versions of themselves. For so long they have denied themselves happiness and to see that they finally embrace that happiness…well, it was anything short of magic.

Favorite Music

My favorite tune this month is courtesy of Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias’s new hit El Perdon.

Favorite Show

Orange is the new Black

On June 12, Orange is the new Black streamed season 3 on Netlix. Guess who binged watched? I actually watched the entire season in two days while I was vacationing in California. It was pretty darn AH-MAZING and left me with a load of unanswered questions. But hey, that is OITNB for ya.

What I really liked about this season was the character development of Pennsatucky. Her story resonates deeply with many women (and possibly men) on the standards of sex. If you’re up to date with the show, you’ll know how Pennsatucky was depicted as a highly religious woman who is violent when things don’t go her way. Later, she separates herself from that stigma by actions that occur within the prison. This allows her to also make friends with the unlikeliest of people.

There is also the matter between Alex, Piper, and Stella. There’s a whole lot of drama there. Oh! And Piper’s character turns…well, not so good.

I don’t want to reveal too much as there are spoilers. If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch this, I highly recommend it.

P.S. These are just some of favorite highlights from this season.

Favorite Movie

Jurassic World

Okay, so I have only seen one Jurassic Park movie and that was the first one. *runs away* But I was really excited for the commencement of this franchise. The trailer looked fantastic and the main protagonist was played by Chris Pratt.

Going into the theater, I didn’t have any expectations. I went and saw it while I stayed in California with my aunt, uncle, and little cousin. I was completely blown away by the adventure, suspense, and amazing CGI effects.

The premise of Jurassic World is quite different than that of Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is a success, the dinosaurs are tamed, the people are safe. Well, that is, until the CEO’s want a bigger and scarier dinosaur. From this point on, it pretty much went downhill for everyone (except, for the guy who saved his margaritas!).

I liked the story. I liked the acting. I liked the characters. It was a great movie to watch and enjoy and to see this world brought back to life.

Since I saw this movie, I binged watched the rest of the series and loved it! I wonder if they’ll make another Jurassic World – let’s just hope they have learned their lessons on bigger and scarier attractions!

Favorite Accessory

While in California, I purchased a LifeProof case for my iPhone 5s and I am completely in love with it! I am accident prone and am always dropping things. As a matter of fact, the first day I got my iPhone, it fell in the toilet :O Yes, I am surprised it has lasted this long with no major defects *knocks on wood* I like how the case protects my phone from glass breakage and water damage. It’s also compact. It doesn’t make my phone any more bulkier than necessary.

Unfortunately, I bought it at the retail price of $98 at AT&T. Well, it was kind of a half off because of the deal we were making with our contract. On Amazon it is currently $44.60. Not bad at all if you want an awesome phone case!

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What were some of your June favorites? Let me know in the comments below! <3

Emma

The Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by Shannon, a fellow book lover for the Creative Blogger Award. A million thank yous, Shannon! Go forth and check out her blog because it’s amazing!

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

Okay, so below are five facts about me!

1. I am absolutely obsessed with Netflix right now. It seems that as soon as school let out for summer I have been binge watching all the shows I missed during the year. Currently I am watching the 4th season of Scandal which is bloody amazing! Gah. I love Olivia Pope and her awesome gladiators!

2. I love animal gifs. They are my absolute favorite! I always laugh whenever I see a cute animal doing something odd and human-like.

3. Whenever I go to the bookstore I am conflicted. I have this overwhelming feeling to take dozens of books home but am poor. Then, there is the feeling of guilt. I have four shelves filled with unread books and I just look at it and tell myself, “I cannot buy anymore pretties.” So, this year I have been good about being on a book buying band. I still buy a book or two here and there, but it is not at the point where I used to be compulsive about it.

4. I love to write. I’m currently working on what my friend Anna calls a “Rom Com.” I’m actually going to try to write the entire novel for July NaNoWriMo.

5. My management skills aren’t all that great. I actually beat myself about it all the time. I guess, I would just rather spend all day in bed curled up with a good book.

My Nominations:

1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

2. Ner @ A Cup of Coffee & a Book

3. Ramisa @ Ramisa the Authoress

4. Drew @ Raging Biblioholism

5. Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

…and I TAG anyone else who wants to do this! :)

Emma

 

LGBTQ Books I Want To Read

With the overturn of Proposition 8 has come a multitude of beautifully captured newlywed moments. I woke up this morning to the news that filled me with pure happiness! I loved seeing the overwhelming positive response from my friends and strangers on various social media outlets.

I’ve been meaning to read more LGBTQ books because I am vastly interested in the awareness of the LGBTQ community. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!

1. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

2. Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathin

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other

3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

 

4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society’s definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything–and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

5. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else . . . now in paperback.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

6. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

7. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

8. Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli

9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

10. None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

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If you like the synopsis of any of these novels, be sure to add them to your TBR on  Goodreads. Links have been provided in the titles so click away! :)

Emma

Goodbye May, Hello June (2015)

Hi lovely people of the interwebs! I am so so so so sorry for my absence! I miss you all! I have no excuses but my own laziness getting the better of me. I’m off university for the summer and I have been watching shows on Netflix and catching up on current episodes on my DVR. I’ve also read a whopping four novels in May! I was on a roll and so so happy to get back on the reading wagon!

Anyways, you guys know the drill. Every month I highlight my favorite things while welcoming in the new month! I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Book

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. In the sequel to All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Han explores what it means to be in love and why it’s not always so easy. But that’s what makes it worthwhile as Lara Jean discovers this very fact. I love how the sequel continued immediately after the ending of the first one. We didn’t miss anything in Lara Jean’s life, including those moments with her family and friends. I continue to praise Jenny Han for her outstanding and charming writing and characters you instantly fall in love with.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

I devoured this book like a person needs air to breathe. I related most to Lara Jean in this installment as she tries to navigate the waters of what it means to love someone and the ever present girl in their past. I smiled, I laughed, I even shed a tear here and there. I was filled with unbelievable giddiness and tender notions about first loves. If you have read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and haven’t picked up its sequel, it’s a MUST. You won’t be left disappointed.

Favorite Music

I heard this song on the radio a couple weeks ago and have absolutely fallen in love with the melodic and heartfelt lyrics. The song in question is Stiches by Shawn Mendes and it’s a MUST summer listen.

Favorite Show

Salem

I had completely missed the second season of Salem due to school. Then, I go and check out how many episodes there have been so far (8) and binge watch them all. I watched an episode or two a day until I finished what was available last week. And boy oh boy, it is GOOD.

I won’t ruin the second season for you if you haven’t watched it yet. I do recommend watching this show if you’ve been debating about it. It’s dark, mysterious, and utterly addictive. The lore is positively imaginative. The actors are outstanding and bring life to each character in the town of Salem.

So yes. Go and watch it and then we can talk about it! :D

Favorite Movie

Avengers: Age of Ultron

I practically begged Kevin to take me to see the new Avenger movie. It is a must to see all Marvel movies, okay? I just love the characters and the intricate story lines. I’ve never read the comic books so I’m not a “true” fan, but I absolutely enjoy all the movies that Marvel has come out with. Avengers: Age of Ultron did not disappoint! It was filled with action-packed scenes (as always) and mind blowing discoveries. I am so looking forward to the next project Marvel has in store for us!

Psst…I think next project is Captain America: Civil War. Eeeeep!

Favorite Video Game

Destiny

In May, I was (still am) hugely obsessed with Destiny for the PS4. I am not an experienced gamer whatsoever. I’ve never even actively played a shooting game. I’ve tried it because my best friend is a gamer and loves FPS (first person shooter) games. But I was never any good at them. And I got way to frustrated to continue. In an effort to expose myself to FPS games, Kevin bought Destiny.

I instantly liked the story line. That is what reeled me in. The second thing I love is the graphics. The intricate details the programmers have made from your players personal shadow to the sound water makes when you splash. It’s utterly insane how real it is.The game itself is high quality, one that I’ve personally never seen in any other game. Note: I haven’t seen much of the gaming world so my opinion may be invalid :P

In Destiny, you are a Guardian, a defender of Earth. A Guardian wields incredible powers and explores the ruins of the solar system, defeating aliens who have taken a strong hold upon the lands that were once Earth’s.

At first, I wasn’t good at all. I was frustrated and scared (some of the scenes are highly stressful and dark). I raged quit so many times. It wasn’t fun…The more I played, the better I got. Kevin noticed that my skills improved each time I picked up the controller. And you know what? I even beat the game’s main story line. I did this in two months, I think. It was an accomplishment I was extremely proud of. I mean, I went from being a complete noob to being a person who can actually play and be a good shot.

I’m now working on the Expansion portion of Destiny, which are separate packs that need to be bought in order to continue with the game and beat the main boss, Crota.

These next few levels are difficult. I feel like I’ve done one dozens of times and still can’t manage to beat it even when I have other players on my team. All I know is that I will keep on trudging forward.

Do any of you play Destiny? If so, I would love to hear about your journey! :)

Favorite App

Plants vs Zombies

I’m always looking for new gaming apps to play on my phone when I am running errands and have to sit and wait around for appointments. I stumbled across Plants vs Zombies in the app store and tried it out. I really like the game. I mean, it’s frustrating to a degree because I feel like some of the levels are virtually impossible. Or maybe I’m just terrible at it.

Anyways, the object of the game is to use plants in order to safeguard your garden from the zombies. The plants have special abilities like shooting, bomerangs, punches, and freezing. I’ve unlocked several worlds, but have yet to beat any of them. I can never move pass level 14 on each individual world. It’s tough!

Favorite Beauty Product

Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume

For my birthday, my parents surprised me with the Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume set. It came with a full body of perfume, body lotion, and a roll on-carry on perfume. I absolutely love the sweet but womanly scent. I’ve never been a perfume kind of girl. I also just use body lotion as my perfume. Now that I have this one, I tend to gravitate to it more and actually wear it on a day to day basis.

The perfume itself is pretty pricy so I would definitely ask for it on birthdays or Christmas :D

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So, that is it for my monthly favorites of May! I really hope you all had a wonderful month and that June is bountiful! I plan on doing lots of reading and swimming!

Have monthly favorites? Let me know down in the comments below! I would love to read about it!

With love always,

Emma

Cover Reveal: Of Ice and Snow by Amber Argyle

Today Amber Argyle and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for Of Ice and Snow, a novella in the Faerie Queens series set to be released in August 2015. Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an e-bundle of Amber’s Witch Song books!

SYNOPSIS

Otec thought destiny forgot him…

The middle child of the clanchief, Otec is the overlooked son in an overflowing house. He dreams of escape and adventure, so when a mysterious stranger offers both, he doesn’t need persuading. But when his faraway village comes under attack, Otec will do anything to save the people he loves. Cut off from his nation, he must trust a foreign woman with a dubious past as they race to save his clan. But nothing is what it seems, and Otec may have to trust his enemy if he is to become the leader he was never meant to be.

Destiny is not always kind.

Of Ice and Snow is being exclusively released in the Daring Hearts box set and the whole bundle is only 99 cents for 8 books! What an awesome deal!

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Daring Hearts Synopsis

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Over 98% off retail for the individual books sold separately (a thirty dollar savings!!)

Only available until September (so get your copy today).

ABOUT AMBER

Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author the Witch Song series and the Faerie Queen series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian. Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and Physical Education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy large people.

To learn more about Amber, visit her blog at amberargyle(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will receive the eBook bundle of The Witch Song Series. International.

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Goodbye April, Hello May (2015)

It seems like I haven’t done one of these in ages! I skipped last month’s favorites as I had technical difficulties. Let’s see if we can stay on track this time! :)

Anyways, you guys know the drill. Every month I highlight my favorite things while welcoming in the new month! I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Book

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. In the startling sequel to The Fifth Wave, Yancey plunges us back into a world where the Other’s genocide of the human race is more than it seems.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

A trilling and exhilarating sequel to The Fifth Wave, The Infinite Sea does not disappoint. I love the differing p.o.v’s and how they all interlocked together, filling the gaps between the timeline. I love the relationship and the fight to survive and remain human. Definitely recommend this series to the avid book reader. I never thought I’d like a story that involves aliens, but I was proven wrong by Yancey’s unique storytelling. Give this a try! It’s definitely worth a shot :)

Favorite Music

My favorite song this month is To Young To Fall In Love by Chelsea Lankes. It’s a cover by one of Motley Crue’s famous songs.

Favorite App

Hearthstone

I was so elated when I heard that Hearthstone had come out with a free app! It was a game mainly for your desktop and I had only ever played it once with Kevin. At first, I didn’t know what the heck was going on. But with the app version I could play freely and I eventually got a knack for it.

It’s a game of luck and wits. You play a character, each characters has their own set of cards. Then, you try to attack your opponent until their health is gone.

If you’re looking for a fun and new addictive game, give Hearthstone a try! :)

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I don’t have many favorites from last month. I’ve honestly been reading A LOT and trying to get everything ready and done for the semester. I am a terrible procrastinator. So, I’m trying to get everything done before it is actually due to save me a lot of grief. Psssttt…May is also my birthday month! I hope fun times awaits!

Hope everyone had a lovely month and here is to May being good to all of us! <3

With love always,

Emma

An Ember In The Ashes Release Day Blitz

Hello lovely people of the interwebs! I am so excited to be part of this blitz, celebrating An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir out in the world TODAY. I also get to share a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end!

Letter from Sabaa Tahir:

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” An Ember In The Ashes is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on Ember. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,

Sabaa

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Release date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

SYNOPSIS

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. — Goodreads

Sabaa-Tahir-200x300ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

  • 2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes. US ONLY.
  • 3 winners will receive a hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes and a Sword Letter Opener! US ONLY.

Giveaway ends May 9th at Midnight EST!

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win! May the odds be ever in your favor!

This blitz was wonderfully put together by the girls at Rockstar Book Tours.

anemberintheashes

Momentarily Shutdown

musings of a writer tres

Okay, so my plan of blog posts was interrupted by…THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH.

Since then, I have ordered an antivirus software as my trial seemed to keep my computer running smoothly and virus free. So I am going to get the full version and see how that works. In the meantime, I am going to budget and try to save enough money for a new laptop as mine…well, it’s old.

But fret not, once I am officially back online I will have my posts up and ready to go! *fingers crossed*

I miss being online. I am currently using my brother’s laptop while he’s at school. I need to get some school work done and by the time he’s home, I’ll be kicked off. *sigh*

My weeks have been quite uneventful. I did go to Tokyo Discount and bought some anime stuff like a Mikasa figure and POP Attack on Titan poster :D The boyfriend was also inducted to a prestigious honor society for nursing so that was exciting! And then my munchkin…he’s cute as always! I still can’t believe I am 20 years older than him. When he is 10 I’ll be 30. Yikes.

Anyways, sorry for my rambling! I miss you all! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! <3

Emma

Hiatus. Maybe?

musings of a writer tres

Hello my lovely readers! I am terribly sorry for being radio silent the last week or two. My laptop was in the shop (a.k.a. my boyfriend’s room) being repaired for it’s incredible slowness and freeziness (is that even a word? No.). He didn’t find anything wrong with it so it may be because of age. Edgar (that’s my laptop’s name!) is going to have to be retired soon. I just have to find the funds in order to replace him.

While my laptop was out of my life, I have been doing much needed reading, studying for my exams, and hanging out with my family and friends. Speaking of, I’m going out tonight with my friends to grab some sushi! One of my friend’s is going off to the military so we are celebrating with one last horrah in the city!

Hmm…oh! I’ve also had some (a lot) of free time so I’ve been watching anime, which is something I never thought I would watch. I had to watch the shows on my measly Netflix app on my phone :P I watched Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. The latter was my absolute favorite! I have so many FEELS over Kirito x Asuna! Plus, that theme song! ASDFGHJKL.

Anyways, this is more of a welcome back post…I’m not going on hiatus, nor do I plan to. I have a lot of material I want to put out into the interwebs so I’m super stoked for that!

I’m planning:

  • Book Reviews of Paper Towns and The Ruby Circle
  • #DearMe post in honor of International Women’s Day (I know…super late)
  • Blog nomination post
  • WWW (will be posted on Wednesday, of course!)
  • Monthly Favorites recap
  • Bookish playlists

I think that is all I have up my sleeve for now. Not to fret! I won’t post all my ideas in a day. I would hate to be overwhelming. But look for them in the near future! :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Always with love,

Emma

 

Simply Sunday #22

simply sunday

Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from the publishing source Electric Writing:

Why I Chose It

This is a friendly reminder to just sit down and write. No excuses. I loved how direct and to the point it is as well as holding a bit of underlining humor. I am going to listen to my writing and do as it has asked. I think it’s time.

Do you have a favorite quote this week? Tell me all about in the comments down below. I’d love to read them! <3

Emma

 

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