This Or That (14)

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Alissa Grosso!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am sorry this week’s This Or That post is a day late (I blame the holidays AND the fact that I am currently on vacation with limited internet access). Regardless, I am so thrilled to have author, Alissa Grosso, with us today! Alissa was a 2011 debut author with her book entitled, Popular. In 2012, she followed up her debut with a new book (that I have at home and need to read like yesterday), Ferocity Summer. Alissa has another exciting year planned with the 2013 release of her newest book, Shallow Pond. All three of her books sound SO different but they all seem to tackle some pretty heavy stuff and that intrigues me like no other. I am sure you are all just dying to find out more so without further ado, let’s meet Alissa!

Alissa Grosso

About The Author: Alissa Grosso is the author of the novels Popular (Flux, 2011) and Ferocity Summer (Flux, 2012). Her third novel Shallow Pond is due out from Flux in 2013. She shares her home with some more or less domesticated furry creatures and is fond of playing outdoors. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania.

Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?

I’m an equal opportunity reader. I prefer paperbacks when traveling and love to curl up on the couch with a hardcover.

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

I love cookies – shortbread, chocolate chip, Double Stuff Oreos, oatmeal. They’re my favorite dessert.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

Contemporary is more my speed. I love characters that seem real and that I can relate to.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I’ve got a couple of cats and a dog. So, I guess I’m just an animal person in general.

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

No way, I could make it a year without books. It would be tough not to eat pizza for a whole year, but I think I could handle it.

Morning or night?

Night. It’s my favorite time to write. I’ve never understood those people who say they get up extra early to write. I’m a bit of a zombie in the morning.

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

I love the outdoors, but I prefer to do my reading indoors where it’s always nice and comfy.

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

I am all over the map. My iPod is a big mish mosh of genres and eras.

You have to be your main character for a day, do you choose to live through Popular or Ferocity Summer?

Oh boy. This question makes me realize I should probably write some sunnier, happier books. I guess I’d have to go with Ferocity Summer. Scilla Davis has her share of problems, but I think I could handle a day in her life.

You MUST pick one: reading or writing?

Writing. I’m quoting a high school friend of mind who ironically is not a writer when I say “If I didn’t write my head would explode.”

Do you outline your books like a crazy person or do you just start writing down whatever pops into your head?

I never used to outline. I’m slowly coming to the realization that outlines can be helpful things to have. I haven’t quite hit my crazy-person-outlining-stride, but I now make some sketchy note sort of things that are vaguely like outlines.

Do you prefer winter or summer?

I really love winter. I love when it gets dark earlier, and there’s something magical about a snowy day. That said, now that I’m getting older my body tends to prefer the warmer weather and I dread the idea of having to drive in snow and ice and nasty winter weather.

When writing, do you have to be in complete silence or utter chaos?

I guess I prefer silence, but I have no idea what complete silence sounds like. I settle for quietish.

Which do you enjoy more: recorded music or live music?

Recorded music. I used to work at a concert venue so I guess I got my fill of live music which can be loud and headache causing. I now associate concerts with working.

Do you have an idea of who your characters are before you write the story or do they develop as the story goes on?

I guess I mostly know who my characters are before I write the story, but they still manage to surprise me as I’m writing. So, I guess they do develop a bit during the course of writing a story.

Coke or Pepsi?

I’m addicted to Coke Zero.

What are your favorite parts to write: world building or character building?

Character building. It’s so interesting creating and getting to know characters.

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

I’m a luddite. I’m not really an e-reader at all. I’m still hooked on my dead tree book.

An entire month of Christmas movies or Christmas music?

Definitely the music. I’ve been playing Christmas music every chance I get since the day after Thanksgiving.

Alissa, thank you so very much for agreeing to take part in This Or That this week! I had so much fun coming up with the questions and I hope you had just as much fun answering them. As for the rest of you, what did you think? I have to agree with morning and night question! I have been known to be quite the night owl myself. I hope you guys enjoyed! Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Alissa throughout the internet!

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Ferocity Summer Goodreads Page

Shallow Pond Goodreads Page

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Tune In Tuesday (84) + Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Cat & Dog

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that your Christmas is filled with friends, family, and cookies!

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

In honor of today being Christmas I figured I would highlight a few of my favorite holiday songs. I hope you guys enjoy!

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Vince Vance & The Valiants

Christmas Cannon Rock by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson



Blog Tour + Book Review + Giveaway: Falling From Eternity by Megan Duncan

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Falling From Eternity

Title: Falling From Eternity

Author: Megan Duncan

Pages: 189

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review

For William, life was as wicked and malicious as the beast he was trying destroy. Decades spent living a life of extravagance, domination and ravenous hunger haunted him. But when you live forever, the past never stays buried. And that which wishes to control you, will never let you go. William thought he found his escape, his one and only love, but the thing he fears the most could be the only thing that saves them. Or, it could doom them all.

Falling From Eternity by Megan Duncan was a quick, exciting paranormal read! I haven’t read a good vampire book in a while and I think I was due for one when this book came along!

I liked William as a main character. It is not very often you get to read a book from a male’s point of view and it is even more rare if that particular male is a vampire. I loved getting inside of his head regardless of how sad, heartbreaking, and gloomy his thoughts may have been at certain times. Despite how rough the first few centuries of his life were, William is striving to make himself a better person. The killing, the money, the power, it just wasn’t what he wanted in life. He wanted to find the meaning to it. Why was he a monster? Why was it necessary to do such cruel things to stay alive? Was there a point to all of this? While I found William’s determination and sheer force of will power in staying away from the thing his body craved most to be courageous and noble, I also found his self-loathing to be a bit much by the end of the story. I could tell he was a good person. He was so compassionate about humans in general especially those that he cared for and he sacrificed A LOT to live a life free of harming humans. So I guess it was just a bit too much negativity for me. Aside from that though, I LOVED how Megan portrayed vampires in this novel. There were many similar traits to the traditional vampire but she changed it up just enough to be unique without being overly confusing.

The story starts off rather slow with lots of the self-loathing I was talking about earlier. However, once William meets Autumn, the story picks up the pace and goes through so many twists and turns that I could hardly keep my head straight. Like I said, he was quite the Debbie-Downer through the first part of the book so it was fantastic to see how much he brightened up once Autumn was in the picture! Even though I wanted to love their relationship so very much, I found myself only really liking it. It seemed a bit too insta-love for my personal liking. Once I got over the fact that William’s feelings for Autumn grew rather quickly, I was actually able to appreciate the connection that they shared. William seemed to genuinely love Autumn inside and out and I found it refreshing that they didn’t rush into anything at all. They took the time to really get to know one another before making their relationship official.

I loved the twists and turns that took place in the second half of the book. I really did not see a lot of the bigger plot twists coming and it kept me on my toes! I was constantly wondering if William and Autumn would find their happily ever after. Megan leaves off with quite the little cliff-hanger at the end of the book that has made me all sorts of excited for what I am hoping is a Falling From Eternity sequel!

Falling From Eternity is a quick, entertaining paranormal romance. If you are in the need for good vampire book with just enough twists to keep you guessing, then I suggest giving this one a try!

GIVEAWAY:

In celebration of Falling From Eternity’s launch, Megan is hosting a giveaway on her blog! Be sure to check it out by following this link!

99 Authors, 99 Books, 99 Cents!

You guys, I have a super special, super awesome, super incredible announcement today!

For one day only, 99 authors have all agreed to put up one of their books on Amazon for only .99 cents! There are all sorts of awesome books at a cheap, cheap, cheap (I swear I do not mean to be imitating a bird right now) price up for grabs from all sorts of genres like YA, NA, Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, etc. On top of there being so many inexpensive books, there is also a HUGE giveaway with prizes like a $500 Amazon gift card, a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Paperwhite, and several other awesome prizes. So my only question is: WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE!?! Be sure to go check out this event by clicking the link below. You’ll notice all the tabs at the top of the page dividing the books up into their respective categories. So you’ve got awesome authors, cheap books, mind-blowing prizes, and it’s all so easy, a reindeer could do it!

These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, click here!!

This Or That (13)

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Lucy @ Keeping It Real With Lucy!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

Today on This Or That, I have the lovely Lucy! Lucy is the absolute sweetheart who runs the blog Keeping It Real With Lucy! Lucy’s blog is filled with talk of LOTS of awesome books! And let me just say, it is almost kind of creepy how much I have in common with this girl when it comes to reading taste & other non-bookish things! Every review of hers that I looked at, I either have read the book and LOVED it or it has been on my TBR pile for forever and I’m dying to read it. Also, I had a knee injury in high school much like Lucy (I get how much they can really suck Lucy!) three separate times that while they didn’t prevent me from trying new sports, they did in fact shorten the amount of time I got to play in sports before I got hurt yet again. (Lucy, I promise you I am not a creepy stalker!). Without further ado, and with stalking tendencies aside, let’s meet Lucy!

Lucy

About The Blogger: I’m a quirky teen who loves to read! It started with parents who always read to me before bed. In my free time I love to play basketball and golf. (Well basketballs out the question now. I can never play contact sports again:() I craft, and love spending time with family and friends!

Do you keep your books on bookshelves or random spots throughout the house?

All my books are neatly on a bookshelf! If we want to get really specific they are all organized by the author’s last name!

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

Uhhhh favorite food… Although a year without books could be heaven! My eyes would have a rest!

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

All snuggled up! I can’t stand the sun. It bugs me so much!

Are you a Coke person or a Pepsi person?

Great question and I’m not sure. If I do drink one it’s Coke Zero… But Pepsi has a nice taste to it. But I am not a big soda drinker.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

CONTEMPORARY!!! I can’t stand fantasy. Don’t ask why.

Cats or dogs?

Neither? My mom’s allergic to animal hair so I haven’t grown up around either. Which is easier to take care of? :)

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Not sure. I guess I am a mixed with country and like pop/rock. But I CAN NOT stand rap. Period.

Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?

Paperback! Less heavy in my book bag.

What type of books do you tend to enjoy more: laugh-out-loud-writing or make-you-ponder-life’s-biggest-mysteries-writing?

Laugh out loud. Mysteries are way too suspenseful for me. But if I could make my own up I would say romance!

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

Cupcakes… Well cookies… Naw let’s go with cupcakes. Chocolate with chocolate icing.

Which do you enjoy more: books turned into movies or books turned into TV shows?

Books turned into TV shows. Then hope it’s a series so I can continue to watch it.

When it comes to music do you sing along or dance along?

Sing. Well I can’t sing, and I am a terrible dancer, so does standing in the corner count?

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

NOOK!

Which do you enjoy more: recorded music or live music?

I would say recorded only because it sounds better, but I would prefer live, but sometimes it doesn’t sound right.

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

Team boy next door! *Swoons*

Do you tend to be a bigger fan of the fictional boyfriends or the fictional best friends?

Depends. I like reading about romance so when two characters have sparks I like that, but then again sometimes two friends have sparks!

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Neither? Uh I guess vampire. Then I could make you one to!

When marking the pages in your books do you use a bookmark or dog-ear your pages?

Bookmark! It drives me insane to see creases in the page.

Do you like your books to be a part of a series or stand alone?

Sometimes I feel like books end blankly when they are a standalone, but sometimes series drag on. If I had to choose I would say standalone.

An entire month of Christmas movies or Christmas music?

Movies! Especially the romantic kind!

Thanks for having me!

I just want to send out a giant THANK YOU to Lucy for agreeing to take part in this week’s This Or That! I just loved reading through all of her answers! I run across few fellow Nook lovers so when I do I get just a bit excited :) Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Lucy throughout the internet!

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Holiday Reads!

In just a few short days, Christmas will be upon us! I am ready to sit back & relax with the family, eat my weight and Christmas cookies, and curl up with a good book. Over the past year or so, I’ve read a few holiday/winter-inspired books that I’ve really liked and I have come across even more that I want to read! I thought I’d put together a fun little post showcasing those very books. Please feel to join in on the holiday festivities by sharing your favorite holiday reads in the comment box below!

Have Read:

Decked With Holly

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: Marni has created yet another laugh-out-loud funny book! I adored her first book Awkward and I equally adored this one because let’s be honest, it’s centered around Christmas!

Snowed Over

Snowed Over by Angie Stanton (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: This was a sweet Christmas tale! Two college students stranded in an old cabin over Christmas — what could possibly go wrong (or right!)?

Falling

Falling by Jolene Perry (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: This isn’t exactly a Christmas story but with the snow (and there are LOTS of it) and the cozy lodge, this is the PERFECT curl-up-on-the-couch-with-fuzzy-socks-and-a-cute-story type of book!

Ex-Mas

Ex-mas by Kate Brian (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: I read this book last year and I thought it was a really cute, Christmas-themed love story!

Want To Read:

Tempestuous

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: I recently received this book and I must say, it sounds like the perfect winter break book although I may not want to be at the mall or any other public venue while reading it!

Clara Claus

Clara Claus by Alexandra Lanc (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: Jack Frost and Santa’s granddaughter!?! As cheesy as this may or may not be, I must say I am oddly fascinated by the whole premise!

Santa Baby

Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Carly Phillips, and Lori Foster (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: All three stories included in this book sounds so good! I am always game for some Christmas romance!

Mistletoe

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories by Hailey Abbott, Melissa De La Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: An awesome set of authors putting together what seems to be an awesome set of holiday stories!

All I Want

All I Want by Rachael Renee Anderson, Kaylee Baldwin, and Jolene Perry (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: All three stories in this book sound adorable! Jolene has made this list already with Falling so I’m excited to see what other holiday romance she’s put together!

Let It Snow

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

My Thoughts: Take a look at the authors behind this holiday book. That is all.

Tune In Tuesday (83)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hello there everyone and Happy Tuesday to you! I am so totally in love with today’s artist! I first heard Rosi Golan’s sweet, sweet voice on the soundtrack to Dear John. Ever since that moment, I have had an incredible love for her music. My good friend Cyndi & I like to fan-girl about her music occasionally and she was awesome enough to send me over a CD of Rosi’s music! I tried to narrow down a few of my favorite songs by her but honestly, you can’t go wrong. I hope you enjoy!

Think Of Me by Rosi Golan

This is the song from Dear John, the very one that lead me to Rosi! Even after falling in love with all of her other music, this is still one of my favorites!

Paper Tiger by Rosi Golan

Plain and simple, I love this song. The beat of it, the words, just everything.

Say It Anyway by Rosi Golan featuring Casey Shea

I know this song is kind of heartbreaking and depressing but I can’t help but love it.

Fly Away by Rosi Golan

Aside from the first one, this is my favorite Rosi Golan song!