Waiting on Wednesday (2)

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Waiting on Wednesday weekly event that spotlights upcoming-releases that bloggers are most excited about.  This week’s I-can’t-wait book is: The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams.  The Impossibility of Tomorrow will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 4, 2013.

iotThe Impossibility of Tomorrow
(Incarnation #2)
By Avery Williams

The immortal Seraphina is forced to face the darkness of her past—and risk losing the love of her life—in this second novel in the Incarnation series.

Seraphina has been living for centuries, thanks to a special method of alchemy, but only recently has she really felt alive. She’s finally broken free from her controlling boyfriend, Cyrus, and after years of swapping bodies to preserve her immortality, is happily settled into a life worth sticking with. Because in this life, she has Noah.

But Noah might not be as trustworthy as he seems. After he delivers an ominous message that could only come from Cyrus, Sera is worried that her new friends and family will find out her secret. And as her suspicions extend beyond Noah, Sera is forced to wonder about her new friends as well: Could her old coven be disguising themselves right under her nose?

Will Sera have to move to another body—and take another life—or can she find a way to keep what she’s got, forever?

Why I Can’t Wait: 

In The Alchemy of Forever, we meet a girl who was born in Italy during the middle ages, who was killed at a young age.  But Cyrus, a young boy whom she liked was able to use alchemy to allow their spirits to inhabit other bodies, thus allowing them to live forever.  But Serephina over the years has come to realize that living forever comes at a great price: one that she isn’t willing to make anymore.  But when an event happens she can’t control, Serephina finds herself in a body of a young girl — and finds herself falling in love.  The book ended on a cliffhanger — her love (Noah) may be inhabited by Cyrus, and Sera has to begin to sort through what is going on.  I fell in love with the first book and can’t wait to see what happens next!

So, what book are YOU waiting for?

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Armchair BEA Day 2 — Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

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So, I’m a little late, but I’m going to be participating for the rest of the week in Armchair BEA.  If you haven’t heard BEA in the last few weeks, you probably haven’t spent much time in the book blogging world or Twitter.  SO, for those people BEA (BookExpo America) is the US’s largest annual book trade fair.  Since many bloggers can’t be there, Armchair BEA is a way for us to conference “in the comfort of our favorite chair.”  Although my chair is more of a bed, since that is my favorite place to blog these days.

Now that you’re all caught up, I’ll move on to my post.  On day two, we were asked to talk about two topics: Blogger Development and Genre Fiction.

Blogger Development

As a blogger, I am fairly new to the game.  I’m a long-time lover of books, practically inhaling everything I can get my hands on.  The last seven months have been a major change from my quote unquote normal life.  I haven’t worked a full time job, so I’ve been mom, something I’ve never ‘only’ been since I had kids.  I’ve always been student, mom, job title here, etc.  So, to fill the gaps, I added more books.  After awhile, I figured it was time to start sharing what I thought.  I’ve wanted to forever, and if not now, when?  I’ve also started working on the book I’ve told myself I was going to write practically my whole life.  Plus there is the whole 29 going on thirty thing… I think I’m trying to finish my ’20’s bucket list’ as much as I can before March comes around.

Anyways, SO I started blogging in late April.  And I can’t believe how much I love it!  It really started in February when I got active on Twitter in the ‘book world.’  I am so amazed by the relationships and camaraderie that people seem to have with one another.  Now that I’m posting my reviews, I’ve kinda got addicted to it.  My husband lamented the other day that it is becoming my whole life.  I promise my children are still getting their bathes and food!  But really, books are always at the heart of my life, so this is a natural progression for me.  Books have saved me so many times in my life and blogging has become an outlet to help deal with the struggles of life.

As for the future, I don’t know.  I’d like to say that I will continue to grow my readership, challenge myself daily in my writing, and become a more vocal participant in the book blogger world.  Right now, I’m still figuring out ‘ME’ and what I want from the blog and I what I want to put into the blog.  And one day, I hope to have my own .com and maybe even supplement my income.  But really, this isn’t about money or popularity.  It is about doing something I’m passionate about, something that moves me.  After all, if not now, when?

Genre Fiction

This next topic won’t be nearly so emo!  This is my take on genre – what draws me to one, my favorites, etc.  So with genre, it all depends on my mood.  I tend to take on the mood of the book I am reading, so at times I have to pick the book that I need to read.  If I’m feeling numb or depressed, a book about struggles (i.e. death, suicide, mental health) will help me to sift through my own emotions.

When I want to feel a connection to humanity, I usually read dystopian.  Surprisingly reading about the end of the world gives me a) hope about the human race and its endurance b) comfort in the fact that things really aren’t all that bad.  I mean, I could be living in a world where kids are murdered for fun or a girl lives in a tent to hide from aliens who look like her.  Yeah, my life is peachy-keen compared to that.

And when I’m feeling particularly in the clouds, fantasy is my poison of choice.  I love magic, dragons, fairy tales (especially those about assassins named Celaena Sardothian), and everything else that comes with fantasy.  And when fantasy meets real-world, I kind of feel Peter Pan-ish, like Never land is just around the corner.  I also like paranormal, because GHOSTS and ZOMBIES and anything else crazy that could possibly happen but hasn’t yet happened to me.  And then people with superpowers, because COME ON, you know you want to be able to read minds or fly or transport yourself to Paris.

Greek mythology has become a real favorite lately, because it is already so fascinating to study the classics, but when you see authors put a modern spin on it, there is just something beautiful about that.  Seeing those classical works re-brought to life and re-infused into our culture is pretty awesome.  I love sci-fi, because I am a nerd and I’ve always been into science and the geek-ery that is space travel and time travel and all those fun parallel/alternate universes.  Pseudo-science.  Cause you know one day we’ll find that alternate uni, and all us sci-fi geeks will say “I KNEW IT!”

Okay, so I’m getting a bit silly here at 1:30 a.m. but I think you get the point.  I’m way into different genres, for different reasons.  My last sub-genre would be romance.  I don’t usually read pure romance books, but somehow I get sucked into the love triangles of every series — choosing teams, holding my breath, laughing when they FINALLY KISS.  You get the drill.

I’m going to share my favorites of 2013 in each of these categories.  If you haven’t read these books, I HIGHLY recommend them!

Struggles/Coming of Age – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Dystopian – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
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Paranormal – Die for Me series by Amy Plum
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Fantasy – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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Greek Mythology – Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini
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Science Fiction – Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
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So, this long, long post has been my purge to you, the readers.  I hope you learned a bit about me and my personality.  And I hope it makes you want to hang out for more in the future.

Much love,

Jess

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Armchair BEA Day One — Introductions

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Welcome to my blog, fellow Armchairs!  I’ve chosen five questions from the intros page to help you learn a little more about myself.

1. Please tell a little bit about yourself.

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Well, here’s my ‘bio’: I’m a twenty something gal from the great state of Texas.  I’m a black sheep, off-the-cuff mom who looks at life from a realistic point of view.  I’m a nerd who loves school, reading, and writing.  My current obsessions include Doctor Who, British pop culture, the word oi, and Dove chocolate.  I spend all my free time with my nose in a book and occasionally work on penning the next great American novel.

I’ve spent my entire adult career working in higher education: admissions, financial aid, media relations, etc.  Basically, I am a college student who grew up and never left college.  I’ve taught English since 2009, and want to be a professor one day.  I’m working on my second Master’s degree, because obviously I love to torture myself.  I spent my first graduate degree and undergrad degree working on Communications and Journalism/PR.

2. Where in the world am I from?

2013-01-16 11.10.31I live with my family (hubby and two kids) in Texas, but am currently looking for work all over the US, so who knows where we’ll be soon enough.  It is beautiful here in East Texas, but we have three seasons… Fall, Summer, and Death.

3. What is your favorite book of 2013?

Oi, this is a hard one!  How about top five?

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4. If you could eat dinner with any author, which would it be and why?

I’d say John Green AND Veronica Roth.  (I know, I know, I can’t pick just one!)  Why?  Well, why not?  They are kind of my idols and I’d love to sit and chat about life, books, and writing.  Oh man, can you imagine how cool that would be?

5. What literary location would you most like to visit and why?

Hmm… Hogwarts. I don’t think that really need any explanation!

Well, there you have it… That’s me in a nutshell!  So welcome to my blog and hope you enjoy what you see.

Much love,

Jess

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