Friday, March 28, 2014

Guest Post: Marianne de Pierres - My Reading and Writing Influences



I am absolutely delighted to welcome Angry Robot Author,Marianne de Pierres to the blog today to share a Guest Post on her reading and writing influences

Marianne's Adult science fiction novel, Peacemaker will be hitting the shelves on the 29th of April 2014 by Angry Robot!

So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Marianne....
My Reading and Writing Influences

I was so blessed as a child. My parents had a cosy library, complete with armchairs and an open fire. I spent hours in that room as I was growing up, getting to know a whole bunch of writers and their beloved characters. There was The Secret Garden and Charlotte’s Web and like everyone else, I cried when Charlotte died! As I grew older, I met Zane Grey and all his romantic, frontier-loving cowboys, and a lot of other boys adventure stories like the Tom Swift series. I never once thought that I couldn’t be one of those canyon-climbing, lion-taming boys. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Discussion: The Art of Blog Commenting

Blogging is a community based activity and without blog comments it wouldn't be the same. But blogging is not the same as it was 2 years ago, those who have been blogging for longer would have definitely noticed a shift in things. 

For every blogger, being a part of a community is the most important thing. 

And naturally being a part of a community means that you exchange ideas, respond to others’ thoughts and voicing your opinion. And what better way to do this than by leaving comments?


Pageviews may show you that people are ‘seeing’ your content but how many of them are actually ‘reading’ it? 

So do comments hold value in the current blogging world? Hell Yes. Comments are tangible validation that your readers aren’t simply skimming your posts, comments are tangible validation that your readers are eager to share their thoughts and interact with you.

Reader engagement has changed so much and pointing out what makes readers speak out is a tricky thing. Each reader interacts differently, some:
  • Readers are pressed for time or have a lower attention span so they choose to read, absorb the knowledge and move on. 
  • Some readers choose to engage more quickly by tweeting, sharing or liking posts. 
  • And then there are others who consider blogging a conversation-They believe that blogging is a two way street, they believe that true connections are formed in the comments section and that conversations begin and end here.
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Mastering the dying art of commenting

The most important thing to remember when you leave a comment on a blog post is that you are representing both your blog and yourself. 
  • Try your best to add value to the conversation -Yes, I understand that sometimes this is easier said than done! How many of us have read blog posts and thought ‘I’m totally with you’ or ‘Great Review’? Sometimes it is hard to say anything more because you feel like whatever needs to be said has already been said. That’s fine. 
  • Most people find generic comments off putting so the best route to take if you wish to let the blogger know that you enjoyed their post, it to reach out to them via social media. What I usually do is share the blog post on Twitter tagging the author of the post. Bingo! You’ve achieved TWO things: You’ve shared your favourite post with your fellow readers and you have also let the blogger know that you appreciate their post. 
  • Don’t be THAT douchebag! - Generic ‘Great Post’ comment followed by a ‘Come visit my blog at blahdeblah.com’ is NOT a cool move, dude. When you leave a thoughtful comment automatically, the blogger and even other readers will be encouraged to check out your blog.
  • That awkward moment … doesn’t have to be awkward at all!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mini-Reviews: Titanic in Space and Gargoyles in Paris


Title: The Beautiful and the Cursed (Dispossessed #1)
Author: Page Morgan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 14th 2013

ADD ON GOODREADS

MY THOUGHTS:

The Beautiful and the Cursed was a reminder of why I adore YA books. Gargoyles in 1890's Paris ? Sign me up, dude!  

Ingrid along with her mother and sister, Gabby are forced to move to Paris from London after an accident. 

The sisters move into an abandoned abbey which Ingrid's mother plans to turn into an art gallery only to find that their brother, Grayson is missing when they arrive. 

Morgan's writing paints a vivid picture of Paris and I couldn't help but fall in love with the city over and over again. 

The story is narrated in multiple POVs and is woven together seamlessly to create an imaginative and unique story.

Don't let the girl on the cover fool you because the Waverly sisters are definitely not damsels in distress. The Waverly siblings, the swoon-worthy love interests and the supporting characters were well written and multidimensional and I found myself being very interested in each and every one of their stories. But I have to admit that it was Ingrid's and Luc's scenes that I was eagerly anticipating! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Colleen Hoover, free fonts, mixtapes and other wonderful things

 Right-click on the image to open the image in a new tab and click 'save as' to download this wallpaper

Fonts used
:              Ringbearer                   Amadas     

The above quote is from Colleen Hoover's Slammed and I absolutely adore it! Slammed was the book that first introduced me to New Adult category and it has ruined me for all the NA books out there because I have yet to read one that outshines Slammed.

The rest of the quote goes like this:

 If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers.

Mixtape: A whimsical and vaguely eclectic list of songs that I've been listening to lately

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Interview: Dracian Legacy - Priya Kanaparti



I am absolutely delighted to welcome author, Priya Kanaparti to the blog today as part of the blog tour for Dracian Legacy


I had the privilege of  reading Dracian Legacy when it was first published in 2013 and boy, did I love it!

You can read my 4.5 star review of Dracian Legacy and my interview with the characters, Axel and Dean HERE.

So read on to find out what makes this book awesome!
The Interview
  • For those who are new to Dracian Legacy, how would describe your debut?
Getting right down to the hard question first huh? Okay, let's see. Dracian Legacy is about a hidden race that's been battling war against Telalians for centuries. The story is about how a girl, who's lived a sheltered life, is the center of this war and what she's willing to sacrifice to save those she loves.
  • Tell us a little about your journey from a self published author to an Indie published author.
It's been quite the journey. Being a self published author, it was like trying to run a business single handedly. Don't get me wrong, I've met some AWESOME people during that process, but it was exhausting. So I started to look for a publisher that I thought would be best for my needs and personality. So after several queries and rejections (from both the publishers and myself), I finally found Reuts!  And let me tell you, so far the journey with them as been wonderful, to say the least! 
  • What book/s will you never get sick of reading no matter how many times you read it?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Now and Then

I saw this totally cool post over at Milk and Crown and I knew I had to try it! Now and Then is a fun series that was started by Miranti at Pen & Peplum

Looking back at your life can be a funny thing. Some things have changed drastically and some things have remained stayed the same even after all this time so this post has definitely been an eye-opener. So here are my results...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Guest Review: The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

AuthorJohn Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: 10 January 2012
Synopsis:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Jules's Thoughts
I finally read, one of the most hyped up books ever since I started reading. I was warned of potential heart ache and possible(more like sure) falling of tears. And yet, reading it. I’ve never felt agony and mourning, and greatness as much as I did on this one.

I’ve been reading for more than two years now, and ever since I started, I’ve always heard of the book: Fault in our Stars. I was wondering then why it was so famous and well-known? Year 2012 has passed, and I’ve already heard of what this book has done to so many readers out there. This year, was the year I said to myself that I had to know the allure of this book.