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Happy Rex Manning Day!

Guess what? It’s that time again…

It’s REX MANNING DAY!!!!!!

Can you believe it? Are you as excited as I am?

“Oh we mustn’t dwell… No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning Day!”

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I’ve already got “Empire Records” cued up to play on repeat throughout the day. Yes, because once just isn’t enough.

With its killer soundtrack, its awesome quotable lines and with the very awesome Rex Manning, how could I not want to watch it again… and again… and again… and again?

Heck yeah, Rexy is sooooo sexy!

And in case you haven’t heard him sing… here he is performing “Say No More, Mon Amour” for your listening (and viewing) pleasure.

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And if you are a Rex Manning super fan like me, be sure to send your Rex Manning Day wishes to @Rex_Manning_Day on Twitter!

Happy Rex Manning Day!!!!!!!

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Cover Reveal: Sharing You

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During today’s Book Chat with Author Molly McAdams, the cover for SHARING YOU was revealed and I’m stoked to be able to share it here on the blog for those who might not have had a moment to stop by the chat. It’s very much in the style of her Forgiving Lies covers, but the covers for this series, so far, seem to have a bit more of an edge. They’re a little bit grittier, a little bit sexier.

Check out the cover for the prequel, CAPTURING PEACE, on Goodreads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this new series by the author, the description for this first book follows…

Description…

Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. But Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation, and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

Series: Sharing You #1
Release date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 416
Formats: Paperback, eBook

And you can find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLEBOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIEBOUND | BOOKISH

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CATHERINE Cover Buzz Blast + Guest Post & Giveaway

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I don’t typically participate in blasts, but I love this book’s new cover, the author is awesome and the post totally rocks, so I couldn’t resist joining in to help spread the word.

I have the eBook of CATHERINE which updated with the new cover on my library shelf but shows the original cover when I open the book, which is totally awesome as I love both covers.

The newer cover has a more contemporary feel that I think will appeal to a wider audience with its warmer colors and the romantic pose of the cover models. But I love that they didn’t discard everything from the original and kept the same font for the title and author byline. As the cover looks amazing online, I have a feeling it will be an even more beautiful paperback edition.

Side-by-side it’s nearly impossible for me to choose a favorite, but if I had to pick just one I think it would be the cover for the paperback edition. It’s a bit more modern feeling and it promises romance, whereas the hardback cover evokes a more timeless feel with the background and a more kick-ass feel with the model.

At the moment I’m loving the warm tones and the romance. Though if you ask me tomorrow I might be more in the mood for the cooler colors versus the warm. But today I’m choosing the new cover as my favorite. What about you?

Anyway…

As this is a blast post I really should get right down to it and suggest that you scroll down to learn more about the book, check out the author’s guest post, find out where you can track her down online and enter the giveaway.

So without any further ado…

About CATHERINE

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Title: CATHERINE
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: January 1, 2013 | August 19, 2014 (paperback)
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years — a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her — starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine delivers a fresh retelling of the Emily Brontë classic Wuthering Heights, interweaving a timeless forbidden romance with a captivating modern mystery.

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Promises, Promises: Judging a Book by Its Cover

By April Lindner

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We’ve all been told that you can’t judge a book by its cover. And yet some of us book lovers can’t help ourselves; there’s nothing like a gorgeous cover to lure us in. More often than not, an enticing cover is the main thing that moves me to pick up a book I’ve never heard of, to start paging through it, giving the first few paragraphs a chance to seal the deal—or not.

So for me the most exciting moment in the whole bookmaking occurs when a book’s future cover appears in my inbox. I click on the thumbnail, and wait breathlessly as the image blooms onto my computer screen. Only then can I imagine my manuscript as a book—on a shelf, or, better still, in the hands of a reader. I know the cover will set the book’s tone. And it will make promises—hopefully the right ones.

All of this explains why I’m so thrilled by the new cover of Catherine’s paperback edition, due out in August. Don’t get me wrong: I love the original Catherine cover. Lush and dramatic, it makes certain promises—ones I believe the book keeps. The elegant model in her kickass stance promises a strong female protagonist. (Actually, the book has two alternating strong female narrators—Catherine and her daughter Chelsea.) And the background, with the iconic Flatiron Building rising up through the mist, promises the book’s Lower Manhattan setting will be as important as its characters. The title typeface—bold and purple—promises a confident, free-spirited heroine—exactly how I see Catherine herself.

But the new paperback cover—already available to readers who download the Ebook– makes a different set of promises. On it, a boy and a girl hold each other in the shadows of a graffiti-covered underpass. They gaze at each other in rapt wonder, their shoulders, neck and heads echoing the shape of a heart. Secret romance, this cover says. It promises love against the odds. The scene is gritty—less glamorous than the cityscape on the original—but this grittiness befits the book’s main setting, a post punk night club on the Bowery. The title’s typeface is still bold, but its peachy color underscores the sweet and optimistic innocence of this couple’s embrace.

Inspired by the classic romance Wuthering Heights, Catherine is a story of star-crossed love interwoven with mystery. Its soundtrack is the post-punk music played by Catherine’s boyfriend, Hence. And the new paperback cover captures that complex mood exactly, I think. In fact, when it popped up on my computer screen for the first time, I almost swooned. There it was, in front of me: almost exactly the picture I saw in my imagination as I wrote the book.

An author can hope for nothing more than that.

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About April Lindner

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April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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The Giveaway

The Cover Buzz Blast includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon eGift Card to ONE winner

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is open to anyone who can accept an Amazon eGift Card from the US store
  • Ends March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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Clearing the Pile {30}

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Wow it has been awhile. Sorry about that. I’ve been meaning to clear the pile for some time now. And while I have a few more ARCs and books to clear from the pile I only have two envelopes and one box. So I’m just passing along these three.

This is my extra copy of CRASH INTO YOU. I forgot I had one ordered and proceeded to order another on its release date. I don’t need two. And I have this cool bookmark to go along with. It’s my favorite book of the series, Isaiah and Rachel’s story totally rocks.

I received my ARC of FIRE & FLOOD for review for the tour I was on. I read, loved and reviewed it and own a Kindle copy so I think I’m finally ready to part with the ARC.

I received a surprise ARC of SOMETHING REAL, read it, fell head over heels, reviewed it and have the finished copy on my Kindle. It’s a definite must read book.

So…

What’s up for grabs

An ARC of SOMETHING REAL, an ARC of FIRE & FLOOD, a HC of CRASH INTO YOU – to three (3) winners

The Deets

  • Must be 13 or older
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on March 18th at noon Pacific
  • There will be three winners
  • Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter and availability of book choice

There are no requirements to enter. Just leave a comment with your book/ARC of choice.

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Rambling: Wishing for a 5 minute review

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So, after much study and analysis – okay, not so much study… or analysis, but observation – I’ve come to the realization that it takes me about three minutes to quickly talk about my thoughts on any one particular book I’ve read. Just THREE minutes.

Subtracting the time in which I gush or ramble about a whole lot of nonsense – I’m the world’s worst relayer of stories and information (yes I hold that title) – which could be as much as seven to ten minutes, my actual discussion of books can be completed in just those THREE minutes.

Adding the time it might take for me to actually type those thoughts – while I’m a fairly quick typist, I like to stop and proof every now and again – a written review should take me no more than FIVE minutes.

And yet when I sit down to write a review, which these days I often do in parts – Day One: Format post with bookish details; Day Two: Write personal note: Day Three, Four, Five, etc.: Write review – the actual time spent is closer to three to six hours, give or take (not so much take) four hours.

Somewhere in this three minute to ten hour timespan in which it takes me to shape my thoughts into a written review, there is a major disconnect between brain and fingers.

Maybe it’s because I’m looking for different words than the one my mind immediately supplies. Though thinking back on my reviews as of late, I think I pretty much stick to about 10 or 20 adjectives, tops. So how hard could it be. Seriously? How freaking hard? It’s not rocket science.

I am starting to think I’d be better suited to rocket science than reviews. Is it too late to become a rocket scientist? Hmmm, maybe.

Anyway… it’s as if my brain is a vast wasteland of emptiness. At least when sitting down to write a review. I hear birds chirping. I see woodland creatures frolicking. Sometimes I hear the distant sounds of a harp and lute in perfect harmonization.

What I don’t see is a lasso to wrangle those darn words floating around so that they can actually form coherent sentences that make up a review.

By my calculations a review should take me no more than five minutes. FIVE minutes. At the moment, being so far behind on reviews, it is my greatest wish.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original (and seriously awesome) feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is…

TOP TEN POPULAR AUTHORS I’VE NEVER READ

There are so many popular authors I’ve never read that I really, really want to read. But in keeping with the point of this meme, I’ll choose just ten. And they are…

1. Ally Carter, author of  the Gallagher Girl books and the Heist Society books, etc

2. James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series, THE EYE OF MINDS, etc

3. Sarah Dessen, author of WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, THE MOON AND MORE, etc

4. John Green, author of LOOKING FOR ALASKA, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, etc

5. Veronica Rossi, author of the Under the Never Sky series

6. Neil Gaiman, author of  THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, CORALINE, etc

7. Myra McEntire, author of the Hourglass books

8. Markus Zusak, author of THE BOOK THIEF, I AM THE MESSENGER, etc

9. Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries books, the Heather Wells Mysteries, etc

10. Michael Grant, author of the Gone series, the BZRK books, etc

Instead of ordering the list by authors I most want to read or am most embarrassed that I haven’t read, I decided to sort them by girl/boy. It just so happens that my top ten list of authors I hadn’t read is comprised of five female and five male authors.

They are also all authors whose books I own, but just haven’t yet read. Some are authors whose entire series I own. So I have absolutely no excuse.

But what about you?

Are any of the above ten authors on your list of authors to be read? Do you have any popular authors you’re embarrassed about not having read yet

Or are you one of the lucky readers who’ve read at least one book by all the popular authors (or at least the ones you consider hugely popular)?

Whether you’re like me and have a ton of popular authors whose writing you still need to discover or you are on top of the trends and have read them all, I’d love to know. And if you’re participating in this meme and have created a post with your Top Ten Popular Authors You’ve Never Read, leave a link so I can check it out!

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