Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #131: Dark Tide, by Jennifer Donnelly

This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!

Here's my choice for this week!

Dark Tide 
(Waterfire Saga #3)
Hardcover, 400 pages
Disney Hyperion
October 13, 2015
Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme's giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can't return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina's betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia's parents become suspicious, his life--and all of Sera's hopes--will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga

Why I'm waiting on this one!!

I will always be interested  in anything 
having to do with mermaids!
Incredibly,  I have never watched 
"The Little Mermaid", but
I did read the fairytale years ago, as a child.
Ever since then, these stories
of people who are half-human, half-fish
have fascinated me.
I read Tempest Rising a couple of
years ago, and I think it's 
about time I read more such stories!
So, this book is joining my TBR,
to make company with Lost Voices
as well as other YA mermaid novels!
Furthermore, this is an 
absolutely stunning cover! 
I have discovered a new series to love!!

What do you think of my choice?
What fascinating book(s) are 
you longing for this week?

GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!! To Ride A White Horse, by Pamela Ford

To Ride A White Horse
Trade Paperback, 363 pages
Pamela Ford, Publisher
Historical Fiction, Romance

And the winner is......

Michelle @ A Belle's Tales!!

She has already claimed her prize!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway!
Stay tuned, because I have 
giveaways all the time!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Shifting Blog Gears

When I started this blog, back in September, 2010, I knew I wanted to review all of my favorite genres. So my initial intention was to have an eclectic blog. As time went on, though, I found myself enjoying the YA genre more and more, and publishing many reviews of these books. I also found myself gravitating more and more toward paranormal romance and urban fantasy. However, I do like other genres, and wanted to review those, as well, so I did, although not enough to satisfy me. I yearned to do much more.....

As I continued blogging, participating in blog hops, plus reading and commenting on other blogs, I began to realize just how much of the blogosphere was dedicated (and is even more so now) to YA blogs. Thus, whenever I published a post -- whether it was a review or something else -- having nothing to do with Young Adult Fiction, or paranormal romance and urban fantasy, those of my followers who were only interested in these genres would not comment on those posts, which is pretty much understandable. Furthermore, if I published a post related to classics, science fiction, or literary fiction, it was not noticed by bloggers who only blog about these genres. In this case, it was because one visit to my blog, and a swift glance at my design, especially my sidebar, would immediately convince them that this was a blog dedicated only to Young Adult fiction.  Therefore, they would move on right away, and never return. (Or perhaps they did, but if so, they never commented on posts covering those other genres I love.)

Last year, from September to November, I co-hosted a read-along of the classic novel Jane Eyre. My co-host was Brian Joseph, who blogs at Babbling Books. This is an excellent blog, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with YA fiction, or paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Brian publishes posts about classics, literary fiction, some science fiction, and nonfiction. I thought (how naive I was....) that  doing a classics read-along would bring some of those bloggers who prefer the genres Brian blogs about, over to my blog to comment, but that didn't happen. In fact, only Brian and maybe one or two other bloggers commented on my posts, all during the read-along. I was very disappointed, as Jane Eyre is a masterpiece, and easily lends itself to lively discussion. In contrast, Brian's read-along posts had a lot of comments, as all of his followers and regular commenters (except me) are folks who blog only about the same genres he blogs about.

So I have come to another decision: this blog will now be dedicated exclusively to Young Adult fiction, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy, with an occasional contemporary or historical romance post thrown in. In order to cover the other genres I love, I have revived, as well as re-designed, a blog I originally started in January of 2012. I only published a few posts in that year, and then put it on hiatus. Lack of time was the problem then. I began posting on it again on July 4th of this year, and am hoping to have enough time to post on both blogs.

This other blog, titled MindSpirit Book Journeys, will only cover those other genres I love to read and review: classics, literary fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction. I will be blogging differently, too; I will only be posting reviews, with perhaps one book meme -- "The Book Lover's Den", which I will be moving over to this 'new' blog. As for my book cover meme, "Shelf Candy Saturday", I will continue with it here, at A Night's Dream of Books, for the time being.

I know I'm not the only blogger doing this. I have another friend, who goes by the name of "Ao", who has two blogs, as well. One is for popular fiction, and the other is for classics and literary fiction. The first one is aobibliosphere, and the second, aobiblioclassique. Both of them are great! Another blogger who comes to mind here is Mary, who has the blogs Bookhounds and Bookhounds YA. While the first blog is not dedicated to classics and literary fiction, it does feature adult fiction only, while the second blog features YA fiction paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. Both blogs are fantastic!

I would like to thank all those who have commented on the posts on this blog in the past, whether or not they have been about YA, PNR, or UF. You truly ROCK! 

I'd like to invite any of you -- whether visitors or regular readers -- to go over to my other blog (click on the link above, or in my Pages, below the header) and sample the book fare there. If, like me, you enjoy those other genres as well, I look forward to seeing you there, and perhaps 'chatting' with you about these books!

What do you think of my decision
to have two blogs?
Would you do this yourself?
Why or why not?


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Feast of Fates .99 Sale on Amazon!!!

Feast of Fates
(Four Feasts Till Darkness, Book 1)
Christian Brown
Kindle Edition, 551 pages
CreateSpace. Sept. 15, 2015
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis: "Love is what binds us in brotherhood, blinds us from hate, and makes us soar with desire.”

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her—visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing  more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.

Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!!!

I'd like to wish
all my fellow American bloggers
wonderful holiday,
full of great food, great
patriotic parades,
fun with your loved ones,
and of course....
with gorgeous fireworks galore!!

And now I present..... 

Two great fiction Fourth of July Reads!!!