Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 96: The Most Fun Aspect of Book Blogging

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This Week's Question

What is the most fun part/aspect
of being a book blogger?

(Submitted  by Kristin  @ 

My Answer

As with other questions of a similar nature posted in previous weeks, I really can't isolate just ONE aspect about book blogging that I think is the most fun. I LOVE it all -- writing articles, finding AWESOME books (whether on Goodreads, Amazon, or other book blogs) reading and then reviewing them, interacting with other book bloggers, putting posts together.... ALL of these activities are a LOT of FUN!!

Another activity I greatly enjoy is participating in blog hops such as this one! It's SO interesting to "hop around" and see how each participant has answered the week's question! Since every person is different, no two answers are exactly the same, although there are frequently some common points shared by all of the hop participants. 

I also love participating in blog tours, because through them, I can introduce books to my readers and visitors.  Creating this type of post is usually time-consuming, but I do enjoy every minute! Some time ago, I came up with the idea of including a mini-review in blog tour posts that feature an excerpt from the book being promoted. This mini-review is of the excerpt, not the whole book. I decided to start doing this because some book bloggers, and visitors in general, consider blog tour posts to be spam. Wordpress doesn't allow their bloggers to publish such posts, for instance, for that reason -- they consider these posts to be spam. I totally disagree! These posts bring new books to the attention of book lovers everywhere. However, including my mini-reviews does insert some of my own original content into such a post, which then makes it unique.

Yet another thing I have a lot of fun with is hosting my own giveaways, although I must admit that it's better when I join a giveaway blog hop, because my blog gets more exposure, and thus, more visitors. Hosting my own giveaways, though, does give me the freedom to create my own Rafflecopter options, whereas, with a giveaway hosted by other blogs, I do have to follow the rules of those other blogs. 

Reading challenges are another very enjoyable activity, although I have stopped participating in them because I simply got tired of visiting other blogs, commenting on their challenge reviews, and then not getting comments back on my own reviews.

When I first started blogging, I had a GREAT time working on my blog design (with the help of the Blogger software, of course, lol). I picked out the template, chose the background, the post background color, the font I wanted for my post titles, etc. I did quite a bit of experimenting back then, and learned SO much! I also learned from visiting other blogs, as well as from a book I bought -- Blogger For Dummies. That was back in 2010. And then, after creating and discarding several headers, I met a VERY talented web designer named Jennifer Johnson. She designed my present header, which I ADORE! It fits PERFECTLY with my blog's theme! You can find Jennifer listed in my sidebar.

I also get a lot of enjoyment from interacting with other book bloggers, both here on this blog, and on theirs. My only disappointment is, again, not getting comments back when I go and comment on other blogs..... However, I must say I have gotten to know several VERY nice bloggers who DO comment back! We've become friends, and frequently visit each other's blogs to exchange viewpoints, reactions to new books, and to support each other. You can see the book bloggers I regularly interact with listed in my sidebar.

Book blogging is a very exciting, rewarding hobby, and I LOVE every single aspect of it! It's the type of activity that I will willingly engage in without ANYONE pushing me to do so. Unlike some "real-life" jobs I've had in the past, I actually look forward to blogging about books every single day! I don't get paid for doing this, of course. The most I will ever get is free books from blog tour companies, or books I win through giveaways on other book blogs. It would be WONDERFUL if I got paid for doing this! I would be lying if I didn't wish that, lol! But I will ALWAYS LOVE AND WANT to blog about books, just because I feel SO HAPPY when I'm engaging in this activity! Aside from the sheer enjoyment, the whole idea of being free to post pretty much whatever I want is totally exhilarating!! No one is looking over my shoulder, criticizing every move I make. No one is telling me what to write, or how to write it. Aaaaah, BLISS!! If a visitor doesn't like what I post, they can just move on. This is REAL FREEDOM. 

So I will continue to enjoy every single facet of book blogging for as long as I possibly can! (Heck, I'll probably still be at it when I get into my nineties! Lol.) Hope you'll all stick around, too!!  :)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 18: Of Jenny and the Aliens, by Ryan Gebhart

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

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As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Of Jenny and the Aliens
Ryan Gebhart
Hardcover,  368 pages
Candlewick Press
August 1, 2017 
Contemporary Romance, 
Humor, Science Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction

When boy meets girl meets alien, the angst of first love gets an extraterrestrial intervention in a tale both outrageously funny and full of heart.

Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached the world’s radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invited him to play beer pong, and things, well, progressed from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. For him, Jenny is the One. But Jenny has other plans, which may or may not include Derek. So Derek will try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from an alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien may just be the answer to Derek’s problem, but is Derek prepared to risk starting an interstellar war to get his girl? Just how far is he willing to travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and the enigma of love?

Why I'm waiting on this one!

Gosh, this sounds like such a CUTE, as well as VERY FUNNY story! (You can go ahead and roll your eyes now, folks, lol.) I really DO think this will be a HIGHLY enjoyable, fun read! Perfect for the summer!  Yes, everyone, you can just bask in the sun at the beach while wondering  whether an alien will simply pop out of the ocean and ask you where the nearest hot dog stand 
But seriously......I sincerely hope this will be the FUNNIEST SF novel since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!! Crossing my fingers and holding my breath!! Live long and prosper, and may the Force be with you!!!!

Ryan Gebhart was born and raised in Maumee, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University with a Master's Degree in Spanish (he can "hablar" some "espaƱol" like a boss). His debut Middle Grade, There Will Be Bears, about getting older, best friends, and a bear, is a selected title for seven state reading lists. His debut Young Adult, Of Jenny and the Aliens, about first love and discovering that we're not alone in the universe, will be released on August 1, 2017, with Candlewick Press.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tour Mini-Review/Excerpt: Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire, by Adom Sample

Welcome to the blog tour for
Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!

For my stop, I'm featuring 
an excerpt with mini-review!

Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire
(Bloods Passion Saga, Book 1)
Adom Sample
Kindle/Paperback Editions, 356 pages
Publisher/Book Cover Artist: Adom Sample
April 28, 2017
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

How far will you go to be with the one you love?

Separation and control were all they had ever known. The laws set by the iron fist of the Coven of Vampyres passed down to the human reverts was what their worlds were built upon. Love, passion, emotional yearning and above all, human and vampyre fraternization–all strictly forbidden. Yet, a moment’s encounter would soon change all that. One single embrace would alter their worlds forever.

The young vampyre, Sebastian of Orias, son of a ruling member of the Coven, and nineteen-year-old Kyra Dunning, daughter of the Chief Councilman in the human regime, would soon learn what it meant to feel insatiable passion. This yearning engaged the forbidden fruit, causing it to consume their hearts with a hunger neither knew existed. To be apart was to die. Henceforth, they chose to break the rules, defy the Coven, and embrace this connection, regardless of the dangers that may unfold.

With marriages arranged, political power to centralize, and underground dissension to eradicate, both the Coven and the Council will stop at nothing to maintain order. And the love between Sebastian and Kyra, unbeknownst to them, may mean the end of everything they’ve ever known. 

This mini-review is of the excerpt below, and
not the entire book.

This is such a sweet, romantic excerpt..... I love how tender the vamp, Sebastian, is toward Kyra, the young human woman. And the scene is so vividly described, too. The night air, the secrecy of it all....This author made me feel as I were there, too. I can't wait to get into the story of this young couple, to see how they manage to stay together in spite of the rules against such relationships, in the Vampyre society.
Adding to the romance is that AWESOME cover! I was very happy to learn that the author himself created it, too. He's definitely a VERY talented guy!

The dark meadows and midnight air blasted through her hair, giving off a scent that would attract any Vampyre for miles. It was there he sensed her. It was there he could no longer deny himself the pleasure of getting to know who she was. The rules were set, and the laws were written, but none of that could keep him restrained. Not anymore.

His emotions fluttered, leaving him no other choice. He must take that chance, regardless of the prospect of rejection. For months, he watched her, lurking in the shadows of their lands, never giving thought as to what would happen if he were to be discovered. It was a risk he was more than willing to take, if only just to get a second glance of her beauty.

He was, after all, the son of a count, and he knew the rules better than anyone. Fraternization between Vampyre and human was strictly forbidden. The rules were imprinted in his brain from birth, but he had to choose differently. Was it her human frailty or the smell of her blood that drew him there every night? Whatever this enchanting spell was that led him to her lands took total control, forcing him to do things he thought he’d never do.

Romantic love was forbidden and after months of obsessing over this human woman, he was beginning to understand why. All rational thought escaped his mind whenever he was near her. The erratic and irrational impulses that made him sneak out of his room, cross the neutral territory, and enter their lands each night had overwhelmed him. He’d lost control, yet refused to do anything about it. This was who he wanted to be.

Henceforth, that night in the dark meadows, basking in the midnight air, he made his approach. Would she welcome him or fear him? What stories would she have heard about his kind that could force her to be reluctant by his presence? He had no choice, for it was too late to turn back now. She was alone, and he would never have an opportunity like this again. He pushed back the bushes, taking slow steps toward her. Hesitant, he thought about turning around and forgetting about her. He knew where this would lead. Still, he interjected his reason and pushed aside all logic, giving in to his wanton desire.

“Hello,” he whispered softly from behind. She froze. She knew the end was near. She knew the Vampyre creeping up behind her would make her his supper if she didn’t run, and quick. Without thought, she took off, screaming for her life. Her action to his bold move didn’t surprise him at all; the only thing that entered his mind was how beautiful she looked when she ran away. He didn’t pursue right away. He stood there paralyzed, fearful that he would be discovered.

If anyone heard her screaming it would be the end of him. Before she could get too far, he headed her off, and in a flash was right in front of her. They had collided. She ran right into him. The touch of her soft warm skin sent a sense of inner peace and tranquility through his entire body.

They had their arms wrapped around each other like lovers in need. That sensual gaze he gave her forced the fear to melt away, only to be replaced with apprehension and embarrassment.

“I will not harm you,” he said in a passionate whisper.

“What do you want from me?” Her voice trembled.

“Simple conversation.”

“You mean to kill me?”

“Of course not. Far be it from me to make you my meal someday.”

“Who are you?” She gave him an uneasy glance.

He stared into her eyes and smiled, brushing his fingers through her soft, long hair. And thus that single encounter, that bold embrace set forth the path they would go through together; placing things in motion that would tear the very boundaries of everything they’d ever known. Forever.     

Purchase on Amazon for only $.99!!!
A paperback edition is also available! 

Adom Sample was born in Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He holds an MBA from GMU, and an MHA from ATSU. He served in the United States Air Force from 2001 to 2008. He is an independent author who enjoys reading and writing romance, erotica, and paranormal stories. Writing is his passion, and he lives to give others ideas and inspire stories to push the limits of creativity.

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