Prizes, Books, Coffee-Withdrawal….

Hello Fellow Coffee Addicts!

I am currentlycoffee deprived.  It involves a long involved story which had me hating one coffee maker (it had a weird aftertaste, though my roommate said I was crazy), and then I accidently broke the carafe!  Twice!  Anyway, so I got a new coffee maker.  Yay!  Then my birthday came around (as well as Easter) and so I hung out at my mothers for a couple days…   And she ran out of coffee!  I mean woah…  I am going to have to go get Starbucks on the way home.  This is sad.

In any case, I am not going to regale you all with my coffee woes.  I’m going to go on a fangirl moment here… I got two prizes from contests I entered during book release promos I participated in and they got here on the same day!   So to thank those lovely authors who did the contests I’m going to do my squealing about them publicly.  Plus I went on a shopping spree at my local Barnes N’ Noble, so I have a ton of new books.  Of course, I cannot read them until I finish the two paper books I’ve got first – one also from a contest, plus the e-books I have promised to review (which, my lovely authors, means I’m booked on reading ARCs for a few weeks.  Sorry!)

For the first prize I got was two nifty bookmarks signed by Kory M Shrum!  The bookmarks feature Dying for a Living (A Jesse Sulivan Novel).

Here’s a picture of the cover:

Dying for a Living Cover

My second prise, was a beautiful tote bag from Bella Andre.  It features the covers of all the Sulivan books.  It’s absolutely LOVELY!  Fangirl Squeal

BellaAndreToteBagAs posted on Bella Andre’s Facebook page because I refuse to take pictures.  (Which is why if anyone actually sees a photo of me online it will be a miracle).

And my list of books will be posted on my book blog (because I had a serious dilemma regarding where to post my happy news!)  In any case, until next time (when I’m hopefully more caffeinated…) enjoy reading!

Lovies!

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What’s Up Wednesday

What I’m Reading

I’m currently reading 4 books.  Yes, four!  Of course that means I’m not getting anywhere with them.  Now the reading list:

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss

White Hot Kiss

 

I haven’t gotten very far into it, but wowsie!  While it’s not my favorite from JLA, I do love it. 

Drowning in Fire by Hanna Martine

Drowning In Fire

Drowning In Fire

I won a print copy of this book and I’m happy to read it!  I haven’t gotten far, but I hope to finish it soon so I can review it!  I have too many TBRs!

Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olsen

Abandoned Prayers

Abandoned Prayers

 

Now normally, I avoid True Crime.  However, this book is about a man who personally affected my life by murdering my father when I was just 5 years old.  Because there might be an episode about this man on DiscoveryID, I decided to reread the book.  I will not be reviewing it in the normal fashion as I am not objective going in to read it.  Gregg Olsen is an amazing man – whom I have not met personally although my mother has – but from all the interaction he has had with my family, I can safely say he is a great person who truly feels for the victims and their families in whatever book he writes.  So if you like true crime, I do suggest you try Gregg’s books.

The Gift of Charms (Dragor #1) by Julia Suzuki

The Gift of Charms (Dragor #1)

The Gift of Charms (Dragor #1)

This is a children’s books (preteen age) that I’m reading to review for the author.  So far it’s pretty dang good!  So go preorder now!

What I’m Writing

Actually, I’m writing character sheets for a story I’m working on.  And sorry, but it’s too early in the process (as I’m currently in ‘organize so I can be productive’ mode, which means I’m not productive right now) and I can’t really share.  However, one of the protagonist’s name is Damon.  And he’s not human.  That’s all I can say.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Actually, I’m in organizational mode so I have few inspirations except for a few.  One is Sabrina York, a very sweet author whom I chatted with last night.   We discussed diets – due to health reasons, and she inspired me to listen to my doc and see about going gluten-free.  So thank you, Sabrina!

Also, the site Flylady inspired me to start organizing my home.  It all starts with shining your sink!  For those with too much clutter, go there.  It really does work!

And lastly, HabitRPG  – a site that actually motivates you to work on good and bad habits, and finish your daily needs and your to do lists.  It will punish you for not finishing by taking away your HP.  It’s a way to gamify your life.  You have guilds, challenges, and people to work with.  It’s a great site and I can’t rave enough about it.  Go there!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Well, I’m organizing my computer and online activities so that I can better put up blog posts, reviews, finish my games, books, and shows.  And even write!  But first, organize and develop good routines to get started.  And not get sucked into Social Media voids.

That’s pretty much it, my followers.  I’m working on being more active posting.  But for now, here’s one to make you happy.

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Lovies!

 

What’s Up Wednesday

Hello all!

Today, I’m joining the blog hop What’s Up Wednesday which was thought up by the lovely Jaime!  Visit her blog to see a list of participants in the What’s Up Wednesday hop.

Now on with the show:

What I’m Reading

Currently, I am reading two books by two very different authors.  First is White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, who is an amazing YA author.  I haven’t gotten very far into the book yet, but so far it seems to be a good read.  I’ll get to see once I can sit down to read.

The second is the Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands, which is a book I have read before but I felt the urge for a Scottish Historical Romance.  I find this book to be a humorous easy romance to read and it is quite enjoyable.  I love Cullen.  ^_^

What I’m Writing

I’m writing a review to When I Break by Kendall Ryan right now, but we’ll pretend I’m actually making progress on it right now when I’m really, really not.  I want to start my next fiction project (i.e. novel) but my time spent writing has been diminished.  And I got off-topic again.  As I was saying, I’m working on a review.  See it on A Caffeine Addict’s Books soon (I hope).

What Inspires Me Right Now

Right now I’m having a lot of thought on animal rights issues such as the wolf hunts, the zoos killing off their animals, shelters euthanizing animals, and endangered species being delisted before they are properly ‘recovered’.  It’s my thing right now despite the fact I should be trying to immerse myself into my paranormal world.  This is why I’m having such a hard time writing.  However, these issues are important.  Maybe I’ll somehow incorporate them into my next story.  We’ll see!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’ve actually been insanely busy.  I’m trying to write an important letter, organize the books on my computer, run scans, organize email account, spring cleaning of the apartment, write, read, and related activities that include Facebook and Twitter.  I am also busy watching my 3-year-old nephew who is just about the cutest freaking kid ever.  My brother and his amazing girlfriend made one adorable and funny boy.

Hopefully all the above activities will make my day a tad more productive once I am organized.

And goodnight folks.  I’m off to read and go to bed.

Lovies!