Feature Follow Friday (February 13)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

Do you use the # FF on twitter on Fridays? If you do, are you afraid you’ll forget someone and they’ll be sad?

My Answer: 

…Wait…What are we talking about? 

…I guess that means my answer is no…

Since I completely and totally forgot about last week: No, I don’t read multiple books at a time (except for the book I read with my intervention students at school). I could when I was younger, but now it distracts me too much.

Which is your preferred method of reading? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

WWW Wednesdays (February 11)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To join in, click on the image above, and answer these three questions: 

What are you currently reading? 

23603092I am loving Just Pru so far! Pru is so different. She reminds me in a lot of ways of a friend of mine from high school and college.

For Pru, it’s one day at a time, daily phone calls to her highly critical parents, and living life after the death of her wonderful therapist.

Pru’s narration cracks me up. Needless to say, Anne Pfeffer has done it again. I can’t wait to finish the book and see what Pru gets into, and out of!

What did you just finish reading?

23596104I fell in absolute love with Suzy and Billy in this thought-provoking, dramatic and humorous YA book. These two 12 year-olds have a lot on their hands, to say the least!

The way the book opens with Suzy describing Billy and all of the events…his mother…his brother…the gnomes… I loved the intricacy and nuances in the book, the flaws in the characters.

I could relate to Billy in a lot of ways in terms of his personal life, and the way Suzy described his life from an outsider’s point of view (an outsider that clearly cares!) was beautiful and a bit heartbreaking.

You can read my review from earlier in the week here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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It’s the last book in the series, and I am championing Charlotte and Angus. After The Husband Maker, I was quite pissed with Angus for how he treated Charlotte because of his sudden realizations…which a small, tiny part somewhere in me kept whispering all along, to be shushed by the logical, domineering part of me that kept saying, “No, like bros!”

I know that no matter what happens in this final book, I am going to cry for Charlotte. I already know, and I’m OK with that.

 

How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog OR the link to your WWW Wednesdays post. Happy Reading! 🙂

Guest Post: Danny’s Girlfriend

One of my favorite pooches is on the blog (again) today, and he is sharing his own story of love. He’s such a good boy to be promoting his owner and his books, that he’s doing it again! REDEMPTION is now available in paperback! You can read my review of REDEMPTION here.

Danny’s Girlfriend

Hello, all you dog lovers out there. It’s me again, Danny the Dog. Today I want to tell you about Heather, she’s my girlfriend. She lives on a sailboat a couple of slips down from my boat. Well, Andrew’s and mine boat. You remember him, he my hapless human.

First of all, I bet you all think Heather is a dog. Well you’re wrong, she a human. I know, no one is perfect, except maybe me. But human or not, I think Heather is cool. We first met a few months ago when she brought her sailboat to the marina for repairs.

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The first time I saw Heather, I was outside on the dock catching a few rays. I like to soak up a little sun in the wintertime (when it’s cool) to lighten my fur. I think it makes me look more attractive. Anyway, she came off her boat and scratched me behind the ear. It was love at first scratch.

I’m sure she feels the same way about me because she is always giving me “cookies” as she calls them. They’re really just dog biscuits, but what the hell. A few years ago, Andrew brought some home and I wouldn’t eat one of them. He eventually ended up throwing them out. But somehow, from Heather’s hand they are oh so sweet. She also gave me the water bowl.

Nowadays when I take Andrew for a walk, I run right up to Heather’s boat with my tail a-waggin’ and won’t move until she comes out and pats me on the head. Andrew doesn’t like the delay to his walk, but he’s so well trained, he stands there until I’m ready to go.

But I’m sad as I write these words. You see, Heather is leaving me. Her boat is repaired and she will be setting sail for the Islands in about a week. I would like to go with her, and she has offered to take me, but I can’t leave Andrew. He would be lost without me. He can’t even find his shoes in the morning without my help. And who would write his books for him? No, I can’t go away with Heather. I will miss her, and out of memory of her, I swear I will never eat another dog biscuit once she is gone.

***** About the Owner *****

7242284Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

You can find Danny on Facebook here! Or, you can read all the good stuff over here.

Find the author: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

***** About the Book *****

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

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Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

This kind of falls perfectly in line with a post I did last fall for September Sizzlers about the components that make up a good romance.

Dislikes

It really rubs me the wrong way when there is such a gross disparity between the male and female character in terms of background and upbringing that is used as a major point to keep the two characters apart. We already have a culture of women who greatly feel that there is something inherently wrong with them when it comes to relationships, and adding this to the mix…it just really, honestly, pisses me off. I get mad about it.

Money. I hate how money and financial power is held over a love interest character some way or another. That sets up the situation for failure, and allows for something to be lorded over the other one (usually).

A character who acts as a snitch – purposefully for harm – is a dislike. I know sometimes it’s what is needed to pull the plot along and tie up some loose ends, but when it’s solely to hurt another character…no. It infuriates me.

Likes

I love a romance story that takes readers – and the characters – on an adventure. The grander, the better. There’s something about experiences that bring people together, not to mention the fun!

An honest connection. Something not based on mere circumstance or accident.

True bonding between the characters. I’m not talking superficial, barely-scratches-the-surface that is common with instalove or its many cousin variations.

What do you like and dislike in romances? 

Review + Giveaway: Billy Bobble Makes a Magical Wand

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Welcome to my tour stop for Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette. This is an upper middle grade, lower young adult sci-fi adventure novel that’s perfect for the whole family. This tour runs Feb. 9-20th with reviews and interviews. Check out the tour page for more information.

23596104Title: Billy Bobble Makes a Magical Wand
Author: R.S. Mellette
Publisher: Elephant’s Bookshelf Press
Release Date: December 2014
Length: 190 pages
Series?: Billy Bobble #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon 

“E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is.”

Twelve-year-old Billy and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.

***** Review *****

Billy Bobble and Suzy are hilarious characters. I loved them, separately and together. They are both geniuses in their own rights, Suzy in biology and Billy in physics.

Suzy has the advantage of being the daughter of an Army post general, who can pull strings and call shots…which they end up needing.

“You’re in a lot of trouble, young lady.” 

Adults say the stupidest things sometimes. Of course 12-year-old Suzy Quinofski was in trouble. She sat in a police interrogation room covered in dirt and dried tears. 

Billy’s life is the kind of life that kids try to hide from others due to embarrassment. He even tries to hide it from Suzy, even though she knows everything anyway. Those moments in the book broke my heart a little bit, and I could relate to them myself. Billy’s mother has schizophrenia, and hoards EVERYTHING. After a meltdown lands Billy and his brother searching for their mother in a pysch ward, the patients tell Billy some very strange things. Crazy people say crazy things, right?

Billy looked at the wandering patients at the water fountain. “I wish I could push a button and make my mom not crazy.” 

“Wishing can make it so.” One of the patients sat down next to Billy and started speaking a mile a minute.

They both face the dangers after Billy creates this magical wand that rends the Space-Time continuum. There is a lot of quantum physics talk in this book, including some bits about quarks and string theory, which, thank you Professor Burke for making me read and entire book about string theory, I understood. This is all in the first half of the book, so if you can just follow along and believe in Billy and Suzy, you’ll be good. There was one moment when I was becoming quite done with listening to one of their many scientific explanations.

“Every amoeba, every plant, every animal, every cell in your body is connected to the Quantam World.” 

“And my wand breaks that connection?” 

“No. Death breaks that connection.”

Billy meets some extraordinary characters along the way from the other world, including Merlin (also known as The Teacher) and Fame, a witch’s familiar. Merlin makes Billy’s danger and protection of the wand very clear: he will be tested by dark forces who want to abuse the powers of the magical wand he has created. Billy comes to realize the psych ward patients weren’t as crazy as our world makes them out to be…they were sharing insights into another world. Indeed, The Teacher has given Billy several examples from history in which the darkness took hold of some very famous and important people and influenced their decisions.

“Your wand is an inanimate object, a tool. Good and evil are in your heart, and only you can determine which will have access to your actions.” 

Billy doesn’t know who or what will be his temptation, but he knows that he will give in to it, like a prophecy. The only problem is, things are starting to get very, very complicated once the US Army is involved.

 “What are you thinking?”

“That things are getting complicated.”

***** About the Author *****

R.S. Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.

His novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, released in December 2014 from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. For novelists, Mellette blogs for From The Write Angle. For filmmakers, he writes for Dances With Films.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***** Giveaway *****

f0021-cbbbutton1st Prize- *signed* copy of Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand

2nd Prize- Season two of Xena: Warrior Princess

Open to US only. Ends 2/25/15.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Sunday Post (February 8)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Y’all, real life has been seriously draining lately. I am being pulled out of my classroom frequently. I am stressing constantly about keeping up with everything….and I didn’t even have anything in my Feature Follow post that went live on Friday. I’m leaving it up as a reminder to myself that I am not perfect, and most definitely not a perfect blogger.

I am needing more and more downtime to recoup each week. I definitely am feeling the effects of running ragged week after week.

~ Last Week on G1000W ~

~ This Week on G1000W ~

Ummm…did you read my note above? I’ll be doing a review of Billy Bobble on Monday, and that’s about as far as I know right now. Whatever pops up this week, well, take it as a surprise. I sure as hell am!

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

Feature Follow Friday (February 6)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

 

My Answer: 

 

Which is your preferred method of reading? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Thoughts on Thursday: Tags vs. Categories

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Tags vs. Categories

I love all of the features and little ins and outs I’ve learned over the last two years of blogging. Truly, in the last year I’ve learned the most. The first year I was just floundering.

Now that I’m moving forward with steam and working on cleaning up the blog, I’ve come to an internal blog crossroads of sorts.

I don’t know the best way to utilize my tags and categories. I see other blog posts and things are so neat and organized, a handful of super appropriate tags, and I look at my scheduled posts in the Post window and I’m like, “Uh, there are no tags.”

I started out tagging everything, so I have some odd tags like betrayal, travel, coming of age, as well as blog challenge, Sunday Post and Harry Potter. Obviously, I stopped using tags. Why, I ask myself. Why? I guess I didn’t think I was using them correctly, or to my advantage. I don’t even know when I stopped. Probably at some point during the summer, honestly.

I tried to keep my categories more tightly knit, with categories for genres, weekly memes and features, fiction and nonfiction, giveaways, cover reveals, and some generics for about, blog and challenges. I think I do OK with the categories, but…

I can’t help but wonder how this is not only not helping viewers and readers, but also not doing myself any favors either. I just don’t know what I need to do. I’m looking for some suggestions. I know I’ll have some clean up work to do on old posts, but it’s better to start sooner rather than later. Before I do, though, I need your feedback!

How important is using categories and tags? 

How do you determine what needs a category? 

How do you determine what needs a tag? 

Do you limit the number of tags on a post? 

WWW Wednesdays (February 4)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To join in, click on the image above, and answer these three questions: 

What are you currently reading? 

23596104 I just started reading Billy Bobble for the review tour.

Twelve-year-old Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible. 

What did you just finish reading?

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Two worlds.

A school academy.

Mysterious characters.

Magic.

Danger.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I read Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer last year, and I loved it. I can’t wait to read this next book of hers.

23603092When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes to live with her upstairs neighbor, Ellen, a playwright, Pru goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

How about you? Have you read or TBRed any of these? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog OR the link to your WWW Wednesdays post. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From YA

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

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Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From YA

Ironically, even though I started out as a YA blog, I have really been turned off by YA in the last year or so. I’ve been very wary of even trying a new YA book. I feel that it has vastly become a very formulaic and predictable genre. But I know that just because I’ve stopped on YA, doesn’t mean that YA has stopped.

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Which books made your genre list?