Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Upcoming Auctions for Scholarship - Apply, Donate

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Starting on January 1 (I hope it starts on time), I'm going to be hosting another set of auctions. This time all the money will go to my scholarship winner. I call it a scholarship because I want the money to be used for education of some sort. I can't control that of course, but hopefully that's what the winner will do with it.

Right now the "winner" will get $250 thanks to the amazing author, Jessica Verday. The auctions will just add to that amount, so hopefully we'll have a substantial amount that will entice more people to apply.

Auctions will end at the end of January (or early February) but you can apply until March 1.

All details for applying and the auctions (and where the auctions will be held) can be found on my blog, Bridge the Gap. Follow along so you don't miss anything!

This post is to make you aware of the upcoming auctions so you can bid and help out. It's also to get people to apply.

But it's also about spreading the word and possibly donating an item to the auctions.

Good items-

*products

*books- signed, ARCS, etc.

*writing critiques of any sort and any length

Anything else you want to offer would be great. Just email me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

But please spread the word as well. Post about this on your blog, on facebook, on twitter, in emails, or just tell people in person. We really want to focus on getting people to apply for the scholarship...but all help concerning the auctions from bids to donations is amazing too of course. The more money we raise, the bigger the scholarship. 

Mini Guest Review: The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken


Mini Guest Review: The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken by Mari Passananti

Review by: Chris

Copy Sent for Review, But All Opinions are Our Own

Official Summary: Zoë Clark thinks her world will implode when her fiancé dumps her on the eve of their splashy wedding. After nearly a decade with her college sweetheart, Zoë feels like a teenager about to be eaten alive by the New York dating scene. And her problems don’t end there. Zoë works a less-than-ideal job, managing other people’s careers while her own ambitions wither. To add insult to injury, she does so in the employ of a larger than life woman whose staff measures the boss’s emotional state by the zealousness of her make up application.

Quitting is out of the question; Zoë’s rent doubled when her fiancé bailed. Enter Oscar Thornton. He’s handsome, charming, attentive and rich - the perfect boyfriend. But does he harbor a dark secret? Or will Zoë torpedo her newfound happiness by indulging a far fetched suspicion? The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken tells the story of a young woman who sets out to find a man to solve her problems. Instead she finds herself facing her own shortcomings, testing her oldest friendships and realizing that she has the power to make herself happy.

  Packed with snappy dialogue and playful wit, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken will strike a chord with any woman who’s ever allowed herself to think, My life would be perfect, if I could just meet the right guy.

Review: A fun, fast read. Frienship is all through the book along with suspense that keeps you wanting to not put it down. Zoe is a character that a lot of women can relate too.

I liked the friendship with Angela - it portrays what friendship is all about. They are always there for each other.

The fact in the end is a true statment- a man should not define you. All women have the power to make themself happy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In Which I Explain My Break...

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I know it's been quite a while since I last posted, and even then, it hasn't been a ton of variety in the posts. However, my last semester was ending and I had a ton of homework, papers, tests, projects, etc. to do. I'm finished for a little while now and I'm also home from my holiday visiting my brother.

I've been doing a lot of reading (and I'm still reading) so I hope to have some more reviews posted soon. Besides that, I want to make 2012 a good year for the blog. More posts, more variety, and hopefully some more giveaways for you. I posted a Review Policy/About Me at the top of the blog, and I hope to have a We Comment Back post up soon too...which is my long-running policy that if you comment on one of my posts, I will comment on one of yours. This doesn't count for giveaway posts though...I won't comment on your giveaway (unless it contains a review/interview as well OR I want to enter) but I'll try and comment on something else too. PLUS, if you comment on my blog for a giveaway...I might not comment back because those don't really count beyond "enter me" so much.

Again, this policy will go on a page so everyone can see it...but I thought I'd share it here for now in case you're reading this.

Anyway...I apologize for the lack of posts. Is there anything you would really like to see in the New Year on this blog? Do you think you will set up the Comment Back policy on YOUR blog too?

Talk soon- Lauren

Thursday, December 15, 2011

If There Were Another Season...



If you were the writer for the next episode of the next season, what would happen? What does the future look like in Smallville?

Oh gosh, this is a really hard question. I'm not sure how Smallville would look. I suppose I would start it out with Clark living a full double life, now that he has the iconic uniform. As such, he has to save Smallville (and maybe someone really close to him there...) from a new evil villian. It will be a bit of a struggle since he's worried about being noticed, maybe even not being noticed and what that means, and then of course...just being able to succeed and make everything right.

I know these aren't technically exact ideas. I think I'd fail at being a Smallville writer, but I could always pick my sister or dad's brains. They've both grown up on the lore of Superman and now that Clark has officially become him, they might be a good place to start on exact ideas.

Obviously, the tension between being Smallville and loving Lana should play a major role too. You gotta use that romance to its fullest, right? ;-)



Buy Now-

Smallville 10th Season DVD: http://bit.ly/sB4sYu
Smallville The Complete Series: http://bit.ly/tGOjMX



I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'Smallville.'

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Clark Kent Becomes Superman

The end of Smallville was pretty powerful. It was interesting to hear his father tell him not to forget Smallville and his parents and everyone there. Definitely a deep moment. When the suit started to come through the ice, I loved the dramatic music. It really is a big moment. Smallville is about Clark Kent growing up to be Superman and seeing the suit for the first time and then Clark flying? Good stuff.

I think him finally flying was cool. It was like he was always meant to do this, and he just took off. There was no fear or hesitation. He was finally Superman. While he did not wear the suit, that's okay. I suppose we can always look toward movies for that. It might have been kind of weird to really see Clark flying around in a Superman suit...

However, the best part was right before Clark took off flying. The suit had come up in the ice and all of a sudden, his dad is standing before him. It was nice to see him again, after his death. He's telling Clark to remember Smallville and he gives him the suit. It's a nice, poignant moment.



Buy Now:

Smallville 10th Season DVD: http://bit.ly/sB4sYu

Smallville The Complete Series: http://bit.ly/tGOjMX


I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'Smallville.'

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Not the Holidays Without Zombies! (Giveaway)


I'm one of a variety of bloggers co-hosting a Zombie Santa giveaway with author E. Van Lowe. He provided all the lovely prizes, but the rest of us are trying to spread the word. What says the holidays without a little zombie love? So you should definitely be checking this out. Here, I'll even include the photos of the prizes below. Then you can head on over to E's blog and ENTER AWAY!!




E. Van Lowe says:  I will put all the entries into a fishbowl and draw the winner on the 17th. The winner will be announced Monday the 19th.

That means you all need to get going and enter away. This giveaway starts tomorrow, which is December 9, 2011 (Friday). You can always do the mandatory entry now though, I'm sure, and then comment with your entries tomorrow. Whatever works for you...just get going. :) You don't want to miss out on this zombie-tastic prize pack.

As Blink 182 sings: "We'll have Halloween on Christmas..."

If you win, you can join them. ;-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases people are excited for.

I haven't done one of these in months, so I thought I would start posting them again. This week I'm waiting on.....



Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 17, 2012

Summary:

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

Why I want it:

I absolutely loooooved Unearthly, which turned out to be my favorite angel book. And then there was this boy named Tucker that I totally had a crush on in there... Now, I NEED to know what will happen next. Also, that part in the summary where it says someone close to Clara will die? Totally making me nervous! Please don't be Tucker!

At least I only have to wait a little over a month to read it. And, hello there pretty cover.

What are you waiting on?

-Alicia

Monday, December 5, 2011

Horse Sayings by Bradford G. Wheler

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Horse Sayings: Wit and Wisdom Straight from the Horse's Mouth
By Bradford G. Wheler
Review by: Lauren
Copy from: Author, All Opinions are My Own

Official Summary:

This horse art book showcases artwork along with quotations about horses that cover topics including the bond between humans and their horses, competing, training and handling, and even ancient wisdom about horses. This collaborative publication has two goals in mind: first, to honor and highlight the horse though text and artwork, and secondly, to showcase talents of new and emerging artists who focus on creating horse art.

BookCollaborative.com provides artists with a platform through which they can gain exposure and recognition. Both professional and nonprofessional artists were invited to submit their work to be a part of this horse book. The end result includes over 60 artists from countries including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and Finland. HORSE SAYINGS features a variety of horse art styles including horse photography, illustrations, and paintings.


Review: To be honest, I live in Kentucky and I've never been on a horse. I know, I know, it's kind of a tragedy. My sister has though and she loves it. I think she wishes she could have ridden them more...maybe got lessons or something. My aunt lives in Texas though and she loves them, rides them, works with them, etc. So when I got an email about this book...I thought of her.
 
 
Horse Sayings is just the latest in the Wit and Wisdom series. People from all over the world submit paintings, drawings, and photographs of the book's topic...and voila, a new book!! This one is about horses but they also have one for dogs (animal-wise...they have a few more books too). Inbetween this artwork are various quotes and sayings that have to do with the topic. They go from Plato to John Adams and all sorts of other people. There are even sections within the book such as Horse Sense, Competing, and Ancient Wisdom.
As you can see from the cover, there are sorts of styles within the photography and artwork. One of my favorites is in the bottom right hand corner. Isn't that a cutie?

The book from their website is $22.46, which does seem a bit steep. I think the book is nice for true horse lovers...especially if they love photography or artwork as well. I'm a fan of quotes, myself, so that was a nice addition.
I'm passing my copy along to my aunt, so hopefully she will enjoy it. And hey, maybe she'll let others know if it's something she truly enjoys!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Smallville...The End, The Collection

Smallville has finally come to an end. Ten long seasons and this is it. It's kind of sad, but now you can get the huge complete collection...just in time for the holidays too!!

As for the best moments of show...I really loved the first few season with Lex becoming darker and darker. It was very interesting to see him Clark get along, when you know what will eventually happen.

Lana was never a huge favorite of mine, but her and her kryptonite necklace was quite interesting.

I loved Clark's parents. His poor dad. :( But they were always really wonderful people.

Again, I think the beginning was fun because it really was "Superman in High School" and what would happen. He has crushes, family issues, friends.

As for the last season...I actually didn't see the last season, but it sounds like it really went out on a bang, especially with the last episode. I believe my sister watched it and loved it though. She was always a huge Smallville fan.

This complete collection would go over very well in my family, as almost everyone in the house enjoys it.

I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for Smallville