Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review - Along for the Ride - Sara Dessen (Audio Book)

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

(Description taken from Goodreads) 

Review- This book I would say would be for those who enjoy a light read. There wasn't any suspense or mystery. It was a great chick-lit novel. Personally I don't think it is something that I would read again but only because I am not much of a check-lit reader. 
I listened to this at work and I have to say I found myself at times laughing my butt off. And other times just enjoying the fact that there was not a lot of detail to be distracted with. If I was reading it I think I would not have been able to finish it. I know I would have put it down but I did enjoy listening to it. 
My sister-in-law bought me This Lullaby for Christmas last year and I do plan to read it, and honestly I think I might end up reading all of her others. I would recommend this for chick-lit lovers.

Cover - 3 stars
Plot - 3 stars
Characters - 4 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Ending - 4 stars

2011 YA Releases Giveaway!!!

Can you believe it!!! I am so excited about many of these titles that are being released in 2011. I don't wanna tell you what they are so you are just gonna have to go look for yourself but I can tell you that they are from some amazing authors. Like I mean completely amazing. My favorite author, who shall remain nameless has a new book on there. Well obviously since they are 2011 releases but anyways, what are you still doing reading go check it out!!!!

EEEKKKKKK! Go look :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review - Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love (Audio Cassette)

To know the Sweet Potato Queens is to love them, and if you haven't heard about them yet, you will. Since the early 1980s, this group of belles gone bad has been the toast of Jackson, Mississippi, with their glorious annual appearance in the St. Patrick's Day parade. In The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love, their royal ringleader, Jill Conner Browne, introduces the Queens to the world with this sly, hilarious manifesto about love, life, men, and the importance of being prepared. Chapters include:
The True Magic Words Guaranteed to Get Any Man to Do Your Bidding
The Five Men You Must Have in Your Life at All Times
Men Who May Need Killing, Quite Frankly
What to Eat When Tragedy Strikes, or Just for Entertainment

And, of course:
The Best Advice Ever Given in the Entire History of the World

From tales of the infamous Sweet Potato Queens' Promise to the joys of Chocolate Stuff and Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margaritas, this irreverent, shamelessly funny book is the gen-u-wine article.

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(Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I loved this book!!!! This isn't something I would normally pick up but my sister-in-law suggested it to me to listen to at work. It was a hilarious book and it is great to listen to because the woman who wrote it is southern and well the book is written exactly how it is spoke. Its sometimes serious, but for the most part HILARIOUS! I dont know how many times I busted out laughing. I would suggest this to ANY woman, its too funny! I know i have said that a lot but I can't stress enough how funny it is.

Cover - 5 stars
Plot - (There really isnt one but) 5 stars 
Characters - 5 stars
Writing - 5 stars
Ending - 4 stars 


In My Mailbox 32

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi over at The Story Siren! In My Mailbox is a way to share the books you received each week.

Here are the books that I have received in the last few weeks.

Sorry I didnt include pictures but if the titles intrigues you you can go ahead and click on it and it will take you on over to Goodreads

Summer Saradise 7 RC Giveaway!!!

You guys have to go check out this awesome giveaway from Sara over at Babbling Flow. She is giving away not 1, not 2, but 7 ARC's and they are all amazing titles. You should go check it out!! It will definitely be worth your while!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guest Post with Sean McCartney

First off I would like to welcome Sean to Inside the Mind! He is the first author to do a guest post on my blog. He is here to talk about his new young adult series entitled THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS which comes out July 6th.
So without further ado..... Sean McCartney!

Let me first thank Jordan for allowing me to talk with all of you today. Since this is the first guest blog post I do feel very honored.
My name is Sean McCartney and I am the author of the new young adult action adventure series entitled THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS which comes out July 6th and is available for preorder on my website and Amazon.
My road to publication is probably like many others. I started getting serious about writing novels in 2001. I wrote my first, THE 65th TEAM in the summer of 2001 and sent it out waiting for all the offers to come in. The only thing that came through the mail was…
REJECTION! And lots of it.
I was stunned. Didn’t these publishers know that every word I put down was gold? That every thought must be perfect because I took the time? So I wrote another novel and another and the same thing kept happening.
REJECTION! What I didn’t understand at the time and after years of working on novels I see now was that I did not respect the words, the sentences or the paragraphs. I left story lines hanging. I assumed the reader would get it. The truth was I didn’t get it.
A friend of mine pointed out something that Mark Twain said and I have used as my guideline for the rest of my novels. “The difference between the right word and the wrong word is like the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.”
With that idea in mind I wrote a fantasy novel called BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES: RISE OF EVIL and sent it out. I was able to land an agent with that book and we embarked on looking for a publisher.
My agent sent the manuscript to all the big time publishers and some took a look but nothing came of it. They seemed to like the idea but I was told the market was saturated with fantasy books about knights and dragons and another wasn’t needed.
This was frustrating because during this time I mapped out a five book series and even wrote the second book to BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES called SHADOW WARS.
Finally after eight years I decided to write something I would have found myself reading as a kid. I went back to my youth and remembered all the friends I had and what we liked to do and thus THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB was born.
I really liked it. Of course I liked the other ones too but I decided to take a new approach with sending the book out for publication. I only queried small publishers. No agent this time, just me.
The rejections still came but there was a different tone to what came back. The publishers liked the ideas and read some of the story but with the economy tanking at the time they didn’t feel they could do TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB justice.
They say when you win the lottery it only takes one time to play. When I received the email from Mountainland Publishing wanting to publish my book I felt like I’d won the lottery.
It happened on July 17th, 2009 and for the next year I went through the ups and downs of working with a small, relatively new publisher to get to this point: My book’s release on July 6th, 2010.
Now the story turns to promotion and getting the word out, but that is for another time.
I would encourage, because begging is undignified, to get yourself a copy of THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS and kick back and enjoy a fun, fast paced and exciting adventure.
Thanks again for the opportunity and I hope to hear from all of you.


Here is a trailer for the book, watch and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 12, 2010

CSN Review

Alright so I am sure that many of you have seen the reviews people have done through out the blogosphere well ladies and gents I am about to join them. I have recently be approached about doing a review on my blog from the lovely people at CSN Stores. If you don't know who I am talking about they are a company that sells all different kinds of furniture from bedroom furniture, to dining room, to office furniture.
Now as for what I will be reviewing.... Lets see if you guys can guess.

Ding, Ding, Ding you are correct lol. Seeing as I am a book reviewer, why not review a BOOKSHELF.

I am looking forward to seeing how well this works and gives my books a beautiful home. So be looking forward to that in the near future.
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