Monday, September 30, 2013

"How to Date a Nerd" - A Review

I've been waiting to read this book for months, ever since I heard Cassie Mae was publishing a book about nerds! It was definitely worth the wait! I bought it within an hour and I am waiting patiently for the paperback version of the book too. Because it's that nerd-tastic and I want to be able to loan it to friends to read. :)

Title: How to Date a Nerd
Author: Cassie Mae
Publisher:  Swoon Romance
Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Genre: YA Romance/Humor

Plot: First, here is the summary of "How to Date a Nerd" from Goodreads - Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd. The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does. Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe. She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.

Zoe is popular and can have whatever guy she wants. But the guy she really wants is unattainable. It would send her social status to the depths of Mount Doom and Zoe will NOT let that happen. But popularity doesn't change who she is. A secret nerd. Zoe pretends her popularity is everything as she secretly reads X-Men and dreams of romancing her next door neighbor with her Elvish.

Zak is the Peter Parker of their high school; a complete geek and Zoe is head over heels for him. But he doesn't want to date Popular Zoe. He's everything she wants to be. She'll have to stop caring what everyone else thinks about her to truly find herself. The relationship between the two characters made me yearn for my own Zak. He's honest with her and incredibly sexy for a geek.

I fell in love with this story from the very beginning. I started reading it one night and didn't put the book down until I finished. At first, I was convinced the author was writing this book for me. I've always been a nerd and I really identified with the geek side of Zoe. How to Date a Nerd is about discovering who you really want to be and fighting for what you love, especially if that love involves quoting Star Trek like nobody's business and standing up for the boy next door. I admit that I laughed until I scared the dog sleeping under my feet and it brought tears to my eyes. I understood the nerdy references! It was my type of book. Cassie Mae writes for the nerds and she's proud to be one herself. 

I highly recommend this book to everyone! How to Date a Nerd is a book you will want to read again and again. I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Cassie Mae is the female god of the nerds, right up there with Joss Whedon. You won't regret picking up this book!

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Run for the Roses" Cover REVEAL!

Today, I am honored to help reveal the cover for "Run for the Roses" by the lovely, Rachel Schieffelbein! It's is such a gorgeous cover and you get the chance to vote for which cover you, the readers, like best! Such a neat idea!

Take a look!!

Run for the Roses

Release Date: 11/2013
by Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

Please help 
Swoon Romance decide which cover to use by voting below:

About the Author

Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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Such a lovely cover! Congratulations to Rachel! I know which one I picked. Make sure to vote for the cover - I can't wait to read this book! :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Favorite Tolkien Race

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

To continue the celebration of Tolkien Week, I'd like to share my favorite race in Tolkien's world! I don't mean anything bad by it. I mean to say, what race of character would you be if you lived in Tolkien's world? Would you be a man (from Gondor or Rohan), dwarf, elf, orc, or hobbit?

Though it is tempting to enjoy six meals a day, take naps, and have hairy feet... I would love to be an elf.

Tolkien created several elvish languages for Middle Earth. I'm a writer and I can't imagine creating an entire language for one of my books, let alone several forms of language for one race of being. They are incredibly and beautiful. My favorite parts in the Lord of the Rings films are when the characters are speaking in Elvish to each other.

Elves are incredibly graceful and patient. They are immortal and wisest of all. I love their beautiful clothing and the architecture in their buildings. Did I mention I would love perfect hair all the time? I would love to live in the trees of Lothlorien or in Rivendell, among the waterfalls and the leaves. My favorite elf is Haldir. I know. Shock, it's not Legolas. I do love Legolas's character and Orlando Bloom is smocking hot, but Haldir is my favorite elf. He is loyal and honorable. I only wish there was more with his character in the films. His death scene moves me to tears every time I see it. He fought with men and died with them. The last thing he sees is the bodies of his own company and it is heart-breaking.

What is your favorite race in Tolkien's Middle Earth? And which race would you choose to be?

Don't forget to enter my Tolkien Week Giveaway - there's only two days left! :)
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reasons Why I am a Dateable Nerd

Today is Cassie Mae's book birthday for her book, "How to Date a Nerd" and her celebratory "How to Date a Nerd Blog Hop". I am super excited for this book - it released early last night and I already bought it! I can't wait to dig in and read it!

In celebration of her book, I am sharing the nerdiest thing about me - 9 Reasons Why I am a Dateable Nerd, which I think will be Cassie approved. :)

Reason 1 - I'm a Trekkie
I was pretty much born knowing who Captain Kirk and Spock are. My dad used to watch the original series with me and Voyager when I was a bit older and started to fall in love with everything Star Trek.

Reason 2 - I solve crimes
NCIS - My best friend, Jessica introduced me to NCIS during the early seasons. I fell in love with Tony's charm and Gibbs' head slaps. Don't get me started on McGee - he's my favorite little nerd. I recognized him from when he played Thackery Binx in "Hocus Pocus". I've seen all of the episodes and I love them!

Reason 3 - I'd look great in Black Widow's leather
I love all of the new movies. I admit I don't read too many of the comics, but I wouldn't be against reading them with you. :) Captain America is my favorite. I have two Captain America t-shirts.

Reason 4 - I've read the books
I'm a huge Harry Potter nerd and don't worry, I've read all of the books. I appreciate the movies, even if I wanted them to include more information from the movie. I even draw Deathly Hallows marks on my bathroom mirror.

Reason 5 - I'm Arwen
I first read the Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen and I love Tolkien. He's my favorite author. Aragorn is my favorite character; the handsome King. I'm obsessed with the movies and insist that the extended editions are the only way to watch the films. I even have my own Evenstar necklace and matching earrings.

Reason 6 - I play games
Whether you want to play Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit, where I will kick your butt, or play Harry Potter trivia, I am willing! I enjoy puzzles and some video games!

Reason 7 - I only have fictional boyfriends

You don't have to worry about me being too distracted by others. I really only date fictional men, so you'd be my only real boyfriend. :)

Reason 8 - I have nerdy conversations

I went to Target today, wearing my awesome "No, I'm from Iowa, I only work in outer space. -Captain Kirk" tshirt. The male cashier looked at me once before doing a double-take.
Guy: So, do you like Star Trek or just the shirt?
Me: I love Star Trek.
Guy: Really, awesome! What did you think of the new movie?
Me: I loved it. Parts were a little "meh" but I like how the two timelines work.
Guy: What do you think about the new upcoming Star Wars?
Me: I don't know. I like the originals, but I'm not sure they can make another and have it be as good.
Guy: I agree. My fiance doesn't like either. I've gotten her to watch a few and she knows only the names. She's seen the classic tribbles though.
Me: That's a great classic to watch.
Guy: I got my friend hooked on Enterprise. I just hate it is such a short series.
Me: Enterprise is my favorite. I have all the seasons.
(Guy checks out my stuff and I pay, he hands me the receipt and my bag.)
Guy: I could talk to you all day about Star Trek.
Me: I could too. It's that great.
Guy: (laughs) Have a great day!
Me: You too!
The only thing disappointing about the conversation was the fact he had a fiance. Darn, he was handsome and geeky. Guess I'll have to keep searching.

Reason 9 - I have boobs
Sorry, you don't get a picture of this one. But I'm a nerd with boobs. I think Cassie will agree, it makes me a dateable nerd. :)

Thanks for reading my list!! Congratulations to Cassie on the release of her book! And make sure you buy Cassie Mae's new book, "How to Date a Nerd"!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Favorite Tolkien Memory

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

To continue the celebration of Tolkien Week, today I'd like to share my favorite Tolkien memory with you. I read "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy when I was in 8th grade, at age 13. It was a little deep reading for a preteen, but I fell in love with Tolkien and the world he created.

My childhood best friend, Molly, and I both love Tolkien. We even wrote some awful (no you can't read it) Lord of the Rings fanfiction together. Trust me, it's awful. We wrote an entire fanfiction called "Wait for Me". We were two elven princesses, who fall in love with Legolas and Gimli. Yes, I was the nice one. I knew Molly liked Legolas so I let her marry him. I married the dwarf. Yeah, meh.

My favorite memory was when Molly and I went to see Return of the King in theaters. It was the opening night, a cold December night in 2003. Our town theater received the movie late since they only had one screen. Molly and I went 30 minutes early because we wanted to get good seats. The theater lobby was empty. We were just early. Molly and I sat in the front row, waiting for the 7 pm showing to start.

But no one else came.

Molly and I saw the opening showing of Return of the King in an empty theater. It was wonderful! We both bought candy because we felt bad for the workers since they weren't making any money on just two guests. We laughed at the lines and squealed at the fangirl moments. Molly and I stayed through the entire credits. It was the best showing ever! We found out from a friend that the 10 pm showing was sold out that night, but no one came to the 7pm. To this day, we have no idea why no one came, but we saw the last Lord of the Rings as best friends and little book nerds. :)

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Did you go see any of "The Lord of the Rings" in theaters? What is your favorite memory of reading or watching Tolkien's creations?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Hobbit Day!

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today is Hobbit Day - which is Frodo and Bilbo's birthday! My little sister and I celebrated Hobbit Day last year and decided to make it our annual tradition of celebrating by eating six meals, baring our feet, and enjoying living like hobbits for day!
First Breakfast
Second Breakfast
Lunch, Turkey/cheese sandwiches and yogurt
Watering plants (doing hobbit things)
Afternoon Tea
"Tolkien wrote what??? It is how long?"
LOVE my baby sis!
Hobbit feet!!

Aly and I watched "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" extended Krista edited edition. Meaning, I fast-forwarded through anything scary and though parts of it to make it go faster while explaining in simple terms what was happening. I had trouble explaining the Steward of Gondor to her, so I compared Denethor to a substitute teacher. It works! :)

Whew - I'm glad Hobbit Day only comes once a year! I'm full and glad I don't have to prepare six meals tomorrow, well do the dishes for six meals a day. Yikes! Off to clean up the mess and get some sleep!! Next year I remember that hobbits take naps. Naps and food. :)

Hope you enjoyed Hobbit Day - come back tomorrow for more Tolkien week and for info on my giveaway!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's YOUR choice

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. I've been thinking about what I want to do with my books. I do want to be published, but I haven't decided the details yet. I would love to find a book I wrote in a library and hold it my hands. But I also love e-books and I wouldn't mind if I was only published in e-book format. I love the idea of being traditionally published, being supported by an agent, or with a small publishing house. I love the idea of self-publishing; though it scares me a bit.

But to be honest, all of publishing scares me.

I would like to be there, and I see so many who are getting to that point. I'm happy for you. I truly am. And I want to join you and I want to be ready. Maybe I'm not ready yet, but I will hopefully get there. Someday.

Also, it is my choice. I've been considering things lately and I made a choice. The choice doesn't mean I'll be published next month or within the next six months. It's my book. It's my baby and I would like to find her a loving home and I'm still searching. And that's okay.

Publishing is changing. You can publish with a small publishing house, a traditionally large publishing house, or self-publish. You can mix and match. It's how you want your book to be in the world. What I'm saying is; you wrote the book and you have a say in how that book is put out into the world. Don't rush publishing. I've wanted to rush it for a long time, but I can't do it. I need to be patient and for now, I need to be content. I'm not perfect, but I'm working on being patient. :)


As a side note, be sure to check my blog next week while I celebrate "Tolkien Week" and a have a special giveaway in honor of my favorite author! :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

More Than Just a Kiss Blogfest

The awesome Christine Rains and Cecilia Robert are hosting the "More Than Just a Kiss Blogfest". Sweet, sizzling, fiery, awkward, mindblowing. They want to read our kissing scenes!

The Rules
1. Sign up on the linky list and post the badge on your blog.
2. On one of the days of the week of September 9th, post a kissing scene on your blog. It can be either fiction or non-fiction.
3. Please do not exceed 250 words.
4. This is a blogfest, so visit the other participants and have fun!

The wonderful prizes are listed on their websites, just click on their names above!

I will be sharing a kiss from my WIP - "The Damned" (Book Two), YA Urban Fantasy. Persephone (Effie) is a siren and being held captive at a scientific research facility called the Center. At this point, Effie has just found out the little girl she made friends with is to be terminated and she's arguing with her Tender (basically a male nurse), Ian.


"Effie..." His hands reached out to touch me, but I recoiled.

"Don't!" No amount of begging was going to save Lana and every part of me ached to stop this.

I did the only thing I could. Wrapping my arms around Ian's neck, I stopped his movements as I gently blew into his open mouth before kissing him softly. Ian's body responded with urgency, fiercely warm where his body touched mine. He ran his hands down my back as my legs went around his waist. The kiss lasted less than a minute, but it was done. My feet dropped to the carpet as our lips parted. Ian's eyes had a far-off gaze.

I blinked at the tears in my eyes. "Go, take your daughter and never return. Find a safe place for her and keep running until they forget about you. And they will forget. Save yourself, Ian. Save your child."

My will was twisted with his and Ian had to obey. It was cruel to take his decisions, but I was playing the last of my cards. The Center didn’t know about this little trick. Too late now. Ian would be free from my spell within a day, but it was strong. He took a step back and moved towards the door. My enchantment left him free to make some choices and act normal, but he had to obey. I could at least save him and his daughter. I couldn’t save Lana, but I’d try. 

"Good-bye Ian."


It's one of my favorite scenes so far! Not a kiss of romance, but of deceit and control.

Be sure to visit the other participants - I'm off to read more kissing scenes!