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January 7, 2013

New Year! No new books


For those who have accepted my 5 a week comment challenge, I'll be posting how well I did the past week on leaving comments on other blogs (a little accountability never hurts). I invite you to share your progress in the comments (then you can count that as one towards this week goal!).

Number of Comments: 8

Want to offer your readers an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and help spread the word about a great fictional memoir? Sign up for the Beat the Winter Time Blues Giveaway sponsored by Playing the Genetic Lottery author Terri Morgan. 

Authors who are looking for guest post features, I have several openings in all 3 features for February (as well as a couple in January). See "Review Policy" for description of the features or the side bar for the link to sign up.

My first review on 2013 posted on Saturday. For a light read, check out my review of Phone Kitten.

The Confessions Tour with J. B. Lynn kicked off TODAY. See all the stops here. The first LIVE event is TONIGHT at 8 pm EST on Ali Talks Live. Feel free to call in with questions or just to chat with J. B. Lynn.

I set my 2013 reading goal at 84 books (one more than last year). However, if this past week is any indication I won't make that goal. In my defense, I did finish proofreading a manuscript and start beta reading another. What is your reading goal for 2013?

The Indie Exchange will be hosting a Family Fiction Fest to highlight all the great children, middle grade, and young adult authors and book in February. We are looking for authors and bloggers (particularly classroom bloggers) to participate. Authors you do not have to blog on your own, there will be bloggers available to feature you on their blog during the hop. Learn more by joining The Indie Exchange Facebook Group.


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What would you do if you could see into the future?

As a child, he dreamed of being a superhero. Most people never get to realize their childhood dreams, but Corrigan Bain has come close. He is a fixer. His job is to prevent accidents—to see the future and “fix” things before people get hurt. But the ability to see into the future, however limited, isn’t always so simple. Sometimes not everyone can be saved.

“Don’t let them know you can see them.”

Graduate students from a local university are dying, and former lover and FBI agent Maggie Trent is the only person who believes their deaths aren’t as accidental as they appear. But the truth can only be found in something from Corrigan Bain’s past, and he’s not interested in sharing that past, not even with Maggie.

To stop the deaths, Corrigan will have to face up to some old horrors, confront the possibility that he may be going mad, and find a way to stop a killer no one can see.

Corrigan Bain is going insane . . . or is he?

Because there’s something in the future that doesn’t want to be seen. It isn’t human. It’s got a taste for mayhem. And it is very, very angry. From
Fixer is not available until March 2013, but learn more about it at Goodreads.

Gen Y has been picked apart by analysts, statistics, and trend reports, which often portray 20-somethings in negative, one-dimensional terms like "entitled" and "whiners". In this thought-provoking new book that aims to dispel these stereotypes, journalist Hannah Seligson chronicles the lives of seven individuals who embody this generation, exploring their challenges and ambitions in vivid detail and sketching a picture, through their eyes, of what life is actually like for young adults. Through these first-hand stories, readers will discover the transformational effect this enterprising, open-minded, innovative, and diverse generation is having on society. From
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How much reading did you get done this past week?

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  1. I took the challenge and did well with it last week!

    I read Sweet On You by Kate Perry. A light confection that was the perfect treat during a stressful week.

    1. Great! I really think the goal of 5 a week is definitely attainable.

      It's wonderful to have something to escape to during stressful weeks. I'm glad you were able to find time to read and relax if only for a bit.

  2. I've got My Blog Traffic Sucks but I need to find some time to really sit down and work through it.

    I actually finished Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose in two days which is a HUGE improvement over the length of time it was taking me to read books at the end of last year. I'm thinking if I do more light & fluffy this year I might actually hit my goal (which I cut in half from last year since I didn't even come close).

    I was crap at reading and commenting on blogs last week. It is hard to concentrate on anything when everyone in the family is sick and the baby is keeping me up all night because she is getting 3 new teeth. I'm going to try really hard this week though :-)

    1. I really like a lot of what he had to say. How much can I incorporate into my blog? Not sure. I don't have 15 hours a week to work on my blog, maybe 5 hours.

  3. I just signed up for your 5 comment a week challenge! As a relatively new blogger, I am still struggling to gain momentum and this challenge is a simple way to put more effort into my blog. I wanted to be sure to comment and thank you for your helpful posts on utilizing time for posts that resonate more with the readership.
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

    1. Great! Leaving comments is a great way to get your name out there and start building a readership.



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