Sunday, September 30, 2012

GUEST POST: Brian @ Babbling Books Discusses Star Trek (TOS), Part I



 
 
Star Trek, especially
The Original Series,
has gathered countless fans
throughout the years!
It has influenced SF writing,
producing Star Trek-related novels,
as well.
 
Please join me in welcoming
Brian @ Babbling Books,
who has written a very interesting
essay on how this beloved show
has influenced his life.
I will be presenting his fascinating
thoughts in two posts.
This is the first one.
Hope you enjoy!
 
 

I grew up watching the original Star Trek series, also affectionately known to fans as TOS (The Original Series). Much more than just a television show that I liked when I was young, the beloved five-year voyage was, in fact, a major influence upon my outlook on life, my viewpoints and certainly my literary tastes. This statement may seem a little odd coming from me. I am frequently negative about television viewing in general.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #37: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

 
 
Welcome to
Shelf Candy Saturday!!

This weekly meme/blog hop, hosted here,
features beautiful book covers!
It was originally hosted by
Stephanie @
Five Alarm Book Reviews,
a blog I really miss...

If you'd like to participate, just grab my button (or create your own), write your own post, and link up in the Linky widget at the bottom of this post. Just be sure to click on "Read more" so that the entire post will open up.
 
As a bonus, you can include information on the artist, designer, and/or photographer in your post, but it's not required. You can simply feature a cover and explain why you love it!



Here's my pick for this week!
 
 
 
 
(The Mortal Instruments #1)
Hardcover, 485 pages
Margaret K. McElderry Books
(An imprint of Simon & Schuster's
Children's Publishing Division)
March 27, 2007
Genres:
Paranormal Romance,
Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
 
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Blogger Hop #10 (9/28 - 10/4): Highlight one post from the past week!





Welcome to
the Book Blogger Hop!


This is where bloggers and readers
connect every week!

This wonderful blog hop is
hosted by
Jennifer @ Crazy for Books!
 

What to Do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:
  
This is the week to pick
one post to highlight for
the blogger hop!
Hosting a giveaway?
Tell us about it!
Write a great discussion post
this week?
Promote it!

2. Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list @ Crazy for Books
(enter your blog name, genre you review,
and a direct link to your post
answering this week's question).

3. Visit other blogs on the list.
This blog hop isn't about the number of
people you can visit,
but the quality of each visit.
Find new blogs to read by clicking
through the links on the list!
 
My Answer:



Yes, I'm having a giveaway
to celebrate two years
of highly enjoyable blogging!!

Check out all the details
HERE!!


What interesting posts
are you highlighting
for the hop this week?







Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: Tempest Rising, by Tracy Deebs (14th review for The 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge)


 
 
 
Here's my fourteenth review for this
wonderful challenge!!
 
 
For the rules and a list of hosting blogs,
just click on the challenge button above.

There are great prizes involved,
so be sure to check out
the rules and consider joining in!
 
 
 
 



 



Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Published: May 10, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA



I have always been fascinated by mermaid stories, although I haven't read that many of them.  However, I did read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" as a child. 

This has been a wonderfully exhilarating experience!  The main character, Tempest Maguire, is a very likable heroine -- gutsy, yet vulnerable -- whose inner life is as interesting as her outer one.  Deebs has crafted a modern plot,  one in which Tempest is torn between her ocean heritage, which she has received from her mother, a mermaid herself, and her land heritage, which she gets from her father, who is human.  This makes for a psychologically riveting tale, as Tempest struggles to find a balance between her two worlds throughout the novel.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #50: The Bridge, by Karen Kingsbury





This is a weekly book meme, hosted by
which features future releases that
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!


Here's my pick for this week!




Hardcover, 258 pages
Howard Books
October 23, 2012
Genres: Christmas Romance,
Christian Fiction, Inspirational,
Contemporary Romance



From the Goodreads Synopsis



Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since...



Monday, September 24, 2012

INNOVATIVE ONLINE BOOK TOURS: Weekly Guest Post #3/Giveaway - Andrew Cort, author of The Door Is Open



Welcome to the third
weekly guest post
at A Night's Dream of Books, 
on the tour for The Door Is Open,
sponsored by
Innovative Online Book Tours!!





Dr. Andrew Cort




Andrew Cort
Paperback, 186 pages
CreateSpace
May 19, 2012
Genre: Religion, Mythology, Spirituality



This is the third of several weekly guest posts by Dr. Cort, who is an authority on religion and spirituality, as well as mythology, politics, history, science, education, and healing.  He has written several books on these topics.  His most recent one, The Door Is Open, deals with the fascinating topic of the steps to spiritual awakening, as presented in world scriptures and mythologies.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Cort to A NIGHT'S DREAM OF BOOKS!

I hope you will find Dr. Cort's third post to be as fascinating as I did!
 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #36: Simply Perfect, by Mary Balogh


 
 
 
Welcome to
Shelf Candy Saturday!!
 
 
This weekly meme/blog hop, hosted here,
features beautiful book covers!
It was originally hosted by
Stephanie @
Five Alarm Book Reviews,
a blog I really miss...

If you'd like to participate, just grab my button (or create your own), write your own post, and link up in the Linky widget at the bottom of this post. Just be sure to click on "Read more" so that the entire post will open up.
 
As a bonus, you can include information on the artist, designer, and/or photographer in your post, but it's not required. You can simply feature a cover and explain why you love it!

 
 
Here's my pick for this week!
 
 
 
 
 
Hardcover, 352 pages
Delacorte Press
March 25, 2008
Genre: Historical Romance
 
 
 
 

SECOND BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!




 
Welcome to my second
blogoversary at
A Night's Dream of Books!!
 
 
Time really does fly!!
It's been two years (today) since I started
this blog, and that means quite 
an exhilarating journey!
Not only have I grown as a blogger,
reviewed many fascinating reads,
and met many wonderful
fellow bloggers,
but I've enjoyed every minute of it!
 
If you'd like to read it,
you can find my very first post
 
 
 
Now I'd like to celebrate with
all of my faithful followers, so...
I'm having a giveaway!!
 
 
Here are the prizes!!
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Blogger Hop #9 (9/21 - 9/27) What my blog readers probably don't know about me is...

 
 
 

Welcome to
the Book Blogger Hop!
 
This is where bloggers and readers
connect every week!
 
This wonderful blog hop is
hosted by
Jennifer @ Crazy for Books!


 
What To Do
 
1. Post on your blog answering this question:
 
What is one thing that your
blog readers probably
do not know about you?
 
2. Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list @ Crazy for Books
(enter your blog name, genre you review,
and a direct link to your post
answering this week's question). 
 
3. Visit other blogs on the list.
This blog hop isn't about the number of
people you can visit,
but the quality of each visit.
Find new blogs to read by clicking
through the links on the list!

 
My Answer:

What they don't know is how I started reading science fiction! 

I have to give a little bit of background first...
 
When I was around 10, I started reading a lot of horse books, and loved to draw winged unicorns whenever I got bored in class.  I read such books as the Black Stallion novels, by Walter Farley, My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty, National Velvet, etc.  I was really into horses, although my parents wouldn't let me get riding lessons because they were afraid I would fall off a horse.  (And break my glasses and/or some body part.) 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #49: Foretold, by Jana Oliver




This is a weekly book meme, hosted by
which features future releases that
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!


Here's my pick for this week!



Foretold
(The Demon Trappers #4)
Jana Oliver
Paperback, 352 pages
St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication:
December 11, 2012
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy


Monday, September 17, 2012

INNOVATIVE ONLINE BOOK TOURS: Weekly Guest Post #2/Giveaway: Andrew Cort, author of The Door Is Open



Welcome to the second
weekly guest post
at A Night's Dream of Books, 
on the tour for The Door Is Open,
sponsored by
Innovative Online Book Tours!!





Dr. Andrew Cort




Andrew Cort
Paperback, 186 pages
CreateSpace
May 19, 2012
Genre: Religion, Mythology, Spirituality



This is the second of several weekly guest posts by Dr. Cort, who is an authority on religion and spirituality, as well as mythology, politics, history, science, education, and healing.  He has written several books on these topics.  His most recent one, The Door Is Open, deals with the fascinating topic of the steps to spiritual awakening, as presented in world scriptures and mythologies.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Cort to A NIGHT'S DREAM OF BOOKS!

I hope you will find Dr. Cort's second post to be as fascinating as I did!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #35: Innocent Darkness, by Suzanne Lazear

 
 
 
Welcome to
Shelf Candy Saturday!!
 
This weekly meme/blog hop, hosted here,
features beautiful book covers!
It was originally hosted by
Stephanie @
Five Alarm Book Reviews,
a blog I really miss...

If you'd like to participate, just grab my button (or create your own), write your own post, and link up in the Linky widget at the bottom of this post. Just be sure to click on "Read more" so that the entire post will open up.

As a bonus, you can include information on the artist, designer, and/or photographer in your post, but it's not required. You can simply feature a cover and explain why you love it!
 
 
 
Here's my pick for this week!
 
 
 
 
Paperback, 408 pages
Flux
August 8, 2012
(first published January 1, 2012)
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy
 
 
 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Blogger Hop #8: My favorite recent review is... (9/14 - 9/20)

 
 
 

Welcome to
the Book Blogger Hop!
 
This is where bloggers and readers
connect every week!
 
This wonderful blog hop is
hosted by
Jennifer @ Crazy for Books!

 


What to Do:


1. Post on your blog answering this question:
 
Highlight one of your favorite
reviews from the past month!
 
2. Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list @ Crazy for Books
(enter your blog name, genre you review,
and a direct link to your post
answering this week's question). 
 
3. Visit other blogs on the list.
This blog hop isn't about the number of
people you can visit,
but the quality of each visit.
Find new blogs to read by clicking
through the links on the list!
 
 
My Answer:
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #48: Dreamspinner, by Lynn Kurland




This is a weekly book meme, hosted by
which features future releases that
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!


Here's my pick for this week!




Dreamspinner
(Nine Kingdoms #7)
Lynn Kurland
Paperback, 104 pages
Berkley
Ezpected Publication:
December 31, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Romance


Monday, September 10, 2012

INNOVATIVE ONLINE BOOK TOURS: Weekly Guest Post #1/Giveaway - Andrew Cort, author of The Door Is Open

 
 
Welcome to the first weekly
guest post at A Night's Dream of Books, 
on the tour for The Door Is Open,
sponsored by
Innovative Online Book Tours!!
 
 
 
 
Dr. Andrew Cort
 
 
 
 
Andrew Cort
Paperback, 186 pages
CreateSpace
May 19, 2012
Genre: Religion, Mythology, Spirituality
 
 
 
This is the first of several weekly guest posts by Dr. Cort, who is an authority on religion and spirituality, as well as mythology, politics, history, science, education, and healing.  He has written several books on these topics.  His most recent one, The Door Is Open, deals with the fascinating topic of the steps to spiritual awakening, as presented in world scriptures and mythologies.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Cort to A NIGHT'S DREAM OF BOOKS!
 
The topic of this first post is an absolutely fascinating, as well as vitally important, one.  Enjoy!
 
 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #34: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

 
 
 
Welcome to
Shelf Candy Saturday!!
 
 
 
This weekly meme/blog hop, hosted here,
features beautiful book covers!
It was originally hosted by
Stephanie @
Five Alarm Book Reviews,
a blog I really miss...
 
 
If you'd like to participate, just grab my button (or create your own), write your own post, and link up in the Linky widget at the bottom of this post. Just be sure to click on "Read more" so that the entire post will open up.

As a bonus, you can include information on the artist, designer, and/or photographer in your post, but it's not required. You can simply feature a cover and explain why you love it!
 
 
 
Here's my pick for this week!
 
 
 
 
 
Leatherbound Hardcover, 800 pages
Barnes & Noble
August 13, 2009
Genre: YA Fantasy
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Author Serendipity #6: Lynn Kurland

 
 
Welcome to this installment
of my new book meme!



The purpose of this new feature is to highlight those authors I have recently discovered, and whose books I would love to read. Such discoveries might come about through browsing on the Internet (on Goodreads, Shelfari, or Amazon), a chance encounter with an interesting book in a bookstore,
or through other bloggers' recommendations.
 
The authors I choose will be those who write in my favorite genres, and might be either emerging authors, or have been in print for a while.
They will, however, be entirely new to me.


Here's my most recent
discovery!


 
Lynn Kurland
 
This best-selling American author has written several romance novels which combine romance with historical elements, time travel, or fantasy.
 
She first came to my attention when I discovered one of her books, Star of the Morning, which I recently featured in a Shelf Candy Saturday post because of its beautiful cover.
 
She grew up in Hawaii, then moved to the mainland, where she attended high school and college, becoming trained as a classical musician.  She plays the cello as well as the piano.