Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blogger Sisters' Celebration & Giveaway

We are three ladies, come together, to bring our followers amazing books, reviews, interviews, cover reveals, release days, tours, guest posts and much much more!  Let's not forget the GIVEAWAYS!  Oh how we ab-so-lutely love our authors!  There is only so much one can say about a great read without giving the entire story away!  We are not known to post spoilers, but love to give you just enough information with our reviews to grasp just how much we loved the book we have read and reviewed!  You won't just find our reviews here on the blog, we also publish our reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads!  Now we would love to tell you a little about ourselves!  So continue reading to learn more about Tina, Julia, and Len!  We would also like to introduce "Our Dandy Rating."

I am married to a wonderful man that spoils me and puts up with my huge book obsession. I don't know what I would do without him. I also have the honor of being a mother to 6 handsome sons, ranging in ages 24-16. My family is such a huge part of who I am. They keep life interesting, exciting and sometimes a little crazy. My boys find my "book life" amusing, especially when I talk about my latest book boyfriend or what happened to a character in one of my magical worlds. Their usual comment, accompanied by a smile and eye roll, would be "mom you are such a mega-book nerd." I am more than okay with that. I also have 3 very spoiled daughters, with four legs. Daisy May, my beagle and queen of the house. Lily Lou, my chi-weener and mother of my puppy that always manages to be under my feet, Ivy Sue. As you may have noticed, I have my hands full.

I also work full time as an STNA doing in home care for the elderly. I enjoy my job very much and find it to be rewarding. My clients are so lovable. I do get emotionally attached to many of them, but I think that is what makes my career that much more fulfilling. From as far back as I can remember, I have had a calling to work in the field of geriatrics. Growing up in a small town, I spent most of my time with my elderly neighbors. It felt natural to spend my time listening to stories of "the good old day' while baking some new and delicious dish. I can honestly say that I love my job.

Now where do I find time to read? I don't know, but somehow I fit it in. My favorite genre is paranormal romance, but I am not limited to this. I will read anything from WWII biographies to Harry Potter. I do have a few favorite authors and books that I can't get enough of. BC Morin has written The Kingdom Chronicles with my ever handsome Brennus (book boyfriend), Stephanie Judice's Saga of the Setti (Jeremy makes me laugh, another bb), Peggy Martinez's Contingency (amazing story), Lindsay Avalon's Breaking the Nexus (definitely must reread it) and last but not least David Estes' Evolution Trilogy.

I am currently a moderator on goodreads for David Estes Fans and YA BookLovers Unite.

Come visit me at my facebook page Reading For Fun.

I am a mother of three beautiful girls and one handsome boy. There ages range from my youngest just turning five and my oldest will be fourteen in August. I'm also a wife of six years in June though it should be eleven years this month. Why should you ask? Well it's because I've gone and done the wild and crazy thing of marrying the same man twice and of course the love of my life. Before you ask, the question that is weighing on your mind, we did indeed go through the entire divorce process and finalized as well... Okay lets move on...

The past five years I have been a Stay At Home Mom, and to some not a very good one, though to me I've done okay for what it's worth. I've still got a lot to learn as before I became a SAHM I worked full time and as well as went to college for my Bachelor's of Science in Accounting. I've always loved working with numbers and math was always my favorite subject. Since getting my degree, most of what I've done with it has been my own taxes and finances. I would love to end up testing to become a CPA or CMA. Though returning to college to get the extra credits needed to test will not come any time soon. Student loans and all seem to put a big damper on that goal.

If I could go back and change anything, it would be to have followed through with going to Devry when I was accepted in 1998. What some do not know about me is my love for anything technology and electronics. I prefer printing a document to written notes, task lists to a written to-do list, email to calling someone on the phone. I would rather purchase a gadget that does more than to simply get a blender that would do the same with a little more effort on my part.

Recently I've become known as Doug Dillon's Assistant, him being an author and all of an awesome beginning to his YA, Sliding Beneath the Surface, Book I of The St. Augustine Trilogy. His knack for writing had me intrigued from the beginning to the end of the story, wanting more and leaving me hanging. We started working together and have continued as it has been an experience for both of us. I would love to continue this dream journey working for more authors promoting and helping them. One step at a time is all it takes to make your dreams become reality.

I am also a Girl Scout Troop Leader through Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma of four years now.  Our troop has grown to over 25 girls ranging from Kindergarden to Ninth Grade.  This is not done without a lot of help from the parents and other leaders involved.  I cannot say how much time it takes to do work with these girls, as the help I've received over the past few years is a true blessing.

What else can I tell you about me, hmmmm... I love the color purple, enjoy a good movie with the family, read as many books as I can get my hands on. Though I have not always been the avid reader I've turned into the past few years. I guess you could say I've never been, not since I was in school, early teenage years, coming across R. L. Stine's Fear Street series. I believe that was the only books my mother could get me to read and I kept asking for more. No, it was not until around September 2011 that I started reading again, this being after I came home from work, I caved and watched Twilight for the first time. Of course I had to see New Moon then just after that. Which lead to me purchasing the entire set (hardback box set mind you, I didn't have my Kindle Keyboard till Christmas of 2011). Since then all I've ever read on is my Kindle, more due to the fact that I cannot handle books like I used to with arthritis in my hands, they cramp up to easily holding a book. I still love getting a signed hardback or paperback book from an author. I hold them dearly as each one is special and means a lot regardless of whether I've met the author in person or gotten to know them online.

What else is there, oh I love to go roller skating, dancing, line, two-step, fast paced dancing I love it all. I like to play a game of pool here and there, as well as go to the swimming pool, water amusement parks, as well as roller coaster amusement parks, the zoo is also fun at times. I like to camp and fish as well. I have never been hunting but could see myself in the future going as I just went with the guys over Thanksgiving break this last year and would love to have experienced it. I like anything pasta, eggplant only when cooked right, as well as pizza is always a favorite. Anything from American, Italian, Mexican to Chinese is good when it comes to foods I enjoy.

On a more personal note, I love romance, passion, and happily ever after... I grew up watching the chick flick fairy tale movies and swoon over a passionate kiss or a touching heart felt moment, whether in a book, or movie, even in real life. I get butterflies, yes I just said that, over the smallest acts of kindness. A sweet compliment, to calling me darlin' means the world to me. Does this mean I should be telling the world my more personal loves, no but then I wouldn't be putting myself out there if I didn't, right?

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My home state is South Carolina and I have lived here my whole life. I met my wonderful husband five years ago and six months later we were married. We have been happily married for four years now. He is an amazing man who loves me unconditionally and makes me smile everyday. I am very blessed to have him and his family in my life. I am a step mother to my husband’s 20 yr old son and 23 yr old daughter. Even though they are not my own children, I accepted them in my life when I married their father. I love them very much. My stepdaughter currently lives in Virginia and my stepson will be leaving to go to boot camp in TX for the Air Force in March.

For the past 2 ½ years, I have been working as a server at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant in my hometown. As a server, I have met and talked to a lot of different people that have come into the restaurant to eat or just to shop in the store at Cracker Barrel.

Even though I read all genre of books, I really enjoy reading more of the paranormal (horror, romance, fantasy, etc.) and YA. I like a lot of authors but I will name a few of my favorites. They are Maggie Shayne, Karen Marie Moning, and DeAnna Kinney. Over the years, my collection of paperback books has grown. I have a few series of books that I haven’t had a chance to read yet but I will get to them soon enough. In 2011, my husband bought me the Ipad 2 for an early birthday/Christmas present. I love it because it has a lot more features than my Nook Color had and lots of applications that I can download. I have both the Kindle & Nook applications. My collection of ebooks is growing and most of them are freebies. I definitely have a lot of reading to do.

In October 2012, a friend of mine sent me an invite to Tabatha Vargo’s Wicked Fate Event on Facebook. I joined the event and had an amazing time. Wicked Fate was my first author/book event that I ever got involved in. I have made a lot of new book and author friends from Tabatha’s event. I was just so amazed at how many people have the same interest that I have in books. Ever since Tabatha’s event I have been receiving a lot of invites to different FB events for different authors and their books. I have enjoyed winning all different swag items, paperback & ebooks from the events and all the awesome giveaways I have entered. The past four months I have gotten very close to a lot of my book and author friends. They are amazing and I love them all.

My first Street Team that I ever got involved in is the M7 Authors Street Team. I have been in it since December 2012. I help promote the M7 Authors: Trish Marie Dawson, Lindsay Avalon, Kristie Drennin Haigwood, Miranda Stork, Tara Stogner Wood and Caroline Felicity Levy and share their books from Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Pinterest and Twitter. These authors are amazing and I love them very much. The M7 Authors recently promoted me to be their first M7 Street Team Leader to help them out with weekly challenges and other tasks. It helps them to have free time to be able to write their books.

I helped Julia Hendrix hosts Doug Dillon’s St. Augustine Trilogy Tour event. It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot! I am also helping on the St. Augustine Trilogy Fan Page and The St. Augustine Trilogy Group on Goodreads as a moderator.

In January, Julia Hendrix added Tina Donnelly and I to her blog page, As You Wish Reviews to help her out. I haven’t ever blogged before in my life until now. This is my first time ever and I am still in the learning stages of it all. It is an awesome feeling to learn something new. I am now a reader, reviewer and a blogger. I did my first blog post in February 2013 – Treasured Chest by Zrinka Jelic with Julia Hendrix’s help. Since then, I have done a total of five blog posts on my own and have been signing up for a lot of different blog tours. Thanks Julia for giving me this chance of learning something new. I am also helping on the As You Wish Reviews Fan Page.

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Our Dandy Rating
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Ab-so-freaking-lutely loved it! 
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Loved it! Infatuated with this book! 

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I really liked it! An awesome read! 
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I liked it! I would suggest this book!

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A pretty good read!

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It was okay! 

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It was alright!  Not for me! 

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I finished it...

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I could not finish it...

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