Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Recreate a Cover Giveaway + E-Books, Anyone?


The book you see to your left is The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos. Her sequel is The Sapphire Talisman and right now you can recreate that cover for a chance to win some great prizes. The grand prize is especially nice as you get a cool looking necklace, a shout out in the next book's acknowledgements (such a brag-worthy thing, huh?) and even a copy of The Sapphire Talisman.

I'm afraid the sequel wasn't on Amazon, but we are an Associate of theirs, and we get a small percentage if you buy the book from the link. So pick up a copy of her books or better yet...go and enter the give away to see if you can win one before you buy!

Go to Eleni's blog, La Femme Readers, to learn more and find the other prize details.

If I had any talent with this sort of thing, I'd enter...but I'm afraid I don't. So if you do, and I know a TON of you actually do, get started. This ends in the next couple weeks.

I also wanted to see if anyone was open to reviewing e-books? If you are, please leave a comment or email me here: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com and I'll give more details. If you write, you don't have to review the book if not interested...but I'd like to get the word out a bit more and see if we can get some reviews rolling in. E-book format is really the best way to get reviews right now, but you CAN buy this book in print. Again, get in touch. Thanks!!

Oh, and sorry for the big gap between posts before yesterday here and at Let's Get Beyond Tolerance (read the Love Drugged review). I was a bit swamped with school and then I got sick. Ugh!

--Lauren

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Understand Rap by William Buckholz

Understand Rap by William Buckholz

Review by: Lauren

Copy From: Publisher

Amazon Associates: Buy the book from this link, and we get a small percentage.

Summary: This is a collection of various rap lyrics, complete with the name of the song and the artist's name, with a wonderful summary from William of what that line is exactly about. What makes this book humorous are, of course, the summaries. They vary in length, but all of them sound very proper and sometimes clinical in manner.

Review:

This is definitely something I could see rap fans enjoying, whether they already understood the lyrics or not. Sometimes it's nice to get a humorously written take on them. I wouldn't say I'm a huge rap fan, but I do know various songs and enjoy some them...and it was fun to see the ones I recognized in the book, especially if I didn't already understand the meaning myself.

Beyond what I knew though, it was still a fun book. It must take some work on Buckholz's part to get a accurate (or as far as he knows accurate) take on these rapper's words. I liked that the sections were divided, so you can check out Drugs and Alcohol or go to Places at the end if you wished. My favorite was the People section. I only wished it was longer. It was enjoyable because every lyric incuded (obviously) featured the name of a famous person, so it was fun to read through those.

I'm definitely adding my copy of the book to a gift for a friend of mine. She's always loved rap and she should get a kick out of this. It's perfect for eclectic music fans, so keep this on your list of possible gift ideas. Understand Rap is a definite stocking stuffer!! It's a fast read, but a great coffee table book...just much smaller and handier than one!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prize Pack + Give Back This Holiday Season

First off, we have another auction going on for First Book. We all love to read, and this charity serves to get books to children. What could be better? We're doing fairly well this year with the Leave a Mark auctions, but I'd honestly love to do better...or get new bidders at least. Thanks to the few who bid fairly regularly. The holidays are coming up...so think of these as a gift for yourself or someone you know. Each book is MARKED UP with special, insider notes on the book FROM the author. You can't get these most of the time..so please think of helping out by bidding or getting others to bid! This week's auction is for Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

Second, by commenting on a few bloggers' letters to their favorite author...you can get entered to win a fun prize pack. This is in honor of Lee Bantle's LGBT novel, David Inside Out. You can win a signed copy of that, but there is an Amazon gift card...and another gift card prize going up in the next day so stay tuned. More might be added, but you have to comment and show you are interested! You have until November 30th, so no pressure!

Go here to learn more.

We are an amazon associate...which means, if you buy the book from the link, we get a small percentage. I'd ask you to bid before buying THIS week though, and then if you don't win, buy the book!!

-Lauren

Monday, November 8, 2010

If You Could Write ONE Author...

Do you have a favorite author? I'm sure this question is leaving you going "Ummm...yeah...it's...no wait...what about?....but then there's..." etc. etc. It's a hard question, I know.

If you see the photo beside this...this is one book that I LOVE and as such, Stephen Chbosky is a favorite author. Is he THE favorite author? Well, I don't know...a book lover can never really pick one, right?

I'd definitely write him a letter though. So what author would you write a letter to if you had the chance? What would you say?!

I want to know, and I want you to help out with an event I'm working on. The thing is, I need a full list this week so I can make a schedule. The event starts NEXT Monday, and whether you help or not, I hope you all enjoy it. There will be prizes, and who can say no to that?

If you're interested in writing an author a letter and posting it on your blog or donating a prize, please get in touch and I'll give full details!!

Thanks to those already signed up to help. You know who you are and you are AWESOME!!!

--Lauren


amazon associates: buy the book from this link, and we get a small percentage. thanks for supporting the site!

Bite Me by Melissa Francis


Bite Me by Melissa Francis
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: YA
Formant: Paperback, 304 pgs
Release Date: Out Now
My Copy: ARC, 296 pgs.
Source: Publisher
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Review by: Alicia
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Summary:

AJ Ashe isn't your typical seventeen-year-old vampire—as if there is such a thing!

She's stuck in the middle of a huge fight between her two BFFs. Her ex-boyfriend—whom she's still totally in love with, by the way—is now her stepbrother. A former classmate—who, um, she may or may not have turned into a vampire—is stalking her. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. What ever happened to the good old days, when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her taste for blood?

Review:

Poor AJ is having a rough time. She’s a vampire, she had to break up with her boyfriend (they still love each other) and her mom is getting married to her ex-boyfriend’s dad—and those are just the beginning of her problems! Like I said, poor AJ.

AJ is a main character you will root for. You will feel her pain and want her to be happy. Ryan, her ex-boyfriend, was an enjoyable character. I was rooting for him and AJ to get together, even though they were stepsiblings. There were times when he annoyed me (and AJ), but that was only when he brought Lindsey (AJ hates her) into the picture. I didn’t trust Malia, AJ’s other best friend who moved back, at all—she seemed very suspicious to me.

The whole vampire plot was extremely fascinating and different, something that I absolutely loved. There was also something shocking about Ryan’s family that fit in well with the story.

Bite Me is cute and fun with a huge side of angst. It will keep you guessing and entertained.

The sequel, Love Sucks, is out now.

Cover comments: plain, but it fits.

Overall: 4/5

Big Giveaways (List)

I don't own this photo!

The holidays are fast approaching and though I just finished up some fun giveaways, I do have some others running now and lots of ways to enter. Whether you love jewelry, books, or TV...you might like something...and if not, they would all be FAB gifts!

Prize Pack for the show Psych, premiering this Wednesday at 10/9c for a new season! Ends 11/20

Prize Pack for the show Burn Notice, premiering this Thursday 10/9c for a new season! Ends 11/20

$50 Gift Code for Glencara Irish Jewelry Ends 11/16

One copy of Filled With Glee for thoughts on the hit show! Ends 11/20

2 $25 booklets for Fruits.com Ends 11/15

Easy way to earn 5 Extra Entries into ALL THE GIVEAWAYS! Ends 1/15/2011

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bloggers from Spain?!

Do Not Own.

I was wondering if anyone out there was a blogger from Spain? If you aren't, do you know of anyone? I have a question for them...and a favor to ask...but it needs to be Spain. I've "met" many bloggers from around the world but as far as I can remember, nobody from Spain. Not that they aren't out there! So if you could please help out, it would mean a lot.

Thanks everyone. Feel free to email me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com


--Lauren 

Teacher Monday: $25 Gift Cards Giveaway


In honor of teachers in the U.S., I am happy to host this giveaway. I know a few people, including one of my cousins, that are teachers. It's a wonderful job they do and they should be rewarded more often.

Del Monte Fresh Produce is currently hosting "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms," an online contest where teachers in the US and Canada can win cash and fresh fruit for their classroom. If you are a teacher or know one, make sure they enter here.

Site for more information: http://www.fruits.com/


Giveaway Open To: U.S. ONLY.

Prize: Two $25 Del Monte fresh fruit gift certificates to use on the site (2 Winners, 1 Booklet each)

To Enter: If you are a teacher, what subject do you teach? If you are not, will you give this to a parent/teacher you know?

Ends: Monday, November 15th

+1 if you follow this blog (leave one new comment)

+2 for every giveaway you enter on here or the LGBT blog (links in the left hand sidebar) (leave two separate new comments)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

(Review) Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti

Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti

Review by: Lauren

Copy From: http://www.teensreadtoo.com/

Amazon Associates: Buy the book from this link, and we get a small percentage.

Summary:

The Bellweathers is a kooky family with wild, extravagant habits and interests. The father is an inventor that hates noise (yet the house is full of it), the mother is obsessed with painting and re-painting the lighthouse they live in, Spider hates the sunlight and loves crazy animals, Ninda is someone who wants to Do Good and Help the Downtrodden, and finally you have the artistic, yet insane, triplets: Spike, Brick, and Sassy. With their butler Tristan Benway, the Bellweathers find themselves harboring foreign circus folk, albino alligators, and making plans to steal the Mona Lisa.



Review:

Leaving the Bellweathers is one wacky book! It's also quite fun. There are moments in the book that might be slightly over the head of your average middle grader, but overall, I think they would enjoy the funny antics that this family gets up to...even if they are completely unrealistic in most senses.


One of the things that I found different and fun about this book was the end of every chapter. You get a look into the butler's journal. He looks back on what has happened in the lighthouse on the hill...as well as fondly thinking of his future when he is free of his servitude to the Bellweathers and can live in a Warm Place Far, Far Away.



Obviously, this book is full of good messages, though not preachy or annoyingly so. Some of these would be the love of family (even when not blood related), the importance of creativity, and the need to think of others and not just yourself.



This was a fun book overall. I think it would be much more exciting for someone of a younger age, and it's certain to be one that could produce crazy sequels!



Note: I do not own any of these pictures. They are used for decoration only.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Amazing Charity Venture + Prize Packs Giveaway


Tori from The Book Faery and Eleni from La Femme Readers are hosting an amazing event in honor of Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation dedicated towards raising awareness and funds for hard-to-reach adolescent girls around the world. By donating $5 or more, we can provide girls with basic needs such as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence, and more. If you are interested in learning more about GirlUp, you can go here: http://www.girlup.org/

-Taken from Eleni's Site.

What do you need to do? Go and comment on either post, because the more comments they get...the more they are going to donate to Girl Up. I'm sure you can always donate yourself too, because it sounds like an amazing cause.

In honor of your comments, you can enter to win some amazing prize packs right here.


So go and comment! Show your support for what a wonderful thing these two ladies are doing!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Glencara Irish Jewelry $50 Giveaway

Glencara Jewelry Giveaway

Based in Ireland, Glencara specialises in Claddagh & Celtic Rings and Jewelry since 1978. Glencara is a family business, passionate about Irish & Celtic culture and the jewelry created is based on celtic design and symbolism, centuries old.



Claddagh Rings and Jewelry

The Claddagh Ring is one of Ireland’s most popular rings and carries great symbolism - "Let love and friendship reign forever".

The beautifully designed Claddagh Ring is quite distinctive with its two hands clasping a heart and surmounted by a crown. It is a monument to love and friendship with the two hands said to signify friendship, the heart representing love with the crown symbolising loyalty.

How you wear a claddagh ring is of great importance; if worn on the right hand with the heart facing out, your heart has not yet been won. If worn on the right hand with the heart facing in, you are in love. And finally the claddagh ring can be worn as a wedding ring if worn on the left hand with the heart facing in; two hearts forever joined.

Ladies White Gold Silver Claddagh Ring $39.95

Celtic Rings and Jewelry

Celtic Jewelry dates back to 2000 B.C., evolving throughout the centuries and spreading across the world. Unique celtic designs are still used today as an expression of one’s individuality.



The Celtic Knot is the most well known celtic design, the beautiful simplicity of the triple knot symbolises eternity and continuity. The interlace pattern never ends and is the key to Celtic knot work. Many Celtic Rings incorporate the Celtic Knot along with other Celtic symbols.



The Celtic Cross pre-dates Christianity and were first used by pagans to worship the sun. In pagan times the circle of the celtic cross represented the sun, being the center of their lives. During the great conversion of many pagans to Christianity, Christian Philosophers adapted the Celtic Cross and thought the meaning of the circle to represent Christ, the center of Christianity.

Other Symbols such as the Celtic Spiral along with elements of the Ardagh Chalice and Book of Kells are at the heart of our Celtic Jewelry designs, as can be seen in the Celtic Warrior Ring.



Ladies 14K Gold Silver Celtic Knot Ring: $29.99

Silver Celtic Knot Earrings: $19.99
Mens 14K Gold Silver Celtic Warrior Ring: $44.99
14K White gold Silver Claddagh Celtic Cross Pendant Necklace: $44.99


*** GLENCARA GIVEAWAY ***


Glencara Irish Claddagh & Celtic Jewelry (ARV $50)

*** WIN IT ***

Glencara are offering to give one of your lucky readers a $50 gift certificate for a ring or jewelry piece of their choice. Free Worldwide Shipping.

*** TO ENTER ***

Visit Glencara and tell, by way of a comment, which Ring or Piece of Jewelry you will choose if you are chosen as the winner?? This entry must be completed for additional entries to count. Remember to include your email address in your comment if it is not visible on your profile or you will be disqualified.

*** ADDITIONAL ENTRIES ***

(Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you complete)

• Follow Glencara on Twitter

• Become a Facebook Fan of Glencara
• Write the following on your Facebook wall:

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• Sign up for Glencara Newsletter http://www.glencara.com/ (Bottom left side of page)

• Tweet this giveaway by copying and pasting the following: (1 Entry Daily)

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• Blog about this giveaway and leave the address in a comment where it is displayed.

• Make a purchase from Glencara.com http://www.glencara.com/ - (5 Entries)

Remember, you get Five Extra Entries if you follow the steps at this link.

*** CLOSING DATE ***

Tuesday, November 16th


*** DISCLAIMER ***

US/Canada/Australia/Europe

Must be 18 years of age or over

Monday, November 1, 2010

5 Extra Giveaway Entries (Ends Jan. 10th)

Do Not Own

In honor of my newest client, Bitsy Creations, I wanted to allow you to earn some extra giveaway entries.  Joan, the owner of the business, is giving $5 back to anyone that buys a Kidlet product between now and January 15th...snaps a photo with the "owner of the item" and sends it to her! For full, more accurate details, check out her post here.

For every single giveaway I host from here on out (you can use it for the Pysch/Burn Notice giveaways right now) you get an extra FIVE EXTRA ENTRIES (leave five new comments on whatever giveaway you are entering) if you do the following-

Post the picture that I have above and a short description about this deal. Be sure to include her main link so people know where to buy and where to send their photo.

Because this ends January 15th, it would be a wonderful Christmas gift for that little one in your life and getting some money back for doing something so simple is great!!

The offer for my extra entries ends January 10th.