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I’m giving away signed copies of all of the Flocksdale Files books and some swag to one lucky winner! What do you have to do to win? Well if you’re already following/subscribed to this blog, then you don’t have to do anything – you have already been automatically entered to win. If you’re new and you’ve found your way here through a giveaway post, all you have to do is subscribe (click the follow button in the lower right hand corner) and your name will automatically be entered for a chance to win. The giveaway ends on April 1st and will be announced that day. I’ll choose the winner at random.

My motivation for the giveaway is to build my subscriber list and hopefully connect with awesome new readers and get people engaged with my blog!

For anyone who hasn’t read the Flocksdale Files series yet, the first book in the series – Have You Seen…

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Confessions of a Book Blogger

Excellent article for authors and reviewers!

Layered Pages

Keep calm and blog on

On February 2nd I blogged about how Authors should support Book Bloggers and gave some tips of the trade. Blogging isn’t always easy and takes a lot of time and effort. I am a firm believer it takes both the author and the blogger to work together for support of each other’s medium on social media.

Today, I am going to talk about how book bloggers should support authors in their endeavors. Bloggers and Authors lead such busy lives and it’s not always easy to be in contact with each other. We are always pulled in so many different directions. In many ways, I like to think that bloggers and authors have like minds in creativity and structure. We are in constant need of nurturing that creativity. But before I get carried away on that thought, let’s get back to bloggers supporting authors.

Check list for supporting authors:

  1. This…

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Cries in the Night: A Lowcountry Ghost Story by Lori Roberts

 

Cries in the Night: a Lowcountry Ghost Story

Dr. Austin Tabor and wife Carly have moved from Denver to Charleston. Austin is working long hours as the newest doctor at the hospital and Carly is looking for work in her field of investigative journalism.

Thinking they have really hit the jackpot by being able to afford one of the historic homes on King Street, it is only later they begin to wonder if the reason they got such a good deal is because the house may be haunted.

Strange things start happening during renovations and only get worse after the couple moves in. Soon no one is sleeping due to the nightly noises and crying that seems to come from the walls and the cellar. After several terrifying events, Carly teams up with Delaney, who leads one of the many ghost tours in the city and is also a Sensitive, someone who can communicate and see the dead. Together they are determined to find out what happened to the people who built and lived in the house and try and set them free.

This is a great ghost story! The pace was steady, the writing great, the descriptions of the city and it’s landmarks was spot on.

I’m really hoping there will be another one. I feel certain we will be hearing a lot more about Ms. Roberts!

I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I honestly loved it!

Because I can…

Normally I stick to book related topics but today is just for me.

I have bitten my tongue way too much and it’s beginning to hurt!  So here goes!

  1. Twitter has turned into the new Craigslist. I scroll through my feed and all I see is Buy me! Buy this!  Follow someone and you most likely get an immediate DM telling you where you can buy all of their stuff.  Let me just say that I am a world class shopper. If i want something I know exactly where to get it. If I see something I like I will ask you where to get it.  If you send me a DM and it’s got one of those automated tweet services or crowdfire I will unfollow you so fast.  It’s called Social Media not The Swap Meet.  Yes, I want to hear about your newest work, but I also want to interact with people from all over the world and find out how they live, what their culture is like. I want to talk to people!  Why in the world would I want to buy 10,000 followers? I can’t keep up with that many people!  The market is being flooded with really bad things
  2. Name calling and Respect.   If you can’t make your argument without calling your opponent names, like a child does, than you are probably on pretty shaky ground. I don’t care what side of the political aisle you are on, have some respect for yourself and your candidate.  If you don’t know them personally and know for an absolute fact what their character is then do what your Mothers taught you and keep your mouth shut! Grown adults who are supposedly intelligent calling each other names just makes you look not so bright or informed or adult! If you want to get together and have a little name calling party that’s fine, go ahead but don’t expose the rest of us to it.
  3. Check Your Facts before you Re-Tweet something!  And if you are one of those people who just re-tweets everything, start reading them. Make sure you aren’t re-posting something that is inaccurate or offensive.
  4. Facebook and Twitter Followers.  We’ve had this conversation before. You don’t get a prize for having the most followers. What you get is a feed full of people you don’t know and have nothing in common with who are usually just trying to sell something or gain some type of attention. Set some standards! And if you aren’t interacting with the people you are “friends” with, then why are they on there?  Social Media is supposed to be Social.  Personally, I like to catch up with my friends from school, people I have been friends with or worked with that have just been with me through the good and the bad. People that are willing to have a good debate on topics without going postal. People who can entertain me, educate me, give me a different perspective on life from where they are in the world or what they have experienced in the world.  I don’t enjoy listening to bigots. racists and people who are full of hate for a people or cause based solely on what their friends think and not what they have taken the time to research for themselves. How can you have an opinion on anything if you have never experienced any part of the big world except your own little corner?  An opinion is what you think based on what you know. But if you haven’t researched or lived it, then your knowledge is limited.

A couple of weeks ago one of my fellow bloggers mentioned that we are all quick to “Like” a blog post, but most don’t leave a comment. Since then I have tried to be better at that. To give an opinion and encouraging comments.  None of us are making it out of here alive, so can we just be kind and supportive to one another?  That’s it. Just be Kind. None of us really knows what is happening in the lives of those we touch on line, so take a second and ask. How are you doing today? Anything I can help with?  Even if you disagree, you can still say something kind.

As far as this political nastiness goes, If you are an adult slinging mud and vitriol at your opponent, you pretty much have lost all credibility with me.

This post comes as I have spent the last few days dealing with life and death issues that have brought a lot of things into perspective for me.  Finding out what is important in this life and what I am and am not willing to put up with from people.  And some of the most supportive people have been my fellow bloggers, most without even knowing what was going on, and yet their posts were exactly what I needed at that moment, so thank you guys! And to one special author (who knows who he is) you kept me together when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to.

One special day of Love isn’t enough. Let’s make it a daily habit to really love our neighbor.

Hushabye ( A Kate Redmond Mystery Book 1 ) by Celina Grace

Hushabye (Kate Redman Mysteries, #1)Hushabye by Celina Grace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must admit I have had this book on my TBR list for a long time. I am so happy I finally got to read it.

DS Kate Redman finds herself thrown into the deep end on her first day of her new job.
A high profile murder and missing child. With everyone hiding some type of secret, it won’t be easy to discover who is telling the truth and who is covering their own dirty little secrets.

The characters were human, flawed and the story could have been torn from the pages of any tabloid magazine. Kate, herself, has secrets as does her new partner.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see what becomes of Kate and her team! Good Job, Ms. Grace!

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Quote Challenge Day#2

Quote Challenge Day#2

So thank you to Percy over at percyreads for including me in the Quote Challenge.

I am going to nominate:

Jam at leavesetlibres

Abbie Lu  cafe book bean

Alex Fayman  alexfayman

 

Quote 1:   ” To a great mind, nothing is little.” Sherlock Holmes

Quote 2:  ” Poets are always taking the rain so literally” J.D.Salinger

Quote 3:   ” Always wear nice underwear in case you get in a wreck” My Momma

Have Fun!

Percy Reads

quotechallengeHey my lovelies ! Its day 2 of  3 days,3 quotes challenge! yay!! I was nominated by the very sweet Mahnoor shah of moonlightblogs. Thank you so much again ! do check out her blog too .

rules

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick  three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Quote picks:

#1
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi
#2
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#3
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 
― Elbert Hubbard

My Nominations

dziey @ dziey

Bhramori @thecrazyperfectionist

 piratepatty

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty GirlsPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More than twenty years ago a young girl went missing. And a family fell apart.

This is their story. The story of 3 beautiful daughters and how the disappearance of one of them changed all of their lives.

Julie’s body was never found and it’s been over twenty years since Lydia and Claire have spoken.
Everyone in the family has dealt with this tragedy in their own different way.

Then Claire’s husband is murdered and what she finds has her reaching out to her sister for help.
Abductions, rape, torture,murder and lies and crooked cops make it difficult to know who to trust and the trouble starts when you trust the wrong person.

This was a fast paced, raw and emotional book. It actually took me a bit to come out of it. It was everything we have come to expect from Ms. Slaughter

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