Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma

This is a notice to all of my regular readers, as well as visitors. Due to the situation here in Miami, Florida, I am a bundle of nerves, and am totally unable to concentrate on blogging. I know I need to reply to comments left on my "Can't Wait Wednesday" post. I also need to comment back on those blogs. However, in my current frame of mind, I am unable to do so. I may try to reply later on today, from my cell phone, as much as I can.

We are now under a Hurricane Watch. According to reports, Miami will take a direct hit. Those of you who are believers, please pray for us here in Miami, and all of South Florida.

Thanks to all of you who visit, read and comment regularly! God bless you all! 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 32: The Delphi Resistance, by Rysa Walker

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.

For more information, please click HERE.

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!

 The Delphi Resistance
(The Delphi Trilogy, Book 2)
Rysa Walker
Trade Paperback,  460 pages
October 24, 2017    
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

What if your mind became your worst enemy?

Struggling with evolving psychic abilities, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan and her equally exceptional friends are on the run from the ruthless Graham Cregg, leader of a covert operation known as the Delphi Project. Cregg has already killed repeatedly to test Anna’s ability. Now, he and his father, a presidential contender, will stop at nothing to recapture the Delphi adepts, whom they see as weapons to be controlled—or destroyed.

Navigating an increasingly hostile landscape, Anna and her friends form a resistance to rescue those still in the Creggs’ fatal grip. As more gifted kids vanish and public awareness of the Delphi Project grows, so does the opinion that getting rid of the adepts may be a necessary evil.

Yet even as they face off against cold-blooded killers, government operatives, and a public intensely afraid of their psychic powers, the greatest threat to Anna and the resistance may come from within themselves—and their own mysterious abilities could spell their ultimate downfall.

Why I can't wait for this one!

Oh, this truly sounds like a fast-paced,VERY intriguing novel!  And there's a SERIES involved, too!! LOVE it!!
The combination of plot elements here is indeed
WONDERFUL!!  There's certainly plenty of suspense here, as well as a gorgeous prose style. PLUS, there are  paranormal elements, too!! WOWZA!!!!! 

Be sure to check out the AWESOME first book!!

Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling Chronos Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.

She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on her next series, The Delphi Project. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave.

What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 224: The Amaranth Enchantment, by Julie Berry

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

The Amaranth enchantment
Julie Berry
Hardcover, 320 pages
Bloomsbury USA Children's
March 15, 2009
   Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

Beautiful images can be created not only with paintbrushes and canvas, but with the camera and computer, as well. This is certainly one of them! I LOVE this composition! The lighting is perfect, the colors GORGEOUS, the dress BEAUTIFUL, and that flower, so strategically placed, is STUNNING. 

The background colors perfectly complement the ones in the dress, and actually blend in with them. Basically, the image contains tones of green and red, so perfectly and beautifully balanced, the viewer can scarcely tell where one begins and the other ends.

The dress is beautifully designed, as well. I LOVE all the detailed embroidery on it, as well as its medieval-looking design. 

The model also has a wonderfully enigmatic expression which reminds me of the Mona Lisa, and she looks very sweet, although I do see a certain steel in her eyes, as she steadily gazes out at the viewer.

The title has a nice combination of two fonts, and emphasizes the word "amaranth", which I think is very effective. I also like the contrast between this word and the rest of the title, which uses a classical font.

In short, I do think that this cover is a true masterpiece of book design, and I can't understand why this book is not yet in my collection, as I also LOVE the plot!

Who is responsible for this brilliant cover? Well, her name is Donna Mark, and she's the Art Director at Bloomsbury Publishing. I have only been able to find one link for her -- an interview posted on the blog, A Backwards Story. This interview is from June 1, 2012, and you can access it HERE. Now I'm wondering who the awesome photographer was..... there's no information on that person in the Amazon preview....

And here's yet ANOTHER name to add to my list of favorite cover artists and designers!!

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 105: The Bloggiesta

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @

For more information, and 
to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.

This Week's Question

Do you participate in the Bloggiesta?

(Submitted  by Elizabeth @ 

My Answer

The short and sweet answer is "No". I had never even heard of it until I saw this question. So, of course, I Googled this word. 

Well, it turns out that this is a fun, interesting event, hosted by Suey @ It's All About Books, and Danielle @ There's A Book, that takes place on a bi-annual basis. It's actually a blogging marathon, and they also hold quarterly mini-challenges. Any blog can participate, and the topics are all related to the process of blogging itself, such as blog organization (personal organization is also included) blogging tips, and getting the best from social media.

The event also has Facebook, Google +, and Twitter pages. See the links below.

The name "Bloggiesta" is super cute, and incorporates the Spanish word "fiesta", which means that it's definitely a LOT of fun!

I would love to participate, but I have noticed that these blog posts do take a LOT of time to put together. Most of the posts offer advice that I certainly need for my own blog, lol.

If I think of something REALLY helpful and interesting, I might participate in the next Bloggiesta. Not the mini-challenge coming up in September, but perhaps one of the marathons or mini-challenges next year.

I think this is a great way to acquire more helpful blogging knowledge, as well as find more blogging friends, and I want to thank Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews for bringing this to my attention, as I had no idea such an event existed! 

There will be a mini-challenge held from Sept. 21st to Sept. 24th. You can access the signup page HERE

Here are the links to find out more information about this event.

Here's a list of links to some very interesting past posts included in mini-challenges, which I know will definitely help me out in my blogging, and might help some of you guys out as well! ENJOY!!  :)

What are your thoughts on
this topic?
If you're participating in this meme,
I'll go comment on your 
own BBH post.
If not, I will then comment on one 
of your blog posts!
Thanks for visiting!!!