Pages

Green Tea Ice Cream on top of Tempura Flakes

Treat of the Day: Green Tea Ice Cream over Tempura Flakes. Sounds disgusting? Not at all.

And the Oscar goes to...no wait, Giveaway Winners!

Oscar fever is in full swing at my house, and what better way to celebrate the giving out of awards than announcing the Erich's Plea giveaway! Remember the lovely Tracey Alley? Author of Erich's Plea? No? Well, now's your chance to read all about her in this interview.


Tracey is so giving that she pledged FIVE copies of Erich's Plea to Reads, Reviews, Recommends readers. To know more about Erich's Plea, you can visit the giveaway.


Now, with out further ado, and just as sweet as Kurt Douglas at the Oscars, I present the winners of the Erich's Plea giveaway!




Momo

from


Shah

from


JesiMarie

from


Brigit

from


Aanchal

from



Congratulations winners! You will be receiving an email from me soon.


All the winners were chosen by my good friend and critique partner, Angie. Please visit her blog on your way out.

Oh and the Get Lenin Giveaway is still on going. Enter now to win a copy.

Books For Kids. Update

Leah Clifford, debut author of A Touch Mortal, has agreed to keep spreading the love for, Books For Kids. View the update by clicking here. And LIKE to video by clicking here.

Blogger Interview: Books Over Boys

Where did my Friday go? In all honesty, it's been crazy. I just joined Twitter, and I am now discovering its addictive properties. Start your weekend right by following me at twitter.com/KateEvangelista. I hope to hear from you there.


Since Friday was like a dream, I could only post my Blogger Interview today. But it's worth the wait, dear readers. Remember the Books For Kids. Lets Give Back. campaign I posted last Monday? Well, I found out about it through Momo's blog. Let's start this interview by letting Momo tell us a little about Books Over Boys:




I love to read YA, Paranormal Romance, and Chick Lit - most of the time! These are the books that keep me well entertained long into the night. I love to review books because it's another way for me to convey how I feel for books. To share my thoughts and feelings and to have people either feel the same or not is exactly what books are for! When I post my reviews and people come and comment on them, and then we go into discussions about the book - the true fun in reading lies in that. When you're reading a book, you get to this one scene and certain emotions are evoked within you and so you suggest it to people to read and when they experience the same thing that you did - that's what makes reading fun! Blogging is my way of sharing my reading experiences one book at a time!

What a poignant way to describe what Books Over Boys is all about. We want to know more, Momo. Tell us a little about yourself.


A sixteen year old just voicing her love for books! I started my blog because I wanted to express my love for reading. That feeling you get when you finish a book - my blog is my release, my outlet.

We need more voices. I can't stress it enough how important reading is, and I'm glad we have an advocate in you, Momo. Now, for the fun stuff. Please state your name, blog title, how long you've been blogging, and dessert of choice for our readers.

Momo, Books Over Boys, I've been blogging for about four months now. Dessert of choice would have to be just plain ole' vanilla ice cream - I know it's pretty simple and all, but sometimes simple is all you need. :)



You can't go wrong with good old-fashioned vanilla! Although I do add an enormous amount of toppings on mine; mostly, candy sprinkles and caramel syrup (best substance in the world!) While we're enjoying our scoop, tell us: why Books Over Boys?


Why? Because books over boys is totally obvious and totally awesome! *__*

Ah, the love of a good book. I hear you, Momo. I hear you. Let's look at your layout. How did you come up with the concept? Walk us through why it looks the way it does.

Well you see, I don't have a custom layout for my blog - just using freebies where I can find them. As Kate probably knows, the last time that she stopped by my blog, the layout has changed since she first contacted me. I have my blog organized according to how I think people should see the info I have to share. I think my overall blog layout is fun and girly and just . . . more fun!


I love it more now. And you're right about Books Over Boys being fun and girly. As girls, we do love our accessories. And by blogging accessories, I mean: what memes can be found on your blog?

Memes, boy do I love those! I think they're so much fun. It keeps your blog rolling, lol! I try to participate in a meme that falls under each week day. So, on Mondays, I participate in It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Daily Dose. On Tuesdays, I take part in Teaser Tuesday; Wednesdays - Waiting on Wednesday. My Thursdays are currently empty and on Friday I participate in Friday Fantasize. Saturdays I do Notable Quotes and of course, the oh so famous IMM takes place on Sundays on my blog.

Maybe you can fill your Thursdays with First Look--a meme I started last week. Okay, okay, shameless plugging, I know. But I can't help it. Meme's are certainly a lot of fun, along with reviewing books. If I were to visit your blog and read one of your reviews, what would the style be like?


My review style - for a second I didn't know how to answer this one, but I'm guessing it's asking, how do I format my reviews? Well, I include the title, author, publisher, genre, the series, page numbers, and the source from which I received the book. I review books just as if I'm talking to a friend or to my sisters. When I talk about books, I get so excited to the point where I almost can't explain it because when I am reading the book, it's the emotion that I get that gets me excited, so unless you've read the book or are going to read the book, then you wouldn't understand me, lol! :)

I know how that feels. There are times when I start reading a book and when I really get into it, I end up arguing with the characters, laughing hysterically, among other things...to the point where anyone who hears me thinks I'm having a psychotic episode. But that's what books are supposed to do, right? In connection with reading, if there was something you’d want your readers to take away from reading your blog, what would it be?

I want my readers to take away from my blog that reading is fun! It can really be your escape from everything when life gets tough. I just gotta say, when life gets tough, grab a book! I think that everyone goes through that phase of "I don't like to read at all!" and I think that it's because when we're younger or still in school, we have to read so much all the time, that when we think about reading, it kind of feels like a bore and a chore! But it really isn't! I guess you just have to find that one book that is your catalyst for reading!

I agree with you, Momo. All it takes is one good book to foster a love for reading. For me, it's Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. If you can give our dear readers some advice about blogging, what would it be, Momo?


Advice for new bloggers - I say to you to just stick it out. If you love to read and you love to talk about the books you read, then keep on doing it and to remember to JUST DO YOU! I know that there are lots of bloggers out there that have been doing this for a way longer period and I have to admit, it is kind of, no IT IS intimidating, but if you just do you, you'll be fine! Also, don't get so wrapped up about posting this or trying to do this or trying to get review copies, just remember that you started to blog because you love to read. Don't forget to read!

Advice for old bloggers - you guys are awesome! Keep doing what you're doing, because you guys must be doing something right! (HA! That reminds me of Billy Currington's song "Must Be Doing Something Right")

I'd take that advice any day! What's the point of blogging if you're not having fun, right? With our second scoop of vanilla, let's round up this interview with some hard hitting Life Questions. First up: If you were trapped on a deserted island and you had to blog about it, what would your first post be about and why?


Hmm, good question; made me think for a second. If I were trapped on a deserted island and I had to blog about it, my first post would be about how incredibly foolish it was of me to get TRAPPED in the first place because maybe if I weren't so idiotic, I wouldn't have gotten trapped on a desert island! ;)

And all you had was a computer with an internet connection. Not much of a deserted island, now is it? Why I came up with that one...anyway, moving on. Which blog do you admire the most and why?

I have to say, this is a tough question to answer. I think that there are so many blogs out there that it's hard to choose just one specific blog that I admire the most. I mean, I like a little bit of every thing from every single blog. Everyone runs their blog differently and when you stop by their page, you can tell that it's them! So my answer would have to be that I admire lots of blogs because I like how when I run across their page, I feel like I'm almost talking to them; they're that clear and they come across their blog that way.

A good, diplomatic answer. Like a thumb print, each blog is unique in its own way. Let's wrap this interview up with the toughest question of all: If you aren't blogging, you'd be...?


If I'm not blogging, I'd either be doing homework (gag!), stalking people on twitter *insert evil laugh here*, reading a book, and maybe - just maybe, I might be watching television! :)

Now before I head out, I would love to thank Kate for interviewing me for her blogger interviews! It has been such a pleasure!

The pleasure is all mine, Momo. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you for giving our readers a chance to get to know you and your blog while enjoying a lovely scoop of vanilla ice cream. And like your choice of dessert, your answers are sweet and classic. Can't ever go wrong there.


Dear readers, visiting Momo's blog is an experience you wouldn't want to miss. So head on over to Books Over Boys by clicking on her blog button at the top of this post or the link below. Also, don't forget to follow Momo on Twitter. The link is also provided.


Blog: http://www.booksoverboys.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BooksOverBoys


Next week, we'll be having the ever refreshing Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words. You won't want to miss that!

Announcement!

Dear readers, last night, I marked a momentous occasion.


Drum roll, please...


I finally have a Twitter Account!


I never thought I would, but Mina finally convinced me.


Click on the icon below to Follow Me:




Spread the word, dear readers. High and low. Spread the word!

Get Lenin Giveaway!


I've been kidnapped, dear readers! And made to watch the awesomeness that is I Am Number Four the movie again. I assure you, no one was harmed in the kidnapping of Kate Evangelista. Now, my kidnappers have tired of my glorious company, hence my return. So, let's get this giveaway started. I'm sure you're all eager to try and win a copy of Get Lenin.

A couple of posts ago, we had the pleasure of Robert Craven's company (author of Get Lenin) during our weekly Author Interview Series. If you haven't read that mojito-induced interview yet, now is your chance by clicking here.

I hear the screams of "Get on with it!" So, I'll oblige. Here's what you need to know about Get Lenin:


In 1933 Eva Molenaar, a young Polish student of drama gets caught up tragically in the orgy of book burning on the campus of Berlin University. Her lover is killed in a random act of brutality at the hands of the Nazi's and she suffers the ordeal of trying to transport her dead lover back to Poland.

His family reject her, blaming her for their family’s misfortune and she becomes depessed and listless. She escapes to the safety of her Grandparents, retired lecturer Henk Molenaar and his wife Aga. He arranges for her to take a position with the library in the university he once taught at.

There she meets a young art student Theo Kassinski and agrees to model for him and begins a relationship with him. Her beauty attracts many admirers and being able to speak several languages joins Theo and his friend Daruisz as they decamp to Paris in the 1930’s. Dariusz becomes involved in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil war and on his return after being wounded agrees to build a spy network as Europe slides into the morass of Facism. On assignment, Eva meets her lover and eventual handler Peter De Witte and his close friend in British intelligence, Henry Chainbridge. Whilst tracing a gold bullion route out of Facist Spain, she agrees to work with Chainbridge.

1938 Munich. Eva uncovers a plan that in the event of the fall of the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany, Lenin is to be moved to a secret location in the Urals. She passes this on to British Intelligence that the pact struck with Hitler and Stalin, thinking it maybe a ruse.

1939, Hitler's 50th birthday, the 'Eagles Nest' is given to him as a gift from the Nazi Party, Albert Speer unveils his 'Museum of the Vanquished' in his New Berlin's design. Pride of place Lenin's sarcophagus. Goebbels and Himmler devise a plan to give the captured talisman of the USSR pride of
place. They arrange a Hollywood film maker and empessario, Donald T Kincaid fund and execute the plan as a blow against Russia and Bolshevism. Chainbridge instructs Eva to befriend the magnate and find out the details of the mission. Poland is invaded and Eva rushes back into the country to try to save her family, leading her back to her home and then forced to flee in the face of the advancing German Army.

The wheel of history turns and Germany unleashes Operation Barbarossa in 1941, taking the German army to the outskirts of Moscow. The Nazi high command dispatch Captain Nicklaus Brandt and his team of crack Alpine Korps to intercept the Lenin transport. Eva Molenaar and British intelligence set out to stop this as it would crush Russia's morale. Brandt is successful in snatching Lenin but stung by the Waffen SS led by Captain Thor Schenker and left to die in the middle of Russia.

Before this he and Eva meet for the first time and Eva for once has to choose between the dashing enemy Captain or her long time lover and handler Peter De Witte.

The climax takes place in the Gulf of Finland where Kincaid transfers the sarcophagus onto a U-Boat which will sail on to Norway & make Lenin a propaganda coup for the Nazi High Command.

It's a race against time....

Want a copy now?

Well...you know the drill.

Comments Section:

1. Your Name

2. Your Email

The giveaway will run until March 2, 2011. Then, one winner will be chosen.

Good luck, dear readers!

And if you are kidnapped, may it be the pleasant kind, with laughter, a great lunch, and an awesome movie.

First Look #1: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Sol Stein, the author of Stein on Writing, once wrote: "The first sentence of a novel should excite the reader's curiosity..." This quote is what prompted me to start a new meme for Reads, Reviews, Recommends, dear readers. I call it First Look.


Here are the mechanics:

1. Start reading a new book.

2. Quote the first sentence of the first page.

3. Mention the title of the novel and the name of the author.

4. At the end of the post, add the synopsis of the novel.

With that said, here's my First Look at Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.


Devlin stood immobile as the spectral girl approached.

Synopsis:

Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Author Interview: Robert Craven

About the Author:

I was born in Manchester, England in 1966. The family moved to Ireland in 1979, where I now live in Dublin. I left school at 16 taking a job in manufacturing, but always had a love of books. I joined the Dublin Youth Theatre and studied drama with The Oscar School of acting. I wrote a short story which was published titled 'The Chase', there I got the bug. A part time course in journalism led to a qualification in Desk Top Publishing, and I worked for two of Ireland's leading publishers for nearly 8 years. I played bass in a number of bands and during the downtime between gigs I was always reading. My years on the road I recorded in diaries and wrote a draft novel which I never developed. I started writing GET LENIN 3 years ago and now here I am!

Interview:

Yesterday was wicked crazy. I was out and about with a friend. We watched I Am Number Four. Totally awesome movie! Still riding high from the craziness, I'd like to introduce everyone to our featured author today. We fly to Dublin to meet the oh-so-cool, Robert Craven, author of Get Lenin. I actually have plans to visit Ireland for ten days some time soon. For now, we must live vicariously through Robert.


Thank you, Robert, for visiting Reads, Reviews, Recommends and allowing our dear readers to get to know you and your work better. Please state your name, occupation, and cocktail of choice for our readers.

My name is Robert Craven & I work in as an executive. My cocktail of choice is a Mojito.


A mojito, you say. We have to pace ourselves with this one, dear readers. One too many and by the end of this post we'd need someone to pick us off the floor. But this refreshing drink brings me to my next question: If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three books would you bring with you and why?

1) Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski - I'm fascinated by Russia & afer the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kapuscinski travelled around the satellite countries observing the effects of this, what life was like under communism and the early stages of new-found freedom. There is a passage that describes the production of the oak casks for Armenian Brandy which is sublime.

2) Underworld by Don DeLilo, an incredibly dense read covering America from the 1950's to the late 1980's, covering the Cold War, urban degeneration of New York and the travels of a coveted baseball through the lives of various characters. All the great conspiracies are touched on, including the idea, that sno-one has ever accurately mapped Greenland.

3)Ulysses by James Joyce; for a number of reasons; firstly I read this through my late father's illness & has a poignant value. Then when you immerse yourself in it it's almost 5 different books on one and you'd need a few years on an island to grasp it all. And lastly its about 24 hours in my home city of Dublin.

I applaud you for thinking of bringing Joyce along. I couldn't get past the first page of Ulysses. But if I were on a deserted island, I just might have the time to read the whole thing. And since we're already on an island with our Mojitoes, which do you prefer the most: Sunrise? Sunset? Or totally the full moon? And why?

Sunset - work done & the possiblity of new challenges the next day!

I'd toast to that! Speaking of work getting done, when did you decide to start writing?



I was always writing or doodling in some way, my mother had an old portable typewriter I found in my teens and I banged out a few short stories on it. It was about 1993 / 94 I entered a short-story competition for a Sci-Fi magazine & though I didn't win, it was published along with the other runners-up. There's no word to describe how that felt.

I feel a kinship here, Robert. In high school, I wrote my short stories on my father's electric typewriter. Yes, dear readers, there used to be a time when there were no such things as computers. Okay, I hear your collective gasp of horror. There weren't cell phones, either! Now, come back from the ledge, there's more to discover here. Robert, tell us a little about your road to publication.

Getting to this stage was a long one; I bought 'The Writers and Artist's year book 2009' and emailed an initial approach to every agent & publisher in it. My approaches went as far as Sydney Australia to Los Angeles, in the end I counted 200 or so emails and postal submissions sent with 71 rejections. (They were the only replies).

I posted GET LENIN up on www.authonomy.com when I pitched to Harper Collins. It's been up for 10 weeks & the feedback to date has been positive. Authonomy featured Night Publishing on their blog and I pitched GL to them from there. They have a monthly list of authors who receive votes & the highest vote gets published, GL didn't get the highest vote but was accepted for publication. Its launch date is Spring 2011, so there is still the editorial stage to go. Its been 3 years since I typed 'The End'. I developed a Facebook page for the purpose of promoting GET LENIN and hopefully it'll generate a few extra sales.

You can never go wrong with having a Facebook Page. I say: the more people who know about you, the bigger the chance you get of getting the word out about your book. Why the title Get Lenin?


I wanted a short-punchy title that sums up what the book is about. I had a few work-in-progress titles; Cadmean Tears was one, but mid-way through the first draft I wrote the line 'but first they had to get Lenin' and that was it.

It really is a punchy title. I'm curious about why they had to get Lenin. *takes a sip of her mojito* These things are dangerous. Are you curious about Get Lenin, dear readers? Don't worry, you'll get a chance to win a copy in tomorrow's giveaway. Let's shift gears, Robert. What do you do to get through tough times?


Laughter - When I'm down I watch comedies - Mel Brooks, Monty Python & the Black Adder series. laughter is the best medicine.

I totally agree! A good laugh does help, and you can never go wrong with Monty Python. And if you could bring someone back to life, who would it be and why?


Jimi Hendrix - I've a few questions about his chord structures!

Don't we all? I'm sure most of them were drug induced. Last question: What's the song that best describes who you are today?

Song: 'Heroes' by David Bowie.




Nothing like a little Bowie to wrap up an interview. 


Are those mojitoes catching up with you, dear readers? It's been quite illuminating to get to know you, Robert. When I visit Ireland, you have to show me around. Again, thank you for allowing the Reads, Reviews, Recommends readers a peek through the Mojito-filled glass at who you are as a person and writer. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.


Itching to know a little more about Get Lenin before the giveaway? Click on this link for a sneak preview: http://www.authonomy.com/books/25020/get-lenin/


Next week, the Author Interview Series has the pleasure of having over handsome-as-sin Jason Ancona, author of Debugging Tori Redding.

Books for Kids. Let's Give Back. Buttons

Show your support for the Books for Kids. Let's Give Back. campaign by grabbing one of the buttons below.


<a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5pU8r_GJk&feature=player_embedded"
target="_blank"><img src=" http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i354/kateva11/Tree-with-kids-reading.gif" alt=" LetsGiveBack" width="159" height="160" /></a>



<a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5pU8r_GJk&feature=player_embedded"
target="_blank"><img src=" http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i354/kateva11/Kids-Reading-2007_Full.jpg" alt=" LetsGiveBack" width="159" height="160" /></a>



<a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5pU8r_GJk&feature=player_embedded"
target="_blank"><img src=" http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i354/kateva11/ChildrenReading-1.jpg" alt=" LetsGiveBack" width="159" height="160" /></a>



Each button is linked to the YouTube Video.


Thank you!

Books for Kids. Let's Give Back.

Dear readers, I have a special post for you today--one that's so special, it's actually two posts in one. It's about a video I saw when I visited Momo's blog Books Over Boys. You can click on her blog button below to visit:







The video, which is featured on the right hand side of her blog, is about giving books. We, healthy and able to read the books we love anytime without too many things to worry about, need to watch this video. First, I will feature Momo's guest post then Farrah's post (who made the video).


Please, lets all take some time to welcome Momo and Farrah and the cause they (including me) believe in to Reads, Reviews, Recommends. It's my pleasure to show all of you what giving should be about.

Momo's Post

I think what Britney and Farrah are doing is great! It’s true! The book blogging community is growing larger and larger every day! We all love to read books and we all understand what it feels like to get lost in a world unlike anything of our own. It’s our sweet escape from everything when life gets a little too complicated or when life is just too much to handle! That feeling you get deep inside when you come across a situation in the book that you’ve been through yourself. The butterflies, the giddiness, the anger, the sadness – all that just makes you appreciate life for what it is.


All you have to do to help donate is help raise awareness! If you have a YouTube account, just LIKE the video! If you have a twitter, tweet about it. If you have a facebook, share the YouTube link! Anything! This is really special and heartwarming to know how big of an impact the book blogging community can make to help share the book love! Giving back is a huge! It’s not about receiving but giving and making a difference. We’ve all been there – when we read an amazing book that makes us smile from ear to ear. By “LIKE”ing the video, it will give the kids at the hospitals a chance to experience what we feel when we read books!

Like I mentioned above, just help raise awareness! That’s all that I’m asking! Spread the word, spread it like wildfire! Books are really an escape outlet! You can get lost in a world that’s totally captivating, exciting, full of adventure, and everything more; stuff that just doesn’t occur in the real world.

Thanks for reading this post and hopefully you’ll LIKE the video and start raising awareness about it and thanks to Kate for wanting to do a feature on this!


HELP RAISE AWARENESS!

Farrah's Post

Britney and I decided to start spreading the book love because we realized the book community online is huge. I mean, gigantic. We were getting a lot of views on our YouTube videos, and that's when I came up with the idea about "liking" a video that would raise awareness. People could watch it, talk about it, blog about it, tweet about it, and just get the word out there. It's fun to show the world what books you like or what books you bought, but giving back is a huge part of that as well.

I don't think we both realized how much of an impact it would have. Within the first 24 hours we posted it, we received over 100 likes and $50 in extra donation from our PayPal. We started contacting big authors, like Cassandra Clare, who retweeted the message to followers. We also contacted bigger book bloggers, like Momo at Books Over Boys. We figured the more people blogged about the message, the more people would help us spread the word.

As of right now, the video has almost 500 views. We've raised $117 dollars in likes, and more than $85 in extra donations. We're going to keep spreading the word for a few more weeks so we can really get the message out there. Once we've done that, we're going to go to a local bookstore to purchase the books (which we'll film) and then donate them to the two hospitals (which we'll also film).

Thank you for supporting us and helping spread the word!

The Video:





Please head on over to YouTube and LIKE the video above. And even better, consider donating even just a dollar to Farrah and Britney. By doing so, not only do you get to read the books you love, you know that you were able to help someone share that love too.

As Farrah's and Britney's act of good will progresses, I will continue to post about it here to keep all of you informed.


Start off the week right by spreading the word!

Red Velvet Cupcake

I love sweets. And when I saw this red velvet cupcake from House of Silvanas Bakeshop, I thought I'd try one. I came home with four more. Not that I plan to eat them all in one sitting. They're hard to come by. But I'm having one today. What's your pastry of choice? 

500 Follower Charm Giveaway Winners!



It's a lazy Sunday in the tropics, dear readers. And while kingfishers take a dip in the pool and a breeze rustles the leaves of countless mango trees, I've decided to post the winners for the 500 Follower Charm Giveaway!


As always, the ever luminescent Noey from Chasing Kites has picked out the winners. Please make sure to visit her site by clicking here once you've finished reading this post.




So, without saying anything more, since it is a lazy Sunday, here are the winners:


Spangle

from

Spain

the



Rebekah

from

Canterbury, Kent, UK

the



Lisa (Lisa Loves to Read!)

from

Springville, Utah, USA

the



Kristen (My bookish Fairy Tale)

from

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

the



Marrion

from

QC, Philippines

the




Congratulations to all the winners! And for all of you who participated, thank you very much. The Erich's Plea Giveaway is still on going. You can stand a chance to win a paperback copy if you enter here. Five winners will be chosen.


Remember to LIKE me on Facebook.


And grab my button on your way out.


Have a lazy Sunday! I'm off to finish reading Fragile Eternity and get a pedicure. :-P

Seven Facts Award

I opened my site today to another award. Getting awards is not just about promoting your blog, it's also about having someone recognize your hard work. Having someone remember your blog when he or she is giving out the award. That in itself makes the act special.




With that sentiment, I would like to thank the fabulous Shah at WordsinSync for thinking of Reads, Reviews, Recommends when giving out this award. I'll pass it on with relish.


Here are the things you need to know when accepting this award:


1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.


2. Post seven random facts about yourself.


3. Pass on the award along to 15 other worthy bloggers.

As for the 7 Random Facts About Myself, I'll do you guys one better:





Here are the worthy 15:


1. Keeper of Secrets


2. Books of Amber


3. Yvonne's Thoughts


4. Writer's Diary


5. Candy Chapstick


6. Queentutt's World of Escapism


7. Magic of Reading


8. Tyra's Book Addiction


9. BookBelle


10. The Ultimate Vampire War Series


11. Kero's Book Blog


12. Enchanted Ramblings


13. Lilolia


14. belle. who else?


15. Sunny Sings the Blues

Congratulations to the fifteen worthy bloggers receiving this award from me! As a request, disseminate this award to fifteen other bloggers not on this list. You don't have to return the favor by giving me the award again. I'm thankful enough as it is for receiving it. Spread the love!


Kindly LIKE me on my Facebook Page instead.


And don't forget to grab my button at the sidebar. 


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Blogger Interview: Palm Book Journal

It's Blogger Interview Friday once again, dear readers. Celebrate! Not only because you get to discover another amazing blogger, but also because it's a freakin' Friday! Oh, the weekend smells so sweet.

For today, I didn't have to go far to find my featured Blog and Blogger. He practically lives in my backyard. Okay, I'm using hyperbole to inject humor. He basically lives north of me. Way, way north. But hey, same country, so that's close enough for me. Based on this interview, I'm thinking of featuring more homegrown talent. So, Marrion, if you know any awesome Filipino bloggers, let me know.


Let's kick this feature into high gear with a little about the Blog in question. Marrion, take it away:

I've been reading books since I was in High School but I have no such interest whatsoever before. But then a close friend has the same enthusiasm as I do. Especially when you have something to share about the book that you've read. Which is kind of exciting. I was hooked up, not knowing that I am starting to get with it. Knowing that I am not the only one who has this kind of passion in reading.

Palm Books Journal is a new blog that shares my own review to a specific given book. Back then, I made my own blog for movie review but it didn't turn out good. Instead, making a blog that involves books will be more different. In addition for the main purpose of this blog, it also includes recommendations, latest books and other stuff involving books.

I think I've found myself a kindred spirit in you, Marrion. I only really started taking an interest in reading in High School, too. So, I want to know more, and I'm sure our dear readers do to. Tell us about yourself...


The name is Marrion, a 21 years old book lover lived in Philippines. I'm friendly, approachable, spontaneous and long tempered. I am a vampire, which means I prefer to stay inside the house and doing mostly I preferred to help me relax -- Reading and watching movies.

Aside from books, I love to draw and sketch, long walks at night, eating a lot and doing the best at me -- writing. I am currently writing my own novel and hoping someday (fingers-cross) I would be able to publish it. I am also a fan of handicrafts, where I work myself to make a small sculptures and figurines.

Today, I am starting to collect books, especially when you've just open it. Good gracious! I love the sweet smell of the books pages. I'm guessing it won't be my last to love books! ^^

Beware the growing book collection, Marrion. Shelves are difficult to come by. Let's begin the interview proper, shall we?

I always like to start by asking the question: How long have you been blogging?

I've just started this month (January).


We have a brand spanking new blog, folks. It still has the new car smell. If you just started, why did you decide to blog?

There are two reasons: (1) I love the books I read, so I thought about sharing what would be my opinion to others who had the same interest as I do. (2) A friend suggested to use blogging for my passion, she too have a Book Blog. This result on making my very own Book Blog, but it is in the verge of progress.

I once had a friend who was a serial blogger. He'd start one blog, leave it, then start another. It was an addiction. Anyway, he was the one who got me into blogging. You have to introduce me to this friend of yours, Marrion. Maybe we can feature her. We all blog about books, that's why we met at Book Blogs Ning, but what books do you blog about and why?


The most famous genres of all times, YA (Young Adults). Anything, from fantasy adventure, paranormal romance, realistic fiction et cetera. It's obviously I am not a young adult anymore but I doesn't stop me for liking it. I've been there, as a teenager, I can relate to it every time. And it was fun to read as well. But I do have some interest on Middle Grade and few of Adult novels.

There's really something about YA that makes the genre so pleasing to read. What's your review style like?

The most used way of making a book review. The details will be included with the cover of the book. The summary will be attached as well via Goodreads information. The next will be my own honest review about it. Well, my opinion will be the highlights of the review, after all that was its main purpose. I only make my review in honesty and professionalism, either I do love the book or not. I want it to make it more interesting and worth time reading.


Sharing what we think about books is at the core of the Book Blogging community, I would think. So it's always nice to know you're injecting your reviews with your own thoughts. With that in mind, what advice can you give other bloggers about blogging?

Blogging is a fun and exciting hobby, and at the same it is hard work. Everything is started as small, but if you have the guts to pursue what you really wanted, it will give a great price for you. But don't go very easy when you have reached success, you must continue striving to make it more better. In time, downfall will put you through the test, but it will sends a message for you, your the only one will know what will it be. Still, you needed to keep in mind that, writing is so much fun to do, same as reading your favorite book!

What an inspiring sentiment, Marrion--one that you share with many of the Bloggers I've featured in this series. And this wouldn't be a feature if I didn't ask the ultimate question: If you can describe your blog in one word, what would it be and why?


Adventurous. It is a freedom of speech but with a mix of a sense of adventure.

One can never have too much adventure in life...oh wait, have you seen 127 Hours? Not yet? So, before we go and watch that movie, let's wrap up this feature with a neat, little bow. What can readers look forward to from your blog in the future?

There are rainfall of ideas I have in mind. Though I needed it one pace at a time. For now, I am focusing to improve my blog. Of course, someday, I'll have my own giveaways, author interviews and when I have enough followers, I'll be making my own reading challenges.

Keep the ideas coming, Marrion. I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future. And from the readers of Reads, Reviews, Recommends and myself, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to answer some of my burning questions. Oh, and you have to tell me where you bought your copy of Delirium. I really want to read that book.


Dear readers, below is Marrion's blog button. One click and you'll find yourself pleasantly transported to Palm Book Journal.




Watch out for next week's feature. We'll be shaking things up a bit.
© 2018 All Rights Reserved.