October 31, 2013

October eMags

I am Living La Vida NOOK with these October eMags:

Writer's Digest ~ 10 Top Reasons Novels Get Rejected (+ Simple Fixes)

MacLife ~ Battle of the Browsers

Rolling Stone ~ Good Golly Miss Miley!

Ebony ~ The Black Family Special Issue; Tamar's Miracle

Essence ~ Viola Davis on Finding Happiness, Owning Her Natural Beauty & Being a Working Mom

Entertainment Weekly ~ CATCHING FIRE: Exclusive Preview of Fall's Hottest Movie

Marie Claire ~ Sleek Coats, Flirty Dresses & Cool Bags

Elle ~ Lady Gaga: You Won't Believe This Story

Vogue ~ Sandra Bullock More Beautiful and Bankable Than Ever


October 30, 2013

Lit Pick: The Fire by John A. Heldt

Title: The Fire
Author: John A. Heldt
Published: August 2013

When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Returning to the same time and place, he decides to travel again and again and make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for tragedy. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.

About the Author:
John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of THE MINE, THE JOURNEY, THE SHOW, and THE FIRE, the first four novels of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.


October 29, 2013

Lit Pick: The Misfits by Adra Young

Title: The Misfits
Author: Adra Young
Published: May 2013

Based upon tweens attending Vernon Middle School in Michigan, The Misfits takes us into the lives of four great friends that have one terrible thing in common. They were all bullied their sixth-grade year of school and fear that the torment will continue on throughout the seventh-grade as well. Follow The Misfits on their journey to discover if life gets any better for them as seventh graders before it gets worse. 

About the Author:
Adra Young is a native of Gary, Indiana. She is an Acting Coach, Actress, and Educator. Ms. Young graduated from the prestigious Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Making a conscious decision to further her education, she received her Masters Degree from the University of Detroit. In 2005, Ms. Young wrote her first acting and socialization guide for the youth titled, The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues. Her second book The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Volume II is a sequel. Her first fictional book The Misfits was released via e-book version May of 2013. Currently, Ms. Young blogs about educational concerns that pertain to youth and is responsible for conducting over 100 book reviews for both traditional and self-published authors. Visit Adra Young's website for more info.


October 27, 2013

Series Sunday: Book to Movie Trailers

I use Grammarly's grammar check because my sarcastic reviews can be completely ruined by my inability to use correct grammar. Shade with incorrect grammar is dismissed.

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name. 
My Series Sunday pick features movie trailers based on books. I absolutely love to see books I've read adapted to film. Even though I imagine how characters look while reading, it is nice to have an actor/actress portray book characters on the big screen. Sometimes casting works in my favor and other times, I am way off base. For example, I am not looking forward to the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey (release date August 2014). The role of Christian Grey has been recast and it is rumored that the movie will be rated G or NC-17. **slow blink** I am not here for a general audience erotic movie.

There are other movies that I am excited to see. In Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen, thrust back into competition mode. The Book Thief, published in 2005, is finally making it to the big screen. Shailene Woodley stars in two films: Divergent and The Fault in our Stars. Watch the four movie trailers below:

Catching Fire ~ November 22

 The Book Thief ~ November 8

Divergent ~ March 21, 2014

The Fault in our Stars ~ June 6, 2014