Monday, March 10, 2014
It's middle grade Monday and I am taking a look at a new middle grade series from authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, the Grimmtastic Girls. I am having a giveaway for the first two in the series, Cinderella Stays Late and Red Riding Hood Gets Lost. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click, "read more".
But first, a review of Cinderella Stays Late.
Cinda finds salvation in three new friends: Red, Snow and Rapunzel. They believe Cinda's tales about her wicked stepsisters and bring Cinda into their group. It is also Prince Awesome's first day of school. The Steps know all about him and want Cinda to talk them up to the prince.
In celebration of the Prince's arrival at school, he hosts a ball at the end of the week. Cinda is devastated. She can't dance. Her skills involve masketball, a magical basketball-like game. With the help of her new friends, Cinda is able to find a beautiful dress and slippers, but once again, her Steps ruin everything. Plus, there is an important artifact missing from the Grimm library and Cinda is sure her nasty Steps are involved.
It took me a small amount of time to get into the story, mostly because the characters involved are well known to me. I found some of the jokes over-the-top and cringe worthy, however, I don't know if the intended age group ( 8 and up) would agree.
As I moved deeper into the story I found myself drawn into the interesting plot. The authors take the well-known Cinderella story and twist it so that it happens at the school. It was fun to see how they changed different events to correspond with the story. The funnest part is the underlying sub-plot that I believe will be the arc of the series. An E.V.I.L. society is forming and Grimm land is in danger. By the end of the first book I was ready to crack open the second just to see what happened.
I'm excited to see where this series leads and can't wait to read more. 4 stars!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries
In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets.
To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself.
But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange.
With a gun named Smith, a talent for martial arts, and a boyfriend with eyes to die for, Ruby is ready to face the worst. And if a girl’s forced to kill, won’t the guilt sit more easily in a pair of Prada peep-toe pumps?
About Jessie Humphries: Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
*Don't forget to check out today's stop on The Ruby Pendant Tour
I learned very early on that marketing my book would be up to me. That included setting up a blog tour. I know there are other authors out there is the same situation, so I thought I'd give some tips.
1. Long before you want to plan your tour, start looking around the net for book blogs, blog hops, and blog tours. If you find a blog you like, keep an eye on it, leave comments, get to know the blogger. If you come across any hops or tours, check out which blogs are participating. You can find great resources by just scrolling through the list of links. Keep a list of the blogs that you think would be perfect for your book. I keep it on paper, but for the more advanced, Excel is great. You need to include the blog title, website, name of the person hosting the blog, their email address, and if possible, the number of blog followers.
2. You need to give bloggers plenty of time to review your book, so start setting up your tour several months in advance. In my opinion, you should send out a personal email to each blogger that you'd like to participate. As a blogger myself, I hate getting emails that have been sent out in mass. I like to know that the person has taken the time to do their research. Don't be surprised that only a few get back to you. Bloggers are busy and some book way in advance. Often, they won't respond unless interested. Don't be offended.
3. Give bloggers several different options in your tour. The best are always reviews, but author interviews and spotlights are great. If a blogger will do a review, find out if they want an ecopy or paper copy. You need to be willing to send out paper copies at your expense. Give readers at least a month to read your book. Fill out a calendar with which blogs will post on which date and what they will post.
4. Consider allowing blogs with large followings to host giveaways for your book. It will be at your expense, but it creates a lot of buzz.
5. I like to send out a group email to all participating blogs a month in advance with a finalized copy of the calender. That way they can make changes if they need to. I also include a tour banner, author photo, cover photo, book blurb and author info. If I already have sales links, I include those too. I make sure that everyone that was supposed to send interview questions has done so.
6. I divide my tours into weeks. Before each week I send the group of bloggers posting that week a reminder.
7. Remember to check out each blog on the day they post. Leave a comment. Also, tweet, Facebook and blog about their post. Draw traffic to their blog.
8.It takes a lot of time and energy, but a blog tour is worth it. Make sure you fulfill all your giveaway promises.
Did I forget something? or do you some great advice? Please leave a comment.
Monday, March 3, 2014
*Don't forget the other stops on The Ruby Pendant Blog tour today:
The sequel to The Emerald Ring- The Ruby Pendant- is finally here! In an attempt to help promote my book I am asking for everyone (if possible) to purchase the book from Amazon.com on the same day- Monday, March 3rd- TODAY. This should pump my book up on their sales chart and bring advertising. However, any purchase this week will help. To say thank you for buying my book, I will be donating a $10 AMAZON GIFT CODE. So, if you buy, just leave a comment telling me what day and time you bought the book. I will randomly pick a winner at the end of the week. This in INTERNATIONAL as long as you are able to use Amazon. Void where prohibited.
The Ruby Pendant-
Welcome to New Orleans- home of Mardi Gras, jazz music and voodoo. Eighth grader Melanie Belaforte is home for Spring break and itching for excitement. Late one night she discovers a hidden chamber and a secret journal in her deceased Aunt Florence’s bedroom. The diary contains the writings of a mad woman, along with vague clues to the whereabouts of a ruby necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra.
The ruby bestows upon the wearer the power to hear other people’s thoughts- even the thoughts of the dead! And so the hunt begins. Melanie, her best friend Sybil, and a haunting specter unravel clues that take them from crumbling graveyards, to the busy streets of the French Quarter, and then into murky swamps, all to find the prize. But they need to watch out, because a murderous cult is matching them step for step, and they won’t give up, ever.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I'm so excited! It is time to celebrate the release of my newest book, Cleopatra's Legacy 2- The Ruby Pendant! Yeah! To help with promotion I am hosting a blog tour for the book during the month of March. Please stop by the various other blogs for book reviews, giveaways, author interviews and spotlights. The kick-off is tomorrow and will be starting with an Amazon Book Blast. Here are the dates and links of the other blogs involved:
Monday March 3- Emmy Mom- review and I love to Read and Review books- review
Tuesday March 4- Bookworm Lisa- spotlight
Wednesday March 5- I am a Reader- interview
Thursday March 6- Haunted Orchid- review
Friday March 7- The Wormhole- review
Saturday, March 8- Connections- review
Monday March 10- Laurisa White Reyes- review
Tuesday March 11- Mixed Up Files- Interview
Wednesday March 12- Live to Read- review
Friday March 14- Little Red Reads- spotlight
Monday March 17- A Writer's Bookshelf- review
Wednesday March 19- Read for Your Future- review
Friday March 21- Beck Valley Books- spotlight
Monday March 24- Book Dreaming- review
Wednesday March 26- My Amateur Adventures
Friday March 28- Crossroads review