I am so looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been sick for what feels like ages and I’m *finally* feeling better, so I am hoping to get out of the house this weekend. I’m planning to go to the library and claim some of my prizes from the summer reading program and turn in my overdue books. Then I’m taking my husband out for a treat on Saturday. Sunday I might go visit my sister and Monday is a holiday here in Utah so we are planning a picnic or something.
Then I have a few reviews to post. I just finished Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker. I also have two books by Robin Hobb that I haven’t reviewed, but I don’t even know where to begin! So many feels! I downloaded the 3rd in the trilogy, but I might not start it until Sunday or else I’d just stay indoors all day and read. (And that would be bad because….)
I’m surprised there were no guesses after my first set of clues. I guess I made them too hard. Let’s try again. Remember, this is for a giveaway I’m doing in August for a signed copy of a new release book.
Clue #4. The author has sold the movie rights to one series to Disney. (Yay! I hope?)
Clue #5. The author attended my alma mater and studied the same major as me. Weird, right?
Clue #6. She will be appearing at SDCC this year.
The previous three clues are listed below. Again, I will not confirm or deny your guesses, but I will make the announcement after next week when I go to the signing. I’m so excited! I haven’t been feeling great, so here’s hoping that I am totally recovered by then, because I totally don’t want to miss this book launch. It’s practically next door (not really, but kinda!) and I really want to be there! So come on and guess this time!
I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m planning to give away a SIGNED COPY
of a new release here on my blog next month. I will be going to the release party to get the book and get it signed by the author. But first, I thought I’d do a little teaser about the book to keep you guessing.
Clue #1: The Genre is Fantasy/Folk Tale.
Clue #2: The author is from Utah.
Clue #3: The author has already written several exciting books.
If you have guessed the book (or the author), you can say so in the comments, but I will neither confirm nor deny anything until it gets a little closer to the signing. In other words, guess away!
I’ve been sewing more and playing some new games for the Kindle, so I haven’t been reading as much. But now I’m reading an ARC of Lockdown by Laurie R. King about a school shooting. It’s good so far, but I admit I’m kind of nervous about it! I really like her books though, so I’m willing to give it a chance.
I’m also reading Book 2 of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb. It’s so good! I love these characters. It’s the end of a long series and I’ve really come to know and love them all. I keep getting anxious and freaked out and having to put it down and do something else. Then I pick it up again. So many feels! Do you ever do that? Maybe it’s just me.
I have several books to review but I was getting a little burned out, so I’m taking a break. Well, I had to finish that LRK book too. Then I’ll get back to reviewing some indie stuff. Oh, and next week I’m getting that book to start MY OWN GIVEAWAY HERE for a SIGNED BOOK. I’m not going to tell you who it’s by yet though. Let me just hint that it’s a Utah author, it’s fantasy, and it’s YA. And it’s coming out in stores this month! Excited yet? I knew you would be!
Has this happened to you? You’re reading a book, and suddenly, you find a character that becomes more than a character, they become a person. They become real. You know what they look like, what they sound like, how they act, even how they think. And you think, ‘Yeah, I’d totally like to meet that person.’
So I’ve come up with my list of 5 people – and it was not easy to get it down to just five – that I need to meet. I don’t know if it’s a dinner party thing, or hanging out, or a long heart to heart conversation, but I need to meet these people. Like, really.
Carswell Thorne, Cress by Marissa Meyer. You know you wanted to add him to your list, but I got him first. OK, you can add him too. Yes, Wolf is fiercer, Scarlet is more bad ass, Cress is more adorable, but Carswell is the one we all want to meet.
Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. She’s tough, but she has such a dry sense of humor. I’m dying to know what she really thought about things. If she would let her hair down and really open up, you know she has some great stories to tell. I would LOVE to hear them all.
Hermes, Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan. He doesn’t get as much ink as Ares or Poseidon, but he seems like a fascinating guy. What makes him tick? What’s it really like there on Olympus? I want to know!
Sazed, Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Sazed is this awesome figure in the series who supports everyone and learns and studies and plans and goes through all this stuff and then his story just takes this astounding turn right at the very end! I loved him so much.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale. I love steampunk, and this feisty version of our heroine is so much fun. She’s just so real and so much more believable than the Brothers Grimm version who just waits in a tower for some dude to come rescue her. This one rocks and I love her!
So I’m tagging anyone who wants to use this meme because I really want to see what someone else comes up with! Have a great weekend, readers!
I’ve decided to do a signed book for my next giveaway and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled when you here more about what I’ve chosen. Local author Charlie N. Holmberg is doing a book release party at the American Fork Library to celebrate her new book, The Fifth Doll. There will be a reading, a signing, giveaways, Matryoshka displays, and a little bird tells me crafts for the kiddos.
About The book
Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.
Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.
When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.
About the author
Charlie is a local Utah author, Author of The Paper Magician series; Followed by Frost; and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestseller. I think – but I’m not certain – that all her books are available from Kindle Unlimited. They are each creative and original. And she’s a sweetheart, going to all the writer’s events. Really warm and friendly.
Anyhow, the event is
Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
American Fork Public Library
I will be there AND get a signed copy of her book to Giveaway. As before, you’ll have to follow my blog if you want to win.
Today I thought it would be fun to do a throwback to an earlier year and do a list of things about that year. I asked one of my kids to pick a number between 1 & 47 and she picked 33. That
‘s the year 2002, so in the year 2002 here are a few things about me and what I was reading!
That was the year of the Salt Lake Olympics!! My family as a group did not have tickets to any of the events, but my daughter did get to go with her class to the Biathlon at Soldier’s Hollow. She saw the Cross-Country Skiing. She mainly remembers it being so cold and the skiers moving too fast to see!
OK, that fact wasn’t really about me, but this one is – Provo had a town Olympic Fair and we went to that. We got to go inside an ice castle and sit in an ice throne. We also got up REALLY early to see the Olympic Torch go by. My kids barely remember that, but again, remember it being super cold and being dressed up in so many layers they could hardly move.
In honor of the Olympics, here are a few books I can recommend – Going for the Gold by Emma Lathen, also about the Winter Olympics, this time set at Lake Placid, a fictional mystery, featuring a banker whose firm has invested heavily in the event. Also The Boys in the Boat, about a group of working class boys who competed against rich kids and made it to the Olympics in Berlin. And finally, Unbroken, a biography of Louis Zamperini whose Olympic training made it possible for him to survive in a Japanese war camp during WWII. Those two are both non-fiction.
Besides the Olympics, I was a busy mom with three little kids at home, aged 10, 8, and 5. And what did we love? HARRY POTTER. Harry was everything at our house. We had HP birthday parties, Halloween, we read the books aloud, read them to ourselves, played with the trading cards, the kids played them at recess, we got the Legos, we were obsessed. (Unlike now, of course. Who am I kidding? We’re still obsessed.)
LOTR – That was the other book I was reading that year. I watched the movie The Fellowship of the Ring with my husband at the theater – which was a big deal, because I think we got a sitter and that was still pretty rare – and then I went home and borrowed his copy of the book. I loved the world Tolkien set up in LOTR, and I admire so much his ability to create characters, language, myths, gods, everything you need to really create a living world. He was extraordinary. Yes, he could have put a few more women in there and given more equal roles to the ones he did have, but he accomplished an amazing thing.
Also this year, my husband had been laid off, so I was working one regular job and trying to sell books online and do mystery shopping. I was always tired. It is not my favorite time of life to look back on. But I was busy with a website, Bookcrossing.com. It’s a site designed to let you identify books with an ID number, release them in a public place, and then track where they wind up. But you can also trade them, and kind people send us books for my son’s birthday that year. He got Hardy Boys books, Thomas the Tank Engine, and some How Things Work books, all designed for a busy boy like him.
Crystal Gregg! Crystal, you need to contact me by this Saturday with your mailing address so I can mail out your prize. Just a reminder, here’s what she won:
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
Land on Fire by Gary Ferguson
City Mouse by Stacey Lender
and a custom book bag! Plus a couple of surprise goodies thrown in there! You can email me your address at cbohn69 at gmail dot com. Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned for the next contest. I’m thinking paperbacks next time maybe or another book bag? I don’t know yet.
All that stuff and a bag too! I warned you that I might keep adding to the giveaway, right? Well, here’s the latest. It’s a one of a kind book bag. It’s made of denim with a yellow and pink fringe at the bottom and hot pink webbing straps at the top. It’s just the right size for a couple of hardback books or a book and a bottle of water and your wallet.
Here’s a closeup of the fringe:
How’s that for exciting? Pretty dang cool.
And just a reminder, it also includes the following books: