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June 28, 2013

Giveaway: White Chalk by Pavarti K Tyler

WHITE CHALK by Pavarti K. Tyler coming July 22, 2013

Literary Fiction/Coming of Age Novel with a brave look at teenage life, containing some strong adult themes to generate honest and frank conversation.

About the Book

Chelle isn’t a typical 13-year-old girl—she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years.

Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee.

When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche.

Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.

  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2013
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • SubGenre: Coming of Age
  • Audience: Adult
  • Pages: 250


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White Chalk (Evolved Publishing) marks Tyler’s third full length novel and promises readers familiar with her work the same mind bending experience.  Her other projects include: Shadow on the Wall (Fighting Monkey Press) and Two Moons of Sera (Fighting Monkey Press).  Shadow on the Wall has been received many awards: Winner of the General Fiction/Novel Category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Winner in the Fiction: Multicultural category for The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, and Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction category for the 2012 International Book Awards.

White Chalk has been hailed as “brave”, “raw”, and “destroyingly beautiful”.  In line with novels such as White Oleander, Thirteen Reasons Why and Gemma, White Chalk invites you to witness one girl’s heartrending story of confusion and desperation.

Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.

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June 27, 2013

Avoiding Burnout - Reading and Not Reviewing

Sometimes reviewing feels like a job. Though authors are nice about it, I know they want to see me review their book. It can be a lot of pressure when more review requests are coming in every day. And sometimes I just need a break. 

I don't have cable or a Netflix subscription. I did recently get a Roku. But overall I really like to read. It is what I like to do in my free time. So how do you take break from a past-time you really enjoy?

I tend to read books that I'm not expected to review. It doesn't mean I don't review them, but there isn't the same pressure. I can just read the story without thinking about what I'm going to say about it. I still post a short review on Goodreads. 

I'll also re-read a favorite. I use to re-read books all the time. However, since I started blogging I rarely allow myself the time to do so. I can remember when a new Harry Potter would come out. I would go back and re-read all the previous ones in preparation. I'm reading a series now - The Gateway Chronicles - that I really need to re-read in preparation for the next installment. Yet, I haven't done it. 

There are so many books that I want to read and, you know, so little time. I have trouble justifying a re-read. But when blogging and reviewing, and consequently reading becomes a chore, another job, I know I'm heading towards burnout. It is something all bloggers face at some point I do believe. It's important to take time for yourself. Remember why you started blogging. Remember why you love reading. 

What well worn book have you always loved to lose yourself in, but haven't picked up in a while? What do you do when you are heading towards burnout?

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June 26, 2013

What I Read for Fun

Since it's summer and I'm not going anywhere on vacation, I've decided to take a bit of a reading vacation. No, I haven't stopped reading. I'm reading books I want to read. Books I picked out for myself. And most importantly - Books I don't have to review. I thought I'd share what a blogger reads for fun.

I won a paperback copy of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness at the end of May. I reviewed the book when it came out in hardback earlier this year. Since it was a library copy, I read it really fast and had wanted to re-read it a bit slower. So that's just what I did. I was shocked by how much I had forgotten of the story. I should have re-read Discovery of Witches, too.

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The third installment of Beth Revis's series came out this year. It takes my library system forever to get a copy (it wasn't a very popular series in m area apparently). Shades of Earth was a good read. I actually read it in one night. Thankfully I picked it up on Friday. I stayed up until 1 am or something because I kept telling myself 1 more chapter until I turned the last page. I thought it was a good ending to the series when I was all wrapped up in reading it. The next though a few questions surfaced (I'm a biologist and some of the genetics stuff bothered me a bit). Overall though I recommend this series to fans of YA sci-fi.

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My friend J.B. Lynn had recommended Lisa Lutz's Spellman Files series. I happened to be wandering around the library - I was waiting for a librarian to be free to assist me finding a book I needed - when I spied The Spellman Files. I debated picking it up. I have a ton of books to read and review. Yet, as I debated with myself I realized it was only half-hearted and picked up the book from the shelf. It reminded me of the television show Veronica Mars - I even heard Kristen Bell's voice in my head. Isabel (the main character of The Spellman Files) is a PI as is her family. Unlike Veronica, the craziness does not come from the neighbors. No, the wackiness is her family. 

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I quickly read through The Spellman Files and luckily my library had the second on the shelf. I again did the half-hearted debate (I did finish an audio book and a couple of ebooks for review) so to the library I went to check out Curse of the Spellmans. This one didn't have the Veronica Mars overtones. Instead, Isabel reminded me a lot of Maggie from Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B.Lynn I even caught myself calling Isabel Maggie a couple of times). It was a very enjoyable read, though I feel a little sad for Isabel.

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Knowing my library didn't have anymore in the series I looked at the other branches. On Sunday I put a hold on Revenge of the Spellmans and was pleasantly surprised to see my request was filled on Monday. If you are looking for a light read this summer I HIGHLY recommend this series.

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I think there are at least two more in this series. I'm on vacation next week so will probably finish up the series. Hopefully that will coincide with the availability of J.B. Lynn's next Hitwoman book. That would make the summer perfect.

What are you reading this summer?

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June 24, 2013

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Sponsored by Alicia Michaels

These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
~Adrah, Queen of the Fae

So began Daughter of the Red Dawn, Book 1 of Alicia Michaels' The Lost Kingdom of Fallada series. The saga continues with the newly released Child of the Sacred Earth.

Get a degree, get a job, save adorable foster siblings from the clutches of the evil foster mom …
These are Jocylene Sanders’ top priorities as she enters her sophomore year of college. The last thing she expects is to find herself the champion of an entire kingdom. However, that is just what happens when the mysterious Faerie, Rothatin Longspear, appears to her, tasking her with saving a parallel world full of creatures from her wildest dreams.

Jocylene journeys with him into the world of Fallada, hoping for answers about her birth parents and background. What she finds is a mystifying past, and an even more uncertain future, as her heart becomes entangled with the stoic, battle-hardened Rothatin, as well as Eli, the untroubled Panther Shifter with no loyalties and no home. With her heart and soul pulled in so many directions, can Jocylene find the strength needed to become the savior one nation so desperately needs?

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June 23, 2013

Sunday Sale Page 6/24

End the weekend with a great deal or pick up a steal for your weekday reading pleasure.

Romantic Suspense
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Historical/Paranormal Romance
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Romantic Comedy
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